Original Voice Actors Reprise Their Roles for Kingdom Hearts III

Since the inception of movies to video games, very rarely have we seen the original actor(s) reprise their roles for the interactive version.  Even Kingdom Hearts, in its early days, had to bring in new actors to voice some iconic characters.  The most high profile voice of the series was mainly Haley Joel Osment.  With Kingdom Hearts III, however, that’s all about to change.  Along with the return of Haley Joel Osment as Sora, Square Enix has announced that the highly anticipated game has brought in the A-list cast from Disney‘s Frozen and Tangled, along with some iconic voices from Pirates of the Caribbean, Hercules, Toy Story, and other Disney IPs to reprise their roles for the English dub.

Here is the cast list:

  • Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) as Olaf from Frozen
  • Kristen Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as Anna from Frozen
  • Idina Menzel (Frozen, Enchanted, Rent) as Elsa from Frozen
  • Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Mindhunter, American Sniper) as Kristoff from Frozen
  • Zachary Levi (Tangled, Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) as Flynn Rider from Tangled
  • Donna Murphy (Tangled, Center Stage) as Mother Gothel from Tangled
  • John Ratzenberger (Toy Story, Cheers, The Incredibles, Coco) as Hamm from Toy Story
  • Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, The Princess Bride, The Good Wife) as Rex from Toy Story
  • Tate Donovan (Hercules, The O.C., Argo) as Hercules from Hercules
  • Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean Series) as Gibbs from the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
  • Bill Farmer as Goofy

There are several other cast members, yet to be named, but already that’s a pretty amazing feat for one video game to bring in that much starpower.  It’s highly unlikely we’ll hear the voices of Tim Allen (Buzz Lightning), Tom Hanks (Woody), Johnny Depp (Capt. Jack Sparrow), or Bill Nighy (Davey Jones), but we’ve come to expect that.  Just having these incredibly talented actors and actresses is enough to raise the Kingdom Hearts III experience to seemingly iconic heights!

Kingdom Hearts III releases January 25, 2019 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One!