10 Real Life Inspirations For Famous Cartoon Characters

Every now and then writers, creators and even animators gain inspiration for their work from either someone they know, love or admire from afar. Many of the cartoons we all know and love were created and drawn from some sort of inspiration. The majority of the most famous cartoon characters were based on real life celebrities or other fictional characters. Here’s a list of some popular cartoon characters that were based on the likeness of other well known individuals.

Alyssa Milano – The Little Mermaid

Actress Alyssa Milano was the inspiration behind Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The artists used photos of Alyssa when she was starring on Who’s The Boss? to create Ariel’s bold eyes and bone structure.

Josh Saviano – Milhouse Van Houten

Josh Saviano played the nerdy Paul Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years. His character was the inspiration for Bart Simpson’s geeky friend, Milhouse Van Houten.