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Throughout the years, many celebrities have voiced Disney characters.
Some notable actors have included Oprah Winfrey, Danny Devito, Christian Bale, and Whoopi Goldberg.
More recent additions have included Shakira, Angela Bassett, and Sandrah Oh.
Demi Moore lent her voice to Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
"Treasure Planet"'s Jim Hopkins is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Oprah Winfrey's voice was in "The Princess and the Frog."
You can't miss Winfrey's signature vocals as Princess Tiana's hardworking mom Eudora in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog,"
Danny DeVito voiced Phil in "Hercules."
DeVito lent his vocals to the centaur Phil in "Hercules."
Of course, this iconic voice casting almost never happened as DeVito initially decided not to audition for the voice of Phil.
The voice of Hercules was provided by Tate Donovan.
You've also probably seen him in other popular TV shows like "The OC" and "Damages." Donovan has voiced Hercules over two decades, in both the spinoff shows and the popular "Kingdom Hearts" video games.
Scott Weinger was cast as Aladdin in "Aladdin."
In addition to singing in the movie, Weinger also voices Aladdin in the "Aladdin" spin-off movies and TV series. Like Donovan, he voices his character in the "Kingdom Hearts" franchises as well.
Genie in "Aladdin" was voiced by the one and only Robin Williams.
Although he didn't voice the Genie in the spin-off TV show or sequels, fans can hear the late actor's voice as Genie in "Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin" video game and a few select stints as Genie for various videos.
Jonathan Groff's iconic voice was put to good use in "Frozen."
The Grammy-award-winning singer put his vocal cords to good use yet again as Kristoff on Disney's 2013 blockbuster "Frozen."
Though he didn't have any solo songs in the first film, "Frozen 2" gave Kristoff an entire ballad. Groff told Entertainment Weekly in 2019 that he felt this role was "empowering" and he loved that "Kristoff is a Disney leading man with a sensitive side."
Tarzan was voiced by the one and only Tony Goldwyn.
Goldwyn was not involved in the voicing of Tarzan in "Tarzan 2."
Tarzan's love interest, Jane, was voiced by Minnie Driver.
Driver's recognizable voice was also in the movie "Tarzan."
Alongside Goldwyn, Driver lent her voice to the talented Jane, Tarzan's love interest. The "Good Will Hunting" actress was not involved in "Tarzan" sequels or spin-offs.
Terk in "Tarzan" was voiced by Rosie O'Donnell.
Rounding out the star-studded voice cast of "Tarzan" is O'Donnell.
O'Donnell voiced the boisterous Terk in the 1999 film. She was not involved in any subsequent "Tarzan"-related creations.
Linda Hunt lent her voice to Grandmother Willow in "Pocahontas."
The veteran star has voiced or acted as what seems like hundreds of characters since the 1970s. In 1995,
Christian Bale voiced Thomas in "Pocahontas."
A small role, you'd probably miss this celebrity cameo if you weren't paying attention.
Mel Gibson voiced John Smith in "Pocahontas."
David Spade voiced the llama and human versions of Kuzco in "The Emperor's New Groove."
John Goodman's voice starred alongside David Spade's as Pacha in "The Emperor's New Groove."
The voice of reason and perhaps the sole reason Emperor Kuzco was transformed back into a human, Pacha was played by Goodman. This was the actor's first Disney movie.
Joaquin Phoenix voices Kenai in "Brother Bear."
Three years after the release of "Gladiator," Hollywood star Phoenix would find himself in a lead role for Disney.
Voicing the Inuit hunter turn talking bear, Phoenix would bring his character Kenai to life in 2003's "Brother Bear." The was his first Disney film.
Billy Joel lent his unique voice to Dodger in "Oliver & Company."
Meanwhile, Oliver in "Oliver & Company" was voiced by Joey Lawrence.
This was his first Disney movie, but he did voice Dirk Brock in Disney's TV spin-off of "The Emperor's New Groove" titled "The Emperor's New School."
Bette Midler was in "Oliver & Company" as well.
Midler voiced posh poodle Georgette in "Oliver & Company" in 1988. This was her first Disney movie and viewers get to hear her sing a perfectly-suited song in the film.
Adult Simba in "The Lion King" was voiced by Matthew Broderick.
Jeremy Irons lent his voice to Scar in "The Lion King."
James Earl Jones voiced Mufasa in "The Lion King."
Whoopi Goldberg was also in "The Lion King."
Goldberg's Disney debut was in "The Lion King" where the famous actress voiced Shenzi the hyena. Her voice also appears in "The Lion King 1 1/2" as Scar's snarky hench-hyena.
Rounding out "The Lion King"'s star-studded cast is Rowan Atkinson as the voice of Zazu.
In his first Disney production, veteran actor Atkinson voiced the Mufasa loyalist Zazu.
But Atkinson did not sing as Zazu in the movie. That role was filled by Jeff Bennett.
Angela Lansbury voiced Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast."
Shakira played an antelope version of herself as Gazelle in "Zootopia."
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer left her mark on the 2016 Disney film about a rabbit police officer and fox criminal.
Shakira played a character much like herself — a famous pop star dedicated to social justice and peace. She contributed the original single "Try Everything" to the movie soundtrack, and later wore an outfit similar to Gazelle at her Super Bowl halftime show performance.
Adding to the star-studded cast, Octavia Spencer voiced Mrs. Otterton in "Zootopia."
