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The Voice-Actors behind the Muses from Disney’s ‘Hercules’

Roz Ryan as Thalia, the muse of comedy.

Cheryl Freeman as Melpomene, the muse of tragedy.

Lillias White as Calliope, the muse of epic poetry.

Vanéese Y. Thomas as Clio, the muse of history.

LaChanze as Terpsichore, the muse of dance.

Black History Month (Year 3) | Day 7 | Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr is a graduate of Yale University where he founded the improv comedy group, Purple Crayon. In 1989, he became a member of the award winning sketch comedy group, The Groundlings. LaMarr also studied improv at The Secondy City and at the Improv Olympic. Through his connections within his improv network, he was able to start a film career—-his first movie being “It’s Pat”, in 1994. He has also appeared in a plethora of tv shows before it started his voice acting career—such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Hanging with Mr. Cooper”, “MADtv”, “Living Single”, and more. He’s even had a role in the popular cult classic  Tarantino Film, “Pulp Fiction”.

But the meat of his work is within the cartoon and video-game industry. Name a cartoon right now, go ahead. Did you do it? Yeah, he’s been in that. LaMarr has led an impressive voice acting career, his most notable roles being Jack (Samurai Jack), Static Shock (Static Shock), Hermes Conrad (Futurama), Wilt (Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends), Green Lantern (Justice League).

LaMarr is set to reprise his role as Samurai Jack for the show’s fifth and final season, this March.

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Twelve Black Actresses who’ve provided their voices, likeness and physical performance in Video Games:

1. Kimberly Brooks | VG Credits: 53 | Notable Roles: Ashley Williams, Mass Effect (2007-2012), Daisy Fitzroy, Bioshock: Infinite (2013-2014), Barbra Gordon, Batman: Arkham Asylum (2007), Batman: Arkham City (2010), Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)Shinobu Jacobs, No More Heroes (2007), No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle (2010)

2. Cree Summer | VG Credits: 54 | Notable Roles: Lady Belgemine, Final Fantasy X (2001), Lenne, Final Fantasy X-2 (2003); Susan “Susie” Carmichael, Rugrats games, Hylo Visz, Knights of the Old Republic: The Fallen Empire (2015), Numbah 5Codename: Kids Next Door Operation - Video Game (2005)Female Exo (player character), Destiny (2014),

3. Eva La Dare (Karen Dyer) | VG Credits: 4 | Notable Roles: Sheva Alomar, Resident Evil 5 (2009), Elena, Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014), Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)

4. Susan Dalian | VG Credits: 12 | Notable Roles: Storm/Ororo MunroeMarvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2007), Haku, Naruto video games (2003-2011)

5. Yani King | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Riley Abel, The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014)

6. Danielle Nicolet | VG Credits: 8 | Notable Roles: Jacqueline Briggs, Mortal Kombat X (2015), Shaundi, Saints Row: The Third (2011), Saints Row IV (2013), Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (2015)

7. Tanya Alexander | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Joslin Reyes, Tomb Raider (2013)

8. Merle Dandridge | VG Credits: 6 | Notable Roles: Alyx Vance, Half-Life 2 (2004), Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006), Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007), Marlene, The Last of Us (2013)

9. Tina Marie Murray | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Angela Burns, Sunset (2015)

10. Cynthia Kaye McWilliams | VG Credits: 2 | Notable Roles: Holly Tanaka, Halo 5: Guardians (2015)

11. Jacqueline Boatswain | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Eileen the Crow, Bloodborne (2015)

12. Rochelle Aytes | VG Credits: 2 | Notable Roles: Rochelle, Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, The Passing (2010)

Complete credits behind the cut. If you know of any other actresses, please send em my way.

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“My most favorite moment [in the making of The Little Mermaid] was, after years of being serious and being very strict [with the recording] – because you have to be strict with animation because of the timing, the picture and that kind of thing – and I was strict with it, but I kept doing things. I kept being naughty and doing things, and they’d say, ‘Sam you can’t do that. You can’t make up little jokes on the side.’ [Samuel shrugs.] Okay.

“So about a year after we completed recording the film, they called me up and said, ‘Sam. we’re going to fly you out here, okay?’ I said, ‘Why? I thought you were finished.’ They said, ‘All of those things we told you you couldn’t do? You’ve got 3 hours to do all of them!’

“So they brought me into the studio, turned the mic on, and I went nuts! I said anything I wanted to say as Sebastian. I talked like him for 3 hours! And some of it found its way into the movie. For example, ‘Teenagers they think they know everything. Give them an inch, they swim all over you.’ That was something I just made up! So it was a lot of fun.”

