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Mickey Mouse

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mickey Mouse with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Disney

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 Sep 1 2012
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
Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseWayne Allwine
Wayne Allwine
Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseJames MacDonald
James MacDonald
Mickey Mouse
Mickey MouseWalt Disney
Walt Disney


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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said at 10:33 PM on Tue Jan 30 2018
Let me tell you, it wasn't easy critiquing all these guys. I agree with one other user who said that Walt was the best from the classic days, with Wayne being the best from the more modern days. As for the others, now that I consciously hear a clip from James, I sort of understand other people's reservations about him. It's funny though, there seems to be a bit of a disagreement regarding whether he or Walt voiced Mickey in "Mickey and the Beanstalk". Bret is pretty good, though I can't help but hear a trace of femininity in his voicing of the world famous mouse. Les and Chris are both okay, but nothing special.
said at 1:32 AM on Wed Jan 24 2018
To be honest, I really like Chris's portrayal. The voice is still Mickey, but I get a greater sense of character with Chris.
said at 6:40 AM on Thu Sep 28 2017
I've decided and, although it hurts so much, I have to give it to Wayne Allwine purely because of his range. He fully fleshed out Mickey and managed to give the character so much emotional variety, whether it be as a show host in House Of Mouse or a keyblade wielder in Kingdom Hearts or just his simple cheerful self in any of the cartoons. Wayne truly brought a lot of heart and life to an already beloved cartoon character.

Again, it hurts me so bad to vote against Walt Disney so I might change it again. No matter what Walt was still the founder for Mickey's iconic voice and even today his performance is simply timeless. So while Wayne is my choice it does not diminish ANYTHING Walt did.

As for the others, well I have no comment on them now. Some are alright, some are not.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:35 AM on Tue Sep 26 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Interestingly enough, the only ones I'm familiar with are Walt Disney & Wayne Allwine. Though if I had to choose one, it would have to go to Wayne. His take comes across as the most natural. Like Bill Farmer as Goofy, he evolved his performance where it edges out the original. That is not an easy feat.

Wayne is my #1 choice with Walt Disney at a close second. The other voices come across as unnatural & forced in some areas, though they aren't terrible voices.
said at 10:23 PM on Tue Jul 18 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Wayne Allwine is the best Mickey
said at 8:23 AM on Mon Jul 10 2017
Man, I wish there was a tie option. Walt Disney's take I feel is more charming, cuter and more like a cartoon mouse but I grew up with Wayne Allwine and his was more natural. For now, I'm on a dilemma on who to choose!

The other actors do a decent job as well though.
Ed Red
said at 5:48 PM on Sat Jun 10 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1) Walt Disney
2) Chris Dianantopoulos
3) Wayne Allwine
4) Les Perkins
5) Bret Iwan
6) Jimmy MacDonald
said at 8:42 AM on Sun Apr 2 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Walt Disney
2. James Macdonald
3. Les Perkins
4. Chris Diamantopulos
5. Wayne Allwine
6. Bret Iwan
said at 12:51 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Wayne Allwine
2. Walt Disney
3. Bret Iwan
4. Chris Diamantopoulos
5. James MacDonald
6. Les Perkins
said at 8:06 AM on Sat Jan 21 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Wayne Allwine
2. Bret Iwan
3. Walt Disney
4. James Macdonald
5. Les Perkins
6. Chris Diamantopoulos
said at 2:52 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Walt Disney & Wayne Allwine
2. Bret Iwan
said at 9:41 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
Couldn't agree more with this- Walt originated the iconic voice for Mickey, Wayne Allwine perfected that take, and Bret is a worthy successor to Wayne.
said at 5:20 PM on Mon Nov 28 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1 Walt Disney
2 Bret Iwan
3 Wayne allwine
4 James McDonald
5 les Perkins
6 Chris diamontopilis
said at 5:36 PM on Fri Nov 11 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Walt Disney- Walt IS Mickey! He not only created the character of Mickey with Ub Iwerks but made the voice his own; sounding more like a realistic mouse who talks. Walt is easily the superior Mickey voice and nobody can even try to top him!

