I really don’t like it when Disney reuses names. I thought it had only happened once (Penny and Penny), more on that later. But as I got thinking about it, I came up with 7 characters named John! Most of these were unavoidable due to the source material. Check it out!
There have been 54 films in the official Disney canon to date. Almost all of them get creative with their names. I haven’t even noticed any overlap of names with Pixar movies. At first, I thought Bolt had messed up royally when they named their heroine Penny because The Rescuers also had a little girl named Penny. But as I got looking at it, at no point in Bolt do they call her Penny except when she is in character on Bolt’s TV show. So that might not even be her real name! It’s a loophole, but I’ll take it!
Now, on to Johns. Two of these Johns are from the same series (Disney sequels, blah!), and two of them are from the same movie! In total 7 characters that I could come up with are named John. Maybe you know of one I’m missing. Feel free to let me know in the comments. Here we go…
- Honest John (Pinocchio, 1940)
The first John comes from Disney’s second animated film. The fox in the world of humans and little wooden boys. Honest John convinces Pinocchio to disobey his father on more than one occasion.
- John Darling (Peter Pan, 1953)
The oldest of the Darling boys is named John. Not much they could do about repeating the name, it’s what J.M. Barrie called the character!
- Little John (Robin Hood, 1973)
Robin Hood’s best mate was the inaccurately named Little John. Again, source material provided the character name. And history provided the name for the other John in this movie…
- Prince John (Robin Hood, 1973)
The younger brother of King Richard was actually named John. Not much you can do when it’s based on a real-life person. Kind of like the next two entries…
- John Smith (Pocahontas, 1995)
This character was taken right out of the history books. Pocahontas is loosely based on a true story. And boy does she love men named John…
- John Rolfe (Pocahontas II, 1998)
I have a hard time even including this one since it was from one of those straight-to-video Disney sequels. But I suppose technically he is a John in the greater Disney animated universe.
- Long John Silver (Treasure Planet, 2002)
This strange John is based on the character of the same name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. One of the most famous fictional pirates of all time!
There you have it. The 7 Johns of the Disney family. Did I miss any? Be sure to let me know!