Jim Cummings is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing the title character from Darkwing Duck, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, Pete, Winnie the Pooh (since 1988), Tigger, Bonkers D. Bobcat and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney animated films including Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog, and others from studios such as Universal/DreamWorks, MGM and Nickelodeon including Balto, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He has also provided voice-over work for video games, such as Icewind Dale, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Splatterhouse.
Some of Cummings’ earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. He began replacing partially Paul Winchell as Tigger, before fully replacing him as the character in 2000’s The Tigger Movie. In 1991, he ventured to Warner Bros. Animation and began voicing Tasmanian Devil on the animated series Taz-Mania (he would voice the character on other Warner Brothers shows, such as Animaniacs, and reprise the voice in 2006 in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas).
When actor Jeremy Irons, the voice of Scar in The Lion King, developed vocal problems during recording of the song “Be Prepared”, Cummings replaced him on the remainder of the track. Cummings would later be hired as the singing double for Russell Means in Pocahontas and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia.
In 2018, he became the first voice performer of animation to reprise his role(s) for a live-action Disney film, reprising the roles of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for the film Christopher Robin. His performance as Pooh was particularly praised by Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, who felt it was “Oscar-worthy” and said that “[a]s Winnie the Pooh … the veteran voice actor gives such sweet, rumpled, affable life to the wistful bear of literary renown that it routinely breaks the heart