Hey! What’cha doin’? It’s that time of the week where go link baiting for eyeballs and click-throughs in an attempt to get more of you to visit the website. Today, it’s another round of guest stars lending their voices to animated television shows.
If you haven’t seen Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, you are missing out on one of the best produced, best written, best scored, best use of continuity in a series, and really any other category you can think of show. It’s that good. There isn’t a day that goes by that my son and I aren’t rolling on the floor laughing at the antics of two step-brothers and their summer adventures. And every once in a while, I stop and say “That voice sounds familiar… maybe too familiar…”
Fire up your Top Ten-inators, cause I know what we’re going to do today!
(I know what you’re thinking “Aren’t I a little old to be watching a cartoon show?” No. No I’m not.)
10. Evander Holyfield as Himself
When Phineas crosses paths with Buford, it’s fighting time! In order to prepare for the battle of the century, Phineas and Ferb enlist the help of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield to give the pointy nosed hero some tips.
9. Kevin Smith as Clive Addison (Jerk De Soleil)
When the fantasy nerds and the sci-fi nerds get ready to battle it out to the death at the local fantasy and sci-fi convention, special effects wizard Clive Addison is caught in the middle, only getting love from Phineas and Ferb. One of my favorite episodes of the entire series, I only recognized Smith’s voice just recently after the director mentioned he had played a part in the series.
8. Allison Janney as Charlene Doofenshmirtz
While Dr. Doofensmirtz may be the biggest schnitzel we’ve ever seen on television, you got to give him credit for meeting a woman, marrying her, having a hot daughter, and when the marriage splits up, Doofy ends up getting alimony FROM Charlene. The world of Phineas and Ferb is pretty small, so Allison Janney’s appearances become even more humorous when she and Caroline Rhea (Phineas and Ferb’s mother) appear together in a cooking class for the only reason that they both dated Heinz at one point.
7. J.K. Simmons as J.B. (Toy to the World)
He’s usually barking orders to Ms. Brandt to get him some coffee or screaming for someone to bring that terrible Spider-Man down in scandal, but in Toy to the World, J.K. Simmons turns the whack-a-do level up to 11 as J.B. the head of Har D Har Inc. and approves a toy version of Perry the Platypus to be made.
6. Lorenzo Lamas as Meap (Chronicles of Meap)
He doesn’t say much for an alien, which is why it is so hilarious the production company was able to land Lorenzo Lamas for the part.
5. Sandra Oh as Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Girlfriend (Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face)
When not making the rounds over at that ABC hospital drama, or drinking it up in wine country, Sandra Oh has a thing for crazy scientists… or she would it Perry the Platypus wasn’t always getting in the way.
4. Judd Nelson as The Guru (Isabella and the Temple of Sap)
Never would have guessed Judd Nelson could play a stoned out hippy dude who gives Isabella and the rest of the Fireside Girls the “keys” to finding some exotic tree sap for Phineas and Ferb’s latest experiment.
3. John Larroquette as Uncle Bob Webber
The consummate Yes-man, Uncle Bob is always there to support his favorite niece, Candace. Part adventurer, part life-guard, it’s takes a few moments to realize Night Court’s John Larroquette is there lending his talents.
2. John O’Hurley as Roger Doofenshmirtz
Though he would say Perry the Platypus is his biggest foe, a in-depth session on the couch would quickly reveal that Dr. D has a deep seated hatred for his brother – Roger. As Mayor of Danville, John O’Hurley brings the magic with his recognizable J. Peterman delivery, and flippant flair for dismissing everything around him.
1. Clancy Brown as Various
Is there anything Clancy Brown can’t do? The gruff baritone voice of Brown is perfect as the Sergeant who runs the military school where innovation and happiness is wiped from P&F’s minds in Phineas and Ferb get busted. Also, if you listen closely, you’ll hear Brown’s voice appear as various other miscellaneous characters throughout the series including Santa Claus in Phineas and Ferb’s Christmas Vacation. SANTA CLAUS PEOPLE!
Because a top ten list will always generate the “Well you forgot to mention…” comments, here are some of the voices that deserve a mention for lending their voices to one of the best animated shows for kids (and adults).
Richard O’Brien as Dad
Okay, so he’s appeared just as often as Caroline Rhea, but unless you dress up and head down to the art house theater on a Friday night, you’d never guess that Ferb’s biological father is played by Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Riff-Raff.
Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet
You may not recognize the voice, but if you’ve seen Weeds or 30 Rock, Maulik’s face should be instantly recognizable.
Geraldo Rivera as Monty Williams (Phineas and Ferb Get Busted)
Monty Williams is the investigative reporter that gives television viewers an in-depth look at the military school Phineas and Ferb get bussed to after Candace successfully busts her brothers. If you need an investigative reporter, why not go with Geraldo Rivera. Yes, cultural references for older viewers is really nice.
Don LaFontaine as the Narrator (Chronicles of Meap)
If you are going to tell an epic story that spans the full 22 minutes of show, Don LaFontaine is the voice you want.
Barry Bostwick as Grandpa Clyde
Silver toned Barry Bostwick may make you long for the days of Spin City or The New Batman Adventures, but as Grandpa Clyde (Phineas’ biological grandfather) his off-beat tales of Badbeard, and his ability to carry a tune while making us laugh earn him a spot here.
Malcom McDowell as Grandpa Reg
If we are giving Barry Bostwick a place on the list, then certainly Malcolm McDowell deserves to be here as well.
Billy Ray Cyrus as Buck Buckerson (It’s a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World)
He’s the famous monster truck rally promoter who is heading Badgertown, and he’s looking for a good monster truck arena to take with him.
Bowling for Soup
One of my favorite bands, the group not only composed the show’s theme song, but they also appeared as themselves in Phineas and Ferb’s Quantum Boogaloo.
Cloris Leachman as Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Mom (De Plane! De Plane!)
Screaming at Dr. D. in a foreign voice? Yup, Cloris Leachman is the perfect choice.