Johnny Depp is at it again. Yeah, you know him. Don’t pretend not to. How can you forget his drunken portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean series; or his turn as a murderous barber in Sweeney Todd; or when he became nasty drugged-up journalist Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
What about the time he took Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and warped it into his own? The jack-of-all-trades is notorious for always taking his characters one notch higher than usual.
And now he’s going for it again, but this time by lending his voice.
He is teaming up with Pirates director Gore Verbinski for the animated comedy Rango, which opened in local theaters yesterday March 9.
Depp is no stranger to voice acting; in 2005 he did Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation movie Corpse Bride.
This time around, he plays Rango, a chameleon with the thespian chops of a reptilian Peter O’Toole.
When he becomes stranded in the desert town of Dirt, he must take the law into his own hands as crime and the demand for water escalate.
The movie plays off the styling of classic Spaghetti Westerns of the John Wayne and Clint Eastwood type. The movie also stars the voices of Abigail Breslin (cute), Isla Fisher (smokin’) and Bill Nighy (scary).
Since animation seems to be a popular outlet for critical smashes and raking in the cash, we here at FHM decided to put together the most memorable voices in animation history that we could think of.
Check our list out and see of you agree. Sometimes in movies you shouldn’t just watch but also, you know, listen.
Tom Hanks as Woody in Toy Story
How can anyone forget Pixar’s Toy Story in 1995? It was the animation film that demonstrated what 3D animation could actually achieve. The story revolved around a group of toys led by Woody (Hanks), a toy cowboy whose position is threatened, when the more modern spaceman called Buzz Lightyear (the equally funny Tim Allen) arrives.
With the help of an amazing musical score by Randy Newman, friendships are formed and lessons are learned. This is a story that will take you, “to infinity and beyond!”
You may know him better as: Forrest Gump, the bumbling, charming guy waiting at the bus stop with a box of chocolates from the movie of the same name. Tom Hanks is America’s voice of reason because he’s, well, relatable.
The two-time Oscar winner (Forrest Gump and a disturbing portrayal of an AIDS victim in the movie Philadelphia) throughout his career has been paired-up with Meg Ryan in romance films such as Sleepless In Seattle and Joe vs. The Volcano. But to animation fans world-round he will always be remembered as Woody the ever-reliable leader of a group of quirky toys.
Ellen Degeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo
When Nemo, a hardheaded Clownfish is captured from sea by a dentist and placed in aquarium, his father Marlin must journey to Australia to save his son. A big part of the success of Finding Nemo can be accredited to Ellen Degeneres who played a forgetful fish named Dory.
Her brand of humor suit the underwater-adventure’s light takes on the problems of the father-son dynamic. What ensues is another Pixar classic that broke barriers in terms of relating to both adults and children, plus, under-the-sea creatures are trippy!
You may know her better as: talk show host Ellen on the daily talk show named after herself. She prances, dances and makes her way to her chair always wearing a suit that screams lesbian. She has her own signature conservative style of funny and a hot wife in the form of Portia de Rossi.
Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek
Shrek is another box-office favorite. When Shrek, an ogre with an attitude, needs to save his swamp, he travels with a beautiful princess and an annoying donkey to the kingdom of a menacing man with a plan.
Although Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz were effective as Shrek and Princess Fiona, it was the voice of Eddie Murphy as the irritating loudmouth Donkey that stole the show.
In a time when Eddie Murphy was but a footnote in Hollywood, he can thank Shrek for putting him back on the forefront.
You may know him better as: a hilarious standup-comedian from Saturday Night Live circa the 80s. He was ball-bustingly comical in Coming to America, Bowfinger and the original Nutty Professor. The comedian also lent his voice to Disney as Wushu in Mulan.
Jeremy Irons as Scar in The Lion King
Ahh yes, the circle of life. Disney’s Lion King was a coming-of-age tale that resonated to those of us who felt like we weren’t worthy of some greater responsibility. When lion cub Simba’s father Mufasa is killed in a stampede, the young lion must learn to grow up and lead his pride.
Filled with talented voice acts such as Nathan Lane and Ernie Sebella as the mere cat/wild boar combo Timone and Pumba; also James Earl Jones (aka the voice of Darth Vader) played Simba’s father Mufasa. But no one did a better job then intense character actor Jeremy Irons as Simba’s malicious uncle Scar. His predatory portrayal combined with feline finesse made Scar cold, vicious and above all else memorable.
You may know him better as: Film junkies would recognize this master of villany as Bruce Willis’ nemesis in 1995’s Die Hard: With a Vengeance and David Cronenberg’s 1988 fucked-up doppelganger drama Dead Ringers. The British actor is known for his temperament for dealing with extremely concentrated roles. This is not a dude you’d want to piss off, trust us.
NEXT: Alladin, Kung Fu Panda, Ratatouille
WORDS BY: ANTON D. UMALI
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