Guess the Latino Voice! 10 Celebs Who Have Played Animated Characters

Puss in Boots FINALLY hits theaters today! We've been counting down the days until our fave feline got his own movie since the very first Shrek came out. What can we say? We've always been a fan of the most interesting cat in the world...and the gorgeous Spanish actor who plays him—none other than the suaver-then-suave Antonio Banderas! Once the producers upped the ante and cast our November cover girl Salma Hayek as the furry felon's partner in crime, Miss Kitty Softpaws, we were hooked.

After we caught an advance preview of Puss in Boots (go see it now! it's fantastic) we started thinking about who else from Latin Hollywood has lent their voices to animated films. As Banderas told us, Shrek creator/producer Jeffrey Katzenberg started the whole famous-celebs-as-voice-actors craze with the original movie back in 2001, but since then, almost all of the A-list has happily lent their vocal chords to creating unforgettable animated characters.

1. Cartoon Voices: George Lopez

George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf (Sony Pictures Animation, 2011)

The Mexican American comedian charmed us with his blue ill-tempered character in The Smurfs – and we’re excited to hear that he’s signed on for the film’s sequel as well. Lopez also lent his voice in Rio – an animated film about a blue macaw who is brought to Brazil to mate and then falls in love with a free-spirited female of his same kind. Together, they try to escape from being smuggled.

2. Cartoon Voices: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona (DreamWorks, 2001)

The part-Cuban A-lister has lent her voice for Princess Fiona in Shrek, the wildly popular fantasy/comedic film about a green ogre whose life is disrupted by numerous fairytale beings. In the Shrek films, Princess Fiona is incredibly skilled at martial arts and her singing voice can become so high that birds explode – literally.

3. Cartoon Voices: Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin as Ramone (Pixar Animation Studios, 2006)

Cheech Marin is a voice-over veteran. The Mexican American actor/comedian has voiced many characters throughout his career – everything from a hyena in Lion King to a Chihuahua in Oliver & Company.

Our most recent favorite animated character of Marin’s is Ramone, a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Rider from Pixar’s Cars franchise series. The car, whose purple and dons a yellow and orange flame job, has a chill personality; his catchphrase is “Low and slow.”

4. Cartoon Voices: Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek

Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots & Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws (DreamWorks, 2012)

In Puss in Boots, Antonio Banderas’ character is a swashbuckling cat who embarks on a journey to grab the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Puss’ adventure wouldn’t be as exciting without his feisty allie, the street-smart Kitty Softpaws, which is voiced by Salma Hayek. This isn’t Banderas’ first time doing voice-over work,he also lent his voice for a computer-animated bee in a television commercial for Nasonex and of course, in all of the Shrek movies.

Get a laugh with the trailer below!

 

5. Cartoon Voices: Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez as Click (Nickelodeon)

In Go, Diego, Go!, our cover girl’s Nuyorican accent is the voice of Click – a light grey camera that locates animals calling for help. Click even has an adorable little theme song: “Soy Click, la cámara,” Perez sings in the cartoon, “I can see and hear the animal in trouble…” The Boricua actress’ character is just one of a collection of friends and gadgets that help the main character Diego save animals.

6. Cartoon Voices: Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin as Diego (Nickelodeon)

How cute is Jake T. Austin? The teenage actor was even cuter at age 9, when he voiced the lead character Diego Márquez in Nickelodeon’s Go, Diego, Go! Austin, who is of part-Puerto Rican, Argentinean, and Spanish descent, lent his voice to the dark-haired animated adventurer for three seasons. Austin used his vocal chords for other roles as well, including 2006’s The Ant Bully and 2009’s Everyone’s Hero.

Check out a cute video below of a much younger Austin talking about his role as Diego:

7. Cartoon Voices: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara as Carmen in Happy Feet (Animal Logic, 2011)

There’s no doubt in our mind why the Emmy-nominated actress was tapped to voice a character in the Happy Feet sequel. The gorgeous colombiana’s accent is… well, perfect. We think it’s what also helps make Vergara’s character in ABC’s hit show Modern Family both hilarious and endearing. In Happy Feet 2, Vergara plays the novia of Robin Williams’ character.

Peep the film’s trailer below and listen to the end for Vergara’s sultry voice:

8. Cartoon Voices: Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama as Manny (Disney)

We love the Colombian-Venezuelan actor’s sexy accent, but when used for an adorable character such as Manny Garcia, our hearts positively melt. Valderrama does a great job at depicting the helpful bilingual handyman, who owns a repair shop and offers his services with the aid of his colorful, talking tools. Manny also teaches his young audience Spanish. Valderrama also lent his voice in 2004’s Clifford’s Really Big Movie as a Chihuahua named Rodrigo.

Get a dose of Handy Manny below and see for yourself!

9. Cartoon Voices: John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo as Sid in Ice Age (Blue Sky Studios, 2002)

There’s no surprise that Colombian-born John Leguizamo helped bring Ice Age’s clumsy ground sloth Sid to life. Leguizamo is a fast-talker like his character who appears in all three Ice Age films. The actor is so good at what he did with Sid’s voice that he was even nominated for a 2009 Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production, the highest honor in Animation.

Want to know how you dance like Sid? Check out the hilarious video below of Leguizamo’s tips:

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