June 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm #545186
I tried to include animated voiceover performances that are well-liked on this board as well as by critics.
Others that didn’t make the cut:
-Ming-Na Wen/Lea Salonga as Mulan in Mulan
-Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films
-Joan Cusack as Jessie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3
-Ralph Fiennes as Rammesses II in The Prince of Egypt
-Patrick Warburton as Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove
-Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots in the Shrek films
-Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone in The Incredibles
-Patton Oswalt as Remy in Ratatouille
-Renee Zellweger as Vanessa Bloome in Bee Movie
-Christopher Plummer as Charles Muntz in Up
-Steve Carell as Gru in Despicable Me
-Atticus Shaffer as EGore in Frankenweenie
-Jane Lynch as Sgt. Calhoun in Wreck-It Ralph
-Alan Tudyk as King Candy in Wreck-It RalphJune 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm #545188
Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo.June 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm #545189
DeGeneres and Robin Williams, no one else come close.June 29, 2013 at 12:51 am #545190
Robin Williams by far out of this list. He was incredible.
And serious props to Eleanor Audley of the Classic Disney Animation years for her great work voicing Maleficent. If you haven’t seen it, Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beautiful animated films out there, stunning color and animation with a great songbook.June 29, 2013 at 6:05 am #545191
I choose Jeremy Irons…so perfect! Bird as Edna in the Incredibles, short, sweet & hysterical!!! DeGeneres so lovable and funny. Now I’m not a fan of Robin Williams – he almost always annoys the hell out of me but Aladdin is a different story – for sure his best work IMO. Wish there had been some old school voice overs in here. Whomever did Cruella in 101 Dalmations! And then Geraldine Page for THE RESCUERS… Also not that old school but Pat Carroll as Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID would have probably vied for 3rd place with DeGeneres on my list. While on the subject of the Little Mermaid- Rene Auberjonois as the chef!!!
top 5 from this list:
1. Irons – THE LION KING
2. Bird – THE INCREDIBLES
3. DeGeneres – FINDING NEMO
4. Williams – Aladdin
5. Kitt – THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE
June 29, 2013 at 7:35 am #545192
It’s been a long while since I’ve seen Aladdin or Finding Nemo, so the first performance that comes to mind is always Peter O’Toole in Ratatouille (granted, some of that thought is likely clouded by my knowledge of his awards history). Still, I feel like he comes in so late and absolutely steals the movie from everything involved. It’s such a beautiful little arc that he goes through.
But yeah, that’s just me. Robin Williams and Ellen DeGeneres totally deserve to win, and it seriously would have been entertaining to see Eddie Murphy get some awards traction beyond his BAFTA nod.June 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #545193
Eartha Kitt vocals were outstanding in “Emperor’s New Groove”. Probably the best.June 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm #545194
Nearly all of these choices are excellent. I’d go with Jeremy Irons, as Lion King is one of my favorites and his Scar left a big impression on me as a kid. Brad Bird would be close behind (best minor character ever). I’d add James Earl Jones (Mufasa in The Lion King) to the list. His voice is so iconic, and it’s no surprise that he’s recognized most for Lion King in addition to Star Wars.June 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm #545195
My all time favourite is Peter Ustinov as Little John in Robin Hood (1973), but my favourite film regarding voice-over is The Last Unicorn. Angela Lansbury was great as a devious woman.
From James Earl Jones, i prefer him in “The Flight of the Dragons”. He was really scary.June 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm #545196
Can’t believe no one has mentioned Ned Beatty for Toy Story 3. His voice somehow shifted from warm father figure to chilling antagonist in the course of seconds. What a brilliant performance.June 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm #545197
Oh my goodness this is so hard! I love all of these!
1. Eartha Kitt
2. Ellen Degeneres
3. Brad BirdJuly 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #545198
They should make an Oscar category for best voice-over performance. It would be a pretty competative category.July 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #545199
Ellen DeGeneres all the way!!! So funny and worthy of an OscarJuly 20, 2013 at 12:00 am #545200
I voted for Irons in The Lion King, but these were all great.
Jose, I agree with you that Ustinov’s role in Robin Hood belongs among the all-time greatest voiceover performances.
I’m glad O’Toole was included on this list. Such a great and memorable performance, which says a lot considering it wasn’t an incredibly large part.