You have enjoyed reading about the real voices behind iconic characters so much that we had to add a third installment for the article! Enjoy.
Rowan Atkinson – The Lion King
Rowan Atkinson is not only about comedies, pantomimes, and beans. He is a remarkable voice actor and he showed us exactly what he is made of when he voiced Zazu in The Lion King.
Initially, Atkinson wasn't so keen on taking the role, however, the 1994 Disney classic wouldn't be complete without him, so we're kind of glad he was persuaded into it.
Whoopi Goldberg – The Lion King
At first, the three hyenas in The Lion King were given a small and characterless role, however, as the plot evolved, the actors responsible for voicing the three turned them into unforgettable pieces.
Our beloved Whoopi Goldberg was the voice behind Shenzi the Hyena and remained its voice in the 2019 adaptation too.
Helena Bonham Carter – Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride is a dark fantasy movie, released in 2005. It is set in a fictional English village way back in the Victorian age and features Emily, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter.
Helena has been adorning our screens for years. A Room With a View, The Mak, and Harry Potter are only some of the titles she starred in. In Corpse Bride she manages to shine by voicing the lead character to perfection.
Danny DeVito – Hercules
This one didn't come as a surprise to us. Danny DeVito is one of a kind and has so many colors to his character. In Hercules, he voiced Phil, a character that was inspired but no other than Snow White's Grumpy.
Eric Goldberg, the movie's animator, was so impressed by DeVito's facial expressions that he used those expressions while he was enlivening Phil. There is more to Phil than what the eye can see.
Johnny Depp – Corpse Bride
In Corpse Bride, Jonny Depp voices Victor Van Dort, the lead. There is no need to put the spotlight on Depp, as his roles as real-life characters are numerous.
Depp was filming Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the same time as shooting Corpse Bride, so he was Willy Wonka by day, and mean old Victor by night.
Ed Asner – Up
The late Ed Asner had many achievements as a Hollywood star, not all in front of the camera. He voices many characters over the years, and Carl in the movie Up is one of them.
In 1997 he voiced Jacob in A Christmas Carol. In 2010 he voiced Granny Goodness in the Superman / Batman Apocalypse animated movies, and in 2021, one of his last roles was voicing Carl Fredricksen in Dug Days. He sadly passed away in 2021 at the age of 91.
Antonio Banderas – Puss In Boots
When Antonio Banderas was cast to voice Puss in Boots, the producers won the jackpot. Banderas voices the puss not only in English but also in Spanish and Italian. Three for the price of one.
At first, the voice of the cat was supposed to have been in high pitches, however, after several useless attempts, Banderas's natural low and deep tone was used for the role.
John Goodman – Monsters, Inc.
John Goodman has been taking the role of Sulley all the way. After winning several awards for other voice acting roles Goodman stands by Sulley. The big blue monster suited him perfectly.
John Goodman has forever brought to us hysterically funny characters, and in Monsters, Inc. his natural charms shine through with glam and grace.
Jeremy Irons – The Lion King
Besides being one of Disneys greatest animated movies, The Lion King carries a long line of voice actors, Jeremy Irons being one of them. He voiced Scar, the main antagonist in the movie.
Irons made his debut back in 1980 in the movie Nijinsky, and since then has been all over the place. In 1990 he won the Academy Award for his role in Reversal of Fortune, in 2005 he won best supporting actor for his role in Elizabeth I and in 2022 he was nominated for his role in House of Gucci. We just can't get enough.
Eddie Murphy – Mulan
In Mulan, Eddie Murphy voiced the brazen little dragon, Mushu. Based on an original musical, Mulan is one of Disney's most profitable movies of all time.
The 2020 version of the movie left Murphy out. According to the filmmakers, the story had changed and Murphy's role as the dragon was dropped.
Jim Carrey – Horton Hears a Who!
This movie is also known as Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! and is based on the 1954 book by the same name. Jim Carry voices the main role of Horton the elephant alongside other great names from the industry.
Jim Carry slipped smoothly into Horton's character, with his childish big-hearted, and foolish ways. A pleasure to watch (or listen to).
Bill Murray – Garfield: The Movie
Since the early 1970s, Bill Murray has been giving us hours of pure entertainment, in movies, tv shows, and as the voice of the overweight lasagna-loving cat, Garfield in the 2004 adaptation.
Bill Murray is best known for his roles in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and of course, we can't go without, Saturday Night Live.
Chris Rock – Madagascar
One of the most hilarious characters in the movie Madagascar has to be Marty the Zebra. It came as no surprise when Chris Rock was called to voice the role. Rock has said that he put an effort into making Marty a black zebra and that in fact, he IS Marty.
Chris Rock is one of the funniest stand-up comedians alive. He has starred in Lethal Weapon, Head of State, and remained loyal to Marty through all of the Madagascar movies.
Nathan Lane – The Lion King
Nathan Lane has over 40 years of creation to his name. In 2010 he received the title "The greatest stage entertainer of the decade", which he gracefully earned. His voice is one of a kind and he has been voicing many of our favorite characters.
