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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Voiced Disney Characters

Disney films have always been known for their endearing characters, unforgettable princess stories and epic musical numbers, but the film studio is known for its many megastar voice actors. Between Disney legends like Jodi Benson and Eleanor Audleybig names like Robin Williams and Kristen belland newcomers like Auli’i Cravalho and Stephanie BeatriceWalt Disney Pictures has many stars in its catalogue.

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But in the span of hundreds of thousands of Disney characters, many princes, mothers-to-be princesses, and pet darlings have received voices from famous actors over the years of magical films.

Oprah Winfrey as Eudora (“Princess and the Frog”)

Eudora and Tiana in Princess and the Frog

while watching Oprah Winfreys widespread career, it can be easy to miss a thing or two on her long list of achievements, which sometimes seems to be the case with her Disney film debut.

Though her lines are sparse throughout the film, Winfrey co-starred alongside Anika Noni Rose and Bruno Campos in 2009’s Princess and the Frog as Eudora, the mother of Tiana.

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Donny Osmond as Shang (“Mulan”)

Schang in Mulan.

After discovered by Walt Disney itself, that’s only understandable Donny Osmond spent his career appearing in Disney works. Osmond has a long list of magical accomplishments, from a cameo on Hannah Montana to a role on College Road Trip.

In Mulan from 1998, while BD Wong Voiced by Shang’s speaking voice, Osmond provided the singing voice for the Chinese army captain as he performed “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”.

Demi Moore as Esmeralda (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”)

Esmeralda Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sometime between her start at General Hospital and starring in the infamous GI Jane, actress Demi Moore voiced a beloved — and sometimes forgotten — Disney character.

Moore gave a voice to Esmeralda, the young Roma woman in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, who helps save Quasimodo from his oppressors and earns Quasimodo’s love. Moore reprized the role in the film’s direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.

Joaquin Phoenix as Kenai (“Brother Bear”)

Kenai in Bear Brothers

Joaquin Phoenix has starred in dozens of films, but the only Disney film under his belt is a forgotten success.

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Phoenix starred in the hit film Brother Bear as Kenai, the human boy who is turned into a bear as punishment for his cruelty to animals. although Patrick Dempsey Phoenix replaced him in the film’s direct-to-video sequel and has remained an animal rights activist thanks to his original role.

Bette Midler as Georgette (“Oliver And Company”)

Georgette in Oliver and Co

Although this near-EGOT achiever is best known in the Disney realm as the sneaky Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus and the upcoming Hocus Pocus 2, Better means started in magical society when she voiced a poodle.

Midler lent her voice to Georgette, The Foxworth’s award-winning poodle, who becomes jealous of Oliver in the 1988 film Oliver and Company.

George Takei as First Ancestor (‘Mulan’)

First ancestor in Mulan

George Takei has appeared in several Disney Channel shows such as Kim Possible, Suite Life on Deck, Elena of Avalor and Pepper Ann, but the actor also lent his voice to a notable character in Mulan and its direct-to-video sequel Mulan II.

Takei portrayed the founder of the Fa family and the leader of the ancestors, referred to as First Ancestor in the film.

Joey Lawrence as Oliver (“Oliver And Company”)

Oliver and company

Joey Lawrence has a long career at Disney, spanning films like A Goofy Movie, shows and films on Disney Channel, and Disney-owned comedies like Blossom and Melissa and Joey. The actor landed his first role at Disney when he was just 12 years old.

Lawrence voiced Oliver, the adorable orange kitten and star of the 1988 film Oliver and Company.

Chloë Grace Moretz as Young Penny (“Bolt”)

Penny in Bolt

Chloe Grace Moretz had conquered the world with her acting skills since childhood and already had a dozen credits on her resume when she made her Disney film debut.

While the teenage character of Penny Forrester in 2008’s Bolt was primarily played by Miley Cyrusthe role initially belonged to Moretz, whose voice work they retained as a young version of Penny.

Zach Braff as Chicken Little (“Chicken Little”)

chicken small

During Zach Braff starred in the 2022 Disney+ remake of Cheaper by the Dozen, his first role at Disney was as an easily forgotten character.

Braff voiced Chicken Little in the 2005 film of the same name and five subsequent video games. Although it is not known if Braff planned to reprise his role in the film’s sequel, which never saw the light of day, the film’s storyboards can be found on the internet.

Nicole Scherzinger as Sina (“Moiana”)

China and Vaiana

When not singing with the Pussycat Dolls, this Hawaiian triple threat dipped her toe into acting with cameos in How I Met Your Mother, Wizards of Waverly Place and Men in Black 3.

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but Nicole Scherzinger added voice acting to her resume when she played the role of Sina, Moana’s mother, in the 2016 Hawaiian film Moana. The actress contributed not only her speaking but also her singing voice in the opening song of the film “Where You Are.”

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Ashley Amber is a 27 year old novelist and author. Ashley has independently published a series of novels in the fantasy/romance genre, with a third book in the works. She made her poetic debut in 2021, published in an LGBTQIA+ anthology by InkFeathers Publishing, for which she also had the honor of writing the back cover. Aside from books and poetry, Ashley has worked as a pop culture writer and blogger for numerous blogs, most notably MJ’s Big Blog and Collider. When she’s not writing, you can find Ashley on Youtube making videos about her author’s life and journey.

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