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Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters  

Ann Casano
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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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Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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English actor Joely Richardson plays Anita Campbell-Green Dearly (Anita Radcliffe in the animated movie) in the 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians. The movie is based on the 1961 Disney animated classic.

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Neel Sethi As Mowgli
Neel Sethi As Mowgli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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Young Neel Sethi took on the role of Mowgli in The Jungle Book in 2016, which is based on the 1967 animated musical of the same name. 

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