Timon, the loveable meerkat in The Lion King is only one of the characters Lane takes credit for. He voiced characters in Stuart Little, Mouse Hunt, and Toy Story.
James Earl Johns – The Lion King
We couldn't go through the Lion King's cast without mentioning James Earl Johns, who voiced Mufasa, Simba's father. Being a king in his own right, Earl Johns voiced the character both in the original movie and in the remake that was launched in 2019.
James has been described as one of America's most versatile and outstanding actors. He voiced Darth Vader in Star Wars and has had an impressive career on the theater stage and the wide screen.
Katey Sagal – Futurama
It's difficult to think of Katey Sagal and not think about the Bundys, however, there is a lot more to Sagal than just being a shoe salesman's wife. Besides numerous TV shows, she has had her share of widescreen appearances and was the voice behind Leela in Futurama.
Futurama is an American adult animated show. Leela is a one-eyed captain of the Express Ship. She believes she is an alien, however, eventually discovers she is a mutant. A bit different than the Peggy role we all associate Sagal with.
Hank Azaria – The Simpsons
When you think about the Simpsons you think about Homer, Bart, or Lisa, however, some of the supporting roles, are the most significant ones on the show. Take Moe the bartender for example. Could you imagine the show without him?
Hank Azaria voices one of the most important supporting characters in the show. Although he is categorized as a miserable and useless dude, in some episodes his soft heart and willingness to help others are shown.
Mike Myers – Shrek
Out of all the characters Mike Myers has done over the years, he has said that voicing the green Shrek has been the joy and pride of his career. To dust off the dust from your memory cells, Shrek is the DreamWorks creation, first launched in 2001.
Mike Mayers voiced the main character of Shrek in all four movies and has said that he wouldn't mind doing one Shrek movie every single year. We wouldn't mind either.
Joseph Gordon Levitt – Treasure Planet
Treasure Planet is known for being one of the biggest fall downs in the Disney movie world. Although it wasn't a great success as initially estimated, it still held an impressive voicing cast.
Jim Hawkins, the leading role, was voiced by Joseph Gordon Levitt, better known to us for his role in 500 Days of Summer, Lincoln, and Sin City. Levitt has since been busy in the Apple TV comedy he wrote Mr. Corman and has put his acting career aside for the time being.
Ben Stiller – Madagascar
There's a lot we can say about Ben Stiller. For instance, he was the voice behind Alex, the King of New York, the lion in Madagascar. Stiller didn't continue voicing the Alex in the other Madagascar movies, as he was apparently occupied with prior engagements.
Stiller got on the road to fame in the mid-1980s and has since stuck in seventh gear. He starred in and directed Reality Bites in 1994, in 1998 he played Ted Stroehmann in There's Something About Mary and recently played the role of Guy in Lock Down.
Hugh Jackman – Flushed Away
Flushed Away is a 2006 computer-animated movie teaching us that no matter how many materialistic things you have, if you don't have friends and family around you, they are worthless. Many great names of Hollywood voice characters in the movie, Hugh Jackman being one of them.
Jackman voiced Ruddy, a spoiled brat rat who is flushed down the drains, not knowing that his life is about to turn on its head. Jackman has since been jumping the stages of Broadway and the wide screens and is currently working on his next hit.
David Spade – The Emperor's New Groove
David Spade voiced Kuzco in the animated comedy The Emperor's New Groove, inspired by the ancient Peruvian civilization. It's not one of Disney's greatest hits, however, its story is unique and motivating.
David Spade is better known for his appearance on Saturday Night Live and Just Shoot Me. Besides Kuzco he is also the voice behind Sparx the Dragonfly and Griffin the Invisible Man.
Tim Curry – The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys features the voices of Lacy Chabert, Tom, and the one and only Tim Curry. Curry has one of those faces that doesn't have to say much and can easily make you laugh. He voices Nigel Thornberry, a hysterical character fully fledged.
We know Curry is best known for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, however, he has voiced many animated characters over the years, where he has remarkably shone.
Vin Diesel – The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is a movie all about identity. Shedding light on who you truly believe you are and who you want to become. Vin Diesel was honored to voice the role of the Iron Giant.
Vin Diesel is more known as an action film actor. We all know him for the Fast and Furious series. Another famous voicing role he did was of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Patton Oswalt – Ratatouille
Ratatouille has to be one of our favorite animated movies. The story is inspiring, the quality of the animation work is superb and the voicing of Remy the rat is outstanding. Patton Oswalt is the one responsible for this. Very fast, Ratatouille was classified as a classic and the character of Remy will forever live.
Oswalt has voiced a few other animated characters along the line, however, he has grasped his fame with his acting abilities too. He starred in Justified, Veronica Mars, and many more.
Meryl Streep – Fantastic Mr. Fox
You would have thought that Meryl Streep would accept only sophisticated and prestigious roles, however, Streep is more open-minded than we might have thought. She is a big name behind animated characters too.
Meryl Streep voiced the character of Mrs. Fox in the animated hit Mr. Fox. The movie was based on a 1970 novel of the same name. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature and won the award for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in a Feature Production.
