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Behind The Voice Actors is an IMDB-like resource for looking up voice actors. Though it has articles, features, and trailers, it also provides fascinating time-sucks, as you can compare every actor who's played a character (for example: X-Men's Gambit or Batman's Joker) or every character an actor played ("Oh, hey! the same dude played Captain N and Ed from Ed Edd & Eddy!"). Happy clicking!
posted by Greg Nog (32 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
Quite the find -- thanks!

Had to go to Mel Blanc first: "Credited Roles On BTVA So Far: 1000"!

(Epitaph on his headstone in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood reads, "That's All Folks!")
posted by On the Corner at 5:06 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Twilight Sparkle/Ben 10
posted by Artw at 6:05 AM on December 28, 2013


My child still does not believe me that Tom Kenny is both Spongebob Squarepants AND The Ice King from "Adventure Time"
posted by briank at 6:20 AM on December 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


Or Doctor Two Brains from Word Girl.
posted by drezdn at 6:37 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


After reading the previous post on Paul Dini's comments on executives and girls watching cartoons, I listened to a few episodes of Kevin Smith's podcast on Batman. A set that stood out is the two part interview with Mark Hamill, mainly about his voice-over work and the Joker. It's possibly the best interview with Hamill I've ever heard and fascinating to listen to.

Smith does the right thing and doesn't talk over Hamill, he let's him run with the anecdotes and only jumps in when Hamill mentions a name or topic the audience may not be familiar with.
posted by beowulf573 at 6:42 AM on December 28, 2013 [7 favorites]


This is fantastic! Thanks for posting.
posted by h00py at 6:44 AM on December 28, 2013


All Smirh's interviews with voice actors are surprisingly great.
posted by Artw at 6:47 AM on December 28, 2013


Am I crazy (maybe) or very drunk (oh yes) but isn't there a docco linked to this website?
posted by Mezentian at 7:44 AM on December 28, 2013


This is fantastic.
posted by zarq at 7:48 AM on December 28, 2013


Wow, that Mark Hamill interview is absolutely The Best Thing Ever. I don't care about anything else related to this post, but fuck yeah!
posted by hippybear at 7:57 AM on December 28, 2013


Steven Blum has one of my favorite voices ever, but I pretty much just associate his voice with Spike Spiegel now and it always throws me off when I hear him voice (aka dub) any other anime character.
posted by Kitteh at 7:59 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


It is always refreshing when I stumble across a comprehensive list of the Word's Biggest Box Office Stars (based on how much lucre their films have dragged in). I like people being reminded that middling figures like Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise are dabblers compared to the titan that is Frank Welker.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:34 AM on December 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


I know a voice actor, so I thought I would test this site. But a keyword search on the site didn't work, so first I had to google the name of the show, which featured animated pinatas who had to vomit up candy in order to remain on Magic Pinata Island (I have not seen the show, so this is an approximate description). Googling "Vomiting pinatas" taught me, amazingly, that I would never find the cartoon that way, so I googled "pinata cartoon" and found the show. So I then used the alphabetical listing of TV shows on this site to find the show, but could not find my friend, because her character was not important enough in the hierarchy of vomiting pinatas.
posted by acrasis at 8:39 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: not important enough in the hierarchy of vomiting pinatas.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:41 AM on December 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


I enjoyed the neighbouring Tara Strong interview at least as much as the Mark Hamill (proud ex-Torontonian that I am).
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 8:44 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tom Kenny is in so much! I had no idea! I mean, I had some idea, but not to the prolific extent that he is. I mean, the Mayor of Townsville, Eduardo from Foster's Home, Heffer on Rocko's Modern Life! Dude gets around.
posted by gc at 9:11 AM on December 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's an upcoming voice actor documentary, I Know That Voice, which looks fabulous.
posted by hanov3r at 9:13 AM on December 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's an upcoming voice actor documentary, I Know That Voice, which looks fabulous.
posted by hanov3r at 9:13 AM on December 28 [+] [!]


