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For other people of the same name, see James Cummings (disambiguation).

James Jonah "Jim" Cummings (born November 3, 1952)[1] is an American voice-actor.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings relocated to New Orleans, where he worked on the assembly of Mardi Gras floats. He later moved to Anaheim, California, where he worked "odd jobs" until the early 1980s. Cummings's first opportunity as a voice actor came in 1983, when the failing health of longtime Winnie-the-Pooh voice actor Sterling Holloway prompted an open call for his replacement for the animated feature, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore. While Hal Smith (best known as Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show) took over for that particular project, Cummings would substitute for Holloway in the subsequent TV show The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Career

Script error: No such module "Unsubst". At Disney, Cummings not only replaced the ailing Holloway as the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh, but also took over as the voice of Tigger when Paul Winchell retired. Then, when Jeremy Irons experienced problems with his vocal cords during production of The Lion King, Cummings was hired to imitate Irons's voice for the last few lines of the song "Be Prepared". Cummings duplicated the voice of Russell Means for the songs in Pocahontas, and he also duplicated the voice of Christopher Lloyd for the song, "In the Dark of the Night" in Anastasia. When Cummings provided a rendition of Louis Prima's voice for King Louie in TaleSpin, this provoked a controversy with Prima's widow.[citation needed]

Cummings was the only original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor to return for the 2007 film. His first three TMNT appearances were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. The 2007 film was Cummings's sixth computer-animated movie appearance. His first five computer-animated movie appearances included Antz, The Nuttiest Nutcracker, Shrek, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas; and his latest animated movie appearances are Bee Movie, The Princess and the Frog and BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.

In the course of two decades, Cummings's career as a voice actor has taken him from bit parts to leading roles in major series at various studios, including Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, DreamWorks, and 20th Century Fox studios. His most memorable roles, however, have been at Walt Disney Studios.[dubious ] There, he provided voices for a variety of television series, including leading roles in Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, (taking over the character of Zummi Gummi after Paul Winchell's departure from the role), DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Gargoyles, and House of Mouse, and movies such as Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and the Disney special edition of Alice in Wonderland (as the Cheshire Cat singing "I'm Odd"). Cummings also voiced the non-speaking roles of Ed the laughing hyena in 1994's The Lion King, Duncan the horse for one episode of The Simpsons, and Papa Smurf and Gargamel for a TV Funhouse sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Other notable roles include "Mr. Bumpy" in the Claymation show Bump in the Night, Dr. Robotnik on Sonic The Hedgehog, Mayor Manx on SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Psy-Crow, Bob the Killer Goldfish on Earthworm Jim, Taz Tazmanian Devil on Taz-Mania, Dakota Dude on Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa and a number of other projects. In addition to Taz and Pooh, Cummings has over the years become the official voice for a number of legendary cartoon characters, including Tigger, Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Popeye, Dick Dastardly, the Slag Brothers, Big Gruesome, Private Meekly, Clyde, and others. He also did some voices on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles such as Leatherhead the mutant alligator and some additional characters. He also did the voice of Don Karnage in Disney's TaleSpin. Cummings has also provided voices for video games, television commercials, and movie trailers, and was one of the official announcers for Kids' WB!, promo announcer for Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, as well as the official spokesperson for the current Cheez-It commercials and some current Weather Channel commercials (most notably the Wake Up With Al ones). He returned to his role as Taz on Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.

Cummings has done the voice of Minsc of Baldur's Gate/Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and Drizzt Do'Urden in the first Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance game. He is also prominently displayed in the credits of Kingdom Hearts as Pooh, Tigger, and Pete. Cummings provided the voices for "Bad Mr. Frosty", "Hougan", and "Sumo Santa" in Clay Fighter 63⅓. He also voices "Sarge" and the other soldiers in the Army Men games. In Ys I & II for the Turbografx -16 CD system, he is credited as voicing "Dalles", and he provided voices for minor characters in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. He played several characters in the little-known Toonstruck.

In addition, Cummings narrates the current Epcot fireworks show at Walt Disney World, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Cummings has a on-screen cameo in Comic Book: The Movie as an inebriated party-goer.

Cummings has made some vocal performances using his voice at normal pitch for some younger looking characters like Witterquick from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light and Glatorian Ackar in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn.