BD Wong – Mulan
Bradley Darryl Wong is one of a kind and is the only actor in Broadway history to have won five different awards for the same role. He received those awards for his role of Song Liling in M. Butterfly.
He voiced Captain Li Shang in the movie Mulan, and this has been his only voicing role so far. He might prefer being in front of a camera instead of behind an animated character, however, he did such a remarkable job, we can only ask for more.
Leonard Nimoy – Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Do you feel that you are familiar with the name Leonard Nimoy and not sure from where? You know that you have seen his face before but don't know where? Leonard Nimoy was Star Trek's, Dr. Spock.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is one of the first science fiction animated movies by Disney. It tells the story of Milo and his journey towards the lost city of Atlantis. Leonard Nimoy voiced the role of King Kashekim of Atlantis. In 2015 he sadly passed away at the age of 83.
Nicolas Cage – The Croods
There is more to Nicolas Cage than Face/Off, Red Rock West, and Spiderman. Cage is the voice behind the character Grug in the comic animated movie, The Croods.
When first released, The Croods made such a racket and immediately became a movie to fall in love with. It's one of the few movies adults will appreciate as much as kids so no wonder it has expanded into video games and sequels.
Minnie Driver – Tarzan
The 1999 version of Tarzan features the voice of Minnie Driver as Jane. This is not her only animated voice-acting role, as Driver voiced Lady Eboshi in the movie Princess Mononoke.
Minnie Driver began her career in 1995 when she played in Circle of Friends. From there, the only way was up. She starred in Good Will Hunting, The Fantom of the Opera, and is known for being Matt Damond's better half for a few years.
Justin Timberlake – Yogi Bear
If someone would have told Justin Timberlake back in the 1990s, that one day he would voice Yogi Bear, would he have bought it? Back then it would have seemed awkward, however, as Timberlake matured, so did his feelings towards these classic characters that will never age. Timberlake is indeed Boo Boo Bear.
We loved him on the Mickey Mouse Club, we adored him when he became part of NSYNC, and we can't get enough of him when he performs solo. Singer, Actor, Boo Boo Bear. We love him no matter what.
Michael J. Fox – Atlantis: The Lost Empire
We haven't seen Michal J. Fox on our screens lately, for several personal reasons, however, we can't dismiss the astonishing roles he did play over the years. Fox was not only a Family Ties kind of guy, and there was more to him than being a Teen Wolf.
J. Fox voiced Milo, the main character in the movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire. His recognizable voice was also used in Stuart Little and, how not, as the animated character of Marty McFly.
Patrick Warburton – The Emperor's New Groove
Patrick Warburton has played David Puddy on Seinfield, Lemony Snicket on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect. He is also the voice of Kronk, in the movie The Emperor's New Groove.
Influenced by the story of the Inca Empire that developed into what we know as Peru, this unique animation movie manages to gather an honorable list of names behind the characters and their stories.
Tom Kenny — Spongebob Squarepants
Tom Kenny is the voice behind not one, but three characters in Spongbob. He has voiced Spongbob, the snail named Gary, and the French Narrator. Which other actor can pull off three characters in one show in such perfection?
Tom Kenny is a well-known name when it comes to voicing in animated movies. He is responsible for the voice of Heffer Wolfe in Rocko's Modern Life; Carl Chryniszzswics in Johnny Bravo; Hank and Jeremy in Talking Tom and Friends, and the list goes on and on.
Christian Bale – Pocahontas
Christian Bale voiced the role of Thomas in the great animated creation of Pocahontas. The 1995 version of the movie was a huge success (and still is) and Bale's personal magic only added to its glam.
Christian Bale is better known for wide screen hits such as American Psyco, Batman, and Public Enemies, however, his voicing role in Pocahontas opened a whole new world for him to shine in.
Anna Faris – Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs
Anna Faris has been a favorite of many following her roles in Just Friends and Dictator, but she also has some voicing roles to her name. She voiced Samantha Sparks in the great hit Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
The movie is about a crazy scientist named Flint who creates a machine that turns water into food. Samantha is the weather intern who teams up with Flint and saves the world from being flooded by miniature cheeseburgers.
Joaquin Phoenix – Brother Bear
There are many stories about the Phoenix family. They were one of the major contributors to the industry in the 1990s and have had their share of tragedies. Joaquin is one of the Phoenix brothers who has been all over the tabloids, but for good reasons.
He was the magnificent Joker, played in Gladiator, and amazed us in Walk the Line. He was also the voice behind Kenai in the animation movie Brother Bear, however, decided not to contribute his vocal talent for the sequel, Brother Bear 2.
Ewan Mcgregor – Valiant
Launched in 2005, Valiant is about a pigeon named Valiant, who prepares for D-Day and joins the forces. According to the reviews, the movie starts off slow, however, it speeds up and turns into a funny and entertaining piece.
Ewan Mcgregor, known for his Scottish roots and his outstanding role in Trainspotting, voiced the lead role of Valiant. He has recently returned to play in the Star Wars universe.
