[Culture & Entertainment] 12 famous cartoon animals compared to their real-life counterparts


Robotic Staff
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Robotic Staff
Oct 15, 2005
From Michelle Larkin:


  • Not all animated animals look like their real-life counterparts.
  • Artists sometimes take a lot of creative liberties when creating animal characters.
  • Sometimes animated animals have similar behaviors as their real-life counterparts.

Artists tend to take some creative liberties when they developed some of our favorite animated animal characters. From outrageous sizes to unbelievable abilities, their unusual characteristics is what make these animated creatures so compelling.

Take a look at some of the most beloved cartoon characters next to their real-life counterparts.

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Scooby-Doo is modeled after one of the largest dog breeds.


The adorable mystery-solving dog Scooby-Doo is fairly similar to his real-life inspiration. Scooby's breed is a Great Dane and they tend to be large, lovable dogs who are typically friendly and patient with people.

However, according to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes are known for being effective guard dogs, which is pretty different from Scooby's easily spooked disposition.

The giant crab, Tamatoa isn't so far off from the real-life crustacean.


Tamatoa from "Moana" is a larger-than-life crab covered in treasure and he's based on the very large coconut crab.

Found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this giant crustacean uses its massive claws to crack open coconuts. Although not quite as huge as Tamatoa, the coconut crab typically weighs around 10 pounds.

Artists took some creative liberties with Arthur the aardvark.


Arthur, the cuddly bespectacled aardvark resembles a bear more than he resembles an aardvark.

In Arthur's first appearance in the 1976 book, "Arthur's Nose," he resembled a real-life aardvark with a long snout and sharp claws.

But over the years, Arthur lost many of those classic aardvark features. Creator Marc Brown explained to AV Club, "It wasn't anything I was consciously doing. I just drew him and the more I got to know him … His nose got smaller and smaller."

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