Christine Cavanaugh reported dead

Christine Cavanaugh reported dead

It’s possible that Christine Cavanaugh was the voice of your childhood.

You might not have known the actor’s name, but you may have known (and loved) these characters:

  • Chuckie Finster, the most vulnerable of the Rugrats
  • Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory
  • Babe (the gallant pig in the movie based on the novel the Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith)

Children may have a special relationship with the characters of their youth. It’s not exactly that they seem real, but there is an intimacy between a child and a video character that can be far simpler to achieve than that with those alien adults.

A lot of us geeks watched these shows as adults. We could see, with Chuckie in particular, a…reality that might not have been apparent to kids.

We genuinely felt empathy and felt sorry for Chuckie, but cheered the little guy’s successes. More than some “show geeks”, Chuckie was human.

In Dexter, we got to laugh. We knew it could be frustrating when others don’t get what we do, and Dexter let us let that out.

That was a real testament to Christine Cavanaugh’s talent. For actors who think of voiceover work as just “doing funny voices”, I’d recommend Cavanaugh as an example of the depth of characterization you can bring to a part…even that of a pig who wants to herd sheep.

Other geek friendly roles include:

  • David in the English version of David and the Magic Pearl, a Swedish/Polish cartoon with aliens
  • Gosalyn Mallard on Darkwing Duck
  • Bobby’s World (guest spot)
  • Ritchie Raccoon in the P.J. Funnybunny TV specials
  • Bunnie Rabbot on the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series
  • Marty Sherman on The Critic
  • Bamm-Bamm Rubble on The Flintstones spin-off, Cave Kids
  • The X-Files (in a relatively rare bit of face acting) as Amanda Nelligan in the Small Potatoes episode
  • Oblina on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • 101 Dalmations: the series as Wizzer and Dumpling
  • Birdie in the Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  • Guest spot on The Wild Thornberrys

Good-bye, Christine Cavanaugh…childhood will be less sincere without you.

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