Little Mermaid Little Mermaid


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

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


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.



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said at 8:10 PM on Fri Apr 20 2018
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Samuel E Wright is just brilliant as Sebastian

Side note : I'm suprise Greg Eagles hasn't voice Sebastian he be great
said at 5:10 AM on Sat Apr 21 2018
@batcool Yeh Samuel sounds a bit like Greg that I got the voice confused. Greg would make a good sebastian
said at 10:49 PM on Tue Feb 27 2018
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Samuel wins hands down. His vocal performance was nothing short of outstanding. Kevin does a passable job replacing him, and even adjusts his voice enough so that you're not automatically thinking of him when you hear the voice, but nevertheless, Samuel owns the role.
said at 7:38 AM on Tue Sep 5 2017
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Both do an exceptional job here!

But my vote goes to the classic Samuel E. Wright. He gets the Jamaican accent down and makes Sebastian sound like a distraught servant and sidekick plus knowing when to bring the comedic side when necessary.

Kevin Michael Richardson is actually really great as a stand-in! I hardly recognised it was him and he almost perfectly replicates the charm of the character. I just prefer Samuel.
said at 12:54 PM on Mon May 23 2016
It goes without saying that Samuel E. Wright IS Sebastian. Kevin Michael Richardson and Phillip Lawrence (even though he's not in the Compare yet) do alright impressions of him, even though neither is QUITE spot-on.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:52 AM on Sun Feb 21 2016
Kevin definitely does a good impression of Sam's Sebastian voice! You can kinda tell it's Kevin voicing him at times, but he still does a good job nonetheless.
said at 7:57 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
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Samuel Wright, no questions asked. He breathed soul and heart into this crabby but fun character. Richardson tries but just isn't the same.
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.
said at 9:12 PM on Wed Jan 16 2013
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Gantu as Sebastian?
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??
said at 9:37 AM on Sat Jan 23 2016
@Goofmcduck I believe that Sebastian is voiced on the ride by Phillip Lawrence, who became his official voice actor after I believe 2010.
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.
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.
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
said at 5:19 PM on Mon Mar 21 2011
No Under the Sea clip dang
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