Famous voice actors are having fun with the picayune ramblings of America’s next president, Donald Trump.
Following Alan Tudyk’s impersonation of Donald Trump as King Candy from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, we now know what the president-elect would sound like as the vain commander Zapp Brannigan from Futurama and the psychopathic Joker in Batman.
The impersonations are courtesy of the current voice actors for those roles: Billy West and Mark Hamill, respectively. Both actors, who posted the clips to social media, read the same New Year’s tweet that Trump blasted out to his Twitter followers:
— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) January 1, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 8, 2017
The fascinating question here is how the corporate owners of these properties—Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros.—feel about their voice actors using their carefully managed and commercially valuable characters to poke fun at the incoming U.S. president. The most outrageous example, thus far, has been Tudyk describing the size of Trump’s penis in the voice of a character from a Disney family film.
It could be argued that these actors, who are the corporate-approved voices of the characters in animation, are giving the impression of an official company stance. My prediction: entertainment conglomerates will clamp down very soon on this unauthorized use of their characters. Until that happens though, let’s hope we get a few more good soundbites of Trump as famous cartoon villains.