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Crash Bandicoot

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Crash Bandicoot with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot is a mutated Eastern Barred Bandicoot who was created by the demented Doctor Neo Cortex to be the general of his growing army of super-animal soldiers and lead them to world domination. However, when Crash was proven to be unworthy of Cortex's army, he was promptly ejected from Cortex's island castle and washed up on N. Sanity Island. To exact revenge on Cortex and to rescue a female bandicoot named Tawna, Crash returned to Cortex's castle and destroyed it, foiling Cortex's dreams of world domination. Crash is a very emotional character, quick to laugh and quick to cry. He loves a good tussle every now and then and is fearless and danger-loving by nature, but he rarely seeks out trouble and prefers a good bask in the sun.

Crash is not known for his grasp on the English language and instead communicates through gibberish vocalizations.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Apr 11 2010
Special thanks to Foxwolf for additional sound clips.
Crash Bandicoot (1996)
Crash BandicootBrendan O'Brien
Brendan O'Brien
Crash Team Racing (1999)
Crash BandicootBilly Pope
Billy Pope
Crash Nitro Kart (2003)
Crash BandicootSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Crash: Mind over Mutant (2008)
Crash BandicootJess Harnell
Jess Harnell
Skylanders Academy (2016)
Crash BandicootEric Rogers
Eric Rogers


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said at 4:10 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
1. Brendan O'Brien
2. Jess Harnell
said at 11:05 PM on Sat Aug 19 2017
Brendan O'Brien's take is simply iconic. Whenever I think of Crash having a voice, I think of that iconic "WHOA!" which, I admit, I've heard a LOT, since I kinda suck at platform games.

I know he's not here, but UGH... I can't get Crash's voice actor from those Cortex Strikes Back ads out of my head,and not for a good reason. That commercial was the definition of "cringy", and Crash just shouldn't talk.

Billy Pope actually isn't that bad. He sounds a bit higher pitched, than O'Brien, but his voice clips work for me. I like his take on Crash.

I wouldn't have been able tell that was Steve Blum if I wasn't told! It definitely shows his versatility, but at the same time, it's a bit TOO high-pitched, in my opinion... kinda grating, actually.

Jess Harnell... I don't know why Radical Entertainment decided that Crash needed to speak in baby gibberish, but man, that was grating to hear. And do I even need to mention that thing in the ending?

Eric Rogers. Again, Crash talks, for the first time in 2 decades. and I have to say, I'd take him over THAT any day, but that's not saying much. I mean, the accent kinda makes sense, since real Bandicoots are native to Australia, but it's just bleh, and like I said, Crash shouldn't talk.

I was kinda skeptical about Jess Harnell coming back for the N.Sane Trilogy, but he proved me wrong! He does a great job at just following Brendan O'Brien's cues, which was all he needed to do, and I'm a lot more confident with him seemingly being THE new Crash voice now! (I wish they kept in the "YEEEEEHAW!" when beating bosses in the first game, though.)

So for me.

1: O'Brien
2: Pope
3: N.Sane Trilogy! Harnell
4: Blum
5: Radical! Harnell
6: Rogers
7: Cortex Strikes Back ad VA
said at 11:41 PM on Fri Aug 25 2017
@KhFan-D98 P A N C A K E S
said at 4:20 AM on Wed Aug 16 2017
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O'Brien is the most memorable of the lot most notable for the "Whoa!" sound that has become quite iconic with many gamers.

Blum although a little bit too high pitched is rather good, Blum definitely has a huge vocal range and he's probably to me the closest we have to the best Crash (sans Harnell which I'll get to in a mo).

Harnell's alright I guess, I can understand why some people can be annoyed with Crash constantly talking in gibberish in the Titan games but he did have some funny moments here or there. He was pretty decent in the N-Sane Trilogy with him redoing all of O'Brien's lines but at the same time O'Brien is way too iconic for Harnell to beat him.

Pope is pretty much a weaker version of O'Brien, less memorable and endearing.

Rogers did the best he could but they more or less just gave him a Australian voice and it feels rather jarring to hear Crash actually speak fully (not just saying one or two words like "Uh oh" or "PANKCAKES!")

In the end O'Brien grabs the crystal and the gems and makes a run for it to the end. YEEHAW!
said at 12:27 PM on Sun Jul 16 2017
Excluding Eric Rogers, my opinion on Crash's voices below:

4. Jess Harnell - Sorry but I found him rather annoying, especially in the Titan games. I think Crash works better silent with a few words instead of grunts and gibberish. I'm sure he's doing better in the PS4 remaster but I just didn't like what he offered.

