Tress MacNeille in 2007
June 20, 1951 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Tress MacNeille (born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress best known for providing various voices on the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Disney's House of Mouse, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Dave the Barbarian.
MacNeille was born in Chicago, Illinois. She loved cartoons as a child and wanted to be a voice actress from the age of eight, but instead chose a "practical" career, feeling she would never be able to realize her ambition. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and attended broadcasting school, becoming a disc jockey.
MacNeille worked in a variety of jobs and had numerous minor voice-over roles before becoming a regular on an animated TV show. In her words, "I'd been doing radio spots, some TV, demos, sound-alikes, industrial narrations -- anything that came my way for about two years." She was also a member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings for ten years. MacNeille took acting workshops and worked as a casting assistant for voice acting talent agent Bob Lloyd in what she calls "The University of Voice-over." Lloyd and fellow agent Rita Vennari got MacNeille her first role on an animated show: a part in a 1979 episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.
She sang and appeared in the music video (as Lucille Ball) for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Ricky" (1983), which was based on the I Love Lucy television show and parodied the song "Mickey" by Toni Basil. MacNeille also appeared on Yankovic's 1999 album Running with Scissors, on the track "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi."
MacNeille was cast as Babs Bunny in Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995). Writer Paul Dini said that MacNeille was good for the role because she could do both Babs' voice and the voices of her impressions. MacNeille commented: "The best part of doing Babs is that she's a mimic, like me ... In the show I do Babs doing Billie Burke, Hepburn, Bette Davis, Madonna and Cher. I even have her doing Jessica Rabbit, which is one rabbit imitating another." The success of Tiny Toon Adventures led to the series Animaniacs. MacNeille was brought in to voice Dot Warner, one of the show's three main characters, because Dot's character was very similar to Babs Bunny. Andrea Romano, the voice director and caster for Animaniacs, said that the casters had "no trouble" choosing the role of Dot: "Tress MacNeille was just hilarious (...) And yet [she had] that edge." MacNeille was nominated for an Annie Award for her performance on the show in 1995.
She has provided voices for numerous films, television shows, video games and commercials, garnering over 200 credits. MacNeille says: "The characters that I do all come from people in my own life -- as well as the material I've stolen from my friends!" Her TV roles include characters on The Simpsons, where she voices Agnes Skinner, Brandine Spuckler and Lindsey Naegle, and Futurama, in which her main role is the character Mom. MacNeille has provided voices on many other television shows and cartoons such as Rugrats (as Charlotte Pickles), Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (as Chip and Gadget), Histeria!, Hey Arnold!, as well as dubbing work on English language anime translations.
She is the current voice of Daisy Duck and Wilma Flintstone. MacNeille also appeared as an angry anchorwoman in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and served as the voice of Elvira's great-aunt Morgana Talbot. She provided voice acting for the 2003 Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner short feature The Whizzard of Ow.
Characters voiced by Tress MacNeille
Voices on The Simpsons
- Agnes Skinner, Seymour Skinner's elderly, neurotic mother.
- Lindsey Naegle, generic businesswoman or television network executive in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", "Girly Edition", and "You Kent Always Say What You Want."
- Dolph, one of the three hooligan/ruffians (along with Jimbo Jones and Kearney Zzyzwicz) (the character has red hair, cut asymmetrically, and wears a green shirt).
- Brandine Spuckler, Cletus Spuckler's wife/cousin/sister.
- Cookie Kwan, a territorial Asian-American realtor with a heavy accent (despite growing up in Springfield), who threatens anyone who tries to sell houses on "the west side."
- Ms. Albright, the Sunday School Teacher seen in "Homer's Triple Bypass" and "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment".
- Mrs. Glick, the elderly shut-in lady (replacing original voice actress Cloris Leachman)
- Bernice Hibbert, the recovering alcoholic wife of Julius Hibbert
- Brunella Pommelhorst, the stern school gym teacher (first mentioned by name only in season six's "The PTA Disbands")
- Poor Violet, the Dickensian little orphan girl.
- Crazy Cat Lady, the psychotic, old woman surrounded by pet cats she frequently hurls.
- Gino Terwilliger, Sideshow Bob's son seen in the season 17 episode, "The Italian Bob" and the season 19 episode "Funeral for a Fiend."
