Created by solidejake on Jun 5 2015
Special thanks to Bry for additional sound clips.
EDITOR'S OPINIONTo kick-off Dinosaur Week here at Behind the Voice Actors, Pixar gives its blessing to let Rex show us how dinosaurs really are (don't quote me, they never actually gave any blessings). So why don't we take a look at the two actors that have portrayed him in his 20 years of media thus far.
Wallace Shawn - So as you probably know, Shawn has been voicing Rex since his debut with Toy Story. Almost immediately, the character became a fan favorite with children. He was funny, clumsy, and just adorable. I feel like Shawn's voice is a direct-cause of this, because he played the character so well. Rex was given an identity that was unique in a supporting character, because he was everything he was not supposed to be from a stereotype stand-point. To that I say, thank you for making an iconic role, Wallace Shawn. While it might be a tad weird that I chose Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins as my source for showing Shawn's prowess, I actually really liked this spout between the characters and Rex.
Earl Boen - Now many of you might not have even known, but Earl Boen voiced Rex in Toy Story Racer. I remember getting Toy Story Racer for my 6th birthday I believe, and it was surprisingly very fun. Boen's performance is the type that you probably wouldn't really notice it as a replacement if you were just playing the game, but isolating the voice from the game is where you can tell that somebody else is behind the mic. I would say that Boen's portrayal, while short, is pretty good, but unfortunately lacking the Wallace Shawn charisma.
So to give a final thought on this Voice Compare, I would like to say that Wallace Shawn birthed an icon for animated films, so I believe that it is only fair to give the win to him. Earl Boen is very clearly a worthy replacement, so one day, if Shawn's not available, Boen definitely has the chops to give a great performance. And I am calling it right now... Rex is going to have a cameo in The Good Dinosaur. Happy Dinosaur Week, people.