The real actors who provided references for Disney animatorsS

For many of its early hand-drawn animated features, Disney would film real actors performing the the roles of the various cartoon characters. The animators would watch these performances as references for their drawings. Technicolor Disney has collected several images from these performances, and spliced in the animated characters each actor portrayed.

You can see the full set of images at Technicolor Disney.

The real actors who provided references for Disney animatorsS

The real actors who provided references for Disney animatorsS

And to see how the performances actually looked alongside the animation, here is a sequence from Alice in Wonderland, with Alice voice actress Kathryn Beaumont acting out the role of Alice:

[Technicolor Disney via Wil Wheaton]