11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

Art is a form of expression and the most renowned artists are often inspired by the world around them. There is no lack of inspiration in the real world and nature. This also applies to the cartoon artists. Here we present 11 character drawings that were based on actual people.

1. Mr. Magoo – W. C. Fields

Mr. Magoo was an old man with near-sightedness. The character was designed by Millard Kaufman and it was Pete Burness who spotted a similarity between the character and Fields.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

2. Popeye the Sailor – Frank “Rocky” Fiegel

The actor was drawn to resemble the sailor and Elzie Crisler had done the reimagining of the one-eyed sailor.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

3. Dennis “The Menace” – Dennis Lloyd Ketcham

Hank Ketcham used his son’s resemblance as the base for the character. Dennis used to keep his parents on toes in many ways. Hank exaggerated his son’s actions in the cartoons.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

4. Jessica Rabbit – Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, and Lauren Bacall

Rita Hayworth was the inspiration behind the character of this seductive wife. Richard Williams altered the character and made her resemble Veronica Lake.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

5. Tinker Bell – Margaret Kerry

Despite the fact that J.M. Barrie had created the character of Tinker Bell in 1904, this fairy was made famous by the movie where the Disney character was inspired by an actress’ appearance.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

6. Yosemite Sam – Deadeye/Red Skelton

Fritz Frelang served as the inspiration for this Looney Tunes character.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

7. Skippy – Percy Crosby

The cartoonist was inspired by himself for this character. He fashioned the mischief maker after his own childhood memories.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

8. Little Lulu – Marjorie Henderson Buell

Marjorie Henderson Buell based the character of Little Lulu on her own childhood experiences.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

9. Henry: Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson drew a sketch at age 67 for the students of a vocational school.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

10. Archie Andrews – Mickey Rooney

This iconic character was inspired by a boy who had a freckled face.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

11. Betty Boop – Helen Kane

Helen Kane was the inspiration for Betty Boop. She was a singer and the character appeared to be like her. In fact, Helen sued the creator after the cartoon was released.

11 Times Characters Were Inspired By Real People

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