The Hottest Characters of 2012

As 2012 commenced, I had planned to do another Dogs on Film feature for the end of the year. However 2012 has been low on amazing dogs on the big screen. Instead, I decided to make a list of the top five hottest characters to appear in film this year. Enjoy!

1. ’80s Robot

Is there anything on Earth better than a robot from the 1980s? I think not. Nostalgia-fest The Muppets gave us the finest gift in the form of ’80s Robot. The manservant of Kermit, ’80s Robot offers guests Tab Cola and New Coke, speaks eighties slang and has a dial-up modem. That sound. God bless ’80s Robot for reminding us of the wonderment of the 1980s.

The Muppets is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

2. Mr Bobo

The virtues of Mr Bobo from The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists have been extolled on these pages before. Suffice to say, you can’t really go wrong with a monocle-wearing monkey butler. Especially one who communicates through subtitled cards.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

3. Robot

It has been a good year for robots. Although Robot & Frank does not get a UK release until 2013, I saw the film this year so Robot goes on the list. Robot is a everyone’s dream; a butler who will wake you with breakfast, ensure you have activities for the day, and may just help you break the law. The morning after seeing Robot & Frank, I was so disappointed to be woken by my phone alarm and not my robot butler.

Robot & Frank is released in cinemas on 8th March 2013.

4. Mr Whiskers

Mr Whiskers narrowly beats Sparky from Frankenweenie to earn his place on the list. Mr Whiskers’ facial expression, his delivery of ‘meow’ and the fact that when he dreams about someone he poos their initial all add up to one memorable character. What occurs later in the film only adds to this.

Frankenweenie is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 11th February 2013.

5. Ted

A teddy bear who comes to life. For this premise alone Ted should make the list. However, Ted is rather adorable-looking to boot. Granted, he is far more lewd than my pristine teddies would ever be, but he also is fun. Also, he appears most amusing when sitting on top of a dog.

Ted is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Mr Bobo: Hot Piece of Year (So Far)

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a very enjoyable movie. Among its many strengths is the character of Mr Bobo. Here is five reasons why he is the hottest piece to grace cinema screens this year so far…

1. Mr Bobo is a Monocle-Wearing Monkey

That’s right, Mr Bobo wearing a monocle. Monocles are fantastic on their own, but a monkey wearing one is even better. It shows that he has style and sophistication.

2. Mr Bobo Speaks Through Subtitled Cards

A great deal of amusement arises from the fact that Mr Bobo communicates through cards, rather like a silent movie star. In between all the others characters’ josling, he stands out through his silence and considered subtitles.

3. Mr Bobo is an Ambiguous Character

Everyone loves a bit of mystery. Mr Bobo’s intentions are not clear, both initially and a good way into The Pirates. This air of mystery adds to his charm.

4. Mr Bobo is More Than a Butler

Although Mr Bobo is introduced as a butler, his talents extend much further beyond this. No spoilers for those who have not seen the film yet, but suffice to say he is a skilled individual.

5. Mr Bobo lets Others take Centre Stage

Mr Bobo is not one of the film’s protagonists. He is happy to take a supporting role, letting others mug for the limelight. He knows that he does not need to be centre stage in order to be memorable.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is out in cinemas on 28th march 2012.