Glenn Close – Tarzan
Glenn Close is one of the greatest names in Hollywood. She became globally famous after her appearance in Fatal Attraction and has since starred in numerous movies, and animated ones too.
In 1999 Close contributed her voice to the role of Karla in the movie Tarzan and it doesn't end there. She voiced the Blue Fairy in the 2002 Pinocchio and voiced the Granny in the 2005 animated movie Hoodwinked.
Billy Connolly — Pocahontas
Being one of the most magnificent stories, the Pocahontas production had to cast the best of the best, and so they did. Amongst all the great names on the other side of the camera in this animated creation hides Billy Connolly behind the voice of Ben.
Conolly is one of a kind and his voice is unique and distinctive. He is no stranger to animation movies and has voiced many characters in Brave and Muppet Treasure Island.
Bill Fagerbakke – Spongebob Squarepants
If you ever wondered who voiced Patrick in Spongebob Squarepants, then think no further. Bill Fagerbakke is responsible for Patrick Star and for his witty and amusing ways.
Besides voicing a star, Fagerbakke is a star in his own right. He is known and loved for voicing Frosty the Snowman, his role in Coach, and more.
Emma Thompson – Treasure Planet
One of the greatest divas of all times has sides we're not all aware of. She is spectacular when it comes to period dramas, however, she is no less than a goddess when it comes to voicing cartoons.
Emma Thompson voiced Captain Amelia in the animation movie Treasure Planet and is non-stop working on more creations for us to be indulged by.
John Goodman — The Emperor's New Groove
John Goodman is one star you cannot ignore. His voice stands out too. In The Emperor's New Groove, he voiced Pacha, the village leader. The movie might not have turned into a full-blown classic, however, the voicing actors are as great as they can get.
There is no need to properly introduce John Goodman as we are sure you are familiar with most of his work. He was loved as Dan Coner in Roseanne and made it big in movies such as Inside Llewyn Davis and The Big Lebowski.
John Rhys Davies – Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Aladdin and the King of Thieves is the sequel to the 1992 movie, Aladdin. It is the third and final chapter of the Arabian Nights tale. John Rhys Davies voiced the role of Cassim, Aladdin's father.
Rhys Davies has gloried and shone in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he voiced Ranjan's father in The Jungle Book 2, so casting him for Aladdin didn't come as a surprise at all.
Rossie O’Donnell – Tarzan
Terk is a female gorilla in the animated movie Tarzan. The gorilla is voiced by Rossie O'Donnell which was not her only vicing role in her career. She voiced the octopus in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
O'Donnell has been all over the place. She has appeared in a number of sitcoms such as Will and Grace, and American Gigolo and has starred in a number of successful documentaries, amongst them, All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise.
Wayne Knight — Tarzan
The voicing cast on Tarzan doesn't seem to end. Tantor the paranoid elephant was voiced by Wayne Knight. Tantor couldn't ask for a better casting than that. Knight suits Tantor's characteristics like a glove and manages to leave the viewers with memorable scenes in the movie.
Wayne Knight is a comedian by birth. He is known as Newman from Seinfeld, Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park (1993), and Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Clancy Brown — Spongebob Squarepants
Mr. Krab in the successful Spongbob series is voiced by no other than Clancy Brown. Who is Clancy Brown, you ask? Well, he has been going since the 1980s and has voiced many characters in the animation world.
He voiced Captain Black and Ratso in Jackie Chan Adventures, Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series, and Vice-Principal Pangborn in All Grown Up! So, with such a reputation it's no wonder the Spongebob production team had to have him on board.
Dan Aykroyd — Yogi Bear
In 2010 a new version of the tales of Yogi Bear was released. It was no different than previous releases, just combined modern technology with a beautiful timeless story.
Yogi Bear himself was voiced by Dan Aykroyd, who starred in Driving Miss Daisy, and the second Ghostbusters movie.
Jason Alexander – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
When Jason Alexander was offered to voice the role of Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, never in a million years did he think it would end the way it did. Being nominated for a movie role is one thing, but somehow, a nomination for an animation role is worth a bit more.
For the voicing role of Hugo, Alexander was nominated for Best Voice-Over Performance. He was praised for his performance and then went on to voice the House of Mouse and a few video games.
Lucy Liu — Kung Fu Panda
Whenever Lucy Liu is cast, she stands out. She is loved and known for her roles in Ally McBeal, Charlie's Angels, and Kill Bill, however, she has voiced several animated roles throughout her career.
She has voiced Silvermist in Tinker Bell, Princess Mei in Mulan II, and had an outstanding and distinctive role of Master Viper in Kung Fu Panda.
Miley Cyrus – Bolt
When Miley Cyrus returned in 2008 into the arms of Disney, it was no strange place for her. She is remarkably known for being a kid star on the Hanna Montanna show which she left a trail of glitter behind her. Penny, a 13-year-old girl and Bolt's owner in the movie Bolt, is voiced by her.
In the movie Bolt, Miley Syrus steps out of her comfort zone, and instead of shining on stage and on the big screen, her rays of light manage to crack through the scene and reflect how great this woman is no matter on what side of the curtain she is.
