Alan Tudyk is a highly prolific character actor that’s perhaps best well known for his work on projects like Firefly, Resident Alien, and A Knight’s Tale, but in recent years, he seems to have become the “lucky charm” for Disney’s latest animated features. Having appeared in eight of Disney’s most recent movies, it’s easy to understand how the term was coined.

Similar to how John Ratzenberger is Pixar’s lucky voice, Tudyk seems to be heading in the same trajectory. The actor is a man of many talents, voices, and abilities, but his place in Disney is probably anchored most by his comedic charm. Whether that’s through his quirky character mannerisms or variety of bird calls, Tudyk seems to have a permanent residence in the house of mouse.


Pico (Encanto)

Birds are a prominent species in Tudyk’s filmography, but that’s not to say he’s been repeatedly typecast. That being said, Pico is easily one of the stand-out members of the Madrigal family. Although Antonio seems to be the only one that can literally understand him, Pico is a very expressive bird with Tudyk’s gift for squawks and caws.

The toucan is an example of how Disney characters can communicate so much but say so little. While he might not speak the king’s English, his movements, expressions, and calls are more than enough to establish a distinct character. Working with such a limited palette is truly a hallmark of Tudyk’s abilities.

Ludo (Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil)

For fans who haven’t seen it, Star Vs. The Forces of Evil is a Disney animated series that lampoons and spoofs stereotypes presented in various superhero, fantasy, and anime series. And since every good superhero needs at least one good supervillain, Alan Tudyk gives this series the minuscule and menacing Ludo.

Keeping with Tudyk’s talent for bird-inspired characters, Ludo is an avian sorcerer who goes from comedic villain to secondary antagonist during the show’s second season. What makes him so funny is the amount of Skeletor-level evil and camp packed into such a tiny and comedically designed character, a factor which Tudyk uses to great benefit.

The Duke Of Weselton (Frozen)

The Duke of Weselton is more than likely the first place many Disney fans were introduced to Tudyk’s comedic chops. While he might appear to be the film’s primary antagonist at first, the weasley monarch is much more of a foppish comic foil than any major threat.

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The way he delivers his lines and the way his over-the-top persona ventures into self-aware territory is a clear and present indicator of Tudyk having a wonderful time behind the microphone. The scene where he’s dancing with Anna in a bird-like fashion is almost always great for a laugh.

Duke Weasleton (Zootopia)

From the Duke of Wesleton to the Duke of Bootlegs, the shifty and shady second-rate thief from the city of Zootopia is made into a walking running gag that Disney fans can’t help but recognize. What makes Duke such a funny character, apart from his cliched gangster-inspired dialogue is the fact that he is practically a walking joke that makes fun of Disney’s own success.

Not only is his name continuing a joke from a previous film, but his side-hustle selling bootleg DVDs also pokes fun at what would be some of Disney’s future releases. It’s the meta-humor that truly works in the weasel’s favor.

Iago (Aladdin)

In the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, Tudyk’s portrayal of Iago is funny in a sense of application rather than anything he actually says. In actuality, Tudyk’s Iago is actually pretty creepy at times, but the fact that a realistic-looking macaw can behave like such an evil minion is absolutely absurd.

Once more, Tudyk displays his ability for playing avian-inspired characters to a much more literal degree, but where he truly shines is when Iago is transformed into a giant bloodthirsty monster. Again, it’s a scene meant to display a frightening image, but it comes off as absolutely ridiculous.

KnowsMore (Ralph Breaks The Internet)

Yet another case of meta-humor, Tudyk’s search engine personified, Mr. Knowsmore, is a living example of how annoying and problematic an eager autocomplete can be. Since this is a problem almost all internet users can identify with, it makes for both an excellent physical and technical joke.

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Although he’s only in the movie for a small portion of time, KnowsMore is a memorable and recognizable fixture of the second Wreck-It Ralph movie. It’s also worth noting that this was Tudyk’s return to the franchise after his previous character was axed off.

King Candy (Wreck-It Ralph)

King Candy is a role that proves Tudyk was made to voice an animated character. The pint-sized sugary monarch sports both ends of the performer’s range, being both comedic and creepy before the credits roll. Until his true identity is revealed, he’s a very Mad-Hatter-esque, buffoonish character loaded with all sorts of candy-related puns and jokes.

Appropriately, King Candy is disarmingly funny and cheerful, which makes it all the more shocking when his true intentions are uncovered. But even when he’s a giant menacing Cybug, he’s still able to crack off a few jokes in the end.

The House Of Tomorrow (The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse)

To a certain sect of Disney fans, the House of Tomorrow is a tongue-in-cheek running gag that pokes fun at a number of different Tomorrowland attractions. As the house’s AI unit, Tudyk is brilliantly imitating Paul Frees and Corey Burton, fellow voice actors who narrate many Disney attractions. It’s when this automated house of the future goes haywire that things really get interesting.

The AI pulls a complete Hal 9000 move and takes its overworked frustrations out on Mickey and his pals, and Tudyk’s delivery once more goes from comical to creepy in a highly practiced manner.

Hei-Hei (Moana)

On the list of favorite Disney animal sidekicks, Hei-Hei is one that seems to strangely warrant a frequent appearance. It’s not that the bug-eyed chicken does anything essential to the plot, he’s simply the comic relief that communicates primarily through clucking and crowing, and quite frequently narrowly avoids death.

Tudyk himself even recognizes how humorous it is that a Julliard-trained actor makes noises, and most audience members would probably agree. At the end of the day, it only added another comedic character to Tudyk’s list of roles.

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K-2SO (Rogue One)

If there’s one character that takes home comedy gold in Tudyk’s repertoire, it’s K-2SO from Rogue One. What makes the reprogrammed imperial droid such a special piece of hardware is his uncanny ability to say whatever’s on his circuits with little care for consequences. Think of a more muscular C-3PO and take away his filter.

K-2SO has a gift for being brutally honest and a rapier wit that any viewer would kill to have. Seeing as how Tudyk has such a deep history in the sci-fi genre, this role only fits him all the better.

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