I loved cartoons as a kid. But unlike many adults I never completely outgrew them. True, I’m pickier now. But a glimpse of the characters from Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph, Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro can still make me misty. I’ve bonded with them as much as Harry who met Sally, or Rick from Casablanca, or Indiana Jones.
A lot of illustrators and cosplayers feel the same. Enough to give the animated characters they love astonishingly realistic form. True, a few like Fred Flintstone, SpongeBob or the Simpsons, fall into the creepy-but-fascinating category. But in every case, they’re homages to the characters that are already real in our hearts.
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“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” Anton (Ratatouille)
“Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become.” ~Mufasa (The Lion King)
“Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.” ~Elastigirl (The Incredibles)
“I don’t need a medal to tell me I’m a good guy.” ~Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, and I can handle this. It’s been a real slice.” ~Meg (Hercules)
Frozone: Where is my super-suit?
Honey: I put it away. Why do you need to know?
Frozone: I need it!
Honey: Nuh-uh! Don’t you think about running off to do some derrin’ do! We’ve been planning this dinner for two months!
Frozone: The public is in danger!
Honey: My evening’s in danger!
Frozone: Tell me where my suit is woman! We are talking the greater good!
Honey: I am your wife! I am the greatest ‘good’ you are ever gonna get! ~The Incredibles
“To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.” ~Mickey Mouse
“I was hiding under your porch because I love you.” ~Dug the dog (Up)
“Some people are worth melting for.” ~Olaf (Frozen)
“I don’t want to survive, I want to live!” ~Captain (Wall-E)
“To infinity and beyond!” ~Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)