2016 has had a slew of celebrity deaths, but losing the mother-daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher over a 48-hour period this week was just extra sad. We at Animation Fascination wish to specifically express our gratitude and appreciation to both Ms. Reynolds and Ms. Fisher for their wonderful contributions to animation in both film and television.
In the animated feature realm, Debbie Reynolds is famously known for being the voice of the title character in Charlotte’s Web, the 1973 animated film version of E.B. White’s classic book. (It’s noted that Ms. Reynolds was so excited to play the role of Charlotte that she did the voice work for free.) She was also the voice of Madame in the 1989 English dub version of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. For TV, Ms. Reynolds voiced many different recurring characters, including Lulu Pickles in Rugrats, Nana Possible in Kim Possible, Mrs. Wilson in Family Guy, and most recently Great-Great-Grandmommers Whimiscal in The 7D.
Carrie Fisher also had some cool animation credits, including Dr. Katz Professional Therapist and Robot Chicken (where she was the voice of Star Wars’ Princess Leia). Along with her mother, she was also on Family Guy voicing the role of Angela. Seth MacFarlane had this to say about her:
We send our sincere condolences to their family. Heaven is a much more delightful place with the two of them in it.