April O'Neil
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April O'Neil

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of April O'Neil with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 16 2009
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (1987)
April O'NeilRenae Jacobs
Renae Jacobs
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) (2003)
April O'NeilVeronica Taylor
Veronica Taylor
TMNT (2007)
April O'NeilSarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever (2009)
April O'Neil 1987Rebecca Soler
Rebecca Soler
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (2012)
April O'NeilMae Whitman
Mae Whitman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)
April O'NeilCatherine Taber
Catherine Taber
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (2016)
April O'NeilAshly Burch
Ashly Burch

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WrightWay
said at 10:12 PM on Fri Nov 11 2016
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I like:

Renae Jacobs, who has the most energy, enthusiasm, and spunk in her portrayal, but is also able to sound intelligent.

Veronica Taylor, who has a really intelligent delivery, and some wit to her performance.

Mae Whitman, who does really well in spite of the character being de-aged.

I'm neutral on:

Rebecca Soler's imitation of Renae Jacobs is...really just average. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other here, but it's a pretty generic imitation of the latter, and falls a bit flat at times.

I don't like:

Catherine Taber, who is really bland and generic in the part.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who sounds a bit too old at times, and can get a little stiff in her delivery at times.

Ashly Burch, who is somehow even more flat and dull than the former two...eh.

I'll have to side with the original, though, Renae Jacobs is really how I pictured April O'Neil sounding. That said, I do like Veronica & Mae's portrayals as well.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Nov 12 2016
@WrightWay - Would you say, if she had some meatier material to work with, Ashly Burch COULD be a good April?
WrightWay
said at 7:33 PM on Sat Nov 12 2016
@HyperVoiceActing
Ashly could definitely be a good April- it all depends on how the voice director has her do the performance, IMO.
GreenGoblin75
said at 9:34 PM on Thu May 26 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor by far.
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:04 AM on Sat Feb 20 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Renae Jacobs is my favorite. She sounds pretty youthful and energetic while also managing to sound like a professional news reporter. Also, her chemistry with her fellow performers is excellent.

Mae Whitman works perfectly for a younger April. She has a lot of youthful energy and she's also a lot of fun.

Veronica Taylor is also pretty good. She makes April sweeter and more mild-mannered while also managing to have a lot of fun in the role.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is decent. She does have her moments, but it's nothing impressive.

Rebecca Soler does a nice Renae Jacobs impression, but like Sarah, she's not that memorable.

Catherine Taber is pretty meh IMO.
Starscreamsfan
said at 1:01 PM on Sat Jun 4 2016
Ashly Burch is pretty awesome. She's just so entertaining and energetic. I think I may put her between Veronica and Sarah.
HienFan
said at 9:36 PM on Fri Dec 11 2015
Listening again none of them are that bad, Renae has that professional news reporter voice to her name, Veronica is sweet and lovable, Sarah was okay if kinda decent celebrity quality, Rebecca is a good Renae imitation, Mae is cute and felt like a realistic normal girly teenage girl while Catherine would be a good older take of Mae's
Zillah
said at 11:39 PM on Sun Nov 29 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Renae, Veronica and Mae were all great in this role. I honestly don't know who to go with between the three.
Dr.Who
said at 11:29 PM on Sun Nov 29 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Veronica Taylor- She was actually an excellent fit for the 2003 incarnation of the character, and sounded age appropriate with lots of energy in her acting as well, adding more dimensions to the character as well.

Renae Jacobs- Pretty good as the first voice for the character and she set the precedent for her successors to follow, really, the only reason I'm ranking her below Taylor is because her voice acting could get a little forced at times.

Mae Whitman- She does a good performance as the 2010 incarnation of the character, but something about her take strikes me as generic and bland at times.

Sarah Michelle Gellar- Decent, but her take was so bland and forgettable at the same time.

Rebecca Soler- A mediocre impression of Renae Jacobs if you ask me, sounding flat at times.

Catherine Taber- Poor. Something about her delivery is very odd, and a little forced to me.
HylianBelmont
said at 3:16 AM on Wed Nov 25 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Veronica IS April, her voice just fits the character perfectly!
tmnisaac
said at 6:50 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
1) Veronica Taylor
2) Mae Whitman
3) Sarah Michelle Gellar
4) Renae Jacobs
5) Rebecca Soler
tmnisaac
said at 7:03 PM on Wed Jul 22 2015
@tmnisaac

