A veteran of the voice-over industry for over 30 years, you have heard Jim Cummings as the voice of Winnie the Pooh & Tigger, Tasmanian Devil ("Taz-mania"), Darkwing Duck, Don Karnage & Louie ("TaleSpin"), Pete ("Goof Troop", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"), Ray the Firefly ("Princess and the Frog"), Leatherhead ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"), Razoul ("Aladdin"), & many, many more.
“Tell the kid he’s got it,” said the legendary Mel Blanc with a smile, after listening to a young man’s first demo tape of cartoon character voices. The year was 1984, “the kid,” was Jim Cummings. Since then, the kid has gone on to give life and voice to some of America’s most beloved animal Characters, even a few of the late Mel Blanc’s, and he was even nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as the lovable Tigger on Disney Channel’s “My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” in which he also voices everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh.
Born and raised in Youngstown Ohio, Cummings spent Saturday mornings riveted to the TV screen as he mimicked the characters in his favorite cartoons, all the while dreaming that one day he would voice them himself. At age 19, he moved to New Orleans, where he performed as a drummer and a singer in a regionally successful rock band called FUSION, was a deck hand on riverboats, and even designed and created Mardi Gras floats, all the while absorbing the rich characters and accents that would someday find expression in animation.
Years later, Cummings relocated to Southern California and managed a video store as he pursued his childhood dream. He gave his first demo to a customer who was also a movie producer, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Cummings’ uncanny ability to sing in character and voice match for stars who are, in his words, “great actors, just not great singers,” has led to many platinum and gold records for soundtracks like “Anastasia,” “The Lion King,” “Fox and the Hound,” “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” and more. He was also AC, the lead singer of the famed California Raisins.
Cummings’ work in voice over includes hundreds of television and radio commercials, movie trailers, promos, and video games. “Pretty much anything involving microphones, music, noise in general, and padded walls,“ jokes the affable actor, and “remember, only you can prevent forest fires,” so says Smokey the Bear, aka Jim Cummings. No matter how busy Cummings, schedule may be, it all stops when Famous Fone Friends of Make a Wish Foundation calls on behalf of a very ill child and distraught family in need of a phone call from their favorite cartoon character. “Just bringing a respite, however brief, and perhaps a smile and giggle or two, means so much to the child and their family. I consider it a true blessing to be able to do that.”
Jim Cummings plays drums with the Tazmaniacs, a band that he, along with voice actors Debi Derryberry and Rob Paulsen, founded over twenty years ago. We are thrilled that the Tazmaniacs will be reuniting for the Voice Actors Rock! charity concert!