Alan Tudyk has become the John Ratzenberger of Disney Animation.
(John Ratzenberger being the guy who has supplied his voice to every Pixar movie.)
The Firefly alum has voiced a part in every Disney Animation film since Wreck-It Ralph. Next up for him: Moana, which comes out this November and features the House of Mouse”s first Polynesian princess.
He won”t be singing in Moana (music in the film is by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda). Still, his part did call for some unique stretching of vocal cords.
Tudyk”s Moana character hasn”t been officially announced yet, but when I talked with him in the Comic-Con press room for upcoming NBC show Powerless, he revealed that he”s voicing a chicken named Hei Hei (the Maori word for ‘chicken”), along with two other characters. He said Hei-Hei is “one of the most fun roles I”ve ever done.”
We assume it”s this crazed, adorable chicken from the Moana trailer:
To my delight, Tudyk gave me a sample of his chicken crowing voice. We got that on film and will be updating you with that video soon, which also features our chat with Tudyk about Powerless.
UPDATE 9:07 p.m. ET: Video is ready for you! Check it out below: