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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille
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MacNeille in 2007
Born
Teressa Claire Payne[1][2]

(1951-06-20) June 20, 1951 (age 68)[2]
Other namesTress MacNeill
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationVoice actress, singer
Years active1979-present
Douglas MacNeille (m. 1974)

Teressa Claire "Tress" MacNeille (born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress, widely known for her work on in popular long-running animated series such as The Simpsons, Futurama, and Rugrats.

Early life

MacNeille was born Teressa Claire Payne in Los Angeles County, California on June 20, 1951.[3] 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.[4]

Career

MacNeille worked in a variety of jobs and had numerous minor voiceover 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."[4] She was also a member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings for ten years.[5] 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 an episode of the 1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.[4]

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.[5] MacNeille also appeared on Yankovic's 1999 album Running with Scissors, on the tracks "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" and "Jerry Springer."

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.[6] 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."[5] 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.[7]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."[8] MacNeille was nominated for an Annie Award for her performance on the show in 1995.[9]

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),[4]Histeria, Hey Arnold, as well as dubbing work on English language anime translations.

She is the voice of Daisy Duck and Wilma Flintstone since 1999 and 2000 respectively.[4] MacNeille also appeared as an angry anchorwoman in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and served as the voice of Elvira's Great-Aunt Morganna Talbot. She provided voice acting for the 2003 Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner short feature The Whizzard of Ow.

Personal life

MacNeille wed Douglas Whitsett MacNeille in Carson City, Nevada on August 29, 1974.[10]

Filmography

TV series

Year Series Role Notes
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional voices
1982 Richie Rich Additional voices "Dollar's Exercise/Richie's Cube/The Maltese Monkey/Everybody's Doing It" (1982)
1982 Shirt Tales Additional voices 13 episodes
1982-1989 The Smurfs Sylvia (voice) / Additional voices 3 episodes
1983 Rubik, the Amazing Cube Additional voices
1983 Saturday Supercade Additional voices 13 episodes
1983-1987 Alvin and the Chipmunks Additional voices 42 episodes
1984 ABC Weekend Special Neddy (voice) Episode: "Bad Cat" (1984)
1984 Voltron Queen Merla 9 episodes
1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Sheriff Parker (voice) / Norma Deathman (voice) 2 episodes
1984 The Littles Additional voices 8 episodes
1985 It's Punky Brewster Additional voices
1985 Challenge of the GoBots Spray-C (voice) "Return to Gobotron: Part 5" (1985)
1985 The Wuzzles Mrs. Pedigree (voice) / Transylvia (voice) 4 episodes
1986 My Little Pony 'n Friends Flowers (voice) 2 episodes
1986 Lazer Tag Academy Mrs. Jaren (voice) 13 episodes
1986 The Centurions Additional voices 62 episodes
1986 Sectaurs Additional voices
1986 MoonDreamers Ursa Major (voice) / Scowlene (voice) "Zodies on the Loose" (1986)
1986-1988 The Flintstone Kids Additional voices 34 episodes
1987-1988 Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Robin (voice) / Mandy (voice) / June (voice) 5 episodes
1987-1989 DuckTales Oprah Webfeet (voices) / Mrs. Quackenbush (voices) / Additional voices 11 episodes
1988 Denver, the Last Dinosaur
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show Additional voices 4 episodes
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Molly the Moll (voice) / Additional voices 13 episodes
1988 Superman Martha Kent (voice) 13 episodes
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed Texas Pete's Mom) (voice) / Kitty (voice) / Kitty's Mom (voice) 2 episodes
1989 On the Television Various characters Episode: "Metaphysical Center" (1989)
1989-1990 Paddington Bear

Films

Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Paragon of Comedy TV movie
1983 Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls Springette (voice) TV movie
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Obaba (voice) English-language version
1984 Cheeseball Presents Various characters TV movie
1984 My Little Pony Additional voices TV film; part of the My Little Pony franchise
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Slave child (voice)
1984 Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas Lavender MacDade (voice) / Bertha (voice) / Wife (voice) TV movie; part of the Cabbage Patch Kids franchise
1985 The Compleat Al Francine / Lucy Ricardo
1986 Castle in the Sky Okami (voice) / Additional voices English-language version
1986 My Little Pony: The End of Flutter Valley Hydia (voice)
1987 Spaceballs Dink (voice)
1987 Yogi's Great Escape Boy (voice) / Cowboy kid #2 (voice) / Mom (voice) TV movie
1988 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Anchorwoman
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Elevator creature (voice)
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Osono (voice) English-language version
1989 Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue Chip (voice) / Gadget (voice) / Additional voices TV movie
2005 My Neighbor Totoro Miss Hara (voice) English-language version (2005 Disney release)


