Day 27: The Voices
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**ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 27, 2013**
Our month-long event is quickly coming to an end, everyone. During this whole month, we've focused on the what and why we think/love about Kung Fu Panda. We've now officially wrapped up everything in-universe with the franchise, and now we're taking a step into the out-of-universe world that makes the in-universe world possible. And, if you haven't guessed already, we're starting with the voices behind our favorite characters!
This is yet another top reason everyone said they loved the franchise for. We've previously spotlighted in other blogs all of our favorite characters and what we love about them, and this was definitely one thing we all loved. It's amazing to see how a person can have so much talent in voicing a character that it shapes the character and makes a personal impact on us. Jack Black, in particular (for those of you who didn't know), used his own personality in his voice acting that eventually became the basis of Po's character we know today! This is why he is today's featured file in the video above—how much more awesome can someone get? :)
I think it'd be appropriate right now to take a moment and really recognize these people for their awesomeness and give them all a round of applause in our heads. So here's a comprehensive cast list of all the main characters, as well as some prominent characters:
Jack Black and Mick Wingert as Po
Dustin Hoffman and Fred Tatasciore as Shifu
Angelina Jolie, Tara Strong, Erin Torpey and Kari Wahlgren as Tigress
Lucy Liu, Jessica DiCicco and Kate Higgins as Viper
David Cross, Drew Massey and Amir Talai as Crane
Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan and James Sie as Monkey
Seth Rogen, Brian T. Delaney and Max Koch as Mantis
James Hong as Mr. Ping
Randall Duk Kim and Greg Baldwin as Oogway
Dan Fogler and Mick Wingert as Zeng
Michael Clarke Duncan (rest in peace) as Vachir
Ian McShane, Riley Osborne, Les MacWilliams and André Sogliuzzo as Tai Lung
Victor Garber and Paul Scheer as Thundering Rhino
Dennis Haysbert and Phil LaMarr as Storming Ox
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tony Leondis and Dave B. Mitchell as Croc
Michelle Yeoh as the Soothsayer
Gary Oldman as Shen
Danny McBride and Mark Allan Stewart as Boss Wolf
Everyone else involved with minor roles in the franchise (character cameos in the TV series, characters in the video games and shorts, etc.) also deserve a round of applause. If I had the time and typing effort to list them all, I most definitely would. :)
Open discussion time! Talk about anything you guys want about the franchise's voice actors, but I'm particularly curious to know everyone's opinion on these:
-- What is your favorite thing about any of these voice actors? In other words, what do they do well that makes their character role stand out?
-- Whose voice would you like to hear in future franchise installments?