Top Cartoon Voices – Who are they?

Are you an animaniac? Crazy for cartoons? Well you probably have a great collection of Cartoon T-Shirts already (if not, why not?) but have you ever really thought about some of the voices behind your favourite animated characters?

Me neither, so I set off in search of some of my favourite characters and voices. Here’s what I found….

Grandpa Huxtable was a Thundercat!

Between 1984 & 1992, Earle Hyman played Grandpa Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Despite being a trombone playing, Hillman College graduate and a really bad buyer of sweaters in this popular sitcom he was also moonlighting as a humanoid warrior feline from outer space, Panthro.

Panthro was the resident mechanic in the cartoon Thundercats and was also the least clothed member after Snarf.

Earle talked about voicing Panthro and he says it was an easy job because he just pretended he was talking to his cats, which makes me think he probably misunderstood the plot of the series just a little bit.

Uncle Phil was a Shedder!

Actor James Avery played Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Obviously not content with just putting up with all the shenanigans caused by an annoying wannabe rapper called “Will Smith” he also voiced Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

For over 100 episodes, the man best known for playing a conservative judge also lent his voice to an Asian ninja master best known for living inside a giant mechanical eyeball and hanging out with a hideous man-hog and a disembodied brain. Avery openly admitted the relationship between him and Krang was played “like an old married couple.” Check out the full interview here:

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Fergie was Sally Brown!

Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is probably best known for being part of the ‘pop sensation’ The Black Eyed Peas along with and….. those other guys?!?! Apart from being a member of the B.E.P’s, Fergie has also done some film acting (Planet Terror, Nine) and voice acting work (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), but the highlight to her career has to be when she voiced Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s little sister in Peanuts.

Sally is remembered for her crush on Linus and for not being the brightest spark in the box. Fergie was one of the original Sallys. As Stacy Ferguson, she voiced the character in two classic Peanuts movies and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, starting when she was only 9. Here’s what she sounded like back then:

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And apparently she can still do that voice, which means that if they did a CGI remake of the Peanuts movie, casting Fergie would actually be quite a good decision.

Kelsey Grammer was Side-Show Bob!

When you think of Kelsey Grammer you probably think about Frasier Crane, the character he portrayed for 20 years on ‘Cheers’ and then in ‘Frasier.’ But Kelsey is also responsible for another pretty noteworthy and long-running television fixture and probably my favourite cartoon bad guy Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow Bobs tendancy to break out into song comes from Grammer’s own life. Apparently Grammer had a habit of singing during the shooting of ‘Cheers’ and Sam Simon, who wrote and produced ‘Cheers’ before developing ‘The Simpsons,’ recommended Grammer incorporate this trait into the character Sideshow Bob.

Other Sideshow Bob secrets revealed is that Bobs accent comes from the late stage actor and personal friend of Kelsey, Ellis Rabb. More confessions to come from the interview reveal Kelseys favourite Sideshow Bob line. So why not check out the interview below:

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So there you have it, 4 of my favourite cartoon voices. Thankfully we have plenty of cool tees available so you can show your appreciation for these vocal genius too!!

Ladies Thundercats Characters T-Shirt
from Sticks and Stones

Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles Backpack

Men’s Blue Marl Snoopy Lets Do
Lunch T-Shirt
from Junk Food

Ladies Snoopy The Good Life
Slub Vest from Junk Food

Men’s Cheers Where Everybody Knows
Your Name T-Shirt from Sticks & Stones

Men’s Simpsons
Duff Beer T-Shirt

Heroes In A Halfshell…….. and T-Shirt, Mug & Loungepants!

The year was 1989 and a phenomenon had just began – four fearless fighting green machines quickly took over this ten year old boys life and an obsession quickly ensued!

Their names: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Turtle Mania was massive. In every store window, on every high street would be Turtles merchandise, shop keepers praying and rubbing their hands waiting for whiney kids to nag their parents to buy, posters, toys, pencil cases or colouring books. My parents would avoid taking me past such places for obvious reasons.

I could only dream of the day when I’d finally work for a place that sold such things – Backpacks, T-shirts, Loungepants, Socks and Mugs; I’m wearing my Turtles Boxers Shorts right now!

Men's Grey Marl Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Group T-Shirt £25.99
Men’s Grey Marl Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Group T-Shirt £25.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack £44.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack £44.99

My teacher at year four of Junior School was a kind, white haired, gentle old man by the name of Mr May and he had a somewhat relaxed approach to teaching. Some would say his class room was chaotic, sure it was noisy but a lot of great creative things would be happening. In one corner someone would be building a space ship out of boxes and tin foil ready for mission to mars. On a small round table, a group of over enthusiastic children would be discussing the merits of Jeremiah Obadiah Jackanory Jones, someone would be playing the recorder and one kid would be boinging a ruler on desk.