Music videos

Year Music Video Role Notes
1983 Ricky Lucy Ricardo Duet between MacNeille and "Weird Al" Yankovic

Misc appearances


Work

Voices for The Simpsons

Voices for Futurama

Voices for Disenchantment

  • Queen Oona
  • Prince Derek
  • The Fairy
  • Mother Superior
  • Witch
  • Student
  • Gretel
  • Arch Druidess

Warner Bros. roles

Disney roles

Hanna-Barbera roles

Nickelodeon roles

Other voice roles

Live-action roles

Video games

Year Video Game Voice Notes
1993 Rise of the Dragon Karyn Sommers
1995 Full Throttle Suzi, Leader of the Vultures
1996 Toonstruck Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun, Ms. Fortune, Marge, 'Mistress' Marge, Bouncer, Chipper, Sparky, Sam Shmaltz's secretary
1996 Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and the Beanstalk Babs Bunny
1997 The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield Additional Voices
1997 Fallout Jain
1997 Animaniacs Game Pack Dot Warner
1997 ClayFighter 63 1/3 Taffy, Lady Liberty, High Five
1998 Fallout 2 Tandi
1998 Tiny Toon Adventures: The Great Beanstalk Babs Bunny
1999 Animaniacs Splat Ball Dot Warner
1999 Winnie the Pooh Preschool Kanga
2000 Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour Chip, Polly Roger, Otto Plugnut
2000 Tigger's Honey Hunt Kanga
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Daisy Duck
2000 Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Daisy Duck
Unreleased Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe Babs Bunny
2002 Kingdom Hearts Daisy Duck, Queen of Hearts
2003 Futurama Mom/Linda
2003 The Simpsons: Hit & Run Agnes Skinner/Others
2005 Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure Kanga
2005 Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt Dot Warner/Mary Hartless
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Daisy Duck, Chip, Merryweather, Kanga, Shenzi
2007 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Daisy Duck, Chip, Kanga, Merryweather
2007 The Simpsons Game Dolph
2007 Bee Movie Game Jeanette Chung
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Chip, Merryweather
2010 Epic Mickey Daisy Duck
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Chip
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Daisy Duck, Chip
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Daisy Duck
2013 Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life Daisy Duck, Chip
2013 Tomodachi Life Fumiko, Hayley, Yoshi
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Daisy Duck, Chip, Merryweather, Kanga, Queen of Hearts New and archived audio
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Chip

References

  1. ^ "Tress MacNeille | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2T8-YP2 : November 27, 2014), Teressa Claire Payne, June 20, 1951; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  3. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2T8-YP2 : November 27, 2014), Teressa Claire Payne, June 20, 1951; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  4. ^ a b c d e Uribes, Alexis (December 18, 2008). "Nancy Cartwright Chats with Tress MacNeille". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Meisler, Andy (July 8, 1990). "Television; Steven Spielberg Promises: 'Th-Th-That's Not All, Folks'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ Miller, Bob (1990). "NEW TOONS ON THE BLOCK: They're attending Acme Looniversity & hoping to graduate as classic cartoon characters". Comic Scene (15). pp. 33-39, 68.
  7. ^ Ross, Curtis (January 19, 1996). "It's time for Animaniacs! - The Kids' WB network cartoon has gained a huge adult following and several Internet sites, with its zany stories, hip references and irreverent attitude". The Tampa Tribune. p. 18.
  8. ^ Maurice LaMarche et al. (2006). Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Volume 1. Special Features: Animaniacs Live! (DVD). Warner Home Video.
  9. ^ Legacy: 23rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1995), Annie Award Database, retrieved 2007
  10. ^ "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVBK-2HV : September 20, 2019), Douglas W MacNeikle and Teressa C Payne, 1974.
  11. ^ Pastrick, Chris (October 9, 2019). "Original voices set to return for 'Animaniacs' reboot on Hulu". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Closing Credits

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