Scrooge McDuck
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Scrooge McDuck

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Scrooge McDuck with sound clips and images.
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Scrooge McDuck is a Disney Character that was created by Disney Comics writer Carl Banks whom made his debut in the 1947 Disney Comic Book "Christmas on Bear Mountain". Scrooge is well known as the World's Richest Duck and is also known as a Scotsduck whom is the Maternal Uncle of known Disney Icon Donald Duck. Scrooge is an elderly duck whom has worked his way to be the world's richest duck ever since he immigrated to the US from Scotland in his youth (though the exact details vary) and despite how incredibly wealthy he is Scrooge is also very much an adventurer seeking treasures that would increase his already vast fortune. While Scrooge is highly known as greedy Miser he is often depicted as being quite knowledgeable on proper money management and while his benevolence is highly inconsistent he is rarely ever depicted as villainous though.
Created by Pokejedservo on Dec 16 2011
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
DuckTales (1987)
Scrooge McDuckAlan Young
Alan Young
Sport Goofy in Soccermania (1987)
Scrooge McDuckWill Ryan
Will Ryan
Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special (2016)
Scrooge McDuckJohn Kassir
John Kassir
DuckTales (2017) (2017)
Scrooge McDuckDavid Tennant
David Tennant
Walt Disney Specials
Scrooge McDuckBill Thompson
Bill Thompson


Today on the Disney VC section we take a look at the World's Richest Duck himself... SCROOGE MCDUCK! We begin with Scrooge's animated debut in the 1967 animated short "Scrooge McDuck and Money" in which he was voiced by the late Bill Thompson. Bill's voice for the role was actually pretty good as it is a pretty good attempt at sounding like an Elderly Scotsman (or shall I say Scotsduck). While Scrooge's love of money is of course seen but Scrooge's depiction in this short is one of his most benevolent and most rational depictions of Scrooge and Bill's performance suited the role rather well. So in other words Bill's work as Scrooge is another pretty classic example of the late Bill's work for Disney.

Alan Young (whom is the current VA for Scrooge) took over the role of Scrooge in Disney's Christmas Carol (in both the 1974 Record and the 1983 Animated Feature of the same name) but Alan Young really got to shine when Scrooge is the main character of the classic series Ducktales. Alan's voice for the role was practically PERFECT for the role as his elderly Scottish voice was very natural for the role. Alan's performance for the role was very energetic as it definitely suited how Scrooge's personality can be over how kind (and in some cases how sane) he can be. While Alan Young has done a splendid job voicing Scrooge McDuck all these years his most memorable work on the role is easily for the classic 1980's series Ducktales.

While Alan Young pretty much took over the role of Scrooge in animation since the early 80's there was one exception namely in the 1987 feature Sport Goofy in Soccermania in which he was voiced by Will Ryan. As for Will's voice for the role well even if you view it by its own merits is still a little iffy as he does try to do an Elderly Scottish-Accented voice and while its not bad but it seems like Will is trying to hard at it and it doesn't sound as Natural as either Alan's voice or Bill's voice for that matter. But to be fair Will's performance was pretty good as it does suit one known depiction of Scrooge as a generally friendly duck even though he is a little too against ever actually spending any money. Will's work as Scrooge is pretty good (especially if you view his work by its own merits) but doesn't come off as naturally as the aforementioned voice talent. Overall I am clearly going with Alan Young but with Bill Thompson at a good second place and Will Ryan at a decent third.



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said at 2:59 PM on Fri Feb 2 2018
1. Alan
2. John
3. Bill
4. David
5. Will
said at 8:54 AM on Tue Jan 16 2018
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New order:

1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. David Tennant
4. Will Ryan
5. John Kassir

Also - and this is in no way Bill's fault - I have to point out that that line about Roman soldiers being paid in salt is completely untrue. It IS true, however, that salary comes from salarium, but no one really knows why.
said at 3:15 PM on Sat Jan 13 2018
Is it me or does David Tennant's Scrooge sound like Rob Paulsen at 0:15
said at 1:32 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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Alan Young IS Scrooge but David Tennant is a very worthy successor to him.

