We often talk about the daunting breaks between Disney movies and real life, about how adulthood hazes the idyllic facade of stunningly gorgeous princesses and talking animals alike. Covert dirty jokes in Disney movies and a crushing thing called "realism" tends to taint that perfect picture. But, if you really want to have your childhood ruined, all you have to do is take a gander at the voice actors behind those gorgeous princesses and talking animals. After all, have you ever actually wondered what the Disney characters voice actors look like?
I mean, OK, every once in a while you'll glimpse vintage pictures of the actresses behind Disney princesses, and it's just Internet perfection. But, other times, you forget that your favorite Disney renaissance films are voiced by a slew of famous (or, um, quasi-famous) real life actors. Hell, I still forget Kristen Bell voiced Princess Anna from Frozen, and that movie came out like five minutes ago. In any case, I did the digging, and took a stern look at some of the Disney protagonists of the last 15 or so years, and unearthed some of hidden gems.
So brace yourself, kids, and check out this quick rundown of some of the famous forgotten faces behind the Disney characters. Rest assured, this cannot be unseen.
Mrs. Potts From Beauty And The Beast...
...is Angela Lansbury!
Girl, plz, you may have already known this one. Lansbury's Broadway-approved signing voice basically guides the titular song.
Aladdin From Aladdin...
...is Scott Weinger!
"Who?" DJ's BOYFRIEND FROM FULL HOUSE, YOU GUYS! God, do I have to revoke your '90s Kid card now?
Sally From The Nightmare Before Christmas...
...is Catherine O'Hara!
Oh, and that's her posing with Jack Skellington's singing voice (and the movie's composer, and former Oingo Boingo frontman) Danny Elfman. Um, on her right, I'm pretty sure most of you can pinpoint which one is Tim Burton.
Simba from The Lion King...
...is Matthew Broderick!
Not only that, but young Simba is voiced by your favorite walking Tiger Beat cover, Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
John Smith from Pocahontas...
...is Mel Gibson!
Eesh. Oh, and his redheaded buddy Thomas? He grew up to be Batman himself, Christian Bale.
Miss Spider from James and the Giant Peach...
...is Susan Sarandon!
Well, that's something I would've never guessed on my own. (Although, I haven't really spent many sleepless nights pondering, "Who voiced Miss Spider?)
Esmerelda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame...
...is Demi Moore!
Not the singing parts, but you know, whenever she had to say... words.
Hercules from Hercules...
...is Tate Donovan!
Known to many of our readers as Jimmy Cooper on The O.C.
Jane Porter from Tarzan...
...is Minnie Driver!
I would never know this without looking it up considering the only thing I remember from that movie is that Phil Collins song.
Emperor Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove
...is David Spade!
Jim Hawkins from Treasure Planet...
...is Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
And, ironically, this is the only movie featuring my boyfriend that I've never seen. See? I told you. Once you've seen these real-life faces, you can't un-see them.
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