3. Billy Pope - I get he didn't have much to work with but it's a pretty pale imitation of Brendan O'Brien without being memorable.

2. Steve Blum - Rather high-pitched but overall pretty decent. Steve does a good job imitating Brendan whilst putting his own spin on it (no pun intended lol). Wonder why he didn't voice the character again.

1. Brendan O'Brien - Of course nothing beats the original. Brendan gave the most fitting voice for Crash and made it funny and endearing, plus the ever iconic "Whoa!" sound. It's no surprise the other actors imitated him the most.
said at 6:19 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
Is it me or does it feel incredibly jarring to hear Crash Bandicoot speak normally?
said at 6:41 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
@OtiTheComicsGuy - It's not just you
said at 10:59 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017
> plays the other four
> opens up Skylanders clip
Whoa, Crash talks? o_o

Real talk, Brendan O'brien is Crash's most iconic sound, for sure, but Jess Harnell's version is entertaining for sounding downright silly and nonsensical. The others I'm sort of indifferent about honestly.

The fact Jess's reprising the role for the upcoming ps4 re-release puts a smile on my face.
said at 9:35 AM on Mon Feb 6 2017
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Eric Rogers sounds like he would make a great Nack the Weasel voice from the Sonic comics. Add a bit of rasp, and with a different script he'd be a great voice for Nack!

As for Crash, he's trying but it seems strange to me that a unique character like Crash was made very generic in Skylanders Academy.
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
@Torak - Now that you mention it ... yeah he could make a good Nack
said at 1:24 AM on Sat Jan 21 2017
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There's something about Harnell that I like the most. I think it's the slight rasp that makes it more entertaining to me. Personally I think each of these guys works in there own way (even if I think Steve is a teeny bit too high) I'd say the only bad Crash was Carlos Alazraqui in that one commercial for Crash 2, but I feel that was just they didn't know what to do with the character to advertise the game.
said at 1:08 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
@skeletonking1234 - Is that officially confirmed to be Carlos? I mean, I can sort of hear it, but I want to make sure.
said at 4:51 PM on Wed Feb 8 2017
@HyperVoiceActing I'd Carlos's voice for the bad parent hunter in Fairly Oddparents is definitely I hear the connection
said at 8:59 PM on Mon Dec 26 2016
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Crash should be silent like in Crash Twinsanity but if I have to choose it would have to be Brendan O'Brien.
said at 3:24 PM on Sun Dec 25 2016
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... Though the Australian accent was flawed, Eric Rogers had the best idea.
said at 12:10 PM on Sat Dec 24 2016
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I feel like Eric Rogers tried to give Crash an Australian accent to match that he's a bandicoot, but it kind of backfired instead into making him come off as a stereotypical hero.

Anyway, my vote's for Brendan O'Brien: he's too classic to pass up, and the "Whoa!" is iconic that he did.

My second favorite would be Jess Harnell: his grunts are pretty endearing, even though I think the gibberish could be toned down a little bit.

Billy Pope is a bit too whiny, even though it's alright.

Steve Blum is similar to Billy Pope in terms of his delivery, except a little higher pitched.
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said at 9:18 AM on Sat Dec 24 2016
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Eric's voice is not what I expected.
said at 7:47 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
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I'm not gonna blame Eric, he's just doing his job, but Skylanders Academy Crash was pretty much a generic superhero, which really makes him not too memorable. The only thing I remember liking from that Crash was one particular line, and thankfully it's used in his clip near the end.

Sticking with Harnell
said at 1:35 PM on Thu Dec 22 2016
@HyperVoiceActing Yeah, I feel Crash would have been much better handled in that episode had he been his wacky, Crashy self... and maybe get Jess to return as well, no offence to Eric.
said at 5:35 PM on Fri Dec 23 2016
@Troodon2 - I have no problem with Eric Rogers voicing him (even if the accent took some getting use to). It's just the way Crash was written I disliked
said at 8:35 PM on Fri Dec 23 2016
@HyperVoiceActing Yeah, I can definitely see that.
said at 7:03 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
This(Eric) is the first voice that wasn't comically over the top... but I dunno was kinda boring, I'm gonna but him ahead of Steve Blum who overdid it til it hurts my ears
said at 6:38 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
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Brendan O'Brien IS Crash Bandicoot! Although I suppose my second favourite here Is Jess Harnell.