Kinda like Will Ryan too.
said at 6:12 PM on Mon Jan 8 2018
Alan Young will always be Scrooge McDuck. David Tennant also makes a good Scrooge McDuck as he did a good Tenth Doctor, Kilgrave, and Fugitoid.
said at 6:48 AM on Sun Jan 7 2018
Here are my rankings on Scrooge's voices now that the two other VAs have been added:

5. Will Ryan
4. John Kassir
3. Bill Thompson
2. David Tennant
1. Alan Young
said at 12:42 PM on Fri Jan 5 2018
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They're all good, but I'm going with Alan Young.
said at 6:23 PM on Thu Jan 4 2018
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Alan Young is probably my favorite.

But, I liked what David Tennant is doing with the role too, despite sounding a bit too young
said at 8:51 AM on Wed Nov 1 2017
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I'm kinda torn between both Thompson and Young as they are very similar to each other. I watched Scrooge McDuck and His Money, and all I could think about was Young at the other end of the mic. I also find it odd that this page hasn't been updated since the following Scrooge appearance after Young's passing. And also the omission of Dal McKennon, the first actor to ever dawn the role. His portrayal was more of a stereotypical Scotsman with the over the top vibrating Rs than something natural.

Will Ryan just sounds way too artificial to me. Like having Craig Ferguson as Scrooge.

John Kassir is passible in some regards, while others it's just the Cryptkeeper trying to be Scottish.

As for David Tennant, number ten, he's okay for what he brings. Having a native Highlander play the part is a win. But he has too high of a voice for the character for the part. Thanks to both Thompson and Young, I feel that Scrooge needs to have a gruff robust sounding voice. If he were to make those amendments, he would be perfect to carry the legacy.
said at 4:36 AM on Wed Sep 6 2017
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Alan Young will ALWAYS be Scrooge McDuck! He has the perfect Scottish accent fit for the character and sounds like a greedy old miser with a kind heart. R.I.P to him.

Even though he's not included David Tennant is doing pretty well in the reboot but I feel it could use some improvement. Maybe a mix of Alan's take but still keeping it his own. The reboot's just started so I'm sure in time he'll improve.

Bill Thompson is a pretty good imitation of Alan just lacks the pizzaz he had.

Can't say I care for Will Ryan though. It's just so jarringly different compared to Alan.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:11 PM on Thu Jan 4 2018
@TailwithaStripe Actually, Bill Thompson voiced Scrooge before Alan Young ever did (and he passed away years before Alan got the part too).
said at 6:42 AM on Sun Jan 7 2018
@Jacob M. Keene Ah, okay. Well originals aren't always better and Alan definitely nailed what Bill couldn't do. But that's me.
said at 4:12 AM on Fri Jun 23 2017
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Alan is the perfect Scrooge though David Tennant was really close, I actually like Will's version a lot as well, Bill is my least favourite but he was still pretty good
said at 9:53 AM on Mon Aug 14 2017
@HienFan - What do you think of John Kassir's Scrooge?
said at 10:32 PM on Tue Aug 15 2017
@HyperVoiceActing I loved John Kassir's little outing. He did a very good Alan Young impression and it was a nice little homage to Scrooge's famous Duck.
said at 10:32 PM on Tue Aug 15 2017
@HyperVoiceActing Famous voice, I mean.
said at 1:04 AM on Sun Jan 7 2018
@HyperVoiceActing It's alright though I honestly will rate him last
said at 4:51 PM on Fri Jan 27 2017
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Alan and john are the only ones that really captured scrooges greedy personality. Bill sounds too intelligent, and will sounds too goofy.
said at 5:43 PM on Thu Jan 26 2017
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Alan 1st
Bill 2nd
John 3rd
Will 4th
said at 2:17 PM on Thu Jan 26 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. John Kassir
4. Will Ryan

Alan Young's performance is pretty much a classic for Scrooge: he was able to make him sound like a greedy, stingy miser when it was needed, but he could also vary his performance to make Scrooge seem pretty sympathetic and less selfish as well at other times.