- Michael D'Amico, Fat Tony's son, in the season 18 episode, "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer"
- Lunchlady Doris in the season 18 episode, "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer" and the season 19 episode, "The Debarted", replacing Doris Grau.
- Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, Apu's wife (only for the season 13 episode "The Sweetest Apu"; Manjula is usually voiced by Jan Hooks)
- Belle, the burlesque house Madam, first appeared in "Bart After Dark."
- Mrs. Muntz, Nelson Muntz's mother (first heard in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", first seen in "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" and again in The Simpsons Movie)
- Colin, an Irish boy in The Simpsons Movie.
- Medicine Women, in The Simpsons Movie
- Maya, a beautiful woman with dwarfism whom Moe Szyslak meets over the internet in the season 20 episode "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe."
- Kumiko Nakamura, a Japanese manga artist who becomes the Comic Book Guy's wife in "Married to the Blob."
- Various other characters.
Voices on Futurama
- Mom, the Mega-tycoon owner of Mom's Friendly Robot Company and series antagonist.
- Linda van Schoonhoven, the co-anchor of Channel √2 News and Good Morning, Earth.
- Hattie McDoogal, the crazy, old cat lady.
- Turanga Munda, Turanga Leela's long-lost mother.
- Fanny, wife of Donbot.
- Deep Blue.
- Monique, a fembot who appears in All My Circuits
- Guenter, the hyper-intelligent monkey from the episodes "Mars University" and "Fry and Leela's Big Fling."
- Various one-shot characters.
Warner Bros. character roles
- Babs Bunny, Rhubella Rat, Various Characters (Tiny Toon Adventures)
- Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo, Various Characters (Animaniacs)
- Billie, Various Characters (Pinky And The Brain)
- Debbie Douglas, Cobra Queen (Freakazoid)
- Colleen ("Road Rovers")
- World's Oldest Woman, Pepper Mills, Toast, Cho-Cho, Susanna Susquahanna, Molly Pitcher (Histeria!)
- Additional Voices (Batman: The Animated Series) (Episode Time Out Of Joint)
- News Host (Batman Beyond) (Episode Meltdown)
- Marcia the Martian (The Plucky Duck Show)
Disney character roles
- Additional voices (Dinosaur Activity Center CD Rom)
- Aunt Sarah (Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure)
- Daisy Duck's current voice
- Mother Penguin and Baby Penguin (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea)
- Shenzi (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King 1½, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure, Kingdom Hearts II) (Shenzi was voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in the original film.)
- Hoonah (Brother Bear 2)
- Female Ancestors and Villager Woman (Mulan II)
- Bonnie (Experiment 149), Gigi (a.k.a. Yapper, Experiment 007) and Topper (Experiment 025) (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
- Chip, Gadget Hackwrench (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
- Chip 'n' Dale (Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse)
- The Fates on Hercules and House of Mouse
- Hyacinth Hippo (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
- Kanga (Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving)
- Lady Bane, Marzipan (Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears)
- Madame Upanova (House of Mouse)
- Bertha/Lunchlady Irma/Miss Lemon (Recess)
- Commander of Microducks, Swanwhite and Queen Griselda (DuckTales)
- The Queen of Hearts (House of Mouse)
- Merryweather (Kingdom Hearts II, Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
- Fang (Dave the Barbarian)
- Queen Liliana the Strigoi (American Dragon: Jake Long)
- Mrs. Upachal (The Emperor's New School)
- Mrs. Barbara Bolt (Lloyd in Space)
- Tiger (George of the Jungle 2)
- Paddy Puddle, Old Woman Who Lives in the Shoe, Sally (The 7D)
- Art Collector (The Heart of No Place)
- Kala the Neutrino and Tempestra (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Lucy (Music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Ricky")
- Multiple female voices on the short-lived animated series Dilbert, including the secretary Carol.
- Hydia (My Little Pony 'n Friends)
- The Cat (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly)
- Hoodsey Bishop (As Told by Ginger)
- Skater Kat (Muppet Babies)
- Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)
- Ms. Devine (Zazoo U)
- Humphrey the Hippo, Doris, various characters (The Critic)
- Ann the Giraffe (Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1)
- Soccer Mom (Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry)
- World's Oldest Woman, Pepper Mills, Toast, Cho-Cho, and Susanna Susquahanna (Histeria!)
- Ms. Banshee (The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper)
- Charlotte Pickles (Rugrats and All Grown Up!)
