Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mad Hatter with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Batman

Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 30 2011
Special thanks to Cypo, Music Meister, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchTed Knight
Ted Knight
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchRoddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
DC Universe Online (2011)
Mad HatterMatt Hislope
Matt Hislope
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchPeter MacNicol
Peter MacNicol
Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes
Batman Unlimited: Mech Vs. Mutants (2016)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchAlastair Duncan
Alastair Duncan


In this Batman VC we have another member of Batman's Rogues Gallery and this time its for this Alice in Wonderland-themed villain generally known as Jervis Tetch... THE MAD HATTER! In the late 60's the Mad Hatter had his VA debut in Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder in which he was voiced by the late Ted Knight. Unlike the 2nd clip that we will go over later this take on the Mad Hatter is a simple good old fashioned silly comic book villain with a gimmicky theme. Is this take on the Mad Hatter a generic gimmicky comic book super-villain? Perhaps but Ted Knight's performance does help ensure that this take on the Mad Hatter does suit this show's light-hearten nature.

In the Batman Animated Series (and the DCAU) the Mad Hatter was voiced by the also late Roddy McDowall in which this take on the Mad Hatter is another example of why Paul Dini is known for making sympathetic villains. Granted the Mad Hatter did become a bit more of a conventional villain later on in his appearances in the DCAU but in his debut he was a fine example of a sympathetic antagonist in which Roddy's performance definitely captured the Mad Hatter's persona in the DCAU quite well. Roddy's performance worked very well for the Mad Hatter as it has a good sense of sympathetic shyness to increasing insanity in which to be honest I always found it to be one of my favorite performances from Roddy and it is another fine example of the voice work in the DCAU. Overall while Ted Knight's performance does work for the more simplistic take on the Mad Hatter but I am clearly going with Roddy McDowall here.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 10:29 AM on Fri Apr 13 2018
Roddy McDowell's my favorite, even if MacNicol arguably sounds even more "mad".
Pizza Time
said at 6:26 AM on Thu Mar 29 2018
I'm going with Peter MacNicol. He does the crazy voice so good, it just fits the Mad Hatter mad personality so well.
Pizza Time
said at 6:27 AM on Thu Mar 29 2018
Dang it, I keep making mistakes.
said at 4:58 PM on Sat Mar 17 2018
REALLY tough call between McDowall and MacNicol, but I had to go with MacNicol because he sounds even madder than McDowall does - truly out of his freaking mind.
8000 Saiyans
said at 9:48 AM on Thu Nov 16 2017
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I'll have to go with Roddy McDowall for this one, but Robin Atkin Downes and Alistair Duncan are also good.

Peter MacNicol fits Mad Hatter way more than he ever did as Doc Ock.

Ted Knight is okay, not bad, not good, but just okay.

Matt Hislope is too ridiculous sounding.

The UVA is the worst here.
said at 8:47 PM on Sat Sep 16 2017
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1. Roddy McDowall performance as the Mad Hatter was brilliant his take was very sympathetic but also a clever mastermind

2. Peter MacNicol got love his performance in Arkham City very sinister sounding
said at 10:36 AM on Mon Jul 17 2017
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Peter MacNiol, is perhaps the best voice for Jervis bar the none, his silly, yet still sinister sounding performance best conveys the deranged personality and gallows humor of the character; even if his accent is not too convincing. (not that he did bad with it though)

Roddy McDowall still holds something close for me as a fan of the late actor. While maybe not as silly, he still conveys the sinister demeanor in a more cunning, yet tragic performance.

Robin Atkin Downes is a great choice for Jervis, someone who I always wanted to play the part, but here he sounds more like a typical, evil doctor than a mad, over the top, whimsical character. Not that it's a bad change of direction but still, I feel they could have done something to make it a bit more interesting.

Alastair Duncan; a theory I called way back and I'm appreciated to be right. Anyway Alastair, again another good pick, though I wish he had a lot more to work with had the project been something more than just giant monsters vs robots. He's got the right direction for sillier, more whimsical take on the character though.

BONUS: This may be typecasting I know, but I think Greg Ellis, JB Blanc, Matthew Waterson, Graham McTavish, or Brian George would make good picks for Mad Hatter if we're going with actual Brits.

For non-Brits there's also Crispin Freeman, Nolan North, Troy Baker, Liam O'Brian, Jason Spisak, Mark Oliver (who is Aussie), Ian James Corlett, Matt Mercer, James Patrick Stewart, (Half-British admittedly) Rob Paulsen, Dee Braldey Baker, or even Eric Bauza or one of the Dobson Bros.