2. Wayne Allwine- Not only did I grow up with his Mickey voice but he took what made Walt's voice for Mickey so awesome and gave a unique, fresh, more modern take to it. Wayne had the most personality, sometimes he can sound happy but he can be sad, angry, and occasionally very stubborn and nervous. Due to this, it's a two way tie between Walt Disney and Wayne Allwine's voices for Mickey cause they were both awesome.

3. Bret Iwan- This guy does a pretty good impersonation of the late Wayne Allwine's Mickey. Sure, his voice for Mickey may sound a little off at times, like in that Kingdom Hearts clip, but otherwise he actually sounds like Wayne Allwine and it feels like that Allwine never passed away. At times, I can't even tell the difference between Iwan and Allwine's performances as Mickey; like in Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (no joke I thought it was Bret Iwan voicing Mickey in that special at first), so yeah, Iwan's Mickey is pretty good surprisingly. I don't even know why Bret Iwan didn't reprise the role of Mickey in the Mickey Mouse shorts instead of Chris Diamontopoulos, he would've sounded great as 'the Classic Mickey from 1928'!

4. Clarence Nash (The DogNapper, 1934)-
Walt was taking a vacation to Europe by the time that Mickey Mouse cartoon was being made so Walt was unavailable to record his dialogue for Mickey. Luckily, it was no other than the original Donald Duck himself: Clarence "Ducky" Nash! He filled in for Walt as Mickey for that cartoon and he did a great job filling in for him. Clarence Nash nailed Mickey's voice perfectly in that cartoon! Clarence Nash did a great impersonation of Walt's Mickey and if I didn't know any better, I would've thought it was Walt! That's how unrecognizeable Nash's Mickey is compared to Disney's, and that's a good thing! (too bad he isn't on the list)

5. Carl Stalling- Where the hell was Walt in 1929 when 'the Karnival Kid' was being recorded??? I mean seriously, Carl sounded nothing like Mickey at all when he spoke his first words, "Hot Dogs! Hot Dogs!", he just sounded to hoarse and growly for Mickey which I am glad that Walt decided to do Mickey's speaking voice himself, and changed to a more higher and falsetto voice because if Walt went with Stalling's original hoarse and growly Mickey voice, then it would suck.
Granted, Carl Stalling only did a few speaking lines for Mickey in that cartoon, but still, it's not the Mickey we know & love and that pisses me off. I am not trying to insult Carl Stalling himself since I don't want to come off as 'disrespectful to people who died' but man, his Mickey voice was very off! Very Glad Walt decided to do Mickey's spoken dialogue in that cartoon! (Thank god he's not on the list)

6. Jimmy MacDonald- This voice sounds very off and it sounds like he should've been voicing Scrouge McDuck instead of Mickey Mouse (No disrespect to Alan Young but Jimmy is Scottish himself after all and it would be pretty unique to see a Scottish man voice an actual Scottish character)

7. Chris Diamantopoulous- I am sorry but am I the only one who is not a big fan of his Mickey performance? I mean, don't get me wrong, Chris Diamantopoulous is okay but he sounds way too much like the Mickey Mouse from South Park instead of the Mickey we know and love. While I do give him props for trying to sound like Walt; he's not a very good Mickey at all, in my opinion (No offense)

