Ted is out this week in Australia and the foul mouthed teddy bear is the highlight of the film and a sidekick of sorts. In honour of Ted we’re taking a look at the top 10 movie mini-sidekicks. The little unsung heroes or villains that make the leads look good despite their height. Some of them have small shoes and big hearts, while others have no shoes or hearts which is what makes them even more special.
10 . Nick Nack – The Man with the Golden Gun
He’s 1.18 metres of pure evil who is not only a henchman but also a butler, housekeeper and chef to Francisco Scaramanga. He’s completely fearless and not afraid to take on James Bond despite the fact that upon defeat he gets stuffed in a suitcase.
9. Kuato - Total Recall
“Open your mind”…yep you really had to have your mind WIDE open when Kutao appears and for most of Total Recall for that matter. A mind reading mutant baby that lives on a man’s stomach – forget dogs, Kuato is man’s best friend.
8. Little Bear – The Indian in the Cupboard
Most kids would probably throw an epic tantrum if they received a cupboard and a toy Native American for their birthday, but nine year old Omri is quite content when his toy Indian comes to life and is a complete time travelling badass.
7. Bruno Jenkins – The Witches
Bruno is pretty useless when in human form, unless you’re trying to find where the nearest buffet is. When he gets turned into a mouse along with his holiday buddy Luke, he’s the ultimate companion to bring down the evil grand witch. Bruno also becomes extra helpful considering the only adult that can help the duo is Luke’s Grandmother; whose biggest weakness is diabetes.
6. Willow – Willow
He’s so awesome he is his own miniature sidekick. Madmartigan was under the impression that Willow is his sidekick, but Willow just kept him around as a human shield and a sledding buddy.
5. Danny DeVito – Twins
He’s “genetic trash” but a loveable black sheep who helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger funny.
4. Hit Girl – Kick Ass
An important partner to have because you don’t want to get on her bad side because she’ll jam a knife through your skull quicker than you can say “is that a little girl with a gu-” too late you’re already dead.
3. Newt – Aliens
The entire colony on LV-426 has been wiped out by aliens except for Newt. She makes tough military men look like fairies. Don’t leave the air-vent without her.
2. Short Round – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
A kid who works as a getaway driver is a good friend to have (probably because of cheap child labour). With catchphrases like “hold on to your potatoes” he’s close to the complete mini-sidekick package.
1. R2D2 – Star Wars saga
A courageous robot Swiss Army Knife on wheels, what’s not to love? They didn’t show it in the films but I’m pretty sure R2D2 has a fridge on board where Han Solo kept beers.
Cameron Williams - follow Cam on Twitter here: @popcornjunkies