By now it’s no more hidden that movie creators take inspiration from actual human being to give life to their animated cartoon characters. So let’s go through a few examples which are far too similar.
1. Montgomery Burns — Baron Jacob Rothschild
You definitely don’t know this but the character of Richie rich, Mr Burns is a prototype of many well-known people combined. Among the other real-life characters, the strongest match in appearance of Mr Burns is Baron Jacob Rothschild.
2. Ursula — actor Harris Glenn Milstead (Divine)
You can match up the characters very well. The cartoon and the human prototype are like a carbon copy.
3. Ariel — actress Alyssa Milano
Although the initial sketches were inspired from animator Glen Keane’s wife, but the final version was based on this actress.
4. Shrek — wrestler Maurice Tillet
The human “Shrek” was diagnosed with acromegaly at the age of 19, which changed his features a lot.
5. Betty Boop — Helen Kane
Though a lawsuit has been filed as Helen was not informed by the creators before releasing the cartoon, Helen is the prototype of Betty Boop.
6. Snow White — actress Marge Champion
This is one of the most related cartoon characters. Marge even gave her movements to the intial sections of the cartoon.
7. Aladdin — actor Tom Cruise
Now we know where Aladdin got his looks from. Originally the choice was Michael J. Fox, but then it fell on Tom Cruise.
8. Edna Mode — costume designer Edith Head
The human look alike is actually a hoarder of 8 Oscars, which is the highest among other women designers. The cartoon character Edna is from The Incredibles.
9. Maleficent — actress Eleanor Audley
The human character from which Maleficent got her features and voice is a radio actress. She also gave the voice to Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother of Cinderella.
10. Genie — actor Robin Williams
Match the nose, and you will totally get it. Ron Clements and John Musker have always pictured this character like this. And that’s what they directed the animator to create. And we must admit he did a pretty good job.
11. WALL-E — director Woody Allen.
Creating animated characters are no doubt pretty difficult. But creating a robot, who doesn’t actually has a face, inspired from a human prototype is challenging. Because somehow the resemblance had to be brought out. I think here the glasses have worked.
12. Boo from Monsters, Inc.
This is not an example of prototype. But don’t they just look alike? She is literally like Mary’s human twin.