Bright Side

16 animated movie characters who were based on Hollywood actors

Some of the characters in animated films remind us of Hollywood stars, and that's no accident. In these cases, the character is very much based on a real actor's key features. First, the voice of the actor is accepted, and then the artists create a funny image for it. The physical appearance of the new character is often based on that of the actor themselves.

We at Bright Side were surprised to find out just how many characters are based on real people. Here's a selection of those cases where reality and art have swapped places.

David Schwimmer — Melman (Madagascar)

Justin Timberlake — Prince Artie (Shrek the Third)

Angelina Jolie — Master Tigress (Kung Fu Panda)

Hugh Jackman — Roddy (Flushed Away)

Reese Witherspoon — Susan Murphy (Monsters vs. Aliens)

Antonio Banderas — Puss in Boots (Puss in Boots)

Will Ferrell — Megamind (Megamind)

Eddie Murphy — Donkey (Shrek)

Gary Oldman — General Grawl (Planet 51)


Jackie Chan — Master Monkey (Kung Fu Panda)

Tom Hanks — Sheriff Woody (Toy Story)

Dustin Hoffman — Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

Brad Pitt — Metro Man (Megamind)

Angelina Jolie — Lola (Shark Tale)

Zach Braff — Chicken Little (Chicken Little)

Kevin Hart — Snowball (The Secret Life of Pets)

Preview photo credit wikifur, Walt Disney Pictures