Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 13 2010
EDITOR'S OPINIONAh yes Sebastian, the lovable musical crab with a Jamaican accent whom is also known as Ariel's often badly battered babysitter. (In which it doesn't help that he once tried to avoid being literally battered but that's a different story.)
Ever since the highly renowned 1989 film The Little Mermaid, Sebastian has been voiced by then semi-known actor Samuel E. Wright. Sebastian is (quite understandably) Samuel E. Wright's most known performance but not that many people know of his work aside from Sebastian. Granted to be fair there are far worse cases of actors mainly known for one character but fortunately for Samuel here there Sebastian is a good role to be known for. In which Samuel's voice and performance for this role certainly suited Sebastian on that he tries to be so hard to be a firm (but caring) disciplinary figure to a bit more charismatic musical performer. Lets just say its another fine example of the quality voice-work in that movie.
While Samuel has been voicing Sebastian ever since the movie came out a little over a couple of decades ago there has been one certain exception so far namely the Kingdom Hearts series in which he was voiced by VA Kevin Michael Richardson. While the Voice Talent that Disney uses for their "stand-in" voices for their characters (often but not always because they can no longer use the Celebrity voice talent) are generally fine voice talent in general but Disney's attempts at "Stand-in" voices are usually deemed average at best. But I will say that Kevin's work is definitely one of the better "Stand-in" performances for a Disney character I have heard. Can you tell Samuel surprisingly did not reprise this role for the Kingdom Hearts games? Well I admit there were a few occasional brief moments where the difference started to show but unlike other Disney Stand-in VA performances it didn't seem all too blatant in which I commend Kevin for that for sure.
Overall I am not entirely sure here, while Samuel E Wright's work is definitely classic but Kevin Michael Richardson's work is a great example of how to do a "Stand-in" voice right.