The unsung heroes of the entertainment industry are of course voice actors; who bring our most beloved animated characters to life. Here are our top 5 voice actors in animation.
1. Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc was known as the ‘man of a thousand voices’. Mel Blanc voiced pretty much all of the characters from the Looney Toons cartoon series, and was known to have developed over 400 distinct voices.
2. James Earl Jones
Famous for his deep commanding voice, James Earl Jones has voiced many iconic characters including Darth Vader from the Star Wars films and Mufasa in The Lion King. For future Star Wars projects, the actor has granted permission for Disney and Lucasfilm to use artificial intelligence and archival recordings to recreate his voice.
3. Frank Welker
Some of Fred Walker’s most famous roles include Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo and Megatron in the Transformers series. He has voiced over 800 productions, received a Lifetime Achievement Award and appeared in 14 Oscar winning films.
4. Tara Strong
Tara Strong has provided the voices for many beloved characters, including Bubbles in ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ and Twilight Sparkle in ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’. She has also provided voices for The New Batman Adventures, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!, ‘Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents, Xiaolin Showdown and Ben 10.
5. Tom Kenny
One of the most famous voice actors working today is Tom Kenny, best known for his work as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Tom Kenny has also provided the voices for many other characters, including the Ice King in ‘Adventure Time’ and the Mayor in ‘The Powerpuff Girls’.