The recent release of Wreck It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, is only the beginning of a full year of exciting new Disney and Pixar releases. In 2019, the live-action Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King movies will be released, as well as the much anticipated Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4. Disney will also be releasing a documentary film focused around penguins in Antarctica.
In honor of a highly anticipated 2019, we have compiled a list of some of the most iconic Disney and Pixar voice actors over the last few decades. “Be Our Guest” and enjoy!
10 of the Most Iconic Disney & Pixar Voice Actors
Award-Winning Singer & Actress, Known for “Aladdin” and “Mulan”
Lea Salonga was the singing voice for not one but TWO Disney princesses, Jasmine from Aladdin (1992) and Mulan from Mulan (1998). She is a successful stage actress, best known for originating the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon on both the West End and Broadway. She was the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award.
James Earl Jones
Voice Actor, Known for “The Lion King” & “Star Wars”
James Earl Jones is one of the most iconic voice actors of our time. Not only did he voice Mufasa in The Lion King, but he also provided the voice for Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise. His role as Mufasa was so prolific, he is the only actor returning to reprise his role in the live-action The Lion King movie, slated for release in 2019.
Award-Winning Comedian, TV Host, Actress & LGBTQ Activist
You can thank Ellen DeGeneres for the upbeat advice “just keep swimming,” made famous by her character Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Dory was the breakout character in Finding Nemo, so much so that she got her own movie, Finding Dory, in 2016.
Legendary Actor, Producer, Writer & Director
America’s sweetheart Tom Hanks was the perfect choice for Andy’s favorite toy, Woody, in the Toy Story franchise. Hanks originated the role of Woody in 1995 and is slated to voice him in Toy Story 4 in 2019, making his reign as Woody over two decades long.
Actress & Singer, Best Known for Disney’s “Frozen” & for Originating the Role of Elphaba in “Wicked”
After dominating the theater world for almost two decades, it is no wonder why Idina Menzel was chosen for the role of Elsa in the critically-acclaimed Frozen. “Let It Go”, the breakout song sung by Menzel as Elsa, won both a Grammy and an Academy Award. She will reprise the role of Elsa in Frozen 2 in 2019.
Singer, Actress & Advocate
Before Mandy Moore was making you cry from her role in NBC’s This Is Us, she starred as Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled. The song “I See the Light”, a duet with Moore and her co-star Zachary Levi, was nominated for Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Samuel L. Jackson
Academy Award-Nominated Actor
Primarily known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino movies and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone stole the show in the critically acclaimed film, The Incredibles, with just one line, “Where’s my super suit?” Jackson reprised the role of Frozone in the 2018 film Incredibles 2.
Actor, Comedian & Author, Best Known for “Home Improvement”
Comedian Tim Allen made a name for himself in the TV show Home Improvement and as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise. The character is known for the catchphrase “To Infinity and Beyond”.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Actor, Best Known for “Home Improvement” & “The Lion King”
Tim Allen wasn’t the only Home Improvement star to voice an iconic character, as Jonathan Taylor Thomas voiced young Simba in The Lion King. Most recently, Thomas reunited with Tim Allen in the TV show Last Man Standing.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Award-Winning Actor Known for “Mozart in the Jungle” & “Y Tu Mamá También”
Although he is primarily known for his serious roles, Gael Garcia Bernal voiced fan-favorite character Héctor in the 2017 film Coco. The film won Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Bernal is the co-creator of the Mexican film production company Canana Films with Diego Luna.
Other Iconic Disney & Pixar Voices
- Amy Poehler as Joy in Pixar’s Inside Out
- Kristen Bell as Anna in Disney’s Frozen
- Bill Hader in Pixar’s Inside Out, Monsters University & Finding Dory
- Jonathan Groff as Kristoff in Disney’s Frozen
- Jodi Benson as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid
- Alan Tudyk in Disney’s Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph & Ralph Breaks the Internet
- John Ratzenberger in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, The Incredibles franchise, and the Cars franchise
- Annie Potts as Bo Peep in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise
- Phyllis Smith as Sadness in Pixar’s Inside Out
- Emma Thompson in Pixar’s Brave & Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast
- Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh & Tigger, Razoul in Aladdin, Ray in Princess & the Frog, and Chief Powhatan in Pocahontas
- Albert Brooks as Marlin in Pixar’s Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
- Geoffrey Rush as Nigel in Pixar’s Finding Nemo
- Allison Janney as Peach in Pixar’s Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
- Wallace Shawn as Rex in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise
- Bonnie Hunt in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc. franchise, Cars franchise & Disney’s Zootopia.
- Lewis Black as Anger in Pixar’s Inside Out
- Alexander Gould as Nemo in Pixar’s Finding Nemo & Bambi in Disney’s Bambi II
- Brad Garrett in Disney’s Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Planes, An Extremely Goofy Movie & Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille and Tangled.
- Elizabeth Perkins as Coral in Finding Nemo
- Josh Gad as Olaf in Disney’s Frozen
- Richard Kind in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Cars franchise, Toy Story 3 & Inside Out
- John Goodman in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove, The Jungle Book 2 & Sully in Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. franchise
- Craig Ferguson in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh & in Pixar’s Brave
- Joan Cusack as Jessie in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise
- Mindy Kaling in Disney’s Wreck It Ralph & Pixar’s Inside Out
- Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi in Disney’s The Lion King
- Idris Elba in Disney’s Zootopia, live-action The Jungle Book & Pixar’s Finding Dory
- Cheech Marin in Disney’s Oliver & Company, The Lion King, Beverly Hills Chihuahua & Pixar’s Cars franchise and Coco
- Diane Lane as Riley’s Mom in Pixar’s Inside Out
- Benjamin Bratt in Pixar’s Coco
- Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl in Pixar’s The Incredibles franchise
- Bob Odenkirk as Winston Deaver in Pixar’s Incredibles 2
- Matthew Broderick as Adult Simba in Disney’s The Lion King franchise
- Jeremy Irons as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King franchise
- Kyle MacLachlan as Riley’s Dad in Pixar’s Inside Out
- Nathan Lane as Timon in Disney’s The Lion King franchise
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