The man behind our childhood

A tribute to Jim Cummings
April 01, 2013
Jim Cummings.

Sounds more like someone who works in accounting. But no. Jim Cummings is the voice of our childhood. The actor who defined a company that would dominate our affection. I only recently learned of Jim Cummings the other day. Basically, HE VOICED EVERYTHING WE LOVED.

Seriously, the man has almost 400 film credits and was in EVERY Disney film and TV show throughout the 90's. Let's just take a look at what all he was in...

101 Dalmatians – Colonel, Mayor Ed Pig, Jasper
2 Stupid Dogs – Super Secret Secret Squirrel's Morroco Mole
The Addams Family (animated series) – Lurch, Fingers
Adventures in Odyssey – Larry Walker, King Lawrence
Adventures from the Book of Virtues – Aristotle
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog- Robotnik and Scratch (in Un-aired Pilot Episode)
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears – Zummi Gummi (Originally Paul Winchell), Chummi Gummi
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius – Mayor Quadar, Ultra Lord, Cap'n Betty, Atilla The Hun
Aladdin (TV series) – Razoul
Animalia – Dagmont Dragon
Animaniacs – Narrator (Sounding like Sterling Holloway when doing the voices of Winnie The Pooh or Kaa the python in some episodes) and several one-shot characters
The Batman – Temblor
Batman: The Animated Series – Tygrus (episode "Tyger, Tyger")
Bonkers – Bonkers D. Bobcat, Lucky Piquel and other characters
The Book of Pooh – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Bump in the Night – Mister Bumpy, Destructo, Closet Monster
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command – Senator Aarrfvox
Captain Planet and the Planeteers – Sly Sludge (Hanna-Barbera episodes)
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
CatDog – Cat
ChalkZone – Skrawl
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers – Monterey Jack (in the five-part pilot and in season 2; Peter Cullen voiced Monterey Jack in the earlier episodes), Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, Wart the Lizard
Chowder – Alligator (episode "My Big Fat Stinky Wedding")
Codename: Kids Next Door – Vin Moosk (episode "Operation: K.N.O.T.")
Courage the Cowardly Dog – The Great Fusilli
Cow and Chicken – Additional Voices
Cro – Phil, Ogg, Murray
Curious George – Chef Pisghetti; Jumpy Squirrel; Mister Quint
Cyberchase – Mr. Zero ("A World Without Zero")
Darkwing Duck – Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck, DarkWarrior Duck, NegaDuck, Warden Waddlesworth, Herb Muddlefoot, Professor Moliarty
Dead Space Downfall- Captain Mathius
Dexter's Laboratory – Red-Eye (in Photo Finish)
Dink, The Little Dinosaur - Tubble, Fleetfoot
DuckTales – El Capitan
Earthworm Jim – Psycrow, Bob the Killer Goldfish, and other various voices.
The Fairly OddParents – additional voices
Fanboy and Chum Chum - Professor Flan
Fish Hooks - Scientist #2 (in Parasite Fright)
Freakazoid – Senator Janos Ivnovels
Gargoyles – Dingo and other characters
Goof Troop – Pete
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy – Nasalmancer, Biker, Additional Voices
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange - Tomato
The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats – Scarhood.
House of Mouse – Pete, Humphrey the Bear, King Louie, Big Bad Wolf, Censor Monkeys, the Hyenas (Shenzi, Banzai and Ed), Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh, Gorilla, Kaa, Razoul, Tiki Masks, Weasels, Zeke, Cheshire Cat, Roquefort, Mister Stork, Jasper, Colonel Hathi, Cyril Proudbottom, Otto, Shun Gun, Boomer, Porcupine, Sexton Mouse, Deacon Owl, Gideon, Colonel, Flower [Adult], Sir Ector, King Duke, Doc
Invasion America – Major Lomack
Iron Man – MODOK, Whirlwind, Dreadknight, Backlash and President Bill Clinton.
Jackie Chan Adventures – Hak Foo (Season 1)
Jungle Cubs – Kaa, Fred, Jed