Don't really have much of an opinion on the rest tbh.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:43 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
Eric Rogers reminds me of the guy who voiced Crash Bandicoot in the commercials. Speaking of, do anyone know who voiced him in that animated commercial they did for Crash Bandicoot 2?
said at 7:44 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
@Shaun Ince - I'm not gonna lie, a part of me thought they brought that guy back for this lol
Shaun Ince
said at 7:57 AM on Thu Dec 22 2016
@HyperVoiceActing IKR?
Shaun Ince
said at 8:51 AM on Sun Dec 18 2016
Even though we only got to see bits & pieces of it, it seems that Jess Harnell is doing a performance very similar to Brendan O'Brien's Crash. I think I'll wait till I hear more of it before I change my vote.
said at 12:30 AM on Sun Dec 18 2016
Crash Bandicoot recently -- I'm not making this up -- TALKED in Skylanders Academy, a Netflix show. I didn't get the name of the voice actor on that show...
said at 7:29 PM on Sun Dec 4 2016
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As classic as Brendan is, I actually kind of gotten use to Jess' Crash. And I'm glad he's still been able to voice him in both Skylanders and the Remasters (where he actually does sound better IMO)
said at 5:45 PM on Fri Oct 2 2015
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-Brendan O'Brien: The classic. Does anyone else think he sounds like Mario when Crash says "yeehaw!"
-Billy Pope: Decent impersonator for O'Brien, although I wonder why he voicing Crash when O'Brien was on hand voicing N. Gin, Tiny, and Pintsripe. Pope also sounds like Mario at points.
-Steve Blum: That vocal range.
-Jess Harnell: The most talkative (and ironically most incoherent) Crash to date. He should come back if there's ever a new game, but maybe with less gibberish.

My personal ranking:
1. Brendan O'Brien and Jess Harnell (tie)
2. Billy Pope
3. Steve Blum
said at 10:50 AM on Sat Oct 17 2015
@Scrappy-Fan92 "...why Billy Pope WAS voicing Crash...". How did I forget the "was"?
said at 4:13 AM on Fri Oct 2 2015
I like Brendan O' Brien and Jess Harnell's Crash voices. But I think Brendan gets my vote the most.
said at 5:23 AM on Thu Aug 20 2015
Brendan O' Brien I like him the most

Steve Blum Sounds Silly

Jess Harnell Gibberish

Billy Pope Sounds Just Like Brendan But Higher
said at 2:02 AM on Wed Aug 12 2015
If another Crash Game is made I hope they allow him to talk because he pretty much talks gibberish and makes sounds
said at 1:25 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
Steve Blum's take sounds like Mickey Mouse, what? XD
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Jun 11 2015
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It's been along while since i voted for Brendan for Crash so i'm gonna pull over the results i had:

#1) Brendan O'Brien

#2) Billy Pope

#3) Jess Harnell

#4) Steve Blum
said at 5:59 PM on Fri May 16 2014
Billy Pope sounds the best to me, his Crash is like Brendan O'Brien's but more defined.

Steve Blum sounded too high pitched and Jess Harnell sounded like baby talk gibberish and I don't like that style for Crash.
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
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The only voice I like is Jess so he gets my vote
said at 2:07 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
@HienFan 1 Jess Harnell
2 Brendan O Brien/Billy Pope(Is that's someone else voicing Crash though? It sounds EXACTLY like Brendan)
3 Steve Blum
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Nov 10 2013
I haven't heard Brendan O'Brien in anything other than Crash. Is he still voice acting???
said at 8:10 AM on Thu Sep 8 2016
@Ross123 - I believe he voiced a few villains in Danny Phantom. Not sure if he's done much beyond that
said at 6:55 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
I don't think anyone will be able to top the simple, yet amazing sounds Brendan O'Brien provived!
said at 1:35 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
I voted for Jess Harnell, even though I've never really played these games, because it sounds like Wakko Warner.
said at 12:10 AM on Mon Jul 29 2013
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It seems to me that Brendan O'Brien could be Billy Pope. They sound identical! Maybe he used a false name for that game. If he was three other characters in the same game and reprised the role for Wrath of Cortex, it doesn't make any sense to me that they randomly decided to not use him for Crash in CTR. Anyway, my vote's for O'Brien.

Jess Harnell's gotten a worm reception here, but Crash speaking this much gibberish is just annoying to me. What's the point? It's not like he's expressing a personality, it's like they're making him sound even dumber than he ever did.

Steve Blum sounds a little too animated, high-pitched and over the top.
said at 2:22 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
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I prefer it when Crash doesn't talk but i'm going 2 go for Jess.

Billy & Steve are both annoying.

