Guess the Actors Behind These Iconic '90s and '00s Cartoon Characters

Can You Guess the Actors Behind These Iconic '90s and '00s Cartoon Characters?

From SpongeBob and Patrick to Tommy and Chuckie: see the actors who gave voice to some of the most famous cartoon characters on TV

*Originally published Published on April 16, 2024 08:30AM EDT at People // By Alexandra Schonfeld

Spongebob, Tommy and Fred Flintstone. PHOTO: NICKELODEON; NICKELODEON MOVIES/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK; COURTESY OF EVERETT

These iconic characters would not be the same without the talented actors who voiced them.

Whether its nailing SpongeBob SquarePants' famous laugh or finding the perfect tone for the pint-sized tots on Rugrats, these actors' abilities to shift their voices is one impressive feat.

From Tom Kenny's decades-long run as the guy "who lives in a pineapple under the sea" to Christine Cavanaugh's turn as several of the iconic characters of the 1990s, learn more about 17 actors who brought some of your favorite TV characters come to life.

SpongeBob on 'SpongeBob SquarePants'

Spongebob Squarepants — Tom Kenny
Tom Kenny. NICKELODEON; STEVE GRANITZ/FILMMAGIC

Tom Kenny has voiced the guy "who lives in a pineapple under the sea" since SpongeBob SquarePants premiered in 1999. Beyond his work as the lovable sponge, Kenny, 61, is also the voice of Gary the Snail on the series and has lent his voice to several other projects including The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time and Rocko's Modern Life.

Patrick on 'SpongeBob SquarePants'

Patrick Starr — Bill Fagerbakke
Bill Fagerbakke. NICKELODEON; IRVIN RIVERA/GETTY IMAGES FOR IMDB

SpongeBob's best friend Patrick has been voiced by Bill Fagerbakke since the show's start. Fagerbakke told PEOPLE that when the show first premiered, his daughters — who were 4 and 6 at the time — "loved it."

"And I went, 'Yes, this is going to be fun.' I figured for a few months and then something else comes along, you hope. But 25 years later," he said.

In addition to extensive voice work, the 66-year-old has appeared on Young Sheldon and How I Met Your Mother.

Bubbles on 'The Powerpuff Girls'

Bubbles — Tara Strong
Tara Strong. CARTOON NETWORK/WARNER BROS/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK; VIVIEN KILLILEA/GETTY IMAGES FOR IMDB

Tara Strong's voice can be heard on numerous television shows including The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner, Rugrats as Dil Pickles and the My Little Pony franchise as Twilight Sparkle. But from 1998 to 2004, the 51-year-old was the voice behind Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls.

Buttercup on 'The Powerpuff Girls'

Buttercup — E.G. Daily
E.G. Daily.

In addition to her work as Buttercup on The Powerpuff Girls, E.G. Daily's voice can also be heard on shows like Rugrats as Tommy Pickles and Curious George as Steve. Early in her career, the 61-year-old appeared on Laverne & Shirley and CHiPs.

Blossom on 'The Powerpuff Girls'

Blossom — Catherine Cavadini
Catherine Cavadini. CARTOON NETWORK/COURTESY OF EVERETT; ERIC CHARBONNEAU/BERLINER STUDIO/BEIMAGES

Before stepping into the role of Blossom on The Powerpuff Girls, Catherine Cavadini, 62, lent her voice to the 1980s series Kidd Video and Jem.

Mojo Jojo on 'Powerpuff Girls'

Roger JacksonMojo Jojo —
Roger Jackson. MOVIESTORE/SHUTTERSTOCK; GREGG DEGUIRE/WIREIMAGE

As well as voicing Mojo Jojo on The Powerpuff Girls, older audiences might recognize Roger Jackson's voice from the Scream films, as the 65-year-old is the voice that comes through the phone when Ghostface calls.

Dexter on 'Dexter's Laboratory'

Dexter — Christine Cavanaugh
Christine Cavanaugh. CARTOON NETWORK/COURTESY OF EVERETT; KMAZUR/WIREIMAGE

Before her death in 2014, Christine Cavanaugh gave voice to numerous iconic characters including Babe in the 1995 film of the same name, Chuckie Finster on Rugrats and Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory.

