Triplets In Movies
Harris, Hubert and Hamish
Typical hungry wee boys, the triplets eat a pie with a transformation potion in it and get turned into the world's cutest bear cubs.
In some of the funniest scenes in the film, the triplets help their sister to dodge the attentions of Merida's father who is out for revenge against the demon bear Mor'du (which is actually Queen Elinor after eating the aforementioned potion pie).
Merida dotes on the boys, and it's not hard to understand why. They're adorable!
Disney Pixar's Brave
I was shocked, and pleasantly surprised when I found out Disney Pixar were making a film set in the Scottish Highlands. I was also rather worried that they'd get American actors to voice the characters with poor interpretations of Scottish accents. Having cringed my way through Braveheart and Highlander (no offence to Mel Gibson and Christopher Lambert, who are actually great actors, and the films are good too) I didn't want to see another 'Scottish' film getting bogged down with fake celtic drawl. Thankfully, Brave was well cast, and with a few exceptions was filled with real Scottish actors, or at least actors with Scottish heritage.
In case you haven't seen it, or heard about it - in which case, where have you been? - Brave follows the story of Merida, a young princess whose parents want to marry her off into one of the neighbouring clans to help strengthen their position. Merida quite rightly has other ideas, preferring to wait until she finds someone she loves before settling down.
After a massive disagreement, Merida's mother gets turned into a bear, along with the tripletrinces who make the most adorable bear cubs you can imagine, and Merida has to find a way to turn her mother back into a human before she loses her forever.
It's typical Disney schmaltz, but hard not to find appealing. Like I said, there are triplet bear cubs! Kelly McDonald's Merida is feisty and strong - a welcome change from the simpering 'I need a prince' Disney leading ladies of old. We all need a prince, we just don't stand around in a forest singing about it, or makimg friends with mice.
Bucky, Spike and Quillo
Porcupine triplets Bucky, Spike and Quillo are the children of Lou and Penny, obviously also porcupines.
"We will turn this car around, mister!"
The triplets posess a rather grown up demeanour, and are far more practical than they should be at their age. They can drive, and play Monopoly - what more could you want?
Over The Hedge
When a bunch of animals wake up from hibernation to find a hedge (called Steve, "Steve's a pretty name!") running through their habitat, they soon learn that a town has been built around them while they slept, and there's no way to forage, because the forest has gone.
But luckily for them, a loveable racoon by the name of RJ knows just how to help them to find enough food "to feed a bear... Figure of speech." But everything is not as it seems, because RJ actually is trying to get enough food to feed a bear, having stolen Vincent the bear's wagon full of food at the beginning of the movie.
There's a message in there somewhere about how we shouldn't build new housing on land inhabited by cutesy woodland creatures, but it's hidden cleverly amongst the laughs, most of which come from the insanely wonderful Hammy the Squirrel.
"I want my cookie!"
Fergus, Farkle and Felicia
Although first seen in Shrek the Third, it's in Shrek Forever After that we really get to know the ogre triplets. Both Shrek and Fiona adore the babies, they're definitely a chip off the old block, mud farts and belching being a family trait it would seem.
DreamWorks' Shrek Forever After
After battling dragons, psychotic princes, evil fairy godmothers, and stroppy teenage heirs, all Shrek wants is to have his Happily Ever After with his ife and kids. Or does he?
Family life isn't the fun he had expected it to be, and after a spat at the triplets' first birthday party, Shrek makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to have one day of his old life back. Didn't he ever learn not to make deals with random little men he met in the woods? Long story short, everything he loves is taken from him, Fiona is a warrior princess, Donkey doesn't know him, and Stiltskin is now the emperor of Far Far Away.
"Try Lou's bliss!"
Luckily for Shrek, Donkey knows that Stiltskin's contracts all contain a loophole, and Shrek realises that everything can go back to normal with True Love's Kiss. Only Fiona doesn't even know him, much less have any romantic feeling towards him, so he has to get Fiona to fall in love with him again, and his time as always, is running out.
Tom And Jerry - Triplet Trouble
Tom gets left babysitting what looks like a sweet, loveable trio of kittens, but it turns out that the triplets are evil, pyromaniacal devil spawn kittens, and Tom and Jerry must *gulp* work together to try to calm the kittens before the house is destroyed.
Ruby Gloom - I'll Be Home For Misery
Misery's family hold a reunion once every millennium, and this time it's Misery's turn to host it. We see a host of strange characters who we are told are Misery's cousins, including the outrageously cheerful young triplets Myopic, Malice and Misbegotten.
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie are probably the oldest and best known animated triplets ever. The nephews of Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck have been around since 1937, and provided years of amusement for generations of children and adults alike.
Which is your favourite set of animated triplets?
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© 2014 Rebecca Hillary