2) Short: Short has a goofily exuberant air about him that allows his character to leap off the screen while never crossing the line into being 'in-your-face', which puts him as my runner-up favorite.
3) Gibson: In spite of having just a little working material outside of a kind-hearted narrator, Gibson has enough vocal range to make the character sound genuine in that role and as a comforting figure to Mayzie in the special's climax.
4) Lanoil: Lanoil's sound has a slightly rough quality to it which is just a bit unusual, as are the inflections that suggest a more sly demeanor, but it's clear enough that he's enjoying himself in the part that the character never comes off as totally alienating.
5) Martinet: Like Gibson, Martinet doesn't have too much to work with outside of being a benevolent narrator, but his high, soft sound is fitting enough, and his singing's nice too. (On a side note, the progression in the Cat's song here keeps making me think of the Chicken Song from Spitting Image).
6) Adams: While Adams generally lacks the charisma Sherman had before him, he's still likable enough in the innocent and laid-back nature of his performance, even if his more upset moments aren't as convincing.
7) Lewis: Lewis is certainly energetic enough to give a little extra punch to the character, though it does sound a bit too clear that he's reading out loud on some lines.
8) Robinson: Robinson's take is more traditionally smooth and soft compared to Lanoil, though while the acting isn't really bad, the overall delivery doesn't sound as natural as Robinson was.
9) Edgerly: Edgerly does a pretty good impression of Mike Myers' portrayal, but unfortunately this version's uncharacteristically sardonic and mean-spirited nature feels rather out of place among the other candidates.