Do You Know Where These Disney Animals Live?

By: Bambi Turner
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What would Disney's classic "Aladdin" have been without a spirited monkey named  Abu? Or "Pinocchio" without Jiminy Cricket to act as a conscience? And poor Ariel would have spent the first half of "The little Mermaid" talking to herself if it weren't for her animal friend Sebastian. While there's a reason that the stars of beloved Disney films go on to become household names, let's not forget that the movies wouldn't have made quite as much of an impact on pop culture without the stars' animal sidekicks. And then of course, there are the flicks in which the animals themselves take a leading role. Think "The Aristocats," "Bolt," "Chicken Little," or "The Rescuers." These movies all went on to become Disney classics, no princesses required. 

Yet even as the lyrics to songs like "Be Our Guest" or "Under the Sea" roll off our lips long after our childhood days, and we can pick these cherished animated animals out of any lineup, there's still one piece of Disney trivia that might not be as easy to recall — where these animals live. Some are obvious because they are based on classic books — "Robin Hood," anyone — while others require reading the clues presented in the movie, including hints to language, design and local culture or history. 

Think you can guess the locations that some of your favorite Disney animals call home? Take our quiz to find out!

Disney first transformed A.A. Milne's 1920s stories about Winnie the Pooh Bear into a cartoon in the '60s, with a full animated feature released in 1977 as "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh." Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Piglet and the rest of the gang live in the Hundred Acre Woods, where they receive frequent visits from human friend Christopher Robin.

The name of the setting for "Aladdin," Agrabah, is mentioned numerous times throughout the movie. Abu the kleptomaniac monkey, who is Aladdin's best friend, lives on the streets of the city as the movie unfolds. The tale is based on an Arabian folk story from "The Book of One Thousand and One Nights," but believe it or not, this original tale was actually set in China!

Simba and pals Timon, a meerkat, and Pumba, a warthog, call Pride Rock their home in "The Lion King." Taking clues from the film, like the fact that "Hakuna Matata" is a Swahili phrase, we can further narrow the setting to nations where Swahili is spoken. These include Tanzania, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, all of which are located in the central part of east Africa.

"Robin Hood" takes place in Sherwood Forest in England during Medieval times. In the Disney version, Robin Hood and Maid Marion are foxes, Little John is a bear, Sheriff Nottingham is a fiendish wolf and Prince John a fearsome lion.

"Pinocchio" is a 1940 Disney movie set in Italy. It tells the story of woodcarver Geppetto and his creation Pinocchio, who is transformed into a real boy by a blue fairy. A smart cricket named Jiminy helps Pinocchio stay on the right track when he comes to life. Other animals appearing in the movie include a fox named Honest John, Gideon the cat and a whale named Monstro.

Viewers of "Lady and the Tramp" learn its set in the Midwest, but the Disney website reveals that the town was based on Walt's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, which also inspired Main Street USA at Disneyland. In the film, a Cocker Spaniel named Lady falls for a mutt named Tramp, sharing a date over a plate of spaghetti at Tony's Italian Restaurant. Other animals appearing in the film include Si and Am, a pair of evil Siamese cats.

In "Moana," the daughter of a Polynesian chief must leave her home on the island of Motunui and reunite the goddess Te Fiti with her heart to save her people. She is accompanied on her journey by a gigantic demigod and a less-than-brilliant rooster named Heihei.

The Greek myth of Hercules, son of Zeus, inspired the Disney animated movie "Hercules." Complete with many familiar names, from the Hydra to Hades, the Titans and Mount Olympia, the movie also features a bird/horse creature named Pegasus, who is gifted to Hercules by his father just before the newborn is kidnapped.

Disney's 1950 movie "Cinderella" came from a 1697 book of fairy tales written in France by Charles Perrault. The title character's mouse friends Gus and Jaq are turned into horses to pull her pumpkin coach thanks to a resourceful fairy godmother, while her dog Bruce becomes a footman. If you've seen this flick, you might also remember an evil cat named Lucifer causing problems for the poor maiden.

