Ever wondered that your favourite cartoon characters might just be a real person walking by you or just turn out to be an impersonation of your favourite celebrity.
Have a look !
1. Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”
Among your favorite cartoon characters Disney’s own mermaid princess was loosely based on a real life personality, the american actress Alyssa Milano who was the main inspiration deriving those expressive eyes and petite body from her human counterpart and the red hair were inspired by American Astronaut Sally Ride.
Yet another Disney Character inspired from a real life non other than Hollywood star and heart-throb Tom Cruise ! The makers of this character finally settled for the actor as the base inspiration for their Rat Prince, donning those big eyebrows, handsome looks and an overly confident charm.
3. Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”
The animators of this “Beauty and the Beast” Disney Character was based on Sherri Stone, the Animation Writer and Producer, following the same mannerisms and facial expressions from this character of real life and this american disney animator served as an inspiration for many more of Disney’s creations.
4. Popeye The Sailor Man from “Popeye”
This iconic muscular spinach eating sailor man was created 86 years ago by E.C. Segar it was directly inspired by a real life Sailor Franc Fiegel who was notoriously famous for beating up people and name calling. Interestingly E.C. Segar was known to base his characters on people he actually knew.
5. Edna Mode from “The Incredibles (2004)”
The cocky arrogant superhero costume designer from the disney animation feature film the incredibles was actually based on real life costume designer Edith Head. The two share some striking resemblances such as those black framed glasses
6. Ursula from “The Little Mermaid”
Talking of cartoon characters, this was the most haunting.This menancing Walt Disney Series Antagonist was based on American performer & singer Harris Glenn Milstead ( Stage Name : Divine). From the hairdo to the make-up to the bulky body this characters owes a lot to this John Walter’s movie star.
7. Milhouse from “The Simpsons”
The Nerdy yet likable neighbourhood friend from The Simpsons is inspired from Actor Paul Pfeiffer who made made a few stints on tv shows such as Josh Saviano from “The Wonder Years?” .The two share quite a few things from the nerdy hairstyle to those weird frame glasses.
8. Pocahontas from “Pocahontas (1995)
Walt Disney’s Legendary Indian Princess Pocahontas is based on the Native American beauty Irene Bedard who had also lent her voice apart from being the real life character after which the disney princess was modelled.
9. Betty Boop from “Dizzy Dishes”
Betty Boop was based on American Singer of the 1920’s Helen Kane , Interestingly enough the singer was not so pleased and later sued Paramount Pictures and its animator for a suit 234,279.82 pounds calling it a “deliberate caricature ”
10. Snow White
Snow White was the first Disney Princess featured in the 1937 feature film of the same name, the character was fully modelled on the hollywood starlet of the 1930’s Marge Champion which helped the animators visualize the iconic disney character.