I can even see John Dimaggio, Fred Tatasciore, Neil Kaplan, Scott McNeil, Roger Craig Smith, or Travis Willingham making decent out of the box choices.
said at 10:46 AM on Mon Jul 17 2017
@Troodon2 And I guess Steve Blum, James Arnold Taylor, Yuri Lowenthal, Dave Wittenberg, Jess Harnell and Jeff Bennet to. (those I forgot :/ )
said at 3:09 PM on Thu Jun 22 2017
1. Peter MacNicol
2. Roddy McDowall
said at 3:45 PM on Thu Feb 16 2017
After doing some reading and close listening, I think the UVA from Mechs and Monsters is Troy Baker.

Because sure, let's give Troy yet ANOTHER Batman character. I'm half expecting him to be Catwoman soon.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:50 PM on Thu Feb 16 2017

If that's Troy Baker then it's like nothing I've ever heard him do.
said at 10:59 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@NCZ - That's the odd thing. Troy's shown that he has a surprisingly versatile voice range. Avengers EMH is probably the best example of that.

It's just a shame that every almost every project and director nowadays just tell him to use Judy his regular voice. Which, for me anyway, got old pretty fast
said at 11:02 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
"To use just his regular voice..."

Stupid auto correct
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:07 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017

I mean I get what you're saying, I'm just saying I don't personally believe it's him and that if it is I'd be surprised. I'd sooner bet on it being Dave B. Mitchell if anyone in the cast. He does several voices similar to that in his animation demo and his range tends to slip under people's radars a lot. I don't really hear much of Troy at all.;jsessionid=66AF55D7BED83FAB1AD5BCDCF08616E0?url=

Anyway, just be careful you don't accidentally summon him here to grill you publicly :p
said at 11:11 AM on Sat Feb 18 2017
@NCZ - Oh I have nothing against Troy as a person, and I do think he's a good voice actor. I more so have a problem with how people use him and how often instead of using more under appreciated actors.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:12 PM on Sat Feb 18 2017

No don't worry I get what you mean. Just having fun at my expense.
said at 11:30 AM on Sun Feb 12 2017
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Ted Knight's take on the Mad Hatter was a lot of fun: I usually enjoy hammy, over-the-top, and campy performances provided they are properly executed with the right direction, and this is no exception- he's clearly having fun with the role, and did quite well with the comedic bits he had to work with.

Roddy McDowall's performance as the Mad Hatter captures his sheer insanity and tragic personality in Batman: TAS very well, seeking love with someone who he could never get with, taking out vengeance on those who the Mad Hatter feels wronged him, starting with Batman who he feels is driving him away from here. Paul Dini in general was very good at making villains sympathetic, and this is no exception- Roddy was also quite good at the comedic side of the character for what brief instances B:TAS allowed him to showcase that, so I think the late Roddy had a very well rounded performance for the Mad Hatter, that showcased all aspects of his personality.

Matt Hislope's voice for the Mad Hatter is alright/fitting, but his delivery & acting are very strained and forced- he puts emphasis on words like "You're ruining EVERYTHING" or "You'll be sorry you did THAT" or "Pick on someone your own SIZE" to list a few examples of where I feel his take falters in places.

Peter MacNicol's voice is pretty fitting for the maniacal, insane personality the Mad Hatter has, giving off a very creepy yet sadistic vibe as well, although it's true his performance is more attuned towards focusing on the creepy and lost sanity aspect of the Mad Hatter than it could be all around, but I feel it's still quite fitting here due to that being pertinent in representing how much the Mad Hatter is deranged.

Robin Atkin Downes' take on the Mad Hatter is more subdued and sneaky than the others, yet it works just as effectively as many others, so I'd like to hear more from him in the future since it seems like has great potential in the part.

Unknown Voice Actor's take on the Mad Hatter just sounds overly goofy, silly, and high-pitched, to the point where he seems either miscast or misdirected altogether.

