I don't know if it was the same for you as it was for me, but at my school, you were either a Cartoon Network fan or a fan of Nickelodeon. You couldn't be both. It just didn't happen.
Sure, I could appreciate Nickelodeon classics such as Spongebob and Hey Arnold!, but my heart was truly devoted to Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Lab and Ed, Edd 'n Eddy.
As a youngster, it's easy to get lost in the animated narrative that's been so expertly constructed. It's easy to forget about the people behind bringing such joy to our childhoods.
Despair not. I'm here to give them the respect and acclaim they so richly deserve. So read on, and discover the real faces behind 11 of the most iconic Cartoon Network characters:
1. Scooby Doo
Voiced by: Frank Welker
A distinguished 40-year career has seen Frank provide voices for hundreds of quintessential characters. In Scooby Doo, he initially voiced Fred, but since 2002 he's channelled his canine side and voiced Scooby Doo, too.
Interestingly, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, when Spock screams, the voice you hear is actually Frank's! He was hired specifically to provide the wails. Not a bad gig if you can get it.
Such is the success of his career, if you combined all the movies the 69-year-old has been involved in, he'd be the highest grossing actor. Ever.
2. Bugs Bunny
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
One of the most successful voice actors of all time, Mel provided voices for most of the Warner Bros. big hitters including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Tweety and Sylvester.
This, I believe, is the ironic fact of the day, if not the year: Although he played Bugs Bunny, he was allergic to carrots. Perhaps he'd just bitten off more than he could chew with the role?
3. Dexter ('Dexter's Laboratory')
Voiced by: Candi Milo
The boy genius with a penchant for cheese, Dexter, was voiced by two women – most recently by Candi Milo. She replaced Christine Cavanaugh in 2001.
She took on the role of Astro Boy in the 2003 cartoon, which she said she found particularly challenging. Despite her hard work, she was told she couldn't audition for the feature film in 2009. Boy, that's a bit harsh, in my opinion.
4. Bubbles ('The Powerpuff Girls')
Voiced by: Tara Strong
The 42-year-old voice actress has provided voices for many cartoons, including Rugrats, Teen Titans Go (Raven) and My Little Pony.
Away from her vocal career, she is also now a successful business woman, having created the 'babababy bottle system.'
5. Ed ('Ed, Edd and Eddy')
Voiced by: Matt Hill
The Canadian voice actor often plays teenage roles because of his youthful and boisterous sounding voice. His most notable appearance on Cartoon Network was voicing Ed in Ed, Edd 'n Eddy.
Although his bread and butter is in voice acting, Matt crops up in minor yet interesting roles in a number of live-action films – perhaps the highlight is starring opposite Jackie Chan in Shanghai Knights (2003).
6. Eddy ('Ed, Edd 'n Eddy')
Voiced by: Tony Sampson
Matt's on screen buddy, Eddy, was voiced by Tony Sampson.
Despite forging a successful career as a voice actor, Tony packed it in to work in the oil sands industry. I didn't sea that coming. I wonder if he waved goodbye on the way to his new job...
I'll stop now.
7. Mandy ('The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy')
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
Grey almost fell into voice acting by accident; she started her career as a stand up comedian, utilizing her ability to make funny character expressions in her routines. Such was the success of her impressions, she was advised to pursue voice acting.
In her successful career, Grey has also voiced characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Fairly Oddparents, Scooby Doo and much more. On top of that, she is also a singer-songwriter, specializing in gospel.
8. Shaggy Rogers ('Scooby Doo')
Voiced by: Casey Kasem
Everyone's lovable wimp, Shaggy, is one of the most well recognized cartoon characters of a generation.
Shaggy's lust for food (think his infamous Scooby snacks) usually involve anything and everything.
However, Casey, who is a strict vegetarian, was keen to share those traits with his onscreen counterpart. As a result, the character Shaggy is also a vegetarian. Zoinks!
9. Johnny Bravo
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
The 53-year-old's most popular character was the (unsuccessful yet undeterred) lothario Johnny Bravo.
Bennet came up with Bravo's iconic voice by slightly altering an impersonation of Elvis Presley.
His other notable roles include Dexter's Dad (Dexter Laboratory) and The Joker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold).
10. Cow & Chicken (In, you guessed it - 'Cow & Chicken')
Voiced by: Charlie Adler
A huge presence in the voice acting world, Adler also works as a voice director, having directed cartoons such as Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys.
Adler was integral to Cow and Chicken – as well as voicing the two main characters, he also voiced Red Guy and IR Baboon.
11. Courage the Cowardly Dog
Voiced by: Marty Grabstein
Unlike most of the other voice actors on the list, Marty's background is more in acting for TV.
Voicing the show's lead character, Courage, was Marty's first job working within animation.
He has appeared in three seasons of Law & Order, Third Watch and Conviction.
Source: Behind the Voices