A good actor can transform into many characters, but one with a strong vocal personality can make a cartoon really come to life.The voice of the cartoon character can make a character look completely different and it differentiates as much as the animation does. There’s plenty of characters to go for, with animations getting increasingly popular.
Any actor can borrow his/her voice to make a character come to life, yet there are some characters that look very well with their real-life counterparts. You see, animations are made with a voice actor ready in mind, the appearances of the characters can be very similar with the actors. So, feel free to check out this list and find out if your favorite character is here.
10. Elijah Wood as Mumble from ‘Happy Feet’
Released in 2006, the Australian-American computer-animated musical family film is directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. Produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros., the film was the first animated film produced by Kennedy Miller. Among the stars who voiced the characters is actor Elijah Wood. He is the lead of both Happy Feet films where he voices Mumble, the toe-tapping leader of the dance.
9. Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Simba from ‘The Lion King’
The Disney film was released in 1994 and was the highest grossing release of that year. Some of that success is attributed to Jonathan Taylor Thomas.His portrayal was perfect, and even had that light-hearted rebellious attitude that Simba had and Jonathan captured. It makes sense that the slightly sassy attitude of the to-be king of the jungle would be played so perfectly by a to-be teen idol and child star.
8. John C. Reilly as Ralph from ‘Wreck-It Ralph’
When it was released in 2012, the Disney film was one big hit. It earned $471 million worldwide and had both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.Reilly, who isn’t such a massive guy like Ralph, is an acclaimed comedian actor. He and his character have a lot in common. Both are quite mischievous, with quirky smiles and rowdy hair.
7. Ed Asner as Carl from ‘Up’
Another Disney/Pixar Film, Up was a huge success, grossing $731 million when it was released in 2009. But it also received 5 Academy Award nominations, including the one for the Best Picture. The character was partially influenced by Lou Grant, a fictional character played by Ed Asner. The thick white eyebrows, the square glasses, round noses and kind eyes are features that make Ed and Carl similar looking men.
6. Rowan Atkinson as Zazu from ‘The Lion King’
The famous British actor, Rowan Atkinson has a vast resume. Besides giving life to iconic character Mr. Bean, Atkinson is also known for his performance as Blackadder.However, he may not be so recognized as the dignified blue bird in The Lion King. Atkinson’s expressive eyebrows and mouth are two features that make him particularly distinct.
5. Kristen Wiig as Lucy from ‘Despicable Me 2′
Wiig’s character from Despicable Me 2 is an agent from the Anti-Villain League who teams up with main character Gru to catch a bad guy. Kristen Wiig was once an SNL cast member, and also made an appearance in the first Despicable Me as Miss Hattie, a mean and short lady, quite unlike Wiig. Both Kristen and Lucy are slim, enthusiastic and quirky ladies, with reddish hair.
4. Danny DeVito as Philoctetes from ‘Hercules’
Philoctetes, Phil for short, was a half man, half goat, satyr who trained heroes, including Hercules, in ancient Greek mythology. In the Disney film Hercules, the short hairy, round creature was played by an equally short and rotund actor Danny DeVito. The supervising animator, Eric Goldberg, said he took his inspiration from Grumpy, a character from Show White and Bacchus from Fantasia, when he created Phil.
3. Angelina Jolie as Lola from ‘Shark Tale’
Among the actors who voiced the characters from Shark Tale are Will Smith, Bruce Willis, Jack Black, Rene Zellweger, Robert De Niro, and Angelina Jolie. However, for this animated film, all the characters look like their voice actors and most of these characters could have their own entry on this list. But we are focusing our attention towards Angelina Jolie. She voiced Lola, a beautiful lionfish who seduces the main character Oscar.
2. Irene Bedard as Pocahontas from ‘Pocahontas’
The actress, who voiced Pocahontas in the film with the same name, may not be as famous as some of the other characters featured here, but her character definitely is. Released in 1995, the classic Disney film was another big success. The character of Pocahontas and the movie itself was based on Native American folklore that surrounds the real person of Pocahontas.
1. Robin Williams as Genie from ‘Aladdin’
This is the last actor who looks like the cartoon character he played, and perhaps is the one who looks like it the most. Aladdin was one of the first films that boasted seasoned actors when it was released in 1992. The cast included Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Welker apart from Robin Williams. Apart from Genie’s blue skin, the two of them are so much alike. Even their facial features are similar their round cheekbones, square jaws and huge smiles.