Overall, the late, great Roddy McDowall's performance gets my vote, but I was also very impressed with Peter MacNicol, Ted Knight, and Robin Atkin Downes' performances as well. Matt Hislope is listenable at the very least, I suppose, but the UVA is by far the weakest of the group for me.
Stare at the Sun
said at 8:02 AM on Sun Feb 12 2017
The UVA was actually pretty good. I hope more can be seen of him.
said at 11:07 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
Sticking with Peter MacNicol, though RAD was alright.
said at 7:58 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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I like Robin as Mad Hatter here, but something about his performance makes me want to hear him transfer that exact voice to Scarcrow, accent and all.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:01 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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Robin sounds way too subdued & calm. It lacks the creepiness & craziness that Mad Hatter is supposed to have. Call me biased but I'm sticking with Peter for the time being.
said at 5:47 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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Call me crazy, but I think that "Unknown Actor" might Alastair Duncan.
said at 5:25 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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VC thoughts update

Roddy McDowall really does a fantastic job as the Mad Hatter. He can be fun and bombastic yet he can also make you feel sympathy for him. Who thought the Bookworm from the 1966 Batman TV show would work so well as the Mad Hatter. Also, he kinda reminds me of Rene Auberjonois at times.

Peter MacNicol is good. He has a nice voice and delivery. The only problem is that he focuses too much on the creepy deranged aspects.

Ted Knight is the opposite of MacNicol. He focuses too much on camp and over-the-top silliness. He still works pretty well in the role.

Robin Atkin Downes is a natural choice for the Mad Hatter. He just needs more time in the role.

Matt Hislope sounds good, but his delivery tends to get awkward at times.

The UVA sounds pretty ridiculous.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:35 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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Robin could have been better but his whispery take is pretty one note and sometimes comes off as sounding old.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:39 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
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Ted Knight sounds fine in the role, and you can really tell that this is a 60s Mad Hatter just by listening to him (and not just from what audio quality either). His take seemed average at best.

Roddy McDowall sounds the most natural in the role, especially with his portrayal of a sympathetic Mad Hatter.

Matt Hislope sounds a bit young for the role (especially considering how this Mad Hatter looks middle-aged - kinda elderly when you look at his face).

Peter MacNicols take on The Mad Hatter is the most unexpected one for me, but it is a little interesting.

I'd like to hear more of the unknown voice actor if he had more material as his take does sound interesting.

My vote goes to Roddy McDowall.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:01 PM on Mon Feb 6 2017
@Jacob M. Keene Robert Atkin Downes does well in the role too.
said at 7:36 AM on Mon Oct 31 2016
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I prefer Peter here, but both his and Roddy's takes are different versions of the character.

The TAS version played up the mad scientist aspects of the character, but the Arkham games made him sound like the actual Mad Hatter from the story, except with creepy overtones. He truly sounds like a child rapist. The TAS version sounds a bit generic in comparison, and too similar to a lot of other villain voices in the show.
said at 12:41 PM on Fri Sep 2 2016
I know I'm going ahead and going this before he's moved, but whoever voiced Tetch in Mechs Vs. Mutants was also good.
said at 8:05 PM on Fri May 6 2016
Man this is a hard choice for me... Roddy and Peter work so well for their versions that are super brilliant that really my definitive favorite changes a lot. I guess technically ol Roddy is a tiny bit stronger since his version was a little bit more sane so he had more of a character that one could relate to, so I'll use that to justify going with him.

MacNicol is still so good though too, works super well as a... Well.... Mad man and deffinatly will give you a few chills.

Now he's not in this comparison as of posting this, but I would like to say my thoughts on Robin Atkin Downes. He was arlight, in fact it surprisingly worked.... But he wasn't given much to work with in the film so wasn't quite as memorable. Which makes me really want to see him again in the role... Which I know won't happen in that cartoon continuity since you know they KILLED HIM OFF.... My favorite Batman villain..... Screw you movie xD

But yeah would like to see him go at the role again... And further more I hope its a much better movie or what not xD
said at 4:28 PM on Sun May 8 2016
@MrFoxHatter I don't normally do this type of stuff, but if I were to say WHO I would like to play ol Jervis, personally I would love to see David Tennent the Tenth Doctor have a go voicing him.

Of course I could point at him playing the Purple Man from Jessica Jones as why he would fit the Hatters MO but also from hearing a few older clips of Roddy McDowall from different properties there where a few points where he sounded kinda similar to David's speaking patterns and tone as the Doctor, so I could deffinatly see Tennent playing s similar version to the TAS one (and because of purple man maybe even hint of MacNicol too xD)

Other actor I think could do it is Tom kenny. From listening to Mombo's master of ceremony song from Teen Titans for some reason in my head I could picture that voice matching Jervis, so it would be fun to see him try the role. I could see him maybe using his his Mombo voice with a hint of Doc Octopus with a little British thrown in.

