Tabaqui
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Tabaqui

Comparison of the voice actors who have been the voice of Tabaqui with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Jungle Book

Tabaqui is a jackal (hyena in some adaptations) who appeared in Rudyard Kipling's 1894 anthology The Jungle Book. He is the sole friend and sycophantic lackey of the book's antagonist Shere Khan. As a scavenger who lurks behind Shere Khan's superficial image of power and feeds off of his scraps, he is widely disliked as a coward amongst the other jungle animals.

Created by CatsTuxedo on Apr 15 2016
Special thanks to TylerMirage, Bry for additional sound clips.

EDITOR'S OPINION

1) McDowell's soft-spoken smugness really helps paint an insidious and unpleasant image of a meek, feeble character with haughty confidence in his connections, overall making for the better of McDowell's performances in the short.

2) Scammel's light sound and rough texture compliment a scavenger who comfortably puts on an intimidating front when he thinks he can get away with it, only to backpedal when faced with an obviously stronger force. However, the slightly-rushed delivery takes the edge off just a little.

3) Pilkingson's take has a smooth, youthful flavor that plays well into sounding subservient or disingenuously benign whenever the scene calls for it, though it feels too light for the character's more malevolent qualities to come through.

4) Willows's high, strained sound certainly gets the image of a hapless lackey down, but without much nuance to give the character a more despicable edge, he comes off as more ineffectual and grating than anything else.


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Who do you think has been the best from these Tabaqui voice actors?
Roddy McDowall
Terrence Scammel
Alec Willows
Nigel Pilkington
Jess Harnell
Tom Hollander
Terry Klassen
Stephen Tobolowsky