Tony Anselmo

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Tony Anselmo
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Tony Anselmo at Comic Con Honolulu 2019
Born (1960-02-18) February 18, 1960 (age 60)[1]
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationVoice actor, animator
Years active1980–present
Known forcurrent voice of Donald Duck

Tony Anselmo (born February 18, 1960)[1] is an American voice actor and animator. He has been the official character voice of Donald Duck since 1985 following the death of Clarence Nash. He has also provided voices for Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

Early life[edit]

Anselmo was born on February 18, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California.

Anselmo formed an early fascination with all things Disney sparked by a screening of Mary Poppins at the age of four. Anselmo says, "I remember leaving the theater and asking, 'How did they do this? Who did that?' and so on...So a seed was planted there, and from that time on I never wanted to be a fireman, an astronaut, or anything else. I wanted to work for Disney."

Anselmo's family moved to Sunnyvale, in northern California, when he was seven, and he continued to actively study Disney and animation. He began drawing, utilizing the famed Preston Blair art book, Advanced Animation, built a light table of his own, and began creating animation with a Super 8 camera.

Career[edit]

Tony and Clarence Nash. Nash was Anselmo's mentor and helped him become the official character voice for Donald Duck.

Anselmo was trained by the original voice of Donald, Clarence Nash, spending three years as his understudy.[2] He first voiced Donald on a 1986 D-TV Valentine special on The Disney Channel.[citation needed]

Anselmo has also worked as a voice actor for the Kingdom Hearts series, which features Donald Duck as one of three main characters. He also provided the voice of Donald in the video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures in 2011.

Anselmo has been honored with several awards and nominations. He was a winner of the 2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; as well as the BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game - Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

In September 2009, Tony Anselmo was named a Disney Legend.[3]

Anselmo began collecting Disney objects and ephemera at an early age, and is known for his comprehensive collection of Disney posters relating to the works of Walt Disney. This expertise resulted in a 2002 art book, The Disney Poster Book featuring the Collection of Tony Anselmo.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in feature and direct-to-video films
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Thug Guard #3
1987 Down and Out with Donald Duck Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Donald Duck
1990 The Prince and the Pauper
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Direct-to-video
1994–1995 Mickey's Fun Songs series Direct-to-video series
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Direct-to-video film
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video film
2000 Fantasia 2000
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie Direct-to-video film
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Direct-to-video film
2004 The Lion King 1½ Donald Duck Direct-to-video film
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Direct-to-video film
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video film

Television[edit]

List of voice performances in animated shows
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Real Ghostbusters The Mayor of Morrisville 1 episode
D-TV Valentine Donald Duck Television special
1987–1988 DuckTales 9 episodes
1988 Totally Minnie Television special
Mickey's 60th Birthday
1989–1990 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1993 Bonkers Episode: "Going Bonkers"
1995 Gargoyles Additional voices
1996–1997 Quack Pack Donald Duck 39 episodes
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie 31 episodes
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse 48 episodes
2006–2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Donald Duck 122 episodes
2007 Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Season 1, episode 15
2009 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express Season 2, episode 60
Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland Season 2, episode 66
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Season 3, episode 77
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Season 3, episode 78
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices Episode: "Mommy Can You Hear Me?/Road Trip"
2012–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons Donald Duck 40 episodes
2013 Wheel of Fortune: Making Disney Memories Week
2013–2019 Mickey Mouse 38 episodes
2017–present DuckTales Main cast
2018 Legend of the Three Caballeros Main cast
2020 The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2002 Disney Golf
Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows
Disney Sports Soccer
Disney Sports Skateboarding
Disney Sports Football
Disney Sports Basketball
2003 Disney's Party
Toontown Online
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2008 Disney Think Fast
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
2010 Epic Mickey
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
2014 Disney Magical World
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
2019 Kingdom Hearts III
2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Donald Duck
2007 Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
2020 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Animator[edit]

Year Film Animation Characters
1985 The Black Cauldron Assistant Animator
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Key Assistant Animator
1988 Oliver & Company Animating Assistant
1989 The Little Mermaid Character Animator
1990 The Prince and the Pauper (Short)
1991 Beauty and the Beast Animator Wardrobe
1992 The Simpsons Character Layout Artist - 2 Episodes
Aladdin Assistant Animator Jasmine
1994 The Lion King Key Assistant Animator Additional Young Simba and Miscellaneous Characters
1995 Pocahontas Flit
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Associate Lead Key Assistant Clean-Up Animator Gypsies, Guards and Others
1997 Hercules Key Assistant Animator: Additional Clean-Up Animation
1998 Mulan Additional Key Assistant Clean-Up Animator
1999 Tarzan Lead Key Assistant Animator Professor Archimedes Quincy Porter
2000 Fantasia 2000 Key Assistant Animator / Additional Animator
The Emperor's New Groove Key Assistant Animator Pacha
2002 Treasure Planet Sarah Hawkins and Miscellaneous Characters
2004 Home on the Range Miscellaneous Characters
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (Video) Animation Clean-Up / Key Clean-Up Artist Donald Duck
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Clean-Up Artist
TBA Hullabaloo Final-line artist Upcoming animated film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2005 Annie Awards Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Nominated
2009 Disney Legend Award Animation - Voice Won
2009 Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2015 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2015 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2018 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series DuckTales Nominated
2018 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series DuckTales Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joseph Walker (May 27, 1987). "An Utahn is the man behind Donald Duck". The Deseret News. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "If It Quacks Like This Odd Duck, It Must Be Tony Anselmo". People. May 18, 1987. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "2009 Disney Legends Award Recipients to Be Honored During D23 Expo in Anaheim" (Press release). The Walt Disney Company. September 1, 2009. Archived from the original on September 5, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2010.

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