The People Behind 10 Famous Animated Voices
In 1917, the
first animated film was produced by Quirino Cristiani in
Argentina. It was titled The
Apostle. The first popular animated
television series was created by Walt Disney and starred
Mouse. Spin-off series were launched for supporting characters
such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and
Pluto. The first widely popular
Disney animated feature films were Fantasia and Pinocchio, which
were released in 1940. Since that time hundreds of wonderful
animated films and television series
have been released.
Pixar is a CGI animation production company that has released ten
to date, beginning with Toy Story in 1995. Pixar makes
incredible animated movies that are
loved by millions of people. In
2006, Disney agreed to buy Pixar for approximately $7.4 billion.
next release will be Toy Story 3. I have compiled a list of
ten celebrity actors behind some of our most
characters. This list will be focused on more modern film
Aladdin - The Genie
Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated
It is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the
magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. Robin Williams
was great as the genie in this
film. His energy was spot on for the
eccentric genie. It was the first time that an American
feature film paid advertising attention to a celebrity voice cast
Williams’s celebrity combined with an incredible performance
helped make the film a major international success.
release of Aladdin, animated film making has changed and today
films are almost strictly
marketed on famous voices.
9. Casey Kasem
Scooby-Doo Series - Shaggy
is a long running American animated television series.
It was originally produced for Saturday morning viewing and has
been ongoing since 1969. Scooby-Doo, Where
Are You was
originally broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976 and then moved to
ABC. ABC aired the show until canceling
it in 1986, since that time
different versions of the show have been aired on Cartoon Network.
The original series was groundbreaking. It quickly became one of
the first extremely successful animated children’s television series.
cast included actor Don Messick as Scooby-Doo, Frank
Welker as Fred, Nicole Jaffe as Velma, Indira Christopherson as
Daphne, and Casey Kasem as Shaggy. Shaggy was a light
hearted character that loved his munchies. He was
and jumpy. Kasem did a wonderful job and Shaggy’s voice is one
of the most recognizable
in all of animation. It helped propel Casey
Kasem’s DJ career.
DuckTales - Scrooge McDuck
was a popular animated series produced by
Company from 1987-1990. It is noted as being the first Disney
cartoon to be released
for syndication. It helped influence the
shows Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin.
features the stories and adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his
group of nephews. Scrooge
is the star of the show and the voice
work of Alan Young is great. Young did a good job portraying the
undeniably greedy, money-grubbing, and sometimes ignorant older
Alan Young is probably most
widely known for his television role
opposite a talking horse in Mister Ed. He has voiced
animated characters over the years, including Miner Smurf, Farmer
Smurf, and Scaredy Smurf in the 1981
series The Smurfs.
The Land Before Time - Ducky
Land Before Time is a 1988 animated feature that was produced
by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. It was released during an
era when animated feature films were not quite
as common and the
movie tells a good family story. The plot focuses on dinosaurs
living in a fantasy-based
version of prehistoric earth. Many of the
characters in the film were voiced by child actors.
Judith Barsi was
a popular child actress in the late 1980’s and landed the role of
Ducky in the film.
With her catch phrase “Yep Yep Yep,” Ducky
was a child favorite.
was a funny character and Barsi’s voice was perfect. Sadly,
Judith Barsi only lived one more year and was
murdered by her
father when she was only ten years old. She was a special girl and
will be missed.
Barsi also touched many fans with her last
performance and portrayal of Anne-Marie in the popular 1989
animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Family Guy - Peter Griffin
is an animated television sitcom that follows
family, a dysfunctional group that lives in the fictional town of
Quahog, Rhode Island.
It is a bit of an edgy show and has been
cancelled on two separate occasions, but DVD sales and loyal fans
have saved the show. Today, Family Guy is a major hit for the Fox
and has surpassed The Simpsons in
viewership. Seth MacFarlane is the force behind Family Guy.
does much of the writing, voices, and production work on the
MacFarlane voices some of
the shows most famous voices,
including Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire,
and Tom Tucker.
MacFarlane’s talent has been recognized by the
masses and he has recently signed a new deal with Fox reportedly
worth $100 million. This has made MacFarlane the highest-paid
television writer and producer in
Hanks & Tim Allen
Toy Story Series - Woody & Buzz Lightyear
was a 1995 computer animated feature produced by
Animation Studios. It was the company’s first release. The writing
and voice work used in
this film was ground breaking. Two of the
most successful actors in Hollywood voiced the lead characters
Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Tim Allen is wonderful and constantly
on cue with his futuristic
portrayal Buzz Lightyear. The modest
Woody is perfectly played by Hanks. Both of the actors returned
the widely successful 1999 release Toy Story 2. They
be back for Toy Story 3, which will be out next summer.
Finding Nemo - Dory
is a 2003 film that was Pixar’s fifth animated
It tells the story of the protective clownfish Marlin who sets out on a
voyage to find his missing son
Nemo, joining Marlin on the mission
is the funny character and tag along Dory. Dory is a Regal Blue
In the film she suffers from Anterograde amnesia and
DeGeneres is hilarious in her expressions.
Ellen’s script analysis and character development was great and
Dory clearly stood out as the
most lovable and entertaining fish in
the movie. Finding Nemo was an international blockbuster
grossed around $864 million worldwide. The American Film
Institute named it the tenth greatest
animated film ever made.
Chris Rock, David Schwimmer,
Jada Pinkett Smith
is a 2005 computer-animated film produced by
DreamWorks Animation. It is a funny movie and great for both
children and adults alike. I have
decided to include all four
members of the ensemble cast of this animated feature. Ben Stiller
as Alex the
Lion, Chris Rock as Marty the zebra, David Schwimmer
as Melman the giraffe, and Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria the hippo
are all great characters.
Chris Rock has been an outstanding voice-over comedian his entire
portraying commercial star Little Penny in the early 1990’s. I
was a bit disappointed with Madagascar
2 and felt it lacked a plot
and character development. A third film will be released in the
2012 and all four actors will be reprieving their individual
Shrek Series - Shrek
there have been three Shrek animated features and they
have all been extremely successful and entertaining.
In the films
the character of Shrek is portrayed by Mike Myers. Myers is a
who became famous in the 1990’s while starring on
the hit television show Saturday Night Live.
For this role he
transformed his voice and truly developed the character of Shrek
Myers performance as Shrek, along with Eddie Murph, Cameron
Diaz, and John Lithgow’s roles has helped
make Shrek a multi-
billion dollar franchise. Shrek was the first film to win an Academy
Best Animated Feature, as the category was introduced
in 2001. Be sure to watch out for Shrek
Forever After, which is set
to release May 21, 2010. All of the title character voices are back,
including Myers in the lead.
The Simpsons - Homer Simpson
is an animated television sitcom that has
close to 500 episodes. The show was created by Matt Groening
and premiered on December
17, 1989. The Simpsons Movie was
released in theaters on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and grossed
$527 million worldwide. The Simpsons is the longest-running
American sitcom and the show
has won 24 Primetime Emmy
Awards. During the origins of the show it seemed Bart was the title
most famous character, but over the years the show has
shifted to focus more on Homer Simpson.
Homer Simpson is widely considered one of the greatest animated
characters of all time. His
crazy antics have entertained millions of
people all over the world. Dan Castellaneta is an American
comedian, and voice artist. He has the uncanny ability to think and
behave like Homer Simpson.
Castellaneta also voices the
Springfield characters Abraham "Grandpa" Simpson, Barney
Gumble, Krusty the
Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and Mayor Quimby.