Every child has that one cartoon character that they absolutely love. For some, it’s the spunky and adventurous Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Others are drawn to the lovable and loyal Olaf from Frozen. No matter who their favorite is, children all over the world are enthralled by these larger-than-life characters.

Part of what makes cartoon characters so captivating is their exaggerated features. Rey, for example, is an incredibly brave and skilled warrior, while Olaf is adorably naïve about the notion of summer. These extreme personality traits make it easy for children to identify with their favorite characters and to feel invested in their stories.

Cartoon characters also serve as role models, teaching kids important lessons about friendship, bravery, and perseverance. Whether they’re vanquishing evil villains or simply going on fun adventures, these characters always manage to overcome any obstacle they face. As a result, children are able to see that even though the world can be a tough place, it’s always possible to come out on top.

Some of your favorite cartoon characters have real-life counterparts that you may not have known about. This article will explore some of those connections and how they came to be. Stay tuned for some interesting tidbits about your favorite animated stars!

Chuckie Finster The goofy, bespectacled toddler's character design was based on Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh.

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