ByTom Cox, writer at Creators.co
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You've happily watched a film, quietly accepted the characters as contained within their cartooniverse, then arisen one morning years later and BAM! You realise that Po from Kung Fu Panda is actually Jack Black!

I've always found having the identity of a voice actor unveiled a little strange, like seeing an actor off-stage for the first time. However, it is also an interesting process that adds another dimension to the respective character.

Here's a juicy list of the peculiarly wonderful celebs behind certain apparitions:

16. Unicron in 'Transformers: The Movie' is Orson Welles

When they sat down to decide who would best suit the ground-shaking tones of planet-munching Unicron in Transformers: The Movie (1986), obviously one of the greatest directors ever stood out.

15. Tinkerbell in 'Neverland' is Keira Knightley

Knightley voiced the helpful pixie in this 2011 miniseries that reimagines the glorious Peter Pan story.

14. Scar in 'The Lion King' is Jeremy Irons

"I killed Mufasa"
"I killed Mufasa"

The Alfred actor in forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave his leonine tones to a far more villainous character as Simba's malevolent uncle in 1994.

13. Woody in 'Toy Story' is Tom Hanks

"There's a snake in my boot"
"There's a snake in my boot"

As well as providing the magic behind everyone's favourite cowboy in all three Toy Story movies, Hanks has voiced six different roles in The Polar Express.

See Woody get slavered over by Buster in this blast from the past:

12. The Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is James Avery

Better known as Uncle Phil from tremendous '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Avery spoke the evil words of amazingly titled antagonist 'The Shredder' in the animation for eight seasons.

11. Master Tigress in 'Kung Fu Panda' is Angelina Jolie

"Shifu is stuck with you. A big, fat, panda"
"Shifu is stuck with you. A big, fat, panda"

The spunky actress was perfect for the ninja tigress, who is resistant to Po when he first arrives but eventually comes around to accepting him.

10. John F Kennedy for Carnival Corporation's Superbowl advertisement

This is a curveball and not exactly an animation, but it's pretty quirky. For their one-minute Superbowl ad this year a cruise liner company plucked JFK's instantly recognisable voice from a speech he made before a boat race in 1962.

9. Victor Van Dort in 'The Corpse Bride' is Johnny Depp

"I've got a dwarf, and I'm not afraid to use him!"
"I've got a dwarf, and I'm not afraid to use him!"

Never one to turn down a morbid role with a chalk-colored face (think Edward Scissorhands, The Lone Ranger and Sweeney Todd), Depp voices the corpse-marrying young Victor in Tim Burton's musical fantasy from 2005.

8. Marty in 'Madagascar' is Chris Rock

"You're biting my butt!"
"You're biting my butt!"

The comedian from Carolina has a distinctive voice, but did you realise who was behind the jive-talking monochromatic zebra in Madagascar?

Watch Alex and Marty play tag here:

7. Mindy in 'Spongebob Squarepants' is Scarlett Johansson

"With my mermaid magic, I'll turn you into men"
"With my mermaid magic, I'll turn you into men"

Aside from playing the magic princess mermaid, Johansson has given her velvet utterances to a gang of things in Robot Chicken, as well as to Kaa in the forthcoming Jungle Book.

6 The Iron Giant is Vin Diesel

"I am not a gun"
"I am not a gun"

The gravelly tones of tough guy Vin Diesel were well suited to the ginormous but gentle Iron Giant.

5. Brother Bear in 'The Berenstain Bears' is Michael Cera

The star from Superbad and Juno played the supercute eldest bear in Papa and Mama Bears' clan in 2002. He even continued voicing bro bear through the filming of Arrested Development.

4. Rita Malone in 'Flushed Away' is Kate Winslet

"What are you, some kind of rat boomerang?!"
"What are you, some kind of rat boomerang?!"

Winslet gets mousey for buccaneering Rita in this 2006 Dreamworks flick, where her sidekick Roddy gets flushed down the toilet.

3. Will the Krill in 'Happy Feet 2' is Brad Pitt

"One giant leap for a spineless invertebrate"
"One giant leap for a spineless invertebrate"

The 'sexiest man alive' had a dramatic face-change in the funky crustacean in this movie's all-star cast, which included Matt Damon as his brother Bill the Krill.

2. Smaug in 'The Hobbit 2' is Benedict Cumberbatch

"Thief! I smell you, I hear your breath"
"Thief! I smell you, I hear your breath"

To become this fearsome foe Cumberbatch had to writhe on the floor in a grey jumpsuit plastered with motion sensors. Watch him squirm here:

1. Queen Elizabeth II in 'Family Guy' is Cate Blanchett

To reprise her royal Elizabeth role in Elizabeth (1998) Blanchett voices Elizabeth II in 2012 episode "Viewer Mail 2". The role is short-lived as Chris chases her to her death down a tunnel.

Do you have a favourite celeb voiceover?

Source: Mental Floss

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