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Muppet Babies voice artists

Discussion in 'Muppet Babies' started by Xerus, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    XERUS'S VOICE ARTIST FOCUS:

    Since this is the Muppet Central Forum, I've finally decided to focus on the Muppet Babies voice artists. This was a great cartoon series with funny writing, great original songs, and seeing the Muppets in animation was great too. However, Jim Henson and his crew of Muppeteers didn't voice their cartoon versions. They were voiced by these talented voice artists and actors including comedians Howie Mandel and Dave Coulier as well as Barbara Billingsley who played June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver.

    BARBARA BILLINGSLEY: Nanny
    FRANK WELKER: Kermit, Beaker, Skeeter(second voice)
    LAURIE O'BRIEN: Piggy
    RUSSI TAYLOR: Gonzo, Robin
    GREG BERG: Fozzie, Scooter
    KATIE LEIGH: Rowlf
    HOWIE MANDEL: Skeeter(first voice), Bunsen(first voice), Animal(first voice)
    DAVE COULIER: Bunsen(second voice), Animal(second voice), Bean Bunny, Waldorf, Statler, Janice
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Peter Cullen was listed as "Additional voices" in a few episodes. I only really noticed him in "Fozzie's Family tree" as various relatives of Fozzie (Some of the Football playes and Smoggy the Bear specifically).
  3. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member


    Yes, I remember that episode and remember seeing the credits for Peter Cullen. And I think I saw Pat Fraley's name in the additional voices in a couple of episodes. But I don't which characters he did though.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    I had an inkling that he was the voice of one of the moles (in journey to the Center of the Nursery)., but I can't be sure
  5. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I'll admit that when it was originally aired, i didn't pay close attention to Muppet Babies...i'd watch it when i could (or felt like it) but didn't fanatically follow it like i would other Henson productions, so if i missed an episode here or there, or went weeks or months at a time, no big deal!

    So i was absolutely amazed when i learned later on that Howie Mandell eventually left and then his characters were taken over by Frank Welker and Dave Coulier...you really have to give those two their props for matching the voices so closely! (I won't make a snotty remark here about "now if they could only be half as good as matching the voices of the original characters..." since they WERE voicing the baby versions so i can give them some leeway/artistic liscense, but i guess you can still apply a similar snotty remark to most of the Fraggle Rock animated voice actors!) And given that Baby Animal was my absolute favorite, that's especially impressive that i didn't immediately notice until i finally put 2 + 2 together upon seeing the credits. ("hey, waidaminnit...")
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, with Baby Animal, while close, there were subtle differences. Basically just in the way the two actors did the laugh. Howie did a very cute Baby sounding voice that was higher pitch on occassions, while Dave gave some real depth to the timber of his voice. Frank's Skeeter was very close to Howie's. A voice he would later use for Bobby's World. What is pretty interresting is that sometimes Frank would sub for Howie as Bobby's voice (as evident in the opening to The Underwater the Fish don't Stink number).

    As for the Fraggle voices, I think most of them did a good job. The Red that had was awfully close, and I just love Rob Paulsen's Boober and Trashheap. All I can say is... well, good luck finding someone who can sound like Jerry Nelson. I give Townsend Coleman credit for trying. Plus, Boober and Gobo must have good chemestry in the show, since Rob and Townsend both were Ninja Turtles (Raph and Mike respectively), as well as Arthur (second Season onward) and the Tick later on down the line.
  7. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Maybe I'll make the animated Fraggle Rock series my next V/A focus. And Townsend Coleman also does the voice of Jerry Nelson's Architect Doozer character in the animated version.
  8. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    You know, there's another voice actor I thought of who could easily imitate Jerry Nelson for his cartoon Muppets-- Tom Kenny. I could easily hear him doing baby versions of Gobo Fraggle, Crazy Harry, Snuffy [he was performed by Jerry Nelson in the '70s, before Marty Robinson came along], The Amazing Mumford, and, should Russi Taylor not do a baby Robin again, well, Tom could always do him.

    :sing: :crazy: :smirk:
  9. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Yeah, I can picture Tom doing Jerry's characters if they were animated.

    I kind of always imagined a young Sam Eagle joining the Muppets in the later episodes. And maybe Peter Cullen could voice him since he once did a guest voice on Muppet Babies.
  10. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    Speaking of Rob as Boober...

    You know I did mention that I would like to hear Rob as a baby version of the Fraggle, too. (I could even hear Rob using his Pinky voice for a baby Mopatop, too.)
  11. babyPiggy

    babyPiggy New Member

    wow i didn't know Rowlf was voiced by a girl
  12. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    There must be some Dave Coulier characters missing because all the characters listed that he did were later characters but he was there from the start.So who did he do from the first season?I will have to investigate.
  13. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Actually, I don't think Dave was part of the first two seasons. It was the third season when Howie Mandel left the Muppet Babies and Dave and Frank started voicing his characters.
  14. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I just checked.for some reason, the credits on Noisey Neighbors comes from a later season.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Clearly a syndication or Nick Jr. rerun that caused the confusion.

    Dave was usually the go to guy for incidental characters. In "Where no Muppet has gone before" he gave the Mercury delivery boss the same sort of Bill Murray impersonation he would later use in The Real Ghostbusters, when Lorenzo Music left the show.

    Frank did a few incidentals as well, Greg as well. But it was more common to see Dave or Frank as an incidental.
  16. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Yes, and I believe Frank did a villainous cowboy called One Eyed Jake who tried to steal cookies from the kids who were on a train.
  17. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    I could see Bill Faggerbakke (of "Coach" and "SpongeBob" fame) doing a few Muppet Baby versions of Jim Henson's really deep-voiced characters (like the Swedish Chef and Link Hogthrob) on TV, too. ;-)
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I believe Link Hogthrob was animated with the voice of Bob Bergan in the Little Muppet Monsters segments. I must say, he'd be perfect for those kind of voices, though.

    I know that Frank did the voice of the scatterbrained, and hectic professor at the center of the Earth that was in charge of the Volcanoes and Earth Quakes in "Journey to the Center of the Nursery"
  19. Muppet dude

    Muppet dude Active Member

    I know Baby Piggy's voice sounded a little unusual to me, but that might've been because she was voiced by a woman, instead of a man like the adult Miss Piggy is. Makes sense for the young version to be voiced by a woman, to make her sound "younger" I guess.

    It seems Frank Welker did a lot of incidental character voices on Muppet Babies, too. I know in my "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?/Muppet Babies" crossovers, it'd be easy for Frank Welker, since he'd be voicing Fred, Baby Kermit, Baby Skeeter and Baby Beaker in the same series!

    I think I remember someone once saying that Kevin Michael Richardson once did a voice on "Muppet Babies."


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