8. Les Perkins- NO! Just No?

In the end, it's a two way tie between Walt Disney and Wayne Allwine for Mickey Mouse.
Walt Disney is the definitive Classic Mickey from 1928 while Wayne Allwine is the definitive Classic Modern Mickey!
said at 5:46 PM on Fri Nov 11 2016
Final Ranking:
1. Walt Disney/Wayne Allwine (best)
2. Bret Iwan
3. Clarence Nash
4. Carl Stalling
5. Jimmy MacDonald
6. Chris Diamantopoulous
7. Les Perkins
said at 6:12 PM on Fri Sep 30 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I feel like Wayne Allwine was the superior Mickey voice. While I do love Walt Disney's original take. Allwine I felt not only took what made Disney's geat, but gave his own fresh take on it. I also felt Allwine's had the most personality. He could sound happy, but he can sound genuinely sad, angry and even at times panicky! He gets my vote!
said at 2:54 PM on Sat Sep 17 2016
1. Wayne Allwine (best)
2. Walt Disney
3. Bret Iwan
4. Chris Diamantopoulous
5. James MacDonald
6. Les Perkins (worst)
said at 12:54 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
@DaNasty OMG, your list is the same as mine! We both have the same taste in the voice!
said at 10:18 AM on Mon Jun 12 2017
@Chuckster03 what a coincidence man. That's awesome. Allwine and Disney were definitely the greatest, in my opinion. It was hard to call but Allwine was definitely the voice I grew up with, so I put him first and then of course Disney. Have an awesome day :-)
said at 4:55 PM on Sat Aug 26 2017
@DaNasty Thanks bud! You too!
said at 8:55 PM on Tue May 31 2016
Mine's a two way tie between Walt Disney and Wayne Allwine.
said at 7:46 PM on Fri May 20 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Wayne Allwine
2. Walt Disney
3. (Nolan North)
4. Chris Diamantopoulos
5. Bret Iwan
6. Les Perkins
7. James MacDonald
said at 7:19 PM on Fri May 20 2016
Bret is definitely coming into his own in the role. He sounds stiff in the BBS clip, but it's been six years since then. Still, he really hasn't gotten a chance to shine as Mickey outside the KH games since he's mostly done short stuff for park attractions and the like. I'm still not sure why he isn't Mickey in the new shorts.

I've got to give it to Allwine though simply because he's who I grew up with.
said at 1:52 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
Walt Disney created Mickey, hard to imagine that this character ended up becoming something bigger than just some drawing and it's pretty amazing that he was able to voice Mickey, he had some pretty solid versatility with his voice to say the least.

With that said Wayne Allwine WAS the definitive Mickey. I feel he took what Walt started and really made Mickey his own, he brought a lot of heart and charm to the role and the fact he was married to Russi Taylor who voices Minnie is interesting and heartwarming to say the least.

Bret Iwan is a solid replacement for Wayne after his passing though he's not as natural as Wayne was.

Chris Diamantopoulos kind of sounds more like he's emulating Walt than Wayne but with that said he too sounds really good, he makes Mickey his own which is very important I think when taking over an iconic role.

James MacDonald was alright although a bit too feminine.

Les Perkins is probably my least favourite but he isn't that bad.

They're all solid for the most part but ultimately I give my vote to the late Wayne Allwine, may he rest in peace.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Nolan North's take on Mickey was pretty good too. An example testament to his range too.
said at 1:07 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
The best is his creator itself: WALT GENIUS DISNEY
said at 3:29 PM on Sun Jan 24 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Maybe I'll make this a tie. They're all pretty good.
said at 5:02 AM on Fri Jan 8 2016
Walt Disney is a classic, but Wayne Allwine really made the role his own, in a good way. Bret Iwan is a worthy successor to Wayne, and Chris, Les, as well as James are all average.
said at 4:12 PM on Sat Sep 12 2015
hey maybe i should do the next voice i only practiced for 4 years and already good
Shaun Ince
said at 12:48 PM on Thu Sep 10 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
I heard Nolan North's Mickey Mouse voice in a Metrocon 2015 video on Youtube and it sounded almost exactly the same as Wayne Allwine. Granted like he said, he was one of the VA's considered to voice Mickey Mouse considering he went through 11 auditions for Disney to be Mickey Mouse. I reckon he'd be a great Mickey Mouse, if he was given the opportunity to voice him in a video game or some new animated media.
said at 1:53 PM on Thu Sep 10 2015
@Shaun Ince Mind giving me the link?
Shaun Ince
said at 4:31 PM on Thu Sep 10 2015
@Ghosty404 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G18BkZmoOIM

He does the impression at about 40 seconds in. This is the second time he's shown the impression to people. There's a podcast that was linked on Nolan North's BTVA page where he did an impression of Wayne Allwine's Mickey mouse, this being the first time.


