Janice
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Janice

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

Janice is a supporting protagonist in Jim Henson's massively successful Muppets franchise. She's part of the Muppets' band, Electric Mayhem, along with Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Animal and Zoot, and is known for her laid-back, Valley Girl persona. 
Created by TylerMirage on Jul 9 2018
The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975)
JaniceFran Brill
Fran Brill (NEW CLIP)
The Muppet Show (1976)
JaniceRichard Hunt
Richard Hunt (NEW CLIP)
The Muppet Show (1976)
JaniceEren Ozker
Eren Ozker (NEW CLIP)
Muppet Babies (1984)
Janice (Baby)Dave Coulier
Dave Coulier (NEW CLIP)
Muppet RaceMania (2000)
JaniceMatt Vogel
Matt Vogel (NEW CLIP)
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
JaniceBrian Henson
Brian Henson (NEW CLIP)
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
JaniceTyler Bunch
Tyler Bunch (NEW CLIP)
The Muppets (2015)
JaniceDavid Rudman
David Rudman (NEW CLIP)

EDITOR'S OPINION

Fran Brill: I have no doubts that Fran could've been really good had she been able to perform with more material, but as it stands, this is just a standard "female walla" voice.

Eren Ozker: Eren had more to work with than Fran, and we see the beginnings of her Valley Girl attitude, but it still doesn't scream "Janice" to me.

Richard Hunt: This is where Janice rully started to develop into the hippie-girl Janice we know and love, cementing the cadence of her speech and dialogue. 

Dave Coulier: Dave rully showcases his range in the 1984 Muppet Babies series (basically playing 50% of the cast), and I'm quite impressed that he was able to pull off a Baby Janice that not only sounded female, but also significantly like Janice should.

Matt Vogel: Not amazing, but not terrible. A decent enough stand-in for the game.

Brian Henson: Brian's attitude is on-point, but his voice is a bit light. 

Tyler Bunch: From one Tyler to another, I've gotta' hand it to Bunch, he does pretty well with the limited material. If David was unable to be the current Janice for whatever reason, my vote would go to Tyler to take it over permanently. 

David Rudman: The current mainstay for Janice, and like many of his other roles, he would do his predecessor proud. If I had to nitpick, it's that sometimes David can slip into his Scooter voice a bit. But other than that, he's probably my number two pick after Richard. 

Overall, I'm most impressed with the men in this VC. Who would've thought that the most convincing "hippy Muppet girl" performers would be the males? Richard Hunt and David Rudman are tied for me. Richard made the standard Janice performance, which gets him points, but David polished it (but sometimes turns into Scooter). Runner up would be Tyler Bunch.

*Special thanks to Ghosty404 for the clips! :)


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8000 Saiyans
said at 5:13 PM on Tue Jul 10 2018
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I'll go with Richard.
CerealBoxHead46
said at 5:00 PM on Tue Jul 10 2018
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1. Richard. The original, the voice I think of when I think of the character, description of what traits he brought, blah blah blah. You know the drill by now. :P

2. Tyler. I was actually not expecting that. Most of the Electric Mayhem band members in Muppets Wizard of Oz were pretty bad (which is to be expected since most of their original performers had either retired or died by that time and they only had one line apiece anyway and didn't have to be perfect), but Tyler sticks out like a sore thumb - or rather, the one finger that wasn't sore, since he was the only good one out of the bunch. (Get it? Bunch?) He mimics Richard almost exactly perfectly. Admittedly, his delivery could use a little bit more work, but that's kind of a nitpick. I think if given time, he could be an absolutely perfect successor to Janice. Frankly, I don't know why he wasn't chosen to do her full-time instead of "I make all my Muppets sound like Baby Bear;" it's not like he has any other primary Muppets to worry about performing; did they just not want to bring him on just for one Muppet? IDK.

3. David. Nobody else on the list really does it for me, but David probably hits closer to the feel I associate with Janice than anybody else really did here. He has the attitude down more than almost anyone else here, but that voice is just awful: it's literally just Baby Bear/New Scooter trying to sound vaguely like a girl. I guess it strangely kind of works in a way as its own thing, but I just can't unhear Baby Bear.

4. Eren. She was a much earlier version of the character, but she did have the whole hippy valley girl idea down fairly well. For what it is, it definitely works better than some other ones here. Certainly more pleasant to listen to, if nothing else.

5. Fran. Generic, yes. Worse than the other two? Not by far.

6. Matt/Brian. I honestly don't know which of the two is worse. Matt sounds like an unnatural amalgamation of his Big Bird, Constantine, and his higher Jerry Nelson impression thrown together in a blender (a VOCAL blender, that is!). Between this and his Scooter, it's not really a surprise that he hasn't been asked to imitate Richard again. Brian is just off the whole way. The first half sounds like he's imitating Jerry Nelson as Pops more than Richard, and the second half sounds way too much like his Scooter. (Sure, they're both Richard's characters, but Richard made the two sound distinct from each other and really never ran them together.)

Dave actually does a pretty good job at sounding like a younger Richard, both in voice and in personality. I don't know if it's necessarily young-sounding enough for "baby" Janice, but for at least a kid version, it's pretty good.
44595
said at 11:58 AM on Tue Jul 10 2018
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Well, Richard Hunt is the best one, and this character looks like Donatella Versace
Shaun Ince
said at 7:04 PM on Mon Jul 9 2018
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Fran & Eren aren't bad, but for some reason their voices don't mesh that well with the character. Richard Hunt is the guy who originated the voice & set the standard for the other actors that would succeed him.

Dave Coulier sounds so close to Richard, it's quite scary. For the Baby version of this character, I'm very impressed.

Brian Henson sounds the least like Richard, more like it's own thing. I commend it, but I think he needed to work on the voice a bit more.

Matt Vogel is a good stand in. He could have benefited from more reprisals.

Tyler is on the same level as Dave. Shame he only has one line. But he gets the voice & the inflections down perfectly.

David Rudman does an decent job, but I can hear too much of Scooter in his performance.

For this compare, I'm gonna go for Richard.
TheVocalMan20
said at 6:39 PM on Mon Jul 9 2018
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Thoughts:
Like Miss Piggy, the actual female voices don't do it for me, although Eren nails the personality more.

Richard ranks high for being the original, and Dave, Matt and Tyler (despite the other's one-two lines) sound pretty spot on.

Brian has the personality, but not the voice, and David just sounds like his Scooter trying to be a woman.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Janice voice actors?
Fran Brill
Eren Ozker
Richard Hunt
Dave Coulier
Matt Vogel
Brian Henson
Tyler Bunch
David Rudman