Voice work

Television series

  • 101 Dalmatians – Colonel, Mayor Ed Pig, Jasper
  • 2 Stupid Dogs – Super Secret Secret Squirrel's Morroco Mole
  • The Addams Family (animated series) – Lurch
  • Adventures in Odyssey – Larry Walker, King Lawrence
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues - Aristotle
  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears – Zummi Gummi (Originally Paul Winchell), Chummi Gummi
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius – Mayor Quadar, Ultra Lord, Cap'n Betty, Atilla The Hun
  • Aladdin (TV series) - Razoul
  • Animalia - Dagmont Dragon
  • Animaniacs – Narrator and several one-shot characters
  • Auto-B-Good
  • The BatmanTemblor
  • Bonkers – Bonkers D. Bobcat, Lucky Piquel and other characters
  • The Book of PoohWinnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Bump in the Night – Mister Bumpy, Destructo, Closet Monster
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command – Senator Aarrfvox
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers – Sly Sludge (Hanna-Barbera episodes)
  • Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • CatDog – Cat
  • ChalkZone – Skrawl
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers – Monterey Jack (in the five-part pilot and in season 2; Peter Cullen voiced Monterey Jack in the earlier episodes), Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, Wart the Lizard
  • Chowder - Alligator
  • Codename: Kids Next Door – Vin Moosk
  • Cow and Chicken - Additional Voices
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog – The Great Fusilli
  • Cro – Phil, Ogg, Murray
  • Curious George – Chef Pisghetti; Jumpy Squirrel; Mister Quint
  • Cyberchase - Mr. Zero ("A World Without Zero")
  • Darkwing DuckDrake Mallard/Darkwing Duck, DarkWarrior Duck, NegaDuck, Warden Waddlesworth, Herb Muddlefoot, Professor Moliarty
  • Dexter's Laboratory - Red-Eye (in Photo Finish)
  • Duckman - Big Jack Mcbastard
  • DuckTales - El Capitan
  • Earthworm JimPsycrow, Bob the Killer Goldfish, and other various voices.
  • Freakazoid -Senator Janos Ivnovels
  • Gargoyles – Dingo and other characters
  • Goof TroopPete
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy – Nasalmancer, Biker,Additional Voices
  • The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats – Scarhood.
  • House of MousePete, Humphrey the Bear, King Louie, Big Bad Wolf, Censor Monkeys, Ed the Hyena, Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh, Gorilla, Kaa, Razoul, Tiki Masks, Weasels, Zeke, Cheshire Cat, Roquefort, Mister Stork, Jasper, Colonel Hathi, Cyril Proudbottom, Otto, Shun Gun, Boomer, Porcupine, Sexton Mouse, Deacon Owl, Gideon, Colonel, Flower [Adult], Sir Ector, King Duke, Doc
  • Invasion America – Major Lomack
  • Iron ManMODOK, Whirlwind, Dreadknight, Backlash and President Bill Clinton.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures – Hak Foo (Season 1)
  • Jungle Cubs - Kaa, Fred, Jed
  • King of the Hill - C. Everett Koop, Pops Papacito, Mark McJimsey, Salesman, Bounty Hunter, Jimmy Helstrom
  • The Legend of Tarzan – Tantor, Merkus
  • The Little Mermaid - Ebb the Male Crocodile
  • Marsupilami – Maurice, Norman
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Frog, Sparky, Clyde
  • Mickey Mouse Works - Pete, Humphrey the Bear
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Beaver
  • The Mask – Doyle (Lieutenant Kellaway's partner), Kablamus, various one-shot characters
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Ozzy & Drix – Chief Gluteus
  • The Penguins of Madagascar - Ridiculously Deep and Chrome Claw in "Dr. Blowhole's Revenge."
  • Perfect Strangers- Additional characters (1986–1993)
  • Pepper Ann – Mr. Carter (Pepper Ann's science teacher) and some one-shot characters
  • The Pirates of Dark Water – Skorian, Ioz (season 2)
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R. - Mister Moloch and Will Dragonn
  • The Powerpuff Girls – Fuzzy Lumpkins
  • Quack Pack - Additional Voices
  • The Raggy Dolls - Sad Sack
  • The Replacements – Various
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (Disneyland attraction)- Baby Herman
  • Road Rovers – General Parvo
  • Rocko's Modern Life - Additional voices
  • Rude Dog and the Dweebs – Satch
  • Saturday Night Live - Papa Smurf, Gargamel (TV Funhouse sketch)
  • The Savage Dragon - Dragon
  • The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs – Bald Spokesperson, Flea Leader, Von Rabie, Catastrophe
  • The Simpsons - Duncan the Horse
  • The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries - Moo Goo Guy Pan
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SATAM) – Doctor Robotnik, SWATbots, Nasty Hyena member (Fed Up With Antoine)
  • Spider-Man: The Animated SeriesShocker, Chameleon
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Hondo Ohnaka
  • SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron – Mayor Manx, Feral's Sergeant
  • Tales from the Crypt - Judge Vic "Leave 'Em Hanging" Johnson
  • TaleSpin – Don Karnage, Louie*, Trader Moe, Covington
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesShredder (1991 and European Vacation Alternate), Leatherhead, Genghis Frog, Dirk Savage
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time – Leatherhead and Shredder (Arcade version only)
  • Teen TitansMaster of Games and Wildebeest ("Winner Take All")
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man - Crusher Hogan
  • The Super Hero Squad Show - Thanos (Season Two)
  • Taz-Mania – Taz, Buddy Boar, Bushwhacker Bob, Wendell T. Wolf
  • The TickThrakkorzog, Barry Hubris, Stalingrad, Captain Decency, Mister Mental, Multiple Santa, Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Timon & Pumbaa – Ed, Smolder the Bear, Pumbaa's Uncle Borris, Bruce the Blue Crab, Eddie the Pink Snake, Additional Voices
  • The TransformersAfterburner, Rippersnapper
  • Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light – Witterquick & the Bearer of Knowledge
  • Where's Waldo? – Narrator
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo? - Cyrus T. Buford, Crawdad Mike, Broderick Bosepheus
  • Widget the World Watcher – Megabrain
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa – Dakota Dude
  • W.I.T.C.H. – Tridart, Harold Hale, Zacharias
  • Cummings is legally precluded from performing any incarnation of Louie (aka King Louie) due to a lawsuit filed by the widow of Louis Prima who originated the character's voice in Disney's 1967 version of the The Jungle Book film which Prima's widow successfully argued was an unauthorized use of her late husband's voice and public personal. Rumors persist that was the reason both Talespin and Jungle Cubs were cancelled by Disney.

