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    Updated on Feb 26, 2020. Posted on Feb 26, 2020

    17 Of The Most Iconic Voice Acting Performances Of All Time

    We couldn't see these actors in these roles, but what we heard will stay with us forever.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite voice acting performances of all time. Here's what they said:

    1. James Earl Jones as Mufasa (twice!) in The Lion King

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    "I remember him as Mufasa in the animated version as a kid and now as an adult in the live-action version. He brings those words of wisdom to life! 'While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.' Chills!"

    caysiestorkt

    2. Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin

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    "His wide vocal range gave us so many variations of the character, and his endless hilarity gave it such warmth... Apparently he would go on hours-long improvisations in his sound booth, and it took the animators forever to dwindle them down to what they would use in the movie. Such a talent!"

    bethancrowther

    3. Kristen Bell in Frozen II

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    "Idina Menzel might have the more memorable songs overall, but Kristen legitimately sounds like she is sobbing and choking on her grief through 'The Next Right Thing'."

    leoness13

    4. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh as Tulio and Miguel in The Road to El Dorado

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    "They recorded their lines together and the way they play off each other is so amazing. That movie is wonderful and terribly underrated!"

    daniellecerda323

    5. Zachaery Levi as Flynn Ryder in Tangled

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    "He created such a perfectly lovable douchebag and his voice is immediately recognizable. The dialogue was already great, but his personality really came through in his vocal inflection and made it even better."

    lianar4792e2448

    6. Mark Hamill as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series

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    "Mark Hamill just is the Joker. He’s played the role more than any other actor across TV, movies, and video games. He brings nuance and mania to a character that often can be one-note but without the benefit of a long movie or overarching plot. He also finds new places to take the performance so it’s never dull or familiar, which is necessary for a character like the Joker."

    radicallexicon

    7. Tom Hanks as Woody in Toy Story

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    "Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody: A good, wholesome person playing a good, wholesome character. It's just perfect casting and every line is delivered perfectly."

    emmanz

    8. Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel in Tangled

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    "I always loved singing but it wasn’t until I heard her sing “Mother Knows Best” that I realized you need to put emotion and emphasis on what you’re singing to make it enjoyable for others. Her vocal skills are flawless and she never gets off-key, even when she changes the way her voice sounds through singing. Perfection."

    mellyquartz

    9. Josh Gad as Olaf in Frozen

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    "His voice is so distinct and makes Olaf such a lovable character."

    madeline317

    10. Jeremy Irons as Scar in The Lion King

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    "So low-key threatening and just dripping with disdain for everyone around him. Also sexy AF, if I'm being honest."

    deandrareynolds

    11. Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb

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    "He really puts his all into each and every episode and his comedic timing is spot on. Not to mention, he's also one of the creators of the show!"

    thisistheway

    12. Gael García Bernal as Héctor in Coco

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    "He really did everything in this role. He was funny, emotional, whimsical, and poignant."

    gaelicmaiden

    13. Dante Basco as Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender

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    "His voice is so distinct, and even though other actors have played Zuko, he’s the only one who really feels like the character."

    dottie_wan_kenobi

    14. Eartha Kitt as Yzma in The Emperor's New Groove

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    "Eartha Kitt’s voice work as Yzma actually made me gain a whole new level of respect for her. At her age and with her credentials, she could have easily turned down a role in an animated movie role or seen it as beneath her. Not only did she do it, but she brought her A-game. She didn’t phone anything in, and gave us, IMO, one of the best and funniest Disney villains."

    gaelicmaiden

    15. Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek

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    "Forever iconic. He just nails the lovable, annoying, ride or die sidekick."

    feliciam4fcc173df

    16. Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series

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    "His version was the first to use different tones for the voices of Batman and Bruce Wayne. This inspired pretty much every version that came afterward. He brought to life my absolute favorite (and the best IMO) version of Batman and I still love it just as much as I did as a kid."

    kherm113

    "He gives the character warmth and humanity in a way that is often missing from the character."

    radicallexicon

    17. And finally, James Earl Jones as Darth Vader in Star Wars

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    "The memory of hearing Vader's voice in the theater still gives me chills. Honestly, James Earl Jones could tell me to go 'F' myself and I'd still get goosebumps."

    katied47fd64e0d

    Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.

    Did we leave any of your favorites off the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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