Voice Actor Appreciation Post – Part 2
Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Almost a year ago I published a post called Voice Actor Appreciation Post in which I discuss some of my favourite voice actors and what they’re most known for. I’ve recently got into Rob Paulson’s (who featured in the last post) podcast ‘Talkin Toons’ in which he chats with other voice actors and important figures within the animation industry. You can listen to it on iTunes and watch it on Project Alpha (For more information, click here!) which has inspired me to make a part two!
Here you will find all of the voice actors that I wanted to include in the first post as well as some new ones I’ve recently become interested in.
Once again, in no particular order…
You’re most likely to have been exposed to E.G in Rugrats as Tommy Pickles, Buttercup in the Powerpuff Girls and baby Mumble in Happy Feet. She has also had a successful career in live action movies and the music industry including her work on Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, a guest spot on the TV series Friends and as a contestant on the 5th season of NBC’s The Voice. That’s an impressive résumé!
E.G’s hoarse, squeaky vocals have been a favourite of mine since I first saw Rugrats back in the 1990s. My favourite E.G Daily performances would have to be Tommy Pickles from Rugrats, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls and the various kids that she voices on Disney’s Recess.
I’d be extremely surprised if you’ve managed to go your entire life without hearing Nancy Cartwright’s voice. Nancy is obviously most notable for supplying the voice for everybody’s favourite 10 year old rebel: Bart Simpson for the last 30 years. She has also voiced many other cartoon characters including Rufus the naked mole rat from Disney’s Kim Possible and Chuckie from Rugrats once Christine Cavanaugh retired the role in 2002. Along with Bart, Cartwright also regularly voices plenty of other characters in the show including: Maggie Simpson, Kearney, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum and Rod Flanders, crazy right! My favourite Nancy Cartwright voices are Ralph Wiggum, Chuckie Finster and Rufus the naked mole rat.
Similar to many of my favourite voice actors on this list, Tom Kane has featured in shows such as The Powerpuff Girls as Professor Utonium and HIM, Mister Herriman in Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, Darwin in The Wild Thornberry’s as well as various voices in the Star Wars animated series including Master Yoda. Fun fact: Tom is also the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi! My favourite Tom Kane performances would have to be HIM in The Powerpuff Girls, Darwin of The Wild Thornberry’s and Monkey Fist of Kim Possible.
Pretty much everyone knows who Frank Welker is… you don’t? I’m pretty sure you do without even realising! Ever heard of a small show called Scooby-Doo? How about Transformers? and Disney hits such as Aladdin? Frank Welker has featured in them all! Frank has provided the voice of Fred Jones since the beginning of Scooby-Doo back in 1969 and with the exception of one or two shows still voices Fred today! As well as Scooby-Doo himself on occasion. He is also one of the the voices of Megatron and many other Transformers as well as Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball II from The Simpsons, and Abu and Raja in Aladdin. If there’s a guy you need for animal noises – along with Dee Bradley Baker – Frank Welker is your man. If I HAD to choose 3 performances that were my favourite, I’d of course have to say Fred Jones, Abu and Pegasus from Hercules.
You may recognise Kristen for her on camera work making appearances in The Muppets (2011) and the fox series: The Last Man on Earth. However, Shaal has another gift: her voice! Kristen lends her voice to Louise Belcher in Bob’s Burgers, Mabel in Gravity Falls, Jake Jr. in Adventure Time and many more.
Shaal’s voice acting highlights include fiery Louise Belcher, sweet Mabel and Trixie the dinosaur from Toy Story 3.
To me, Clancy Brown’s voice is immediately recognisable as Bikini Bottom’s notoriously money conscious Mr Krabs, he has however had some high profile acting jobs as well including in Highlander (1986) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
My favourite Clancy Brown characters are Mr Krabs, Vice-Principal Pangborn from the Rugrats spin off series: All Grown Up! and Hank in the video game Detroit Become Human; where Clancy supplied not only his voice but also his body and likeness for the mo-cap elements of the game's development.
The late Christine Cavanaugh’s voice is instantly recognisable as Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory as well as the original voice of Chuckie Finster of Rugrats and of Babe the pig in Babe (1995). Christine sadly passed away in 2014 at the age of 51, although she continues to live on through the characters she voiced.
The best Cavanaugh voices include: Chuckie Finster, Dexter, The Library Kid from Disney’s Recess and The Powerpuff Girls’ other sister, Bunny.
DiCicco is widely known as the voice of Flame Princess in Adventure Time, various voices from Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and most recently became the voice of Summer Penguin in the new Muppet Babies animated TV series.
I’ve been hearing Jessica DiCicco’s voice for longer than I’d realised. My favourite vocal contributions made by her include Malina of Disney’s The Emperors New Groove spin off TV series: The Emperor’s New School and Olette from the Kingdom Hearts series. Jessica recently had a baby so if she somehow gets hold of this blog post, congratulations Jessica!
I always seem to lose count of how many characters Jennifer Hale has voiced, her most famous being those of the video game variety including: Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid and BioShock Infinite. Animation wise though, she is most notably Princess Morebucks and Miss Keane of The Powerpuff Girls, Avatar Kyoshi from Avatar The Last Airbender and in recent years has taken over as the voice of Disney’s Cinderella and Princess Aurora in various films/shows/appearances.
My favourite Jennifer Hale performances are: Thorn of the Hex Girls in various Scooby-Doo projects, Sam of Totally Spies! and Princess Morebucks of The Powerpuff Girls.
Jason Marsden’s range as a voice actor is phenomenal. I still find myself surprised to see his name in the credits as I couldn’t tell it was him! He is well known for supplying the voice of Max Goof, Goofy’s son in various different Disney projects but mainly: A Goofy Movie and it’s sequel An Extremely Goofy Movie as well as Haku in the English dub of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Chester McBadbat of The Fairly Odd Parents from 2003 onwards. I’ll have to repeat myself in this section as my favourite Jason Marsden performances are Max Goof, Haku and to keep it interesting, Kovu from Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
Lauren Tom may look familiar to those of you who have seen a little 90s sitcom known as Friends, Tom played the role of Julie, Ross’ Palaeontologist girlfriend in season 2 of the show. You may also know her as the voice of Amy Wong in Futurama, Numbah 3 in Codename: Kids Next Door and Joo Dee in Avatar the Last Airbender (THERE IS NO WAR IN BA-SING-SE). To highlight some more of Lauren Tom’s best performances, here are my favourites: Su in Mulan II, Susan Long from American Dragon: Jake Long and Yoshiko who appears in various Kim Possible projects.
As obvious as it now is from the photo above, Russi Taylor has been the voice actress for Minnie Mouse since 1986! Another little factoid for you which you’ve probably already heard; Russi Taylor was married to the late Wayne Anthony Allwine who voiced Mickey Mouse from 1977 until he sadly passed in 2009. Isn't that some Disney magic right there? Some other recognisable character’s that Russi has lent her voice to include: Huey, Dewey, Louie AND Webby in the original DuckTales series, Sherri, Terri, Martin Prince and more on The Simpsons and Phantasma from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. All of which count as my favourite Russi Taylor performances.
I’m going to wrap it up there today as I can’t think of anymore voice actors off the top of my head. I have only scratched the surface of the voice acting world though, so next time you’re watching one of your favourite cartoons make sure to do a quick search online to see who voices your favourite characters, you may be surprised what else they’ve appeared in!
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