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46 actors you didn't realize were the voices of your fave animated characters

Kristine Cannon

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Entertainment Editor

Kristine Cannon is the Entertainment Editor for SheKnows. When she's not at a music festival or live show, she's either struggling to train her dachshund, taking too many pics of said dachshund or watching re-runs of The Office. Also, hi...

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Familiar voices

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Familiar voices

There's a reason your favorite animated characters are so great: They're voiced by some seriously multitalented actors. 

A ton of beloved faves were actually brought to life by high-profile thespians, probably without you even realizing it. Like, did you know Full House's Steve (Scott Weinger) is none other than Aladdin? Mind. Blown.

Here's proof that famous actors are true chameleons and can make simple cartoon characters spring off the screen.  

Originally published July 2016. Updated December 2016.

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John Lithgow in 'Shrek'

Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com, Dreamworks
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John Lithgow in 'Shrek'

John Lithgow voiced Lord Farquaad in Shrek.

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Mike Myers in 'Shrek'

Brian To/WENN.com, Dreamworks
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Mike Myers in 'Shrek'

I think we all knew this, but Mike Myers was the voice of Shrek.

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Eddie Murphy in 'Mulan' and 'Shrek'

Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com, Disney, Dreamworks
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Eddie Murphy in 'Mulan' and 'Shrek'

Eddie Murphy voiced both Mushu in Mulan and Donkey in Shrek.

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Donny Osmond in 'Mulan'

Brian To/WENN.com, Disney
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Donny Osmond in 'Mulan'

Donny Osmond was the singing voice of Shang.

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George Takei in 'Mulan'

Philipp Mertens/Future Image/WENN.com
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George Takei in 'Mulan'

George Takei was the First Ancestor in Mulan.

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Mel Gibson in 'Pocahontas'

WENN.com, Disney
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Mel Gibson in 'Pocahontas'

Who knew John Smith was actually Mel Gibson?

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Christian Bale in 'Pocahontas'

Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com, Disney
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Christian Bale in 'Pocahontas'

Christian Bale played the role of Thomas.

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David Spade in 'The Emperor's New Groove'

Nicky Nelson/WENN.com, Disney
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David Spade in 'The Emperor's New Groove'

David Spade was Emperor Kuzco.

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Eartha Kitt in 'The Emperor's New Groove'

WENN, Disney
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Eartha Kitt in 'The Emperor's New Groove'

Eartha Kitt was Yzma.

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Ellen in 'Finding Nemo'

Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Ellen in 'Finding Nemo'

Ellen played the lovable Dory.

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Willem Dafoe in 'Finding Nemo'

PNP/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Willem Dafoe in 'Finding Nemo'

Willem Dafoe was Gill in Finding Nemo.

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Fergie in 'Peanuts'

FergieVEVO/Youtube/Supplied by WENN.com, Disney
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Fergie in 'Peanuts'

Fergie was the voice of Sally Brown.

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Billy Crystal in 'Monsters Inc.'

Jeff Grossman/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Billy Crystal in 'Monsters Inc.'

Billy Crystal lent his voice as Mike Wazowski.

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Jennifer Tilly in 'Monsters Inc.'

Brian To/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Jennifer Tilly in 'Monsters Inc.'

Jennifer Tilly voiced Celia.

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John Goodman in 'Monsters Inc.' & 'The Emperor's New Groove'

Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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John Goodman in 'Monsters Inc.' & 'The Emperor's New Groove'

John Goodman was Sullivan in Monsters Inc. and Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove.

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Steve Buscemi in 'Monsters Inc.'

PNP/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Steve Buscemi in 'Monsters Inc.'

Steve Buscemi's Randall in Monsters Inc.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas in 'The Lion King'

WENN, Disney
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas in 'The Lion King'

Yep, JTT was young Simba!

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Matthew Broderick in 'The Lion King'

Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com, Disney
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Matthew Broderick in 'The Lion King'

Adult Simba? Yeah, that was Sarah Jessica Parker's hubby, Matthew Broderick.

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Whoopi Goldberg in 'The Lion King'

Jeff Grossman/WENN.com, Disney
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Whoopi Goldberg in 'The Lion King'

Whoopi Goldberg was Shenzi in The Lion King.