Samuel E. Wright, the voice of Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, via

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Sad But True…

Frozone was the FIRST lead character in a Pixar film to be voiced by a Black actor or actress. 

THE. FIRST.

Before The Incredibles, there wasn’t even a supporting character voiced by a POC in a Pixar film!

Let me say that again: From the original Toy Story (1995) all the way to Finding Nemo (2003), Pixar cast zero POC in any lead or supporting roles. That’s FIVE FILMS and almost TEN YEARS.

This is fucking mind-boggling.

Note: IMDB’s ‘exceptions’ to this actually make it sound worse…Christina Milian as ‘voice’ (A Bug’s Life), Marc John Jeffries as ‘voices’ (Finding Nemo), and Andi Peters as ‘baggage handler’ (Toy Story 2).

Some More Notable Bioware Character Who Share Voices

CLICK HERE FOR PART 1

So I made a post before and actually reblogged it with these updates, but I’m not overly familiar with the finer workings of Tumblr posts and apparently nobody saw it because I am continuously getting messages that Mark Meer and others are not on the first part. Hopefully this helps!

(kinda embarrassed I forgot Claudia Black in part 1, I had hers on my list but completely overlooked making her picture )

(also I know that Jon Curry voiced both Zevran and one of the Male Inquisitors, but I did not include because both characters are only in Dragon Age and not one of the other two)

(also Star Wars The Old Republic characters are not included on the list simply because I have not experienced the game, I’m not familiar with the characters in question, and I don’t want to get them wrong. Sorry!)


Claudia Black - Morrigan (DAO, DAI), Daro’Xen vas Moreh (ME2, ME3), Matriarch Aethyta (ME2, ME3)

Simon Templeman - Loghan Mac Tir (DAO, DAI), Dr. Gavin Archer (ME2, ME3), Han’Gerrel vas Nema (ME2, ME3)

Kimberly Brooks - Ashley Williams (ME1, ME2, ME3), Lanaya (DAO)

Steven Barr - Urdnot Wrex (ME1, ME2, ME3), Dulin Forender (DAO)

April Banigan - Khalisah Al-Jilani (ME1, ME2, ME3), Delilah Howe (DAII)

Brian Bloom -  Varric Tethras (DAII, DAI), Darner Vosque (ME3), Leske (DAO)

Wendy Braun - Gianna Parasini (ME1, ME2), Felsi (DAO)

Mark Meer - Male Shepard (ME1, ME2, ME3), Jethann (DAII), Athras(DAO)

JUN FUKUYAMA AND HIS GLASSES CHARACTERS

So I was reading XXXHolic (cause I like to torture myself emotionally) without watching the anime first when I suddenly realized in the middle of the reading that I had been reading Watanuki’s lines in Jun Fukuyama’s voice.


And then, after further research I found that these (not so) dork characters:


THEY WERE ALL VOICED BY JUNJUN

YOU DEVIL

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The Wonderful Voices of Dragon Ball - Masako Nozawa

Voice of Goku, Gohan, Goten, Goku Black, Turles, and Bardock

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“What they really needed was something more like me. They said, ‘What are you like as a Father?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m really a dopey Dad.’

“So they began to impose my facial expressions onto Mufasa, and a different tone of voice. Yeah, he was authoritative, but he was also just a gentle Dad.”

– James Earl Jones, the voice of Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King, via

Japanese voice actors CV fish

Aquapark Shinagawa recruited popular male voice actors to voice fish in their latest series of commercials, Ikegyo Paradise, aka ”Hot Fish Paradise” (an homage to Hanazakari no Kimitachi e…!)

Takahiro Sakurai part 1part 2  (Osomatsu-san, Arataka Reigen, Suzaku Kururugi, Shogo Makishima, Kyouya Sata,etc.)

Kaito Ishikawa part 1part 2  (Tobio Kageyama, Nine/Arata Kokonoe, Shiho Kimizuki, Tenya Iida, etc.)

Kenjiro Tsuda part 1part 2  (Sadaharu Inui, Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem, Fango, Seijurou Mikobashi, etc.)

Daiki Yamashita part 1part 2  (Izuku Midoriya, Sakamichi Onoda, Yoshio Kobayashi, etc.)

Yuuki Ono part 1part 2  (Taiga Kagami, Josuke Higashitaka, Masayuki Hori, Kaname Tsukahara, etc.)