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I love my mutant superpower!


As some of you may know, my mutant superhero power is to identify voice actors in cartoons. The bigger names are easy, but you'll hear me saying things like, "That's the guy who played the Klingon in that TNG episode and then played that Cardassian on DS9." People are foolish enough to doubt me, but I'm almost always right (male voices moreso than women, though - I suppose that's my kryptonite).

So I've been watching Chowder lately (which is cute and funny), and it's an amusing little cartoon. I immediately recognized the voice of the wife, Truffles, as the same woman who does Toot on Drawn Together, Tara Strong. Looking her up on IMDb, however, I'm surprised that she also does:

  • Ben on Ben 10
  • Terrence on Foster's
  • Princess Clara on Drawn Together
  • Timmy Turner on Fairly OddParents
  • Raven on Teen Titans
  • Bubbles on Powerpuff Girls
Plus a lot more. Quite a resume.

Easily picked out was Dana Snyder, who seems to use the same voice for every character he does (most notably Shake on Aqua Teen Hunger Force). I didn't catch right away that Dwight Schultz, aka Reg Barclay from TNG, is the voice of Mung Daal, the head chef. I also didn't realize that the guy who voices Schnitzel, John Di Maggio, is the same guy who voices Bender on Futurama, but since all he says is, "Radda radda," I don't feel so bad about that one. :)

So, yeah, flexing those mad mutant skillz. Werd.

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bovil
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
The weird thing is watching "Kids Next Door" after seeing "Drawn Together."

Foxxy Love is Numbah 5 all grown up, or at least that's what the voice says.

(Cree Summer, if you didn't know, who does a bunch of other voices that don't sound exactly the same.)
esprix
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
We've made the joke that she's the voice of every black girl on TV now.
felis_ultharus
Dec. 17th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
I recognize Tara Strong because she's one of the few decent English voice actors in anime/Final Fantasy games. She was Rikku in Final Fantasy X, and quite outshone the actor doing Yuna's voice, who sounded a little she'd been rejected from porn for her acting skills.
esprix
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
It just always cracks me up that the most famous little boy cartoons are voiced by women. :)
edgreen86
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm there with that power.

I was watching an episode of Justice League Unlimited and was horrified to hear Ed Asner's voice coming out of Granny Goodness!
esprix
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
That freaked me right the fuck out.
dragonblink
Dec. 17th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I was just reflecting about the voices on Chowder a few weeks ago. I also picked out Tara Strong and Dana Snyder Of The Single Voice (not that I can mock him, I only have two and a half). In other shows I've been playing Where's Waldo with Grey DeLisle aka Mandy, Frankie Foster, Goo, Kimiko, Yumi, Daphne, etc.

Dabbling in amateur voice acting has given me a much greater appreciation for how damn good some of these people are. I'm especially jealous of the people who have, like, four thousand voices.

What's interesting is the people who only have one voice, but use it so well that they're awesome wherever they're put. Dana Snyder is a bit like this, but the most distinctive voice actor whose voice I love to hear is Patrick "The Tick/Brock Samson/etc" Warburton. I can seriously never get enough of that guy's delivery. There's never a question of "hey, is that the guy who did the guy in the wheelchair on Family Guy?" It's always "Woo! Patrick Warburton!"

Or people who do voice acting with a voice you've heard a million times in something live-action. Like Wallace "Vizzini" Shawn. In a way, people like him suffer from Alec Guinness Syndrome -- no matter how much other stuff he does, people always think of him as Vizzini, the way Alec Guinness was known not as "the guy who played all those people in Kind Hearts and Coronets", but as Obi-Wan.

I really wish video game voice acting was as well documented as TV/movie voice acting. I know there were some union issues, I dunno how that worked out. Because there's a lot of really great work in video games these days, but most of the time you can only get a list of who did voices at all, not who did what. The Diablo series is pretty well documented on IMDB (Frank freakin' Gorshin was in it!) but other games, not so much.

Man I'm rambly when I haven't finished my latte.
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
I love Goo! :) And yes, Patrick Warburton is simply stupendous - with the same voice he can do stupid (Kronk), strong (Brock) or your average Joe (Family Guy). That's pretty good.

IMDb does count video game credits - I'm often surprised seeing some listings for them.
wasabi
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
I was slightly mortified to learn that Clancy Brown, who played Reverend Justin Crowe in Carnivale, sings the "Spongebob Squarepants" theme song.
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
See? You never know. ;)
phreespirit
Dec. 18th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Um, don't you mean Dwight Schultz as Howlin' Mad Murdock from The A-Team?

C'mon!
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, him. :P
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