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been working on many animated series. While earlier voice actor Mel Blanc is characterized as "The Man With A Thousand Voices," he inspired many other voice actors to do the same thing. While Mel Blanc was performing for theatrical animated cartoons, Tom Kenny performs the voices for many television animated cartoons. He appears on many animated series, even if many of them are a small role. He says that he tries to avoid losing his voice whenever possible. He tries not to shout, for example; This helps him to be able to perform many of the voices, many of which are very difficult to achieve an then maintain consistently.
Who He Is:
One of the earlier thing that Tom Kenny did was in Rocko's Modern Life, created by Joe Murray, and animation director Stephen Hillenburg. He was Heffer Wolfe along with several other characters. He also is the narrator for both "Dexter's Laboratory" by Genndy Tartakovsky and "The PowerPuff Girls" by Craig McCracken. Also in "Dexter's Laboratory" he is Val Hallen, a super hero of "The Justice Friends" which is loosely based on "The Justice League Of America". Dexter, Dee Dee, and other people watch it on television. Val Hallen is featured in two of the added segments and potential television shows (that are not in development) called "Dial ‘M' For Monkey", and "The Justice Friends" where 3 of the members live together to face the challenges of everyday light.
Tom Kenny does a lot of voice work for Johnny Bravo. A popular character that he voiced is Carl Chryniszzswics, who is loosely based from a first season character on Johnny Bravo. Johnny Bravo's first season was about the main character. In the second season as a response to lower ratings, the picture an color qualities were improved, a new opening and closing was added, and new characters were added. Master Hamma is a martial arts instructor that Johnny works for, and he fails many of Master Hama's classes. Pops works at a diner, often serving disgusting food. Suzy, the "annoying little neighbor girl" and Bunny Bravo were redesigned, with different hair styles, and many of the episodes were about the supporting characters of Johnny Bravo. The Term Johnny Bravo was taken from Van Partible's full name, but sometimes unusual coincidences happen with entertainment, as Greg Brady (Barry Williams) was about to become the next "Johnny Bravo". Carl is a neighbor that respects and admires Johnny, isn't that strong, but used to bully Johnny when they were both younger. Tom Kenny also voiced numerous other characters. Pay attention to Tom Kenny's credit in the closing segments and you will see numerous characters next to his name. The style of Carl is similar to the drawing of almost all of the characters of Johnny Bravo, which attempts to reflect the "anatomically correct" drawings of earlier cartoons that were drawn by Hanna-Barbera productions, or Hanna-Barbera Australia (Southern Star). Eventually, there were various specials worked on by Van Partible, in the original style, with the odd combination of Donny Osmond and reverted to the older drawings of Johnny Bravo episodes. The Final season of Johnny Bravo was similar to the first eaon. The only added character to remain on Johnny Bravo was Carl.
Around the same time Tom Kenny was working on Johnny Bravo, he was working on the SpongeBob SquarePants, as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob is the yellow sponge that works at The Krusty Krab and lives next to one of his grumpy and annoyed co-workers and can never seem to pass the test to get is boating license. In the beginning of SpongeBob SquarePants, the main character sounded very much like Carl from Johnny Bravo. In seasons that were made after that, he then sounded more like Jake SpiderMonkey from "My Gym Partner Is A Monkey". Other things that Tom Kenny is on SpongeBob SquarePants was to be the voice of the Narrator, the Announcer ("A. Realistic Fish-Head"), Gary, Grandpa SquarePants, Mr. SquarePants, each of the Old Men Jenkins, one of the two "driving eyeballs", numerous other characters, an substitute for Charles Nelson Reilly as the Dirty Bubble. He is also "Patchy The Pirate" in live action segments, with Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star) as other characters.
He starred in a cartoon called "Camp Lazlo" which is inspired from Rocko's Modern Life and SpongeBob SquarePants. It is about Camp Kidney, and its troop of Bean Scouts, along with the squirrel scouts of Acorn Flats. Acorn Flats is very fancy and well organized by its cheerful scoutmaster, while the strict Ms. Mucus making sure the squirrel scouts get plenty of exercise. Camp Kidney is the exact opposite, with very run down facilities. It has a laundry cabin, a shower cabin, a cafeteria, and all the other cabins are named after various types of beans. The Jelly Bean scouts are Clam, Raj, and Lazlo. Two of the staff members are Scoutmaster Lumpus, and Slinkman, both of which are voiced by Tom Kenny.
A few years after Camp Lazlo was first released, there was a show called "My Gym Partner's A Monkey". It is about an all-animal school where a boy named Adam Lyon is accidentally transferred there; the computer system mistakes him to be an exotic animal and that he is not human. Principal Pixiefrog is a very small frog that is afraid of lawsuits and budget problems and also cares for Adam Lyon. One of Adam's new friends is a spider monkey. This spider monkey does not look anything near to Lazlo, who is also a spider monkey. His name is Jake, and Jake is voiced by Tom Kenny. At the same time, SpongeBob SquarePants begins to sound, and even act, like Jake SpiderMonkey.
Tom Kenny also co-starred in Squirrel-Boy created by Everett Peck with other co-stars like Richard Steven Horvitz, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Sullivan, Billy West, Carlos Alazraqui, and Pamela Adlon.
Tom Kenny played the purple thing Eduardo, on Craig McCracken's "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". In the "anime" Xiaolin Showdown, he was Raimundo Pedrosa, and Grand Master Dashi.
He is several major historical figures in the animated educational comedy series "Time Squad". He is Eddie in "Class of 3000" an also a food server Petunia Squattenchowder.
Who He Is NOT:
Tom Kenny is not the pirate painting on "SpongeBob Squarepants". Neither is Clancy Brown, the voice of Mr. Krabs. Neither is Patrick Stewart. The voice of the pirate painting is Patrick Pinney.