Not long ago, animated shows only trotted out Latino characters (think Speedy Gonzales from Looney Tunes and Pedro the Chihuahua from Lady and the Tramp) as cartoonish stereotypes of Hispanic culture. What a difference a few years and a few successful blockbusters make! Now, A-list Latino celebrities are winning major roles in animated movies – and making a big impact on kids. Actors like John Leguizamo (Sid the Sloth from Ice Age) and Shakira (Gazelle from Zootopia) are changing the false perceptions perpetuated by earlier attempts to represent Spanish-speaking people. And they’re pretty great role models, too. These eight actors are helping change the perception of the Latino community throughout animated films.
Salma Hayek, Kitty Softpaws in Puss with Boots and Cutlass Liz in The Pirates: Band of Misfits. Versatile, funny, and smart, Hayek gives voice to memorable characters who are not afraid to go after what they want.