Many of the famous (and infamous) Disney characters throughout the chronology of animated films have been inspired by living, breathing people. Check out the story and inspiration behind some of these characters and the real life faces of those Disney classics.
Marge Champion was a famous dancer in the 1930s and 1940s. After modeling for Disney animators, she eventually became the inspiration for Snow White's appearance and movement. She was also the model for the Blue Ferry in Pinocchio and Maid Marion in Robin Hood.
Stoner was a writer and producer for Disney before she became the inspiration for the main character in Beauty and the Beast. She worked mostly on TV shows including "Animaniacs" and "Tiny Toon Adventures."
Animators first planned to model the character from Michael J. Fox and his character from "Back to the Future," but they decided that Aladdin needed a more mature look so they settled on Tom Cruise. Aladdin's pants, however, were inspired directly from M.C. Hammer!
The initial plan was to have the Beatles themselves voice the dialogue and perform the one song featured by the vultures, but John Lennon was not digging the idea. The Liverpool accents and iconic haircuts remained.
Bobby Driscoll was a child actor that was adored throughout the 1950s for his talent and boyish charm and appearance. He starred in may of Disney's live-action films and received an Academy Juvenile Award for his outstanding performance.