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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Timmy Turner with sound clips and images.
Timmy Turner is the main character of the Fairly Oddparents TV series from Nickelodean. Timmy Turner is a young boy whom is known as "An Average Kid that no one understands" with really inept parents and has to constantly deal with Vicki the Evil Babysitter however he also has two Fairy Godparents by the names of Cosmo and Wanda. Timmy gets to make wishes that his Fairy Godparents will magically grant and even though these wishes usually turn out badly Timmy still does have a strong bond with his Fairy Godparents. Timmy also has some unrequited romantic issues with Trixie Tang (he has an unrequited crush on her) and Vicki's little sister Tootie (she has an unrequited crush on him).

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The Fairly OddParents (2001)
Timmy TurnerMary Kay Bergman
Mary Kay Bergman
The Fairly OddParents (2001)
Timmy TurnerTara Strong
Tara Strong

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today we open the Fairly OddParents VC section and who better to start this off with than the main character of the series TIMMY TURNER! In the pilot episodes of Fairly Oddparents Timmy was voiced by the late Mary Kay Bergman. Mary's voice for the role had a very raspy boyish voice that did suit the role rather well. Mary's performance for the role did work fairly well for the role (and it works with how Timmy was a bit smarter in the earlier episodes.) But still Mary's work as Timmy Turner is a fine example of her work and an interesting change of pace as well (since she hardly ever did little boy voices).

Ever since the Fairly Oddparents series began Tara Strong took over the role and was a fine substitute for the late Mary Kay Bergman. While Tara's voice for Timmy was never as raspy as Mary's I did notice on how she did try to sound a bit more like Mary's voice did earlier in the series (and did a pretty good job at it too). Granted nowadays Tara's voice for Timmy has gone a bit higher and squeakier but of course it still works well with the role here. Unlike Mary, Tara has is known for voicing young boys well and this is no exception as she does a rather energetic performance that suits Timmy's childish persona rather well. Overall I am not entirely sure who to go with here as both of these ladies did pretty well with this role here.


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SiRenfield
said at 10:46 AM on Tue Nov 4 2014
While Tara was the voice of my childhood, I personally like Mary Kay a little better
CuriousUserX90
said at 2:55 AM on Sat Oct 4 2014
How did The Fairly OddParents get it's name, and how does it even relate to the show itself? In the show itself it's "Fairy GodParents".
TurtleAnimaniac
said at 9:59 PM on Tue Nov 25 2014
@CuriousUserX90 because they are fairly odd. odd meaning strange
CuriousUserX90
said at 3:26 AM on Thu Dec 4 2014
@TurtleAnimaniac How Fairly Odd can Timmy's Parents be? They're not even in the Main Cast, it's more around Cosmo and Wanda.
Slick
said at 2:45 PM on Mon Sep 29 2014
Tara Strong! No question!
myopinion1
said at 6:17 PM on Sat Sep 20 2014
MKB sounds like Erin Andrews.
CartoonFreak666
said at 5:50 PM on Fri Aug 22 2014
This one I really can't decide because they both did a good job. I find it interesting that he was originally voiced by the late Mary Kay Bergman in the pilot episodes.
Ross123
said at 7:37 AM on Sat Nov 9 2013
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My favourite is Tara as she's the one I'm used to but Mary did not bad, in fact I didn't even know she voiced Timmy as I thought it was all Tara.
HienFan
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Ross123 I once saw Mary Kay's clip on Cartoon Network on the late 90s sadly it was around the time she shot herself

I have to wonder how it would be like if Mary lived, Tara is good at first(most of the sample on her clip) but then she got too high for my liking(the last line about cookies)
Ross123
said at 9:29 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@HienFan We can only wonder. I think Timmy's voice would be slightly lower if Mary was still voicing him, that's my thoughts anyway.

In the end, it really doesn't change anything since the show would still have gone on the way it has.
TrueMyriad
said at 5:29 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
I like both, but I think Mary Kay Berman has my vote. She has an original boy voice which really makes Timmy sound initiative, and made him sound like a boy who is always left by his parents. R.I.P. Mary. If she was still alive, she would have improved as the show progressed.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:14 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Mary Kay's take is easier on the ears. It's not Tara's fault since she started out a perfect replacement, but the voice direction made Timmy sound more high pitched and obnoxious as time went by.
HienFan
said at 10:10 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
I really don't know who to vote, Tara is better than Maru Kay in the first season but since then she went downhill by a lot so I'm sitting out
Gatch
said at 8:14 AM on Tue Aug 27 2013
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Mary Kay Bergman did Timmy's voice great, but Tara is the one i remember.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:42 AM on Wed Jul 17 2013
I like Mary Kay Bergman's voice here and I respect that she originated the role, but I don't think it fits the character Timmy became as the show progressed. She sounds a bit more convincingly boyish, but her voice also kinda lacks the energetic, youthful quality Tara gave to Timmy.

