The iconic voice of Walt Disney’s Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor, passed away in Glendale, California, on July 26, 2019. She was 75.
Taylor 30-year career is nothing short of monumental work. Her voice has been featured in television shows, theme parks, video games, and films both in and out of the Disney-verse.
Most noted as the official voice of Minnie Mouse, a role she first took on 30 years ago after beating out 200 other Minnie Mouse hopefuls during a 1986 audition. A role in which Walt Disney gave to her personally. That alone is a badge anyone should wear produly.
According to a press release from the Walt Disney Company The Disney Legends body of work is
“She would go on to voice Minnie in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Runaway Brain, Get a Horse!, and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, as well as several television series, including Mickey MouseWorks, House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and the award-winning Mickey Mouse shorts series for Disney Channel from Disney Television Animation that debuted in 2013.”
Already a resume fit for the history books Taylor’s work did not stop there. The Disney press release continues.
“Russi’s other Disney voices have included Nurse Mouse in The Rescuers Down Under, as well as Donald’s mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their friend Webbigail Vanderquack in the original DuckTales animated series. She also lent her voice to roles on other classic TV animated series like TaleSpin, The Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Kim Possible; as well as modern favorites that include Sofia the First, The Lion Guard, and Tangled: The Series.”
Reflecting on her legacy I am blown away.
”Among the most famous roles on Russi’s impressive extended resume of credits are Strawberry Shortcake, Baby Gonzo (of Muppet Babies fame), Pebbles Flintstone, Duchess the Cat in the film Babe, and Ferny Toro in Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks. She also provided the voice of Martin Prince and the twins, Sherri and Terri, on more than 100 episodes of The Simpsons, as well as the blockbuster feature The Simpsons Movie.”
Taylor also took on several roles outside of Disney. She provided the high-pitched voice of class dork Martin Prince in The Simpsons, Duchess the Cat in Babe and Annie Winks in Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, for which she earned two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
films: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), “Runaway Brain” (1995), “Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers” (2004) and “Get a Horse!” (2013)
Television: several television series, including “Mickey MouseWorks,” “House of Mouse,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and the “Mickey Mouse” shorts series for Disney Channel, as well as many other Disney characters, including Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Baby Gonzo from “Muppet Babies,” and Pebbles Flintstone in “The Flintstone Comedy Show,” “A Flintstones Christmas Carol” and “The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown.”
Thank you for entertaining the world Ms. Taylor. The shoes you leave behind would be hard to fill yet the world has sweet-sweet memories because of you.