Movieline’s 10 Best Celeb Voiceovers in Animated Films
I saw this linked from IMDB today, and had to see who they had picked. I don’t disagree with most of the choices, though my memories of things like Lady and the Tramp are kind of vague. That is, until, I read some of the comments and started thinking about the names mentioned there. There are a lot of choices here, some you may not have even realized, and definitely some that could make a case to be on the list. In no particular order:
- I prefer Eddie Murphy as Mu Shu in Mulan
- Ellen DeGeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo. Obviously a comedian is going to be able to handle the humorous aspects, but I was impressed more with her voice acting during the scene after she is apart from Marlin and before bumping into Nemo.
- Peter O’Toole in Ratatouille. Just close your eyes and listen. The shift from vicious, jaded food critic to friend at the end is subtle, and O’Toole pulls it off oh so well.
- Steve Carell in Despicable Me. One of the few either on my list or Movieline’s that actually did a ‘voice’, affecting a sort of Eastern European-ish accent that just works for Gru. Very expressive, making great use of Carell’s comic timing, and showing good heart as well.
There are other movies and famous voice acting roles that could fit on here, such as Mandy Moore and Donna Murphy (who may not be famous enough for the list) from Tangled, Ed Asner or Christopher Plummer in Up, and Tina Fey in Ponyo and Megamind. Actually, speaking of Megamind, I’d like to give a special shoutout to Will Ferrell, he did a fantastic job, and I normally dislike him. Easy to forget it is him.
So who else deserves a look at the list? Any you vehemently disagree with? Let me know!