Tara doesn't really make me think "realistic ten year-old boy" but she excels at portraying his fun-loving and innocent personality (even though he has his faults).

Mary does a convincing job at his snarky moments and making him sound his age, but Tara's voice also sounds less raspy (as the show progressed, anyway), more innocent and fun-loving, and just overall the more lovable of the two, IMO.

I also feel Tara got better once she stopped trying to make a more boyish voice by forcing too much rasp into it. I definitely prefer Tara's voice of the two for being the more youthful, energetic, and cute of the two, Mary did well, but I thought Tara's voice was more unique and enjoyable overall. Tara as Timmy is still a fond memory from my childhood.
LoveCartoons25
said at 5:22 PM on Sun Jun 2 2013
I dont know why, but i decide for Mary, despite Tara is my favorite voice actor. She make better voice for 10-years old boy. But Tara make Timmy sound like 6-years old and 13-years old in once... and no boy, but tomboy!
Torak
said at 2:49 PM on Mon May 20 2013
I'm afraid that because they sound the same (in my ears at least) it is impossible to judge who is better. Tara may be iconic, but she is inconsistant, while Mary's acting leaves something to be desired.
I call tie. :)
antonithenimenerd
said at 7:15 AM on Sun Apr 21 2013
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To be honest, I have always preferred Mary Kay Bergman as Timmy Turner and that was also why I loved The Fairly Oddparents shorts on Oh Yeah Cartoons more than the actual show. She really did sound like a ten-year old boy and I almost forget that I am hearing a voice actress play a young boy.

Tara Strong, well she does a great job at capturing Timmy's energetic nature and she is still voicing him to this very day. But, I am sorry to say this, especially to the Tara Strong fans, I found her voice way too young and hyperactive to be a ten-year-old.

Don't hate me for saying this, but hey, we all have our tastes and you all are entitled to your own opinions.
madax
said at 10:11 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
Every now and then Mary sounds a bit like she's doing Neville or Kearny from the Simpsons. But still a good voice.
Aja
said at 6:05 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
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Mary is better.

RIP.
cartoonvoice
said at 5:17 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Mary Kay Bergman was better.
OswaldFan825
said at 10:02 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@cartoonvoice Oh, its you. I think Tara Strong did better.
MatthewC17
said at 7:16 PM on Thu Jun 14 2012
Mary Kay Bergman gave a unique performance
but my vote goes to Tara Strong because her Timmy voice sounds age appropriate

said at 7:18 PM on Sat Jun 9 2012
The original, Mary Kay Bergman, for my opinion.
EliteF50
said at 12:51 AM on Sat Nov 12 2011
Tara, for sure. Mary sounds more like Ash Ketchum.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 7:38 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
I prefer Mary she was far less annoying, Timmy is probably the only role Strong does I don't care for.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 11:37 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
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They were both good! I guess I slightly prefer Tara because that's who I'm used to (it should also be noted that Tara later redubbed all of Mary's work for reruns of her episodes). Mary did sound a lot like a convincing boy, especially considering she usually did females, but I can believe it. This WAS MKB after all (she could've probably done a hundred different voices, and you wouldn't dream of considering them all coming from the same mouth). My only problem with her is that she sounds a TAD too old for the role. Her voice sounds like Timmy's about 13 or 14, wheres Tara has usually sounded age appropriate, but she's probably been sounding a little TOO young in recent seasons (but she's always sounded very much in-character). None of these voices are perfect IMO, but I guess I slightly prefer Tara, JUST slightly.

Another interesting tidbit: apparently Mary died the very day Fairly Odd Parents was picked up for series.
MatthewC17
said at 7:17 PM on Thu Jun 14 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Yeah Tara in the recent epiosdes sounds exactly like her Dil Pickles (baby) voice
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:38 AM on Mon May 20 2013
@MatthewC17 She sounds like her 'All Grown Up' Dil Pickles voice, but saying she sounds like him as a baby is going a bit too far.


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