Jarrod Fairclough – Welcome to our third Muppet Babies Roll Call! Considering six very talented voice actors are currently portraying our favorite characters on the new Muppet Babies, we thought it was only right that we get to know them. Today, we’ll be focusing on the career of voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, who is voicing everyone’s favorite drummer, Animal!
Born in Indiana before moving to Colorado, Dee started performing at age 9 in local musicals, eventually beginning stand up comedy. After graduating high school in 1981, he attended Colorado College and continued to take part in the school’s productions.
Dee’s first big voice role came in 1993 when he was cast as the voice of Olmec, the talking rock on Nickelodeon’s Legend of the Hidden Temple, a role he reprised in the 2016 TV movie. After moving to Los Angeles in 1996, Dee found quick success with roles in Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Powerpuff Girls, among many other staples of the 1990’s. Perhaps most famously, Dee voiced the iconic role of Daffy Duck in the 1996 film Space Jam.
Animal noises are a specialty of Dee’s, which he honed for years on Nickelodeon’s Wild Thornberrys. He’s played mutliple pigs, a platypus and does an immpecible array of clicks and creeks, which he has displayed in many interviews and podcasts over the years. These low-language characters have all helped him figure out the right growls and grunts to use when Animal communicates in Muppet Babies.
Dee is a lot of things to a lot of people, with many great roles under his belt in shows like Star Wars Rebels, the Mickey Mouse shorts, Ben 10, and over 13 years in the hilarious role of Klaus the Goldfish on American Dad.
Dee has a wealth of knowledge about the voice acting business, and has a website he updates reguarly with advice and tips on how to get in to the game. It’s definitely worth a look if you’ve ever considered a career in voice over.
Dee is such a well known and well loved voice actor, and we’re lucky that our favorite wild drummer is in his hands… Well, vocal cords.