1) Veronica Taylor
2) Mae Whitman
3) Renae Jacobs
4) Sarah Michelle Gellar
5) Rebecca Soler
chaosincarnate
said at 6:16 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
I like them all a lot, actually. They all sound really good.
Finister2
said at 3:32 PM on Fri May 30 2014
1) Renae Jacobs
2) Mae Whitman
3) Veronica Taylor
4) Catherine Taber
5) Sarah Michelle Gellar
6) Rebecca Soler
Margui
said at 10:02 AM on Sat Mar 8 2014
I liked Veronica Taylor, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mae Whitman as April.
Finister2
said at 4:32 AM on Mon Jan 20 2014
I wonder if Grey DeLisle would make a good April O'Neil?
Adjeras
said at 1:26 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
 1 Shout Out!
-Veronica Taylor: I can't really explain. It was just a very good performance.
-Mae: I'm not a fan of teenage April and that would apply to her actress too. But I won't judge her on that.
Renee: Just too grating and annoying. I feel that Rebecca did a beter 80's April.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:46 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
1. Vernoica Taylor - Her voice is very age appropriate and energetic for the character. Just a perfect fit.
2. Mae Whitman - Sounds like alot of her other roles, but it fits perfectly for the teenage April.
3. Renee Jacobs and Rebecca Soler - They both sound the same here.
4. Catherine Taber - She was okay, but a bit too young sounding.
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar - That's not April O'Neil. That's Sarah Michelle Gellar.
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:14 PM on Thu Sep 5 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
#1 Veronica Taylor & Rebecca Soler
I admit I'm a tad biased since I'm a big fan of hers, but I've always like Veronica, she added a sarcastic vibe to April, and gave her some dimension, really bringing out the liveliness of the show. I particularly liked how she interacted with Marc Thompson's Casey, their dynamic is certainly one of the most intriguing aspects of the 2003 series. All in all, her April is a great example of Veronica's work as well as the voice-over work of the series in general.

As for Rebecca, I just feel that she's very underrated, her April certainly had a bit of personality, she made her a little easier to relate to. Of course, it's a bit hard to tell based on what little she had to work with, but I have to say that she's definitely one of the better voices from the Turtles Forever film.

#2 Mae Whitman
Despite the deaging of the character, I actually quite like how April was portrayed in the 2010s series, and of course, Mae is a natural choice for that particular incarnation. Even though she's a bit typecast for this kind of role, she does very well as young but strong-mannered young women/little girls, and even though it takes some time to get used to, she's definitely growing into the role over time. Much like Rebecca, I do think that Mae would be much better-received as a more comic-accurate April and more material to work with.

#3 Renae Jacobs & Catherine Taber
Renae has a pretty voice, but the poor voice direction of the 80s series really puts a damper on her performance. I can't fault Renae for that, but I do believe that she could've done at least a bit better. As for Catherine, her voice is also fitting for April, but it's pretty generic, she could easily pass off as a girl from high school. As a whole, both Renae and Catherine's acting were weak, and made April sound ditzy, smart-alecy, and even a tad over-the-top. While they're not bad, it's obvious that they could've done better.

#4 Sarah Michelle Gellar
To be honest, I don't like how she was portrayed in the 2K7 movie, she sounds even more generic than Catherine, and her acting is very wooden. Heck, back when I first watched it, I didn't even know that that was April, but some random little girl hanging out with the Turtles. And not to nitpick, but I simply don't approve the trend of casting of celebrities over VA veterans in voice-over roles. I mean, they did that for the 4 turtles and Splinter, why couldn't they have done the same for April or Casey? :( But alas, while SMG isn't horrible, she's definitely one of, if not the weakest of all the April voices.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:46 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@pokemastanumba1 I'm in agreement here.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 9:03 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus
I second that.
Adjeras
said at 3:18 PM on Tue Dec 31 2013
@pokemastanumba1 Agreed.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:59 AM on Thu Sep 5 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
Heh, and I was thinking about Matt Lanter as a potential Casey Jones. :-P
VctrBnsn
said at 7:49 AM on Wed Sep 4 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Wow, call me the odd man out, but I'm voting for Taber.
Finister2
said at 7:15 AM on Wed Sep 4 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Catherine Taber sounds like Tara Strong
Soldierkei
said at 10:30 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
Eh, really depends on the april. And since all of them are different versions (minus Renae and Rebecca), I'm just going to say they each work for their respective versions.
HienFan
said at 11:31 PM on Sun Sep 1 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1 Veronica Taylor I love that voice so so much
2 Mae Whitman
3 Sarah Michelle Gellar
4 Renae/Rebecca-Sorry other than the fact she's pretty(aside from that horrible outfit) but I don't like anything about the 80s April
HienFan
said at 3:52 AM on Sat Aug 2 2014
@HienFan 4 Catherine, sorry Renae and Rebecca you are going down AGAIN
MilanTheVillain01
said at 1:24 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
# 1 - Mae Whitman.
# 2 - Veronica Taylor.
# 3 - Sarah Michelle Gellar.
# 4 - Renae Jacobs.
# 5 - Rebecca Soler.
Deadpool99
said at 3:10 PM on Wed Jun 5 2013
I'm gonna go with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mae Whitman as 1. The others are ok nothing special
VctrBnsn
said at 3:46 PM on Fri Apr 19 2013
I'm a person who watched every single animated incarnation of the turtles; the G1 series, the 2000's series, the 2007 movie, and the current series. Yet, none of the voices never stood out to me. Renae was horribly directed, Veronica sometimes sounded off, Sarah sounded inexperienced behind a mic, and Mae is a de aged version. No one really screams what I want for the character. Not that they were all bad, just none of them were perfect.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:46 AM on Wed Apr 3 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm gonna go with Veronica Taylor.
MatthewC17
said at 9:52 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
When I hear Sarah, Kathryn Mertueil pops into my mind
MrParadox
said at 9:06 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
Mae is surprisingly good for April considering that she has been de-aged and fits her well. My favorite however would have to be Veronica since she did an excellent job making her very three dimensional and more than just a pretty face.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:34 PM on Thu Nov 15 2012
At first I didn't think I'd like Mae as April but she has impressed me.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:17 AM on Sat Nov 10 2012
Mae is good but I'm not a fan of the de-aging of April. Sticking with Veronica.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 6:26 PM on Sat Nov 10 2012
@pete