Brendan was the original so he gets my respect despite being annoying.
said at 2:17 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
@Ross123 I'm not going to say much about Jess other than the fact he's probably the least ear splitting voice out of everyone

Not sure if Billy IS Brendan or not since the credit on that game never said who voice Crash and it never says who Brendan or Billy voices but at least those two have funny value so I can laugh my ass out, can't say the same for Steve, he kinda over shot the mark and sounds downright girlish here
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@HienFan I've always heard the rumours that Billy is just Brendan under a false name but I don't believe it's that the case.

Reason being because it doesn't make any sense for him to do such a thing considering he has been credited under Brendan O'Brian in the previous Crash games before Team Racing.
said at 6:25 AM on Sat Aug 1 2015
@Ross123 Looking at the credit, Brendan is credited with his role listed, but no Crash... Billy is one of the voice actors with no role listed

I will say that he and Billy are better than Steve either way, Steve was far too shrill
said at 5:30 PM on Sun Jun 2 2013
BoB: I growed up on his voice acting of Crash. He make great classical Crash
BP: He sounds little higher, but is still can be... he show Crash´s emotione
SB: Sorry, but is little high... but is kinda funny!
JH: Great gibberish! I actually like it
I decide for Brendan, because is first and original voice actor for Crash and he have not so deep and not so high voice.
said at 7:22 AM on Mon Feb 11 2013
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# 1 - Jess Harnell: Now, despite growing up with Brendan O'Brien. I put Jess Harnell in first place, purely for how wacky he sounds.

# 2 - Brendan O'Brien: As soon as someone even mentions the name Crash Bandicoot, I automatically think of Brendan O'Brien & his classic "Whoa!!" sound effect. Really iconic back in the day.

# 3: Steve Blum - I gotta hand to Steve Blum, that dude has range!

# 4: Billy Pope - Can't say I've heard much of Billy Pope's version, he's OK I guess, but the sound effects REALLY drown him out.
said at 2:08 AM on Wed Aug 12 2015
@MilanTheVillain01hey dude do you think Billy sounds just like Brendan
said at 10:26 AM on Sun Oct 7 2012
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Listen to 00:32 of Jess Harnell's voice, it sounds like he said ''Yabba-Dabba-Doo''
said at 4:58 PM on Thu Sep 13 2012
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Crash Bandicoot, one of those hard to judge characters because he never speaks coherent English!:

Brendan O'Brien - His vocal effects really helped to bring Crash to life.

Steve Blum - I had no idea he did this voice! That being said, I really love how excitable and silly he sounds.

Jess Harnell - The closest to Crash actually speaking, which I don't really like, but with what he's been given, this is some good work by Jess.

Billy Pope - I think he can sound just a little too high pitched at times...

Well, I'm gonna say Blum as the top, then O'Brien at a close second, Jess at a semi-distant third and Pope in fourth and final place.
said at 1:08 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
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Even though I don't play Crash games anymore, crash with a voice is like unusual for me to hear. Though I like steve blums for character and charaisma and that I do like Brenda O' Brien more though Crash. I can't same much for the others though, the others sound like generic at times.
said at 2:05 PM on Fri Jul 8 2011
I like Steve Blum's voice
It sounds more hyperactive
said at 3:55 PM on Thu May 19 2011
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#1 Brendan O'Brien
Crash Bandicoot just wouldn't be Crash Bandicoot if it weren't for the trademark "Whoa!" provided by Brendan. While he didn't have much to work with at all (something you should be aware of if you've played the classic games), he did very well with what was provided. And he's the original, and as it (usually) goes, you just can't beat 'em. His performance is too classic to pass up. However, IMO he should've just stuck with Crash and leave the other characters in the series to the more experienced VAs.

#2 Jess Harnell
Even though the newer Crash Bandicoot games will never live up to the high standards of the originals, Jess's performance was just too comical to bottle up good laughs. Crash may or may not have changed for the better but what can I say? Jess gives a one-of-a-kind performance.

#3 Steve Blum
While his tone and sense of humor was very similar to that of Brendan's, Steve was much more grating to listen to. Don't get me wrong, he is a fantastic and very well-rounded VA, and his performances as Zabuza Momochi and Wolverine were amazing. He has been a VA for quite some time now, and he continues his great work as one today. As a matter of fact, he's one of my personal favorites! However, it's just that he kinda went way over the top when voicing Crash.

#4 Billy Pope
Not much to say here, except that he's in the same boat as Steve.
said at 11:31 PM on Thu Apr 15 2010
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I'm leaning towards Harnell on this one. He's the most entertaining to listen to out of the three.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Crash Bandicoot voice actors?
Brendan O'Brien
Steve Blum
Jess Harnell
Billy Pope
Eric Rogers