No matter which generation you belong to or which country you come from, there's a Disney character (or two or ten) that will always hold a special place in your heart. Its global reach means the characters from some of its most popular films are recognized the world over. Besides the iconic face of Disney, Mickey Mouse himself, many contemporary characters have achieved worldwide fame including Aladdin, the Genie, the Simba, Pinocchio, Mike Wazowski and all the princesses from Snow White to Anna and Elsa.
Disney films are known for having imaginative storylines like a mermaid who wishes to be human after falling in love with a prince ("The Little Mermaid"), then there's an arcade game character who is tired of being the antagonist ("Wreck-It-Ralph") and monsters who reluctantly care for the little girl they're supposed to be scaring ("Monsters Inc."). Many of the movies are just as well known for their music with classics like "Beauty and the Beast", "You've Got a Friend in Me", and "A Whole New World" becoming some of the most memorable songs in history. Through it all, it's the characters that bring these stories to life so if you feel you're truly an expert here's your chance to be our guest and put your knowledge to the test.
In "Frozen," Princess Elsa uses her powers to create an ice fortress. Both Idina Menzel (Elsa) and co-star Kristen Bell (Anna) in "Frozen," had previously auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in "Tangled," but neither were selected for the role.
Peter Pan is the perpetually boyish character at the center of the "Peter Pan" film. Pan's voice was performed by Bobby Driscoll, who had acted in six previous Disney movies.
Moviegoers saw Snow White bite into a poison apple in Disney's first full-length animated film, which was released on Dec. 21, 1937.
Christopher Robin used his imagination to create the Hundred Acre Wood and its characters, including Winnie the Pooh. "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," a full-length animated feature, was originally released in 1977.
In Disney's 36th animated feature "Mulan," actress Ming-Na Wen voiced the role of Mulan. Mulan, an adolescent female, pretended to be a man so she could go to war and protect her father.
Pocahontas sang "Colors of the Wind" in the 1995 animated film, "Pocahontas." The song, "Colors of the Wind," was performed by Judy Kuhn and in 1996 won an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1928 animated short film, "Steamboat Willie." Mickey Mouse was based on an earlier character created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, known as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Cruella De Vil, a fashion-obsessed villain in "101 Dalmatians," was voiced by actress Betty Lou Gerson and modeled after flamboyant actress Tallulah Bankhead.
"Hercules" was Disney's first animated feature based completely on mythology rather than a fairy tale.
Princess Aurora is cursed by Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty," the last Disney feature to have cels inked by hand.
The relationship of Mufasa and his son, Simba, was at the heart of "The Lion King," released in 1994. Their lion physiques were patterned after a real-life lion and cub brought into the Disney animation studio for study.
Stitch's official name, at least to his creators, is Experiment #626. In the 2002 animated film, "Lilo and Stitch," an extra-terrestrial character called Dr. Jumba Jookiba creates Stitch in an illegal genetic experiment.
The character Wreck-It Ralph starred in the movie, "Wreck-It Ralph." The character was voiced by actor John C. Reilly, who also starred in the 2008 comedy, "Step Brothers."
Cinderella is a hardworking heroine and step-sister of Anastasia and Drizella. Cinderella's voice was performed by Ilene Woods, whose friends created an audition tape on her behalf. Woods had no idea she was being considered for the part until she was contacted by Disney executives.
The Blue Fairy charges Jiminy Cricket with the task of keeping Pinocchio on the straight and narrow. The character of Jiminy Cricket wasn't introduced into the film until nine months into production.
Actress Anika Noni Rose voiced the role of Tiana in the 2009 Disney film, "The Princess and The Frog." Beyoncé Knowles was considered for the role of Tiana in "The Princess and the Frog," but lost out on the role because she refused to audition.
The late actor Robin Williams received a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1993 for his voice performance of Genie in "Aladdin." During the course of recording "Aladdin," Williams improvised so much, he provided nearly 16 hours of material.
"The Rescuers" was the first Disney animated feature to inspire a sequel. Eva Gabor reprised her role as Miss Bianca for "The Rescuers Down Under," which was released in 1990.
At a cost of $260 million, "Tangled" is the most expensive animated movie of all time and the second most expensive movie of any kind.
Ariel, a princess in "The Little Mermaid," was curious about life under the sea and on land. Arial was drawn with flaming red hair in the 1989 movie, "The Little Mermaid," to distinguish her from Daryl Hannah's mermaid character in the 1984 movie, "Splash."
"The Lion King" animators were so impressed with the performance of Jeremy Irons, who was the voice of Scar, that they used his features when creating Scar's face.
In "Tangled," the character Rapunzel was voiced by actress Mandy Moore. Natalie Portman, Kristin Chenoweth and Reese Witherspoon also were considered for the role of Rapunzel.
The Vultures were originally supposed to voiced by the Beatles but John Lennon didn't want to do it. You can see traces of the Beatles in the characters of the Vultures.
It wasn't until 1991 that Disney produced its first brown-haired princess: Belle of "Beauty and the Beast." The character was performed by Paige O'Hara.
Although Walt Disney never knew it, character designer Bill Pete modeled Merlin in "The Sword in the Stone," after his boss. Peet saw both Merlin and Disney as cantankerous, playful and very intelligent.
Bolt, the action-packed super-canine character in "Bolt," is actually modeled after an American White Shepherd.
Esmeralda was voiced by actress Demi Moore in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." During the film's creation, animators were offered temporary office space at the recently opened Disneyland Paris and spent several weeks sketching details of the Notre Dame cathedral.
Tarzan, orphaned in the jungle, was raised by apes in the 1999 animated film, "Tarzan." To correctly portray Tarzan's musculature, animators hired a professor of anatomy.
Olaf is the adorable—and indubitably happy—snowman in "Frozen." Actor and singer Josh Gad voiced the character, and later confirmed a number of Olaf's lines were improvised to get a laugh from producers.
Julie Andrews became the star of the 1964 Disney film, "Mary Poppins." The film won five Oscars.