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  • The Jewish voices of Pixar

    It’s been almost three weeks since Pixar’s “Brave” came out, and while it has been making pretty good money at the box office and generally getting pretty good reviews, critics aren’t exactly calling it a “groundbreaker” (see Roger Ebert). So why hasn’t “Brave” been getting as much love as some of its older Pixar siblings? Perhaps it’s because “Spider-Man” has been stealing the buzz, maybe we expect too much from Pixar, or … maybe it’s just the lack of Jewish voice actors (which is not surprising considering the fact that the film takes place in the highlands of 10th century Scotland).
    Truth is Pixar films haven’t boasted too many Jewish voice actors. But the list below reveals a pretty impressive group — with several managing to portray their characters as a little (or a lot) Jewish.
    1. Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head, “Toy Story 1-3″)
     
    The sarcastic and outspoken children’s toy is voiced by one of the kings of insult comedy, Don Rickles. The match between the two is fitting, since both Rickles and Mr. Potato Head enjoy being quite offensive and loud. In the first “Toy Story” movie, Mr. Potato Head is so fascinated with Buzz Lightyear’s features, he mocks Woody for not being good enough since he doesn’t share the same technological capabilities. Sounds like something Rickles would do, and imagine if the film wasn’t for kids… Nevertheless, Mr. Potato Head does have a good (plastic) heart, as he helps saving Woody. Just don’t make him wear his angry eyes… More ▸