12 Stars Who Have Voiced Multiple Animated Characters

8:00 AM 9/25/2018

by Sydney Odman

From Brad Pitt to Kristen Bell, some of Hollywood's most famous faces keep returning to the world of animation.

From left: Brad Pitt, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams
From left: Brad Pitt, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams
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When they're not winning Oscars or prepping for their next big blockbuster, several Hollywood stars lend their iconic voices to the world of animation.

From stars like Eddie Murphy bringing Mushu (Mulan) and Donkey (Shrek) to life to Kristen Bell singing her way through Disney's Frozen, many of Hollywood's most prominent voice actors often return to the recording studio to reprise their roles or take on new animated characters. 

Read on to find out more about the actors and actresses who have starred in multiple animated films. 

  • Will Arnett

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    Most well-known for his role as George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in Fox's Arrested Development, Will Arnett has also famously lent his iconic, deep voice to several animated characters over the course of his career. 

    In 2014, Arnett voiced Batman in The Lego Movie, a performance that sparked Arnett's own sequel of the franchise, The Lego Batman Movie. Additionally, Arnett stars as animated squirrel Surly in Open Road Films' The Nut Job and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. Most recently, Arnett voiced the villainous Slade in the Warner Bros. Animation's film adaptation of DC comics superhero team Teen Titans in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    On the small screen, Arnett voices the titular character in Netflix's adult animated series BoJack Horseman. The Canadian actor has also voiced supporting characters in hit animated films such as Despicable Me, Horton Hears a Who! and Ratatouille

  • Kristen Bell

    Separate from her onscreen career, Kristen Bell's voice first rose to widespread recognition as the star of The CW's hit teen drama Veronica Mars.

    Most notably, Bell lends her singing voice to Princess Anna of Frozen. Her voice has also appeared in animated films such as Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Zootopia and Astro Boy

    Since stepping into the role of the iconic Disney princess, Bell has also contributed Anna's voice to several video games, animated shorts and more.

  • Emily Blunt

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    Soon to hit the big screen as Mary Poppins in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, Emily Blunt has appeared in several animated films.

    In 2011, Blunt brought garden gnome Juliet to life in Gnomeo and Juliet, a Disney adaptation based on the classic Shakespeare tale. In a follow-up film, Blunt reprised the role of Juliet in Sherlock Gnomes

    Blunt also voiced the characters of Tempest Shadow and Fizzlepop Berrytwist in My Little Pony: The Movie, in addition to starring in animated film Animal Crackers alongside her real-life husband, John Krasinski.

  • James Corden

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    British funnyman James Corden is a man of many talents. In addition to hosting his weeknight talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, Corden has hosted several awards ceremonies, starred in films and won awards of his own. 

    As for voice acting, Corden is well-versed in that realm of entertainment as well. Most notably, the talk show host voiced the titular character in Sony's Peter Rabbit. He also voiced the character of Biggie in the star-studded animated film Trolls.

    In addition, Corden brought the Hi-5 emoji to life in The Emoji Movie. The actor is currently set to appear in the upcoming Warner Bros. animated film Smallfoot.

  • Jenny Slate

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    Jenny Slate is no stranger to the world of voice acting, as the actress has voiced several characters in animated films and shows over the course of her career. 

    In television, Slate lends her voice to Tammy in Fox's Bob's Burgers, the Huntress Wizard in Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Missy in Netflix's Big Mouth

    As for films, Slate voiced Harley Quinn in The Lego Batman Movie, Gidget in The Secret Life of Pets, Bellweather in Zootopia and Valerie Da Vinci in Despicable Me 3. The actress is set to appear as Gidget once again in the The Secret Life of Pets sequel in 2019.

  • Jackie Chan

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    Martial artist and actor Jackie Chan made a name for himself in Hollywood performing impressive stunts and appearing in more than 150 films throughout his career. 

    Chan has also lent his voice to several children's animated films such as the Kung Fu Panda series, Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Interestingly enough, Chan also voiced the character of Shang in the Chinese release of Disney's Mulan

  • Brad Pitt

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    Brad Pitt has had many iconic roles over the years in films such as Fight Club, Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Moneyball and more. 

    Behind the scenes, Pitt has also worked as a producer for films such as The Departed and 12 Years a Slave, in addition to doing his fair share of voice acting over the years. 

    The father of six first ventured into voice acting in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, in which he portrayed the title character. Additionally, Pitt brought Metro Man to life in DreamWorks' Megamind, as well as Will the Krill in Happy Feet Two

  • Johnny Depp

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    Being one of Hollywood's biggest and highest-paid stars, it's no surprise that Johnny Depp is also well-versed in the art of voice work. 

    Depp portrayed the title character in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango. He also starred as Victor van Dort Tim Burton's animated stop-motion picture Corpse Bride, which also received a nod at the Academy Awards for best animated feature. In the years following the massive success of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series, Depp also voiced the character of Jack Sparrow in video games of the franchise. 

    Most recently, Depp portrayed Sherlock Gnomes in the sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet. He is also set to appear as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  • Robin Williams

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    Revered as one of the great stand-up comics and actors of his generation, Robin Williams accumulated an impressive resume of credits over the course of his acclaimed career. 

    The late actor voiced the beloved role of Genie in Disney's 1992 Aladdin, which earned him a Golden Globe. He later continued his voice acting ventures in films like FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Robots and Everyone's Hero

    In 2006, Williams voiced the characters of Ramon, Cletus, Lovelace and the narrator in Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet, which went on to win the Academy Award for best animated feature. Williams also worked on Happy Feet Two.

  • Eddie Murphy

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    Iconic stand-up comedian and actor Eddie Murphy lends his recognizable voice and delivery to two well-known supporting animated characters: Mushu from Disney's Mulan and Donkey in all four films of DreamWorks' Shrek. The similar characters flowed right up Murphy's family-friendly ally, as he brought the funny, lovable sidekick to life in each film. 

    Murphy continues to voice Donkey in various video games, shorts and extensions of the franchise. 

  • Hugh Jackman

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    Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman's rise to stardom began in theater. As a stage actor, Jackman's breakthrough in film came with his casting as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men, a role that paved the way for the Australian actor's journey in Hollywood. 

    Despite playing an action hero in the X-Men franchise, Jackman never lost his song-and-dance roots, still performing as Jean Valjean in the recent film adaptation of Les Miserables and P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman

    As for voice acting, Jackman voices the character of Memphis in Warner Bros.' Happy Feet, in addition to playing Bunny in DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians

    In 2019, Jackman will voice Sir Lionel Frost in upcoming animated picture Missing Link, alongside Zoe Saldana and Timothy Olyphant. 

  • Bill Hader

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    Former Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader's voice acting career spans several animated films, from the critically acclaimed Inside Out to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Sausage Party

    Hader also held leading roles in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Angry Birds Movie, as well as the sequels to both films. The funnyman also voiced characters in Finding Dory, Turbo, Monsters University, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs