The decade known as the 1990s was a boon for animation as broadcast networks were still programming blocks of animated programming on Saturdays and cable networks were starting to really develop their own properties. Some were reboots, other were spinoffs and of course this being the 1990s … some of these properties were of the extreme variety i.e. Extreme Dinosaurs, Extreme Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe Extreme. With all of these series in production there was need for voice actors, many of which came from the live action side of Hollywood and the roles they chose may surprise you.
5) Robert Patrick as Race Bannon on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996)
In the early-90s Turner Broadcasting acquired Hanna-Barbera, and hoped to reinvigorate classic characters, one of which was Jonny Quest. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest premiered in 1996 on three of Turner’s networks with Patrick as Dr. Quest’s all around go to guy. The show was plagued with production issues and was essentially rebooted for the second season and all of the voice actors were replaced with John De Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) taking over the role of Race Bannon.
4) Luke Perry as Sub-Zero on Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996)
As part of the USA Action Extreme Team block of animated programing, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm lasted only 13 episodes. It served as a psuedo-sequel to the live action Mortal Kombat film released in 1995, but its toned down violence and cartoon catch phrases such as “It’s Kombat Time!” proved to be its fatality. Perry voiced Sub-Zero, which is arguably one the franchise’s most popular characters, and the results are frigid at best.
3) Neil Patrick Harris as Max on Capitol Critters (1992)
Well before he was tripping majors balls en route to White Castle, Neil Patrick Harris voiced the main character in ABC’s attempt for prime time animation in response to the success of The Simpsons. While I pride myself of having a significant pop culture memory bank, this entire series about the various creatures that live in the bowels of the White House is completely unknown to me, and after watching an episode that’s probably a good thing.
2) Ian Ziering as Wildwing Flashblade on Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series (1996-97)
Yet another resident of 90210 did some voice over in a series which can only be described as the absolute nadir of corporate synergy. Ziering starred as Wildwing Flashblade, the leader of the titular Mighty Ducks. At the time this series was on the air, Disney founded the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which was named after the movie The Mighty Ducks. Logically, Disney created a cartoon in which humanoid ducks come to Earth to defend it from evil reptilians, only to become a co-ed hockey team that played against humans. And naturally they wore the same jerseys in the cartoon as the actual NHL Mighty Ducks.
1) Sting as Zarm on Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-92)
When he wasn’t plucking his lute or having tantric sex, Sting found time to do voice over work for the environmentally conscious cartoon of the 90s. Here’s a piece of trivia, Sting wasn’t the only A-lister to voice a character on Captain Planet and The Planeteers: Jeff Goldblum, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen and Elizabeth Taylor all did some voice work during the course of the series.
Now I’m wondering if Sting had any input into Zarm’s costume. The bikini briefs seem to be eerily reminiscent of his wardrobe from Dune, but less … oily. Now Zarm was a recurring character through the series’ run but Sting was vacated the role after the 1992 season with Malcolm Macdowell stepping into the cape and bikini briefs.