Can You Identify These Disney Characters From a Silhouette?

By: Olivia Cantor
Image: Walt Disney Animation Studios

About This Quiz

It's no secret that Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth because there you can also see all the memorable Disney characters roaming around! We only get to see them mostly on films, TV shows and other "flat" channels, but seeing them live and "in the flesh" is truly something else.

Each one of us is sure to have a favorite among all of the Disney characters ever created. From the very original characters drawn by cartoonist Walt Disney to the varied animated creatures that his company's artists created over the years, we are bound to identify and relate to at least a few of the characters. It's also no secret that these characters were made primarily to entertain people, and we were indeed entertained so much, from childhood to adulthood. 

That is why the name Disney became such an icon, not only in pop culture but in business and the media industries as well. And with many more characters being created, many more people are bound to be entertained by such unforgettable figures for generations to come.

Do you think you can guess most of the Disney characters in these silhouettes? Open up the quiz and see for yourself. Have fun along the way!

The image of Mickey Mouse alone could embody the entire entertainment empire that is Disney. The beloved anthropomorphic mouse first appeared in the short animated film, "Steamboat Willie," in 1928 and has become the main symbol of the Disney brand.

Donald Duck is one of the earliest mainstays of Disney animated films and his character always serves as a wacky kind of friend to Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck also has his own universe, though, with characters developed to support him as a stand-alone character apart from Mickey Mouse's world.

Some people were initially upset when the Disney creatives decided to do their own version of "The Little Mermaid," a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Disney's version, though, has Ariel the mermaid, whose character is rather jolly and is a huge departure from the original tragic tale.

Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog designed to be another friend of Mickey Mouse. He's distinctly different from the wiser Mickey and the sometimes impatient Donald Duck, as he is mostly depicted as lanky and slow in thinking. But he also has lovable traits, of course.

Winnie the Pooh is a character Disney created based on a character created by English author A.A. Milne. He is a very recognizable character worldwide and has his own star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was awarded in 2006.

Tinker Bell is the minute fairy who is part of the "Peter Pan" story. In the Disney film versions, if she wants something or someone to fly, she just sprinkles some fairy dust on them and they start floating!

Woody is the main protagonist of the film, "Toy Story," a revolutionary 3D animation film created by Pixar Animation Studios in 1995. But since Disney bought the company, all of their creations are now under the Disney entertainment empire as well.

Of the original Disney-created characters, Pluto remains an animal without human tendencies. He is not anthropomorphic in this manner because he serves as the pet dog of Mickey Mouse. He was created in 1930.

When Disney adapted the Italian children's book, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," they improvised on the minor talking cricket character in the book and made him into Pinocchio's witty and distinguished sidekick. They named him Jiminy Cricket.

Buzz Lightyear is one of the major characters in the "Toy Story" movie franchise. It's interesting to see how he embodied being a "real-life" space ranger in the first movie when everybody tried to convince him that he was just a toy.

Lilo is the human Hawaiian girl and Stitch is the blue alien creature she tries to pass off as her pet dog. The first animated film of their adventures came out in 2002. The duo became so popular, Disney produced other media featuring more of their adventures.

Rapunzel is originally a character created by the Brothers Grimm in one of their fairy tale stories. She appears in the Disney universe as the protagonist of the 2010 movie, "Tangled," where she was voiced by singer-actress Mandy Moore.

The octopus-looking sea witch named Ursula appears in "The Little Mermaid" as the main villain responsible for influencing Ariel into doing the "wrong things" for love. The song "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is associated with her.

Chip 'n' Dale are two lovable chipmunk characters created in 1943. They often appear mischievous. In most of their storylines in earlier films, they serve as annoying pests to the other Disney characters, like Donald Duck.

French author Charles Perrault created the character of Cinderella who appeared in a folk tale story he penned. Disney adapted the story and made it into a full-length animated film that was released in 1950.

The Brothers Grimm fairy tales are a popular source material for Disney adaptation, such as the famous 1937 film called "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." This very first full-length animated feature film revolved around a princess named Snow White.

Nemo is that cute orange clownfish that got lost in the vastness of the sea, so his father tried to find him. His story is featured in the 2003 film called "Finding Nemo," and people all over now refer to orange clownfish as Nemo.

The star-studded voice cast of "The Incredibles" gave this family of superheroes credibility in delivering a very good story. Some of the fine actors who voiced the characters include Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Peña and Jason Lee.

