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25 Disney Characters Modeled After Real Actors

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Did you recognize these celebrities from their Disney designs?
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Did you know some of the most beloved Disney characters of all time are based off of real actors? I know! That’s crazy, but I guess on some level it makes sense. When drawing or animating a character, it would be logical to either form the character off of the voice actor for authenticity, or use someone else’s likeness as a foundation. I know I personally would be flattered if someone wanted to animate me! Wouldn’t you?

But today’s list isn’t about us, it’s about those famous characters who were actually based or look like real people. Some of them you probably know, like how Genie in Robin Williams was basically tailored and designed completely around Robin Williams, or the Danny Devito/Phil connection in Hercules. But others you might be surprised about. Like did you know Carl Fredricksen from up is actually the spitting image of famous classic actor Spencer Tracy? Or how much James Woods completely influenced how Hades was portrayed overall? It’s true! Today’s list is packed with fun tidbits like that, so be sure to check it out now!

And after you’re done watching the video, be sure to tell us in the comments which Disney character on the list is your favorite. Is there any that we missed? Tell us that too! And while you’re there, go ahead and hit that big like and subscribe button for more awesome Disney content like this. Thanks for watching Screen Rant! What are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:25 Olaf
0:57 Phil
1:29 Maui
2:07 Carl Fredricksen
2:38 Genie
3:07 Edna Mode
3:50 Scar
4:35 Aladdin
5:12 Tiana
5:48 Wreck-It Ralph
6:11 Hades
6:45 Sadness
7:14 Jessica Rabbit
7:58 Al McWhiggin
8:31 Captain Hook
9:02 Sergeant Calhoun
9:34 Ariel
10:23 The 4 Vultures
10:57 Lady Tremaine/Maleficent
11:34 Alice
11:57 Peter Pan
12:26 Fix-It Felix Jr.
12:48 Pacha
13:20 The Mad Hatter
13:49 Snow White

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Written by: Jacoby Bancroft
Narrated by: Jacoby Bancroft
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