Samuel L. Jackson – The Incredibles
You don't have to turn to real-life scenes to taste what reality is all about. In The Incredibles, Fronzone's wife will do absolutely anything, so her better half sticks to his world and keeps their dinner date. This happens in real life all the time, doesn't it?
Samuel L. Jackson contributed his remarkable voice to the character of Fronzoe, allowing him to emphasize his macho characteristics and stretch them as far as he could. Luckily Mrs. Jackson wasn't around to show him exactly who wears the pants in the house.
Jaleel White – Sonic the Hedgehog
Picture this. It's a Saturday morning, the kids are turning on Sonic, their favorite video game. Suddenly they hear a screech from behind the scenes. At first, they think it's a problem with the connection for the wires, then believe it is just a bug in the game. Eventually, they realise that no bug was involved.
Jaleel White accidentally shifted onto Steve Urkel, leaving Sonic with a voice you could not ignore. That's the price for playing Steve remarkably for so long. You just never know when he might show up.
Justin Timberlake – Trolls
The 2016 movie, produced by Drem Works, tells the story of the trolls that go on an adventure to save their village. It grasped several nominations and managed to preserve the Good Luck Troll doll's magic from years back. Besides being really good-looking, Justin Timberlake is an incredible entertainer.
He is a producer, singer-songwriter, and heartbreaker. Maybe there are some women around the world who were not surprised when he was chosen to voice a character in the movie Trolls.
Michael J. Fox – Stuart Little
If you could have taken Michael J. Fox to the future, and shown him that he will voice a little mouse called Stuart, he wouldn't believe you. Not only that, he would probably shake those family ties of his, as apparently, Fox has never watched the movie.
Stuart Litlle was a 1994 movie that combined live-action, animation, and computer-generated images all in one movie. Fox completes Stuart's character with his voice, making this movie one to remember.
Mila Kunis – Family Guy
Came to life just before the new millennium kicked in, Family Guy is an animated sitcom, created for adults. The show has had nineteen seasons, and according to the producers, there is more to come.
Mila Kunis is known to us all from her appearance on That 70's show and as the voice behind Meg, on Family Guy. Although Meg is a fictional character, she has so many ways of life we can all late to. We wonder if, in real life, Mila was at some stage the scapegoat of the family, like Meg is.
Morgan Freeman – The Lego Movie
Creating plastic bricks and models, and turning them into the world's greatest toy is one thing, but taking those models and turning them into a huge computer movie, is another. And that is exactly what Dan Lin and Roy Lee did in the 2014 Lego Movie.
It won awards, made kids fall in love with the characters, and made Morgan Freeman put his famous voice to work. Freeman voiced Vitruvius and this was not the last we heard from him. He was heard on The Dark Night and The Dark Night Rises.
Brittany Murphy – King of the Hill
King of the Hill ran from the late 1990s to 2010, being one the most-watched adult-designated animated shows. The show told the story of the Hill family going through modern-day issues in a fictional city in Texas.
Brittney Murphy voiced Luanne Platter and even won an award for that role. She is known for her appearances on Clueless, Pheonix, Girl Interrupted, and many many more.
George Clooney – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Not only is Mr. Clooney one of the sexiest, most charming, and most charismatic men alive, he has an incredible radio voice so no wonder he was grabbed for some voicing positions.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox was based on a 1970 novel, was launched in 2009, and featured a few big names in disguise as animated characters. We are not surprised that George went under the name of Mr. Fox.
Billy Crystal – Monsters, Inc.
Billy Crystal, Billy Crystal. There are no words to describe the tallet he is. We have seen him on The Princess Bride and were indulged by every minute when he appeared on When Harry met Sally. That is a real classic. Not only does Crystal take the show on screen, but he has impressed us behind the scenes as well.
No better role could have been given to Billy than the role of Mike Wazowski, the one-eyed main character on Monsters Inc.
Michael Cera – The Berenstain Bears
The Berenstain Bears was a T.V. show based on the book series which carried the same name. Each episode ends with a lesson in life to learn or a moral that wishes to be passed on. Educational stuff on the little screen.
Not many know that Michael Cera was the voice behind the oldest brother bear. Cera grew up to be most recognized with Juno, The Shivering Truth, Twin Peaks, and many many more.
Ellen DeGeneres – Finding Nemo
It didn't take a genius to identify Ellen DeGeneres's voice behind blue fish, Dory, in the lovely tale of Finding Nemo. Stepping into a fish's shoe can be sometimes difficult (and uncomfortable), however, this came very naturally to DeGeneres.
Dory is a funny characterized female fish, very optimistic and slightly ditzy. She has a heart of gold and will do absolutely anything to help a friend.
Adam Sandler – Hotel Transylvania
The story of Dracula has been told for years and years, however, the Adam Sandler version was released only in 2012 and carried the name Hotel Translyvania. Hotel Transylvania shows us the other side of the vicious vampires and humorously transfers them into relaxed and calm creatures.
Adam Sandler voiced Drac, a more modern count Dracula, and turned his character into the funny guy, just like himself.
