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Top 5 Beloved David Ogden Stiers Disney Roles

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Tiffany Ezuma
Script written by Tiffany Ezuma You may not know his name but you’ve definitely heard his voice before! For this list we’re only looking at the voice acting roles he did for Disney, so none of his live-action work will count. We’ve included roles like Fenton Q. Harcourt in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Archdeacon in the The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. JumbaJookiba in “Lilo &Stich” and GovenorRatcliffe& Wiggins in “Pocahontas.”!

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Top 5 David Ogden Stiers Disney Roles

As the voice of some our favorite Disney characters, the late David Ogden Stiers will forever have a place in our hearts.

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 David Ogden Stiers Disney Roles. For this list we’re only looking at the voice acting roles he did for Disney, so none of his live-action work will count.

#5: Fenton Q. Harcourt

“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001)

A great character actor can make even a brief part memorable. Stiers did just that with his role as Fenton Q. Harcourt in “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.” As Milo’s boss at the museum, he discouraged the lead character from going to search for Atlantis, the lost city. After Milo literally chases him down and jumps on his car, Fenton tries his best to be the voice of reason when convincing him that Atlantis isn’t real. His voice is authoritative and persuasive, but just condescending enough to get the audience solidly on Milo’s side. Stiers’ voice acting does the crucial work getting the main plot set up and ready to go.

#4:The Archdeacon

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

To be an effective voice actor, you gotta have the range. Stiers proved that he did, when voicing The Archdeacon. His previous roles with Disney (more on those in a minute) demonstrated his stuffier, more know-it-all voices, but The Archdeacon’s voice is the polar opposite. There’s so much warmth and empathy in his tone . . . which makes sense, given his character’s role as a man of God. He’s kind yet authoritative, two qualities we see when he demands Frollo leave Esmeralda alone after she seeks asylum. After Frollo leaves, he’s patient with her as he explains the best way to deal with Frollo, and his voice conveys the wisdom of someone who’s seen a lot.

#3: Dr. Jumba Jookiba

“Lilo & Stitch” (2002)

The wacky inventor, (and Stitch’s creator), Dr. Jumba Jookiba is one of Stiers’ most fun roles. His voice finds the perfect balance of sounding intelligent yet eccentric, upright yet kinda evil. Dr. Jumba is funny and vulnerable, and his slightly Eastern European-inspired accent amplifies each of his traits. He often flips from orderly to chaotic in a fraction of a second, showing a range of emotion in every scene. Stiers voiced the doctor time and time again, including in the movie’s animated series as well as numerous sequels. In fact, counting all projects, Dr. Jumba was his most frequent voice role for Disney.

#2: Governor Ratcliffe & Wiggins

“Pocahontas” (1995)

Throughout his career with Disney, David showed that he could voice both the villain, and the brunt of the joke. He shows off those diverse skills most impressively with his role as Governor Ratcliffe, the pompous, thick-throated villain who leads the English in their expedition to the New World. His voice is snide and dripping with disdain, so it’s astounding that Stiers also the voice of Wiggins, Ratcliffe’s dim-witted right-hand man. Wiggins is unsure of himself, so his voice has a goofier quality and is a direct contrast to the Governor’s. It’s a treat to hear the two banter and realize that the same person is voicing them both!

#1:Cogsworth & The Narrator

“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Two of the signature voices in this ‘90s animated fairytale are: Cogsworth, the stuffy British clock who serves as the Beast’s head of staff; and The Narrator, who frames the story, but isn’t seen on-screen. Both characters have rich, textured voices that bring a sense of authority and propriety to the story. Cogsworth’s voice, in particular, matches his personality as an uptight, tightly-wound character who seeks order over everything else. But at the same time, he’s able to use that voice to get off some of the film’s best wisecracks. The roles were Stiers’ first with Disney and marked the beginning of a truly beautiful partnership.

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