Meanwhile my friends, Jamie, Alan, Mark, Kieran and I would be plotting what to do with our day. As there was no real structure or timetable, our discussion soon turned into talking about  Ninja turtles – all it really took was someone to say “cowabunga” and we’d be off! Sensing that some mischief was a rife Mr May swiftly intervened, noticing our obvious obsession and hyper furtiveness he suggested we do something with our energy and just like that a grand scheme of events started:

Firstly we thought about putting on a play, this just led to us making home made weapons, all of us made nunchucks out of toilet roll tubes and paper clips which quickly led to them being banned!

Second was learning about actual turtles, their nature and such facts. We figured reading books was boring so we quietly snuck out of school and ran to Kieran’s house where his neighbour kept newts (because no one had turtles, newts were the next best thing!) Kieran dashed into his house while we waited outside on lookout duty. Kieren appeared five minutes later with a sealed box with holes poked in and four newts inside which at that precise second we named Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. We Stomped back to school pretty sharpish and pleased as punch with our new slimy pets. When Mr. May asked us of our whereabouts “the Library” really didn’t explain the box of newts we’d acquired. All we’d really achieved was a new way to scare the girls as Leonardo and Raphael inexplicably disappeared.

Thirdly I’ve always been a good at drawing and at ten years old I wasn’t all that bad. I’d often get asked to draw random stuff for kids, cars, dwarfs with top hats, a cat on a go-kart…….. etc! Jamie my best friend/partner in crime at the time produced from his desk a Turtles colouring book, he knew my skills were good as we were desk buddies for life. Jamie asked if I could draw the images in the book? Always plotting a quick way to make a buck – Jamie’s plan was simple!

  1. Get me to copy the images from the book
  2. Advertise Turtles Posters for sale
  3. Send our friends around school to gain interest
  4. Get the innocent little scamps to give us money

Unfortunately, as my skills weren’t perfect Jamie realized no one would be interested in a part turtle, part donkey drawing so we did the next best thing! As access to a photocopier was impossible we started tracing the images. Word soon spread and demand was high for hand drawn images of The Turtles, we were getting requests for Splinter, Shredder even April O’Neil! It didn’t take long to trace an image and we shifted maybe 15 to 20 images at maybe 10 to 20 pence each in one afternoon!

We were Dons, we were grand schemers and forgers of art, proper shifty little gangsters living large and in charge. Our dreams of spending the ill gotten gains on sweets and fizzy drinks was short lived as it wasn’t long until one of the parents questioned her son on why he’d paid money for some drawing of a Turtle that had clearly been traced and poorly at that 🙁

The finger of blame was pointed right at us and we were swiftly marched to the headmasters office. Our poor attempt to convince Mr Buckley, our headmaster (no relation) that it was all for charity failed and we were forced to pay back each little blighter. Needless to say I felt pretty bad and promised not to do it again.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you’re going buy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise, buy it from your officially awesome officially retro online retailer

Later on in my teenage years, my friend Nick would discover that I could draw whatever was put in front of me and proceeded to show me teachers signatures – guess who got a lot of merits that year? 😉

Go Cartoon Crazy at TruffleShuffle.

Cartoon Love!! Our personal faves!!!

Being a nipper in the 80s means that cartoons were a pretty big part of my T.V viewing. So needless to say cartoons related products are probably my favourite genre on TruffleShuffle. With so many fantastic licenses and designs to choose from picking one favourite product would be next to impossible. So I thought I would show you my Top 10 products but it actually ended up being my Top 13?!?!?
From early memories of watching Long-Distance Clara on Pigeon Street to running round using Sight-beyond-Sight like Lion-O with my sister pretending to be Snarf from the Thundercats, all the products below jog fantastic memories for me, hopefully they do for you too…..

Rainbow Brite T-Shirt - £27.99 >Thundercats Logo T-Shirt - £18.99 >
Care Bears Hinge Wallet - £20.00 >Mickey Mouse O Clock Watch - £34.99 >
My Little Pony Stripes T-Shirt - £20.00 >He-Man Masters of the Universe T-Shirt - £20.00 >
Mr Grumpy Mr Men Mug - £6.95 >Bananaman Fan Club 1983 T-Shirt - £20.00 >
Men's Donatello TMNT Boxer Shorts - £8.99 >Ladies Raggy Dolls T-Shirt - £20.00 >
Transformers Group T-Shirt - £20.00 >Men's Raccoons T-Shirt - £20.00 >
Pigeon Street Cast Mug - £4.99 >Shop More Cartoon Goodies >>

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack – as seen in LMFAO Party Rock Anthem Video is back in stock!

Turtles fans rejoice – our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack – as seen in the LMFAO Party Rock Anthem Video – is back in stock!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack £40.00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack £40.00
This 100% official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack is an absolute wonder! An essential buy for any Turtles or LMFAO fans, who wouldn’t want a backpack that gives you Turtley powers? Cowabunga I hear you say!