The Beatles had a cartoon series in the 1960s at the height of their fame. The real lads from Liverpool greatly disliked this series because of cheap animation and terrible voices (provided by Paul Frees and Lance Percival, who later was the voice of Old Fred in Yellow Submarine, which is a masterpiece compared to this series). Actually, it was said that when John Lennon stayed home as dad to son Sean, he watched the cartoons. And George Harrison was quoted as saying that the show was \"so bad or silly that it was good and maybe the passage of time would make them more fun today.\" In The Beatles Anthology documentary special, Harrison says the time they went to visit Elvis Presley in Beverly Hills and couldn't find The King's house was like \"a scene out of a Beatles cartoon\". The Brady Kids was this for its first season but subsequent installments became Not Quite Starring for three of the six, as Greg, Peter, and Marsha were recast. Averted in Father of the Pride, which \"features\" Siegfried and Roy as supporting characters. Incidentially, Siegfried and Roy had their own straight to video animated special, Siegfried and Roy: Masters of the Impossible, which was produced by DiC Entertainment and released in 1996. The Harlem Globetrotters (later Go-Go Globetrotters, an Animated Anthology with CB Bears, The Herculoids and Space Ghost) applied the same to, well, the Harlem Globetrotters (an \"entertainment\" basketball team). They later became the Super Globetrotters. These cartoon versions of these spacebound Globetrotters characters later appeared in the Futurama universe where there's an entire Planet Globetrotter. Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is a more recent example, based on Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi. It stars two characters who barely resemble their real-life counterparts (the characters' manager apparently resembles their real-life manager more than the two leads resemble the singers) and who may or may not be a lesbian couple. The real singers appear in interstitials. Two 1970's sibling singing groups, The Jackson 5 and the Osmonds, had their own animated shows at the heights of their fame. Unusually, they did their own voices. Rap stars Kid (Christopher Reid) and Play (Christopher Martin) voiced themselves in the NBC Saturday morning cartoon, Kid N' Play, or at least their alter egos did. In-universe example: Limozeen: But They're in Space! in the Homestar Runner universe. New Kids on the Block had an animated series which also suffered this fate, and is mocked so much that it can almost be taken as a Stealth Parody of Band Toons. One member of the group said, \"California guys couldn't do Boston accents!\" Their manager, Dick Scott, claimed the group couldn't voice their animated alter egos because \"it's too complicated.\" (Ironically, Donnie Wahlberg is now making quite a good living as an actor.) Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future is this for the Idol Singer groups Prizmmy and Puretty. In an odd case of this trope, the former has both their singing and speaking voices provided by different people despite being based on a real group, while the latter uses the idol group they are based off as their singing voices. ProStars, where Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky use sports-themed gadgets to fight evil. No, seriously. Top of the Pops Saturday, a children's spin-off of music show Top of the Pops, often featured short animated skits under the name of Pop School. The premise was Exactly What It Says on the Tin; a school where both teachers and students happened to be musicians who were popular in the United Kingdom at the time, such as Twisted Christmas, Busted, Girls Aloud, and even Ozzy Osbourne. Although it mostly parodied the celebrities, it could also be considered a showcase for certain topics and artists who were (or aimed to be) popular among teenagers. Especially when it came to the students (Older musicians popular with the demographic's parents were typically cast as teachers). There were plans in 2003 for a t.A.T.u. anime film, but it seems to have been shelved. The New Adventures of Gilligan and Gilligan's Planet. The Gilligan's Island stars all voiced themselves, save Tina Louise, who was off pouting somewhere, and Dawn Wells, who was unavailable at the time; Ginger and Mary-Anne were played by Filmation staple Jane Webb. Wells kindly returned, as well as doing serious double-duty in Louise's old role, on Planet.
The '80s and '90s saw an influx of Saturday morning celebrity cartoons, also called celebrity toons. Most of them were pretty terrible, so it isn't surprising that few made it past a single season. Many celebrities didn't even voice their characters, and there were usually weird live-action clips added to the episodes that left viewers confused. Most of the shows went with a central theme that focused on a moral or lesson to be learned, but that was often lost within the terrible animation and cheesy catchphrases.