Bill Thompson seems like he had a lot of fun as Scrooge trilling his "r" sound like skeletonking1234 said, and his performance had a lot of warmth and intelligence to it.

John Kassir's performance is pretty similar to Alan Young's take (it's clear he was trying to emulate Young's performance), although it's just a bit forced at times, but he did a good job.

While there's nothing bad about Will Ryan's take at all, it feels rather generic and one-note greedy miser for the most part.

David Tennant has a pretty high standard set for him by his predecessors here, so I do hope he's up for the challenge (but then, this is the very talented David Tennant, so I think he should be capable of doing so).
said at 8:36 PM on Sat Jan 21 2017
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Thompson is very good for the first voice, making it sound very warm and the Rrrolled "r" sound is just great to hear when it comes out of his mouth.

I think Will is a bit more reserved in his performance, it's not bad by any means, I just feel he's not as memorable compared to Bill or Alan.

Alan is just perfect. He sounds incredibly energetic, he's got the over the top accent down to a science, and he just sounds very fun to listen to.

While not here, John Kassir did a good job in that Duck The Halls special. True he was trying to sound closer to Young, but he was able to work with it enough to make it all his own and make it entertaining in it's own way.

Overall I'd say
1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. John Kassir
4. Will Ryan

Very interested to see how Tennant does in the new show
said at 9:24 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017

After seeing the series so far, David Tennant is great as Scrooge. I like that he's doing his own thing while channeling small hints of Alan in his performance. I also like the accent sounds more naturally scottish (makes sense) yet still has a very cartoon sound to it at the same time.

I'd honestly tie him with Alan
EPA Deane
said at 4:06 AM on Thu Jan 19 2017
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David Tennant will be voicing Scrooge in the 2017 DuckTales Reboot.....

I expect at least one Time Travel based Episode in the New Show......
said at 1:24 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
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Scrooge recently appeared in the Mickey Shorts Christmas special, "Duck the Halls". And John Kassir voiced him in it. And before anyone makes assumptions, the producers of the Ducktales reboot did comment that Kassir is not the actor who's going to voice Scrooge in the show.

That being said, Kassir took a bit of getting use to, but I'd say he did fairly well in the role. Maybe a bit too gruff for my tastes, but an adequate fill in. Plus I gotta give them credit, I never considered Kassir as a contender for Scrooge
said at 9:25 PM on Tue Dec 13 2016
@HyperVoiceActing - Here's a clip so you can judge for yourself:
said at 9:56 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
John Kassir did a pretty good job as Scrooge- he sounds like he's trying to emulate Alan Young a bit, but I still prefer the latter.
said at 7:19 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
Will sounds British when he said cost.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:56 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. Will Ryan
said at 2:58 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
Alan Young nuff said.
King Marth 64
said at 9:54 PM on Tue Jul 12 2016
Wait, so who's going to voice Scrooge McDuck in the newer cartoons and other media since Alan Young died this year?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:54 PM on Thu Jul 14 2016
@King Marth 64 Probably somebody else.
said at 12:22 AM on Wed Jul 27 2016
@King Marth 64 the co producer says that they found a perfect VA who do scrooge for next year... i hope he'll do a great job
said at 8:18 AM on Fri Aug 5 2016
@znadaa Let's hope it's not Stephen Hawking! lol
EPA Deane
said at 4:07 AM on Thu Jan 19 2017
@King Marth 64 David Tennant.
said at 12:14 AM on Sat May 21 2016
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RIP Alan Young
said at 1:49 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
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Alan Young IS Scrooge McDuck. The voice is great, the acting is fantastic and he brings so much energy and likeability to the role. He's the complete package. It's pretty awesome he was able to reprise for the Ducktales Remastered game a few years ago.