Matthew Broderick – The Lion King
Ferris Buller's day off obviously ended eventually, as Matthew Broderick took the time to enrich his soul and nourish his talent with voicing techniques. Broderick voiced the grown-up Simba in The Lion King, one of Disney's greatest movies.
Luckily Simba has his friends and family to learn the secrets of life as if teaching was up to Mr. Ed Roony or Ferris himself, we are not sure how Simba would have succeeded.
Will Ferrell – Megamind
Will Ferrell goes back a few years. From Saturday Night Live to Land of The Lost, Ferrell has given us many hours of pure entertainment. He has also starred behind the scenes as the voice of Megamind in 2010.
The computer-animated movie evolves around the super-intelligent out-of-space alien, who defeats Metro Man, his nemesis. It became a box office success and is known as one up until this day.
Robin Williams – Aladdin
In fiction films, nonfiction films, and animated films, the main characters are usually the best ones. The supporting roles enrich the storyline and help build the leading roles. In the movie Aladdin, the boundaries overlapped and the supporting role of the Genie stole the show.
Robin Williams who voiced the Genie, turned his character into one no one could forget. With his comic attitude and ability to improvise so freely, Genie is one of Disney's best characters of all time.
Jay Leno – The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents is a T.V. series launched in the early 2000s and was broadcast until 2017. The show covers the life of a ten-year-old kid, alongside his step-parents, teachers friends, and more characters that helped turn this show into something great. Many celebrities granted their voices to the show such as Alec Baldwin, Scott Hamilton, and no other than Jay Leno.
Mr. Leno was not chosen randomly. It was essential that Crimson Chin is voiced by someone with a suited one. A chin that is.
Oprah Winfrey – The Princess and the Frog
There is a lot Oprah Winfrey is known and loved for. Voicing animated characters is not quite on the list. The mother of all talk shows voiced the mother of the lead character in The Princess and the Frog, showing all that there is more to her than holding conversations.
Not only is she a magnificent actress and human being, but she can also hold an animated role easily. Oprah, thank you for sharing with us your gifted talents.
John Travolta – Bolt
Disney couldn't cast the voice behind Bolt any better. The characteristics the famous white dog is known for, are exactly what describes Mr. Travolta. Funny, Whitty, and a superstar. The white-haired German Shepherd was nominated for several awards and is one of the best animated movies made to this day.
John Travolta is known for his roles on one side of the screen, however, he manages to star and shine behind the scenes, voicing Bolt the dog.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas – The Lion King
If you haven't watched The Lion King, then you haven't watched a Disney Movie. Sir Elton John is not the only star behind the scenes of this movie, and there are plenty of other big names who brought this classic to life. The voice behind young Simba is Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
He is also the voice of Pinocchio in The Adventures of Pinocchio, he has played in Man of the House, voiced the Simpsons, and much more.
Christopher Daniel Barnes – The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is probably one of the best Disney interpretations of a classic story. Ariel the beautiful mermaid falls in love with Eric the two-legged charmer and willingly gives up her amazing singing voice in exchange for the love of her prince. So, Ariel's voice was stolen by the gigantic Ursula, but what's the story behind the price's voice?
Christopher Daniel Barnes was only a teenager when he voiced Eric the prince. He has also voiced the 1994 spiderman, starred in The Brady Bunch Movie, and voiced numerous characters in many video games. Talented guy indeed.
Meg Ryan – Anastasia
Way before Anna and Elsa, there was Anastasia. Every little girl's dream. Anastasia was a huge success and grasped many awards. The voice behind Anastasia is a well-known actress, not only for drama roles but as a first-class comedian as well.
Ryan began her care in small roles in 1981, and it wasn't only her world that turned in 1982. She is one of the most successful actresses of the 20th century and is a top romantic comedy icon.
Hugh Jackman – Happy Feet
In 2006 the amazing movie happy feet was born. The world of the penguins was introduced and brought along the voices of many well-known asters such as Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, and the one and only Hugh Jackman.
Jackman is a multi-talent native Australian, who voiced Memphis in the movie, privileging us all with Memphis's heartwarming version of Elvis's Heartbreak Hotel.
Dave Coulier – Muppet Babies
This is going to come as no surprise to you. Better known as Uncle Joey on the Full House show, David Coulier is known for his unique mimicking abilities as he has proven this in many T.V. appearances. There is no need to describe how funny Coulier is.
The Muppet Babies aired between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s featuring the voice of David Coulier behind the magnetic creature, Animal.
Tim Curry – Ferngully
Tim Curry is one of those actors, that at first, you are unsure you are familiar with him, however, as soon as you see his face- you know him inside out. With his English manners and English charms, Tim Curry has decorated our screen on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pirates of Penzance, and more.
In the film Ferngully, Hexxus is voiced by Curry. The animated fantasy film features many gifted actors who donated their vocal talents to this creation.
Fergie – Peanuts
Born with the name Stacy Ann Ferguson, Fergie was discovered as part of the Black Eyed Peas. Since then she has nourished a solo career, she writes songs for other artists, and believe it or not, Peas are not the only food she likes.
