The Voices You Know: Legends of Animation

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) They were some of the most popular people at January's Comic Con Fan X and you probably didn't even recognize them until they spoke.

They are men that make the cartoon characters you love jump off the screen. The voices are legendary.

If you heard the roar of the crowd at Comic Con FanX, it was most likely for these guys: Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings.

You may not know their names, but you definitely know their voices.

"You know what's funny...you know my real voice and what it sounds like... I don't know what happened, it's really weird and the rest is an adaption," said Harnell.

"The best part of my job, in some ways I get to do something that makes people happier for a few minutes a day. And that beats the alternative, of bumming people out you know?" said Harnell.

These guys not only make people happy they've done it over and over.

Let me put it into perspective for you, actor Tom Cruise has done 40 films, Sandra Bullock, 51. Jim, Rob and Jess?

Together they've voice characters in more than 1,000 movies and television shows.

"You know what the most gratifying thing about what I do is exciting not just kids but moms and dads like the same shows. We have a lot of folks who like Pinky and the Brain, they all love it and it's huge fun," said Paulsen.

The trio has brough our favorite animation to life and bridged the generation gap. Their characters not only speak to our children but to us.

"The good stuff sticks around forever. Some things come and go others like POGS stay. Walt Disney said if the story is strong then it shows through," said Cummings.

"What is so beautiful about my career, hallelujiah, is that I have gotten to continue to work since then and a whole new generation of kids are growing up with stuff the I do now and in 20 years kids will say I love this show," said Harnell.

The love and laughter of these long careers was loud during the panel where the guys did movie reads of popular scripts like Star Wars and Harry Potter.

"Pop sizzle, bang... Movie reads are great taking the familiar and making it new," said Harnell.

The secret this vocally talented bunch has learned is to make cartoons that audiences will never outgrow and humbly pass along life lesson through laughter.

People wait to come up and say thank you for making a situation where someone was sick and we could watch a cartoon and feel better every day and it's like can you believe we get paid for doing this, it's crazy, coolest thing in the world," said Harnell.


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