Video: Voice Actors and Their Characters

BECAUSE TALENT.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love, love, love voice acting. It is arguably the most difficult form of acting – and yes, it is acting, not just doing silly voices – because you are unable to rely upon your voice and body to convey emotion. The nuances of this art form are better addressed in another article, but it also helps that all the voice actors that I have met (and I’ve been very privileged to meet quite a lot) are the kindest, humblest, most generous, and most talented people in the world. Not hyperbole by any means.

I’ve always loved voice acting, even before I truly realized what it was (there’s people doing those characters?!), but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I truly become invested in the process (due in large part to Rob Paulsen’s Talkin’ Toons podcast) to the point of actively aiming toward working in animation in some capacity. My goals today, in fact, revolve around casting and other areas of production, though any chance to see these amazing people in action would be fantastic.

Long story short, I always love sharing stories and facts about voice actors and the characters they have done, and in 2013, I tried my hand at making compilation videos of certain actors’ work. And, well, there’s a reason I stopped doing them – they’re not that great. But! They do get the job done, and I’m reasonably proud of the ones I did. So here they are:

Tom Kenny

Characters included: Mumbo from Teen Titans, Spongebob from Spongebob Squarepants, Eduardo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Scoutmaster Lumpus from Camp Lazlo, Heffer from Rocko’s Modern Life, Val Hallen from Dexter’s Laboratory, Ice King from Adventure Time, Plastic Man from Batman: Brave and Bold, Raimundo from Xiaolin Showdown, Starscream from Transformers: Animated, The Mayor from Powerpuff Girls, Spyro from the Spryo games, Dog from CatDog, Captain America from The Super Hero Squad Show, and himself.

Rob Paulsen

Characters included: Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask from The Mask Animated Series, Yakko and Dr. Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Buck Tuddrussel from Time Squad, Carl Wheezer from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Experiment 625 from Lilo and Stitch: The Animated Series, Mac from The Looney Tunes Show, The Riddler from Lego Batman 2, Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arthur from The Tick, Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Jack Fenton from Danny Phantom, and himself.

“The Spider” by David R. is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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