Top 10 Animated Movies with the Best Voice ActingVoice acting is a lot harder than it looks. With just your voice, as an actor you must be able to portray a variety of different emotions and different inflections. These are the animated films where the actors went above and beyond to make their characters seem "real".
The Top Ten
Featuring the voices of: Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Bill Hader (Fear), Richard Kind (Bing Bong)
This movie's voice acting quality can largely be attributed to its casting. Every actor Pixar got perfectly embodies the type of emotion they want to display, and each of them absolutely hit it out of the park.
STANDOUT: Amy Poehler as Joy
Amy Poehler's performance here was flat out incredible. She was able to make us laugh with her abundant energy and make us cry as well. In the "Memory Dump" scene, her acting was so good that it actually made me weep as a 17 year old boy. That takes some serious skill.
Featuring the voices of: Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Ned Beatty (Lots-O), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), John Morris (Andy Davis)
In the RIGHTFUL conclusion to the Toy Story franchise, each of the actors brought a new dimension to their performances and made us feel the tension they were going through.
STANDOUT: Tom Hanks as Woody
As a two-time Oscar winner (and one of my favorite actors), it was obvious that Tom Hanks was going to bring his A game here. His energy here is palpable as he makes us laugh, cry, and feel all of the pressure that Woody is going through.
I disagree. My standout: Ned Beatty as Lotso. Beatty pulls off a performance that's so dark, evil, genuine terrifying, and equally sympathetic because he was abandoned by his former owner, but ultimately despicable and purely psychopathic when he sentences Woody and Buzz to death in an incinerator. If Beatty didn't win an Oscar, I'd be a rotten egg!
Featuring the voices of: Albert Brooks (Marlin), Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Alexander Gould (Nemo), Gill (Willem Defoe), Bloat (Brad Garrett), Peach (Allison Janney)
With the way this movie's script is written, it requires fantastic acting to properly get out all the jokes and emotions. Pixar got just that out of its cast of actors and comedians.
STANDOUT: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
Ellen brought everything to the table here. She provided so much life and energy to the role of Dory and made us laugh pretty much every time she opened her mouth. Based on how she sounds here and in Finding Dory, it sounds like she's having an absolute blast in every recording session.
Ellen DeGeneres Sucks Hard As Dory, And Sucks Even More In The Sequel
Featuring the voices of: Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Fiona), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), John Cleese (King Harold), Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews)
I would've gone with the original Shrek until I realized how many new cast additions were brought into the sequel, and each of them did a fantastic job as well.
STANDOUT: Mike Myers as Shrek
Mike Myers is not nearly as popular now as he was back then (mostly due to stuff like The Cat in the Hat and The Love Guru) but here, he is perfectly able to disguise his voice to bring out tons of humor and heart to everyone's favorite ogre.
Featuring the voices of: Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Josh Gad (Olaf), Santino Fontana (Hans), Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk)
Disney needed a group of actors who could provide both humorous speaking parts and A+ singing ability. What better option is there than a Broadway all-star team?
STANDOUT: Idina Menzel as Elsa
Elsa is a very complex character, and Idina was perfect in capturing the nervousness in her demeanor as well as providing her Tony Award-winning singing voice to create sheer musical power every time she sings.
Featuring the voices of: John Goodman (Sulley), Billy Crystal (Mike), Steve Buscemi (Randall), James Coburn (Mr. Waternoose), Jennifer Tilly (Celia), Mary Gibbs (Boo)
This is one of the funniest animated movies ever, and the voice acting is a big reason for this. Each of the actors give their all in the role, and also provide a lot of heart as well.
STANDOUT: John Goodman as Sulley
John Goodman brings so much warmth to this role and really gives Sulley the feel of a gentle giant. With his soothing, deep voice, he is able to provide a lot of emotional moments as well provide as perfect foil for Billy Crystal's Mike.
Featuring the voices of: Dan Castellanetta (Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel, Abe "Grampa" Simpson, Diamond Joe Quimby, Barney Gumble, Itchy), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Hank Azaria (Moe Syzlack, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Professor Frink), Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Weylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Otto Mann, Scratchy, President Schwarzenegger) and Albert Brooks (Russ Cargill)
Nathan Lane, Jerry Stiller, Estelle Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Kelsey Grammer, all so talented.
Featuring the voices of: Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Cate Blanchett (Valka), Gerard Butler (Stoick), America Ferrera (Astrid), Gobber (Craig Ferguson), Dijmon Hounsou (Drago Bludvist)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a textbook example on how to do an animated movie sequel right. Each of the actors lend their voices greatly to the fantastic world around them.
STANDOUT: Gerard Butler as Stoick
Gerard Butler gives Stoick one of the coolest voices in animated movie history and grabs your attention anytime he's on screen. He just has an epic voice that just seems to scream "Viking". He also provides a lot of somber, quiet moments and even SINGS at one point in the movie.
Featuring the voices of: Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Elastigirl), Sarah Vowell (Violet), Spencer Fox (Dash), Jason Lee (Syndrome), Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone)
With a well-rounded cast of characters, the actors were successfully able to present a film that praises superhero stories, but subverts them as well.
STANDOUT: Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone
Director Brad Bird casted Sam Jackson as Frozone because he wanted him to have "the coolest voice". No kidding. Sam Jackson just oozes charisma in any movie that he's in, and it's no exception in The Incredibles. WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?!
Featuring the voices of: Ed Asner (Carl Fredricksen), Jordan Nagai (Russell), Christopher Plummer (Charles Muntz), Bob Peterson (Dug), Pete Docter (Kevin), Elizabeth Docter (Ellie)
With a minimal cast of characters, the actors of Up had to supply a lot of emotion and power in order to get across the movie's point. They did just that.
STANDOUT: Ed Asner as Carl Fredricksen
At age 80, Ed Asner gave Carl a lovably grumpy feel, but also provided a ton of heart to the character. You can really feel a sense of loss and determination in Carl's voice, and Asner really brought the character to life.
Featuring the voices of: John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope), Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix Jr.), Jane Lynch (Sergeant Calhoun), Alan Tudyk (King Candy), Mindy Kaling (Taffyta)
Like Inside Out, Wreck-It Ralph was a movie that was perfectly casted. All of the actors fit their character's role fantastically, and really make us feel for them.
STANDOUT: John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph
John C. Reilly has such a lovable voice, and he supplied that voice to make Ralph such a fantastic and relatable character. Reilly just has an "everyman" type of voice and he utilizes this to make the audience really sympathize with Ralph's journey.
Why isn't this the highest movie on the list?! Vanellope's screams are the most realistic and tear jerking screams I have heard in any form of media. EVER. Also, for some reason Felix sounds a lot like Dipper, which is really awesome.
Ralph: "Felix, pull yourself together-"
Felix:: "nNNNO RALPH! "
Standout: Will Arnett as Batman.
Featuring The Voices Of: Chris Pratt (Emmet), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop), Will Ferrell (Business)
STANDOUT: Morgan Freeman As Vitruvius, Morgan Freeman Is Probably The Most Popular Actor In This Film, And He Does A Great And Interesting Performance, Chris Pratt As Emmet Could Of Been The Standout, But Really, Morgan Freeman
Mike Myers voices shrek so perfectly and Eddie Murphy voices donkey so funny