King of the Hill – various
The Legend of Tarzan – Tantor, Merkus
The Little Engine That Could – Billy Threeclaws
The Little Mermaid – Ebb the Male Crocodile
The Looney Tunes Show – Tasmanian Devil
Marsupilami – Maurice, Norman
The Mask – Doyle (Lieutenant Kellaway's partner), Kablamus, various one-shot characters
Merry Madagascar – Lead Reindeer
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Frog, Sparky, Clyde
Mickey Mouse Works – Pete, Humphrey the Bear
Motorcity - Dr. Hudson
My Friends Tigger & Pooh – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Beaver
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Ozzy & Drix – Chief Gluteus
The Pagemaster – Long John Silver
The Penguins of Madagascar – Ridiculously Deep and Chrome Claw in "Dr. Blowhole's Revenge."
Pepper Ann – Mr. Carter (Pepper Ann's science teacher) and some one-shot characters
Perfect Strangers – Additional characters (1986–1993)
The Pirates of Dark Water – Skorian, Ioz (season 2)
Planet Sheen – Ultra Lord (1 Episode: Cutting the Ultra-Cord)
The Powerpuff Girls – Fuzzy Lumpkins
Project G.e.e.K.e.R. – Mister Moloch and Will Dragonn
Quack Pack – Additional Voices
The Replacements – Various
Road Rovers – General Parvo
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (Disneyland attraction) – Baby Herman
Rude Dog and the Dweebs – Satch
Saturday Night Live – Papa Smurf, Gargamel (TV Funhouse sketch)
The Savage Dragon – Dragon
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated – Captain Caveman
The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs – Bald Spokesperson, Flea Leader, Von Rabie, Catastrophe
The Simpsons – Duncan the Horse
Sonic the Hedgehog (SATAM) – Doctor Robotnik, SWATbots, Nasty Hyena member (Fed Up With Antoine)
The Spectacular Spider-Man – Crusher Hogan
Spider-Man: The Animated Series – Shocker, Chameleon
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Hondo Ohnaka
The Super Hero Squad Show – Thanos (Season Two)
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron – Mayor Manx, Feral's Sergeant
The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries – Moo Goo Guy Pan, Sam Ficus
Tales from the Crypt – Judge Vic "Leave 'Em Hanging" Johnson
TaleSpin – Don Karnage, Louie*, Trader Moe, Covington
Taz-Mania – Taz, Buddy Boar, Bushwhacker Bob, Wendel T. Wolf
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Shredder (1991 and European Vacation Alternate), Leatherhead, Genghis Frog, Dirk Savage, Dirtbag, Merlin, Drakus/Beserko, Doomquest
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time – Leatherhead and Shredder (Arcade version only)
Teen Titans – Master of Games and Wildebeest ("Winner Take All")
The Tick – Thrakkorzog, Barry Hubris, Stalingrad, Captain Decency, Mister Mental, Multiple Santa, Leonardo Da Vinci
Timon & Pumbaa – Ed, Smolder the Bear, Pumbaa's Uncle Borris, Bruce the Blue Crab, Eddie the Pink Snake, Additional Voices
The Transformers – Afterburner (Transformers), Rippersnapper
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light – Witterquick & the Bearer of Knowledge
Where's Waldo? – Narrator
What's New, Scooby-Doo? – Cyrus T. Buford, Crawdad Mike, Broderick Bosepheus
Widget the World Watcher – Megabrain
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa – Dakota Dude, Skull Duggery, Jack
"Winx Club"- Taboc the Wise
W.I.T.C.H. – Tridart, Harold Hale, Zacharias
The Woody Woodpecker Show (1999) – various
Friends and Jose Adventure Riddles-Partom
The Land Before Time-Grandpa Longneck (voice)

Holy fucking shit. This guy did everything. If you watched TV in the 90's or today. You've probably heard his voice (or whatever voice he was doing at the time). But for real, this man had an amazing amount of talent to jump in some of these roles. He had enough gumption to replace Jeremy Irons when his voice went out while filming The Lion King.

