'UglyDolls': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

3:47 PM 5/3/2019

by Abbey White

Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull and Janelle Monáe are among the performers lending their talents to the new film based on the popular PrettyUgly plush toy line.

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Directed by Kelly Asbury and based on the plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, UglyDolls is an animated musical about embracing who you are and celebrating what makes you different.

Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and her friends reside in Uglyville, a place where imperfect dolls go after being discarded by The Factory. But when Moxy decides to venture into The Big World and find her perfect kid, she and her friends encounter the perfect — and mean — preppy doll, Lou (Nick Jonas). Told by Lou that they're too ugly to be wanted, Moxy and her friends work to prove Lou wrong, and discover the beauty in individuality. 

Alongside Clarkson and Jonas, Janelle Monáe stars as the lonely and sympathetic perfect doll Mandy, Blake Shelton voices Uglyville's mayor and mentor Ox, Wanda Sykes is the culinary mastermind Wage and Pitbull is Moxy's closest friend, Ugly Dog. 

Find out more about the performers and the characters they voice below. 

  • Kelly Clarkson as Moxy

    Moxy is a friendly, big-hearted UglyDoll (voiced by Kelly Clarkson) who leads her friends on an adventure to find her perfect kid in The Big World. Clarkson’s last big screen appearance was in The Star, a comedic animated spin on the first-Christmas tale. She’s currently serving as a judge on NBC’s The Voice, and her next project is voicing the character of Delta Dawn in Trolls World Tour, the sequel to DreamWorks’ Trolls.

  • Nick Jonas as Lou

    Moxy’s foil, Lou (Jonas), is a mean-spirited golden boy in the town of Perfection who trains his fellow “perfect” dolls on how to be more attractive to potential kid owners. Last seen on the big screen in the 2017 Jumanji reboot alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, this year Jonas has already reunited with his brothers to release new Jonas Brothers music. But later in 2019, he'll also reprise his role as Alex for the currently untitled Jumanji sequel. 


  • Pitbull as UglyDog

    Rapper Pitbull voices Moxy’s closest friend, UglyDog, whose gadget-filled smart collar comes in handy as they make their way to The Big World. Pitbull most recently produced a song for the Aquaman soundtrack. He’s also had a guest spot on Empire and voiced the character of Bufo alongside Beyoncé and Amanda Seyfried in the 2013 animated fantasy adventure Epic.


  • Janelle Monáe as Mandy

    Janelle Monáe voices the character of Mandy, a sweet but lonely doll from the town of Perfection who longs for friends. Last year she starred as both a human and a doll opposite Steve Carell in the comedic biographical drama Welcome to Marwen, in addition to releasing her newest and Grammy-nominated album, Dirty Computer. Monae is slated to appear next in biographical dramas about Harriet Tubman and Gloria Steinem. 



  • Blake Shelton as Ox

    The warm and welcoming unofficial mayor of Uglyville, Ox, voiced by Blake Shelton, acts as a mentor to all of the dolls who live there. Shelton has served as a judge on NBC’s vocal competition The Voice since it premiered in 2011 and previously voiced a character for Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie. Shelton’s latest album, Texoma Shore, dropped in 2017.


  • Wanda Sykes as Wage

    Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes is the voice of Wage, a chef in Uglyville who is known for making creative culinary concoctions. Sykes has voiced a number of animated characters in recent years, with roles on BoJack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers and in several Ice Age movies. This year she’s appeared in episodes of Black-ish and Comedy Central’s The Other Two.

  • Emma Roberts as Wedgehead

    Emma Roberts voices the character of Wedgehead, a defective doll that gets tossed from The Factory, becoming Uglyville’s newest resident. Roberts starred in the most recent season of American Horror Story and this year in Paradise Hills opposite Eiza González, Milla Jovovich and Awkwafina. She can be seen next in The Hunt, a horror thriller also starring Justin Hartley and Ike Barinholtz.

  • Gabriel Iglesias as Babo

    Babo, voiced by comedian Gabriel Iglesias, is the hungriest and handiest member of Uglyville’s colorful community. Iglesias has voiced characters for Coco, Ferdinand and Show Dogs, and released his latest comedy special, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: One Show Fits All, on Netflix earlier this year. He will star next in his very own Netflix comedy series Mr. Iglesias.

  • Wang Leehom as Lucky Bat

    Both wise and mysterious, Lucky Bat (voiced by Wang Leehom) acts as an adviser despite being somewhat insecure about his abilities. Popular in China, the Chinese-American actor starred in both the action fantasy Legend of the Ancient Sword and drama Forever Young last year, as well as alongside Chris Hemsworth in the 2015 crime thriller Blackhat.

  • Lizzo, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX as the SpyGirls

    Lydia (Lizzo), Tuesday (Bebe Rexha) and Kitty (Charli XCX) are the voices behind the SpyGirls trio, a group of perfect dolls. UglyDolls serves as Lizzo's big-screen debut, and comes on the heels of the singer's third studio album release, Cuz I Love You. The film will also serve as a cinematic first for Rexha, who made her television debut in Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! before releasing her latest studio album Expectations last year. For Charli XCX, who dropped her fourth mixtape Pop 2 in 2017, UglyDolls marks the second time the singer has voiced a big-screen character after playing Willow in the 2016 Angry Birds Movie.