Ana and Elsa live in the city of Arendelle in the 2013 Disney flick "Frozen." As she chases Elsa to an ice palace on a mountain, Ana befriends a reindeer named Sven, his best friend Kristoff and a talking snowman named Olaf. Based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, the movie is set in Norway.

Set in England, Lewis Carroll's classic book was given the Disney treatment with the 1951 movie "Alice in Wonderland." After following a white rabbit down a hole, Alice ends up in Wonderland, where she meets animals like the Cheshire Cat, March Hare, Caterpillar and Walrus.

A Saint Bernard named Nana cares for Wendy, Michael and John Darling in the 1953 movie "Peter Pan." When the kids use pixie dust to travel to Neverland, they meet the mean Captain Hook, as well as a very hungry crocodile who wants to wrap his teeth around Hook's remaining hand.

When the Huns invade China, Mulan dresses as a man to save her father from military service in the 1998 Disney classic. Her horse Khan, a dragon named Mushu and a lucky cricket named Cri-kee accompany on her battles.

Set in 1920s New Orleans, "The Princess and the Frog" tells the story of a waitress named Tiana, who transforms into a frog after kissing a Prince-turned-frog. As she struggles to find her way back, viewers are treated to Louis the alligator and his jazz band, as well as Tiana's friend Ray the firefly.

The original animated "Dumbo" movie tells the story of a young, big-eared elephant named Jumbo Jr. who befriends a mouse named Timothy while performing in the circus throughout Florida. A live-action remake in 2019 used real actors and a CGI elephant added in post-production.

The 1986 Disney feature "The Great Mouse Detective" is a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories with animals replacing the familiar characters. Set in London like the original, the movie stars Basal the mouse in the role of Holmes, a rat named Professor Ratigan as Moriarty, and Toby, a hound belonging to Holmes himself.

The 2002 Disney classic "Lilo and Stitch" is set in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Young Lilo adopts a pet named Stitch from an animal shelter, only to find out that her new dog is actually an alien named Experiment 626, who was created by a mad scientist named Dr. Jumba Jookiba.

Disney moved Dickens' classic tale from London to modern-day NYC for the 1988 film "Oliver and Company." The movie stars an orange kitten named Oliver who takes up with a group of dogs, led by a terrier named Dodger, as he tries to survive the mean streets of the Big Apple.

As Sebastian the crab is happy to point out, Flounder and friends live under the sea. Given that the story is based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, and Andersen is native to Denmark, there is good evidence to suggest that these critters live somewhere near Copenhagen ... perhaps near the famous Little Mermaid statue that draws visitors to the city?

In the 1991 film "Beauty and the Beast," the castle staff, which have been transformed into candelabras, teapots and clocks, sing the song "Be Our Guest." The lyrics to this song give away the Beast's home with the line, "After all, Miss, this is France!" One other animal featured in this movie is Sultan, the castle dog, who is transformed into a footstool for most of the film.

The 2003 favorite "Finding Nemo" is set in the wondrous Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Marlin follows the trail of his lost son Nemo, a clownfish, all the way to Sydney Harbour before the pair are reunited. The 2014 sequel takes place across the globe at a Marine Biology Institute in California.

Disney's 2003 hit "Brother Bear" is set thousands of years ago among the Inuit people of Alaska. A boy named Kenai finds himself transformed into a bear, and relies on a pair of moose and a cub named Koda to help him regain his human form.

When the title character, an actual chicken, claims that the sky is falling in the 2005 flick "Chicken Little," the people of Oakey Oaks all make fun of him. It's Chicken Little who has the last laugh, however, when the townspeople learn that the falling sky is actually a well-camouflaged UFO. This film also features Fish Out of Water, a goldfish that makes his life on land.

In the 2000 movie "The Emperor's New Groove," a cruel Incan emperor named Kuzco, who rules an Incan area in what is now Peru, is transformed into a llama. As he tries to find his way back to form, he has a run in with a pair of mean jaguars and a sassy squirrel named Bucky.

