Disclosure: I was provided with a trip to Los Angeles for a Disney Planes pre-screening event in return for my honest review. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation given.
Have you watched Disney Planes yet? If so, there is no doubt you have met “El Chu.” Even if you have only seen the trailers, El Chupacabra is still a memorable character. Plus, as you watch, you may find that El Chu’s voice a bit familiar.
I swish my cape at you. You have been ashamed.
Carlos Alazraqui, the voice of El Chupacabra, is no stranger to voice over work. In fact, he has been one of LA’s top voiceover actors for over 18 years. This, coincidentally, spans the lifetime of my children. My oldest will be 18 next month and we have been listening to Alazraqui for almost his entire voiceover career. He voiced both Rocko and Spunky on”Rocko’s Modern Life,” Lazlo on “Camp Lazlo,” Bane in “Justice League,” the Latin Penguin in both “Happy Feet” and “Happy Feet 2,” King Magnus in “Sophia the First,” and even Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua. But that is not even an extensive list. This guy is truly amazing in his voices and it was a delight to hear him go through the gamete of several of them in person.
Alazraqui was such a pleasure to meet. He had us laughing throughout the entire interview as he repeatedly brought out each of his characters. As the father of a 2 year old daughter, he has noticed that his choice in movies has changed. In fact, he missed the second table read for El Chu because he was at the hospital for his daughter’s birth. He was surprised when he got the final call letting him know he got the part.
I, for one, think he did an amazing job. El Chu is my favorite character after Dusty. His character is a hopeless romantic and the epitome of a great friend. I am sure that El Chupacabra will be a breakout character in Disney Planes 2. What? Yes, Disney Planes 2! *Hint: Be sure to stay through the credits when you watch Disney Planes for a preview of the sequel.
Colby and I took the kids to see Disney Planes opening day and they loved it! El Chu is one of their favorite characters as well. But I think Mr. Crocker from “The Fairly OddParents” is perhaps their favorite Carlos Alazraqui character.
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