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We've been familiar with their voices for years, they were a big part of our childhood, giving us laughs, great songs, and even teaching us valuable life lessons. But behind their iconic animated faces, what exactly do our favorite TV and movie characters look like in the flesh? Well, it might surprise you!

Take a look at the real face of the most famous animated characters (as well as one not so animated) and see if you aren't surprised:

Idina Menzel and Elsa

Idina Menzel, the voice behind blonde-haired, blue-eyed Elsa in the blockbuster film Frozen, looks totally different from her animated counter-part. While 21-year-old Elsa hails from somewhere in Scandinavia, Menzel's family, who are Jewish, originally emigrated from Russia and Eastern Europe, while Idina herself was born and raised in New York.

Nancy Cartwright and Bart Simpson

At a stretch, Nancy Cartwright's hair could be described as yellow, but that's where the similarities between Bart Simpson and his voice actor stop! Cartwright has been voicing Bart, along with several other Simpsons characters, since 1987 and after almost three decades associating her voice with a mischievous cartoon boy, it's such a weird feeling seeing her do the voice in person:

Cameron Diaz and Princess Fiona

While the human version of Princess Fiona might have looked a little more like her voice actor Cameron Diaz, there's no denying that the rather more voluptuous ogress Fiona looks quite different - but hey, they do still have the same colored eyes.

Christine Cavanaugh and Dexter

He may be the mad, boy genius on-screen but behind Dexter and his inventions was the voice of Christine Cavanaugh. Dexter wasn't Cavanaugh's only famous animated character, she also gave life to Chuckie from Rugrats, Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and the titular character in the heart-warming Babe, to name but a tiny fraction of her credits before she retired from voice work in 2001. Sadly Christine Cavanaugh passed away in December 2014 from undisclosed causes.

Kevin Clash and Elmo

Kevin Clash may not voice the furry red monster any longer, but from 1984 until 2012, this 6-foot tall grown man was responsible for voicing 3-and-a-half-year-old Elmo a.k.a. the cutest muppet character to ever appear on kids TV! (And yes, technically Elmo isn't usually in animated form, but he's way too cute out leave out!)

Vin Diesel and the Iron Giant

Vin and the Iron Giant might have their size in common, but it's still quite surprising to find out that this gentle giant was voiced by the same man who plays tough-guy Dom Toretto in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

Elizabeth Daily and Tommy Pickles

While it's obvious that Tommy Pickles is voiced by someone far older than his 1-year, it's still a surprise to see just who is responsible for voicing the pluckiest baby on TV. Elizabeth Daily (or E.G. Daily as she's frequently billed) has had a huge career in voice work, not only voicing characters in Rugrats but also in TV and films such as Wreck-It Ralph, Curious George, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Powerpuff Girls and much, much more.

Source: IMDB


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