She’s been around for almost a century, so it’s hard to remember just how complex Betty Boop’s origins are. Interestingly enough, the character was created as a French poodle. Betty Boop made her first appearance on “Dizzy Dashes” in 1930.
Though Clara Bow is often given credit as the inspiration for Boop’s character, some believe that she began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. To add another twist to the story, Kane herself basically copied performer Baby Ester.
Vultures from The Jungle Book
We bet you never thought The Beatles would be featured in a Disney movie, did you? Well, they were, kind of. The Vultures from "The Jungle Book" was originally going to be voiced by The Beatles.
Brian Epstein, the band's manager, approached the Disney studios about having the band appear in the film. Hence, the film's animators created the Vultures specifically to be voiced by the band. At the end of the day, the plans did not appear to have come to fruition, either based on clashing schedules or Lennon's refusal to participate in the film.
Irene Bedard landed the role of her career when she got cast to voice and provided the facial basis for the title character in Disney's "Pocahontas." The stunning actress was chosen in 1995 as one of "People" magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and we can see why. She is absolutely magnificent.
Bedad has played many Native American characters in various films throughout her, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that she was the model for Pocahontas's character.
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?
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!