20 Latinas Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters
More and more often, we’re seeing Latinas represent our stories on television, in movies, and in books. However, it’s not just Latina faces that make a big impression on these platforms. Animated cartoons, video games, and movies also benefit from the talents of Latina actresses. In fact, these Latinas have been voicing our favorite cartoon characters for generations.
The latest example of Latina talent coming to us in animated form is the new Netflix reboot of “Carmen Sandiego”. Premiering January 18th, the show is a fresh spin on the 90’s fan favorite. Voicing the mysterious master thief is ‘Jane the Virgin’ star Gina Rodriguez.Twitter / @carmensandiego
The series will explore how Sandiego got her start in the world of International mystery. The reboot also stars “Stranger Things” lead Finn Wolfhard to provide the voice of Player, Sandiego’s sidekick, and friend.
Anticipating the success of this reboot, Netflix has already authorized a live-action “Carmen Sandiego.” Rodriguez will also play Sandiego in the live-action series and we can’t wait to see how she looks in that iconic red fedora.
Netflix’s “Carmen Sandiego” will no doubt be a nostalgic treat for those of us who grew up with the OG Sandiego. What better reason to take a look at all the other Latinas that voiced our favorite animated characters.
1. Rita MorenoMark Hill / PBS
Moreno has starred in some of the most beloved films of all time but she’s also a talented voice actress. In fact, Moreno was the first to voice Carmen Sandiego when she starred in the original incarnation of the series. She is also the voice of Abuelita in “Nina’s World” and has voiced a number of characters from “Rio 2,” “Special Agent Oso” and “Sofia the First.”
2. Gina RodriguezShutterstock / Twitter
Besides lending her voice to the new “Carmen Sandiego,” Rodriguez also voices a character for another Netflix animation. Rodriguez joined the second season of “Big Mouth” to voice Gina, the first girl in the main character’s fictional school to go through puberty. The actress has also given voice to more family-friendly characters in “Ferdinand” and “Smallfoot.”
3. ShakiraShutterstock / Disney
Anyone with a voice as unique and beautiful as Shakira is obviously going to be a natural voice actress. In 2016, the Colombian songstress brought “Zootopia” popstar Gazelle to life for Disney audiences. She also contributed the catchy bop “Try Anything” to the movie’s soundtrack.
4. Alanna UbachGetty Images / Walt Disney Studios
You probably heard Ubach’s voice in the hit Disney animated film “Coco” as the strong-willed matriarch Mama Imelda. Besides providing her talking voice, the Californian star also belted out the beautiful song “La Llorona” in the film. In addition to bringing Mama Imelda to life, she also played the titular character in “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.”
5. Zoë SaldanaGetty Images / 20th Century Fox Animation
She may be best known as Gamora from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, but Saldana has also gone digital. In “The Book of Life,” she voiced the movie’s smart, independent heroine, Maria. The Latina has also lent her voice to “My Little Pony: The Movie” and will appear in 2019’s “Missing Link.”
6. Selena Gomez
Between her singing career and producing projects like “13 Reasons Why,” Gomez has found time to voice her recurring character for the “Hotel Transylvania” series. Mavis, the adorable vampire daughter of Dracula, has been voiced by Gomez for all three movies in the franchise.
7. Genesis RodriguezDavid Buchan / Getty Images North America
Rodriguez isn’t just an actress, she also provided the voice for Disney/Pixar’s first Latina superhero. Voiced by Rodriguez, Honey Lemon is the bubbly super scientist superhero from “Big Hero 6.” She must have a knack for playing powerful women because Rodriguez also voices Princess Perfuma in “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.”
8. Aimee CarreroNetflix / Getty Images
Speaking of She-Ra, Carrero plays the ultimate princess of power, Adora (She-Ra), in the new reboot of the franchise. She isn’t the only princess the Latina has voiced. Carrero also voices Disney’s first Latina princess, Elena, in the animated series “Elena of Avalor.”