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Jeremy Irons in 'The Lion King'

Daziram/Future Image/WENN.com
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Jeremy Irons in 'The Lion King'

Scar was none other than Jeremy Irons.

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Mandy Moore in 'Tangled'

Nicky Nelson/WENN.com, Disney
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Mandy Moore in 'Tangled'

Rapunzel sound familiar? That's because it was Mandy Moore.

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Ron Perlman in 'Tangled'

Christoph Hardt/Future Image/WENN.com, Disney
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Ron Perlman in 'Tangled'

The Sons of Anarchy star was one of the Stabbington brothers in Tangled.

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Glenn Close in 'Tarzan'

Michael Carpenter/WENN.com, Disney
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Glenn Close in 'Tarzan'

Glenn Close played Kala.

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Minnie Driver in 'Tarzan'

Judy Eddy/WENN.com, Disney
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Minnie Driver in 'Tarzan'

Minnie Driver was the voice of Jane in Tarzan.

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Rosie O'Donnell in 'Tarzan'

Derrick Salters/WENN.com, Disney
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Rosie O'Donnell in 'Tarzan'

Yep, Terk in Tarzan was Rosie O'Donnell.

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Tony Goldwyn in 'Tarzan'

FayesVision/WENN.com, Disney
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Tony Goldwyn in 'Tarzan'

Here's one you probably didn't realize; Scandal's Tony Goldwyn was the voice of Tarzan.

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Ray Romano in 'Ice Age'

WENN.com, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Ray Romano in 'Ice Age'

Ray Romano's the voice behind Manfred in Ice Age.

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John Leguizamo in 'Ice Age'

FayesVision/WENN.com, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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John Leguizamo in 'Ice Age'

John Leguizamo was Sid in Ice Age.

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Josh Peck in 'Ice Age'

WENN, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Josh Peck in 'Ice Age'

Eddie? Oh, that was Grandfathered's Josh Peck.

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Denis Leary in 'Ice Age'

Tony Forte/WENN, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Denis Leary in 'Ice Age'

Denis Leary plays Diego.

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Seann William Scott in 'Ice Age'

WENN, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Seann William Scott in 'Ice Age'

Crash in Ice Age? Seann William Scott!

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Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Incredibles'

FayesVision/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Incredibles'

Samuel L. Jackson was Lucious Best in The Incredibles.

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Craig T. Nelson in 'The Incredibles'

Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Craig T. Nelson in 'The Incredibles'

The Parenthood patriarch voiced Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles

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Tim Allen in 'Toy Story'

Charlie Steffens/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Tim Allen in 'Toy Story'

As you probably remember, Tim Allen was the voice of Buzz Lightyear.

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Tom Hanks in 'Toy Story'

WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Tom Hanks in 'Toy Story'

Tom Hanks was the beloved Toy Story character Woody.

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Patton Oswalt in 'Ratatouille'

Brian To/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Patton Oswalt in 'Ratatouille'

Remy in Ratatouille was voiced by Patton Oswalt.

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Will Arnett in 'Ratatouille'

DJDM/WENN.com, Pixar Animation Studios/Disney
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Will Arnett in 'Ratatouille'

Horst is Will Arnett.

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Ben Stiller in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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Ben Stiller in 'Madagascar'

Ben Stiller was Alex in Madagascar.

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Cedric The Entertainer in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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Cedric The Entertainer in 'Madagascar'

Cedric The Entertainer was Maurice in Madagascar.

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Chris Rock in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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Chris Rock in 'Madagascar'

Marty was none other than Chris Rock.

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David Schwimmer in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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David Schwimmer in 'Madagascar'

David Schwimmer provided the voice of Melman in Madagascar.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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Jada Pinkett-Smith in 'Madagascar'

Jada Pinkett-Smith's the Madagascar hippo, Gloria.

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Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Madagascar'

WENN, Dreamworks
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Sacha Baron Cohen in 'Madagascar'

Sacha Baron Cohen was that pesky character Julien in Madagascar.

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Mila Kunis in 'Family Guy'

FayesVision/WENN.com, Fox
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Mila Kunis in 'Family Guy'

Family Guy isn't a blockbuster movie, but it should be noted that Kunis has voiced Meg Griffin since 1999.

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