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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mickey Mouse with sound clips and images.
For our 2000th voice compare, we shall celebrate with one of, if not the most iconic cartoon character of all time: Mickey Mouse!

Mickey is the mascot of the Walt Disney Company, created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928. He made his first official appearance in the cartoon, "Steamboat Willie". While at first, Mickey was a mischievious trickster type, he's since evolved into a plain, friendly everyman character. Mickey is known for his high-pitched voice and cheerful personality.

Mickey's voice was originally provided by Walt Disney himself. Due to being busy running the company and his voice being hoarsened from smoking, James McDonald took over from the 50s to the 70s. Wayne Allwine was selected as Mickey's official voice from 1977 to his unfortunate death in 2009, except for the TV special Down and Out with Donald Duck, where Les Perkins did the voice. Since then, Bret Iwan is the current voice of Mickey.

Created by NCZ on Sat Sep 1 2012, 60 Comments, Add Comment
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Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseWalt Disney
Walt Disney
Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseJames MacDonald
James MacDonald
Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseWayne Allwine
Wayne Allwine
Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987)
Mickey MouseLes Perkins
Les Perkins
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010)
Mickey MouseBret Iwan
Bret Iwan
Mickey Mouse (2013)
Mickey MouseChris Diamantopoulos
Chris Diamantopoulos

EDITOR'S OPINION

First off, I can't deny any credit to Walt Disney, both for creating Mickey and his iconic voice. He actually makes for a pretty good voice actor! Bret Iwan also shows promise, and seems like he's shaping up to become a natural in the role. Like many of you, I grew up listening primarily to Wayne Allwine's take on Mickey, and I feel he sounds most natural in the role. James MacDonald and Les Perkins are also pretty good, but IMO not quite as memorable as the others. As for Chris Diamontopoulos, his imitation is a little closer to Walt Disney in terms of pitch, but it's not quite as lively as I'd like.

In the end, I'd say Wayne just barely edges out Walt, with Bret Iwan in third place, followed by James McDonald in fourth and Les Perkins fifth.


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myopinion1
said at 5:23 AM on Mon Apr 7 2014
1. Wayne Allwine. I tend to go against popular opinion, but he's a great mickey.
2. Walt Disney. Kind of has a Woody Woodpecker thing going on in my mind. I know mickey came first, but still.
3. Bret Iwan. Kudos for taking Allwine's job, and doing it alright, but slightly high for me.
Slightly higher than...
4. Chris Diamantopoulos. Softer than i'd like, but decent.
5. James McDonald. Ok job, kida mediocre actually.
6. Les Perkins. Miscast. A decent understudy, but if he were to work real hard.

I would like to see Bret Iwan in all future games, with Chris Diamantopoulos as an understudy/classic voice. So essentially what it is now.
HienFan
said at 7:38 PM on Tue Apr 1 2014
Order shifted a little bit
1 Walt Disney
2 Chris Diamantopoulos
3 Wayne Allwine(However he got worse when he gotten ill)
4 Bret Iwan(his Epic Mickey role is good but the others... unless he can go as low as Wayne well)
5 Les Perkin
6 James McDonald
Aussieroth
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Nov 19 2013
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Ok, I think this is how I can put it. Walt Disney of course revolutionized Mickey's voice. Wayne however, perfected it especially in Kingdom Hearts 2, somehow despite the bad direction and some bland writing that game was the convincer to me that he is the best Mickey Mouse (and had surprisingly good chemistry with Sir Christopher Lee)

Bret Iwan is getting there though, doing very well as Mickey.
lnytune1
said at 3:10 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
Wayne Allwine all the way!

Brett Iwan is a good impression, though.
Ross123
said at 12:05 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
I'm starting 2 wonder what everyone thinks of Chris Diamantopoulos a Mickey in the new cartoon shorts?

Well I think he's not bad but also he's more of a stand in as Mickey for when Bret has other commitments.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:21 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Wayne Allwine is the one I'm most used to, but Walt, James, and Bret are great too. Les Perkins sounded wrong and as fun as Chris is, I can't help thinking he sounds like the evil Mickey from South Park, ha-hah!
Legacyman
said at 4:09 PM on Sat Sep 21 2013
Man, I can't believe most of Mickey's voice actors are already dead. I especially loved the actors that did his voice in the cameos of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 with Leopopld Stokowski and with James Levine.
HienFan
said at 12:52 PM on Thu Sep 5 2013
I never really like Mickey's falsetto I hear in modern work.(That's coming from someone who also dislikes Mario's current voice)

1 Carl Stalling(not in the list sadly)
2 Walt Disney
3 Chris Diamantopoulos
4 Bret Iwan
5 Wayne Allwine
6 Les Perkin- Kinda odd
7 James MacDonald- what an awful voice
sosoubi
said at 1:42 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
I think Walt's mickey is adorable, but Wayne handles it the best
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:10 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
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Chris is actually pretty good, I personally prefer him to Bret. Chris is able to do the voice, while also capturing the character's truly comedic side, and he sounds... funny! Sure Bret SOUNDS like the character, but there isn't a whole lot to his performance outside of that. Some of it might be the fault of the material, but there are times when he sounds too "happy", almost in a cringe-worthy way.

