Bobcat Goldthwait is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director, known for his offbeat sense of humor and high-pitched voice. While most people recognize him for his live-action performances in the cult classic Police Academy franchise and black comedy movie Shakes the Clown, Goldthwait has quietly amassed an impressive resume of voice acting roles that range from wacky cartoon characters to iconic video game villains. With his unique vocal range and comedic timing, Goldthwait has become a sought-after talent in the world of voice acting, and his contributions to the industry have not gone unnoticed. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Bobcat Goldthwait’s voice acting career and some of the memorable characters he’s brought to life with his voice.
Who did Bobcat Goldthwait voice?
Bobcat Goldthwait has been appearing in movies and TV series since the early 1980s, but it was only in 1993 when he stepped into the world of voice acting. Below are some of the most iconic voice roles he has played.
Muggle from Capitol Critters
Bobcat Goldthwait made his voice acting debut in the 1992 animated sitcom Capitol Critters, which tells the story of a young mouse named Max, who is forced to flee his home on a farm in Nebraska after his family is killed by exterminators. He goes to Washington, D.C. to live with his hippie cousin Berkley, rebellious rat Jammett, and Jammett’s mother Trixie. Max also befriends a hip cockroach named Moze as well as a former laboratory rat named Muggle, who is played by Goldthwait.
The group of mice has to deal with the White House’s resident cats, which are caricatures of then-President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. The show’s themes tackle differen current issues of the day, including gun control and drug abuse.
Goldthwait’s Muggle still suffers from the side effects of the experiments he is put through that often have him exploding. Despite that, Muggle is a wisecracking, street-smart rat who is always on the lookout for ways to make a quick buck or score some food. Although he has a rough exterior, he has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to his friends.
Moxy from The Moxy Pirate Show
Bobcat Goldthwait voiced Moxy in the animated anthology series The Moxy Show, which ran on Cartoon Network from 1993 to 1995. Moxy is a dog-like creature with a large nose and a playful, mischievous personality. Moxy is often accompanied by his sidekick named Flea, as they embarked on various adventures and encountered a cast of zany characters.
Pain from Disney’s Hercules
Bobcat Goldthwait is the original voice of the character named Pain in Disney’s Hercules. He first voiced the character in the 1997 Hercules movie, followed by two video games (Hercules and Disney’s Animated Storybook: Hercules) released that same year.
Goldthwait went on reprise the role in the TV series Hercules, which ran from 1998-1999, and in the 1998 video game Disney’s Hades Challenge and in the 1999 movie Hercules: Zero to Hero. Disney also tapped the actor to voice the character in the 2001 movie Mickey’s House of Villains, in the TV series House of Mouse, which ran from 2001-2003, and most recently in the 2012 video game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
For the uninitiated, Pain serves as one of the two bumbling henchmen of Hercules’ main villain, Hades. Pain and his partner, Panic, are often tasked with carrying out Hades’ evil plans, but their incompetence and goofiness often lead to comical mishaps and setbacks. Pain is known for his high-pitched voice and his tendency to be nervous and easily frightened, while also being loyal to Hades despite his own limitations.
Shorter and Wider than Panic, Pain is a pink/purple-skinned imp with a large mouth filled with sharp teeth. He has spindly arms that end in four-fingered hands, while his legs are much stockier and end in two-toed feet. His wings, which have purple membranes, seem to be too small to fly with.
Mr. Floppy from Unhappily Ever After
The sitcom Happily Ever After has a character named Mr. Floppy, a stuffed rabbit who is brought to life through the imagination of the show’s main character, Jack Malloy, as a result of his unhappiness with his life.
Voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait Mr. Floppy is known for his sharp wit, sarcastic humor, and his willingness to give Jack advice on how to improve his life. He often acted as a sort of conscience for Jack, encouraging him to stand up for himself and pursue his dreams. A fan-favorite character on the show, Mr. Floppy is still remembered fondly by many viewers today.
Pop Fizz from Skylanders
Bobcat Goldthwait is the original voice of Pop Fizz in the Skylanders video game series. The character first appeared in 2012’s Skylanders: Giants, which was followed by 2013’s Skylanders: SWAP Force, 2014’s Skylanders: Trap Team, and 2015’s Skylanders: SuperChargers.
Pop Fizz is a small, blue creature with a crazy personality and a love for potions. Pop Fizz is known for his ability to transform into a hulking, powerful creature when he drinks one of his special potions. He is classified as a Magic element character in the game, and his gameplay involves using his potion-empowered abilities to battle enemies and solve puzzles. Pop Fizz has been a popular character among Skylanders fans since his introduction to the franchise.
