FILM FANS REVEAL ODDEST MOVIE COUPLES
The unexpected inter-animal romance – between Donkey and Dragon – in animated comedy Shrek has earned them the title of ‘Oddest Couple’ as voted for by film buffs.
To celebrate love of all shapes and sizes this Valentine’s Day, LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the internet and sending DVDs by post – asked over 1,500 film and TV fans to choose their favourite from a list of unexpected on-screen couples, with the loved-up pair in Shrek earning first place with 32 per cent of votes.
Hopping into second place with 20 per cent are the husband and wife duo Roger and Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Meanwhile, another animal pair – this time Muppet characters Miss Piggy & Kermit the Frog – prove that even pigs and frogs can fall in love, taking them to third place (13 per cent).
Age is but a number – and certainly something that didn’t stop teenager Harold proposing to an 80 year old woman in Harold & Maude. The unlikely pairing took fourth place and 10 per cent of votes.
Romance can take many strange forms and arguably none are stranger than the relationship between Morticia and Gomez Addams. The spooky couple, who head up the even spookier Addams Family take eight per cent and fifth place in the poll.
Love can hurt when your hands are covered in sharp blades – and no one knows this more than Johnny Depp’s character Edward in Edward Scissorhands. Despite his somewhat ‘sharp’ personality, he strikes up a romance with Winona Ryder’s character Kim in Tim Burton’s beautiful 1990 film placing the duo in sixth place (six per cent).
In seventh place (five per cent) are Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins in 1988 comedy Big who strike up a romance even though Tom’s character Josh is in fact a twelve year old boy in a grown man’s body.
It’s a tale as old as time, but that didn’t stop Beauty and the Beast’s leading couple taking eighth place in the poll (three per cent). Belle and the Beast make for a somewhat unexpected pairing in the 1991 animated classic, but their true love becomes apparent towards the end of the film when the spell is lifted and the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince.
Ninth place in the poll, with two per cent, is taken by the relationship between Steven Russell and con-artist Phillip Morris in I Love You Phillip Morris. Love ‘nose’ no boundaries – and this is certainly true for C.D Bales and Roxanne in Roxanne, which comes in at tenth place (one per cent). The pair fall in love, despite C.D’s enormous nose – proving that, when it comes to love, looks aren’t everything.
The Top Ten Oddest Couples are:
1. Donkey & Dragon (Shrek) – 32%
2. Roger & Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) – 20%
3. Miss Piggy & Kermit The Frog (The Muppets) – 13%
4. Harold & Maude (Harold & Maude) – 10%
5. Morticia & Gomez Addams (The Addams Family) – 8%
6. Edward & Kim (Edward Scissorhands) – 6%
7. Josh & Susan (Big) – 5%
8. Belle & The Beast (Beauty & The Beast) – 3%
9. Steven Russell & Phillip Morris (I Love You Phillip Morris) – 2%
10. C.D Bales & Roxanne (Roxanne) – 1%
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM, commented:
“Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to celebrate love in all its forms – whether it be between a donkey and a dragon or a pig and a frog. From the results of the poll, we can safely say that, when it comes to love, looks aren’t everything – and it’s great to see some less-than-conventional romances blossoming on the big screen.
“Film fans can enjoy watching their favourite love stories with LOVEFiLM which has some of the best Valentine’s Day movies and TV series of all time available on DVD, Blu-ray or to stream instantly via LOVEFiLM Instant. Who knows – you might just find something unexpected on there too”