The world’s most beloved Disney characters typically have heart, spunk, a fierce ability to love, and occasionally a villainous streak. Their stories steal fans’ hearts, and their voices, whether speaking or singing, are instantly recognizable. Fans can hear some of the franchise’s most iconic voices among multiple characters in different films.
Viewers might not recognize the voice immediately but eventually, realize that a character in one film sounds similar to another. Whether an actor has a distinct sound or can change their voice to fit any persona, Disney brings many of the best voice actors back for multiple projects.
Updated by Alexandra Locke on December 31, 2022: The larger the Disney canon grows, the more the need for great actors rises. With so many characters to their name, Disney has called upon many of them to play more than one role in different films. This article has been updated to include even more actors who voice multiple roles in Disney movies.
15/15 Jaboukie Young-White Is An Up-And-Coming Voice Actor
Jaboukie Young-White is a relatively new voice actor at Disney, but he has still had several roles in their movies and TV shows. In addition to Ralph Breaks The Internet and Baymax!, Young-White was also the protagonist, Ethan Clade, in Disney’s newest movie: Strange World.
Young-White is also the first person to portray an LGBTQ+ protagonist in any Disney film. Though he is only starting, fans eagerly await his hopefully long career as a Disney voice actor.
14/15 Maya Rudolph Has Become A Disney Mother
Maya Rudolph has solidified herself as somewhat of a Disney mom in recent years. Although she voices Aunt Cass in Big Hero 6, she is still her nephews’ guardian. Additionally, she portrays Luca’s mom, Daniela Paguro, in the Pixar film, Luca.
Rudolph has also done a live-action role in the recent Disenchanted film as the evil Queen of Monrovia, as well as the mother of a teenage boy. No matter which role she is in, Rudolph brings her signature brand of wisdom and sincerity that the actress has become known for.
13/15 Jim Cummings Is One Of The Most Prolific Voice Actors
Jim Cummings, best known for voicing Winnie the Pooh and his friend Tigger, is the most prolific Disney voice actor of all time. The talented actor played the silly firefly Ray in The Princess and the Frog, Ed the hyena in The Lion King, and King Triton in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.
Cummings provided Chief Powhatan’s singing voice in Pocahontas and some of Scar’s “Be Prepared.” Additionally, he voiced Hondo Ohnaka in shows like Star Wars: Rebels and the Disney Parks ride, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. Fans watching almost any animated Disney film will likely run into this familiar voice.
12/15 Russi Taylor Played The Iconic Mouse
Russi Taylor played the sweet and cheerful Minnie Mouse from 1986 until she passed away in 2019. She also voiced Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald Duck’s rambunctious nephews, in notable projects like DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.
Taylor’s voice appears around the Disney Parks, including in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, one of the newest attractions. Additionally, she married Wayne Allwine in 1991, who voiced Mickey Mouse until he died in 2009. Disney and fans regarded the two as legends and sweethearts, noting how remarkable it was that Mickey and Minnie were married in real life.
11/15 John Goodman Has A Fatherly Voice
Another animation legend, John Goodman, voiced some of Disney’s most beloved fathers, including Pacha in The Emperor’s New Groove. Pacha risked his life to save his home and Kuzco, the spoiled emperor-turned-llama. He also voiced “Big Daddy” La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog, Charlotte’s loving and supportive father.
Goodman’s most iconic role was as James P. Sullivan, or Sully, in the Monsters, Inc. franchise. He perfectly played the giant blue and purple monster, showing a kind heart underneath the rough exterior. Goodman’s warm, parental voice makes him the perfect choice to play loving Disney fathers.
10/15 Lea Salonga Has One Of Disney’s Most Iconic Singing Voices
Lea Salonga is a highly talented vocalist with an incredible theater roster, including Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, and Miss Saigon, for which she won a Tony Award. Her Disney resume is also impressive, as she has provided the singing voices for not one but two iconic princesses.
Salonga sang for Princess Jasmine in Aladdin(voiced by Linda Larkin) and Fa Mulan in Mulan(voiced by Ming-Na Wen). Her beautiful voice provided some of Disney’s best and most beloved songs, including “A Whole New World” and “Reflection.” This lesser-known connection between the two princesses shocks many fans.
9/15 Sebastian Cabot Had A Narrative Voice
Sebastian Cabot could be heard across multiple movies. The man not only narrated and played Sir Ector in The Sword and the Stone but also acted as the narrator for Winnie the Pooh. Fans can also hear him as the voice of Bagheera in The Jungle Book.
