50 Actors You Totally Forgot Voiced Disney and Pixar Characters
Some Disney performances are iconic. Sure, you know Ellen DeGeneres voiced Dory, Tom Hanks played Woody, and Robin Williams was Genie. You probably know Angela Lansbury better as Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast than Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote. But were you aware Christian Bale, Julianna Margulies, John Candy, Kerry Washington, and Chloë Grace Moretz have all voiced Disney and Pixar characters too? Didn’t think so. And TBH, it’s pretty thrilling to discover that some of your favorite actors are the voices behind these iconic animated characters — whether they’re the lead role or a supporting act. Gear up for back-to-back revelations, because these 50 stars have all been in animated Disney and Pixar movies.
The famously spooky actor and host from days of yore played the villain in this kids movie. Keep that tidbit in your pocket for the next time some Boomer tries to tell you you “probably wouldn’t understand” classic horror because you “weren’t there” or whatever.
The X-Men and True Blood star is also the voice of Sheeta in the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s steampunk animated fantasy film Castle in the Sky, which, thanks to corporate mergers, is now technically owned by Disney.
Ironically, The Good Wife star is not in the Pixar film The Good Dinosaur… This is Dinosaur, a 2000 film that used CGI to create a “live-action” looking film about dino friends.
The iconic child star voiced one of the Lost Boys in the Peter Pan sequel. You’d think he would have done a lot more Disney animated movies, but this is more or less it!
I honestly try not to think too much about Miss Spider and how scary she looks in this movie, but did you know that Susan Sarandon voices her?! She also plays Coco Labouche in Rugrats in Paris.
Also, did you know that there are two future Hogwarts professors in James and the Giant Peach? David Thewlis (a.k.a. Prof. Lupin) plays Mr. Earthworm and Miriam Margoyles (a.k.a. Prof. Sprout) is both Mrs. Gloworm and Aunt Sponge.
The iconic 80s comedian, who died tragically in 1994, is the voice of the iconic seagull in the sequel to The Rescuers that’s definitely better than the original, right?
We really don’t talk enough about how Lennie Briscoe from old school Law & Order is the guy who sings “Be Our Guest.” He was also a major Broadway star! Check out the documentary Howard on Disney+ if you want to see some BTS footage of him singing with Angela Lansbury.
The Grey’s Anatomy hottie let out his Scottish accent in both a moderate and super heavy capacity as Lord MacGuffin and his son Young MacGuffin–who pretty much no one can understand–in the 2012 film Brave.
It only makes sense that Bette Midler voiced the super sophisticated poodle in Oliver & Company. She also sings “Perfect Isn’t Easy,” which is definitely one of the best songs in the film alongside Billy Joel’s “Why Should I Worry.”
The Good Will Hunting actress voiced Tarzan’s love interest Jane. While she was the OG voice of the character, she wasn’t involved in any of the sequels or spin-offs.
During his run as George Constanza in Seinfeld, Jason Alexander took a hot sec to voice the gargoyle Hugo, one of the three, in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he voiced Abis Mal in Aladdin: The Return of Jafar.
Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek TV series, George Takei lends his voice in Mulan as the founder of the Fa family. He continued the role in the sequel to the film.
Yes, the man who brought us Mr. Bean also voiced Mufasa’s right-hand bird Zazu in the incredibly iconic 1994 film. But FYI, he didn’t do the singing. Jeff Bennett stepped in to fill that space and give us the “Morning Report.”
Remember that borderline scary German sous-chef after Skinner, aka the second guy in charge of the kitchen, in Ratatouille who may or may not have done something illegal before working at Gusteau’s? Well, he was voiced by Will Arnett.
Linda Hunt has lent her voice to numerous works including Solo: A Star Wars Story, but perhaps one of her most iconic animated roles is Grandmother Willow, who Pocahontas turns to for wisdom and advice.
While you likely know Patrick Warburton voiced Kronk, did you know David Spade lent his voice to the human and llama version of Kuzco? The actor and comedian clearly nailed it.
The comedian and Everybody Loves Raymond star lends his voice to the scary yet sweet Hook Hand Thug in the 2010 film Tangled, as well as in the TV series spin-off. Prior to that, he took on the role of Gusteau in Ratatouille.
Idris Elba voiced the buffalo chief of police in the 2016 movie Zootopia and a bullying sea lion in Finding Dory the same year. If we’re counting live-action adaptations, he also gave Shere Khan his malicious purr in The Jungle Book in 2016.
In the first animated Disney movie to feature a black princess, released in 2009, Oprah Winfrey leant her voice to the part of Eudora, Tiana’s mother. Tiana’s dad was voiced by the Empire’s Terrence Howard.
Scandal’s leading man, aka #MyPresident, provided the voice for the ape-raised, tree surfer in the 1999 film. “I stayed away from watching any of the old Tarzans, which I had seen as a kid, because we were trying to do something different here,” he told the Associated Press of his process.
Mindy Kaling first joined the Disney family by voicing a snotty racer who gives Vanellope von Schweetz a lot of grief in 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. In 2015’s Inside Out, Kaling got a bigger role as the personified emotion Disgust. “They wanted me to improvise, but the script was so tight that I didn’t need to, which is a rare thing,” Kaling told Vulture of the latter film.
A decade before he first wore a bat suit and stole our hearts doing so, Christian Bale voiced John Smith’s sidekick Thomas in the 1995 classic. Another big name you probably didn’t realize was in the cast? Mel Gibson, who voiced none other than John Smith.
The Disney Channel heartthrob from Brink! went to the dark side to play Andy’s evil neighbor Sid in the original Toy Story. He reprised the part in Toy Story 3 and also had a small role as a gorilla named Flynt in Tarzan.
Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are the marquee names in this Pixar movie, but Jane the Virgin fans surely recognized the voice of Miguel’s dad as Rogelio from The CW series. “It was very special and very touching for me to see my name on the end credits,” Jaime Camil said in an interview about his role as Papá in the movie. “That was [a] moment that I cried.”
Long before she was the darling of Nashville, Hayden Panettiere voiced the young ant Dot as a child star in 1998’s A Bug’s Life. (She told Harry Connick Jr. that her own daughter isn’t interested in the movie anymore and prefers Finding Nemo.) In 2010, she also played a happy little lemur named Suri in Dinosaur.
Disney’s space version of Treasure Island stars JGL—then just a year off 3rd Rock From the Sun—as its protagonist Jim Hawkins. “He… fights some pirates, goes on a boat, and he figures it out,” Gordon-Levitt said of the 2002 movie. “We’ve all fought our pirates and gone on our boats, so I think everybody should be able to relate to Jim.”
As the main character in the 2003 flick, Joaquin Phoenix voiced an Inuit hunter who is magically transformed into a bear. Check out this video of Phoenix getting annoyed with a reporter asking questions about it if you want to feel some awkwardness but also learn a little bit more about the film’s production.
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