Bill Thompson is pretty good, though his voice isn't as memorable compared to Alan, though I love the way he delivered his lines.

Will Ryan is alright but forgettable.

Alan Young's got my vote for sure.

I wish best of luck to whoever they cast as the new voice for Scrooge.
said at 1:40 AM on Fri Jan 8 2016
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Alan is a perfect fit, Bill is okay, and Will is mediocre.
said at 4:19 PM on Mon Jul 13 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. Will Ryan
said at 8:39 AM on Thu May 21 2015
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The other two actors are just fine, but for me they never compare to Alan. He perfectly captures all of Scrooge's personality traits and make him such a lovable greed bag.

Even in Remastered, where it's apparent in the sound of his voice that he's really aged, he still delivered a spirited and enjoyable performance.
said at 7:20 AM on Fri Sep 12 2014
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I loved it when Alan Young returned to do Scrooge in Birth By Sleep, because it had been a while since we last heard him.
said at 6:18 AM on Mon Jun 23 2014
I have to wonder how many years it will be before Alan kicks the bucket, he's pretty old after all.

I guess Will Ryan would be a decent replacement.
said at 7:01 PM on Wed Jul 8 2015
@HienFan If Disney is being serious about a whole new cast for the DuckTales reboot, I hope Will Ryan takes over.

But other than that, Alan Young is (and always will be) Scrooge McDuck to all of us, and since people are living a lot longer these days, I hope that Alan Young is one of those individuals. I'd like to hear him voice Scrooge for at least several more years!!
said at 8:23 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
1 Alan
2 Will
3 Bill
said at 11:28 AM on Sat Aug 31 2013
...None of these sound like the Scrooge I've seen in cartoons.
said at 8:35 AM on Thu May 21 2015
@OswaldFan825 - Out of curiosity, which Scrooge cartoons have you seen?
said at 2:58 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
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Alan is good with Will 2nd.

Bill gets my respect for being the 1st voice.
said at 3:48 PM on Thu Jan 12 2012
Alan Young all the way :)
He is the one I grew up hearing especially since I watch DuckTales
said at 12:52 AM on Tue Dec 27 2011
Alan Young is pretty much perfect. THAT is the voice I hear when I read a Carl Barks comic. Thompson's not too shabby either, if not as sharp as Young's.
I've been wanting to hear Will Ryan's Scrooge for a while, though, and while I can't say he's that great here, he's at least funny.
said at 10:23 PM on Sun Dec 18 2011
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Alan Young. I don't think that there's any comparison. :)
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Dec 18 2011
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Alan Young, no contest. He owns this role and I highly doubt there could ever be anyone who could play Scrooge McDuck better. His voice is what I hear whenever I read the Uncle Scrooge comics.
said at 11:47 PM on Sat Dec 17 2011
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To me, Alan Young IS Scrooge McDuck, so my vote goes to him.
said at 2:31 PM on Sat Dec 17 2011
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Another vote for Alan. I can't imagine anyone else doing Scrooge.
said at 2:11 AM on Sat Dec 17 2011
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Alan is my favorite of the three Bill is a close second.
said at 11:54 PM on Fri Dec 16 2011
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Alan, no freaking question. Bill's perfectly fine, and Will's just OK. But Alan has played this role for so long and so perfectly that he OWNS it. I'm going to be very sad when he passes on and we need to find a new Scrooge; it's an uphill battle for anyone who can even come close.
said at 5:24 PM on Thu Sep 3 2015
@SpiderDreamer Since people are living longer these days, Alan Young could (and should) be one of those individuals. It'd sure be awesome if he not only lived past 100 years of age, but also voiced Scrooge past the age of 100!
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