Imagination is not the only source, you see!
#10 W.C. Fields (Mr. Magoo)
The writer of this cartoon, Millard Kaufman, firstly had not intentionally based Mr Magoo on W. C. Fields. But, later the creative directors finally decided to take the hit comedian as an inspiration.
#9 Frank “Rocky”Fiegel (Popeye the Sailor)
This photo is good proof that the cartoon character Popeye the Sailor was truly inspired by Frank Fiegel. He was some kind of a local legend in Chester, Illinois, the hometown of the creator of the cartoon, E. C. Segar.
#8 Dennis Lloyd Ketcham (Dennis “The Menace” Mitchell)
The cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic, Hank Ketcham was considering his own son to be the real Menace, the titular character of this series. One day, their son created some mess to which his mom, Hank’s wife yelled, “Hank, Dennis is Menace!” so Hank got an inspiration to finally finalize the sketch!
#7 Veronica Lake, Lauren Bacall, and Rita Hayworth (Jessica Rabbit)
The character of Jessica Rabbit from the animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on three different women which is very interesting. One of them, the original source of inspiration, was Rita Hayworth, the seductive wife of the animation director Richard Williams. The character’s hair was based on Veronica Lake’s. On director Robert Zemeckis’s insistence, some cues were taken from Lauren Bacall as well.
#6 Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell)
At the beginning, Tinkerbell, one of the world’s most famous fairies from the play Peter Pan was speculated to be based on Marilyn Monroe. But later, it was discovered that character was actually drawn from the looks of Margaret Kerry.
#5 Deadeye/Red Skelton (Yosemite Sam)
It is quite interesting that the Looney Tunes character Yosemite Sam was firstly inspired by director Fritz Freleng, but in later cartoons, he was directly based on Skelton’s Deadeye.
#4 Percy Crosby (Skippy)
The titular character of Percy Crosby’s comic strip, Skippy was based on the younger version of the writer itself!
#3 Marjorie Henderson Buell (Little Lulu)
Marjorie Henderson Buell was one of the few female cartoonists who had also used her younger version to create her cartoon Little LuLu.
The protagonist of Carl Anderson’s comic strip Henry wasn’t based on an actual person. Actually, he happened to make a quick sketch once at a vocational training class for his students, which was later actually an inspiration for his cartoon character Henry!
#1 Mickey Rooney (Archie Andrews)
In CW’s drama series, Archie Andrews was played by actor K.J. Apa. However, in reality, he was inspired by Mickey Rooney!
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