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What to Watch: Animated Disney Movies

Published: May 7, 2020

Have you ever been watching an animated Disney movie and wondered who was voicing a particular character? After spending a few days diving into the Disney Vault, we gathered a list of those recognizable voices who have also performed on the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage!

Bob Newhart

1. Bob Newhart - The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
Performed five shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 1991, 1996, 2010 and 2012 along with one show at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in 2014.

Mickey Rooney

2. Mickey Rooney - The Fox and The Hound (1981)
His first performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall he appeared alongside with Donald O’Connor in 1990 before he headlined his own show in 2008.

Billy Joel

3. Billy Joel - Oliver and Company (1988)
During a very intimate performance in 2012 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, Billy Joel performed as part of our Friends of Music Music Education Outreach.

Gilbert Gotfried

4. Gilbert Gottfried - Aladdin (1992)
December 2013, Gilbert Gottfried performed at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre for one-night only!

Robin Williams

5. Robin Williams - Aladdin (1992)
Another iconic voice from the animated Disney favorite Aladdin, Robin Williams performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2013 in front of a sold-out crowd!

Whoopi Goldberg

6. Whoopi Goldberg - The Lion King (1994)
Performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall on February 28, 2014.

Pauly Shore

7. Pauly Shore - A Goofy Movie (1995)
When Family Feud Live rolled into town during November of 2019, Pauly Shore was in the building as one of the team captains!

Don Rickles

8. Don Rickles - Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019)
We welcomed Mr. Warmth to Ruth Eckerd Hall for 10 performances! Depending on the show you attended, he may have been joined on stage by some of his longtime friends, including Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Debbie Reynolds and Suzanne Sommers.

Tim Allen

9. Tim Allen - Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019)
Performed two shows on the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage in 2013 and 2017.

Brad Garrett

10. Brad Garrett - A Bug’s Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), Tangled (2010), Finding Dory (2013), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Having voiced the most characters on our list, we were excited to have Brad Garrett perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in 2018!

Dave Foley

11. Dave Foley - A Bug’s Life (1998)
As one of the key players in the sketch comedy group Kid’s In The Hall, Dave Foley performed on our stage during the group's first-ever tour in 2008.

Denis Leary

12. Denis Leary - A Bug’s Life (1998)
Performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2009.

Billy Crystal

13. Billy Crystal - Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013)
We welcomed the one-and-only Billy Crystal to his first performance on our stage in 2017!

Ellen DeGeneres

14. Ellen DeGeneres - Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016)
Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres performed on The Ruth Eckerd Hall stage in 2003.

George Carlin

15. George Carlin - Cars (2006)
Along with his first performance at the Hall in 1987, George Carlin performed several more shows to Clearwater crowds in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004!

Larry the Cable Guy

16. Larry the Cable Guy - Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011)
From the Blue Collar Comedy Tour to headlining his own comedy shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Larry the Cable Guy holds the record for most comedy shows performed on our stage!

Eddie Izzard

17. Eddie Izzard - Cars 2 (2011)
The always stylish Eddie Izzard has performed two shows on our stage.

Jane Lynch

18. Jane Lynch - Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
In 2016, Jane Lynch performed at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre alongside The Office star Kate Flannery and Tim Davis.

Idina Menzel

19. Idina Menzel - Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019)
Broadway icon and Disney queen, Idina Menzel has taken to the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage in 2015 and 2017!

Joel Murray


20. Joel Murray - Monsters University (2013)
During Whose Live Anway’s first show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2019, Joel Murray starred alongside Drew Carrey, Jeff B. Davis and Greg Proops.

Lewis Black

21. Lewis Black - Inside Out (2015)
Between Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Lewis Black has performed on our stages a total of 5 times!

Ty Burrell

22. Ty Burrell - Finding Dory (2016)
Alongside some of his fellow Modern Family cast members, we welcomed Ty Burrell to the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage in 2012.

Carol Burnett

23. Carol Burnett - Toy Story 4 (2019)
Over the years, we’ve welcomed the legendary Carol Burnett to the Hall four times!


In case you didn’t recognize them or missed them during your first watch, with a subscription, you can check out these animated favorites on Disney+ today.

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