Steamboat Willie and Beyond!

Steamboat WillieCartoon Voices Have Character

When you think of a cartoon voice over, one of the very first things you’ll note is that cartoon voices belong to cartoon characters, and at the root of that is character which requires acting.

Steamboat Willie Makes Voice Over History

The very first cartoon voice over was featured in a cartoon movie by Disney called “Steamboat Willie” in 1928 at the Colonial Theatre in New York. It was the first time the world heard the voice of Mickey Mouse as provided by Walt Disney himself and was a great breakthrough in technology and entertainment.

Nowadays there are literally thousands of cartoons, especially in the realm of children’s programming, that require the voice talents of voice over professionals.

Oh, Saturday Mornings!

Think back to Saturday morning cartoons and the joy they brought you when growing up. Those same cartoons, and many of the same voice talent you’ve heard over the decades, are still at work on new projects and can also be enjoyed via reruns and releases on DVD.

Feeling Nostalgic?

Some of these cartoons are even making it to the silver screen, including last summer’s Transformers. Some of the original voice cast, including Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, returned to reprise their roles more than 20 years later to the delight of their now grown up fans.

The Smurfs, another 1980s favorite, may even be made into a movie with plans for release in 2010. Look out, world!

What are your favorite cartoon character voices?