Ready for a trip down memory lane wrapped up in a few brain teasers? Check out this mental_floss article about legendary cartoon voices. Her investigation started out innocently enough:
My husband and I went to Disney World for Halloween. Returning to our 9-to-5 lives was a little depressing. So, to get our little fix, we started watching some old-school Disney movies. We had on The Jungle Book and I wasn’t paying very close attention (I like to multi-task) when I heard a strangely familiar voice coming from the screen. I looked up and saw Kaa – you know Kaa, the evil snake who tries to hypnotize Mowgli – only I was stacy2.jpgpretty sure I knew that voice from somewhere else.
So I hopped onto the Internet Movie Database and looked him up. Turns out that the voice of scheming Kaa is also the voice of one of the sweetest Disney characters ever drawn – Winnie the Pooh. Let me tell you, my mind was blown.
(Animation fans already knew this about Holloway, as well as the various other roles he voiced. But I agree that picturing the same man doing both Kaa and Winnie the Pooh is a bit hard to do.)
After Holloway, it’s on to Nancy Cartwright (pictured above), the voice of Bart Simpson. The list from there includes both old and new legends, from Mae Questel (voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) on up to Patrick Warburton (eh, he voiced a bunch of things, but he’ll always be Putty from Seinfeld to me).
While the article itself is good, it covers less than a dozen voice actors. If you really want to have some fun, read the comments. Wowza, there’s actors and cartoon characters in there that I haven’t thought about for years. Plus you can absolutely get your fill of obscure trivia. For example, did you know that Darla Hood of The Little Rascals was also the voice of the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid?
See, you never know what you don’t know until you learn it. Or something.
Regardless, it’s a great read if you have the time to go through it—a veritable treasure trove of cartoon voices and obscure connections.