Rizzo the Rat
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Rizzo the Rat

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

Rizzo the Rat is a supporting character from Jim Henson's Muppet franchise. Rizzo is a street-smart, wise-cracking rat from a very large family.
Created by TylerMirage on Jun 26 2018
Muppet Classic Theater (1994)
Rizzo the RatDave Goelz
Dave Goelz
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
Rizzo the RatTyler Bunch
Tyler Bunch
The Muppets (2015)
Rizzo the RatSteve Whitmire
Steve Whitmire
Muppet Babies (2018) (2018)
Rizzo the RatBenjamin Diskin
Benjamin Diskin


Steve Whitmire has performed Rizzo the most times to this date, and it shows. Steve's had decades to perfect his Rizzo voice and accent. 

Dave Goelz filled in for Steve, and despite Dave's great range and talent, all I hear is his Gonzo voice (at least in the first part of the clip).  

Unfortunately, Tyler Bunch doesn't leave much of an impression on me due to the limited material. The voice just doesn't have that Rizzo-ness to it.

Ben Diskin portrays the young version of Rizzo in the 2018 Muppet Babies series. Not only is Ben's voice a perfect fit for Baby Rizzo, but it also would work very well for a grown-up Rizzo.

1.) Steve Whitmire
2.) Ben Diskin
3.) Dave Goelz
4.) Tyler Bunch

*Yet again, special thanks to Ghosty404 for gathering these clips!



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Shaun Ince
said at 4:36 AM on Wed Jun 27 2018
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Steve Whitmire is the best Rizzo. This is the character he has reprised the most amount of times & it's the voice I associate with Rizzo.

Dave Goelz ends up sounding like Gonzo. He the weakest voice here.

Tyler sounds decent for the very little dialogue that we get for him.

Ben Diskin does a great job as a young Rizzo. I think he would be good as an older version of the character.
said at 1:34 AM on Wed Jun 27 2018
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Steve is great as Rizzo. Honestly I'd say this is his definitive Muppet character (more then Kermit IMO.) It's always the muppet I associate most with him since he's pretty much been the most reoccuring actor with the character and pretty much created this character. The accent and wiseass personality of the character is a lot of fun.

Dave is way too close to Gonzo to the point of it being very distracting, even with the small amount of dialogue.

Tyler shows a bit of promise I feel for the very little amount of dialogue he had.

Ben does a good job at portraying a young version of Rizzo. Nothing really all that much to say about it, he's entertaining, gets the mannerisms down well enough, a good interpretation of a version of the character we haven't really seen until recently.

1. Steve Whitmire
2. Ben Diskin
3. Tyler Bunch
4. Dave Goelz
said at 10:40 PM on Tue Jun 26 2018
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Steve wins this far and away for me as the original and primary performer of the character, as well as the voice I associate most with him. Riz never was my favorite Muppet, but it's still hard to imagine him being played by anyone other than Steve...

...which leads me to the others. Dave is literally just doing his Gonzo voice, which is super weird since Rizzo and Gonzo usually share so many scenes together. Tyler sounds more like Pepe than Rizzo; it's really not a good impression at all, even for one line.

Ben is actually pretty good for a young Rizzo. Overall, he's probably my second favorite, as even though he was doing a baby version, he still hits closer to Steve's original take than either of the adult imitators did. They seem to be aiming to make Rizzo more of a bully character in the context of that show, which makes a lot of sense given how his adult character acts; Ben handles that new direction quite well. Probably one of my favorite performances in the new show.
said at 10:34 PM on Tue Jun 26 2018
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seems weird to include dave and tyler due to their being only stand ins cause steve was doing kermit, But in any case:

1: Steve Whitmire
2: Ben Diskin.
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Steve Whitmire
Dave Goelz
Tyler Bunch
Benjamin Diskin