On Wednesday, Netflix dropped the trailer for Leo, its upcoming animated film starring Adam Sandler.
The actor voices the titular character, who is a classroom pet lizard longing for more in his life. Tired of dealing with annoying kids, Leo plans to escape, and we’ll have to wait until Nov. 21 when the film is released to see what happens next.
As with any animated movie about animals, it’s always interesting to see how the characters compare to their real-life counterparts, and it looks like Leo got the lizard look down.
So, in honor of Adam’s new movie, here are 14 times actors played animated animals to great success, including side-by-side photos of the characters and the IRL animals:
Here’s a side-by-side of Mei and an actual red panda:
Here’s a side-by-side of Mr. Piranha and an actual piranha:
Lin-Manuel Miranda voiced Vivo, a kinkajou, in Vivo (2021).
Here’s a side-by-side of Vivo and an actual kinkajou:
Beyoncé voiced Nala, a lionness, in The Lion King (2019).
Here’s a side-by-side of Nala and an actual lionness:
Shakira voiced Gazelle, a Thomson’s gazelle, in Zootopia (2016).
Here’s a side-by-side of Gazelle and an actual Thomson’s gazelle:
Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway voiced Blu and Jewel, two Spix’s macaws, in Rio (2011).
Here’s a side-by-side of Blu and Jewel and actual Spinx’s macaws:
Anika Noni Rose voiced Tiana, a green frog, in The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Here’s a side-by-side of Tiana and an actual green frog:
Lucy Liu voiced Viper, a green tree viper, in Kung Fu Panda (2008).
Here’s a side-by-side of Viper and an actual green tree viper:
Elijah Wood voiced Mumble, a emperor penguin, in Happy Feet (2006).
Here’s a side-be-side of Mumble and an actual emperor penguin:
Will Smith voiced Oscar, a Bluestreak cleaner wrasse fish, in Shark Tale (2004).
Here’s a side-by-side of Oscar and an actual Bluestreak cleaner wrasse fish:
Zach Braff voiced Chicken Little, a baby rooster aka a cockerel, in Chicken Little (2005).
Here’s a side-by-side of Chicken Little and an actual cockerel:
Chris Rock voiced Marty, a plains zebra, in Madagascar (2005).
Here’s a side-by-side of Marty and an actual plains zebra:
Alexander Gould voiced Nemo, a clownfish, in Finding Nemo (2003).
Here’s a side-by-side of Nemo and an actual clownfish:
Eddie Murphy voiced Donkey, a donkey, in Shrek (2001):
Here’s a side-by-side of Donkey and an actual donkey: