Zoe
Sesame Street Sesame Street

Zoe

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Zoe with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Sesame Street

Zoe is a fuzzy orange monster who's a prominent face on Sesame Street. A playful and energetic 3-year-old girl, she loves to dance and have fantastic adventures playing with her best friends Elmo and Telly.
Created by NCZ on Jun 23 2018
Sesame Street (1969)
ZoeJennifer Barnhart
Jennifer Barnhart
Sesame Street (1969)
ZoeFran Brill
Fran Brill

EDITOR'S OPINION

Fran Brill played Zoe from her introduction in 1993 up until 2015. In fact, Fran even came up with her name. She gives Zoe a distinct scratchy voice that's still full of passion and exuberance.
Jennifer Barnhart took over in 2016, so this is another of those cases where the replacement is recent enough that there's plenty of time to grow into the role over the long-term. Basically with a little push toward a slightly more immature register I think we're there.


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skeletonking1234
said at 4:46 PM on Tue Jun 26 2018
Fran is very cute in the role. She got to show off her energy in the role and I like that she was able to still keep it pretty consistent sounding for the many years she worked on the show, even when she was much older.

Jennifer is trying, but she makes the character sound too old I feel. While Zoe could be whiny at times, whenever I've heard Jennifer talk, she always makes Zoe sound very whiny and it's kind of annoying to listen to. Maybe she'll get better over time but as of now she really doesn't do much for me.
Ghosty404
said at 5:24 PM on Sun Jun 24 2018
Fran Brill's Zoe is amazingly wonderful and hyperactive and kiddy. While I didn't get much enjoyment from her as a kid, I did kinda crack up at her thinking Rocco was an actual pet. She has such wonderful presence.

Jennifer Barnhart tries to capture Fran's take, and it's a noble effort but.. I don't know, she sounds waaaay older. You can tell it's a woman trying to sound young. It's strange, since Fran is older than her and can manage to still do the Zoe voice.
pm58790
said at 10:05 AM on Sun Jun 24 2018
Vote goes to the veteran Fran Brill.
CerealBoxHead46
said at 9:00 PM on Sat Jun 23 2018
Great Greinke, Jennifer sounds like MarĂ­a... OoO

I mean, she's definitely got the laugh down, but that speaking voice needs some serious work, especially her cry. (What she does in the clip is not even close to how she usually sounds or acts when she's sad.)

I'm with Fran all the way. She's the classic and originator of the character, completely nailing her energetic, enthusiastic, and sometimes immature nature. I'll admit, the character kind of annoyed me as a kid (mostly because she was so mean to Elmo), but she's definitely grown on me over time, in no small part because of Fran's performance. This is easily her best role.
CerealBoxHead46
said at 9:12 PM on Sat Jun 23 2018
@CerealBoxHead46 *sounds like Maria. Tried to do the accent on the "I", but VBulletin wasn't having none of that.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:59 PM on Sat Jun 23 2018
Fran Brill sounds really awesome as Zoe. She brings some good energy to the role. There's something about her performance that is very endearing.

Jennifer Barnhart is fairly good all things considered. In time, she'll grow into the role with experience.
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