The "Hidden Figures" actress made her animated film debut in "Zootopia." Her character — Mrs. Otterton, an anxious otter — turns to Judy Hopps to help with the mysterious disappearance of her husband.
Spencer told The Grio in 2016 that she was excited to work on a film her nieces and nephews could watch, considering most of her roles aren't "age-appropriate." She added that working on an animated movie was "difficult" but "fun."
She added, "As an actor, we are used to using our whole bodies to convey varying emotions in front of the camera, but with animation, it's one hundred percent your voice."
Idris Elba also lent his voice to Chief Bogo in "Zootopia."
The "Avengers: Age of Ultron" star switched things up to play the animated Chief Bogo — a burly buffalo police officer who doubts the talent of rabbit Judy Hopps.
Michael J. Fox voiced Milo in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire."
Sterling K. Brown voiced Lieutenant Mattias in "Frozen 2."
Most people know Brown for his role as Randall on NBC's "This Is Us" or his appearance in "Black Panther," but many would be surprised to find that he also voiced a character in Disney's "Frozen 2."
Brown lent his voice to the character of Lieutenant Mattias and told Variety in a 2019 interview that having Black representation in the film was very important to him.
Daveed Diggs voiced rapper Paul in "Soul."
Multi-talented actor and "Hamilton" thespian Diggs played a former rapper in "Soul." Paul is Joe's neighborhood nemesis who has flashbacks of being in a rap group.
Diggs contributed to the soundtrack of the film with the original "Rappin Ced" and consulted on the show. Diggs told The Guardian in 2020, "They wanted feedback on cultural relevancy from a ton of black folks," adding, "Everybody means well, but there's so much unconscious bias happening."
Angela Bassett loved playing "Dorothea Williams" in "Soul."
The "Black Panther" star voiced the suave jazz saxophonist Dorothea Williams in "Soul."
She told NPR in 2020 that she enjoyed her role because it reminded her of female Black musicians she admired, and she especially enjoyed playing a saxophonist.
She added that voice acting was more difficult than she was used to, adding "I obsess about it being a little harder because that's - like, right now, all you have is my voice. And you don't have the other distractions, you know, the physicality, the facial expressions, you know, the others. You know, it's just your voice."
Questlove did more than voice Curly in "Soul."
Not only did Questlove voice Joe's former student "Curly" on "Soul," he also acted as a cultural consultant alongside Quincy Jones and Diggs. He also helped creators choose the film's music.
In a 2020 interview with ABC, he said, "They told me who the characters were and I asked every question under the sun about that character, and I figured out what they would listen to."
Who could forget Eddie Murphy voiced Mushu in "Mulan."
With hilarious one-liners and a natural ability to bring a bit of comedy into an otherwise darker Disney film, Murphy nailed it.
Awkwafina recorded her voice as Sisu in "Raya and the Last Dragon" during the pandemic.
She told USA Today in 2021 that she felt like a big shot when Disney sent her an audio-production tent — and even asked to keep it.
Awkwafina voiced Sisu — a goofy, larger-than-life dragon who accompanies Raya on an adventure to restore a dragon gem in Disney's first film with a Southeast Asian princess. She told Stylecaster in 2020 that she was drawn to the role because she "definitely relate[s] to both Raya and Sisu."
Sandra Oh on Raya voiced the regal Virana in "Raya."
The ABC "Grey's Anatomy" star played Virana, Namaari's mother and poised chieftess of Fang.
At the first global press conference for Disney's "Raya" in 2021, Oh said she was "extremely moved by the theme of the story, which, ultimately, is about trust and how I am struggling with that."
The Tail Chief was voiced by Patti Harrison in "Raya."
The Tail Chief is the leader of her land and is on-screen for only a few moments.
Chief Benja was played by Daniel Dae Kim in "Raya."
However, Kim took to the animated screen with his role as Chief Benja in "Raya." Kim played Chief Benja, ruler of the Heart tribe and father of Raya.
He told Young Post in 2021 that his character was especially important to have in the wake of anti-Asian hate crimes, saying "My character plays a leader of a land that has become factionalised. His mission is to bring unity to all of the lands," and added that this film "should have happened a long time ago."
Maya Rudolph voiced Daniela in the Disney film, "Luca."
The "SNL" comedian played Luca's mother — who is also a sea monster — in the 2021 animated adventure that takes place on the Italian Riviera.
In a 2021 interview with The Movie Times, she said she admired the way her character was ready to roll up her sleeves in any way to protect her son. She added, "She's a fiercely loving protective mother."
Jim Gaffigan voiced Lorenzo in "Luca."
The actor, comedian, and producer played Luca's sea-monster father in "Luca."
In a 2021 interview with Comic Book, Gaffigan said he based the sometimes absent-minded character off of his own parenting experience.
"I can understand being a parent that's distracted by has the best intentions. There's a difference between being a disinterested parent and somebody who's just struggling with trying to do the right thing," he said. "I so identify with that because I'm a dad, but I don't know know what I'm doing."
"Luca" character Ugo Paguro is voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen.
The "Borat" star played Luca's cooky, yet lovable, anglerfish uncle who lives in the deep, deep part of the ocean.
"Luca" writer Mike Jones told Slate in 2021 that Uncle Ugo is a "cautionary tale" of a character who left the ocean and "then got in a bunch of trouble."
He added, "Sacha Baron Cohen gave Ugo exactly what Ugo needed, which is that wonderful, loopy, almost drunk from oxygen nature."
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