In earlier days, animated characters were all about voice-overs. Being a voice actor was an incredibly weird thing, because, for the most part, nobody knew which actor was behind the animations. However, with the rise in live-action adaptations of animated feature films, we have witnessed some incredibly spot-on casting of animated character
These actors are almost like the doppelgangers of the animated characters they have played. Scroll below and check out some of the best cast live-action versions of animated characters.
1. Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970) and Scooby-Doo (2002)
Matthew Lillard was meant for this role and was so perfectly cast in every way.
2. Velma in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970) and Scooby-Doo (2002)
Even Linda Cardellini graciously nailed her role as Velma
3. Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Beauty and the Beast (2017)
If there’s any actor who embodies Belle, it’s Emma Watson.
4. Aladdin in Aladdin (1992) and Aladdin (2019)
Finally, a real-life version of our favorite Disney prince. Mena Massoud, call me.
5. Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and 101 Dalmatians (1996)
Glenn Close is Cruella de Vil. Except, you know, not evil.
6. Elsa in Once Upon a Time and Frozen
Georgina Haig did a great job as Elsa, but it was really the hair, costuming, and makeup teams that made this casting work.
7. Anna in Once Upon a Time and Frozen
You might recognize Elizabeth Lail as Beck from You where she played a very different role.
8. Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Taylor Momsen (of Gossip Girl and The Pretty Reckless) was an adorable Cindy Lou Who. She captured Cindy’s innocent sweetness just perfectly
9. The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey might have been all covered in makeup but his facial expressions alone made him the perfect casting for the Grinch.
10. Fred in The Flintstones (1960–1966) and The Flintstones (1994)
All John Goodman needed was a wig to become Fred Flinstone.
11. Madeline in Madeline (1993–2001) and Madeline (1998)
Was anyone else obsessed with Madeline when they were younger? I was, and I never even knew about the live-action version! But Hatty Jones looks like she fits the part perfectly.
12. Jem in Jem (1989–1992) and Jem and the Holograms (2015)
This was mostly the hair and makeup, and the movie was trash, but still, Aubrey Peeples looks totally like Jem above.
13. Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Christopher Robin (2018)
Orton O’Brien was a great Christopher Robin, albeit a brief one.
14. Mr. Crocker in The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017) and A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011)
David Lewis’s hair was perfect!
15. Mowgli in The Jungle Book (1967) and The Jungle Book (2016)
This is another example of the hair team really getting it right, but Neel Sethi was great in this film too!
16. Wilma in The Flintstones (1960–1966) and The Flintstones (1994)
Elizabeth Perkins beat all your parents who were Wilma Flinstone for Halloween.
17. Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Maleficent (2014)
Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones are the real star of Maleficent.
18. Kim in Kim Possible (2002–2007) and Kim Possible (2019)
Sadie Stanley was super cute as Kim Possible, even if this live-action version wasn’t all we’d hoped it would be.
19. Dora in Dora the Explorer (2000–present) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
Isabela Moner portrayed a teenager Dora perfectly.
20. Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan (2020)
I can’t wait to see Liu Yifei as Mulan when the film finally comes out!
21. Olive Oyl in The All New Popeye Hour (1978–1983) and Popeye (1980)
Find me someone who looks more like Olive Oyl than Shelley Duvall.
22. And finally, Tarzan in Tarzan (1999) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
It is simply hard to recognize Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan. Props to the hair and makeup team and his workout regimen!
Which actor do you think looks like a total doppelganger of their animated counterparts? Tell us in the comment section!