All is well when Roger and Anita meet and marry in London in "101 Dalmatians," bringing their beloved dogs Pongo and Perdita to live together. That is, until Cruella de Vil steals all of their puppies ... leaving their parents, plus a horse named Captain and a sheepdog named Colonel, to save the pups and bring Cruella down.

The 1970 Disney film "The Aristocats" takes place in early 20th-century Paris. In addition to Mama Duchess and family, the movie features Scat Cat and his jazzy band, Thomas O'Malley the alley cat and a horse named Frou Frou.

Prince Eric is seen with his pet dog Max throughout "The Little Mermaid." As the close companion of a prince, Max the dog makes his home up on land in a lux castle while Ariel and her animal friends Sebastian and Flounder live under the sea.

The 1963 movie "The Sword in the Stone" is a retelling of the tale of King Arthur, featuring a talking owl named Archimedes. A young boy named Arthur is tutored by Merlin the magician, and becomes rightful King of England when he is the only one who can release a sword lodged within a stone.

A gorilla named Kala raises a human infant in Congo the 1999 Disney version of "Tarzan." The boy grows up in the African jungle alongside animal friends like Terk the gorilla and Tantor the elephant, all while avoiding the evil leopard Sabor who left Tarzan an orphan after killing his parents.

In this 1985 film set in the land of Prydain, Taran must take on the Horned King to prevent of army of the undead from taking over. This film based on traditional Welsh folk tales stars a dog-like critter named Gurgi who speaks in the third person using phrases like the much-quotable, "Munchings and crunchings."

In the 2008 movie "Bolt," the title character lives in Los Angeles, where he stars alongside owner Penny in a super-powered TV show. After ending up in New York, he fights his way back to L.A, with the help of Rhino the hamster and a wild cat named Mittens.

OK, if we ignore the fact that the Native Americans actually called it Tsenacommacah, we can simply say that Meeko the raccoon and Flit the hummingbird from "Pocahontas" lived somewhere around Jamestown, Virginia. These animals were the Indian maiden's closest friends as she befriended future husband Captain John Smith.

"The Jungle Book" is set in the jungle of India. It features classic tunes like "The Bare Necessities" song by animals like Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, who try to keep human boy Mowgli safe from a cruel tiger named Shere Khan.

The 1997 movie "The Rescuers" takes place in New York City, where a pair of mice named Bernard the Janitor and Miss Bianca launch a mission to rescue a child named Penny from the clutches of the evil Madame Medusa. The animal heroes in this film work for the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse-sized version of the United Nations.

The thrilling 2014 Disney movie "Big Hero 6" takes place in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, a blend of San Francisco and Tokyo. The movie features a cat named Mochi, who is the pet of a teen named Hiro. With the help of a robot named Baymax and his ultra-smart friends, Hiro forms a gang of advanced superheroes to save his city from disaster.

Set in 16th century Paris, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is inspired by Victor Hugo's classic 1831 novel. It is the story of Quasimodo, who lives at the iconic church and falls for a woman named Esmeralda, who owns a feisty, earring-wearing goat named Djali in this 1996 Disney version of the tale.

In the 2017 movie "Coco," which is set in Mexico and celebrates the Day of the Dead, Pepita is a cat who becomes a spirit animal in death. Officially known as an alebrije, this jaguar and eagle animal mix guides a boy named Miguel through the Land of the Dead and his own ancestry.

Red-haired Princess Merida of the Clan Dunbroch shows off her archery skills in the 2012 film "Brave," which takes place in the Scottish Highlands around 1,000 years ago. Merida comes into contact with three animals in the film, including a crow, her black and white horse Angus, and her own mother, who gets transformed into a bear at one point.

With a nose for food, Remy from "Ratatouille" would be the perfect chef ... if only he weren't a rat. Instead, he befriends a kitchen worker named Linguini, who works in a Paris restaurant. Together, the pair tries to impress a high-ranked food critic and achieve Remy's dream of cooking glory in this 2007 Disney film.

After saving Penny in the 1977 movie "The Rescuers," Bernard and Miss Bianca are back at work in the 1990 sequel "The Rescuers Down Under." In this followup tale, the mouse duo head to Australia to save a boy named Cody who is being threatened by poachers.

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