Saw “Bolt” with the kids this weekend (I guess I should let you know I have three children; two boys and a girl). It’s cute in that Disney sort of way. And like most Disney films it’s all about dealing with an identity crisis (see also: Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, The Fox and The Hound, etc.). I have a deep obsession with cartoon voice-overs, so of course I knew that John Travolta was the title character and Miley Hannah Cyrus Montana Sue was Penny, Bolt’s owner/co-star. I’m usually pretty good with pairing the voice to the actor. I’ll turn to my wife and whisper, “You know who that is, right? That’s so-and-so.” I have about a 93% accuracy rating. Yesterday I fell in that 7 percentile.
I could swear that the voice of Rhino, the hamster was Patton Oswalt, only because it has that certain, nerdy quality. I remembered thinking that he was going to be typecast as playing animated rodents (he was in Ratatouille). Well, I was surprised to find out not only was I wrong about him, but I was wrong about some of the other cast members as well. I HATE when that happens.
The last time was with “The Incredibles”, when I thought the voice of Mr. Incredible was Harrison Ford for a moment. When I found out it was Craig T. Nelson I slapped my head and shouted “Of course!”
My favorite cast of voice actors are from “Spongebob Squarepants”. Just listen to how they interpret classic movies: