It’s hard sometimes to tell who’s behind our favorite animated characters. With only a voice as our clue, we can be oblivious to the star’s identity. Here are 7 celebrities you didn’t realize voiced animated characters.
1. Oprah: The Princess and the Frog
Did you know Oprah Winfrey voiced Princess Tiana’s mother, Eudora? She only appears shortly in the beginning of The Princess and the Frog, and her voice can be hard to recognize if you don’t know what you’re listening for, but sure enough, it’s Oprah.
Winfrey has also voiced other animated characters in movies like The Bee Movie and Charlotte’s Web. Who knows when she’ll show up in another animated classic. Keep an ear out for her.
2. Fergie: The Peanuts
It’s almost impossible to pair Fergie’s voice with the animated character Sally Brown. She does a brilliant job changing her voice to make it almost unrecognizable. Fergie voiced the animated Sally Brown in Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown, It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
Who knew the popstar also voiced an animated character? Listen to Sally Brown speak and see if you can recognize Fergie’s famous voice. Let me tell you, it’s difficult.
3. Scarlett Johansson: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Scarlett Johansson voiced our favorite mermaid princess, Mindy. Princess Mindy helps Spongebob and Patrick on their road to retrieving her dad’s precious crown. They filled The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie with celebrity guest appearances, including David Hasselhoff and Alec Baldwin.
Since then, Johansson has become one of our favorite Avengers, Black Widow. Among other successful films she’s acted in, she has a solo movie coming out for her famous Avenger. Check out the trailer for the new Black Widow movie.
4. Mark Hamill: Batman: The Animated Series
The one-and-only Mark Hamill is known for his role as Luke Skywalker, but did you know he also voiced a popular animated character? Hamill voiced The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Many fans are surprised to find out he voiced the animated Joker.
It’s hard to find new roles once you’ve become the face of a blockbuster trilogy. Hamill found success as he voiced the Joker, but he also voiced other animated characters. To hear more of Hamill’s animated characters watch American Dad, Transformers: Power of the Primes and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series.
5. Julie Andrews: Despicable Me
We knew Julie Andrews could do it all, but she’s hardly recognizable as Gru’s mother, Marlena Gru. She changed her voice to fit Gru’s speech pattern incredibly well. With the cackling laugh and snarky attitude, Andrews fits right in.
Even with brief screen time, Andrew’s character got audience’s attention in this wildly successful animated film. She voiced Marlena perfectly, giving us an animated mother we can’t bring ourselves to despise. Remember, Mother Knows Best.
6. Emily Blunt: Gnomeo and Juliet
Emily Blunt voiced the animated character Juliet, alongside James McAvoy, as Gnomeo in the animated movie Gnomeo and Juliet. The classic romance takes a turn in the world of backyard gardens. With dueling families and breakable garden nomes, you will experience an alternative version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that you won’t forget.
Blunt’s sweet British accent is recognizable and works well for the character. Instead of a dainty Juliet, she gets to play the warrior type that protects her fellow nomes. With many celebrities voicing animated characters including Maggie Smith, Michael Caine and Ozzy Osbourne, it’s a movie you’ll want to check out.
7. Will Smith: Shark Tale
You might not have known that Will Smith voiced the pivotal character, Oscar, in the animated movie Shark Tale. This under-the-sea movie has a star-studded cast. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, and Robert De Niro also voiced animated characters in the movie.
Smith voiced a fish that has gotten into some serious trouble. His gambling days have not served him well. Now, he’s mixed up in the world of sharks. Check out your favorite celebrities as animated characters in this old-school Disney movie.