With that said, Wayne was able to capture all of what both above voice actors bring to the table.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
Also, I don't think Chris is a permanent replacement for Bret. I think he's just voicing the character for the shorts to reflect their style and the direction they're going in (going back to Mickey's comedic roots). Plus, on Twitter, he distinctly refers to voicing Mickey Mouse in the new shorts, not being the character's new official voice.

Since Bret has no other voice credits outside Mickey Mouse, it makes sense to assume they wanted someone who can deliver comedic talent while handling the voice. If you have the right voice, Mickey Mouse is not a difficult character to SOUND LIKE (compared to characters like Donald Duck which are extremely hard just to get the VOICE down). It's the... acting and timing of the character that makes him a challenging role to take on, which is why not just anyone can do the voice. Using a seasoned veteran would be a wise move (while Chris is not a seasoned voiceover actor, at least he has quite a bit of acting experience under his belt). While Bret does a decent job, I personally believe someone with more voice or acting experience should've been cast, then maybe situations like this could've been avoided.
Ghosty404
said at 5:33 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
1: I'm going to have to go with a tie between Wayne and Chris. Wayne certainly gives his own energy to Mickey, and practically IS Mickey.

While they didn't bring in Bret for the new Mickey shorts, I believe Chris does fine for the shorts. He sounds just like Walt if he wasn't too awkward sounding and had a bit more personality.

2: Bret Iwan is a great Wayne impersonator, but sounds kinda wooden and a little off when you look into it. (Maybe this is why Disney replaced him with Chris for the shorts?)

3: Even though Walt Disney was the first VA, it kinda sounded a little jarring to hear Mickey say full sentences, since I always hear Walt saying small phrases. He doesn't sound anything special, but he shaped up the voices for other aspiring voice actors to follow!

4: James MacDonald didn't sound all that good. He sounded Scottish, that's all.

5: Les Parkins sounded like he was trying too hard and trying too little at the same time.
SpongeBat1
said at 8:31 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
My picks, from best to worst.

Wayne Allwine- He didn't just voice Mickey. He WAS Mickey! He gave the perfect, everyman voice. May he R.I.P.
Bret Iwan- An excellent impression.
Walt Disney- Well, duh. He was the original, and shaped the voice for others to follow.
Chris Diamantopoulos- Sounds a lot like Walt, though he sounds a bit odd. Still, not bad.
James MacDonald/Les Perkins- They do good, but something about their deliveries seem... off.
VctrBnsn
said at 7:28 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
I'll go with Wayne first, Walt second for originating the voice, Bret third, Chris forth, and Les and James tied for 5th.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 5:01 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
Diamantopoulos was kind of surprising. I'd thought they'd use Iwan for these shorts, but apparently not? He sounds like Disney, so it seems to me that it was more of a direction these shorts are going. I would have liked more energy from him, but he's not bad.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 7:01 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
@ConfusedPhantom More shorts came out...I gotta say, he's really funny. Here's my updated preferences:
1. Allwine
2. Disney
3. Diamantopoulos
4. Iwan
5. MacDonald
6. Perkins
coolgeek176
said at 4:33 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
I'm going with Walt Disney. Chris, Bret Iwan, and Wayne Allwine were great too.
Ross123
said at 2:41 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
Chris Diamantopoulos voices Mickey in new cartoon shorts so i'm surprised he's not on here but if I have 2 pick i'd say Wayne 1st & Bret a close 2nd.

James & Walt did very well.

Les ain't Mickey really.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:55 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@Ross123 I wasn't able to find anything usable to record for Chris until now. Most of what I did find was unavailable in my country (Canada), or it was from the croissant short where Mickey was mainly speaking French. For the future though, please don't make statements like that in the comments. Any and all requests belong in the forums. The comments are purely for, well, commenting on the page's subject.
Ross123
said at 12:45 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
ok thanks for the notice.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 9:09 PM on Sat Feb 2 2013
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Bret Iwan and Wayne Allwine did the best Mickey Mouse voices ever! =)
OswaldFan825
said at 7:39 AM on Sun Jun 30 2013
@Anthonyiscool64 they sure did!
JTurner
said at 10:45 PM on Wed Jan 30 2013
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Wayne Allwine gets my vote, partially in honor of him -- he truly was a legend of his era. Iconic as Walt's version was, Wayne took everything about it and made it his own. He truly WAS the definitive Mickey. One of his best turns as this character had to be "The Prince and the Pauper", where he voices two different incarnations of the character -- one the innocent, easy-going pauper, and the British-accented, haughty, but loyal prince. The range he shows for both of these turns is amazing, and an example of why he is sorely missed.

