The Best Animation Voice Overs from the 1990s
Ah the 1990s; boy bands, dance crazes and the growth of fast food giants.
It’s the decade when pop culture’s influence really took a hold on Western society and also a period of time when there was relative peace throughout much of the globe.
The 1990s were a golden era for animation voice overs, with a slew of talented voice actors lending their voices to some of the most iconic animated series of all time.
From classic shows like ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and ‘The Simpsons’ to cult favorites like ‘Animaniacs’, the 1990s saw a rise in the quality of voice acting in animated productions.
Here are some of the best animation voice overs from the 1990s:
Mark Hamill as The Joker in ‘Batman: The Animated Series’
Yes, that’s Mark Hamill, who many of you might know as Luke Skywalker from the ‘Star Wars’ saga.
Mark Hamill’s performance as The Joker in ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ is considered one of the greatest voice acting performances of all time. Hamill brought a sense of manic energy and unpredictability to the character, making him a truly terrifying villain.
Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson in ‘The Simpsons’
You knew this one was coming.
Nancy Cartwright’s performance as Bart Simpson helped make ‘The Simpsons’ one of the most successful and long-running animated series in history. Cartwright’s ability to bring Bart’s mischievousness and rebelliousness to life made the character an instant classic.
Rob Paulsen as Yakko Warner in ‘Animaniacs’
Rob Paulsen is a voice many would recognize if they grew up in the 1990s.
Paulsen’s performance as Yakko Warner in ‘Animaniacs’ is one of the most memorable in animation history. Paulsen’s ability to deliver rapid-fire dialogue and comedic timing made Yakko one of the most beloved animated characters of the 1990s.
Tress MacNeille as Dot Warner in ‘Animaniacs’
Tress MacNeille’s performance as Dot Warner in ‘Animaniacs’ helped make the show a classic of 1990s animation. MacNeille’s ability to deliver a perfect mix of sweetness and spunk made Dot one of the most memorable animated characters of the decade.
Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz in ‘The Simpsons’
Saturday Night Live’s Phil Hartman had a knack for delivering corny, yet sophisticated voices that poked fun at many of America’s upper class.
Hartman’s performances as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz in ‘The Simpsons’ helped make the show one of the funniest and most successful animated series of all time. Hartman’s ability to deliver hilarious one-liners and memorable catch phrases made both characters fan favorites.
Cree Summer as Elmyra Duff in ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’
Cree Summer’s performance as Elmyra Duff in ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’ helped make the character a standout in the series. Summer’s ability to deliver a voice that was simultaneously adorable and annoying made Elmyra a memorable animated character of the 1990s.
The 1990s were a time when animation voice overs reached new heights. The talent and skill of the voice actors behind some of the most iconic animated characters of all time helped make these shows unforgettable. From the sinister laugh of Mark Hamill’s Joker to the mischievousness of Nancy Cartwright’s Bart Simpson, the voices of these characters will continue to be celebrated for years to come.
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