Did you know that some of famous Disney characters really existed in real life? Yes, some of them really lived with us. Another part of Disney characters are also believed to be existed by some people although having no evidence or they seem to be supernatural. The fact is the success of Disney producers to animate those characters. Anyway, let us check them one by one whether they really lived or believed to be lived;
QUASIMODOQuasimodo is a well-known of Disney characters from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He was known to conceal himself from the public, due to his abnormal appearance, and he was the bell ringer. As of late, researchers have uncovered evidence that Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo was inspired by a real person named Henry Sibson. There are plenty of similarities between the two. Henry Sibson was a stonemason who worked at Notre Dame. He had a prominent hunch on his back, was a carver and a hermit. Even more surprisingly, the corpse of a Hunchback was discovered in Paris in the 19th century, which leads researchers to come to the conclusion that Quasimodo has a real life counterpart. Quasimodo isn’t the only Disney character to have a real life equal. The following sections will delve into some of the princesses and even Tinkerbell!
PHINEAS AND FERBThe Disney Channel is home to a whole variety of shows, but one of the most popular is Phineas and Ferb, which are my favorite Disney characters. The show is based on the story of two brothers who are constantly doing extraordinary things over their summer holidays. Their sister, Candace, will notice her brother’s strange behavior and attempt to tell her mother, but by the time the mother has gone to check on the brothers, whatever they were doing conveniently disappears. There is much commentary regarding whether Phineas and Ferb is based on true events, and overtime the topic has become increasingly controversial. As far as the rumors are concerned, Candace was actually a schizophrenic, which meant that she would imagine her brothers doing wild and outrageous things. This might be an explanation for why the mother never seems to notice any of the irregular activity from the brothers, and why the mother never believes Candace.
THE LITTLE MERMAIDFor many generations, there has been debate on the existence of Mermaids, the Little Mermaid which may be the most mysterious of Disney characters. The majority of people do not believe that Mermaids or other similar Mer-creatures exist, however, there are those who document first-hand experiences with them. Most of these tales are disregarded as folklore, although there are others that may change your mind. There is actually video evidence of Mermaids. Two tourists travelled to Israel, where they found what they initially believed to be a seal on the beach. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the ‘seal’ was, in fact, a real life mermaid, who then jumped back into the sea when she noticed them filming. A similar occurrence took place within the United Kingdom. Two men were sailing on their boat, when out of the blue, a mermaid-like creature appeared and stared into the camera lens. The controversy stems from some scientists coming to the conclusion that the creature was a seal, whilst some believe that the creature was a mermaid. Both of these cases of seeing mermaids could relate to Ariel and the story of ‘The Little Mermaid”.
CHRISTOPHER ROBINThe tale of Winnie the Pooh, one of the sweetest Disney characters, was created by A.A. Milne. In the story, we venture into the lives of Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Roo, Kanga and Owl, who live in Hundred Acre Wood. All of these animals are looked after by Christopher Robin, who is considered to be a good friend to them all. Whilst it is likely that you know the story of Winnie the Pooh like the back of your hand, what you may not know is that Christopher is a real person! Christopher Robin is actually the name of A.A. Milne’s son, who at a young age had a teddy bear, who resembled that of Winnie the Pooh. It is said that Christopher hates the character, due to the teasing from his friends, and how the story will stick with him for the rest of his life.
POCAHONTASPocahontas is another well-known of Disney characters. She is a non-conforming Indian girl who adores everything to do with nature. What is not commonly known is that she was, in fact, a real person. The real life Pocahontas, otherwise known as Rebecca Rolfe, was born in Matoaka and lived in Virginia. The Disney version of events is grounded on what happened in her life. In the 1600s, she prevented her father ‘Powhatan’ from killing an Englishman ‘John Smith’. Unlike the Disney tale, Pocahontas was only 11 years old at the time, whilst John Smith was 28 years of age. Evidently, the age gap between the two meant that their relationship wasn’t quite as romantic as the Disney adaptation, and they were not together in real life.
JACK SPARROWThe world’s favorite pirate ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ is a one of the Disney characters founded from the life and journey of a real pirate some time ago. It just so happens, that during his time in piracy he was regarded as the best raider in the history of piracy, and highly cherished by his fellow crewmates. Unfortunately, his real name wasn’t Jack Sparrow, but rather Bartholomew Roberts, who was also known as ‘Black Bart’, due to his deep black eyes and similarly black hair. A notable quality of Black Bart was how pitiless he was when it came to combat. Whilst the Pirates of the Caribbean character is based on Bart, Jack Sparrow has both a sense of humor and isn’t as forbidding as Bart.
MULANBefore Disney made Mulan into a well-known of Disney characters, she was considered to be a hero in China for her excellent ability in Kung Fu, fighting with weapons and horse riding. In the Disney tale, Mulan does not start as a warrior, nor does she have the required skills to be in an army. However, the real life Mulan joined the army at the age of 18 and was considered one of the finest warriors of the time. The real Mulan resided from 385CE to 534CE during the Northern Wei reign. It goes without saying that some other notable differences between Mulan and her real life counterpart include the absence of both the Red Dragon and the Lucky Cricket.
TARZANThere have been several cases of people finding Tarzan-like children. In 1751, an unknown girl was discovered dressed in fur and appeared to be an Eskimo. She turned up in a town name Sogny, Champagne, and when the residents finally found her, they did their best to look after her and learnt that she actually had particularly white skin. It is reported that for a long time she only ate raw food, from animals that she had hunted herself. The people who found her taught her basic language and communication skills. Another case takes place in France during the 1800s. Similar to the girl found in 1751, a boy named Victor was discovered in the Aveyron forest, and had behaviors similar to that of animals. He too was taken in and taught how to communicate, which took a considerable amount of time.
TINKER BELLIt might be a little far-fetched to believe that fairies are real, however, one man named Jose Maldonado, believes that he has, in fact, found evidence for their existence. According to his account of the event, whilst he was harvesting Guavas he saw what he believed to be a firefly. Upon seeing the sparkling creature, he picked it up and began to examine it more closely. He was then shocked to discover that the creature he’d picked up had incredible resemblance to that of Tinkerbell, the fairy from Peter Pan. The fairy appeared to be dead, and, therefore, he placed it in formaldehyde in order to preserve it as much as possible, and invited people to visit his real life fairy. Many people believe that Jose faked the whole story and that the ‘fairy’ isn’t real, but many people visited the fairy and believed to have seen something that clearly resembled Tinkerbell.
MARY POPPINSMary Poppins is everyone’s favorite nanny. Mary Poppins was known for being flawless in every possible regard, and was a true inspiration for many people worldwide. It’s plausible that you think that she is simply too good to be true, however this perfect nanny is actually a real person! Brenda Ashford has spent a total of 62 years in the nanny industry. In this time, she has catered for a total of 100 children, and now at 92 years old she continues be an inspiration to everybody. At eighteen years old, Brenda attended a specialist school for training nannies. There is nothing she loves more than babies, and whilst growing up, she took care of her youngest brother. She even wrote a novel based on her life as a nanny called “Tuppence for Paper and String.” Despite her love for children, her dedication to her professional has meant that Brenda has never had children of her own, and never married. She is truly an inspirational woman, who deserves to be called out for being a real life Mary Poppins.