Creator / Jim Cummings

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James Jonah "Jim" Cummings (Born Nov. 3, 1952) is widely considered to be a successor to the late Mel Blanc. He speaks in a deep, gravelly voice for most roles, but can do many variations of it. His skills as a mimic have earned him scores of opportunities at Walt Disney Productions, in particular. At Disney, Cummings not only replaced the ailing Sterling Holloway as the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh, but later took over as the voice of Tigger when well-known ventriloquist and voice actor Paul Winchell retired, and also voiced Crud. Cummings was hired to sing the last part of the song "Be Prepared" in The Lion King after actor Jeremy Irons pulled his vocal chords, and he also voiced Ed the Hyena. He also sang for another non-singing actor Christopher Lloyd for the song, "In the Dark of the Night" in the animated film, Anastasia. He also played the star of the series Darkwing Duck.

Cummings was the only original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor to return for the 2007 movie. His first three TMNT appearances were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. The 2007 movie was Cummings' sixth computer-animated movie appearance. His first five computer-animated movie appearances included Antz, The Nuttiest Nutcracker, Shrek, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas; and his latest animated movie appearances are Bee Movie, BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn, and The Princess and the Frog.

In the course of two decades, Cummings' career as a voice actor has taken him from bit parts to leading roles in major series at various studios, including Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Dreamworks, and 20th Century Fox studios. His most memorable roles, however, have been for Disney cartoons. There, he provided voices for a variety of series, including leading roles in Adventures of the Gummi Bears, (taking over the character of Zummi Gummi after Paul Winchell's departure from the role), DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers note , TaleSpin (he played Don Karnage and Louie), Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Bonkers (voicing both Bonkers and Lucky — until Lucky Piquel was replaced with a female cop named Miranda Wright), Gargoyles, and House of Mouse, and movies such as Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and the Disney special edition of Alice in Wonderland (as the Cheshire Cat singing "I'm Odd"). Cummings also voiced the non-speaking roles of Ed the laughing hyena in 1994's The Lion King and Duncan the horse in The Simpsons episode "Saddlesore Galactica".

Other notable roles include "Mr. Bumpy" in the cult Claymation show Bump in the Night, Dr. Robotnik in Sonic SatAM (he also voiced Robotnik in the unaired pilot of the wacky Adventures; for that series the role was played by Long John Baldry), Mayor Manx in SWAT Kats, Psy-Crow and Bob the Killer Goldfish in Earthworm Jim and Taz the Tazmanian Devil on Taz-Mania and a number of other projects.

In addition to Taz and Pooh, Cummings has over the years become the official voice for a number of legendary cartoon characters, including Tigger, Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Dick Dastardly, the Slag Brothers, Big Gruesome, Private Meekly, Clyde, and Morocco Mole. Cummings has also provided voices for video games, television commercials, and movie trailers, and was the announcer for Kids' WB! during that block's existence, as well as the voiceover for the current Cheez-It commercials.

In the world of video games, Cummings has done the voice of Minsc of Baldur's Gate/Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and Drizzt Do'Urden in the first Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance game. He is also prominently displayed in the credits of Kingdom Hearts as Pooh, Tigger, and Pete. Cummings provided the voices for "Bad Mr. Frosty", "Hougan", and "Sumo Santa" in ClayFighter 63 1/3. He also voices "Sarge" and the other soldiers in the Army Men games. In Ys Book I and II for the Turbografx -16 CD system, he is credited as voicing "Dalles", and he provided voices for minor characters in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. He played several characters in the little-known Toonstruck. He also provided three of four of the voices of the main antagonist of Fallout, The Master. He also provides the voice of the Terror Mask in the 2010 Splatterhouse remake for the Xbox 360 and PS3. He did a significant amount of voice work for the most recent Elder Scrolls title; most "curmudgeonly" voices in the game are provided by him. Most recently he's portrayed Lorewalker Cho in World of Warcraft. In addition, Cummings narrates the current Epcot fireworks show at Walt Disney World, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Cummings has a notable cameo in Comic Book The Movie as an inebriated party-goer. This is one of very few live-action appearances. The movie stars many other voice actors, including Tom Kenny, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West and Mark Hamill.

Cummings even did make some vocal performances using his voice at normal pitch for some younger looking characters like Witterquick from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light and Buddy Boar from Taz-Mania.

His voice-acting and acting credits include:

Tropes associated with Jim Cummings include:

  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a big fan of Paul Winchell as a child and was over the moon when Winchell asked him to take over Tigger for him.
  • Friend to All Children: Takes time out to phone kids in hospital in character as Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • Guttural Growler: His most common role.
  • Large Ham: MINSC. And believe it or not, that's not the only ham Cummings has.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: While his Guttural Growler voice is his most well-known, he has quite the vocal range. The Master is a great example of this, where the same character has four distince voices: a normal speaking voice, his afformentioned Guttural Growler, a computerized voice, and a female voice. Three of those voices are from Cummings.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: In an appearance at a ConnectiCon 2013, he did a reading of Darth Vader's lines from Star Wars: A New Hope in character(s) as Winnie-the-Pooh and Darkwing Duck. He promptly brought down the house when he ad-libbed:
    "She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod... Oh bother!"
    "Frankly my dear... I don't give a heffalump."
  • No Indoor Voice: As Tigger, Norton Nimnul and Minsc.
  • The Other Darrin: There are actors whose roles he really likes to take over.
    • Sterling Holloway (Winnie the Pooh, Kaa, Cheshire Cat)
    • Paul Winchell (Tigger, Zummi Gummi, Dick Dastardly)
    • Billy Bletcher (Pete, Big Bad Wolf)
    • Mel Blanc (Tasmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam, Captain Caveman)
    • Louis Prima (King Louie)
    • Peter Cullen (Monterey Jack)
    • Paul Frees (Moroccow Mole)
    • Wayne Knight (Tantor)
  • Playing Against Type:
    • In Grand Theft Auto V as a foul mouthed police officer, gun clerk, and radio announcer.
    • Before that, he played the incredibly foulmouthed Terror Mask from the 2010 Splatterhouse remake.
    • Ed, Don Karnage, Pete, Psy-Crow, NegaDuck, Fuzzy Lumpkins... Not bad for someone whose stereotype is primarily locked down to Pooh and Tigger.
    • His take on Dr Robotnik was not only a villain, but a monstrous, serious one. Less against type, he also played the clownish Adventures Of Sonic rendition in the pilot.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Not only is he a great admirer of Cajun culture (he worked on a river boat in New Orleans as a teenager) but is currently the only professional voice actor capable of putting on an authentic Cajun accent.

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