Happy Mother’s Day! Some of our favorite movie moms just happen to be animals. From Mrs. Jumbo to Kala the Gorilla, here are some of the best, most loving animal movie moms of all time.
Perdita, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)
This dedicated dog mom stops at nothing to track down the hooligans who stole her puppies — and happily welcomes 84 other kidnapped pups into her family after rescuing them from evil Cruella De Vil! (Buy from Amazon)
Duchess, “The AristoCats” (1970)
This sophisticated cat mom (voiced by Eva Gabor) ably deals with the worst turns of fate, keeping her three kittens — Marie, Toulouse and Barlioz — safe and sound even after being kidnapped and dumped in the country by Madame’s evil butler. And she can really swing, as when she meets Thomas O’Malley and his jazz-loving feline friends. (Buy or rent at Amazon)
Kanga, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977)
This dedicated, kind kangaroo mom is never far from baby Roo. She also loves to dispense motherly advice and TLC to Pooh, Piglet and Tigger. (Buy or rent at Amazon)
Nana, “Peter Pan” (1953)
True, Nana isn’t a dog mom, but as the Darlings’ devoted nanny, she tucks the children into bed, cleans up after them and makes sure they get their medicine every day. Any household would be lucky to have her!
Mrs. Jumbo, “Dumbo” (1941)
Poor Mrs. Jumbo! When a bully makes fun of Dumbo’s oversized ears at the circus, she goes on the rampage. Locked up and labeled a “mad” elephant, she’s only able to cuddle Dumbo with her trunk. The moving scene is set to the classic song “Baby Mine.” Fortunately, by film’s end, she and baby Dumbo are reunited. (Buy or rent at Amazon.)
Kala, “Tarzan” (1999)
After losing her own baby to a leopard, Kala (voiced by Glenn Close) comes to baby Tarzan’s rescue, saving him from the same deadly jungle cat. She raises him as her own, despite the disapproval of her mate, Kerchak (Lance Henriksen). (Rent or buy at Amazon.)
Bambi’s Mom, “Bambi” (1942)
This loving doe protects her little fawn and teaches him about the dangers of the forest, including Man. When she is shot and killed by a hunter, our heart breaks for Bambi. Seventy five years later, it’s still one of the saddest moments in a Disney film. (Now available on Blu-Ray.)