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You'll Be Surprised Who Voices Your Fave Cartoons

You'll Be Surprised Who Voices Your Fave Cartoons

By Andrew Tavin

Splashnews.com

When we were younger, we thought that cartoon characters were real people who lived off somewhere, and cameras were just secretly filming all of their adventures. Which meant that... someone could be filming us and if we just kept changing the channels, we'd eventually find a show about us. Well, you live and you learn, and it turns out that cartoons are just animations voiced by non-animated people. Sometimes, by very surprising people!

Grey Delisle is the voice of Azula, Daphne, Vicky, and like a hundred others

Grey Delisle voices so many different characters, you can actually play a sort of fun X degrees of Grey Delisle. For example, Delisle voiced Azula, who is evil like Vicky, who has red hair like Daphne from Scooby Doo. Daphne goes on all sorts of adventures, just like Gazelle 2, who Delisle voiced in The Wild Thornberries. She also says she'll be voicing a new villain in the new season of Legend of Korra, but that it won't a fire bender.

Mark Hamill was the voice of Firelord Ozai

Speaking of Last Airbender villains, you may have known that Luke Skywalker AKA Mark Hamill is the voice of The Joker in both Batman: The Animated Series and The "Arkham" games, but did you realize he was also the voice of Ozai? Makes sense really. The voice of Luke is intimidating people with superpowers and maiming his children, just like his father (SPOILER ALERT).

Whoopi Goldberg voiced Gaia

Goldberg has a history of playing mystical characters, from the medium in Ghost to a talking hyena. Of course all of the animals in the The Lion King talk, so maybe it isn't magical if all of them do it. You know what? Sort this out in the comments, and get back to us. But anyway, the Earth and its embodiment, Gaia, was all affected by pollution but then it got it's groove back by enlisting the Planateers to help save it from pollutioneering terrorists. The "got it's groove back" is a reference to a Whoopi Goldberg movie. We're getting "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" of making dated references.

Vin Diesel was the Iron Giant

When you think of Vin Diesel films, you might not think of movies that make you cry. Unless of course you mean crying with laughter during The Pacifier! A marine has to care for children? That must be so more difficult than saving hostages overseas! Getting back to the topic at hand, if we're talking about Vin Diesel films that make you cry out of not laughter, The Iron Giant takes the cake. In retrospect, it should have been obvious that Vin Diesel was the giant. They look almost identical.

Bruce Willis voiced Spike, The Rugrat's dog

So Spike only actually got to talk in the Rugrats/Wild Thornberries crossover movie Rugrats Go Wild. Because Eliza Thornberry could talk to animals, Spike was finally given a voice. Though it's not certain if Bruce Willis had always been imagined as the dog's voice but was just never given any dialogue. Who knows? Maybe he came in to the recording studio for every episode of The Rugrats and was always just given a blank script (he most certainly did not).

James Avery as Shredder

The late, great James Avery who many may better know as Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bell Air was also the voice of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's actually an Internet Law that every article about surprising voice actors much mention this fact.

Peter Cullen voiced Eeyore and Optimus Prime

Begin the letter writing campaign! This is where it starts! We've waited long enough to have a Transformers/Winnie the Pooh crossover! They could pretty much just hire this one guy! Start drafting the e-mails now, we're the ones we've been waiting for!

Did we leave out any cool ones?

Tags: cartoons, tv, celebrities, star wars, batman, voices, the joker

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Andrew Tavin

Andrew Tavin is a writer and stand-up comedian living in New York City. His work has been featured on Upworthy and Collegehumor. He writes pretty mediocre bios and can be followed on Twitter @andrewtavin.

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