That said, Bret Iwan also does a commendable job. Vocally, his tone is roughly on par with Wayne's, and he does a great job of providing personality to him. He is a very solid replacement. R.I.P. Wayne Allwine.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 8:19 AM on Tue Oct 16 2012
# 1 - Bret Iwan.
# 2 - Wayne Allwine.
# 3 - Walt Disney.
# 4 - James MacDonald.
# 5 - Les Perkins.
Toady_12
said at 7:45 PM on Tue Sep 18 2012
1. Wayne Allwine
2. Bret Iwan
3. Walt Disney
4. Les Perkins
5. James MacDonald
Animefan98
said at 5:14 PM on Fri Sep 7 2012
Walt Disney - A great starting voice, but sounds a bit awkward at times

Jimmy McDonald - Was Mickey talking with his mouth full of McDONALD'S! (pun intended)

Wayne Allwine - The few times I ever heard Mickey, this was the voice I heard. He definetley perfected the voice. It perfectly matched what Mickey eventually evolved into!

Les Perkins - He was okay...I guess

Bret Iwan - He does a great job imitating Wayne's voice. The only problem is, he got the role in the era where the whole world has practically forgotten about Mickey being something other than a lifeless mascot/image. (Well, except if you count little kids that watch that Mickey's Playhouse show). Therefore, its too bad he doesn't get many chances to voice Mickey.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 5:03 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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Wayne Allwine and Bret Iwan's voices are a tie. Is what I think.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 1:09 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
I nominate Wayne he gave Mickey the most personality, then Walt, James and Les were decent, as for Bret he sounds like Wayne and he could be great if he gets more material to work with
thomwim
said at 12:11 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
I nominate Wayne Allwine since he was the Mickey of my childhood.
carlitosbug
said at 11:48 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
Is the sound clip of the late Wayne Allwine's voicing of Mickey Mouse taken from the 1995 short Runaway Brain?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:01 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
@carlitosbug Yes sir, it is ;)
SpiderDreamer
said at 8:16 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
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Walt and Jimmy defined the voice, but Wayne perfected it. He was also the best ACTOR in the role, especially since he arguably got more interesting material on the whole to work with, especially in Runaway Brain, House of Mouse, and Kingdom Hearts II (who knew Mickey could sound BADASS?).

Bret's fine, and he's better now than when he started, but Wayne will always be the best for me.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:34 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
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I believe Wayne's Mickey is the only one I've ever heard. After listening to the clips, I definitely think Wayne's performance sounded the most developed and had more "character". Brett's impression of Wayne is decent, though his acting could use some work, Walt was decent, but a little flat at times, and James sounds like a forced impression of Walt, and Les just sounds like he's trying too hard.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 11:48 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
I think Wayne Allwine and Bret Iwan's voice are a tie.
Torak
said at 6:25 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
Even though Mickey was created by Walt himself... I gotta go with Wayne Allwine, he was perfect in this role! Besides he sounded more neural and (like Walt) he was just so iconic.

Anyway I would rank them like this:

