Getting animated! Did you know that some of the most beloved Disney and Pixar characters just so happen to be voiced by the biggest names in Hollywood?
Though we tend to think of our favorite actors in terms of their screen presence — a.k.a. the aesthetics, mannerisms and personality they bring to each and every character — many have also provided their voices to some of the film company’s most beloved classics.
You might recognize Fuller House’s Scott Weinger, for instance, as the voice of Aladdin in the 1992 animated version of the film, while the late, great Robin Williams lent his vocal talents to Aladdin’s big blue sidekick, Genie.
A young Joey Lawrence helped bring 1988’s Oliver & Company to life as the pipes behind lead Oliver Twist, while Christian Bale made a cameo as Thomas alongside Mel Gibson’s John Smith in 1995’s Pocahontas.
Then, there’s Kristen Bell, who will forever be known as her daughter’s second-favorite princess in Frozen, Anna of Arendelle.
Remember Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove? All David Spade. Moana’s Maui? Look no further than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
With the release of Disney’s live-action flicks in more recent years, the House of Mouse’s talent pool got a whole lot larger: So far, everyone from Beyoncé to Scarlett Johansson to Seth Rogen has jumped aboard the voiceover train, putting pizazz in their roles of Nala (The Lion King), Ka (The Jungle Book) and Pumba (The Lion King), respectively.
Pixar debuted the first trailer for the Lightyear film in October 2021, which tells the origin story of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear and stars Chris Evans as the intergalactic hero.
“Animated movies were an enormous part of my childhood. They were my escape. My adventures. My dreams,” the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star tweeted at the time. “They were my first window into the magic of storytelling and performing. To @pixar and @AngusMacLane: ‘Thank you’ doesn’t even come close.”
Evans also shared a screenshot of a statement he wrote regarding the casting, which said, “The phrase ‘a dream come true’ gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep. I can’t believe that I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Watching them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day.”
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