- Annabelle, Aunt Kari, Great Aunt Amanda (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius)
- Pookie/Grandma Gertie (Hey Arnold!)
- Jain (Fallout)
- Mrs. Hippopotamus (The New Woody Woodpecker Show)
- Tandi (Fallout 2)
- Girl (Kids' CBC)
- Priscilla (P Pals/PTV Park)
- Suzi (Full Throttle)
- Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun (Toonstruck)
- Merla (Voltron)
- Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs (SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron)
- Mama Swimmer, Mama Flyer (The Land Before Time series)
- Dil and Ali's mom (The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists)
- Deliria (The Zula Patrol)
- Osono (Kiki's Delivery Service)
- Red Gorilla (The Electric Company)
- Housewife (The Animatrix)
- Mrs. Peenman, Stanley Ipkiss's grouchy landlady (The Mask: The Animated Series)
- Hama, Yangchen (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
- Jean-Pierre Orleans (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera)
- Obaba (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
- Shige Yamano (My Neighbors the Yamadas)
- Okiyo (English dub of the anime Pom Poko)
- Antonia Chillingsworth (The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury)
- Sarah Ravencroft (Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost)
- Mary Todd Lincoln (Hard Drinkin' Lincoln)
- Twinkle/Diva Weed (Twinkle, the Dream Being)
- Crystal Starr & Queen Scowleen & Ursa Major (MoonDreamers)
- Betty Boop (Commercials)
- Laura Carrot and Madame Blueberry (Veggietales)
- Curious Camilla (Curious George)
- Prissy, Airplane Worker, Queen of the United Kingdom (Tweety's High-Flying Adventure)
- Mrs. Finster, Chicken #2, and Ma (Random! Cartoons)
- News reporter (Olive, the Other Reindeer)
- Penelope Pussycat (Carrotblanca)
- Lady on Phone (The Whizzard of Ow)
- Robin (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs)
- Winnifred Bessimay de Winkerville, Gerta (All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series)
- Mrs. French, Mrs. Mundorf, Dr. Yvonne Farley (Kevins schools principal) (Mission Hill)
- Laura Carrot, Madame Blueberry, Petunia Rhubarb (VeggieTales in the House)
Video game roles
- Rise of the Dragon (1993) - Karyn Sommers
- Full Throttle (1995) - Suzi, Leader of the Vultures
- 9: The Last Resort (1996) - Guitar Muse, Tapestry Room Voice
- Toonstruck - (1996) - Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun/Ms. Fortune/Marge/'Mistress' Marge/Bouncer/Chipper/Sparky/Sam Shmaltz's secretary
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and the Beanstalk (1996) - Babs Bunny
- The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) - Additional Voices
- Fallout (1997) - Jain
- Animaniacs Game Pack (1997) - Dot Warner
- Tiny Toon Adventures: The Great Beanstalk (1998) - Babs Bunny
- Animaniacs Splat Ball (1999) - Dot Warner
- Donkey Kong 64 (1999) - Tiny Kong
- Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour (2000) - Chip, Polly Roger, Otto Plugnut
- Tigger's Honey Hunt (2000) - Kanga
- Mickey's Speedway USA (2000) - Daisy Duck
- Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers (2000) - Daisy Duck
- Escape from Monkey Island (2000) - Daisy/Mabel The Tourist
- Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale (2000) - Additional Voices
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire CD-ROM: Sports Edition (2000) - Eleanor/Genny
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe - Babs Bunny
- Kingdom Hearts (English version) (2002) - Daisy Duck, Queen of Hearts
- Futurama (2003) - Mom/Linda
- The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) - Agnes Skinner/Others
- Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005) - Kanga
- Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt (2005) - Dot Warner/Mary Hartless
- Kingdom Hearts II (English version) (2005) - Daisy Duck, Chip, Merryweather, Kanga, Shenzi
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ (English version) (2007) - Daisy Duck, Chip, Kanga, Merryweather
- The Simpsons Game (2007) - Dolph
- Bee Movie Game (2007) - Jeanette Chung
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (English version) (2010) - Chip, Merryweather
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (English version) (2010) - Chip
- Epic Mickey (2010) - animatronic Daisy Duck
- Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011) - Daisy Duck, Chip
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012) - animatronic Daisy Duck
- Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (2013) (English version) - Daisy Duck, Chip
- Skylanders: Trap Team (2014) - Mags, Weeruptor, Dreamcatcher
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