Who among us did not watch Disney cartoons !? "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Moana" - this is only a small part of the animated universe of famous and beloved heroes.
Beautiful, elegant, well-groomed, brave, strong and bold, they could be a worthy example for many.
But few people think that the heroines of Disney fairy tales have quite real prototypes - women who gave their voice to the most famous heroines of Disney. Meet 14 amazing stories of actresses who voiced favorite Disney Princesses!
1. "Snow White"
In the cartoon, Snow White was friends with small forest dwellers - gnomes, and in real life her prototype Adrian Kazelotti was a pupil of the monastery. She managed to leave behind 150 actresses who claimed this role!
It was her Walt Disney invited to the role in his first feature film. She earned $ 20 a day, voicing her heroine. As the actress later admitted, she received less than an actor who voiced one of the gnomes.
After "Snow White" Kazelotti sang in the opera house, for a short time worked in the stock market and wrote a music book.
Appearing on the screen, Cinderella managed to conquer all of her televiewers, both small and large. And it was voiced by her actress Aileen Woods, who had her own show on the radio. When she was 18 years old, her friends-composers asked Eileen to voice the heroine of the legendary fairy tale. After 2 days Woods was in the office of Disney.
In an interview in 2006, the actress admitted that Cinderella is the role she can only dream about.
"I will leave, but the children will still hear my voice."
3. "Sleeping Beauty"
Once actress Mary Costa at the dinner party surprised all guests with his improvised performance. The performance made a strong impression on the Disney composer, and he invited Mary to work in the studio.
In addition, Costa has a beautiful singing career in an operetta, and after retiring all her powers, the actress sent to charity.
4. The Little Mermaid
Jody Benson made a real sensation on the Broadway scene after her debut.
And Ariel in her performance caused such a broad surge of emotions that Disney again invited Jody to work in his studio, but this time in the role of Thumbelina.
5. "Beauty and the Beast"
The rising star of Broadway, Paige O'Hara won the battle for the voice of Bell from 500 other contenders. The main character of the Disney cartoon borrowed some manners and character from her mistress.
The actress does not represent her life without Belle and even signed a contract with Disney's studio to create characters from the cartoon. She also plays in the eponymous musical in Las Vegas.
The beautiful princess Jasmine from the cartoon "Aladdin" voiced two women - Linda Larkin and Lea Salonga. Larkin was auditioned for the role of Jasmine for two months and already thought that she would not be approved for this role. She told the producers that she would not sing anymore, but she was already fond of her voice, so she still got the part.
It is noteworthy that after a while she was almost fired by the head of the studio Jeffie Katzenberg. But the directors did not want to let Linda go and struggled to the very end for their actress. In the end, she stayed.
Lea Salonga is a Filipino singer and actress. She sang a song from the cartoon at the 65th Oscar Awards ceremony, which received the coveted statuette.
Actresses Pocahontas are actresses Irene Bedard and Judy Coon. Bedard, who grew up in Alaska, gave Pocahontas his voice. Later, she confessed: "Of all Disney heroines, Pocahontas is the strongest, since he does not wait for his prince."
The Alaska actress continued her career in the role of other strong indigenous women of America in dozens of television shows and films. For example, she played the mother Pocahontas in the drama "The New World", released in 2005.
But the other actress Judy Coon sang the song to the accompaniment of the orchestra for the cartoon "Pohakontas".
Min-na Wen and the well-known voice-over of Princess Jasmine Lea Salonga helped make Mulan an incredibly courageous character.
The role of Mulan was the first in the acting career of Wen. Now many people know her on the popular TV series "Agents Sh.I.T.".
Salonga admitted that it was Mulan who became her favorite character. In 2011, she became the first Filipino to receive the Disney Legend Award. Interestingly, Wen changed her voice for Mulan, but Salonga left him the same as Jasmine.
9. "The Princess and the Frog"
To voice the role of Tiana fell Anika Noni Rose, who left behind her competitors - Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce. This is not the first role of the actress. Prior to that, she won the Tony Award for her role in the musical "Carolina, or Change."
After her "fatal kiss with a frog," Anika starred in several other films: "A Good Wife", "A Dream Girl" and others.
Kelly McDonald, who voiced the main character, admitted that this role was just a dream. The Scottish actress during the filming convinced the writers to squeeze into the script a few words in their native dialect.
McDonald worked as a barmaid when someone handed her a ticket for casting in Danny Boyle's film "On the Needle." Since then, McDonald tops the list of eminent actresses around the world. The actress starred in the films "The Old Men Are Not Here" and "The Underground Empire".
"Revive" Rapunzel helped actress Mandy Moore, who won the fight for this role, Joni Mitchell. Today she voices Rapunzel in a TV show.
Prior to the role of the cheerful and tireless heroine of Disney, Moore has come a long way: from the soloist of the pop group and several roles in teenage films to the main role in the drama "It's Us." The film won the public's love and the Golden Globe Award.
12. "Cold Heart"
Performer of the role of Anna in the Disney cartoon film "Cold Heart" Kristen Bell is known not only as an actress, but also as an opera singer.
While listening to candidates for the role of Rapunzel, she managed to attract the attention of the casting directors. Kristen voiced her character even in the sequel to the popular Disney cartoon.
And here is another heroine - Anna's sister, Elsa, voiced by another actress Idina Menzel. Before Elsa, she was shining on the Broadway stage. Great success was brought to her by the role of the witch in the play "Evil" and the roles in the films "Ask the Dust" and "Enchanted."
Menzel admitted in an interview that while working in the "Cold Heart", now and then asked to walk around the studio to watch the work of the animators.
"I saw how difficult and almost experienced all their work on their own."
Although Aulia Cravallo did not shine on Broadway and did not receive the Golden Globe, but it was chosen among hundreds of contenders for the role of Moana. It so happened that she was the last of all the contestants and liked the casting director. As Aulii herself says, "The rest is history."
Also the girl confessed: "Each Disney princess is unique in her own way, but Moana is especially close to my heart, because she is Polynesian," said Kravallo, who grew up in Hawaii.
Let's take another look at the actresses who voiced the Disney princesses.
From left to right: Paige O'Hara (Bel), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Aulia Kravallo (Moana), Sarah Silverman (Vanillopa von Kex), Kristen Bell (Anna), Kelly Macdonald (Marida), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Jody Benson (Ariel).
Behind each character lies a real person with his life and history. Never forget about it, and any cartoon will appear before you in a completely new way.