16 Latino Celebrities Who Have Played Animated Characters

Some of the biggest name Latino celebrities have lent their voices to unforgettable animated characters. From John Leguizamo to Sofia Vergara, here are 16 stars who have hit the big screen as cartoons:

This article was originally published on March 1, 2014

1. Animated Voices: Louis C.K

Louis C.K. as Max (Universal, 2016)

Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not around? Louis C.K. lends his voice for the super hilarious and heartwarming film, The Secret Life of Pets (in theaters July 8, 2016). The comedian stars as Max, a terrier mix living in NYC who, after an insane turn of events, needs to find the courage within him if he ever plans to find his way home.

2. Animated Voices: Shakira, Zootopia

Shakira as Gazelle (Disney, 2016)

The Colombian superstar is headed to the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia in Disney's latest film, which hits theaters March 4, 2016. During a recent interview, Shakira said Gazelle was drawn with a fuller figure thanks to a request she made. “It looked to me like she needed more hips [and] I asked them to give her more,” the mother-of-two told Spanish newspaper El Pais, according to Fox News Latino. “And they did it!”

3. Animated Characters: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan the Cowboy Jedi (Disney, 2014)

The father of two will be voicing Kanan the Cowboy Jedi on Disney XD’s upcoming new series, Star Wars Rebels. “It’s Star Wars, man! I got this scar on my chin after playing with some aluminum poles my cousin and I pretended were lightsabers. To be a part of this is surreal,” he told People.

4. John Leguizamo - Walking With Dinosaurs

John Leguizamo as Alex (20th Century Fox, 2013)

The colombiano stars as Alex, an Alexornis bird, in Walking With Dinosaurs. Alex is funny and a bit sarcastic -- a perfect match for Leguizamo.

5. Animated Characters: Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt as El Macho (Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, 2013)

Benjamin Bratt has lent his voice to El Macho, described as the “most macho super-villain who ever villained in Despicable Me 2.” We’re not sure what that means, but we will find out by July 3 when the highly-anticipated follow-up to  Despicable Me hits theaters.

6. Animated Characters: Pitbull

Pitbull as Bufo (Blue Sky Studios, 2013)

The Cuban American recording artist plays the gruffest, roughest looking frog in Epic, which also features the voices of Beyoncé, Aziz Ansari, and Amanda Seyfried.

7. Voice: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez as Shira (Twentieth Century Fox, 2012)

J.Lo plays a saber-toothed cat (also known as a Smilodon) in the popular animated flick. During her interview on The Today Show, the Puerto Rican actress revealed that she decided to take the role for her twins, Max and Emme, 4. "This is something they are going to enjoy. Everything else I do...they just don't care about. This is something we will be able to enjoy together," she said.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.”

11. 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!


12. 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.

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. 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!

16. Voice: John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo as Sid (Twentieth Century Fox, 2012)

John Leguizamo is known for playing the trademark character Sid, who is challenged with the mission of fighting off pirates. One of those tough pirate hunters is played by actress, Jennifer Lopez. He playfully revealed to The Huffington Post, "We don't beat J.Lo." He adds, "We get beat by J.Lo. She's a badass pirate."