And in this Metrocon video with Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Scott McNeil, Erica Mendez & Carrie Keranen, is where he does it a third time. Around the 9:50 mark.
said at 5:35 PM on Sat Sep 12 2015
@Shaun Ince Uh, the second link's the same as the first..
Shaun Ince
said at 10:58 AM on Sun Sep 13 2015
@Ghosty404 Sorry about that. I'll give the link for the second video. This one should be the correct one


Here is the metrocon video where he does the Mickey Mouse voice with the aforementioned actors that I mentioned in the previous post. Watch it around the 9 minute mark.
said at 5:35 PM on Sun Aug 30 2015
After watching more of the recent Mickey Mouse shorts, I'm actually tempted to move Chris as my third favorite Mickey (behind Wayne and Bret)
said at 7:06 PM on Wed Jul 8 2015
 1 Shout Out!
While I do love the late great Wayne Allwine's Mickey, I will admit that Bret does a great impression of Wayne's voice. It sounds as though Wayne hadn't passed away!
said at 4:45 AM on Tue Jun 16 2015
Wayne and Walt are the definitive Mickeys.
said at 5:25 AM on Fri Jun 12 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1. Wayne Allwine
2. Bret Iwan
3. Walt Disney
4. Chris Diamantopoulos
5. James MacDonald
6. Les Perkins
said at 8:25 AM on Thu May 21 2015
Bret's Mickey work really peaked in the Castle of Illusion remake IMO

Still going with Wayne, but Bret is a close second
said at 9:46 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Final order
1 Chris
2 Walt
3 Wayne
4 Bret
5 Les
6 James
Shaun Ince
said at 8:21 AM on Fri Apr 3 2015
Wayne Allwine. On top of being the most iconic voice for Mickey Mouse, his performance has the most heart to it.
said at 2:00 AM on Fri Apr 3 2015
Walt Disney.....his voice sounds right to me
said at 1:42 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
All of the subsequent performances definitely own their inspiration to Walt's portrayal of Mickey. Wayne Allwine is the most iconic, and he did a superb job at making the voice of Mickey more relatable and convincing. Bret Iwan's Mickey voice was clearly modeled after Wayne's, and he does a pretty good job. Chris Diamantopoulos as Mickey is pretty entertaining, in a good way and he captures Mickey's spirit very, very well.
solidejake (Moderator)
said at 11:04 PM on Sat Jan 10 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
None bad, but I am not too sure on Chris. Well my top three go:

1. Trey Parker
2. Nolan North
3. Walt Disney

said at 5:36 PM on Sun Aug 30 2015
@solidejake - I'm sorry but when did Nolan North ever voice Mickey?
said at 9:49 AM on Sat Nov 7 2015
@HyperVoiceActing Before Bret Iwan was brought in, Nolan North originally auditioned for Mickey but Disney wanted someone who works for them.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 9:34 PM on Sun Dec 21 2014
 1 Shout Out!
If Bret Iwan ever needed a voice double as the voice of Mickey, I bet I could do it!: http://youtu.be/ihIY2VarLo8

Or even Brian Hull!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hskt-4kU2BM
said at 4:00 PM on Wed Oct 22 2014
I was really impressed when I heard Wayne Allwine passed. Especially since I was fairly young at the time. The new voice is alright though
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:29 PM on Wed Oct 29 2014
@SiRenfield You did mean "depressed" right?
said at 10:11 AM on Sat Aug 30 2014
Walt Disney, of course, originated the character known famously as Mickey Mouse, and plain to say, original tends to always be the most prominent, right? I always liked Walt Disney's voice on Mickey, it's the right kind of smooth, yet pitchy in standard of Mickey.

