I Know That Voice

I Know That Voice

I know that voice is an upcoming documentary about, the often unappreciated, American voice over actors who lend their voice to everything media ranging from video games to commercials to animated TV series and live action documentaries to animated films.The list at IO9 carries many familiar names who have played one or more characters in the Aladdinverse.

Nancy Cartwright is voiced the Sprites from episode “Love at first Sprite”
Rob Paulsen voiced the Sand Worm from episode “Power to the Parrot”.
Jim Cummings voiced Rasoul leader of the palace guards and palace guard Farouk and a Haran.
Corney Burton voiced Prince Achmed the snobby suitor for Princess Jasmine from the feature film.
Charlie Adler voiced Gazeem the thief who entered the Cave of Wonders.
EG Daily voiced Bud the son of Prince Uncouthma and Princess Brawnhilda from the episode “Smells LIke Trouble” and “The Way We War”.
Kath Soucie voiced a character in the episode “While The City Snoozes”

 

Princess Jasmine makes her appearence in Sofia the First

Princess Jasmine makes her appearence in Sofia the First

Jas will make her royal appearance on June 14, 2013 in the Disney Princess TV series Sofia the First. Can’t say I’m excited about how her design is convered to CG. As someone from Ulimate Disney put it

“I think Jasmine looks a lot like her Kingdom Hearts counterpart here ?”

The problem is this isn’t a video game but a TV show where the character is supposed to move and act.
Jas is of course voiced by Linda Larkin with the singing parts done by Lea Salonga

The announcement made me try to remember the last time Jasmine appeared on a Disney TV show. To my surprise I came to the conclusion that it had to be on Disney’s House of Mouse. As you might remember the show stars Disney’s fab five & friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto etc. running a dinner theater where many Disney characters has cameos as guest stars. The last episode aired almost 10 years ago on October 24, 2003.

Disney Princess Jasmine in DP show Sofia the First

Disney Princess Jasmine in DP show Sofia the First

Disney Afternoon Animation Studios

Disney Afternoon Animation Studios

Another God Damned Blog wrote an interesting between the many animation studios that Disney hired to do their TV animation in the 90’s The blogger used Darkwing Duck and Aladdin episodes as examples. The best animation and on on model characters came from Walt Disney Japan see Getting The Bugs Out for an example. The worse animation and horrible looking characters came from the animators working at Kennedy Cartoon with their episode The Lost City of the Sun. But the worst looking characters where drawn by Sunwoo in Black Sand. The new TV series characters looked oke but the main characters, specially the humans looked horrible. As you can imagine Black Sand is one my least liked episodes of the TV series.

Where’s a Genie’s brain there’s space to rent

Where's a Genie's brain there's space to rent

Iago tells Genie “Where’s there’s a genie’s brain there’s space to rent” after Mr. semi-powerful acts like a fool in the TV episode Fowl Weather. The diehards know that Fowl Weather introduces Thundra the railbird and Iago’s love interest. For those that haven’t seen the episode in a while, actually I must confess I have been a few years since I last saw it too. Here’s a summery.

Aladdin and the gang travel to the rainforest to help a poor farm get some rain for his crops back in the outskirts of Agrabah. Never been the rainforest the kids, Aladdin and Jasmine, are in awe of the beauty and lushness of the landscape. Iago on the other hand is full of complains about the humidity. The queen of the rainforest and caretaker of the world’s rain Thundra gives our friends thunders welcome resulting in Al & Jas almost falling to their deaths but being saved by carpet, as usual of course. Iago is then talked into hooking up with Thundra trying to convince her into making it rain in Agrabah. After that plan fell through, no rain in desert cities, it was time for plan  B. Giblet keeps Thundra busy while Aladdin and Genie ‘borrow’ rain cloud.

All goes well and when Genie captures one with the suck-o-matic the gang quickly take off home leaving a in love rain bird behind who soon finds out she’s been used and robbed and takes off after Iago with her thunder clouds in tow. Meanwhile back in the palace genie acts foolish again, something he’s been doing al throughout this episode, by releasing the cloud inside the palace causing a major flooding in the throne room. If that’s not enough Thundra arrives with revenge in mind. It is then Jasmine’s time to star and convince the guys, mainly Aladdin and Iago that it isn’t right to toy with someone’s feeling and they should apologies. Iago in initially against claiming he’s done nothing wrong but before Aladdin gets to talk to the rain queen giblet is already making it up with his girlfriend. He’s forgiven and with a hug and a promise for a future date Thundra takes off. The episode ends with the farm kid getting the water he needs for his crops as Genie drilled an underground tunnel from the palace to drain the water.