8 Disney Couples IRL
Oooh ooh oooh, I wanna be like youuuu. But like who? Whilst the voices of our favourite disney characters are instantly recognisable, do we really know the people behind them? Would you know if you were crammed up against Simba on the tube? Or strolling past Pocahontas on your walk to work? Here are the voices behind some of our favourite Disney couples.
1. Pocahontas and John Smith: Irene Bedard and Mel Gibson
In addition to voicing the character of Pocahontas, Irene Bedard also acted as inspiration for how the character was drawn. Mel Gibson brought the A-list factor to the film, playing the romantic lead John Smith.
2. Simba and Nala: Matthew Broderick and Moira Kelly
Best known for playing the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matthew Broderick (SGP’s hubby) put his voice to Simba (although avoided singing- boo). Whilst you may not recognise Moira Kelly for playing Nala, she has since appeared in numerous including One Tree Hill and Heroes.
3. Hercules and Meg: Tate Donovan and Susan Egan
Recognisable as Rachel’s stylish crush Joshua in Friends, Tate Donovan supplied both the speaking and singing voice for Herc. Susan Egan voiced the sultry Meg, having previously played the part of Belle in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast.
4. Aladdin and Jasmine: Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
Undoubtedly one of Disney’s biggest bangers, A Whole New World was sung by actor Brad Kane and Broadway legend Lea Salonga- known for her roles in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.
5. Ana and Kristoff: Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff
Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell played the part of Ana, having previously stated that becoming a disney princess was a lifelong dream (whose isn’t eh?). Kristen starred alongside another Broadway regular Jonathan Groff, most recognisable for having played Jesse St James in Glee.
6. Mickey and Minnie Mouse: Walt Disney and Russi Taylor
It seems only fitting that the big dog (or rather mouse), Walt Disney, play his most recognisable character himself. Disney eventually gave up the part of Mickey, reportedly due to damaged vocal chords from smoking. Russi Taylor, the longest running Minnie Mouse, can also be found voicing Simpsons character Martin Prince.
7. Mulan and General Shang: Lea Salonga and Donny Osmond
The multi-talented Lea Salonga returned back to Disney to provide the singing vocals for Mulan. Clean cut 70s teen idol Donny Osmond provided the singing voice for Mulan’s hunky army general, Shang.
8. Belle and The Beast- Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson
Previously a Broadway star and opera singer, Paige O’Hara delivered the vocals for the much loved Belle. Alongside her, actor and Friends director Robby Benson voiced The Beast.
So now we will know if we happen to be sat next to our favourite Disney heroes.