Hua Mulan is actually a very ancient character who is a recognized female warrior in Chinese history. Her life story became the basis of Disney's 1998 film called "Mulan," but, of course, they added the Disney touch, notably the talking small dragon named Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Simba is the lion featured in the very popular 1994 film, "The Lion King," where we see him as a cub and later as an adult. Actor Matthew Broderick voiced the adult ​Simba in the film and its sequels.

The characters known as Beauty and the Beast came from a fairy tale that was written in 1740 by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It has had many adaptations in many types of media, including Disney's animated 1991 film version.

A Scottish playwright and novelist named J.M. Barrie created the character of the witty and naughty boy named Peter Pan, first published in a story in 1902. Disney adapted this character and produced a full-length animated movie for him, released in 1953.

The 2013 film, "Frozen," is one of the most successful recent films to come out of the Disney entertainment empire, thanks to the two sister princesses in the lead, namely Anna and Elsa. Anna is the younger princess sister and Anna is the elder sister, destined to be the next queen of their land.

English novelist Dodie Smith authored the 1956 children's book that inspired "101 Dalmatians." Along with the lovable creatures, came their nemesis, Cruella de Vil. Disney turned their story into an animated film released in 1961.

Austrian writer Felix Salten was the author who created the Bambi character in his 1923 book. Disney adapted the book and turned it into a film in 1942, but they had to modify the deer species featured in the book because the book's European species is not endemic to America.

Dumbo is perhaps one of the most iconic Disney animated figures that's easily recognizable, thanks to his huge ears. It may be unusual for an elephant to have such huge ears but they are useful t​o help Dumbo fly!

Pocahontas is a character that is somewhat based on a real-life Native American daughter of an important tribal nations chief. Some romanticization of her story appears in the Disney animated film, "Pocahontas," released in 1995.

Hi-ho! Hi-ho! This utterance is very much attached to Snow White's newfound friends, the Seven Dwarfs, who took her in when the huntsman decided to set her free in the forest, defying the queen's order to kill the young princess. She adjusted to life with the dwarfs pretty quickly.

If you're wondering what Minnie Mouse's full name is, early Disney comic strip creators suggested that it's Minerva Mouse. But we can all agree that "Minnie" sounds like a friendlier name, and it's catchier with a very young demographic, namely children.

Aladdin is a character who originated from a Middle Eastern folk tale, one of the stories in a collection compiled during the Islamic Golden Age. Disney's 1992 film adaptation of his basic story brought the familiar elements of the Genie and the flying carpet. Princess Jasmine was added there, too.

The 1940 full-length animated film entitled "Pinocchio" was only the second full-length feature created by Walt Disney Productions, so it remains as an important contribution in the world of cinema and animation. Since it's Disney, it also includes unforgettable songs.

The naughty-looking Cheshire Cat is a character that appeared in the 1951 Disney adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." The character originally appeared in the series of children's books penned by English author Lewis Carroll.

Acclaimed French novelist Victor Hugo created the character of Quasimodo, the main character of his 1831 novel entitled "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Disney adapted his story into the1996 animated film version where actor Tom Hulce voiced the hunchback and Demi Moore voiced the Esmeralda character.

Charles Perrault, the French author of "Cinderella" also penned the story of "Sleeping Beauty," and Disney adapted this story as well. The result is the 1959 animated full-length film which focused on the curse bestowed upon Princess Aurora and how they tried to prevent it from happening.

Merida is the lead character in the 2012 Pixar animated film, "Brave," which features the story of a Scottish princess during medieval times, where women could be married to men they didn't even know. Merida resisted this custom. The film explores why.

The very interesting 2001 Pixar movie called "Monsters, Inc." introduced us to supposedly scary monsters working in a factory that produces energy through the process of scaring children. One of those hardworking monsters is the one-eyed Mike Wazowski, voiced by funnyman Billy Crystal.

Before being turned into a candelabra, the "Beauty and the Beast" character called Lumière actually worked as an honest valet for the Beast. They sometimes have disagreements, but he also serves as the Beast's sounding board from time to time.

Maleficent is known as the evil fairy in the 1959 "Sleeping Beauty" animated film since she's the one who put a curse on Princess Aurora. The 2014 live action stand-alone film version of her story, though, is also an interesting exploration of this complex character.

The Baymax that we discovered in the 2014 animated film, "Big Hero 6," is actually a far cry from the Marvel Comics series version from which Disney loosely based this film. In the original, he looks more menacing and monster-like, not like the big lovable blob we see here.

WALL-E is a robot that's built to be a garbage compactor of sorts, and his main duty is to roam ​post-apocalyptic earth to clean up. Critics and audiences hail the "WALL-E" film as one of the best movies to come out in 2008.

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