Why These Disney Characters All Sound So Similar

Have you ever been watching a movie when you see an actor and you think to yourself, “Hmmm, I know I have seen that guy before… but where?”

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That happens to a lot of people when watching Pixar films. It seems that Hamm from Toy Story sounds a lot like Mack from Cars, and also like The Underminer in The Incredibles, yet somehow also like the Abominable Snowman in Monsters Inc.

How is this possible? Well, I’ll tell you how! They are all voiced by the same guy… John Ratzenberger!

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Possibly best known as Cliff from Cheers, Ratzenberger has voiced a character in not just a few Pixar films, but EVERY Pixar film!

According to Pixar filmmakers, John was so fun to be around during a cast party for Toy Story, they decided they wanted to work with him as much as possible. He has been deemed their “good luck charm” and his iconic voice has become a fun thing to look for — er, listen for — in every Pixar film!

Here is a list of each character John Ratzenberger has voiced:

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and the upcoming Toy Story 4: Hamm

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A Bug’s Life: P.T. Flea

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Monsters Inc. and Monsters UniversityAbominable Snowman

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Finding Nemo: School of Fish

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The Incredibles and The Incredibles II: The Underminer

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Cars, Cars II, and Cars III: Mack the Truck



Ratatouille: Mustafa

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Wall-E: John

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Up!: Foreman Tom 

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Brave: Gordon

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Inside Out: Fritz


The Good Dinosaur: Earl

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Finding Dory: Bill – the Husband Crab

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Coco: Juan Ortodoncia

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Which is your favorite character voiced by John Ratzenberger? Let us know in the comments!


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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