1. Wayne Allwine
2. Walt Disney (He was iconic, just not as iconic as Wayne.)

3. Bret Iwan (Does a great impression of Wayne especially since he started out well, now he's improving very well.)
4. James McDonald (A little low for Mickey's voice, but he was ok.)
5. Les Perkins (Basically a weaker version of James, not much to say about him.)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:16 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
Wow, I can't believe how much of a younger audience this site has. All of these people who 'grew up with Wayne'?! Makes me feel old, even though I am only 30, I definitely grew up listening to the earlier versions of Mickey and I strongly prefer them over the modern version in this instance!
pete
said at 10:59 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
@OptimusSolo I'm eight years younger then because I'm 22.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:03 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@OptimusSolo For me at least, I'm a fairly young dude and while I did grow up watching my fair share of older cartoons (I loved Tom and Jerry, occasionally Looney Tunes, and watched plenty of old Disney movies), few of them were the old Disney shorts or stuff featuring the Mickey Mouse characters. I saw more of the newer stuff, A Goofy Movie, Mickey Mouse Works, etc. If it's any condolence, the fact that I'm mainly familiar with more modern incarnations of this particular group of characters makes me feel unusually young.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 4:16 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@OptimusSolo Well I suppose I do understand what you mean here about feeling old here even though I am only 29.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:19 AM on Mon Jul 22 2013
@NCZ Well that's not a bad thing to feel young ;)
pete
said at 11:33 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
I used to watch House Of Mouse when it aired on Disney Channel and Toon Disney so like most people going with Wayne. That said Walt Disney is the original and not only created the Mickey voice but also how mice sound in general. Bret Iwan is great especially for a guy with a lot of shoes to fill. James sounds a bit off and Les just sounds evil though considering I only provided a link and didn't get to watching the special I'm sot sure how he was portrayed there.
Xattm
said at 10:06 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
Like so many, I grew up listening to Wayne as Mickey so I would go with him with no disrespect to Walt for being the basis of the voice. As I play through the Kingdom Hearts games, I am starting to get use to Bret's voice who I think is coming along nicely.
MaryKosmos
said at 7:52 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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A 3-way tie between Disney, Iwan, and Allwine. I just don't know which one to choose...
Aussieroth
said at 7:48 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
............................................................ Oh god it's the Starscream comparison all over again. It's just not fair.
cartoonvoice
said at 5:42 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
I can't vote against Uncle Walt.
DravenRoth994
said at 5:38 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
Wayne was the one one I grew up with with House of Mouse, so my vote goes to him. The others aren't too bad either.
MatthewC17
said at 5:09 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
1. Wayne Allwine - I just can't pass up his voice, he really made the character what he is today
2. Walt Disney - I haven't heard much of his Mickey voice (facepalm)
3. Bret Iwan - A bit higher sounding, but it's workable
4. James MacDonald - Not bad but a low sounding
5. Les Perkins - Where was Wayne when this special was being recorded?!
skeletonking1234
said at 4:36 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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I think wayne's left the biggest mark so I'm going with him
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:34 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
I actually much prefer the classic sound of the voiced compared to the more modern sounding take that both Allwine and Iwan have given us.

For me its Walt Disney in first followed just barely by James MacDonald and then Les. With Allwine and Iwan being my least favorites of the group. Not because they did a bad job, just because I don't like that version of the 'Mickey Voice'
disneyphilip
said at 10:04 PM on Wed Oct 24 2012
@OptimusSolo I think one of the reasons a lot of us love the modern Mickey's (Wayne and Bret) is because their versions of the character are more lively, energetic, natural and comfortable in the role, and they can carry the voice longer than their predecessors could and also say longer sentences in the voice. That's also part of why I put Wayne and Bret high on my list.

Not saying that Walt, Jimmy and Les are bad, of course.
OswaldFan825
said at 11:23 AM on Sat Aug 31 2013
@disneyphilip More lively? That's gotta be a joke. While I do like their Mickey voices, the older Mickey was much more lively than the modern Mickey.
disneyphilip
said at 5:52 AM on Thu Jan 2 2014
@OswaldFan825 Sorry, but the modern Mickey's ARE more lively and energetic than the older ones.
GothamRed
said at 4:11 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
Love me some wayne. His is the most natural sounding voice, and the voice of my childhood. Though the other are classic, they aren't the best.
disneyphilip
said at 4:09 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
My ranking of Mickey's voice actors:

#1-Wayne
#2-Bret
#3-Walt
#4-Jimmy
#5-Les
disneyphilip
said at 5:53 AM on Thu Jan 2 2014
Updated ranking:

#1-Wayne
#2-Bret
#3-Chris
#4-Walt
#5-Jimmy
#6-Les
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:40 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
Wayne Allwine. He WAS Mick to me.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 5:06 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
@ConfusedPhantom As for the rest.

2) Disney. Well, he did create the voice afterall.
3-1) Iwan. His acting is kind of iffy and his voice a touch too high, but he's slowly improving over time.
3-2) McDonald. He doesn't have the same energy as Disney does, but he wasn't bad.
4) Perkins.
Telme22
said at 3:10 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
Well, it's about time!
Telme22
said at 5:10 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
@Telme22 Also, I heard at the Live Talkin Toons podcast with the cast of TMNT that Peter Renaday did Mickey in a few LPs during the '60s. Anyone got any samples of that?

It's not a truly unique opinion, but I must call it a tie between Walt and Wayne. Wayne did give new life to Mickey and was certainly the one most of us recognize, but Walt was not only the original Mickey, but the original voice actor, too.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 1:13 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
@Telme22 In the Talkin' Toons podcast with Nolan North he revealed that at one point he was going to be the voice of Mickey after Wayne died but the Disney staff wanted to use someone who worked with them.


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