Bret Iwan

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Bret Iwan
Bret Iwan Photo Op GalaxyCon Richmond 2022.jpg
Iwan at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2022
Born
Bret William Iwan

(1982-09-10) September 10, 1982 (age 40)
Alma materRingling College of Art and Design
Occupations
  • Voice actor
  • illustrator
Years active2009–present
Spouse
Douglas Hoffman
(m. 2021)

Bret William Iwan (born September 10, 1982)[1] is an American voice actor and illustrator. He has been the fourth official voice of Mickey Mouse following the death of Wayne Allwine in May 2009.

Early life[edit]

Iwan was born on September 10, 1982, and raised in Pasadena, California; he is the son of Bill and Fiona Iwan.[1]

He attended LeRoy High School in Le Roy, Illinois, from 1996 to 2000. He graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, in 2004. Iwan was previously an illustrator at Hallmark.[2]

Career[edit]

Iwan was hired to voice Mickey Mouse and replace Wayne Allwine after the latter died on May 18, 2009. They never had the chance to meet each other.[citation needed] Iwan had previously understudied for the role when Allwine was facing health difficulties, and Iwan credits Allwine's archival work as providing excellent mentorship.[3]

Iwan first recorded Mickey Mouse dialogue for the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park as well as the 2009 shows Disney On Ice: Celebrations and Disney Live: Rockin' Road Show.[4] He voiced Mickey Mouse in Have a Laugh!. He gave his first full performance as Mickey Mouse for the English version of the PlayStation Portable game Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

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!"

Personal life[edit]

Iwan is gay, and thus the first LGBTQIA+ performer to voice Mickey Mouse. He married his longtime partner, art director Douglas Hoffman, in July 2021.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Mickey: The Story of a Mouse Mickey Mouse Mickey in a Minute animated short

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2012 Have a Laugh! Mickey Mouse 60 episodes
2009–2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 26 episodes
2012–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons 40 episodes
2013 Wheel of Fortune Episode: "Making Disney Memories Week"
2017–2021 Mickey and the Roadster Racers/Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures 87 episodes[6]
2017 Chip 'n Dale's Nutty Tales 6 episodes
2018 Mickey's 90th Spectacular Television special
2020 Mickey Mornings
CAVE iN Himself Episode: "Weldon's Troll Mob"
2021–present Mickey Mouse Funhouse Mickey Mouse
Martian Mickey
Main cast[7]
2022 Mickey Saves Christmas Mickey Mouse Stop-motion television special

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 [8]
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)
2019 Kingdom Hearts III
2020 Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory
2022 Disney Dreamlight Valley
2023 Disney: Illusion Island

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2013 Mickey and the Magical Map Mickey Mouse
2015 World of Color: Celebrate! Animated sequences
2017 Fantasmic! Disneyland version
2019 Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Animated sequences
2022 Disney Enchantment Animated segment
2022 Fantasmic! Disney's Hollywood Studios version

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Feder, Joan (September 17, 2019). "I've Heard that Voice Before: Bret Iwan". AllEars.net. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Bret Iwan". Voice Chasers. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Diehl, Jace (September 8, 2022). "How Bret Iwan Became the NEW Voice of Mickey Mouse". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Iwan, Bret". D23. Archived from the original on September 28, 2020.
  5. ^ @SalonMickeyBlog (July 13, 2021). "Bret Iwan the voice of Mickey Mouse for the last 12 years married his partner Art Director Douglas Hoffman today at a ceremony in Yosemite National Park. The couple will share a wedding anniversary with Walt and Lillian Disney who were married on 13 July, 1925" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Bret Iwan". Behind the Voice Actors. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Spaced Out! / Treasure, Ahoy!". DisneyNow. August 20, 2021. Archived from the original on August 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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Preceded by Voice of Mickey Mouse
2009–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent