In today's generation, every kid loves cartoons, and even elders nowadays. But have you ever thought about how the cartoon's creator gets inspiration? Everyone enjoys cartoons, but no one wants to know how they formed. So, the creators get their inspiration from real-life people. Here is the top ten list of cartoon characters based on real-life people:-
1. Popeye (Frank Fiegel)
He is the inspiration for Popeye the Sailor. Popeye formed from the life of a 'muscly' squinty-eyes sailor name Popeye the Sailor Man. The comic was created by Elzie Segar and dedicated to someone he knew in Illinois. " Rocky" Fiegel was known as a local legend. Like, Popeye smoked and pipe and was toothless. He was a bartender, not a sailor, and people were amazed by how he was so strong.
2. Ursula (Harris Glenn Milstead)
Drag Queen Divine portrayed Ursula, the ultimate villain from Disney's Little Mermaid. Divine was born Harris Glenn Milstead. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to see Ursula come to life as in 1989, the movie was released, and she passed away in 1988.
3. Snow White And The Blue Fairy (Marge Champion)
Marge Champion was a well-known actress in the '30s and '40s, and she was the inspiration behind the titular character of Snow White from " Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. " and " The Blue Fairy. " in Pinocchio. Champion went into the Disney Studios several times to act different scenes for animators.
4. Milhouse Van Houten (Josh Saviano)
If you are a great fan of The Wonder Year, then you probably remember Josh Saviano's performance as Paul Pfeiffer, the best of the main character whose performance would inspire the creation of Milhouse. Otherwise known as Bart's best friend in the iconic television show " The Simpsons. "
5. Mr. Burns (John Rockefeller)
John Rockefeller portrayed Mr. Burns. The most hated family in America has been the inspiration behind the greatest villains in cartoon history. Mr. Burns is known as a plotting and hissing character. John Rockefeller, an oil tycoon, is America's first-ever billionaire, and the media has often portrayed his family as greedy.
6. Harley Quin (Arleen Sorkin)
In the 90s, Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The animated series. Arleen Sorkin is best known for being on the show Days of our Lives, and in one episode, there was a fantasy scene where Sorkin dressed as a clown. Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, ran the idea of Harley being a wise-crackin' sidekick for the Joker based on Sorkin's wit and timing.
7. Belle (Sherri Stoner)
Sherri Stoner portrayed Belle, a notable writer, and producer of cartoons in the 90s. She was a regular in the animation department at Walt Disney Studios, which allowed her to be the inspiration for Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Some habits, like brushing hair away from her face based on Stoner. Later, news broke that
would portray the beloved Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
The inspiration for Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid came from not one but two women, Sherri Stoner and Alyssa Milano. When Alyssa was a child star on the television show, she was the boss of Pocahontas. The inspiration for Pocahontas not only provided her looks but her voice as well.
Aladdin, many girls, and young teens were crushing on an animated heartthrob in the early 90s. The inspiration for Aladdin was someone to behold. Disney animators originally wanted to look at Michael J Fox for inspiration for Aladdin. But they decided to base their character on an actor who should have a bit of sex appeal.
10. The Vultures (The Beatles)
If you have ever seen Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book, you might have felt that something was oddly familiar about the vultures who sing the song " that's what friends are for ." They are the bird version of the Beatles. The band's manager Brian Epstein had asked Disney to include the band in one of their upcoming projects.