Although he sadly passed in 1977, Cabot’s voice work is still much beloved among Disney fans. His authoritative and formal tone will, fortunately, live on in the aforementioned Disney films for years to come.
8/15 Phil Harris Was Involved In Many Older Films
Phil Harris was an iconic voice in many older Disney films from the 1960s and 1970s. He voiced Baloo, the fun-loving and relaxed bear who became friends with Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Baloo was one of the last characters to get Walt Disney’s personal touch before his death in 1966.
Harris also played Thomas O’Malley, the caring and suave alley cat who captured Duchess’ heart in The Aristocats. Additionally, he played Little John in Robin Hood, Robin’s loyal best friend who helped with his heists. Although Harris only had a few Disney roles, they were significant and beloved characters.
7/15 Eleanor Audley Was The Queen Of Villains
Eleanor Audley voiced multiple iconic and classic Disney villains, providing them with their snarky and evil tone. Audley played Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s evil, degrading, and downright abusive stepmother. She also voiced Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, the petty and patient sorceress who plotted Aurora’s death for sixteen years.
Additionally, Audley voiced Madame Leota in Disneyland’s famous Haunted Mansion attraction. Madame Leota is a medium and psychic trapped in a crystal ball, and only her head is visible while she chants about communicating with the mansion’s ghosts. Audley perfectly played some of the best villains and will forever live in Disney’s history.
6/15 Sterling Holloway Played An Impressive Array Of Characters
Sterling Holloway was another prolific voice actor in the older Disney films. Before Jim Cummings took over, he initially voiced Winnie the Pooh, the lovable and honey-obsessed bear. He also played the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Kaa, the dangerous and hypnotic snake in The Jungle Book.
Holloway also voiced more minor characters, such as Mr. Stork in Dumbo, Flower the skunk in Bambi, and Roquefort in The Aristocats. Holloway’s soft, peaceful tone made him the perfect choice to play villainous characters who ease their victims into their traps and kind characters looking to help others.
5/15 Bonnie Hunt Is A Pixar Legend
Bonnie Hunt has made appearances in many of fans’ favorite Disney/Pixar films. Though some of her appearances are more noticeable than others, Hunt has been a part of Zootopia, Cars, Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life, and the last two Toy Story movies.
Although she has not quite caught up to John Ratzenberger’s numbers, Hunt’s appearances in so many Disney films still delight fans to this day. Fans cannot wait to hear her again in future projects or franchises.
4/15 Kathryn Beaumont Plays Two Of Disney’s Kindest Girls
Kathryn Beaumont has a recognizable voice that’s featured in two popular Disney films. Beaumont starred in Alice in Wonderland as Alice, the adventurous and kind young girl who fell into Wonderland after chasing the White Rabbit. Along the way, she encountered many stressful, strange, and fascinating people and creatures that sparked her imagination.
Beaumont also voiced Wendy Darling in Peter Pan. Wendy was one of the three Darling children Peter Pan brought to Neverland, where they experienced mermaids, deadly pirates, and flying fairies. The two young girls had loving hearts and helped those around them, and Beaumont’s soft, kind voice added to their characters.
3/15 Jason Marsden Has A Unique Sound
Jason Marsden played many minor characters with his easily recognizable voice. In the Disney world, Marsden is best known for his role as Max Goof, Goofy’s young son who starred in projects such as A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie.
Marsden is also well-known as Kovu in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. Kovu was Scar’s young heir, longing to take the throne from Simba. He also played Mungo in Tarzan and Thackery Binx, the black cat in Hocus Pocus. Marsden has a very distinct voice, and therefore it’s easy to make the connections between his lovable characters.
2/15 Jodi Benson’s Most Iconic Role Led To Many Disney Sequels
Jodi Benson is most famous for voicing the daydreaming mermaid Ariel in The Little Mermaid, in addition to all The Little Mermaid sequels and television shows. Her light, fun voice and beautiful singing talents gave Ariel a star quality that Disney princesses lacked until that point.
Benson’s talent allowed her to voice multiple characters in Disney sequels. She played Lady inLady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure and Anita Radcliffe in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure. Additionally, she voiced the spunky and fun-loving Barbie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Benson is another prolific Disney voice actor who has played her most iconic role for decades.
1/15 John Ratzenberger Has Been In Most Pixar Films
John Ratzenberger has been in more Pixar movies than any other Disney actor. Although he has not made a cameo in the last three films, there was a time when Ratzenberger voiced a character in every Pixar movie that was released.
Ratzenberger has been in more than eighteen Disney/Pixar films (not including sequels). Though this does not make him the most prolific voice actor, it does make his voice one of the most recognizable across many Disney movies.
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