Actors Who Played Animated Disney Characters
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.
- 1961 VOTES
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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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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Welsh actor Luke Evans took on the role of the narcissistic antagonist Gaston in 2017's Beauty and the Beast. The remake is based on the 1991 Disney animated musical of the same name.
- 4940 VOTES
Josh Gad portrays Gaston's bumbling sidekick LeFou in 2017's Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the 1991 animated classic.
- 5746 VOTES
Neel Sethi As Mowgli
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.
- 6767 VOTES
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens plays the titular Beast in Bill Condon's 2017 remake Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the 1991 animated musical of the same name.