Kathryn Beaumont did so much more than just voice the role of Alice; she also provided a live-action reference for “Alice.” The young actress served as a life model, acting opposite to props that were not even there so that the animators could better capture her reactions. The result was something truly unique.
If Beaumont looks familiar, it’s also because she was the voice and live-action reference for another timeless classic, “Peter Pan.” The actress portrayed the eldest of the Darling siblings, Wendy Darling.
In addition to basing their character's design on the actor voicing the role, animators will often have other references they use to create the perfect character. "The Emperor's New Groove's" chief animator, Harald Siepermann, said that Yzma was based in part on the actress that voiced her, Eartha Kitt.
He added that the tram of animators also based the evil sorceress on Peruvian singer Yma Sumac.
Danny DeVito is one of Hollywood's most beloved character actors, known for igniting energy, passion, and his own liveliness into every role he portrays. When Disney asked DeVito to play Philoctetes, there was no way he could turn down the role. He gave it his all, and then some!
The resemblance between the eccentric old Satyr (half-human, half-goat) and the wise-cracking fun-loving actor who plays him is irrefutable!
Everyone has heard of the Wicked Stepmother at some point. Her real name? Lady Tremaine. The Disney classic's villainous stepmother was voiced by and modeled after Eleanor Audley.
The animators that worked on the film said she was drawn "with a sinister and lifelike subtlety that contrasted with the broader treatment given to many of the other characters." We can't deny that it didn't work!
Rainier Wolfcastle is a parody of actor, bodybuilder, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though he is voiced by Harry Shearer, the similarities between the two are almost identical.
Wolfcaslte is from Austria, has huge muscles, stars in Springfield's most excessive action flicks, and even has a wife named Maria. A nod to Arnold's ex-wife Maria Shriver. It all sounds a bit too familiar, doesn't it?