Only other actor that comes to mind that I'd also like in the role is Corey Burton.... Not simply because he has voiced Disney's Hatter a lot but mainly because favorite VA of all time xD
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Apr 4 2016
1. RAD
2. Peter MacNicol
3. Roddy McDowall
4. Ted Knight
5. Matt Hislope
said at 11:37 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
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I like Roddy McDowall best, he gives a very theatrical performance, one that conveys both obsession and passion. He could be sympathetic and unsympathetic at the same time which is rather difficult to do, plus he had some good humorous moments.

Peter MacNicol did really well as a really creepy and deranged version of the character.

Matt Hislope and Ted Knight are ridiculous sounding.

The late Roddy McDowall has my vote and may he rest in peace.
said at 10:28 AM on Sat Aug 8 2015
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1) Roddy McDowall
2) Chris Emmett (BBC DC radio dramas)
3) Ted Knight
4) Peter MacNicol
5) Matt Hislope
Polyester Funk
said at 12:09 AM on Thu Jun 4 2015
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I like Roddy McDowall the best. Not sure that TAS used the character that we'll, but Roddy gave a great performance.

Peter MacNicol does sound good as a creepy, more deranged version.

Don't care for Matt Hislope.

Ted Knight, eh, well I don't really like it, but I guess it suited the timeframe that the show happened in.
said at 1:49 AM on Wed May 7 2014
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1. Peter MacNicol/Roddy McDowall: Both performances are quite different, yet they're both so good that I can't really say one is better than the other! Roddy is ridiculously passionate and all around fun to listen to, a great performance from an awesome actor in a superb cartoon! Roddy's Hatter is a better fit for a more traditional take on him! However, I also loved Peter as he was ridiculously creepy and really captured the feel of a guy consumed with an obsession with a book to the point of insanity. The way he channels Lewis Carol's Mad Hatter in the way he acts and speaks, the horrified anguish and sorrow he shows in Dr. Strange's interview tapes... he's just all around great for a much darker, twisted take on the Hatter. Both get a 9 respectively, both sound awesome for their different takes on the character.

2. Ted Knight: There's not a whole lot that can be said. He lacks the energy of Roddy and the eccentricity of Peter, but he's not bad either. He's just more of a generic silly villain with this performance, so I think it's fair that he gets a 5/10.

3. Matt Hislope: Eesh... I really can't say anything about this performance that's good. His delivery sounds forced beyond belief, and it's done quite awkwardly too. Really, it's just not good at all and I have to give it a 3/10.
said at 3:45 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
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Going with Peter MacNicol, particularly for Arkham Origins.

"Blast you, Mr Wilson! Would you leave some for the party?!"
said at 3:26 PM on Tue Mar 11 2014
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Ted Knight- Ted sounds fitting for the mood and time period of when the show was made, but it's just a below average performance when looking at it nowadays that doesn't leave all that much of an impact. 3.5/10

Roddy McDowall- Being one of the best actors ever IMO, and he definitely shows it here. He has the emotional energy when playing the role and when he gets mad he legitimately sounds mad, and he's just as good at sounding evil and mean as he is sounding emotional as he shows before he becomes the Mad Hatter, and at the end of the episode when he is captured, and its not only one of Batman TAS best performances, it's one of Roddy's greatest. R.I.P. 9.5/10

Peter MacNicol- Peter is going for much more of the mentally unstable Hatter, which acts somewhat like a little more stable version of the Joker, and MacNicol like many other roles, does fantastically here. Peters high pitched voice works very well in the role and he gets the unstableness of the hatter down very well and the creepy lines come out very creepy with his voice. 9/10

Matt Hislope- Do I even need to say anything about this performance? Hislope sounds completely unfitting in the role. He sounds excited yet extremely bored at the exact same time, and his line delivery is just awkward at a lot of points. And as some people have said, he does sound like he would've fit the Joker better in that game than the Hatter. 3/10