Film

  • Aladdin, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves - Razoul
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 – Jingles
  • Anastasia – Rasputin (singing voice)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire – Additional voices
  • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasTaz, Gossamer
  • Balto – Steele
  • Bionicle: The Legend Reborn - Ackar
  • Bee Movie - Title Narrator and Graduation Announcer
  • The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars - Supreme Commander (singing)
  • Brother Bear 2 – Nita's father, Lead Raccoon
  • Cabin Boy – Floating Cupcake
  • Dead Space: Downfall - Captain Mathius, Farum
  • The Fox and the Hound 2 - Waylon & Floyd
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Movie - Greaser Greg, Nat Nerd
  • A Goofy Movie - Pete
  • Hellboy: Blood and Iron - Tom Manning
  • Hercules – Nessus, Additional Voices
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Captain of the Knights, gypsies, additional voices
  • The Jungle Book 2 - Kaa, Colonel Hathi, M.C. Monkey
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure - Tony
  • The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire – Sierra
  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky – General
  • The Lion KingEd, Scar (singing voice in last part of "Be Prepared")
  • The Lion King II: Simba's PrideScar, additional voices
  • The Lion King 1½Ed
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning - King Triton and Shelbow
  • Merry Madagascar - Lead Reindeer
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas - Pete, various characters
  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas - various characters
  • Mortal Kombat - Shang Tsung
  • Mulan - Huns, Soldiers, additional voices
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh And A Musical Too - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Beaver
  • The Pagemaster – Long John Silver
  • Piglet's Big Movie - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Pocahontas – Chief Powhatan (singing vocals), Kekata (singing vocals)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World – King James (speaking role), Chief Powhatan (singing vocals)
  • Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin - Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • The Princess and the Frog - Ray the Cajun Firefly
  • The Road to El DoradoHernán Cortés, additional voices
  • Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf - Brunch
  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island - Jacques, Morgan Moonscar
  • Shrek – Captain of the guards
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas - Luca, additional voices
  • Small Soldiers - Ocula
  • The Tigger Movie - Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh
  • TMNT – Various voices
  • Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring - Butch
  • Tweety's High-Flying Adventure - Taz, Rocky, Yosemite Sam, Cool Cat, Shropshire Slasher, Casino Cat, Policeman
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Bullet #2
  • Winnie the Pooh - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving - Winnie-the-Pooh

Video games

  • Animaniacs - Himself, Radio News
  • Army Men Series – All the voices except females.
  • Baldur's Gate SeriesMinsc, Firkraag, Gorion, Tazok, Abazigal, Gromnir Il-Khan, Demogorgon
  • ClayFighter 63⅓ - Bad Mr. Frosty, Houngan, Sumo Santa
  • Clive Barker's Jericho – Arnold Leach
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse - Title Narrator, Mysterious Ghost, "Spooky Voice", Handy Hand
  • Fallout – The Master, Set, Gizmo
  • Icewind Dale - Arundel, Hrothgar, additional voices
  • Kingdom Hearts series – Pete, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Ed
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - Totec, Lara's Partner, [2] Xolotl
  • The Lost Vikings 2 - Olaf the Stout, Tomator.
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 - Thor
  • Mass Effect 2 - Urdnot Wreave, Patriarch, Normandy crew member
  • Mickey's Speedway USA – Pete
  • Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness – Boris, Hans
  • Splatterhouse (2010 video game) – The Terror Mask.
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - Kraven the Hunter, Goblin
  • Toonstruck - Feedback, B.B. Wolf, Dough, Snout, Seedy, Warp
  • Ys: Book I&II – Dalles

References

  1. State of California. Lists James J. Cummings on 3 November 1952. No James J. Cummings born in 1953.
  2. http://forums.eidosgames.com/LCGoLpodcasts/Podcast2_Audio.mp3

External links


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