The Next voice Of April should be Grey DeLisle.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 10:17 PM on Sat Nov 10 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 She'd actually be perfect. If they hadn't reimagined her she could have played her in the 2012 series.
SparklyShake12
said at 5:31 AM on Wed Oct 10 2012
Veronica Taylor and Renae Jacobs are fantastic. Veronica got my vote though.
Rooblakas013
said at 11:25 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Renae Jacobs has got my vote in this one.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:54 AM on Tue Jun 5 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I think I'm gonna go with Sarah Michelle Gellar for April O'Neil.
pokemastanumba1
said at 8:43 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
@Anicomicgeek I'm a bit curious, was the 2007 film the only TMNT-related production you've seen?
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
@pokemastanumba1

I did watch the 1987 show and the live-action movies as a kid.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 4:00 AM on Sat Oct 13 2012
@Anicomicgeek And you've seen nothing of the 2003 series? Or not much?
Anicomicgeek
said at 5:48 AM on Sat Oct 13 2012
@pete

The most I ever saw of the '03 series was parts of an episode or two and parts of Turtles Forever.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:41 PM on Sat Oct 13 2012
@Anicomicgeek Well if you find the time you really should catch more because you'd be missing on what most fan consider the best TMNT series(it's the main reason I like TMNT and am in this VC section) though the 2012 series is pretty decent I saw 90% of the 03 series on tv mostly on Cartoon Network but a few episodes were on 4kids. All the episodes are on Youtube.
Aquafox84
said at 2:22 PM on Mon Apr 9 2012
odd how all but Sarah Michelle are pretty much voice matches to the original animated series. All fine females as well.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:55 AM on Sun Mar 4 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
For the animated series, Taylor is probably my favorite, probably since her version of the character has the most dimension, and is the most interesting to listen to.
Sarah Michelle Gellar was also fantastic. Her April is very similar to Taylor's but perhaps a little more natural-sounding. On the other hand, Sarah would probably work better as a live action April (which would work out VERY well, but I'm probably a little biased since I'm a huge Gellar fan).
Jacobs sounded a little too young, annoying, occasionally even borderline ditzy, and almost smart-alec sounding as opposed to intelligent sounding, although I probably blame that on the direction of the series, not Ms. Jacobs' voice acting, although I do think she could've toned down her line readings, which was almost always emphatic-sounding, over-the-top, and even downright outrageous. Her performance lacked subtlety, but again, the direction was probably what got her there. With that said, Soler did a very good job imitating that voice. The only thing she was missing was the distinct Canadian-sounding accent to Jacobs' voice.

It'll be interesting to see how Mae Whitman will sound as April. I'm worried since Mae would probably sound a little too young, given her other roles, but I'm hopeful. :P
Rika24
said at 2:10 AM on Wed Jun 15 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Veronica Taylor, then Renae Jacobs. Rebecca Soler did an amazing job at getting close to the original. While i'm a HUGE Buffy fan, i didn't care too much for Sarah's April
Sonic_Blaze
said at 12:43 AM on Wed Mar 30 2011
Sarah Michelle Gellar did Arpil's voice sheesh I thought it was Veronica Taylor at first.
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