By John Dimaggio none the less!
posted by gc at 9:19 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is awesome. the other night I was rewatching the 1977 version of the Hobbit, thanks to another mefi thread. It was a Rankin Bass production, so it didn't take long to realize that the voices were the same as those in the classic R/B christmas specials, Scooby-doo, and the flintstones of the same era. I can now go cross reference them. sweet.
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:31 AM on December 28, 2013


Kikuko Inoue. Sigh. Belldandy and Panther and Princess Celestia and goddess knows what all else.
posted by SPrintF at 10:30 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


I will never cease to be amused that Mr. Krabs is voiced by the Kurgan.
posted by bibliowench at 10:55 AM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had to go check out Paul Frees first, just because, and was genuinely surprised that he did BOTH John AND George in The Beatles TV cartoon, as well as the Evil K.A.R.R. on Knight Rider.

And June Foray... yes she's 91 years old but she can still do Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Cindy Lou Who.

And Daws Butler... for all the roles he's listed for, I don't see all the secondary Bullwinkle Show characters he did (including every Prince in a Fractured Fairy Tale), probably because his contract with Hanna Barbera at the time (Huckleberry Hound & Yogi Bear & others) allowed him to work and get paid for other TV cartoons, but not get credited. At least they got most of Bill Scott's roles (including Bullwinkle himself, thankyouverymuch) in spite of his not getting voice credits because he was already Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer. Of course if you go far enough back for Daws Butler, he was the voice (and puppeteer) of Beany on the pre-animated "Time for Beany" (with Stan Freberg's voice and long arm for Cecil the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent). What? They have Muppet credits but no Time for Beany? Well, this resource still needs some filling-in..

You have effectively filled the last 4 days of 2013 (and some weeks of 2014) for this aging toonhead. Thank you, I think.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:16 PM on December 28, 2013


This link may be a dupe, but nothing fills this voice-acting lover's heart as much as all of your favorite voice actors doing Star Wars.

Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen... c'mon. That's pretty much modern day voice actor royalty right there.
posted by hanov3r at 12:52 PM on December 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


There's an upcoming voice actor documentary, I Know That Voice, which looks fabulous.

Unfortunately it's been coming out Any Time Now for well over a year. I'm beginning to wonder if it will ever get released.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:54 PM on December 28, 2013


I love the voice clips for some of the characters, so that I can hear how Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard from Mass Effect) sounds as Ms. Marvel.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:06 PM on December 28, 2013


Just wanted to Nth the recommendation for Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman" podcasts generally and the Hamill and Strong interviews specifically. Smith actually gets a lot of good stuff out of his guests, though sometimes they take a while to get there.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 4:12 PM on December 28, 2013


I wish they listed video games. I do this on IMDB all the time because it seems like there are only like 30 VG VAs and they are in everything.
posted by NoraReed at 4:42 PM on December 28, 2013


There's an upcoming voice actor documentary, I Know That Voice, which looks fabulous.

Last year I wrote up an FPP about the movie That Guy... Who Was in That Thing. I ended up not posting it because it was only available on Netflix. I'm not sure if it's still there and/or on Amazon Prime, but it's pretty good.


Had to go to Mel Blanc first: "Credited Roles On BTVA So Far: 1000"!

(Epitaph on his headstone in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood reads, "That's All Folks!")


At the time of his death this ad in the trades. I still choke up when I think of it.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:35 PM on December 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


NoraReed, the individual listings for the VA's feature their video game work also.
posted by h00py at 9:26 PM on December 28, 2013


Tom Kenny is in so much! I had no idea! I mean, I had some idea, but not to the prolific extent that he is. I mean, the Mayor of Townsville, Eduardo from Foster's Home, Heffer on Rocko's Modern Life!

Don't forget Prof. Ellis D. Traills on The Altered State of Drugachusettes...
posted by Lazlo Nibble at 11:19 PM on December 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


There's a lovely symmetry to Lorenzo Music (Garfield) playing Venkman and Bill Murray (Venkman) playing Garfield.
posted by h00py at 11:44 PM on December 28, 2013


I did some audio engineering with Clive Revill once...he's a delightful person, very polite and charming. It wasn't until after I completed the project that I found out he was the original Emperor Palpatine.
posted by malocchio at 1:01 PM on December 30, 2013


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