Voice of Wizz-Ra

Discussion in 'ThunderCats (1985)' started by Wilycub, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. Wilycub

    Wilycub Staff Writer and Artist TC.org Staff

    As we all know, Larry Kenney is credited on most sites as being the voice of "Wizz-Ra". Personally, I'm not 100% convinced because the voice just doesn't sound like Kenney's to me. Most of the characters that Kenney has voiced, he uses his two types of voices. The first one is a more "youthful" one which he used for the young Lion-O, the Ecology Inspector's Pilot, and for Torr. The other voice that he commonly uses is the more raspy and loud one which he used for Ratar-O, Safari Joe, Enflamer, Scrape.

    But Wizz-Ra's voice doesn't sound like any of the voices that Kenney has done. To me it sounds more like the voices that Bob McFadden did for characters like Maftet, Guardians of the Book of Omens. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. thezaxfactor

    thezaxfactor Staff Writer and Moderator TC.org Staff

    It's almost certainly Larry. Listen to how Wizz-Ra says, "My powers, returning," in the final scene at the pyramid. He slips out of the accent there slightly, and sounds more like Lion-O.
     
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  3. Wilycub

    Wilycub Staff Writer and Artist TC.org Staff

    I will watch that scene again closely. :thumbsup Sometimes it is so hard to figure out who voiced whom in these old cartoons as they never listed the voice credits. There's a non-ThunderCat cartoon whose voice cast I've been trying to figure out for quite some time but have only managed to identify a few.
     
  4. Wilycub

    Wilycub Staff Writer and Artist TC.org Staff

    I checked out the scene and as always, you are absolutely right! :) Especially when he says "returning", that is Lion-O's voice without any mistake.
     
  5. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    It's amazing how some actors can do so many vastly different voices.
     
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  6. Wilycub

    Wilycub Staff Writer and Artist TC.org Staff

    Voice actors from the 80s cartoons really had a talent for that. Many like Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, Peter Cullen are still working in the biz even today.

    The TCats voice actors were brilliant as well. Bob McFadden probably did the most voices on the show, but then some sounded repetitive. I'd say Earle Hyman was the one who couldn't change his voice as much as the others could. His characters were easy to pick out as they sounded almost the same like Panthro, Cruncher, ASOE. Even today I find it hard to believe that Kenney voiced Jackalman. It's amazing how much he could change his voice! It's like what Mark Hamill did for Joker. :)
     
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  7. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    I agree. I still am amazed that Chris Latta voiced Starscream in Transformers and Gung Ho in G.I. Joe.
     
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  8. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    I thought Wizz-Ra was Larry Kenney ever since I first saw the episode as an adult. In any event, Larry Kenney's range is almost unparalleled in voice acting. He's up there with Jim Cummings and Frank Welker.
     
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  9. mumm_ra_n_rana

    mumm_ra_n_rana Thunderian Legend

    I thought Wizz-Ra was voiced by the same guy who did Tigra. :/
     
  10. mumm_ra_n_rana

    mumm_ra_n_rana Thunderian Legend

    he also voiced cobra commander. XD
     
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  11. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    And Darkstorm and Cravex (and Falkhama) in Visionaries. I still can't believe in that show Jim Cummings was both Witterquick and the Bearer Of Knowledge - and Bogavas!
     
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  12. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    Yes but Starscream and Cobra Commander's voices...and personalities....were very similar. :)
    I forgot about Darkstorm. Again it shows his range.
    Jim Cummings is an amazing voice actor.
     
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  13. mumm_ra_n_rana

    mumm_ra_n_rana Thunderian Legend

    he also voices both tigger and winnie the pooh!
     
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  14. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    I knew he was the voice of Pooh, I didn't know he was Tigger too!
     
  15. mumm_ra_n_rana

    mumm_ra_n_rana Thunderian Legend

    He's been Tigger since the original voice actor died.
     

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