The woman of a thousand voices.
Tress MacNeille (born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress best known for providing various voices on the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, All Grown Up!, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs
and some Disney movies (a lot of which have aired in the 1980s and 1990s).
Her most notable characters on The Simpsons
include Agnes Skinner (Principal Skinner's controlling mother
), Brandine Spuckler (Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel's wife/sister/cousin
), Dolph Starbeam (one of the three bullies, along with Jimbo Jones [whom Tress initially voiced, but was replaced with Pamela Hayden] and Kearney Zzyzwicz), and Lindsey Naegle (the generic businesswoman/network executive/image consultant/financial planner), while her performance as Mom (a cruel, elderly businesswoman) is her most notable Futurama
role. She even became the voice of Daisy Duck in 1999. MacNeille has also done dubbing work on English language anime translations. She was also the voice of Leon from Lilly the Witch
. She's been the industries go-to voice for old lady characters for quite some time, and it's always easy to recognize her.
MacNeille sang and appeared in the music video for "Ricky" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
, which was based on the I Love Lucy
television show and parodied the song "Mickey" by Toni Basil. (MacNeille, obviously, was Lucy.) She also appeared on Yankovic's 1999 album, Running with Scissors
, on "Jerry Springer", and did several one-shot voices on The Weird Al Show
. MacNeille also appeared as an angry anchorwoman in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
and served as the voice of Elvira's Great-Aunt Morganna Talbot.
Due to the sheer amount of voice work in her resume, Tress is no doubt a Woman of a Thousand Voices
and is considered the female equivalent of Frank Welker
, Billy West
, Mel Blanc
, and Jim Cummings
- Agnes Skinner, Principal Skinner's elderly, controlling mother — though the first time she was introduced in season one's "Grapes of Wrath" [the episode where Bart is sent to France after flushing a cherry bomb down the boys' room toilet while the Simpsons house a boy from Albania who is actually a spy for the Communist government], Agnes Skinner was merely an amazingly embarrassing mom who called her son "Spanky," though most fans and writers have concluded that because of Bart's cherry bomb prank, Agnes Skinner has become the woman she is today.
- Lindsey Naegle, the generic businesswoman (though she is often used as a TV network executive character in such episodes as "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show," "Girly Edition," "Helter Shelter," and "You Kent Always Say What You Want"). Changes jobs constantly because she's a sexual predator. Is a Blonde Republican Sex Kitten in a lot of episodes, though she was seen as a Democrat (who had a husband who left her after realizing that he was a homosexual) in the season 19 episode "E. Pluribus Wiggum."
- June Bellamy, the voice actress who plays Itchy and Scratchy (even though in real life, Dan Castellaneta is Scratchy and Harry Shearer is Itchy) as seen in "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show." She also voiced the Road Runner (though she only said, "Meep" and it was doubled on the soundtrack without her knowledge).
- Dolph Starbeam, one of the three bullies (along with Jimbo Jones and Kearney Zzyzwicz); has red hair cut asymmetrically and wears a green shirt, black pants, and matching black sneakers. Not much is known about him, except that he may be the youngest out of the three bullies, he speaks Esperanto, Swahili, and Klingon, he's Jewish and attends Hebrew school, and, judging by his last name, his parents may be or have been hippies.
- Brandine Spuckler, Cletus Spuckler's wife (though some episodes reveal that Brandine may also be Cletus's sister and/or cousin).
- Cookie Kwan, a territorial Asian American realtor who threatens anyone who tries to sell houses on "the west side." First seen in season nine's "Realty Bites" (the episode where Marge goes into real estate and Homer buys Snake Jailbird's car at a police auction).
- Ms. Albright, the Sunday school teacher on the season six episode "Bart's Girlfriend." Ms. Albright was seen in season two's "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" (her first appearance), and "Homer's Triple Bypass," but she was voiced by Maggie Roswell in those instances (her voice in those two episodes sounded more like Lisa's second-grade teacher Ms. Hoover).
- Mrs. Glick, the elderly shut-in lady who let Bart work for her on season two's "Three Men and a Comic Book"; on that episode, Cloris Leachman was the voice of Mrs. Glick. When Mrs. Glick appeared in the season eight X-Files crossover episode "The Springfield Files," Tress Mac Neille provided her voice.
- Bernice Hibbert, the recovering alcoholic wife of Julius Hibbert (on the occasions that Dr. Hibbert's wife speaks; normally, she's The Voiceless)
- Brunella Pommelhorst, the stern school gym teacher (first mentioned by name only in season six's "The PTA Disbands") who quit so she could get a sex change operation and get hired as the new woodshop teacher.
- Poor Violet, the little orphan girl seen in season nine's "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" and season 12's "I'm Going To Praiseland."
- Crazy Cat Lady, a psychotic old lady surrounded by pet cats she uses as weapons (was once an aspiring doctor/lawyer named Eleanor Abernathy whose future went downhill when she suffered from mental exhaustion, succumbed to alcoholism, and became obsessed with cats)
- Gino Terwilliger, Sideshow Bob's son seen in the season 17 episode, "The Italian Bob".
- Lunchlady Doris in the season 18 episode, "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer" and the season 19 episode, "The Debarted", replacing Doris Grau (who died during the show's seventh season; Grau's final episode was "Team Homer.")
- Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon's wife (only for the season 13 episode The Sweetest Apu; Manjula is usually voiced by former SNL castmember Jan Hooks)
- Belle, owner of Springfield's only burlesque house "The Maison Derriere" as seen in season eight's "Bart After Dark" (originally, the producers wanted a female celebrity to voice Belle, but when they couldn't find a good match, they called in Tress. The role was so big, Tress was billed with the regular voice actors).
- Mrs. Muntz, Nelson Muntz's promiscuous, drug-addict mother (first mentioned as being a jailbird in season four's "Marge in Chains" and having a cough drop addiction in season eight's "A Milhouse Divided"; first heard in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken," first seen in "'Tis the Fifteenth Season")
- Colin, the environmentalist boy who served as Lisa's Satellite Love Interest in The Simpsons Movie
- Various other characters
- Mom, the owner of Mom's Friendly Robot Company
- Linda, the cohost of "Good Morning, Earth"
- Hattie McDoogal, the crazy, old cat lady
- Tinny Tim, a Tiny Tim-esque child robot first seen in Xmas Story
- Munda, Turanga Leela's long-lost mother
- Fanny, wife of Donbot
- Deep Blue
- Monique, a fembot who appears in All My Circuits
- Ndnd, Lrrr's wife, from Omicron Persei VIII
- The Slurm Queen
- Guenter, the hyper-intelligent monkey from the episode Mars University.
- Various one-shot characters
Disney character roles
- Shenzi in Timonand Pumbaa (animated series) and Kingdom Hearts.
- Anastasia Tremaine (Cinderella II Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time).
- Daisy Duck in recent Disney productions, including Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey's Once and Twice Upon a Christmas, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, and the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Flo the Female Crocodile (The Little Mermaid TV series)
- Mother Penguin and Baby Penguin (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea)
- Bonnie (Experiment 149) (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
- Gigi (a.k.a. Yapper, Experiment 007) (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
- Topper, Experiment 025 (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
- Chip, Gadget Hackwrench, and several bit parts throughout the series (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
- Merryweather (Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams)
- Millionara Vanderbucks (DuckTales)
- Margot Yale - District Attorney and Husband of Brandon Yale (Gargoyles)
- Wilma Flintstone (The Flintstones: On the Rocks, Johnny Bravo and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law)
- Stacy Renee (The Boondocks)
- Multiple female voices on the animated series, Dilbert, including the secretary Carol.
- Hydia (My Little Pony)
- Hoodsey Bishop (As Told by Ginger)
- Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, and Marita the Hippo (Animaniacs)
- Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz TV Series)
- Lady Bane, Marzipan (Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears)
- Humphrey the Hippo (The Critic)
- Babs Bunny and Rhubella Rat Tiny Toon Adventures)
- In one short, Babs impersonates the entire rest of the cast. Maurice LaMarche commented at a fan convention that the rest of the cast feared for their jobs after hearing MacNeille's imitations of them.
- Penelope the Parrot (Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6-9)
- Soccer Mom (Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry)
- Pepper Mills, Toast, Cho-Cho, and Susanna Susquahanna (Histeria!)
- Charlotte Pickles (Rugrats and All Grown Up!)
- Pookie (Hey Arnold!)
- Jain (Fallout)
- Girl (Kids' CBC)
- Mrs. Hippopotamus (The New Woody Woodpecker Show 1999-2003)
- Tandi (Fallout 2)
- Suzi (Full Throttle)
- Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun (Toonstruck)
- Merla (Voltron)
- Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs (SWAT Kats)
- Colleen (Road Rovers)
- Mama Swimmer, Mama Flyer (The Land Before Time series)
- Dil (The Land Before Time 4: Journey Through The Mists)
- Osono (Kiki's Delivery Service)
- Boss's Wife (Castle in the Sky)
- Bertha/Lunchlady Irma/Miss Lemon (Recess)
- Mrs. Peenan (The Mask)
- Hama, Avatar Yangchen (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
- Jean-Pierre Orleans (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera)
- Obaba (Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind)
- Shige Yamano (My Neighbors the Yamadas)
- Fang (Dave the Barbarian)
- Okiyo (Pom Poko)
- Antonia Chillingsworth (The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury)
- Cobra Queen (Freakazoid!)
- Sarah Ravencroft (Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost)
- Mary Todd Lincoln (Hard Drinkin Lincoln)
- Elevator Creature (Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, deleted scene)
- Kala the Neutrino, other minor roles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987))
- Aunt Bogunda and Bogetta (Mr. Bogus)
- Catch Phrase/Running Gag: "My baby!" She's had this line in pretty much every production she's been in (often multiple times given her tendency to voice more than one character and often when she's voicing a mother or mother-like character whose baby is in danger), the commentary for Superman: The Animated Series hung a lampshade on this.
- Talking To Herself: Many times. Notably in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, she became one of the few voice actresses ever to flirt with themselves (MacNeille voices Chip and Gadget Hackwrench. Her Chip voice is so sped-up that casual viewers wouldn't know it was her. Now, her Gadget voice is recognizable, as she has used that voice for several bit female characters on other shows).