Top 5 Animated Scientists

Top 5 Animated Scientists

And What They Taught Us

Let’s face it, we all love animated movies. Nothing like the classics, right? For me, animated movies played a big role in my life and actually laid a foundation of wonder and curiosity for what the world can offer and what I could accomplish. Therefore, I decided to make a list of the top 5 animated scientists. Now, without further ado, here they are:

5. Professor Porter

Despite his clumsiness, Professor Porter was probably a very smart, renowned scientist back in England; not many scientists have the opportunity to travel and research directly with the animals in their natural habitat. Professor Porter earned a spot on this list because he taught us the importance of having a good work-life balance and to put family first. Professor Porter is a father first, scientist second.

4. Jimmy Neutron

"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius;" this show was a Nickelodeon classic. In the show Neutron claims to have an IQ of 210 (out a max of 200). He’s actually been banned form science fairs so that everyone else has a chance, and he even made his mechanical dog Goddard. Jimmy Neutron earned his place on the list because he taught us that if you actually put work into it you could accomplish anything, even saving your parents from an alien invasion. Also, Jimmy Neutron taught us the importance of having close friends to share your adventures with.

3. Basil of Baker Street

Who doesn’t like a good Sherlock adaptation? In "The Great Mouse Detective," Basil of Baker Street plays the mouse version of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the movie we see how his cunningness, knowledge of chemistry, and sharp deduction skills earn him the title of "The Great Mouse Detective." While at the beginning of the movie Basil is self-centered and only takes Olivia’s case because of the relationship to Professor Ratigan, Basil thought us to stand up for what is right, caring for others, and going out of our way to do what is right. He also taught us that a little bit of science goes a long way.

2. Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Dr. Jumba Jookiba is creator of none other than Experiment 626, better known as Stitch. Despite his evil genius origins, Jumba changed his ways thanks to the actions of a little girl named Lilo. Jumba has proven to be a true genius, not only did he create Stitch with bulletproof skin, super strength, night vision and super computer thinking, he also created 628 other Stitch-like experiments each with a particular characteristic and power. In addition to his experiments, Jumba has designed shrinking rays, flying cars, etc. Jumba earns his place on our list because he taught us to love and enjoy life, that there are more important things than doing what we want, and that when you put your own selfish interests aside, even a four-eyed, evil genius, criminal from outer space can find "ohana".

1. Hiro Hamada

Last, but certainly not least, Hiro Hamada from "Big Hero 6." Hiro not only made super suits for his friends and beat the bad guy in an epic battle, he also constructed a mini army of mind-controlled robots and remade Baymax after the big fight. Hiro is a modern, a bit more down-to-Earth Jimmy Neutron. His personality, love for friends, extraordinary intelligence, and willpower earn him his spot on our list. Hiro Hamada taught us not to use our talents and skills for ourselves, but instead to use it to help others and to have fun with what you do.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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