The best we can do is to mention that he's pretty funny in Joe Dante's Looney Tunes: Back In Action, and that he's on this list because he's Daffy Duck. Criminally underrated, and implicated as the main cause of Aardman's acrimonious split from Dream Works, Flushed Away is actually an enormously fun film, that may not have the soul or finesse of a Wallace & Gromit flick, but which has a joke ratio that's up there with Zucker Abrahams Zucker.
And if anyone disagrees, we have an Acme Reader Pulveriser out back, just waiting to be fired up. Stroke of genius Just to show how Warners have dropped the ball, Daffy's greatest full-length feature film moment comes in a Disney film. Have Your Say Should Daffy Duck be higher or lower on our list? Fun fact Mel Blanc, the classic voice of Daffy, recorded a novelty single in the 50s called Daffy Duck's Rhapsody. And it also has, in the megalomaniacal Toad, Ian Mc Kellen's most deliciously funny big-screen performance.
Notably the magnificent dualling pianos scene between him and Donald Duck in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which ends with the two ducks engaging in a spot of M. A pompous, pumped-up buffoon who walks around making wild, grandiose speeches about ruling the sewers (while remaining tragically unable to suppress his craving for flies), Toad is a spot-on parody of Bond villains, with more than a hint of the craven idiocy of British politicians thrown in for good measure.
Stroke of genius Casting Mc Kellen, who tackles Toad's stiff-upper-plumminess with relish and elevates the character into Well, someone worthy of placing 46th on this list.
Which existing characters made the leap from short form to full-length feature with their dignity intact?
How do the newcomers really compare to old hands of earlier eras? The most famous cartoon of all time, all the way down here?
He also sings a cutesy little song about his sister being Somewhere Out There while he's lost, accidentally gets drawn into a crime ring and manages to bring about a mini-revolution and make the streets of New York safe for the humble mice.
Stroke of genius During the Cossack raid at the beginning of the film, Fievel loses his hat and reaches back for it as the terrifying cats approach, in a direct nod to exec producer Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones.
And that's pretty much all you need to know about a character who somehow manages to retain its innocence through the heartbreaking slog of Watership Down, through the savage dog attacks, environmental destruction and perilous journey, and somehow through Art Garfunkel's blinking Bright Eyes.Hazel (John Hurt) may be the nominal hero, but it's Fiver's visions of Watership Down that kickstart the story, and he remains the cutest and most fragile of the rabbits, even blaming himself for all the trouble the rabbits endure. Stroke of genius Imbuing Fiver with an indomitable spirit and an unshakeable belief in his brother, Hazel, that carries him through.Also, the ability to make our eyes all wet just thinking about him, and the movie. Fun fact His Lapine name is Hrairoo, which means "Little-five" or "Little-thousand" Tricky one, this.Fun fact Thumper doesn't appear in the original novel, which is darker and more concerned with the natural world than the cuddly baby animals.The Nazis, book lovers that they were, banned the book as an allegory for the treatment of the Jews in Europe.