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Updated on Aug 6, 2020. Posted on Aug 2, 2020

22 Actors Who Looked Just Like Their Animated Counterparts

No one can beat Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.

I love seeing my favorite cartoons turned into live-action shows and films.* It's so cool to see which actors are cast to play the beloved characters, and how the hair and makeup teams transform them! Below are some of my favorites:

Paramount Pictures

With the exception of The Last Airbender, of course.

1. Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970) and Scooby-Doo (2002)

Hanna-Barbera Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

Matthew Lillard was so perfectly cast in every way.

2. Velma in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970) and Scooby-Doo (2002)

Hanna-Barbera Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

But Linda Cardellini was also so cute as Velma!!

3. Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Emma Waston literally embodies Belle.

4. Aladdin in Aladdin (1992) and Aladdin (2019)

Disney, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Finally, a real-life version of our favorite Disney prince. Mena Massoud, call me.

5. Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and 101 Dalmatians (1996)

Disney, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Glenn Close IS Cruella de Vil. Except, you know, not evil.

6. Elsa in Once Upon a Time and Frozen

the live-action and animated versions of Elsa in her coronation dress and ice dress
ABC / Disney

Georgina Haig did a great job as Elsa, but it was really the hair, costuming, and makeup teams that made this casting work.

7. Anna in Once Upon a Time and Frozen

Disney, ABC

You might recognize Elizabeth Lail as Beck from You. A verrryyy different role.

8. Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

CBS, Universal Pictures

Taylor Momsen (of Gossip Girl and The Pretty Reckless) was an adorable Cindy Lou Who. She captured Cindy's innocent sweetness so well!

9. The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

CBS, Universal Pictures

I know this is probably cheating because Jim Carrey was covered in makeup...but his facial expressions alone made him the perfect casting for the Grinch.

10. Fred in The Flintstones (1960–1966) and The Flintstones (1994)

Hanna-Barbera Productions, Universal Pictures

All John Goodman needed was a wig to become Fred Flinstone.

11. Madeline in Madeline (1993–2001) and Madeline (1998)

ABC, TriStar Pictures

Was anyone else obsessed with Madeline when they were younger? I was, and I never even knew about the live-action version! But Hatty Jones looks like she fits the part perfectly.

12. Jem in Jem (1989–1992) and Jem and the Holograms (2015)

Hasbro Studios, Universal Pictures

This was mostly the hair and makeup, and the movie was trash, but still, Aubrey Peeples looks totally like Jem above.

13. Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Christopher Robin (2018)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Orton O'Brien was a great Christopher Robin, albeit a brief one.

14. Mr. Crocker in The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017) and A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011)

Nickelodeon

David Lewis's hair was perfect!

15. Mowgli in The Jungle Book (1967) and The Jungle Book (2016)

Disney, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

This is another example of the hair team really getting it right, but Neel Sethi was great in this film too!

16. Wilma in The Flintstones (1960–1966) and The Flintstones (1994)

Hanna-Barbera Productions, Universal Pictures

Elizabeth Perkins beat all your parents who were Wilma Flinstone for Halloween.

17. Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Maleficent (2014)

Disney, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Angelina Jolie's cheekbones are the real star of Maleficent.

18. Kim in Kim Possible (2002–2007) and Kim Possible (2019)

Disney Channel

Sadie Stanley was super cute as Kim Possible, even if this live-action version wasn't all we'd hoped it would be.

19. Dora in Dora the Explorer (2000–present) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures

Isabela Moner portrayed a teenager Dora perfectly.

20. Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan (2020)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Disney

I can't wait to see Liu Yifei as Mulan when the film finally comes out!

21. Olive Oyl in The All New Popeye Hour (1978–1983) and Popeye (1980)

CBS, Paramount Pictures

Find me someone who looks more like Olive Oyl than Shelley Duvall.

22. And finally, Tarzan in Tarzan (1999) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Disney, Warner Bros. Pictures

Alexander Skarsgård is unrecognizable as Tarzan. Props to the hair and makeup team and his workout regimen!

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