I know people like to say how talented Seth McFarlane is and stuff. Don't get me wrong, he is! But Seth McFarlane mainly does the voices on Family Guy. Jim Cummings voiced multiple characters in hundreds of shows and movies. And not all of these were bit parts or brief cameos with only a few lines. Some of these were on going roles that were pretty big. I mean seriously...look at that list.

So let's take a look at some of the more iconic and maybe some of the less iconic roles of Jim Cummings...

Darkwing Duck

Suffice to say, if this ALL he did, he'd still be a legend. But no, this is just one of many classic shows he voiced. Voicing not only DarkWing and Drake Mallard, he also voiced a few other characters. I could write an entire article on why Darkwing Duck is amazing. This was actually one of his favorite roles he played.

Goof Troop

Again, he pretty much voiced the entire 90's line up of Disney cartoon shows. He's also the main voice talent behind Pete in most Disney media. I mean, Disney probably kept him locked in a room with a microphone and just fed him pages of dialogue.


One of the greatest cartoons that can still hold up to an adult audience. While he didn't have a huge role in this show, he was still the announcer. He probably would have done more but was busy doing 20 other shows.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Most notably voicing Leatherhead on the show, he was also an alternate for the Shredder. This man was a pro at filling in for iconic voices that you'd think "no one else can do that!". Well, he was that guy.

Gummi Bears

Bouncing here and there and everywhere. This mother fucker played just about every animal there is in the Disney world. However it seemed like he did like playing bears. As he was pretty much THE voice of Winnie the Pooh through the 90's.

Iron Man and Fantastic Four

I'm grouping these together because he did some great voice work for MODOK and a few others. But what got my attention was the fact that he played Bill Clinton in both of these shows.

Duck Tales

Playing the nefarious El Capitan, he may not have had a major role in Duck Tales, but he was there. Just like he was every where in the Disney universe.


See what I mean? He was in EVERY 90's Disney cartoon. I'm fairly certain that's not an exagerration. From what I remember, this was a regular villain on the TV series and had a pretty distinct voice.

Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers

When there's danger, call Jim Cummings. He replaced the guy who voiced Monterey Jack in the later seasons and did a few other voices such as the Fat Cat and Prof. Nimnul.
The Transformers

Sharkticon? That just sounds awesome. He didn't voice any of the major players but the important thing was that he was there.

Winnie the Pooh

I was never a huge fan of the Pooh, but I'm assuming tons of other people were. So there's that. Needless to say, he IS Pooh. I do like honey though. He also voiced Tigger. Does he ever stop?

Spider-Man the Animated Series

So he just played the Shocker and Chameleon. He can't have EVERY iconic role out there. It would just be unfair if he voiced Spider-Man and Bill Clinton.

Batman The Animated Series

Hands down one of the best animated version (the best version?) of the Caped Crusader. Would you believe Jim Cummings was in it? Indeed he was. He voiced Tygrus, who I'm guessing was the villain.

Bump in the Night

I almost forgot about this show. But I remember this being a pretty important part of Saturday mornings.


That's right, Cat from CatDog. Need I say more?

Aladdin the Animated Series

Playing Razoul, he had a pretty regular gig on this show. On a side note, I still think this is one of the more under rated shows of the time.
Wild West Cowboys of Moo Mesa

As if being in one show about anthropomorphic animals isn't enough, he was also a talking cowboy cow in Moo Mesa. I don't remember being too into this show, but it does seem cool now.


Cro was a pretty good Saturday morning fare back in the day. Turns out he voiced a few characters in it.

The Simpsons

He played Duncan the Horse on The Simpsons. I'm kind of surprised he only voiced one character.


Playing the large ape in Marsupilami, he pretty much cemented himself in 90's cartoon lore.

The Page Master

This is probably the best 90's animated/ real life combination movie featuring Kevin McCallister. He voiced a pirate, not just any pirate, but Long John Silver. I'd love to see this guy's resume.

Anyway, I could keep going. This man literally played hundreds of memorable characters. The reason I wrote this article is to show some appreciation on what this man provided for us. He was our childhood. He voiced everything, or was in everything. I suppose this is somewhat common in the voice actor industry. But Jim Cummings provided personality to characters in a time when you couldn't just animate cartoons on a computer (well maybe he did sometimes).
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