I personally prefer real voice actors like Tara Strong, Phil LaMarr, Mel Blanc or Keith Szarabajka, but tons of animated films have film actors voice characters just for marketing. However, that is not the case with these ten people. I am excluding works by Pixar (sorry, John Ratzenberger).
10. Mike Myers in Shrek (2001-2010): After the loss of Chris Farley (1964-1997), Myers replaced Farley to voice the iconic ogre from the ground-up in the iconic series of animated films.
9. Brendan Fraser in Looney Tunes Back In Action (2003): Not only does he play the live-action lead, but he does a really good voice of the Tasmanian Devil in that film.
8. Eartha Kitt in The Emperor’s New Groove (2000): Eartha Kitt was beyond (SPOILER ALERT) purr-fect for Yzma.
7. Jack Black and Angelina Jolie in Shark Tale (2004): The reason why Jack Black and Angelina Jolie got to do the Kung Fu Panda franchise was their voices for the memorable characters Lenny and Lola, respectively for Shark Tale.
6. Julia Roberts in The Ant Bully (2006) and Charlotte’s Web (2006): One of the most enchanting film actresses of all time can make even the smallest insects relatable like her Oscar-winning role for Erin Brockovich (2000).
5. George Clooney in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Admit the fact that Clooney is much more cussing awesome as a fox than a Whackbatman.
4. Robin Williams in Aladdin (1992) and Robots (2005): His two most memorable voice roles, the late comedian brought life to both the Genie and Fender. They felt like actual cartoon characters and not himself, which is why it worked.
3. The Entire Voice Cast of The Prince of Egypt (1998): Unlike other animated films, the actors are using their emotions rather than just their voices. Even Ralph Fiennes can sing!
2. Laurence Fishburne in Osmosis Jones (2001): The actor of Morpheus from the Matrix trilogy was a perfect fit for the Thrax virus. He treated his voice seriously like the virus itself. I guess his voice work is why people like the character.
1. Adam Sandler in Eight Crazy Nights (2002): Adam Sandler was able to voice himself, an elderly man, a woman based on the voice of his late aunt Ruth, a troubled basketball player and the vocal effects of reindeer. That is versatility! He even voiced tons of characters in his albums, including a British announcer.
Making voices can be fun, especially if you are Tara Strong or Adam Sandler.