- At the moment, Disney has remade eight of their animated classics into live action movies, plus two more live action sequels.
- They also have at least 20 more remakes planned.
- Here’s how all the live action characters compare to their animated counterparts.
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We’ve compared all the major live action Disney characters to their original, animated counterparts. You might be surprised how similar – or different – they are.
Emma Watson played Belle in the 2017 remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”
The 2017 film was pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the 1991 classic, so there wasn’t much difference between the two.
Dan Stevens wore a comically large motion capture suit to shoot his scenes as the Beast.
But Stevens also got to show off his real face towards the end.
Canonically speaking, the Beast doesn’t have a real name.
Kevin Kline played a slightly more normal version of Belle’s father, Maurice.
The 2017 film also gave Belle’s deceased mother more of a backstory, and delved into Maurice’s love for her.
The villainous — and comically vain — Gaston was played by Luke Evans.
No word if Evans ate five dozen eggs every day to get in character.
Josh Gad played Gaston’s loyal henchman, LeFou.
The dashing candelabra Lumiere was voiced by Ewan McGregor.
Lumiere’s best known for the iconic Disney anthem “Be Our Guest.” Human Lumiere was just as charming.
And Ian McKellan voiced the clock version of the anxious Cogsworth.
He ended up being a softy at heart, though.
Emma Thompson took over for Angela Lansbury as talking teapot Mrs. Potts.
Just like in the original, Mrs. Potts sings “Beauty and the Beast” during the famous ballroom dancing scene.
Lily James starred as Cinderella in the 2015 remake of the same name.
The biggest difference between the “Cinderella” films is that the live action version isn’t a musical. Say goodbye to all your faves like “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”
James’ dress took 4,000 hours to create.
Her Prince Charming was played by Richard Madden.
In the 1950 original, the prince is just referred to as The Prince. Madden’s prince gets a name: Kit.
Cate Blanchett played evil stepmother Lady Tremaine.
The remake tried to give her more dimension, but she was still just plain despicable.
Evil stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella were played by Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera.
Their costumes are even more outlandish than their animated counterparts’.
Helena Bonham Carter played the Fairy Godmother.
After a few years of playing villains (Bellatrix Lestrange in “Harry Potter” and Madame Thénardier in “Les Mis,” to name a few), Carter got to play the magical and benevolent Fairy Godmother.
Angelina Jolie put a spin on the villain of “Sleeping Beauty” by making her the focus of her own film, “Maleficent.”
The 2014 film rehashed the same story, but from Maleficent’s perspective. Turns out, Maleficent was way more complicated than the original allowed her to be.
Elle Fanning played Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty.
In this version, Aurora saw Maleficent as her guardian angel, not a villain.
Aurora’s father, King Stefan, was played by South African actor Sharlto Copley.
The King wasn’t so developed in the original, but he’s downright malicious in “Maleficent.”
Aurora’s prince Phillip was played by Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites was replaced by Harris Dickinson for the upcoming sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
Tim Burton remade the 1951 “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
The 2010 movie aged up Alice from a young girl to 19 years old, and combined the original animated movie with scenes from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books by adding in the White Queen and the beastly Jabberwocky.
Johnny Depp played a more tortured version of the Mad Hatter.
The Mad Hatter’s backstory was explored more in the 2016 sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”
Helena Bonham Carter reunited with Depp and Burton once again to play the Queen of Hearts.
The trio had previously worked together in “Sweeney Todd,” “Corpse Bride,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Dark Shadows.”
The March Hare was voiced by Welsh actor Paul Whitehouse.
Whitehouse also appeared in deleted scenes of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” as Sir Cadogan, a bumbling knight inside a painting.
Michael Sheen voiced the harried White Rabbit.
Sheen said playing the White Rabbit was “just like a dream come true.”
Comedian Stephen Fry played the smiling Cheshire Cat.
Burton’s Cheshire Cat has a more muted colour palette.
Both Tweedledee and Tweedledum were played by Matt Lucas.
Their names have since become shorthand for two people who act and dress in the exact same way – it’s usually not a compliment.
Alan Rickman played the Caterpillar.
The only characters from “Dumbo” to make the leap from the animated movie to the live action remake are Dumbo himself and his mother.
In both the 1941 original and the 2019 remake, Dumbo is a silent character. The rest of the movie drastically differs by adding multiple new human characters, both heroic and villainous, and taking away some problematic aspects of the animated film, like the crows and the scary scene in which Dumbo hallucinates.
Newcomer Neel Sethi played Mowgli in the 2016 remake of “The Jungle Book.”
This is not to be confused with the 2018 Netflix film “Mowgli.” The 2016 movie adheres closely to the animated movie, while “Mowgli” is more loosely based on Rudyard Kipling’s original books.
Bill Murray played loveable bear Baloo.
“I just couldn’t say no to playing Baloo,” said Murray in the film’s press kit.
Iconic British actor Ben Kingsley played Bagheera.
“Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau has worked with Kingsley before in “Iron Man 3.” Favreau played loyal Iron Man sidekick Happy Hogan, and Kingsley took on the mantle of The Mandarin, one of Iron Man’s most famous adversaries.
Christopher Walken played a more frightening version of King Louie.
For the remake, King Louie was changed from an orangutan to an extinct species, Gigantopithecus, which is essentially a giant ape.
Idris Elba voiced the vengeful tiger Shere Khan.
Elba was so impressed with the technology that he had to ask the filmmakers if it was a real tiger on screen.
Scarlett Johansson played a gender-swapped Kaa.
In the original, Kaa was voiced by a man, Sterling Holloway, but Johansson took over the role because Favreau felt the film was too male-heavy.
“Breaking Bad” star Giancarlo Esposito voiced Akela.
Akela, the leader of the wolf pack Mowgli is adopted by, played a smaller role in the 1967 version.
Lupita Nyong’o played Raksha.
Raksha is the adoptive mother of Mowgli who discovers him as an abandoned baby – though she doesn’t speak in the original.
Glenn Close played the terrifying Cruella de Vil in the 1996 version of “101 Dalmatians.”
Close was one of two actors to reprise her role in the 2000 sequel “102 Dalmatians.” Besides changing the time period from the ’60s to the ’90s, the live action remake sticks to the plot of the original.
Jeff Daniels played Roger, one of the owners of the titular Dalmatians.
Roger is the owner of Pongo, the father of all the puppies.
Joely Richardson played Anita, Roger’s wife and employee of Cruella.
Anita owns Perdy, the mother of all the puppies. Anita and Roger, like Pongo and Perdy, are married.
Mark Williams played one of Cruella’s henchman, Horace.
You might recognise Williams from his role as Arthur Weasley in the “Harry Potter” films.
And that’s Hugh Laurie as Jasper, Cruella’s other henchman.
Laurie, of course, is best known for his role as Dr. Gregory House in “House.”
Ewan McGregor played a grown-up version of Christopher Robin in 2018’s “Christopher Robin.”
Traditionally, Winnie the Pooh’s human bestie is a child, but this movie aged him up quite a bit. “Christopher Robin” shows Christopher after he’s grown up and left the One Hundred Acre Wood behind, so it’s not based on any specific animated movie, but rather the characters themselves.
Veteran voice actor Jim Cummings played Winnie the Pooh.
Cummings has been voicing the honey-loving bear since 1988 when he took over for Hal Smith.
Comedian Nick Mohammed voiced Piglet.
This was Mohammed’s first time voicing Piglet, who has most recently been played by Travis Oates.
The neurotic Rabbit was played by Peter Capaldi.
Capaldi is known around the world for his stint as the Twelfth Doctor in “Doctor Who.”
Mother and daughter duo Kanga and Roo were played by Sophie Okonedo and Sara Sheen, respectively.
Roo is normally a boy, but the film gender-swapped her for a girl.
Brad Garrett played the ever-relatable Eeyore.
The perpetually morose Eeyore has been voiced by Garrett previously in an animated special for Disney.
Jim Cummings also voiced the boisterous Tigger.
Cummings began voicing Tigger in 1990, taking over for longtime voice actor Paul Winchell.
Toby Jones played the wise Owl.
Owl, like Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo, doesn’t make the trek from the One Hundred Acre Wood to the real world.
In the May 2019 remake of the 1992 version of “Aladdin,” the titular character is played by Mena Massoud.
Massoud might be familiar to “Jack Ryan” fans. He plays Ryan’s colleague, Tarek Kassar. As INSIDER’s Kirsten Acuna noted,Massoud’s portrayal of Aladdin is one of the movie’s high notes.
Princess Jasmine is played by Naomi Scott.
Jasmine differentiates herself from other Disney princesses by actually refusing to get married, as opposed to aspiring to it. In the 2019 version, the princess even gets her own song, and a brand-new motivation to become the first female sultan of Agrabah.
Will Smith has giant shoes to fill in his role as the Genie.
The Genie was made iconic by the late Robin Williams in the animated version. While Smith doesn’t come close to Williams’ hyperactive, pop culture loving, frequently transfigured Genie, he successfully puts his own spin on the character. He even gets to rap!
The evil Jafar is played by Marwan Kenzari.
The biggest change that the live action movie makes is … turning the villainous Grand Vizier Jafar into what the internet has dubbed “Hot Jafar.” We can’t disagree – Kenzari is clearly a good looking guy.
A decidedly wiser version of the Sultan was played by Navid Negahban.
In the original animated classic, the Sultan is essentially a bumbling old man – he means well, but he’s not exactly a commanding presence.
Negahban’s Sultan is wiser and less easily manipulated by Jafar. He’s stubborn about forcing his daughter to marry a prince and not letting Jasmine succeed him as sultan, but they’re on more equal footing intellectually than their animated counterparts.
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