a wonder that voice actor Jim Cummings doesn't end up talking to himself.
After all, he plays not one, but two main characters on "Bonkers"-- Bonkers
and his partner Piquel. So Jim almost always ends up arguing with
himself on screen!
How did you come up with Bonkers' voice?
Bonkers is kind of a combination of Jerry Lewis and Harpo Marx, which
is very strange because Harpo never spoke! He's scatterbrained and
off-the-wall, but somehow endearing.
One thing that always helps is getting to look at the character.
If he's a little guy like Bonkers, you're not going to make him sound like
a truck driver.
What about Piquel?
It was actually quite easy to come up with Piquel, because he's just
a long-suffering cop who's extremely by the book. The trick was to
play up the frustration that Bonkers causes. Bonkers doesn't go by
the book--he doesn't even know there is a book.
Do you record all of one characters' lines and then the others'?
No, I just go back and forth.
So you argue with yourself?
I argue with myself, get mad at myself, throw myself around the room
and then apologize to myself.
Do you ever pull tricks on people with your voices?
Sometimes at drive-thrus I go into Winnie the Pooh and ask for a jar
If you could be any toon in real life, who would you be?
Probably Don Karnage--he's one of my all-time favorites. He's
so brash and so bold and so arrogant--and he just doesn't know what he's
doing. Definitely not Lurch or Taz.
What would you do if you were a toon?
Lay by the pool and have people bring me Snickers bars and lemonade.
But not together.
Scanned/transcribed from DISNEY ADVENTURES (ISSN#1050-249),
Bonkers Special Collector's Issue (1993), Vol. ?, No. ?, p. 52
© 1993 The Walt Disney Company. Used without permission.