Mothers are patient. Mothers are kind. Mothers are wise. Mothers are strong. Mothers can brandish a sword in battle to defeat a dragon released by a Phoenix Gem. All in a day’s work!
At the heart of the greatest Disney Animation, Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar stories are bold and courageous mothers who have faced adversity and overcome mountainous obstacles. Here is a tribute to some of those marvelous mothers from throughout the galaxy. And with them, a thank you to mothers everywhere for continuing to display strength and patience at every minute of every day!
Laurel Lightfoot (Onward)
Raising two boys on your own is no easy feat. Laurel is a mighty warrior who doesn’t let anything stand in the way of protecting her children. Assuming her boys to be in danger as they embark on an epic quest, Laurel grabs her keys and sets out on a road trip to keep them safe. Aided by The Manticore who yearns for days of adventure and excitement, the two seek out the long-lost Curse Crusher, the only weapon that can save the kids and defeat the curse. With sword in hand, Laurel risks everything to save her kids and exemplifies bravery when it’s needed the most.
Helen Parr (The Incredibles)
Trying to maintain a low profile with a family full of Supers is a task that, if you’ll forgive the pun, stretches Helen to the limit. The hero (also known as Elastigirl & Mrs. Incredible) does her best to keep her two older kids on track as they grow up before her eyes while also finding time to look after baby Jack-Jack. When her husband Bob finds himself in danger on Nomanisan Island at the hands of a scorned Syndrome, Helen is quick to the rescue — all while protecting Violet and Dash, who have stowed away on the mission. Coming together as a family to fight Syndrome strengthens their bond and proves that there’s no challenge this incredible family can’t face head-on.
Eudora (The Princess and the Frog)
Constantly supportive of her daughter Tiana’s ambitions to own and operate a restaurant in New Orleans, Eudora juggles the busy life of a seamstress with raising Tiana. When Tiana purchases the old sugar mill to begin building her dream restaurant, the first person to visit is her mother. Tiana’s dream is on its way to coming true, and Eudora beams with pride. She brings Tiana a sentimental gift, her father’s gumbo pot, to get her started.
Chicha (The Emperor’s New Groove)
Her children are a bit precocious and a total handful. Chicha is able to keep up with them while also taking care of herself in the final stages of bringing a third child into the world. Amid all the chaos of the home, Chicha is able to be a cool and calm guiding voice. She’s also incredibly adept at defending her home with a cast-iron frying pan.
Janet van Dyne (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
Colloquially known as the Wasp, Janet worked alongside Hank Pym as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative and brilliant scientist while also raising their daughter Hope. Janet gave up her own life to save millions of people by shrinking to a subatomic size to disable an inbound missile. Presumed to be gone, Janet was isolated for years in the Quantum Realm. She had the strength and the instinct to survive there, and found a way to communicate to her family through Scott Lang. Her continued courage and strength kept her safe in the Quantum Realm.
Queen Ramonda (Black Panther)
Under her and her husband T’Chaka’s rule, Wakanda thrived and remained a Vibranium-rich technological utopia. With T’Chaka’s unexpected death during the signing of the Sokovia Accords, Ramonda’s role shifted to guide her son T’Challa in becoming the new king. She is a continuously strong force in T’Challa’s life and a true leader.
General Leia Organa (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
The late Disney Legend Carrie Fisher appeared in the closing chapter to the Skywalker Saga thanks to unused footage from The Force Awakens and a little movie magic. And what an appearance it was. Across the entirety of the Star Wars saga, Leia was a leader and a guiding presence to the galaxy. She witnessed the destruction of her home world. She escaped imprisonment from within the Death Star. She loved and later lost the scoundrel smuggler in her life. And she struggled with the heartbreak of seeing her son become the menacing Kylo Ren. Throughout it all, Leia persevered and continued to be the spark that lit the fire to unite a galaxy.
Shmi Skywalker (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
Tatooine is an unforgiving landscape and a difficult place to raise a son. Shmi Skywalker always knew that Anakin was special. His unique gifts and talents were a miracle. When she was presented with the opportunity for her son to leave the planet, train with the Jedi, and become something greater, Shmi made the difficult decision to let her son go under the care of Qui-Gon Jinn. Even if it meant they would be a galaxy apart, she only wanted what was best for him — to allow Anakin to live up to the potential he had within.
Spend this Mother’s Day with the ones you love, watching these incredible stories and more, now streaming on Disney+!