1. Roddy
2. Peter
3. Ted
4. Matt
said at 11:39 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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Tom Kenny for Mad Hatter
said at 6:50 AM on Tue Jan 7 2014
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I wonder if Alan Tudyk would make a good Mad Hatter?
said at 12:01 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
It's pretty obvious by the fact he starts with a riddle(and even sounding a bit Jim Carrey ish) that he'd be better for Riddler, so my thoughts on him are the same as others below.
said at 9:25 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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Matt sounds like he'd be better at voicing Riddler than Hatter. My vote stays with Peter.
said at 7:12 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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I think Matt did terrible.
said at 7:02 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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Peter for sure, but Roddy was great as well. Ted Knight was pretty good too, but I think Matt's voice would suit the Riddler more.
said at 3:44 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Roddy Mdowall was amazing as Mad Hatter
said at 3:45 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
@Archerboy58 i mean Mcdowall
said at 10:04 AM on Thu Nov 28 2013
Peter wins this one for sounding the most creepy and making the Mad Hatter sound distinctive. Roddy was also good, while Ted isn't anything special.
said at 8:37 AM on Sun Nov 17 2013
Peter really makes the role as he makes Hatter sound as crazy as he should be.

Roddy was pretty good by making an intelligent version of Hatter.

Ted wasn't so great.
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Roddy McDowell really made this character an interesting and entertaining member of Batman's rogue gallery. Peter MacNicol does a perfect job too: very creepy and deranged. Ted Knight...generic and forgettable.
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
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I'm going with Roddy McDowell. Peter MacNicol is good too.
said at 1:33 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
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I like Roddy McDowall the best. He gave a great performance, but I actually thought Hatter's story in TAS was a little melodramatic and corny. Peter MacNicol is perfect for making him sound creepy though. I would have liked Roddy McDowall even better if he got a chance to be full-blown creepy and psychotic, but instead he was more of just a "misunderstood awkward guy" who had an unrequited crush (and an obsession with a book), and it didn't allow him to be as psychotic and funny as he could have been.
said at 6:49 PM on Mon May 27 2013
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Ted is very forgettable villain performance in my mind and almost nothing really sticks out about it.

Roddy Mcdowall is one of my favorite actors as with Peter Macnicol and both make the character a delusional lunatic but make him sympathetic at some points but I feel Macnicol did it a little better and that high pitched voice fits Mad Hatters personality a little more.
said at 9:14 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
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The thing about Roddy is that he's playing a very different Hatter from the comics. It's a much more sympathetic take, and Roddy absolutely rocks it. Both "Mad as a Hatter" and "Perchance to Dream" have insanely great acting from him. He's still good in Hatter's later episodes (there are a couple priceless bits in "Knight Time" and "Over the Edge"), but the humanity had been drained from the character by then.

Peter, by contrast, is playing a much creepier Hatter closer to the comics; you definitely get more of a "child molester" vibe from him, and he does that excellently.
said at 6:33 AM on Fri Sep 28 2012

I totally agree with you a 100%, Roddy captured the humanity of the Hatter portrayed in the early BTAS. Which ended up being my favorite depiction of him through the series. I had issues with half the villain character development in Season Three of BTAS. Even Bruce seemed to fall flat at times. Maybe it's just me but there has to be a bit of humanity in each villain to relate or even like the character.

Now Peter MacNicol really got that "Holy ****" this guy is a creeper Mad Hatter aspect. The total this guy is a crazy pedo-bear! Which I like too. :P I like both depictions of the Mad Hatter maybe one day they can somehow intertwine both. Though Peter does and excellent job and should continue portraying him.
said at 10:22 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
roddy and peter.
said at 12:09 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
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Roddy McDowall was able to cover the all the different sides of Hatter from Jervis to his costumed persona. MacNicol was good but can only really do the creepy side. And unfortunately his voice gets a tiny bit irritating.
said at 9:39 AM on Fri Mar 9 2012
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Roddy McDowall
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:45 PM on Tue Jan 17 2012
I feel, given the character's bio, needs a creepy element which Peter delivers. Roddy was better in Gotham Knights where he was a little creepy. Ted is fine just not very rememberable
said at 11:33 PM on Sun Oct 23 2011
I'm gonna give this one to Peter MacNicol as I felt his Mad Hatter was really creepy. Roddy McDowall was good, too, but I just think MacNicol was creepier.
said at 6:10 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
@Anicomicgeek Actually, considering the events. Why not say that Peter MacNicol does a good job of honoring Roddy McDowall's memory? It satisfies both aspects.
said at 3:50 PM on Sat Oct 22 2011
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Peter MacNiol's Doc Ock voice fits Mad Hatter more. Makes him sound just creepy and is great replacement for Mcdowall.
said at 9:34 PM on Wed May 15 2013
@pete Oh and to clarify I mean it's Mad Hatter WAY more than it suits Doc Ock.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 11:40 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
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Anyone else think Ted Knight sounds A LOT like Jim Backus?
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