Chuckie Finster on 'Rugrats'

Chuckie — Christine Cavanaugh/NANCY CARTWRIGHT
Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Carwright. RON GALELLA, LTD./RON GALELLA COLLECTION VIA GETTY; KLASKY-CSUPO/COURTESY OF EVERETT; FRANK MICELOTTA/DISNEY VIA GETTY

And speaking of Chuckie Finster, while Cavanaugh voiced the red-headed tot for the majority of episodes during the original show's run from 1992 to 2003, Nancy Cartwright stepped in to voice Tommy's pal later on in the series.

Cartwright, 66, has also voiced Bart Simpson on The Simpsons since 1989.

Tommy Pickles on 'Rugrats'

Tommy — E.G. Daily
E.G. Daily. NICKELODEON MOVIES/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK; WEISS EUBANKS/NBCUNIVERSAL VIA GETTY

E.G. Daily has voiced Tommy Pickles for decades, starting back in 1991 when the original show first aired. Most recently she reprised the role on the Rugrats reboot that kicked off in 2021.

The Brain on 'Pinky and the Brain'

The Brain — Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche. WARNER BROS ANIMATION/AMBLIN/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK; VIVIEN KILLILEA/GETTY IMAGES FOR SCAD

During Pinky and the Brain's four-year run, Maurice LaMarche played the smaller of the two mice, The Brain. LaMarche, 66, has had a storied career in voice acting that included other roles on shows like Space Goofs, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Futurama, Rick and Morty and the film Zootopia.

Pinky on 'Pinky and the Brain'

Pinky — Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen. WARNER BROS ANIMATION/AMBLIN/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK; VIVIEN KILLILEA/GETTY IMAGES FOR SCAD

The second half of the Pinky and the Brain duo was voiced by Rob Paulsen, 68, whose voice has also featured on shows like Animaniacs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Johnny Bravo on 'Johnny Bravo'

JOHNNY BRAVO — Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett. COURTESY OF EVERETT; DAVID BUCHAN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Jeff Bennett, 61, played the titular role on Johnny Bravo from 1997 to 2004. His voice can also be heard on Animaniacs, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Pepper Ann, Dexter's Laboratory and as the Man in the Yellow Hat on Curious George.

Ms. Frizzle on 'The Magic School Bus'

Ms. Frizzle — Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin. NELVANA / COURTESY OF EVERETT; RYAN EMBERLEY/GETTY IMAGES FOR RBC

Everyone's favorite teacher Ms. Frizzle was voiced by none other than Lily Tomlin for The Magic School Bus' four seasons. While we only hear her voice in the role, Tomlin, 84, has of course starred in numerous projects in front of the camera, including Nashville, 9 to 5 and Grace and Frankie.

Penny Proud on 'The Proud Family'

Penny Proud — Kyla Pratt
Kyla Pratt. THE DISNEY CHANNEL/COURTESY OF EVERETT; ELYSE JANKOWSKI/VARIETY VIA GETT

From 2001 to 2005, Kyla Pratt voiced Penny Proud on Disney Channel's The Proud Family. The show returned with a reboot titled The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder in 2022, and Pratt, 37, reprised the role nearly 20 years later.

Kim Possible on 'Kim Possible'

Kim Possible — Christy Carlson Romano
Christy Carlson Romano. DISNEY CHANNEL / COURTESY OF EVERETT; RICK KERN/WIREIMAGE

Another Disney Channel cartoon favorite was Kim Possible, which aired from 2002 to 2007. Christy Carlson Romano, 40, voiced the titular character after landing her breakout role on Even Stevens.

Wilma Flintstone on 'The Flintstones'

Wilma Flintstone — Jean Vander Pyl
Jean Vander Pyl. COURTESY OF EVERETT; ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY

Jean Vander Pyl voiced Wilma — and Pebbles! — Flintstone in the 1960s series The Flintstones. She would reprise the role on numerous occasions and also lent her voice to another popular cartoon of the time, The Jetsons. In 1994 she appeared in The Flintstones live action movie as Mrs. Feldspar.

Fred Flintstone in 'The Flintstones'

Fred Flintstone — Alan Reed
Alan Reed. COURTESY OF EVERETT; ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES/DISNEY GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT VIA GETTY

Before Alan Reed voiced Fred Flintstone on the series, the actor lent his voice to Disney's Lady and the Tramp in 1955. In 1961, he also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Read Next

Voice One Verve Articles

Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 13-19) and what's coming your way next week.

