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  • The Book of Life:
    • Manolo is the humanized version of Ferdinand. Both don't want to follow their family careers (both involving bullfighting), opting for a more peaceful pursuit.
    • Chakal is basically a more human version of the giant green ogre bandito El Malverde from El Tigre. The fact that they live in the same universe certainly helps.
  • Victor from Corpse Bride looks like the grown-up version of Vincent, the child protagonist of one of Burton's earliest stop-motion works. Lampshaded In-Universe.
    Mr Everglot: We shall continue as planned, with or without Vincent.
    Mrs Everglot: Victor.
    Mr Everglot: Whatever.
  • The Incredibles:
    • Edna is based on real-life Paramount costume designer Edith Head, though that's more of a case of Comic-Book Fantasy Casting. Many say she was based on Linda Hunt's character Regina Krumm in Robert Altman's 1994 film Pret-a-Porter. There is a serious resemblance, down to her size, her hairstyle, her black dress and her circular glasses!
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    • The middle school that Violet attends is one for Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon, where Brad Bird went to high school. This is down to them having the same mascot (the Spartans). However, since the high school building was torn down in 2005 and rebuilt, it's a little hard to see it now.
  • The Jungle King: The Hyena Chancellor and Ricardo are based off Jafar and his parrot Iago. The Hyena is an Evil Chancellor who also pretends to be loyal to the King and his relationship with Ricardo is similar to Jafar and Iago's.
  • Quest for Camelot: As pointed out by The Agony Booth, the Nostalgia Critic and Lauren Faust (who worked on the film as an animator) Kayley is, both looks and personality-wise, Belle. Faust, commenting on the similarity, goes even further and points out that Garret looks like the human form of the Beast.
  • Nickelodeon's film Rango has two examples:
  • Wilbur and Orville from The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under are basically the same albatross, down to the design and character, though this was a conscious decision on behalf of the animators. By the time the sequel was made the original voice of the bird in the first film had died and out of respect for the actor they created the same kind of character, but presented him as his brother. Though even Wilbur & Orville have much in common with Launchpad McQuack, also a feather brained bird pilot who crash lands more than he flies and is involved in the rescue of young kids.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, a Cult Classic film adaptation of the classic song, has Arrow. He's a buck Rudolph's age that bullies him and his overall rival. He bares more than a passing resemblance to minor character "Fireball" from the stop-motion special, a yearling with blond fur that was friends with Rudolph for all of five minutes until he learned about Rudolph's nose.
  • Hank Scorpio was originally going to be the villain of The Simpsons Movie, but instead, the film has a different character, Russ Cargill. The two have the same voice actor (Albert Brooks), some of Cargill's lines sound similar to something Scorpio might say, and both are pretty Bond-villain-ish.
  • In Turning Red, Mei Lee's favorite band 4*Town is essentially a pastiche of various boy bands, including but not limited to the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, b4-4, and Big Bang.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: