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Top 10 Iconic Voice Over Performances

We've listed our top 10 most memorable, most inspirational Voice Over Performances. Ever.

By Ryann Ferguson

We pooled our resources here in the office, as well as your votes from online to put together our top 10 most memorable, most inspirational Voice Over Performances. Ever. Now this is for an iconic single performance. We’ll get to actors with an all around amazing track record next week. From newer performances iconic to younger generations, to unexpected performances from actors we thought we knew, there is no shortage of innovation in voice over performances. Without further delay, we present these memorable performances to you now.

10. Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl – Kristin Bell What would that show have been without our ominous, unseen gossip girl? Especially since, Gossip Girl turned out not to be a girl at all. xoxo

9. The Joker, Batman – Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker as the Joker? Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Sounds like that could be an episode of Scooby Doo.

8. Red’s narration, Shawshank Redemption – Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman’s voice is so distinctive it’s even parodied in other commercials. Who doesn’t cry when they hear Red’s narration at the end of this?

7. Yogi Bear, The Yogi Bear Show – Daws Butler A character that is both annoying and endearing? Yogi pretty much takes the cake on that.

6. Mickey Mouse, Steamboat Willie – Walt Disney Notable for being the first, for being voiced by Disney himself, and for launching the empire that is Mickey Mouse and Disney.

5. Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo – Don Messick The zany, map-cap capers of Scooby Doo fit the times perfectly. And anyone who can convey plots with mumbles is a special kind of performer.

4. Eric Cartman, South Park – Trey Parker So offensive, so ridiculous, Cartman is the stand out in a show full of great voice performances.

3. Bart Simpson, The Simpsons – Nancy Cartwright It’s tempting to put the whole cast on here, but Bart’s attitude came to define a generation and its one of the best examples of a female actress playing a male character.

2. Darth Vader, Star Wars – James Earl Jones One of the most referenced, parodied, and loved performances of all time. James Earl Jones is both menacing and soothing at the same time.

1. Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes – Mel Blanc Is anyone as cool, calm and collected as Bugs? No way. Maybe that’s just Mel Blanc’s own personality seeping in… he must have know he was the man.

What do think? Does this cover it? Any glaring omissions? Anyone you feel is not deserving? Let us know. Remember, we factored in your voting! And stay tuned for the companion piece to this– Our Top 10 Greatest All Around Voice Over Artists of all time.

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