Disney characters have a way of becoming their own people. We often forget that there are actors behind the voices of Disney characters that have taken on a life of their own.

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Some Disney characters have been voiced by the most famous faces in the industry. Actresses and actors spend years mastering their craft. We’re impressed by their performances portraying some of these iconic Disney characters especially because one of their tools (their physical bodies) are take away. It’s glorious to see Disney characters come to life in an animation movie and within minutes you forget that it’s actually a fictional character.

Some of our favorite actresses and actors have managed to breathe life into Disney characters that live on in our hearts forever. Some voices are more recognizable than others, but all of the voices are forever connected to cherished memories.

We were surprised to find out that certain actresses and actors lent their voices to Disney characters. It was especially surprising to find out that Matthew Broderick was behind the adult voice of Simba in The Lion King and that Danny DeVito voiced Phil in Hercules. Other voices of Disney characters are more recognizable like James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi the hyena in The Lion King and Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful fish Dory from Finding Nemo and the recently released Finding Dory. It’s also pretty easy to recognize Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise.

Were you surprised by any of the actresses or actors who voiced some of your beloved Disney characters? Let us know in the comments section which characters you grew up loving and which voices you could match to the character.

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