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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Mar 18 2011, 4 Comments, Add Comment
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Cocoa Puffs
Sonny the Cuckoo BirdChuck McCann
Chuck McCann
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Sonny the Cuckoo BirdLarry Kenney
Larry Kenney
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Sonny the Cuckoo BirdTex Brashear
Tex Brashear

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today for the 2nd General Mills VC section's Voice Compare is everybody's favorite Chocolate Cereal addict... SONNY THE CUCKOO BIRD! Sonny was originally voiced by Chuck McCann (whom also voiced Sonny's Grandfather "Gramps".) While Gramps did most of the talking in most of the commercials (and often exploit Sonny's addiction to Cocoa Puffs every chance he had for his own ends but that's a different story) Chuck did do a memorably goofy and insane voice for Sonny. Basically Chuck's voicework for Sonny was an interesting example of his early voice work.

During the 80's and 90's even though Chuck was still active in voice work apparently Larry "Lion-O" Kenney took over the role of Sonny. Granted this is going to be one of those voice compares in which all of the other VA's where pretty much impersonations of the original VA but still Larry does do a pretty good impersonation. Granted one could tell the difference between Larry and Chuck's respective Sonny voices but Larry's voice for Sonny does sound similar in which it certainly works for the role here. While Sonny apparently wasn't quite as Cuckoo during this time compared to the original commercials or the more recent ones (granted he certainly had his moments but still) Larry's voice work for Sonny did work for the role.

Ever since 2005, Commercial VA Tex Brashear has taken over the role as he too does a very good impersonation of his predecessor's respective Sonny voices. Granted in the more recent Cocoa Puffs commercials they definitely played out how Sonny was definitely Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs in which Sonny was a addict trying really hard not to cave into his addiction here. Okay I apologize on how I might be making these Cocoa Puffs commercials sound more serious than they are but still Tex definitely gave an interesting over-the-top performance for Sonny here. Overall they all did well as Sonny the Cuckoo bird in their own way for this American Cereal Icon.


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Howard Morris Jr.
said at 12:13 PM on Sat Dec 22 2012
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Yes, Tex Brashear DID voice Sonny. He worked for my father for many years, who produced several of the spots.
lobsterlvr
said at 2:13 PM on Tue Mar 20 2012
Pat's right. I don't think Tex was never the voice of Sonny. I had the honor of writing all the Cocoa Puffs commercials for about 15 years (followed by Pat in 2005). To the best of my knowledge there have been three TV voices for Sonny: Chuck McCann, Larry Kenney, and me! Yup, during the SAG strike of 2000 I was the voice of Sonny for two spots: "Rollercoaster" and "Surfing". Larry re-voiced "surfing" as soon as the strike was over. Both are on youtube somewhere. I was also the voice of the Trix Rabbit for two spots during the strike as well. As I told Larry and Russell Horton (voice of the Rabbit) I was just keeping their seat warm until the strike was over. Dave Shea
Patgiles
said at 9:30 AM on Tue Mar 20 2012
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I appreciate this article, but as someone who has worked on this campaign, there are some tremendous innacuracies. I have no idea where you got the impression that tex brasher does Sonny voices. He does not. Larry has been, and still is, the voice of Sonny since the early seventies. There are great differences between his version and Chuck's version, though I loved them both. Chris Phillips was Larry's fill in for one spot and some web shorts, but only because Larry was out of town. Really appreciate the article, but please fact check. Also, Chuck and Larry have been appearing together, for the first te, since Gramps has been brought back to TV with Chuck reprieving his original role.
jonhardwick
said at 11:55 AM on Sun Mar 20 2011
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i suppose buzz bee is next


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