Our Favorite Animated Animal Movie Characters, In Real Life!

Do you ever wonder where movie animators get the inspiration for the characters they create?

FROM REAL LIFE!

That’s right, many animated characters that you know and love have been practically photo-copied and thrown up on the big screen.

Here are 14 of your favorite characters side-by-side with their real life inspiration.

Puss in Boots, Shrek

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation, Instagram

Bambi, Bambi

Photo credit: Walt Disney, Instagram

Mufasa and Simba, The Lion King

Photo credit: Walt Disney, imgur

Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation, imgur

Tod and Copper, The Fox and the Hound

Photo credit: Walt Disney, imgur

Pua, Moana

Photo credit: Walt Disney, depositphotos

Kenai and Koda, Brother Bear

Photo credit: Walt Disney, depositphotos

Sylvester, The Looney Tunes Show

Photo credit: Warner Bros., Instagram

Po, Kung Fu Panda

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation, depositphotos

Marlin and Dory, Finding Nemo

Photo credit: Pixar, imgur

HeiHei, Moana

Photo credit: Walt Disney, depositphotos

Abu and Iago, Aladdin

Photo credit: Walt Disney, imgur

Timon and Simba, The Lion King

Photo credit: Walt Disney, tumblr

Donkey, Shrek

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation, imgur