Peanuts told the tail of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, his handful dog, dealing with daily stuff. Sally Brown was Charlie's sister and the voice behind Sally, was no other than Fergie.
Eddie Murphy – Shrek
When Shrek aired in 2001, it gave whoever watched it a little something. There was a bit of magic in there for all. A beautiful story with excellent computer animation. The story of the gigantic green creature captured our hearts and if you watched and listened to the movie very carefully, the next lines won't surprise you.
Besides Shrek and Princess Fiona, a few other characters decorated the screen, and Donkey is one to remember. The Donkey, named simply Donkey, was voiced by the almighty, one of the best comedians alive, Mr. Eddie Murphy. No additional words are needed.
Val Kilmer – The Prince of Egypt
The Price of Egypt tells the story of biblical Moses and the exodus of the Israelites from the hands of the Pharaoh. Playing a role, or better, voicing a role in this movie has its own honors and glam. Moses is not just another character, and the story is not just another fairytale.
Val Kilmer (known to us all as the bad guy in Top Gun), was privileged to speak for the prophet, and what a good job he did. The movie at the time was the most successful non-Disney movie ever made, and it led to the creation of more bible-based movies.
Arsenio Hall – The Real Ghostbusters
Who're we gonna call? The real Ghostbusters. Based on the 1980s hit, Ghostbusters, the animated version was released in 1986 and featured the voice of Arsenio Hall, soon to become one of the most famous late-night people.
The character of Winston Zeddemore had to say goodbye to Hall's voice, as The Arsenio Hall Show became so popular, there was not enough room for both.
Tina Fey – Ponyo
Ponyo is a Japanese version of The Little Mermaid. It was a huge success and the English version was soon to follow. Ponyo received many awards for its visual design and the fact that it appealed to both adults and children. Not very easy these days to create a movie aligned with all ages.
Tina Fey was the voice behind Lisa, the main character's (Sosuke) mother. She is the balancer amongst the characters and brings a calm and open-minded animated figure, to life.
Cameron Diaz – Shrek
There is no need to introduce the gorgeous Fiona. Better known as the incredible Shrek's wife, Princess Fiona is a loveable and caring partner, mother, and lady. She is everything every woman around the world wants to be.
She wasn't blessed with a pleasant voice, so an anonymous beginning actress under the name of Cameron Diaz was recruited, completing Fiona and making her the best creature on earth.
Will Smith – Shark Tale
Will Smith doesn't have to be on the screen to impress us. He can sing, dance, play, produce, write, voice, we don't care. Whatever he touches turns to gold. Men in Black, Independence Day, and The Fresh Prince are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Smith's successes.
Oscar, the main character in the animated movie Shark Tale was lucky enough to be voiced by Will Smith as this movie was a great success which only enriched Smith's filmography.
Demi Moore – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Demi Moore's appearance in the movie Ghost escalated the awareness of her immediately. From a second-best Hollywood actress to a super megastar — and this happened overnight. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released shortly after the movie Ghost, so it was only natural to cast Demi for voicing Esmeralda.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a huge success, and Demi Moore personally benefited from the movie's achievements, as she became one of the most wanted actresses of that time.
Dakota Fanning – Coraline
Released in 2009, the fantasy movie Coraline reveals a secret door with a secret tale behind it. It won several awards and became a huge hit globally. Coraline is a loveable blue-eyed girl, who finds it difficult to adapt to life's changes. She is voiced by no other than Dakota Fanning.
The beautiful blond stunner, Dakota Fanning was revealed to us in her astonishing role in the movie I Am Sam, and since then has not failed to amaze us time and time again.
John Ritter – Clifford
"Come and Knock on my door; we've been waiting for you, three's company too." When you think of John Ritter, you think of Three's Company. Although Ritter appeared in many movies and many T.V. shows, there is no other show he was related to like this one.
The big red dog Clifford is one of the characters Ritter voiced, and he did so on each and every episode. After Ritter passed away, the production of the show passed as well.
Mark Hamill – Batman: The Animated Series
If you're a good actor, you can play literally any role given to you. And if you're an extraordinarily good actor, you can voice a character that is completely the opposite of your natural typecast.
Mark Hamill is known for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. In Batman: The Animated Series, he surprises us with a fantastic voice performance of The Joker. So, if you have it, you have it, and if you don't, you never will. Mark Hamill certainly has it.
Jerry Houser – Flintstones Sequels
Jerry Houser is one of the greatest voice actors in the industry. He is best known for his role as Oscar in Summer of 42. However, he has shown his voice talent in Disney's Aladdin, Transformers, The Smurfs, and more.
Jerry is the voice behind the Flinstones Sequels, giving us all the yabba dabba doo time, a real gay old time.
Scarlett Johansson – The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Scarlet oh Scarlet. She is an absolute stunner. The movies she has played in have made billions of dollars worldwide, and she had definitely made her mark in the industry. Besides being a top-of-the-range actress, she knows her place behind the scenes as she gave a remarkable performance by voicing Princess Mindy in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
The Spongebob movies are a huge success in every kid's world. Scarlet, they could not have done it without you.
Brad Pit – Megamind
There are some people that you don't really bother to hear them. All you want to do is look at them. So as far as we are concerned, Brad Pit could have voiced a tree, and he would still be highly credited on our list. That's life. Some people have it all, and Brad Pitt is one of them.
If you're really curious and want to know which drawn character hides behind Pitt's voice, then it was Metro Man in the animation movie Megamind. Can we leave it at that?
Renee Zellweger – Monsters vs. Aliens
If Katie from Monsters vs. Aliens had to write a daily diary and come up with new year resolutions Bridget Jones style, how would that look? Would it still cover weight loss? Always place dirty underwear in the laundry basket? Last but not least, find a cool Mr. Darcy to spend the rest of her life with?
Well, we are not sure about the dirty underwear, but what we do know is that Renne Zellweger really put on a show by voicing Katie. However, in our eyes, Zellweger will always be Bridget Jones.
Russell Brand – Despicable Me
Most people know the movie "Despicable Me" as simply "The Minions". "Despicable Me 2" and "Despicable Me 3" are also known as "Minion 2" and "Minion 3". That's how it is apparently with some animated movies. The sidekicks take over the title.
Russell Brand is a comedian, an actor, and an activist in many fields. He is also the voice behind Dr. Nefario in Despicable Me (one and two) and has won several awards over the years.
Mandy Moore – Tangled
The Prince's Diaries may be the most familiar movie Mandy Moore is recognized for; however, she carries with her a long list of successful appearances, both on T.V. shows and on the big screen. Not too many people know that Mandy Moore is also the voice behind Rapunzel.
Taking a German fairy Tail and turning it into a blockbuster hit is something that only Disney can do. And they did. In 2010 Tangled, based on the 19th-century folk legend – Rapunzel. The rest is history.
Mel Brooks – Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mel Brooks is one of the few stars to have every award possible. Forget History of The World, put away Robin Hood; Men in Tights, there is so much to Brooks that we don't even know where to start. He holds a lavishing career of over seven decades and is known as one of the world's greatest comedians.
In 2014 Mel Brook's voiced Albert Einstein in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. A computer-animated movie.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen – Toy Story
If Tom Hanks and Tim Allen had been told back in the 1950s and 1960s that one day in the near future, both would voice animated characters based on toys they play with, not sure they would have bought it. Woody and Buzz are the cherries on top of Pixar's movies.
They are eternal stars. Hanks and Allen both bring a long line of movie hits and success, making Toy Story (Numbers one, two, three, and future ones) what it is today — one of the finest animated movies ever.
Mel Gibson – Pocahontas
To voice a cartoon or animated character, all you need is talent and a good voice. No one ever mentioned charms or good looks in the application form. When the voices behind the Pocahontas characters had to be decided, it felt that only someone who looks like a captain and resembles a captain can voice a captain. The production of the movie chose no other than captain Gibson to voice John Smith.
Gibson played captain Martin Riggs on Lethal Weapon, Captain Dale McKussic on Taquila Sunrise, Captain William Wallace on Brave Heart, and Captain Nick Marshal on What Woman Want. John Smith could not be voiced by any other.
Bruce Willis – Rugrats Go Wild
Not quite sure what Bruce Willis was thinking to himself when he took the role of voicing Spike the dog in Rugrats Go Wild. After discovering this, his whole reputation collapsed like a pyramid of cards with no one to clean up the mess. I mean, come on. A dog? Bruce, you are Die Hard, you are Look Whos Talking, you are Pulp Fiction, you are 12 Monkeys, you are Armageddon. You are anything but a dog.
Anyhow, the movie wasn't as successful as they wanted it to be, and it brought to life many negative reports on the entire series of movies.
Laurie Metcalf – Toy Story
A mother's voice is a voice that has to reflect security. It has to be calming, yet firm, comforting, and caressing, and it doesn't matter if the mother is in reality, in your dreams, on a T.V. show, or as an animated character. Pixar already knew all this and chose Laurie Metcalf to voice Andy's mom for those reasons exactly.
The contrast of the role Metcalf is most familiar with (Jackie on Roseanne) to the one she voices on Toy Story, is what makes this even more beautiful.
Angelina Jolie – Ku Fu Panda
When you think of Angelina Jolie, you think of a beautiful, intelligent, exquisite, and sexy actress. When Ku Fu Panda came along, Angelina shone under a different light. New colors of her character were shown and a strong, independent, and fearless woman was revealed. Tigress Jolie was born.
Ku Fu Panda was a huge success with a total of three movies. It was nominated for several awards and was followed by a T.V. series.
Phil Hartman – Dennis the Menace
Mr. Phil Hartman was known and loved as the Saturday Night Live performer. The list of his appearances goes on and on and, amongst others, includes The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Third Rock From the Sun, and many cartoon voices. He tragically passed away in 1998 but left great-voiced memories to look back on.
Who doesn't remember Dennis the Menace? The hit T.V. show was first broadcast in 1951; however, most of us are familiar with the 1980s version. Phil Hartman voiced Mr. Wilson during the first episode, and then he ditched Denis for Saturday Night Live.