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5 Cartoon Characters You May Not Know Are Voiced By Famous Actors

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By Kristy AndersonPublished 4 years ago 4 min read
Della Duck reunites with her sons. Credit: Disney

Now more than ever, as families are forced to share the TV remote more than usual, cartoons have become a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed by all ages.

For that reason, it has become increasingly common for well-known actors to dip their toe into the world of cartoon voice acting, for a change of pace, to impress young relatives, or simply because they enjoy the work.

Here's a few cartoon characters you may not know are voiced by famous actors.

1. Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Lulu in 'Rugrats'

Lou meets Lulu. Credit: Nickelodeon

'Acorn Nuts And Diapey Butts', a three-part TV special airing in 2000 to set up the events of the upcoming Rugrats In Paris: The Movie, introduced audiences to a new character, Lulu. First appearing as a nurse caring for Grandpa Lou after he breaks his leg, Lou and Lulu realise they have met before, in 1943, when Lou worked as a cook for the army, and Lulu was a Singer entertaining the troops. As they become reacquainted, the pair quickly fall in love. Rugrats In Paris begins with Lou and Lulu's Wedding.

Lulu was voiced by Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, appearing on a recurring basis from 2000 until Rugrats was cancelled in 2004. After Reynolds' passing in 2016, Kira Finster's voice actress Julia Kato, who had joined the cast after Reynolds, posted a tribute on Twitter, thanking her for being a part of the Rugrats family.

2. Freddie Prinze Jr as Kanan Jarrus in 'Star Wars: Rebels'

Star Wars: Rebels, a critically acclaimed animated series set between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, featured many new characters, among them Kanan Jarrus. Formerly a Jedi Padawan, Kanan escaped the slaughter of the Jedi Order, eventually becoming the leader of a small group of rebels working aboard a slightly rundown ship, the Ghost. After stumbling upon Force-sensitive orphan Ezra Bridger, Kanan sees a sliver of hope for the future of the Jedi, taking Ezra under his wing to train as his own Padawan.

Freddie Prinze Jr recording for Rebels.

90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jnr provided Kanan's voice for all four seasons of Rebels. He reprised the role in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, with Kanan's voice heard among the departed Jedi lending their strength to Rey.

3. Paget Brewster as Della Duck in 'Ducktales 2017'

In it's second season, the Ducktales reboot provided a resolution to the decades-long mystery of what had happened to Donald Duck's twin sister, Della, the Mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Craving one last adventure before the boys were born, Della steals a rocket ship Scrooge had intended to gift to her after her sons hatched, and launching herself into space. Unfortunately, she becomes lost in a cosmic storm and crashes on the Moon, where she remained stranded for nearly eleven years. Eventually, with hope from the Moon people, Della fixes her ship and makes it home, meeting her sons for the first time.

Paget Brewster recording for Ducktales.

Former Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster was cast as Della's voice. Brewster's performance has been credited with helping Della grow beyond the initial novelty of the mystery surrounding the character, making her an instant fan favourite. After voicing Della Duck on a recurring basis in season two, Brewster has signed on as a regular for season three.

4. Mark Hamill as Fire Lord Ozai in 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

Though he is the main villain of the entire series, it is a while before we see or hear much from Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. For much of the first two seasons, he works from the shadows, letting Prince Zuko or other Fire Nation forces deal with Aang. When he does appear, however, the Fire Lord quickly proves that he is not to be messed with.

Ozai is voiced by Mark Hamill. While best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, Hamill has made a second career for himself voicing cartoon villains, most notably, DC's Joker.

5. Lin-Manuel Miranda as Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck in 'Ducktales 2017'

In the hopes of adding some racial diversity to Duckburg in the Ducktales reboot, Gizmoduck's secret identity, McDuck Enterprises office worker Fenton Crackshell, was re-imagined as Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a young scientist working as an intern under Gyro Gearloose. A running joke has Fenton being horribly bad at keeping his role as Gizmoduck a secret- Pretty much everyone in the main cast knows who he is.

Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera was brought to life by Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Though adding to his already busy schedule, he was excited to take the role to give young Latino-Americans a hero to look up to.

Pay closer attention next time you watch a cartoon with your kids. You may just hear someone you recognise.


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