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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Zazu with sound clips and images.
Zazu is a little bird whom is one of the secondary protagonists of the Lion King franchise. Zazu is initially known as King Mufasa's Majordomo as one of his jobs is to give the King of Pride Rock the Morning Report on Pride Rock. While Zazu's voice is depicted as a classic example of "British Stuffiness" but he is not a bad little bird whom is genuinely loyal to the likes of Mufasa and later Simba, he may come off as cowardly but to be fair there isn't much he can do against the evil Lions and Hyenas in the franchise. While Zazu has been lets just say been bothered by how reckless young Simba can be he did predict about how one day Simba and Nala will grow up to be married though.

Created by Pokejedservo on Mon Jul 4 2011, 17 Comments, Add Comment
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The Lion King (1994)
ZazuRowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
Timon & Pumbaa (1995)
ZazuMichael J. Gough
Michael J. Gough
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
ZazuEdward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert
The Lion King (1994)
ZazuJeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Lion King VC section we have a little something for this little majordomo... ZAZU! We shall begin with the original Lion King movie in which he was voiced by Rowan "Mr. Bean" Atkinson. Apparently the fact that Rowan voiced Zazu has surprised people in the past (but then again plenty of US viewers mainly know Rowan as "Mr. Bean" so in other words they are not quite use to hearing him actually talk). Anyways Rowan played up Zazu's stuffiness well enough but has done a good job in trying to make Zazu likable as well (and even occasionally sympathetic). So in other words Rowan's work as Zazu is another example of the quality voice work from the original Lion King.

Now for the TV series Timon and Pumbaa in which Zazu made occasional appearances (and had an episode to star in) he was voiced by Michael Gough. While Michael's Zazu voice does sound a bit different from Rowan's Zazu voice but it still does genuinely work for the role nevertheless.  Much like his celebrity counterpart did Michael Gough also played up Zazu's stuffiness well but still made him likable (and also a bit more sympathetic but to be fair that could also be due to the episode he was starring in). Anyways Michael Gough's performance as Zazu is commendable and a pretty good example of the "Stand-in" performances in Disney Productions.

Last is the Lion King II Simba's Pride in which Edward Hibbert gets to take over the role here. While Zazu has a smaller role in this movie Edward's performance as Zazu is a slight mixed bag. While Edward's voice for the role is not bad as it does have a suitably British accent however Edward's performance made Zazu seem a bit more arrogant than just plain stuffy. Granted I wouldn't necessarily call Edward's performance as Zazu to be bad per say but it was a bit overdone in certain ways. Overall I clearly liked Rowan and Michael the most here with Edward at an okay second. 

(Update: Apparently Disney added in a new song called "Morning Report" for one of their re-releases of the film and Jeff Bennett is the one whom sings the song. Jeff's singing was good but I especially like on how he sounded very much like Rowan Atkinson. While Jeff only voiced Zazu for this song so far he has shown that he has excellent potential to do a regular speaking performance as Zazu rather well. I say that Jeff's work as Zazu definitely ties with Michael Gough as my 2nd place choice for the role.)


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Slick
said at 5:37 PM on Wed Oct 15 2014
I'm not crazy about Rowan Atkinson in General, so I'm voting for Jeff Bennett.
lillypills
said at 3:05 AM on Fri Jun 27 2014
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when was there a tv series ?????????
Ikrani
said at 10:10 PM on Sat Aug 30 2014
@lillypills Back when Disney Afternoon was on it's out.
HienFan
said at 6:16 AM on Mon Jun 16 2014
1 Rowan
2 Jeff
3 Edward
4 Michael
DVJ
said at 6:36 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
Rowan Atkinson wins easily,through Jeff Bennet does a suprisingly good impression,and speaking of with why didnt they use him for the series insted of Michael Gough who sounds like hes doing a parody of Zazu,insted of the real Zazu.Edward Hibbert is okay.
BlankSlate
said at 5:01 AM on Tue Nov 12 2013
Rowan Atkinson, definitely.


I also like Eberhard PrĂ¼ter as a non-English role, even though it's basically most of the roles he plays.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:54 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
Rowan Atkinson was hilarious in this role. While he's the best, Jeff Bennett does a fantastic impression, as usual.

Edward Hibbert doesn't really sound like Zazu: he just sounds British and that's it. And Michael...I can't agree with the editor opinion's praise of him. This performance was just ANNOYING.
Ross123
said at 4:41 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Jeff was kinda singing so he doesn't count.

Rowan because he is hilarious though Edward wasn't too bad.

Michael just doesn't fit.
LoveCartoons25
said at 11:01 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
RA: First, classical voice.
MG: Not suit but acceptable replacement
EH: Really?
JB: I like this guys and he is making great suit for Rowan
I cant decide between Rowan and Jeff.
fangirl47
said at 1:25 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
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jeff.....jeff.....JEFFF....JEFFFFFF!!!!!
thomwim
said at 2:21 PM on Mon Jul 30 2012
I'm juest so used to hearing Michael Gough as Zazu. No, not the late actor who played Alfred in the Batman films.
SuperSpyroFan
said at 6:11 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
1. Rowan Atkinson - He can definitely bring out his personality. (Although, he does sound a lot like the main character from the Blackadder series)
2. Jeff Bennet - To me, sounds similar to Rowan.
3. Micheal Gough II - Good attempt, but it really doesn't suit the character that much.
4. Edward Hibbert - Doesn't suit him at all, sounds too posh, and spiteful.
JayGirl10
said at 11:51 AM on Fri Jun 1 2012
I'm agreeing with MatthewC17 on this one.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 1:09 PM on Mon May 28 2012
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Rowan was awesome, but Bennett is a close second! He does a mean impression!
Torak
said at 4:14 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
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Rowan was pretty much perfect for the job, but Jeff's impression was quite unbelievable!
MatthewC17
said at 5:11 PM on Thu Sep 1 2011
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1. Rowan Atkinson - He gives Zazu his personality
2. Jeff Bennett - His performance was in leiu of Atkinson
3. Edward Hibbert - His take on Zazu is not bad but he's missing something
4. Michael Gough II - What is he trying to do he's not mimicking Rowan at all
Aurora
said at 10:42 AM on Sun Jan 1 2012
@MatthewC17 I would have to agree that Rowan Atkinson did pretty nice.


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