Memorable Quotes from voice over actor Jim Cummings

You know you’ve made it when you become a Jeopardy question.

— Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings, Whoopie Goldberg & Cheech Marin make up this famous Disney threesome.

— Alex Trebek, Jeopardy

Darkwing Duck and Don Karnage are the most fun to do, because they’re both probably the closest to me — I kinda improvise a lot of them, kinda ad lib.

— Jim Cummings, Darkwing Duck Comics

I think [Winnie the Pooh] just looks at the world through honey-colored glasses, and everything is honey-fied and sweet for him, and that’s not a bad outlook.

— Jim Cummings, WFAA.com’s review of Pooh’s Grand Adventure

There’s not a lot of us [voice-over actors] but we’re out there.

— Jim Cummings

Bonkers is kind of a combination of Jerry Lewis and Harpo Marx, which is very strange because Harpo never spoke!

— Jim Cummings, Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993

Bonkers doesn’t go by the book–he doesn’t even know there is a book.

— Jim Cummings, Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993

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

— Jim Cummings, Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993

Sometimes at drive-thrus I go into Winnie the Pooh and ask for a jar of honey.

— Jim Cummings, Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993

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.

— Jim Cummings, Disney Adventures Magazine, 1993

I’m usually the guy who says, ‘Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington in the Siege’!

— Jim Cummings, Dodge Globe, 1998

My agency tells me I am rare because I sing, do movie trailers, and do cartoons too. I like that because it gives me variety in jobs. I don’t just sit and do movie trailers, and I don’t just do cartoons either. I can do both, and I feel very fortunate for that.

— Jim Cummings, Dodge Globe, 1998

I really have been blessed and fortunate to have accomplished what I have. I hope to do this for a long time. It’s such an enjoyable job. I love to do it.

— Jim Cummings, Dodge Globe, 1998

Paul Winchell, who originated the character, was and is one of my heroes of the business. I got his book on how to be a ventriloquist when I was about nine years old and read it from cover to cover.

— Jim Cummings, The Tigger Movie Production Notes

People always ask me how can I do both the voice of Pooh and Tigger. It’s kind of like mental ping pong. The fact that they are so different actually makes it easier for me to do. Pooh is just sort of a gently rolling stream and Tigger’s a typhoon. You just address both of them as such and it gives you something to hang your hat on as an actor. When I’m doing Pooh, I sort of stand like him and all of a sudden my stomach gets rounder and my fingers blend together. For Tigger, I find I stick my jaw out a lot just like him and start bouncing off the walls. It’s a body language thing. It helps to be a little schizophrenic. Although it is a bit challenging to bounce and be bounced upon simultaneously.

— Jim Cummings, The Tigger Movie Production Notes

I was at a restaurant and I heard this little voice at a nearby table pipe up and say, ‘I believe I will have the chowder.’ I got up and walked out into the middle of the restaurant. There was Sterling Holloway just sitting there being Sterling Holloway. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I’d have the honor of filling his shoes. I just regret not going up to him and saying hello.

— Jim Cummings, The Tigger Movie Production Notes

I grew up watching all the great Disney animated films and to be able to carry that torch and know that I’m contributing to the same magic and wonder for a whole new generation is a great thing.

— Jim Cummings, The Tigger Movie Production Notes

Everybody can identify with somebody in the Hundred Acre Wood.

— Jim Cummings, The Tigger Movie Production Notes

I remember as a kid watching TV and seeing Mel Blanc doing his voices and Paul Winchell doing his ventriloquism and thinking, ‘Those guys are having a good time. I want to do that.’

— Jim Cummings, Star Tribune, 2005

I had to be on the set for ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ because my character was interacting with Bob Hoskins. It’s a lot of ‘hurry up and wait.’ So there I was, at 2 a.m., sitting in a trailer at Griffith Park trying to stay awake. And I said to myself, ‘This stinks.’ The way I do it is better. I go into the studio about 10 a.m. There’s no makeup to worry about. I can wear whatever I want. As soon I get there, I’m good to go. I record my stuff and go home.

— Jim Cummings, Star Tribune, 2005

Sometimes I’ll have a brief window of mini-fame thanks to ‘Access Hollywood.’ But it only lasts a couple of days, and then no one recognizes me anymore.

— Jim Cummings, Star Tribune, 2005

The established characters are easy to recall. I don’t know why, but they come back to me instantly when I need them. It’s the one-time-only characters that I don’t remember where the voice I used came from.

— Jim Cummings, Calgary Sun, 2005

I get to be one of the torch-bearers for a new generation.

— Jim Cummings, Calgary Sun, 2005

I’m just glad that Jim can’t do Piglet’s voice.

— John Fiedler, voice of Piglet

[John Fiedler’s voice] was kind of like the wind blowing through tall grass. It sounded homey and it sounded comforting.

— Jim Cummings, The Washington Post, 2005

I’ve done so many other projects where you’re in a room with a reader and you’re acting your lines out: ‘We have to get out of here! Any minute the building will explode!’ And then the reader says: “Yes…we have to get… out of here.” So it’s not easy to be in the moment in that kind of situation. Reading with the entire cast in the room for The Clone Wars makes the experience much more organic and I love that.

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

I do very little on-camera acting, so within a phrase as a voice actor you have to know how to convey when someone is 95 years old or 19 years old. . . When I was the lead singer of the California Raisins commercials there was a traditional actor there as well and he would do all these body movements without saying anything because he was “acting.” And the only acting the microphone picked up on was silence.

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

I have a brand new favorite for a Disney animated feature coming out next Christmas called The Princess and the Frog. I’m Ray the singing Cajun firefly. New Orleans is my second hometown. I was a deckhand on a riverboat there when I was 18, so I have that Cajun accent down pat. Ray is a lovesick firefly who’s near-sighted and falls in love with the Evening Star. Of course, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will always be favorites of mine too.

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

I have a brand new favorite for a Disney animated feature coming out next Christmas called The Princess and the Frog. I’m Ray the singing Cajun firefly. New Orleans is my second hometown. I was a deckhand on a riverboat there when I was 18, so I have that Cajun accent down pat. Ray is a lovesick firefly who’s near-sighted and falls in love with the Evening Star. Of course, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will always be favorites of mine too.

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

I have four daughters, with the two youngest being four years old and a year and a half. When one of my older daughters was in sixth grade, a classmate brought in their talking Winnie the Pooh doll for show and tell, so the next week my daughter one upped her classmates and brought me to school in for show and tell.

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

It was cool to have Mark [Hamill] ask me to do all these voices for him like he was a fan. I was like, “You’re not meeting me, I’m meeting you.”

— Jim Cummings, Star Wars.com: Jim Cummings: Voicing a Space Pirate

I do all the better bears.

— Jim Cummings, VenturaCountyStar.com

[Mr. Bumpy from Bump in the Night] was this funky little guy who lived under the bed and thought eating dust bunnies was a delicacy. He was as cool as he could be, and ate dirty socks.

— Jim Cummings, VenturaCountyStar.com

I have some calls out to Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Eddie Murphy. I said, ‘I won’t star in any blockbuster films if you stay out of animated films.’ They just won’t call me back.

— Jim Cummings, VenturaCountyStar.com

[Jim Cummings] does a fantastic Mike Tyson imitation. Sometimes he’ll do Pooh’s lines using Mike Tyson’s voice.

— Brian Hohlfeld (executive director of “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”), VenturaCountyStar.com
  • Kris

    “I am the Terror that flaps in the knight…”

  • Derikdragon01

    Lets…get…dangerous!

  • Magda Giordano

    Hi I’m sorry for bothering you but my name is Magda and I love your voice & cat dog
    & are you the voice of cat