Monday, April 25, 2005

Top 10 Greatest Animation Voice Actors

1) Mel Blanc: Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweetie, Yosemite Sam; 1930’s – 1989) Heathcliff (Heathcliff), The Flintstones (Barney Rubble), Adventures of Mr. Magoo (Mr. Magoo).

2) Billy West: Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Branagin, Nixon’s head), The Ren & Stimpy Show (Stimpson J. Cat “a.k.a. Stimpy” 1991 – 1996), Looney Tunes (Elmer Fudd 1996 – present), Doug (Doug)

3) Frank Welker: Scooby Doo (Fred 1969 – Present), JabberJaws (Jabberjaw), Insector Gadget (Brain, Dr. Claw), Transformer 1984 (Megatron, Blades, Buzzsaw, Chromedome, Frenzy, Galvatron, Groove, Laserbeak, Mirage, Mixmaster, Ratbat, Ravage, Rumble, Skywarp, Sludge, Soundwave, Steeljaw, Superion), Muppet Babies (Kermit), Futurama (Nibbler “Both as speaking nibbler and animal noises nibbler”), Every Animal Noise in Holly wood (from cartoons to movies like the gopher in caddyshack)

4) Charles Adler: Tiny Toon Adventures (Buster Bunny), My Little Pony (Spike), Rocko’s Modern Life (Ed and Bev Bighead), Ahhh! Real Monsters (Ickis), Earthworm Jim (Professor Monkey-for-a-Head), Cow and Chicken (Cow, Chicken, The Red Guy, I.R. Baboon), Brandy and Mr. Whiskers (Mr. Whiskers)

5) Rob Paulsen: Animaniacs (Yakko Warner), Pinky and the Brain (Pinky), Time Squad (Buck Tuddrussel), Dexter’s Laboratory (Major Glory), The Tick (Arthur), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael 1987 – 1996), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Carl Wheezer)

6) Tess MacNeille: Tiny Toon Adventures (Babes Bunny), Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers (Chip, Gadget, Zipper), The Simpsons (Jimbo Jones, Agnes Skinner), Animaniacs (Dot Warner, Hello Nurse), Futurama (Mom, Linda the News anchor)

7) Richard Horvitz: Invader Zim (Invader Zim), The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Billy, Billy’s Dad), The Angry Beavers (Daggett)

8) Tom Kenny: SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob), Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (Eduardo), The Powerpuff Girls (The Mayor, The Narrator), Cat-Dog (Dog), Rocko’s Modern Life (Heffer Wolfe)

9) Maurice LaMarche: Pinky and the Brain (The Brain), Dennis the Menace (Mr. Wilson), Ghost Busters (Egon Spengler), Futurama (Kif Kroker, Morbo, Calculon)

10) Lucille Bliss: The Smurfs (Smurfette), Invader Zim (Mrs. Bitters)


Liz said...

Yay, it's rant time! Okay, I'm okay with most of those, but I'd say that last one's a little iffy there. Only two voices? (Even if one is Smurfette.) And what about Mark Hamill? He's done plenty of (really good) voice work, too. Like the Joker, Larry 3000, himself, etc. Also, I think you should clarify this to American animation voice actors, because those are the only shows I see listed. There are some Anime English VAs who are probably talented enough to rate a spot on your list, you just don't watch enough to know who they are. And none of us really know any VAs from anywhere else.

Donovan "Slinus" Jones said...

Ok Liz, before I go off on Anime, I should clarify that it's "MY" top ten favorite so it would only cover what I watch. I guess that is a little confusing. As for Lucille Bliss, she made the top ten ten just for the grand contrast in her only two main characters. (By the way, the voices I have listed are only a few of the charactors each actor does, a lot of the actors have many more credits to their name.) As for Mark Hamill, you may want to see my next 10 choices...

11) Jim Cummings
12) Dan Castellaneta
13) Mark Hamill
14) Arthur Q. Bryan
15) June Foray
16) Christine Cavanaugh
17) Phil LaMarr
18) Tim Curry
19) Mae Questel
20) Joe Alaskey

Jen said...

Yay! Tim Curry is in the top 20! Whoooo!

Liz said...

Okay, I feel somewhat mollified. Although that could just be the new antibiotics talking. I'm not quite sure at this point.