I never really listened a lot to James MacDonald's attempt at Mickey since I didn't listen to a LOT of the '40's cartoons... but something about his voice just doesn't seem to click with me as Mickey Mouse. It just sounds too... forced, almost.

Les Perkins sounded a little better than MacDonald for me, but still the delivery felt a little off.

Well, I grew up always listening to Wayne Allwine's voice, even in Kingdom Hearts especially, since that game literally held a high influence over my life. His voice was always so refreshing, even compared to Walt Disney himself. I literally find it to be the most perfect Mickey voice, and when I found out he passed back in 2009, I was honestly stunned and I felt like an important piece of my childhood was ripped away from me.

Bret Iwan wasn't exactly a solid replacement for Wayne Allwine for me when I started up on Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep as an initial preparation, and even if I hadn't known about Allwine's passing, I noticed that Iwan's voice seemed a bit higher pitched, and while it was something to adjust to, I didn't find it bad at all.

Chris Diamantopoulos (...Wow, that name) seems to hone back towards Walt Disney Mickey, so I don't necessarily down it, but at the same time, it seems a bit... slower, has less of an effect on me. It doesn't blow me away like Wayne Allwine, or even stick on me like Walt Disney or Bret Iwan. It just feels like someone trying to play Mickey Mouse. It doesn't really embody the character for me.

So, my list:
-Wayne Allwine
-Walt Disney
-Bret Iwan
-Les Perkins
-Chris Diamontopoulos
-James MacDonald
said at 9:00 AM on Mon Oct 6 2014
@SoraLover1994 The clip on Chris' is slowed down for some reason
said at 11:54 AM on Thu Nov 27 2014
@HienFan 0_0 Was it? Weird...
said at 9:46 PM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@SoraLover1994 It's usually less... slow on the actual toon than on this site
said at 4:37 AM on Mon Jul 14 2014
I realize he's speaking English from the No Service episode but why does he sound so slow in Chris's clip? He doesn't sound that slow in the actual show
said at 9:35 PM on Fri Jun 27 2014
To be honest, all of them are my favorites. They all did their best to voice the iconic Mickey Mouse and they all have their own special take on the character, so it's hard for me to pick out of a pool of such amazing actors.
said at 6:46 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
I think Chris's clip could be replaced with English clips instead of the one from the episode in Paris.

I remember an episode where Mickey had spoken about him and Donald building a carnival for Goofy
said at 11:22 AM on Thu May 1 2014
Maybe James Macdonald should have been Scrooge. No disrespect to Alan Young or anything, but it would have been interesting to hear an actual Scottish guy voice a Scottish character.
said at 11:19 AM on Thu May 1 2014
This is a tough one. To be honest, it's hard for me to adjust to Walt's Mickey, with all do respect. I know he created the character and the voice, but since I grew up in the 80s, I am more used to Wayne as Mickey. But Bret is really good as well, a very close imitation of Wayne's, while as someone said Chris was more or less going for Walt's Mickey. Also, does anyone know the reason behind Les voicing Mickey a few times in the 80s. Where was Wayne at the time? I thought that voice was a little off, but again, that's just my opinion.
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.
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
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Nov 19 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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.
said at 3:10 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Wayne Allwine all the way!

Brett Iwan is a good impression, though.
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.
said at 6:47 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
@Ross123 I really like Chris but I could never really get used to Wayne/Bret Mickey in the first place
said at 12:05 PM on Sun Jun 22 2014
@HienFan I see you prefer Mickey's classic voice. I've yet to see these new shorts but I've heard they're pretty good.