9. Jenna OrtegaDisney Animation Studios / Getty Images
Elena isn’t the only princess Avalor has to offer. Elena’s little sister, Princess Isabel, is voiced by 16-year-old Ortega. The young actress also provided voices for the award-winning animated miniseries “Over the Garden Wall.”
10. Sara RamirezABC / Disney Animation Studios
You may know her best for her time on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but Ramirez also plays a more royal role in Disney’s animated series “Sofia the First.” As Queen Miranda, Ramirez doles out advice to her royal children (along with the occasional song).
11. Raini RodriguezGetty Images / Disney Animation Studios
A Disney Channel regular, this Mexicana has most recently provided the voice for Creepy Caroline, the adorable gorgon from “Vampirina.” She’s also voiced characters for other Disney Junior series like “The Lion Gaurd” and “Handy Manny.”
12. Lexi MedranoNetflix / Getty Images
Last year’s Netflix animated series “Trollhunters,” introduced us to the smart and brave Claire Nuñez. Created by Guillermo Del Toro, the show is the first in the “Tales of Arcadia.” Claire, voiced by Medrano, also appears in the next two installments of the series: “3 Below” and “Wizard.”
13. Carolina RavassaBlizzard Entertainment / Getty Images
Actress and producer Ravassa has acted in big-name series like “Mr. Robot,” but she’s no stranger to voiceover work. In fact, Ravassa is the voice of Sombra in the extremely popular Overwatch game series. The Columbiana also voiced Taliana Martinez in Grand Theft Auto V and has provided voices for Just Cause 4.
14. Salma HayekGetty Images / DreamWorks Animation
Hayek has been acting since the late 80’s so it’s no surprise that she’s brought a few animated characters to life. In 2011, she voiced the fiercely-cute Kitty Softpaws in DreamWorks’ “Puss in Boots.” The Mexicana has also lent her voice to the role of Cutlass Liz in the animated film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”
15. Jessica AlbaRainMaker Entertainment / Getty Images
In 2013, Alba’s voice debuted in her first animated feature. In “Escape from Planet Earth,” the Latina plays Lena Thackleman, an alien bureaucrat and surprise baddie. This may be her first, but with three kids of her own, we’re sure Alba will take on more animated roles in the future.
16. Sofía VergaraPacifica Coast News
Vergara may be the highest paid actress on television, but she’s also starred in a few animated films. She has most notably brought her sultry energy to Carmen from the Warner Brothers hit “Happy Feet 2.” The Colombiana has also given her voice to “The Emoji Movie,” “The Simpsons” and “Escape from Planet Earth.”
17. Eva LongoriaShutterstock / Sony Pictures Animation
As an actress, producer, and director, Longoria has an impressive resume under her belt which includes quite a few animated voice-over roles. Besides providing her voice to the British animated movie “Arthur Christmas,” Longoria has also voiced characters for “BoJack Horseman” and “The Simpsons.”
18. Jennifer Lopez
Lopez is a global superstar who has had her hand in everything from music to television. So, using her famous voice to bring a few animated characters to life is just another day for JLo. She first voiced Azteca in the late 90’s animated movie “Antz.” More recently she joined the “Ice Age” franchise as Shira and voiced the mom in Rhianna’s animated movie “Home.”
19. Rosario Dawson
Dawson is obviously a big DC comics fan because the Latina actress has offered her voice to many characters in their animated world. Most recently, she brought Barbara Gordon (BatGirl) to life for “The Lego Batman Movie.” Additionally, she’s voiced several characters in the “Justice League” franchise.
20. Morena BaccarinGetty Images / Warner Bros. Animation
Baccarin is another hard-core DC comics fan. Best known for her role in the live-action “Gotham,” she’s also lent her voice to multiple animated Batman movies. Namely, she’s played Black Canary in “Justice League Unlimited” and Cheetah in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”
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