This morning, I noticed this image getting a decent amount of notes on my Tumblr dashboard. Without even mentioning who the voice actor is, hundreds of people have had their minds blown over the realization that Doug Funnie and Philip J. Fry are voiced by the same guy. I was not so impressed with this massive understatement about the characters performed by the legendary Billy West, and sought to bring a little more recognition to one of the voice world’s most accomplished talents.
Fry isn’t the only Futurama character voiced by West. He also plays the parts of Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and scores of recurring and minor characters including Zapp Brannigan, Amy’s father Leo Wong, Richard Nixon’s Head, and dozens more.
In addition to the Doug Funnie, West also voiced Doug’s arch rival Roger.
Ren & Stimpy
If you know who Billy West is then you have to have known about these two already.
Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
Although these characters have been voiced by many over their unnaturally long lives, West has portrayed the pair in Space Jam, Looney Tunes Sing-Alongs, The Matwix, and more Warner Bros releases than I would ever recognize.
Buzz, Mascot Of Honey Nut Cheerios
Red, M&M’s Mascot
This obscure and short-lived cartoon from my childhood is admittedly less relevant than some of West’s other credits, but Earthworm Jim fans might be interested to take a look at what was arguably that series’ progenitor, also created by Douglas TenNapel. When considering that Jim villain Dr. Monkey-For-A-Head was voiced by equally accomplished voice actor Charlie Adler, we fall down another rabbit hole worth saving for a later post.
Ralph The Roach
Although MTV’s first movie involved thousands of simulated roaches, the part of the main roach spokesman Ralph went to Billy.
Although Invader Zim was voiced by Richard Horvitz throughout most of the series, it was Billy West who played the little aspiring world conqueror in the show’s pilot episode.
Felix The Cat
Felix had no voice in the earliest iterations of the cartoon, but when the series was revamped in the year 2000 who else would they choose?
Popeye and Pappy
Given the rest of West’s successful renditions of legacy cartoon characters, it’s no surprise he was chosen for the 2004 computer animated reboot Popeyes Voyage: The Quest For Pappy
Rayman and Murfy
West also voiced Murfy in the video game Rayman 3, and voiced Rayman himself in the animated series.
I didn’t even know this was a thing, but you-know-who also voiced Tom in 2010’s Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes.
Too Many To List
Billy West’s voice acting credits don’t end with these highlights. He’s also provided dozens of additional voices on The Oblongs, Jimmy Neutron, Garfield: The movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Cow And Chicken, I am Weasel, Crank Yankers, Family Guy, Extreme Ghostbusters and I’m still not anywhere close to listing them all. Check out Billy West’s IMDB and Wikipedia pages for even more!
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