For the most part, Chris does a really good impression of Walt. I'm more of a modern voice fan though I do have a special place in my heart for classic Mickey.
said at 6:52 PM on Sun Jun 22 2014
@Ross123 Sorta I think James sound extremely forced though I rather have Les Perkins and he sounds almost as forced

Wayne is bearable enough he was good in Kingdom Hearts 2 but around Mickey Mouse Chain of Memories he talks in a very awkward pace but sometimes Bret has a tendency to sound too high pitched especially in Mickey Mouse clubhouse(not that I like the show but I have a few very young nieces who sees it), pity he was pretty good in Epic Mickey

I seen a bit of the new shorts and I can say he is much better than James is at sounding like Disney
said at 2:37 AM on Tue Jul 8 2014
@Ross123 Funfact though: Walt's Mickey is absolutely terrible when he returned after James voiced him in the late 40s(you can hear the later one in Walt Disney page on Mickey Mouse club) I suspect it's from his smoking affected his voice he did die from lung cancer and they had to get Wayne when they revive the show years later

(Well he sounded better than Walt's later take so yay)
said at 9:28 AM on Tue Jul 8 2014
@HienFan I heard a different story about Walt's death. Yes he did have lung cancer but had his lung removed. About a couple of weeks later he died from a heart attack. Either way, both stories end the same so goodness knows the correct version.

And yes, Walt was terrible later on. That's 1 of the reasons why he stopped voicing Mickey because he wasn't able to do the voice. After all, smoking affects the vocal cords. The 2nd reason was he was getting rather busy at the time.
said at 12:33 AM on Wed Jul 9 2014
@Ross123 Yeah by the final ep he voiced Mickey he's just dreadful, I can get why James voiced him now he's kinda forced but he doesn't sound as hoarse as Disney later takes
said at 7:19 AM on Tue Jul 15 2014
@Ross123 And on a note even Wayne sounded terrible before when he fell ill, he talks way too slowly like the character is retarded in the last few KH before he died

RIP to him hope Bret and Chris will be around for a long while
said at 10:00 AM on Tue Jul 15 2014
@HienFan As far as I'm concerned, Chris is only voicing Mickey in the cartoon shorts but who knows maybe he might end up staying longer. But for the long run in the future, it'll be Bret throughout everything else.

Also, we can't really blame Wayne for sounding terrible when he became seriously ill. If the guy's sick then we just gotta put up with it.
said at 10:35 PM on Tue Jul 15 2014
@Ross123 I hate to know how voice acting goes when he has to work when he's sick
said at 10:05 AM on Wed Jul 16 2014
@HienFan Yeah it wasn't fair for Disney to make him work when he was sick (unless he did it on his own accord) but oh well it happened, nothing can be done about it.
said at 5:21 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
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!
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.
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
said at 1:42 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
I think Walt's mickey is adorable, but Wayne handles it the best
said at 6:10 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
said at 12:45 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
ok thanks for the notice.
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! =)
said at 7:39 AM on Sun Jun 30 2013
@Anthonyiscool64 they sure did!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
said at 12:11 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
I nominate Wayne Allwine since he was the Mickey of my childhood.
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?
said at 12:01 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
@carlitosbug Yes sir, it is ;)
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.
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.
said at 11:48 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
I think Wayne Allwine and Bret Iwan's voice are a tie.
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.)
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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!
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.
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 ;)
said at 11:33 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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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.
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.
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...
said at 7:48 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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............................................................ Oh god it's the Starscream comparison all over again. It's just not fair.
said at 5:42 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
I can't vote against Uncle Walt.
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.
said at 5:09 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
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?!
said at 4:36 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
said at 4:09 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
My ranking of Mickey's voice actors:

said at 5:53 AM on Thu Jan 2 2014
Updated ranking:

said at 3:40 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Wayne Allwine. He WAS Mick to me.
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.
said at 3:10 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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Well, it's about time!
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.
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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