We are nearing the end of my Disney Voice Doubles series. We’ve met several actors and actresses in the previous posts, some of whom voiced about a dozen Disney characters. For some, their voices are easily recognizable. For others, it was a real surprise to discover that they’d been done by the same person. Here are some more of Disney’s impressive voice stars.
Hans Conried’s strong voice made him successful on the radio in the 1930s and ’40s. He was also an actor on stage, including Broadway. Traditionally, stage productions of Peter Pan hired the same actor to play Mr. Darling and Captain Hook. In keeping with that tradition, Disney hired Hans to voice both roles in the animated film.
Hans’ roles include:
- Mr. Darling – Peter Pan
- Captain Hook – Peter Pan
Is it a sort of Wizard of Oz-type thing that causes Mr. Darling and Captain Hook to be the same person (since the children’s dad father seems like a bad guy when he tells Wendy that she has to grow up)? I don’t know if I’m reading into that too much, or if it’s something obvious that I should have caught onto a long time ago…
Martha Wentworth’s voice roles include:
- Madame Mim – The Sword in the Stone
- Old Lady Squirrel – The Sword in the Stone
- Nanny – 101 Dalmatians
- Lucy – 101 Dalmatians (Image Credit: The Disney Wiki)
- Queenie – 101 Dalmatians (Image Credit: Behind the Voice Actors)
I just love Madame Mim. I wouldn’t have pegged her as the squirrel though.
Ben Wright was very talented at taking on various European accents, even making the dialects specific to a particular region. He acted on radio, TV, stage, and film, including portraying the part of Herr Zeller in the movie The Sound of Music. His last job was for The Little Mermaid, which he finished shortly before his death.
His roles for Disney include:
- Father Wolf – The Jungle Book
- Roger – 101 Dalmatians
- Grimsby – The Little Mermaid
Pretty varied roles!
Eleanor Audley is famous for her chilling voice, perfect for playing Disney villainesses.
Eleanor’s Disney roles include the following creepy ladies:
- Lady Tremaine – Cinderella
- Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
- Madame Leota – Haunted Mansion attraction at Disney Parks (Image Credit: YouTube)
You may be able to hear the movie villains’ voices in your head, but maybe you’ve never ridden The Haunted Mansion, or you can’t remember Madame Leota’s voice. This video will make the connection for you.
Follow me on facebook to make sure you don’t miss last Voice Doubles post, dedicated specifically to John Ratzenberger! Also, make sure you’ve read Part 1, which includes some great voices, like Merryweather, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and Disney’s most-used voice actor, as well as Part 2, which lists some favorites, such as Pooh and the Sheriff of Nottingham. My most recent, Part 3, features the Fairy Godmother and her surprising amount of other roles, Smee, Baloo, and more!
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