The cartoon and animation industry is one buzzing network that has been entertaining generations after generations, from young ones to the older crowd. This industry generates billions in revenue around the world. Technology is slowly increasing the complexity of each cartoon character to an almost life-like being. Aside from the animations used to make these characters come to life, the voice actors also bring life to these digital cartography. Just like acting, a lot of skill and talent are required to project the emotion into an on-screen character that makes them larger than life. These incredible talents are well compensated.
Here are some of the finest voices that are the highest paid in the animation industry.
10 Nancy Cartwright
Nancy Cartwright may not ring a bell to you, but the cartoon characters that she voices are as popular as famous Hollywood celebrities. She has been the voice of several cartoon characters, such as the famous Simpson characters, Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, and Todd Flanders. Yes, these boys are all dubbed by a woman who earns $400,000 per episode. Other characters she is known to have voiced over are Rufus from Kim Possible, Mindy from Animaniacs, and Chuckie Finster from the Rugrats. Her net worth is around $60 million, which came from dubbing cartoon shows, movies, and commercials.
9 Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer is the voice behind another Simpsons character, the sinister Mr. Burns. Before becoming a voice over artist, he was a professional actor who started his career in the 1950's. He starred in several shows like Murphy Brown and Miami Vice. Airhead and Miami Vice were some of the famous movies that he starred in. However, it was in voicing over that Shearer became noted and earned millions. His net worth is $65 million. Aside from Mr. Burns, he was also the voice behind Ned Flanders, the pesky neighbor of the Simpsons, Smithers, and other male characters of The Simpsons.
8 Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria is the richest voice talent among the Simpsons characters. A jack of all trades, Hank Azaria is an American actor, stage actor, director, voice actor, and comedian. He was the voice of some The Simpsons characters such as Chief Wiggum, Carl Carlson, Moe Szyslak, and many others. Aside from his voice over stints with The Simpsons, he also starred in movies such as Along Came Polly and The Smurfs. He also had recurring roles in television series such as Mad About You and Friends. He has an estimated $70 million net worth.
7 Mike Judge
Serious talent means serious bucks! This is how creator, director, and producer of some of the top cartoons such as King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead earned him a net worth of $75 million. Judge voiced his famous characters Beavis and Butthead, Hank Hill, and Jeff Boomhauer from King of the Hill.
6 Jim Henson
Jim Henson is a legendary American puppeteer, writer, film producer, and director who was well-known for creating The Muppets. He is the founder of The Jim Henson Company, which is now being managed by his children. He also performed in the television shows Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. He has both an Oscar and Emmy Awards for his craft. At the age of 53, Jim Henson died of organ failure due to Streptococcal infection. He was the voice of Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Guy Smiley, and other muppet character. He has an estimated net worth $90 million.
5 Seth MacFarlane
A multi-talented individual, Seth Mcfarlane is an American screen writer, producer, director, actor, voice actor, and even a singer. He is the creator of Family Guy and the co-creator of American Dad. He is the voice over of Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, and other characters. Aside from voice overs, he also starred in several shows such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home, and Star Trek. He has a net earnings of $100 million.
4 Matt Stone
The cute antics of the South Park gang would not have been known to the entire planet if it weren't for Matt Stone and his best friend, Trey Parker. The co-creator of South Park was smart enough to keep the majority of the merchandising rights of South Park and solely own Internet versions of their show, which amassed him a net worth of $300 million. He was the voice over of the South Park characters like Kenny McCormick and Kyle Broflovski.
3 Trey Parker
The best friend of Matt Stone and co-creator of South Park, Trey parker is an American voice actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and actor. There are other major projects that this duo worked on aside from voicing and creating South Park. They also both co-wrote and co-directed a multi-awarded musical entitled The Book of Mormon. It has earned several Tony awards in 2011. Like his best friend Matt Stone, he also has a net worth of $300 million.
2 Matt Groening
Matt Groening is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, director, and producer most noted for creating one of the longest running cartoons on television, The Simpsons. He also is one of the developers of sci-fi cartoon called Futurama. He is a multi-awarded cartoonist. He has 12 Emmy awards for his cartoons, ten for The Simpsons and two for Futurama. He was also given a star on the Hollywood's walk of fame for his accomplishments. In a list of top 100 geniuses living by The Daily Telegraph, Matt Groening ranked 4th. He has a net worth of $500 million.
1 Walt Disney
Walt Disney was one of the pioneers of digital animation; he is a revered legendary icon in the 20th century. He is famous for his creation of Mickey Mouse, which he also did voice overs for. He and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company which today is the world's best-known producer in the world. A world-renowned film producer, showman, and innovator, he has 22 Academy Awards under his belt, making him the most awarded than any other individual. He also received 7 Emmy awards. He died due to lung cancer when he was 65. He has a total net worth of $5 billion.