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A Voice For Generations

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Hello, and welcome back to my thoughts and musings.  Today I direct appreciation towards a future Disney Legend, Jim Cummings.

Jim Cummings

Born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 3, 1952, James Jonah Cummings accepted his first Disney role in in 1983.  Another Disney Legend, Sterling Halloway, had fallen seriously ill, and voice actor Jim Cummings was selected to replace Halloway as the title role in Winnie the Pooh and the Day For Eeyore.

Cummings would next appear for Disney in the 1985 advanced puppetronics series “Dumbo’s Circus” as Lionel the Lion, the ring leader of the travel troupe.  From here, Cummings made his first appearance in a Disney Afternoon cartoon, playing Zummi Gummi in The Adventures of the Gummi Bears and then also multiple roles in Ducktales.

Following the success of the Ducktales series, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers debuted in 1989.  In this series, Cummings played multiple roles again, fromv villans Fat Cat to Professor Nimnul, and eventually ally Monteray Jack.


In the 1990s Cummings continued his Disney roles, appearing in another Disney Afternoon series, TaleSpin. Darkwing Duck appeared in the Disney Afternoon series in 1991, and Cummings would appear as the title character in the series.  He would also have a role in 1992’s animated feature Aladdin.  1992 also saw the introduction of the series Goof Troop, in which Cummings would appear as Pete, a role he still performs to this day in different shows, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and various video games.

In 1994 Jim Cummings appeared in The Lion King as Ed, one of the hyenas.  As well, he stepped in as the singing voice of Scar after Jeremy Irons injured his vocal cords while performing the song Be Prepared.  Additionally, he provided voices in the Disney animated series Gargoyles, making him the only voice actor to appear in every series that was a part of the Disney Afternoon block.


Outside of the Disney Universe, Jim Cummings has also provided voices in many other series.  Children of the 90s would know his work in the series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Shredder), Tiny Toon Adventures, Tan-Mania, The Tick and Animaniacs.

Cummings continues to perform voice acting roles in the Disney Universe and outside of it as well, appearing recently in Princess and the Frog, and he now also performs the voice of Tigger as well as Pooh.  He also has a role in Sophia the First, reaching out to a new generation of Disney fans.

Along with the numerous other Disney fans, allow me to say Happy Birthday to the great Jim Cummings, a future Disney Legend.  I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments.  You may contact me directly on Twitter @Quest4VaultDisn, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…



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