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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sebastian with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Tue Jul 13 2010, 10 Comments, Add Comment
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
SebastianSamuel E Wright
Samuel E Wright
Kingdom Hearts (2002)
SebastianKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson

EDITOR'S OPINION

Ah 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.

Pokejedservo

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Ross123
said at 2:58 PM on Sat Sep 28 2013
Samuel has voiced Sabastian in everything except KH so i'm going with him despite the fact I play KH games though Kevin was ok.
MatthewC17
said at 9:12 PM on Wed Jan 16 2013
Gantu as Sebastian?
NO!
Goofmcduck
said at 1:09 AM on Wed Jan 2 2013
I think they are both fantastic! Samuel created the voice and Kevin does a great job recreating it. I would like to know who has been voicing Sebastain in the Disney parks... I know for a fact that it is none of these two. The show at Disney's Hollywood Studios(Walt Disney World) called Voyage of the Little Mermaid has a guy who tries too hard IMO. And the guy who voices Seby in the ride called Journey of the Little Mermaid and in the Move It Shake It Celebrate It Street Party at Magic Kingdom is a completely different voice, higher in pitch and a little on the fake side.. can anyone help me figure out who these two voice actors are??
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:58 PM on Fri Dec 16 2011
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Richardson was horrendously miscast in this role. Samuel E Right FTW.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:03 PM on Fri Dec 7 2012
@Galactic_Cyrus Crap. I hit 'Shout Out!' instead of reply. Gosh darn it, ha ha. I didn't want to shout this out. I think KMR is actually a great choice to double for Sebastian. Obviously Sam is the better of the two, in my opinion, but KMR is probably one of the best choices to replace Sam.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:58 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@TylerMirage My problem with hims is that he sounds way too deep and unnatural in every line he speaks. Wright had alot more range in his delivery and could go high at some points. Richardson just has this forced, throaty Jamaican voice for everything the character says.
MatthewC17
said at 7:36 AM on Fri Oct 14 2011
I like Samuel Wright
Kevin M. Richardson he is a good voice actor for those like Gantu
but Wright's Sebastian sounds more natural
pete
said at 5:19 PM on Mon Mar 21 2011
No Under the Sea clip dang
rabidsonicfan (Guest)
said at 10:03 PM on Tue Jan 25 2011
Meant to vote for Samuel Wright, but accidentally voted for Kevin Michael Richardson instead... although he was a pretty good imitator.
marvelfan93 (Guest)
said at 1:16 AM on Sat Oct 2 2010
I have to agree with you. Samuel's obviously the best but kevin was a great stand-in, he's also voiced him for a few recent projects at disney parks. He's alot better than the sabastian voice in that disney princess game, wich was completly horrid!!!


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