To Hammer's credit, he did at least voice his character, which is something that many of the other celebrity cartoons were lacking. There were also no cuts to concert footage or awkward live-action clips. Hammer did do an in-person introduction at the beginning of each episode, talking about the lesson to be learned that day. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to keep this show on the air for more than one season.
Unlike the other cartoons where the celebrities were heroes, the New Kids on the Block cartoon had this ultra-famous boy band trying to navigate a life of fame, as they did in real life. They found themselves in scenarios where they typically wanted to live as ordinary people but were usually discovered by fans and cornered, needing help to escape. Once rescued, they talked about what they learned from the situation before ending the show with a live-action concert clip, which was likely the only thing that kept fans watching to the end of the episode.
Like many other celebrity cartoons, Mister T had a moral to every episode, which he talked about in person before and after each episode. Although he played a tough guy on TV, Mr. T loved helping children. However, the series lacked substance, and the animation was quite terrible. Still, lasting three seasons is pretty impressive as far as celebrity cartoons go.
This cartoon centers on a trio of celebrity athletes who fight crime while helping kids and protecting the environment. The latter was significant in the early '90s since the world was at the height of the ozone crisis, rainforest deforestation, and pollution, which are still relevant issues today. Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Bo Jackson didn't voice their characters, but they had live-action clips at the beginning and end of every episode like other celebrity cartoons.
When Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, all the voice actors went uncredited. Walt wanted his animated characters to be the stars, not the people doing their voices. The 15 cartoons on this list take the exact opposite tactic: these cartoons really want you to know who's voicing their characters. Now, these aren't Tom Hanks in Toy Story or Mike Myers in Shrek; i.e., instances where celebrity stars are still trying to perform as characters different from themselves. In the majority of the entries, the voice actors are the characters, while in the other examples the identities of the celebrity actors and the cartoon roles are so intrinsically linked, they are downright inseparable.
Seeing a celebrity guest star suddenly walk into an unrelated cartoon can get pretty strange. Cartoons built from the ground up specifically to promote celebrities are often even stranger. More often than not, this absurdity is the point; these cartoons are supposed to be weird and funny! Of course, with some older examples from the Saturday morning era, the comedy wasn't so intentional, but that doesn't make them any less hilarious. Let's go through some of the funniest, most memorable and just utterly insane celebrity appearances in cartoon history!
Celebrity guest stars are so common on The Simpsons that they rarely strike anyone as weird. It would be weirder at this point if a celebrity didn't want to be on The Simpsons! Even so, Michael Jackson's appearance in the season three episode \"Stark Raving Dad\" was mighty bizarre. He wasn't playing himself, but he wasn't entirely not playing himself either. He played Leon Kompowsky, a white mental patient who thought that he was Michael Jackson.
You could fill this whole list with just times Weird Al Yankovic has been in cartoons (comment if you'd want to read that!). From Adventure Time to Voltron, Al's got quite the voice acting resume. Singling out just one Al cartoon part for this list, it had to be one where he plays himself (and not just a parody of himself like in Transformers Animated, though that was still pretty crazy) and it had to be the sort of place you wouldn't expect to see him (so Simpsons is out).
The Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode \"Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!\" more than lives up to its title. Weird Al gets involved in a Batman/Scooby Doo crossover, a spoof of the old Scooby TV movies' reliance on celebrity guests. In another segment of the episode, Al voices Mr. Star, a jewelry show organizer in the Bat-Manga universe.
The disclaimer at the beginning of most South Park episodes reads \"All celebrity voices are impersonated... poorly.\" There have been some rare exceptions where celebrities voiced themselves on the show (PewDiePie, Elon Musk, a number of musical guests), but for the most part Trey Parker and Matt Stone prefer bad impersonations, the better to mock everyone with. So when actual celebrities want to be a part of South Park, the roles they end up in are... interesting. 59ce067264