XL from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Bobcat Goldthwait is the voice behind XL in the animated series and video game Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, which is set in the same fictional universe as the Toy Story films. XL is a robot who serves as Buzz Lightyear’s sidekick and is part of his team of Space Rangers. XL is often used for comic relief in the show, as he is not very bright and tends to make mistakes, but he is also fiercely loyal to Buzz and his fellow Rangers. Despite his shortcomings, XL is a valuable member of the team and is often instrumental in helping them to complete their missions.
Other voice roles of Bobcat Goldthwait
Below is a list of other voice acting roles that Bobcat Goldthwait has done, both on TV and in films:
- As himself in The Ben Stiller Show (1992)
- Blitzen in Eek! The Cat (1993)
- Cinque, Indian, and Wino in Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994-1995)
- Bum and Panhandler in Beavis and Butt-Head (1995)
- Uncle Creamy in The Tick (1996)
- Bob in Katz, Professional Therapist (1997)
- As himself in The Simpsons (1998)
- The Chief Minister in Stories from Childhood (1998)
- Steven Goldstein in Crank (2003)
- Nosy in Lilo & Stitch (2003-2006)
- Zoopie in Random! Cartoons (2007)
- Cult Cat in Slacker Cats (2009)
- Honey Mask Bob in Back at the Barnyard (2009)
- Bird #1 and Ed in Adventure Time (2012)
- Dickie in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2013)
- Zingo in Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2013)
- Wolfman in Future-Worm! (2016)
- JT, The Worm in Spy Kids: Mission Critical (2018)
- Monk and additional voices in Summer Camp Island
- Dino and Gary in Bob’s Burgers (2013-2020)
- Gary in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2022)
- Sockhead in Freaked (1993)
- Jet the turtle in Rusty: A Dog’s Tale (1998)
- Jeckle in Curbside (1999)
- Silly Ozbul in Lion of Oz (200)
- Troll in Hansel & Gretel (2002)
- The narrator in A Halfway Half Christmas (2005)
- Nosy in Leroy & Stitch (2006)
- Jackalope in Henchmen (2018)
- Bullfrog in The Adventures of Johnny Bravo (2022)
What live-action characters did Bobcat Goldthwait play?
Aside from being a voice actor, Bobcat Goldthwait has also done several live-action projects. Here are some of the most iconic live-action characters he has played:
- Zed in the Police Academy franchise (1984-1989)
- Eliot Loudermilk in Scrooged (1988)
- The titular character in Shakes the Clown (1991)
- T in Blow (2001)
- Roy Orbison in Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006)
- The Limo Driver in World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
What movies did Bobcat Goldthwait direct?
As mentioned above, Bobcat Goldthwait isn’t just a voice actor and a comedian. He is also a filmmaker himself. Below are some of the works she directed.
Shakes the Clown (1991)
This dark comedy film follows the misadventures of a drunken clown named Shakes as he tries to solve a murder mystery in the seedy underworld of clowning.
Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006)
This comedy-drama film tells the story of a woman who confesses to her fiancé that she once performed a sexual act on her dog. The revelation causes a rift in their relationship and sets off a series of events that challenge their love.
World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
This black comedy film stars Robin Williams as a high school poetry teacher who becomes famous after his son’s accidental death is mistakenly reported as a suicide. The film explores themes of grief, fame, and the power of social media.
God Bless America (2011)
This satirical film follows a man named Frank who goes on a killing spree after becoming fed up with the decline of American society. The film is a dark commentary on the state of popular culture and the media.
Willow Creek (2013)
This found footage horror film follows a couple who venture into the woods to search for Bigfoot. The film was inspired by the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footage and is known for its suspenseful and realistic approach to the genre.
Call Me Lucky (2015)
This documentary film explores the life and career of comedian Barry Crimmins, who was a mentor to Bobcat Goldthwait. The film delves into Crimmins’ personal and professional struggles and his legacy as an activist for victims of sexual abuse.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s stand-up comedy shows
With an energetic stage persona, Bobcat Goldthwait is also a renowned stand-up comedian who has been performing for several decades. Here are some of his most popular stand-up shows:
- An Evening With Bobcat Goldthwait: Share The Warmth (1987) – This HBO special is one of Bobcat’s most well-known stand-up performances. The show features his trademark high-pitched voice, offbeat humor, and edgy style.
- Bobcat Goldthwait: Is He Like That All The Time? (2010) – This stand-up special was released on Comedy Central and features Bobcat’s reflections on his life and career. The show includes his observations on topics such as politics, pop culture, and his own experiences in show business.
- You Don’t Look the Same Either (2012) – This stand-up special was recorded at the Neptune Theater in Seattle and features Bobcat’s unique brand of humor, which often touches on social and political issues. The show includes his observations on topics such as technology, religion, and the media.
- Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (2018) – This television series features Bobcat’s unique blend of comedy and horror. The show is an anthology series that features a different story in each episode, with themes ranging from aliens and ghosts to serial killers and zombies.