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You’ve probably seen the films, but did you know that Buzz Lightyear’s name was inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon? That’s right, Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers. However, he did not receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name. His creator, John Lasseter, is said he wanted to create an action figure in the line of G.I. Joe for Toy Story and decided upon a spaceman figure, attributing the design to Apollo astronaut’s clear helmets, skullcaps, communication devices and white suits. Continue reading for more images showing what cartoon characters would look like in real-life. Click here for a few bonus characters.