May 13, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 6-12) and what's coming your way next week.

May 6, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 29-May 5) and what's coming your way next week.

April 29, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 22-28) and what's coming your way next week.

April 22, 2024
Read More
Article

Guess the Actors Behind These Iconic '90s and '00s Cartoon Characters

Check out this article from People Magazine to see if you can guess the actors behind iconic '90s and '00s cartoon characters!

April 16, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 15-21) and what's coming your way next week.

April 15, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 8-14) and what's coming your way next week.

April 8, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 1-7) and what's coming your way next week.

April 1, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (March 25-31) and what's coming your way next week.

March 25, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (March 18-24) and what's coming your way next week.

March 18, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (March 11-17) and what's coming your way next week.

March 11, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (March 4-10) and what's coming your way next week.

March 4, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (February 26-March 3) and what's coming your way next week.

February 26, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (February 19-26) and what's coming your way next week.

February 19, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (February 12-18) and what's coming your way next week.

February 12, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (February 5-11) and what's coming your way next week.

February 5, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (January 29- February 4) and what's coming your way next week.

January 29, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (January 22-28) and what's coming your way next week.

January 22, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (January 15-21) and what's coming your way next week.

January 15, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (January 8-14) and what's coming your way next week.

January 8, 2024
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (January 2-7) and what's coming your way next week.

January 2, 2024
Read More
Article

Happy New Year

Here's to 2024!

December 27, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (December 11-17) and what's coming your way next week.

December 11, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (December 4-10) and what's coming your way next week.

December 4, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (November 20-26) and what's coming your way next week.

November 27, 2023
Read More
Article

Our Heartfelt Gratitude this Thanksgiving

We wish you happiness, success, and good company this Thanksgiving

November 22, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (November 20-26) and what's coming your way next week.

November 20, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (November 13-19) and what's coming your way next week.

November 13, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (November 6-12) and what's coming your way next week.

November 6, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (October 30-November 5) and what's coming your way next week.

October 30, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (October 23-29) and what's coming your way next week.

October 23, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (October 16-22) and what's coming your way next week.

October 16, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (October 9-15) and what's coming your way next week.

October 9, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (September 25-October 2) and what's coming your way next week.

September 25, 2023
Read More
Interview

Celebrating Hispanic Voice Actors

Celebrating Hispanic Voice Actors for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (September 11-17) and what's coming your way next week.

September 11, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (September 11-24) and what's coming your way next week.

September 11, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (September 5-10) and what's coming your way next week.

September 5, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (August 28-September 3) and what's coming your way next week.

August 28, 2023
Read More
Article

2023 Summer Fast Track Recap

A video recap of 2023 Summer Fast Track

August 23, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (August 21-28) and what's coming your way next week.

August 21, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (August 14-20) and what's coming your way next week.

August 14, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (August 7-13) and what's coming your way next week.

August 7, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (July 31-August 6) and what's coming your way next week.

July 31, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (July 24-30) and what's coming your way next week.

July 24, 2023
Read More
Article

SAG-AFTRA Strike

What does the SAG-AFTRA strike mean for Voice Actors? NAVA shares a helpful resource.

July 19, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (July 17-23) and what's coming your way next week.

July 17, 2023
Read More
Article

Summer Fast Track at Voice One!

Flashback to Summer Fast Track 2022!

July 12, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (July 10-16) and what's coming your way next week.

July 10, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (July 3-9) and what's coming your way next week.

July 3, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (June 26-July 2) and what's coming your way next week.

June 26, 2023
Read More
Article

2023 Emmy Awards: 148 Character VO Actors Nominated

With 148 Character VO Emmy Award nominees, who stands out and why?

June 21, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (June 19-25) and what's coming your way next week.

June 19, 2023
Read More
Article

Has AI Put VO Jobs 'On the Chopping Block'?

Video game voice actors discuss Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Voiceover

June 14, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (June 12-18) and what's coming your way next week.

June 12, 2023
Read More
Article

Kayleigh McKee Interview at Anime Riverside

The story behind why Kayleigh McKee decided to become a voice actor.

June 7, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (June 5-11) and what's coming your way next week.

June 5, 2023
Read More
Article

AI and the Voiceover Industry

How do voice actors protect themselves with the rise of AI?

