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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Illustrated A-Z Guide Of Prominent Celebrity Voice-Overs & Animated Characters

One of the ongoing trends in the American animated movie world is the tendency to cast big name actors and actresses from the Hollywood movie industry, as well as current pop stars to voice animated characters for big budget flicks. And whilst this is considered as an unfair practice towards established and up and coming voice actors who want to break into the field, for producers & studios such as Disney and Pixar, it is necessary in order to draw in a wider audience, as well as make even bigger bucks. 

Since the 1990s, and ever since actor and comedian Robin Williams's turn as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin, almost all of the major characters roles are undertaken by full-time working celebrities and celebrities of today who are currently well known and/or popular to the masses and its fan-base. 

Unfortunately, it appears that many - yet not all younger children won't have the faintest idea that they are hearing a celebrity when the character speaks, nor become familiar with them and their work, until they become older and find out on the internet who s/he was and the character that they had voiced. 

Whilst it is argued that professional voice actors possess a bigger vocal range to create a character's personality, celebrities are cast in those roles for their marketability and to help sell the movie, so that audiences and fans will instantly recognize that actor/actress. The bigger the celebrity, the more likely people will go and see that movie and/or buy the DVD. 

Below is an A-Z guide of some of the biggest and household names from the movie & entertainment world, - who having been recognized for their live-action efforts in front of the camera - have turned their attentions to voice acting and being a part of projects that have taken a few years to complete, from the first drawing on the blank page, right through to seeing it come to life on the big screen. 

Amy Poehler - Joy (Inside Out) 

Angelina Jolie - Master Tigress (Kung Fu Panda)

Ben Stiller - Alex (Madagascar) 

Bette Midler - Georgette (Oliver & Company) 

Billy Crystal - Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc), Calcifer (Howl's Moving Castle)

Brad Pitt - Sinbad (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas)

Cameron Diaz - Princess Fiona (Shrek) 

Catherine Zeta-Jones - Marina (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas)

Chris Rock - Marty (Madagascar

Danny Devito - Philoctetes (Hercules), Mr Swackhammer (Space Jam) 

Demi Lovato - Smurfette (Smurfs: Lost Village)

Demi Moore - Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) 

Dustin Hoffman - Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

Eddie Murphy - Mushu (Mulan), Donkey (Shrek)

Ellen Degeneres - Dory (Finding Nemo, Finding Dory) 

Emma Thompson - Captain Amelia (Treasure Planet) 

Glenn Close - Kala (Tarzan) 

Halle Berry - Cappy (Robots) 

Holly Hunter - Helen Parr/ Elastigirl (The Incredibles 1 & 2) 

Oprah Winfrey - Eudora (The Princess & The Frog) 

Jack Black - Po (Kung Fu Panda)

Jackie Chan - Master Monkey (Kung Fu Panda)

James Earl Jones - Mufasa (The Lion King) 

Jamie Foxx - Nico (Rio) 

Jennifer Aniston - Galatea (Hercules: The Animated Series), Sarah Gardner (Storks)

Jesse Eisenberg - Blu (Rio)

Jim Carrey - Horton (Horton Hears A Who!) 

John Goodman - Sully (Monsters Inc)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet) 

Julia Roberts - Hova ( The Ant Bully), Charlotte (Charlotte's Web), Smurf Willow (Smurfs: The Lost Village)


Kirsten Dunst - Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service)

Idina Menzel - Elsa (Frozen)

Mandy Moore - Rapunzel (Tangled) 

Matthew Broderick - Adult Simba (The Lion King) 

Mel Gibson - John Smith (Pocahontas) 

Michael J. Fox - Milo James Thatch (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) 

Michelle Phieffer - Eris (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas)

Mike Myers - Shrek 

Mindy Kaling - Disgust (Inside Out)

Ming-Na Wen - Mulan (Mulan) 

Nathan Lane - Timon (The Lion King) 

Rihanna - Tip (Home) 

Robby Benson -  The Beast (Beauty & The Beast) 

Robin Williams - Batty Koda (Ferngully), Genie (Aladdin) 

Samuel L. Jackson - Frozone (The Incredibles) 

Sarah Silverman - Vanellope von Schweetz (Wreck It Ralph) 

Tim Allen - Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)

Tom Hanks - Woody (Toy Story) 

Will Smith - Oscar (Shark Tale)

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