9 Disney Characters Inspired By Real-Life People You'd Never Expect - Page 6 of 9 - 9facts

9 Disney Characters Inspired By Real-Life People You’d Never Expect

#6. Sherri Stoner – Ariel in the Little Mermaid

Sherri Stoner - Ariel in the Little Mermaid - 9 Disney Characters Inspired By Real-Life People

In the late 80s/early 90s, Sherri Stoner helped to reinvent the Disney heroine by serving as the model for both Ariel in the Little Mermaid and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Stoner swam around in a water tank for Ariel and acted out Belle’s actions to prerecorded tracks of voice actor Paige O’Hara’s dialogue. It isn’t just animating the human roles that requires help from actors, animals also require a lot of study.

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