He Said, He Said. (Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993)

He Said, He Said
Disney Adventure’s Magazine (1993)

He Said, He Said [Jim Cummings, mirrored, at the mic]
it’s a wonder that voice actor Jim Cummings doesn’t end up talking to himself. After all, he plays not one, but two main characters on "Bonkers"– Bonkers and his partner Piquel. So Jim almost always ends up arguing with himself on screen!

How did you come up with Bonkers’ voice?
Bonkers is kind of a combination of Jerry Lewis and Harpo Marx, which is very strange because Harpo never spoke! He’s scatterbrained and off-the-wall, but somehow endearing. One thing that always helps is getting to look at the character. If he’s a little guy like Bonkers, you’re not going to make him sound like a truck driver.

What about Piquel?
It was actually quite easy to come up with Piquel, because he’s just a long-suffering cop who’s extremely by the book. The trick was to play up the frustration that Bonkers causes. Bonkers doesn’t go by the book–he doesn’t even know there is a book.

Do you record all of one characters’ lines and then the others’?
No, I just go back and forth.

So you argue with yourself?
I argue with myself, get mad at myself, throw myself around the room and then apologize to myself.

Do you ever pull tricks on people with your voices?
Sometimes at drive-thrus I go into Winnie the Pooh and ask for a jar of honey.

If you could be any toon in real life, who would you be?
Probably Don Karnage–he’s one of my all-time favorites. He’s so brash and so bold and so arrogant–and he just doesn’t know what he’s doing. Definitely not Lurch or Taz.

What would you do if you were a toon?
Lay by the pool and have people bring me Snickers bars and lemonade. But not together.

Scanned/transcribed from DISNEY ADVENTURES (ISSN#1050-249),
Bonkers Special Collector’s Issue (1993), Vol. ?, No. ?, p. 52
© 1993 The Walt Disney Company. Used without permission.