What do Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Lewis, Delroy Lindo and Whoopi Goldberg have in common?
They are the only notable black actors to have been in a Pixar movie.
I’m not one to race bait, but since Pixar started introducing Liberal Talking Points into their movies (Wall-E, Cars 2) I thought I’d check their record.
Pixar has made 12 animated movies to date, counting Cars 2 which opens today.
Over 100 unique characters voiced by major actors and celebrities fill these extremely successful and entertaining movies, but just 4 black actors have had a part in all that success.
Toy Story 1995
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Laurie Metcalf, R Lee Ermey and Penn Jillette.
Bug’s Life 1998
Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Denis Leary, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Roddy McDowall and Edie McClurg
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Wayne Knight, Laurie Metcalf, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, R Lee Ermey, Jonathan Harris and Robert Goulet
Monsters, Inc (2001)
John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz and Bonnie Hunt
Finding Nemo (2003)
Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Perkins, Eric Bana and John Ratzenberger
Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Jennifer Lewis, Paul Dooley, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton, Richard Petty, Jeremy Piven, Bob Costas, Richard Kind, Edie McClurg, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Michael Schumacher, Jay Leno and Mario Andretti
Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, James Remar and John Ratzenberger
Elissa Knight, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy and Sigourney Weaver
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Laurie Metcalf, Timothy Dalton, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, R Lee Ermey andRichard Kind
Cars 2 (2011)
Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Kretschmann, Peter Jacobson, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Jason Isaacs, Bruce Campbell, Jennifer Lewis, Vanessa Redgrave, Cheech Marin, Jeff Gordon, Paul Dooley, Edie McClurg, Richard Kind, Katherine Helmond and John Ratzenberger