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They’re the people behind some of our favorite fictional characters. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for "Another Top 10 Best Celebrity Voice Actor Performances."
For this list, we’re taking a look at more big name actors that loaned their voices to big screen characters rendered through animation, motion capture, or practical effects. We’ve excluded voiceover performances from television and celebrities who have done extensive voice acting work, so Mark Hamill’s Joker won’t be on the list. Also, if you didn’t see a performance you thought should be on the list, be sure to check out our first list of the Top 10 Best Celebrity Voice Actor Performances.
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#10: Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best / Frozone “The Incredibles” (2004)
A few years before debuting as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L. Jackson saved the day as this slick superhero. Possessing ice powers and a laidback personality, Frozone is “cool” in every sense of the word. So as you can imagine, Jackson was an ideal casting choice. In The Incredibles, Jackson hits every one-liner out of the park, making Frozone sound like a total badass. He additionally hits all the right notes as Frozone’s alter ego, Lucius Best, acting as a supportive best friend to Bob Parr. Of course, Jackson’s best line delivery occurs during an argument between Lucius and his wife, Honey. We’ll never get tired of hearing Jackson ask, “Where’s my super suit?”
#9: Johnny Depp as Rango “Rango” (2011)
Johnny Depp is one of those performers that can slip into any role like a chameleon. Likewise, Rango is an actual chameleon that can blend into his environment like a Hollywood actor. Having spent most of his life behind glass, this lizard faces an identity crisis when he becomes stranded in the desert. The timid Rango is able to survive by taking on the persona of a western hero, although this inevitably lands him in hot water. Rango is constantly shifting between being courageous, cowardly, confident, and in over his head, but Depp’s performance is perfectly balanced. He completely loses himself in this role, making us forget about the actor behind the character.
#8: John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)
Wreck-It Ralph is a different kind of Disney villain. He’s not sinister, calculating, or even really bad. He actually wants to be a good guy, but simply doesn’t understand what being a hero is all about. John C. Reilly is delightful as the titular character, supplying him with a childlike innocence. As we all know, however, children can be selfish, naïve, and aggressive too. In Ralph’s case, he’s basically a troubled kid trapped in an overgrown body. Even when Ralph is at his worst, though, Reilly still manages to make him lovable and even identifiable. Behind his hostile tendencies, there’s an individual with a genuine soul, which Reilly brings out of Ralph as he discovers his true purpose in life.
#7: Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III “How to Train Your Dragon” Franchise (2010-)
Naturally possessing a nerdy, almost nasally voice, Jay Baruchel couldn’t have been better suited to play Hiccup, a scrawny Viking living in his mighty father’s shadow. A lesser actor might’ve portrayed this character as a one-dimensional nerd. Baruchel turns in a multi-layered performance, however, bringing out Hiccup’s strength, wisdom, and compassion as he forms a powerful bond with a dragon. As this series progresses, Baruchel develops Hiccup into a brave, noble leader with a great deal of depth. All the while, Baruchel maintains an offbeat charm that distinguishes Hiccup from the rest of the crowd.
#6: John Goodman as James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan “Monsters Inc.” Franchise (2001-)
One of the most versatile actors around, John Goodman knows how to play a threatening monster, but he can be a gentle giant as well. As James P. Sullivan, Goodman gives a big, blue beast a heart of gold. Although Sulley is the Best Scarer at Monsters, Inc., he’s really a friendly everyman behind the scenes. When a little human girl is set loose in Monstropolis, Sulley emerges as a nurturing parental figure that’ll protect her at any cost. Empathetic, affectionate, and cuddly, Goodman makes you want to give Sulley a hug. We dare you not to get choked up when he tells Boo that “Kitty has to go.”
#5: Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski “The LEGO Movie” (2014)
Emmet may seem like a run-of-the-mill construction worker on the surface. Thanks to Chris Pratt’s endearing performance, though, he’s truly one-of-a-kind. An ordinary minifigure with a very special destiny, Emmet emerges as both a goofball and an unlikely action hero. Pratt flawlessly expresses all of Emmet’s passion, creativity, and enthusiasm. Even when he’s performing the most routine tasks, Emmet sounds like he’s on top of the world. Pratt also brings humanity to the character, molding this yellow brick into an encouraging role model we care about. Equally silly and sincere, no actor in Hollywood could likely capture Emmet’s essence quite like Pratt.
#4: Jack Black as Po Ping “Kung Fu Panda” Franchise (2008-)
Jack Black might have a bit of a belly, but he’s still one of the most energetic and physical comedic presences around. Black was tailor-made to voice Po, a chubby panda who lives and breathes Kung Fu. Almost everybody doubts Po when he’s singled out as the Dragon Warrior. Regardless, the slow, overweight panda steps up to the challenge with an appetite to learn. Po’s eagerness wonderfully complements the stern, authoritative Master Shifu, who’s voiced by Dustin Hoffman in a strong performance. Black makes the audience root for Po every step of the way, evening out the character’s gullibility, clumsiness, and insecurity with wit, determination, and confidence.
#3: Amy Poehler as Joy “Inside Out” (2015)
Although Mindy Kaling as Disgust is certainly an inspired casting choice, Amy Poehler’s portrayal of Joy is simply irresistible. The very definition of happiness, Joy attempts to put a smile on young Riley’s face when life gets her down. Being a basic human emotion, Joy easily could’ve been a one-note character. Poehler’s performance brings a surprising amount of complexity to the role, however. Although Joy constantly tries to think positive, she eventually comes to understand the importance of Sadness. With just her voice, Poehler is able to light up the screen while also make the audience bawl their eyes out, taking us on an emotionally journey unlike any other.
#2: Will Ferrell as Megamind “Megamind” (2010)
Will Ferrell has a knack for taking potentially unlikable characters and giving them a lovable quality. Megamind is a perfect example. An alien who aspires to take over Metro City, Megamind is egotistical, manipulative, and dastardly. Deep down, though, he’s not exactly evil. He just sees super villainy as his only career option. Of course, once he finally defeats his nemesis, his existence suddenly lacks meaning. Ferrell totally throws himself into this role, having a ton of fun playing a childish mastermind who’s prone to failure. Simultaneously, Ferrell makes us sympathize with this misguided anti-hero who just needs a push in the right direction.
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Idina Menzel as Elsa, Frozen (2013)
- Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones, Coraline (2009)
- James Gandolfini as Carol, Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
- Daniel Craig as Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine / Red Rackham, The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
#1: Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug “The Hobbit” Franchise (2012-)
This mountain dragon is brought to life through Benedict Cumberbatch’s stellar voiceover work, as well as his motion capture performance. Commanding the silver screen, Cumberbatch supplies Smaug with a huge, bombastic vocal presence. At the same time, Cumberbatch also brings a fair deal of sophistication to the role. Every line Cumberbatch recites makes the audience feel as if a ginormous snake is slithering around them. Even if Smaug were the size of Bilbo Baggins, Cumberbatch’s deep, intimidating voice would still send a shiver up our spines. That’s the true mark of a great villain and an even greater actor. Plus, it’s always a pleasure to see Sherlock and Watson together, even when one’s a dragon and the other’s a hobbit.
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