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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Animal with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Muppets

Created by Music Meister on Jun 28 2018
The Muppet Show (1976)
AnimalFrank Oz
Frank Oz
Muppet Babies (1984)
Animal (Baby)Dave Coulier
Dave Coulier
Muppet Babies (1984)
Animal (Baby)Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel
Little Muppet Monsters (1985)
AnimalHal Rayle
Hal Rayle
Muppets Tonight (1996)
AnimalKevin Clash
Kevin Clash
Muppets Party Cruise (2003)
AnimalJohn Kennedy
John Kennedy
The Muppets (2015)
AnimalEric Jacobson
Eric Jacobson
Muppet Babies (2018) (2018)
AnimalDee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
From the Balcony
AnimalDrew Massey
Drew Massey


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Jared J. Lee
said at 3:46 AM on Mon Jul 9 2018
I grew up with Howie and Dave's Baby Animal. It is such a cute voice, and it instantly comes to mind for me when I think of the character.
I choose Howie because he established that voice I love so much.
said at 8:16 PM on Sat Jun 30 2018
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Did not expect this many VAs for Animal. This one's going to be harder to rank since Animal is not exactly the most articulate of characters, leaving me without much to say; so I'll be brief.

Frank wins for being the most natural sounding of the bunch, as well as the originator of the character.

Hal ranks as the best imitator for me. The clip makes him sound okay, but at that infamous "Rayle as Gonzo" convention, he did the Animal voice and nearly perfectly mimicked Frank's take.

Eric is pretty good, but when he raises his pitch, he seems to lose the voice a bit. Same for Drew.

Kennedy is alright. Not much to say about him.

Kevin ranks last among the adults for me. I think only the last line of the clip is actually him, and he pretty much just does his Sam Eagle voice. It works better on this character than it did for Sam, but it's still not very good. I think he could do better given time, however.

For the babies... Frankly, I don't like any of them. Both Howie and Dave sound like they're doing bad Stitch impressions. As for Dee, there's just something about the voice he's using that almost makes Animal sound too articulate. It's not the dialogue; it's just that the voice makes him sound too "human," if that makes any sense.

Honestly, I don't think it makes sense to have Baby Animal speak in actual words. His vocabulary is so limited as an adult that it feels weird for him to have the same level of language skills as a baby that he does as an adult. (If that's the case, why does he still not talk properly? Did he just lose the ability to learn new words?) IMO, Baby Animal should speak only in growls and creature noises, with an occasional word or two thrown in; kind of similarly to the way some of the monsters were handled on Sesame Street. (Think the Two-Headed Monster, but less articulate.)
said at 9:07 AM on Sat Jun 30 2018
Frank Oz seems to have the most natural take of everyone especially of the bigger versions.

Of all the younger ones I like Hal Rayle the most but for babies... I would actually say Dave Coulier, Dee isn't anything to write home about while Howie hahaha... no
8000 Saiyans
said at 9:20 PM on Thu Jun 28 2018
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Another vote goes to good ol' Frank Oz.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:26 PM on Thu Jun 28 2018
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Frank Oz is the best Animal voice here. He plays up the crazy aspect while still sounding natural.

Hal, Kevin, John & Drew all sound like one half of Frank's take. Pretty inconsistent.

Eric Jacobson like all of his Frank Oz replacements he sounds the closest to Frank & gets the voice down right.

As for the baby voices, they aren't so good. Howie sounds like a cross between Bobby from Bobby's world & Gollum. Dave sounds like Gollum as well.

Dee Bradley Baker sounds like one of the aliens he did in Ben 10. And it sounds so freakin weird.

All in all, my vote goes to Frank.
said at 6:34 PM on Thu Jun 28 2018
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I'm most surprised to see Howie Mandel here...
said at 5:59 PM on Thu Jun 28 2018
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Like Animal, this amount of voice actors is CRAZY.
said at 5:50 PM on Thu Jun 28 2018
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1: Frank Oz
2: Eric Jacobson
3: Drew Massey
4: John Kennedy
5: Kevin Clash (most of his clip was still frank, who was sporadically involved with Tonight)

1: Howie Mandel
2: Dave Coulier
3: Hal Rayle
4: Dee Bradley
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Who do you think has been the best from these Animal voice actors?
Frank Oz
Howie Mandel
Dave Coulier
Hal Rayle
Kevin Clash
Eric Jacobson
John Kennedy
Drew Massey
Dee Bradley Baker