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Monday, March 12, 2012

Golly, this should work, no problem

So here's where I was going with my cartoon post before I was so rudely interrupted by, you know, the thing I've lanced out of my memory with an ice pick.
I used to worship Gadget from Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers, who was, I learned, voiced by Ms. Tress MacNeille. Tress didn't just voice Gadget, I later learned, though. She also played the titular Chip, along with the fly Zipper. Over the years she's appeared in 246 hows or movies, often in multiple roles, from show Disney's ever made to The Simpsons to Futurama and The Animaniacs. She's kind of a god. I'm not the only person to think so, either. Inexplicably, I'm not the only worshiper - Tress MacNeille stalker is like the third result when you search her name. Weird.
But I'm not just here to sing the praises of my favorite voice actor. Even though I could, and kind of want to. No, I've got some other voice actors to lay down on you. If you know one voice actor, it's probably Looney Tunes' multi-voiced star, Mel Blanc. He's known for playing Bugs and Porky, of course, but according to The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim, Blanc also played Daffy, Sylvester, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, and Others. He's no Tress MacNeille, but he's pretty decent.
And lest you were under the impression, Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker - was not just a three-hit wonder. He's also been the voice of The Joker starting with the awesome 90s Batman cartoon. 
Also, your brain just exploded. You're welcome. 

I learned something else from the article 8 Actors You Won't Believe Voiced Famous Cartoon Characters. Would you believe that Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air played Shredder on theTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Of course you wouldn't says you wouldn't. Makes Shredder seem a lot less scary and a lot more... corpulent, doesn't it?
Also Fergie, you know, she of My humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps? She was, long ago, the voice of Sally Brown in 1985's Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show as well as two earlier Peanuts movies. She was 9. Meaning Fergie's older than me and at least 1,000,000 times hotter. 
Arsenio Hall voiced Winston Zeddemore on the cartoon show The Real Ghostbusters starting in 1986. Do you, by the way, remember why it was called The REAL Ghostbusters? There was another cartoon called The Ghostbusters, which was also first released in 1986, following the success of the films. The other show, The Fake Ghostbusters as it's generally known, was actually based on a very short-lived sitcom that predated it all, 1975's The Ghostbusters, starring Forrest Tucker, along with Bob Burns as his sidekick Tracy the Gorilla. Nope, not even kidding.
The Google Image search for these suave sailors revealed
no porn, thank Jebus.
Finally, Jerry "nobody-puts-Baby-in-a-corner" Orbach, none other than Law & Order's famously dour alcoholic wisecracking cop Lenny, played the candlestick Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. I guess this isn't too surprising considering the guy got his start on Broadway, originating the role of Julian Marsh in the play 42nd Street, and Billy Flynn in Chicago, also starring as Sky Masterson in a Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. 
Shake that thing, Lenny.

Speaking of hero worship, my mom used to sing this to me :).

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