May 31, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 30-June 4) and what's coming your way next week.

May 30, 2023
Read More
Article

The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Over Deep Dive

A deep dive with ZeniMax Online Studio’s VO Lead, Becky Ichnoski about how all of Tamriel’s characters get their voices!

May 24, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 22-28) and what's coming your way next week.

May 22, 2023
Read More
Article

Man gives funny voiceovers to animals and it's making the internet crack up

A hilarious social media handle has dedicated itself to narrating animals' inner monologues.

May 17, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 15-21) and what's coming your way next week.

May 15, 2023
Read More
Article

Celebrating AAPI Voice Actors!

Celebrating AAPI Voice Actors for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 10, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 8-14) and what's coming your way next week.

May 8, 2023
Read More
Article

Finding the Poetry

If ad agencies are thinking about poetry, as voice actors we must also keep this top of mind.

May 3, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (May 1-7) and what's coming your way next week.

May 1, 2023
Read More
Article

Voicing concerns: are big-name actors ruining animated movies?

Pros and cons of celebrity voice acting

April 26, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 24-30) and what's coming your way next week.

April 24, 2023
Read More
Article

Celebrating National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, Sally shares her love of poetry.

April 19, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 17-23) and what's coming your way next week.

April 17, 2023
Read More
Article

World Voice Day 2023

Your Voice Matters! Celebrating World Voice Day 2023

April 12, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 10-16) and what's coming your way next week.

April 10, 2023
Read More
Article

Studio Efficiency by Jim Edgar

Thoughts on Flow and Workflow

April 5, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (April 3-9) and what's coming your way next week.

April 3, 2023
Read More
Classes

Youth Summer VO Program 2023

The Youth VO Program returns this Summer! And it's better than EVER!

March 29, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Mar 27-Apr 2) and what's coming your way next week.

March 27, 2023
Read More
Interview

Voice Actress Sarah Natochenny and the Importance of Ash Ketchum

Sarah Natochenny voiced Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum for 17 years. Q&A.

March 22, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Mar 20-26) and what's coming your way next week.

March 20, 2023
Read More
Article

HBO’s The Last of Us: Voice Actor Cameos You Might've Missed

Warning -- spoilers ahead! Click to read about voice actor cameos in The Last of Us.

March 15, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Mar 13-19) and what's coming your way next week.

March 13, 2023
Read More
Article

Embrace Equity for International Women's Day

Everyone can embrace and actively support equity.

March 8, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Mar 6-12) and what's coming your way next week.

March 6, 2023
Read More
Article

Let Your Passion Give You Confidence

How to harness your confidence.

March 1, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Feb 27 - Mar 5) and what's coming your way next week.

February 27, 2023
Read More
Article

What Power Sounds Like

Samara Bay Wants to Change What Power Sounds Like

February 22, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Feb 20-26) and what's coming your way next week.

February 20, 2023
Read More
Article

2023 Super Bowl Recap

Highlights from the 2023 Super Bowl

February 15, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Feb 13-19) and what's coming your way next week.

February 13, 2023
Read More
Article

2023 Super Bowl Watching Guide

We've created a guide you can use for your Super Bowl watching party!

February 8, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Feb 6-12) and what's coming your way next week.

February 6, 2023
Read More
Article

25 Quotes About Improv

From Robin Williams to Tina Fey, here are 25 reasons why improv will not only make you a better actor, but will change your life!

February 1, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Jan 30-Feb 5) and what's coming your way next week.

January 30, 2023
Read More
Article

Tips for Video Game Voice Actors

Words of wisdom on the video game industry from Voice over veterans.

January 25, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Jan 23-29) and what's coming your way next week.

January 23, 2023
Read More
Article

Instructor Interview: Monday Night Acting at Voice One

Erika sits down with Marvin Greene to discuss the importance of studying the craft, his favorite breakthroughs, and more!

January 18, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Jan 16-22) and what's coming your way next week.

January 16, 2023
Read More
Article

Overcoming Audition Anxiety -- WITH IMPROV!

Guest post: Overcoming audition anxiety with improv!

January 11, 2023
Read More
Classes

This week at Voice One

A quick look at what's new, what's here this week (Jan 9-15) and what's coming your way next week.

January 9, 2023
Read More