Bret Iwan

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Bret Iwan
Born (1982-09-10) September 10, 1982 (age 35)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Ringling College of Art and Design
Occupation Voice actor, illustrator
Years active 2009–present
Known for Voice of Mickey Mouse
Parent(s) Bill Iwan
Fiona Iwan

Bret Iwan (born September 10, 1982 in Pasadena, California)[1] is an American voice actor and illustrator. He is the official voice of the character Mickey Mouse.

Early life[edit]

He graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, USA in 2004. Iwan was previously an illustrator at Hallmark.

Career[edit]

He was first called in to voice Mickey and understudy with Wayne Allwine, but Allwine died from heart failure and diabetes-related complications on May 18, 2009 and they never had the chance to meet each other. After that, the role of Mickey was given to Bret automatically.[citation needed]

Bret first recorded Mickey Mouse dialogue for the Animal Kingdom theme park as well as the 2009 shows Disney On Ice: Celebrations and Disney Live: Rockin' Road Show. He gave his first full performance as Mickey Mouse for the English version of the PlayStation Portable game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and the later Kingdom Hearts games ever since (along with the HD Version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that required him to record new dialogue). He also gave his voice performance as Mickey Mouse in the Epic Mickey games.

His first voice-over work in a Disney park could be heard in the Animal Kingdom closing show "Adventurers' Celebration Gathering" as well as on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover attraction at the Magic Kingdom, in which upon passing through Mickey's Star Traders, Mickey responds with his signature laugh and says "That's right, it's outta this world!"

Bret Iwan has stated that in the third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the voice of Mickey was still indeed Wayne Allwine, due to Mickey's voice sounding a bit lower in the later episodes (Wayne had already recorded Mickey's voice for many of those episodes before his death). Wayne would change his Mickey voice to a mid-low pitch to make Mickey sound more calm as he spoke. Viewers thought that Iwan had already taken over the role when the new episodes came out after Allwine's death. Unlike Allwine, Iwan is keeping Mickey's voice in a higher lighter range similar to what Allwine would normally do when he used to voice Mickey before Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Bret's father, Bill Iwan, has an O2½ model railroad that was featured in the April 2011 Model Railroader.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Disney On Ice: Celebrations Mickey Mouse
2009 Disney Live: Rockin' Road Show
2009–2012 Have a Laugh!
2009–2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
2012–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons
2013 Wheel of Fortune: Making Disney Memories Week
2017 Mickey and the Roadster Racers

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Mickey Mouse
Epic Mickey
2011 Kingdom Hearts: Re:Coded
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
2013 Disney Infinity
Where's My Mickey
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (358/2 Days HD cutscenes)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (Birth by Sleep game and Re:coded HD cutscenes)
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[2]
2016 Disney Magic Kingdoms
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (358/2 Days HD cutscenes, Birth by Sleep game and Re:coded HD cutscenes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Bret Iwan". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 

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Preceded by
Wayne Allwine
Voice of Mickey Mouse
2009–present
Succeeded by
current