The unspeakable truth of Pinocchio


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One of the most memorable scenes in “Pinocchio” is the confrontation with Monstro the Whale. After Pinocchio’s brief stint in the theater and a horrible time spent on Pleasure Island, the puppet realizes the error of his ways and returns to his father, Gepetto. However, he soon notices that Gepetto is nowhere to be found and is trapped inside Monstro.

Disney has provided us with many memorable talking animals over the years, and while Monstro may not be one of the most vocal characters, he has a recognized vocal artist. Providing the giant sea creature’s bellows is Thurl ravenscroft, whose booming voice made him the perfect choice. He has several other Disney credits to his name, including “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and “The Aristocats”.

Outside of the film, Ravenscroft has also voiced characters for Disney theme park attractions including “The Haunted Mansion” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Beyond Disney, however, there is another surprising credit to his name, as he was the uncredited voice of Kellogs Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger. Known for his powerful voice, and of course, the slogan “They’re grrreat!” Tony the Tiger still figures prominently in the marketing of the cereal brand. Ravenscroft had previously joked that he had made his entire career out of one word, but that’s quite a legacy since Ravenscroft voiced the mascot from 1953 until his death in 2005, via the Los Angeles Times.

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