Meet The Faces Behind The Best Cartoon Voices Ever
This is Rob Paulsen. Looks like a normal dude. But he's all of these.
As well as being the only person on record to swap Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he's voiced over 1,000 different commercials and won three Annie Awards for his portrayal of Pinky.
Tom Kenny started out as a regular actor, appearing in things like Mr Show, before becoming the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, amongst others.
He's sort of the winner of a Razzie Award after voicing Skids and Wheelie in the Transformers films – the award for Worst Screen Couple was given to "Shia LaBoeuf and either Megan Fox or any Transformer".
Maurice LaMarche started out as a stand-up before moving into voice acting, using his uncanny Orson Welles impression for, amongst other things, dubbing over Vincent D'Onofrio's performance in Ed Wood.
There was once an episode of The Critic in which LaMarche voiced 29 different characters.
Tress MacNeille was a member of improv group The Groundlings (which a huge amount of American comedy royalty, from Will Ferrell to Kristen Wiig, have been members of at some point). She's also in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Ricky" video.
A lot of Animaniacs episodes involve MacNeille's character Dot doing impressions of other people, leading to a kind of meta-voicing.
An on-screen actress as well as voice actress, Tara Strong was once flatmates with Neve Campbell.
She takes her role as Twilight Sparkles in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic very seriously, going as far as to executive produce a documentary, Bronies, about adult fans of the show (that, incidentally, will make anyone who isn't a robot get slightly shiny eyes).
Former video store clerk Jim Cummings has hundreds of credits to his name...
...but has also performed some pretty meaty roles without any credit. When big-name actors struggle with singing parts on animated films, he's occasionally brought into help them out – Jeremy Irons in The Lion King and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia both benefitted from his help.
John DiMaggio might not have as many roles on his CV as some of the other people on this list, but he's Bender Bending Rodriguez and Jake The Dog, two of the greatest animated characters ever.
Bender's voice was partly based on Slim Pickens from Blazing Saddles and partly based on a character DiMaggio had been doing for years to entertain his friends, Charlie The Sausage-Lover.
Nancy Cartwright is the voice of Bart Simpson, who she's been voicing since the very first Simpsons short on The Tracy Ullman Show.
Cartwright originally auditioned for Lisa, but found Bart more appealing, and was offered the job on the spot by Matt Groening.
As well as being Aquaman, Green Lantern, Samurai Jack and Hermes...
...Phil LaMarr will forever be known as Marvin, recipient of an accidental shot to the face in Pulp Fiction.
Frank Welker has been the voice of Fred in Scooby Doo since 1969. He's also the voice of Scooby Doo.
While he's the animation world's go-to guy for animal noises, and as a result has over 750 IMDb credits, he's also in posession of an amazing deep baritone voice, best demonstrated when Nibbler from Futurama speaks.
Billy West has been quite outspoken in his criticism of the animation world's recent focus on getting celebrities rather than voice actors to perfom roles in animated films.
It's hard to argue with a guy who was both Ren and Stimpy, and who will regularly be everyone in a five character scene in Futurama. Fry's voice is very close to West's own, something West says he chose to do to make himself unsackable.
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