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Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters 

Ann Casano
Updated April 15, 2020 14.2k votes 1.3k voters 18.5k views 31 items

List Rules Vote up the actors who truly brought their animated characters to life.

Disney has been extremely successful in taking its most beloved animated heroes and villains and turning them into live-action characters.

The live-action remakes of classic cartoons breathe new life into favorite childhood stories. Lily James proved the perfect fit for Cinderella in 2015’s re-imagining of the 1950 animated musical. And movie audiences loved seeing Emma Watson transition from book-loving Harry Potter pal Hermione to book-loving Beast-tamer Belle in the 2017 box office smash Beauty and the Beast.

For a look at how live-action Disney characters compare to their cartoon counterparts, check out how some of the biggest names in Hollywood - like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp - have morphed into your favorite Disney icons. 

Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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Glenn Close plays the villainous Cruella de Vil in 1996's 101 Dalmatians and the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians, which are based on the 1961 version of the animated classic.

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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Johnny Depp took on the Mad Hatter in the live-action films Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016, which are both based on the animated classic Alice in Wonderland (1951).

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie plays the titular antagonist in Maleficent, the 2014 remake of the 1959 animated fantasy musical Sleeping Beauty.

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Josh Gad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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Josh Gad portrays Gaston's bumbling sidekick LeFou in 2017's Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the 1991 animated classic. 

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