Box of Count Chocula? Check. Biggest mixing bowl in the house? Check. Full gallon of milk? Check. 6am on a Saturday morning? Check. TV all to myself? Check. 7 year old me about to enter oblivion for the next several hours for a cartoon feast? Check. Laff-A-Lympics started while I was doing this stupid list? Check.
Ok. I'll admit it. I was born in the 60's, but I don't remember much. The 70's is where I was a kid. And on Saturday mornings in the 70's, it was all cartoons, all morning. If we, as kids, had access to a DVR back then? We would have lost our shit entirely.
After all, it was common for the three stations to put their best cartoons up against each other. (Yes. 3 stations. ABC, NBC and CBS. Plus one or two local stations if you were lucky. Cable just wasn't an option then.)
Back then, you didn't have stars doing the voices. You had actors whose entire jobs were cartoon voices. Take Mel Blanc. All he did was voice cartoons for Looney Toons. And he did a superb job.
Wait a second! Stop! I'm getting ahead of myself! Today is Tell The Truth Tuesday! I almost forgot to tell you if yesterdays post was true or not.
The answer my friends, is blowin' in the.....I mean, I was being truthful. Llamas, (and camels and horses), all developed first in North America. They first developed in the Oligocene age and flourished in the Miocene, but by the end of the Pleistocene, they were gone from North America.
But they weren't gone from everywhere. They did manage to migrate south! Just like camels and horses migrated west. So, luckily for us, Llamas are still around.
Anyway, back to cartoons.
These days, the people you hear in cartoons are likely to be heard elsewhere. Take for instance, the video game Resident Evil 4. The voice of Ashley Graham, (that incredibly annoying girl you had to rescue from everything...), was voiced by Carolyn Lawrence. She was also the voice of Cindy Vortex from Jimmy Neutron, and also Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob SquarePants.
And that is the subject for today. Cartoons voiced by people you didn't know were voicing them.
First off, who remembers Charlie Brown? Everyone, right? Well, there have been several actors portraying the voices of the kids over the years. One though, you may be familiar with. When she was 9, Stacy Ferguson voiced Sally Brown and Peppermint Patty. Who is Stacy Ferguson? You know her as Fergie.
In the early 1990's, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were popular. So popular they made a cartoon out of them. One of the voices you know. And that voice was Shredder. Who was it that voiced this arch-villian? Why, James Avery, that's who. You probably know him better as Uncle Phil from the Fresh rince of Bel Air.
How about Thundercats, who remembers the Thundercats? Pantharo was voiced by Earle Hyman. Who? You remember Earle.....he played Grandpa Huxtable on the Cosby Show.
For a while, as an adult, one of my guilty pleasures was Invader Zim. I enjoyed the hell out of that one. And do you know why? Because Mark Hamill voiced Zim. Yes, Luke Skywalker was Zim.
Sticking with Nickelodeon for another one, who remembers the Wild Thornberrys? I never really got into it as it was not my cup of tea. Speaking of tea, though, the patriarch Nigel Thornberry was voiced by none other than Tim Curry. You know, Pennywise the Clown from It? Dr. Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show?
He was joined in the Wild Thornberrys by another celebrity. The voice of Donny, the feral child they savagely ripped out of the jungle was voiced by Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In the 1980's, to capitalize off the Ghostbusters franchise, they made it into a cartoon. Ernie Hudson couldn't be bothered to reprise his role as Winston Zeddemore. So they got another guy to do it. Arsenio Hall. Remember him? Eddie Murphys bitch? Had a talk show?
Anyone eco-friendly enough to admit to actually watching Captain Planet? Yeah...me neither. But, they did score a star to portray one of the shows villains, Sly Sludge. Mr. Martin Sheen. Also know as President Bartlett from the West Wing. And Charlie 'Winner' Sheens proud papa. (Emilio Esteves, too...)
Now, I could keep going, adding names like Michael Cera, Vin Diesel, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Burt Reynolds, Patrick Stewart, Val Kilmer and more, but they all voiced toons in movies. And that's different. Movies have bigger budgets. So I won't mention them.
Anyway, see you tomorrow for another exciting episode of.....well, more of a post, really.....Otters Oddities!