These 9 Cartoons with Casey Kasem's Iconic Voice Will Help Revive Your Childhood
When Casey Kasem passed away on Sunday, the world lost a little piece of their childhoods and an American legend. He was a radio personality and voice actor who brought some of our favorite childhood characters to life and everyone, from his family to celebrity friends, were deeply saddened by the loss. Kasem was 82 years old when he died and he passed away surrounded by family and friends in the hospital after being taken off of life support on Wednesday, as he had personally requested in his health directive.
Surrounding his career were numerous health problems and family disputes that made it difficult for Kasem to get the proper care that he needed. His children and his wife, Jean Kasem, were locked in an ugly custody battle and in May Kasem went missing for a few days before being found in Washington, two unfortunate incidents that brought Kasem back to the forefront of the American public's minds. Now that he's gone, we'd be doing his legacy a great disservice if we didn't reflect back on how many things he accomplished and how many lives he touched with nothing more than his voice.
In addition to being a DJ, Kasem was an accomplished voice actor whose television credits include numerous children's cartoons that many of us grew up with. Even if the current generation had never heard of Kasem before his death, watching the following cartoons together will spread his legacy on to them while you take a walk down memory lane.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
The most high-profile role he had in cartoons was as the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Kasem voiced Shaggy across many Scooby Doo incarnations, including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, and What's New Scooby-Doo?
Josie and the Pussycats
Before Josie and the Pussycats was a movie starring Rachael Leigh Cook, it was a cartoon series that bore very little resemblance to the original comics. Kasem voiced Alexander Cabot III, the twin brother of the infamous Alexandra Cabot and kind of a shameless Shaggy Rogers clone.
Tiny Toon Adventures
On Tiny Toon Adventures, Casey Kasem voiced a parody of himself called Flakey Flakems in the episode "Here's Hampton". Flakey Flakems was the in-universe host of America's Top 10 Criminals and even looked and acted like Kasem.
2 Stupid Dogs
2 Stupid Dogs is a show that tells you right from the title exactly what it's about. In the episode "Let's Make a Right Price", Kasem voiced a parody of The Price is Right host Bob Barker named Bill Barker. In true 2 Stupid Dogs fashion, the dogs were trying to lose the game show so they could receive the losing prize of dog treats.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Kasem voiced Lexo Starbuck on the heavy-handed but still somehow enjoyable environmental show Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Starbuck appeared in the episode "You Bet Your Planet", which featured an alien game show of the same name hosted by Starbuck for the prize of the fate of Captain Planet.
Kasem didn't just voice Shaggy on Scooby-Doo. The cast of Scooby-Doo also made a crossover appearance on Johnny Bravo in an episode called "Bravo Dooby-Doo", in which Johnny tried to evade Velma's advances so that he could hit on Daphne while they solve a mystery.
If you grew up with Blues Clues back before Dora the Explorer was a thing, then you heard Kasem's voice coming out of the radio. Not just in real life, but on Blues Clues where he voiced Steve's radio in the most meta voice acting role ever.
Hong Kong Phooey
In an episode of Hong Kong Phooey entitled "The Giggler", Kasem voiced the Car Stealer Clown who, as you might be able to guess, was a clown that stole cars and was quickly dispatched by Hong Kong.
Kasem has an endless list of credits on the old school Sesame Street show, but his most noteworthy performance was in the "Q for Quarter" cartoon as the Blue Man. If you grew up listening to Kasem and are looking for a way to bond with the child with your life over this American legend, try sitting them down to watch any one of these works. Kasem may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.