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Original 'ThunderCats' stars the voice of New Canaan resident

Published 2:31 pm, Friday, August 23, 2013
  • New Canaan resident Larry Kenney was the voice of Lion-O on the '80s cartoon series "ThunderCats." Photo: Contributed
    New Canaan resident Larry Kenney was the voice of Lion-O on the '80s cartoon series "ThunderCats." Photo: Contributed

 

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For many 1980s babies, his voice is unmistakable. When you get on the phone with him, it's like you're talking to the Lord of the ThunderCats himself.

That's until he starts waxing nostalgic about his days as the voice of Lion-O on "ThunderCats," the late '80s cartoon series that follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens.

"I had so much fun working on the show," Larry Kenney, a longtime New Canaan resident, said in an interview last week. "And it's so great that so many people enjoyed watching it; it makes the whole experience really special."

Kenney, who will meet and greet fans at the ComiCONN convention at the Trumbull Marriott on Saturday, Aug. 24, said he welcomes the recent resurgence of interest in the show, which, along with "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe," is among the most beloved animated programs of the 1980s.

"As you get into your 30s, and beyond that, you'll never forget what's special to you," Kenney said. "I love the look on people's faces when they come up to me. `You're the voice of my childhood,' they tell me. It makes me feel wonderful."

In addition to his stint on "ThunderCats," Kenney has been the voice of the Cocoa Puffs bird and Count Chocula, and the narrator for Skittles commercials, for many years ("I'm the guy at the end who says, `taste the rainbow,' " Kenney joked.) He was also the voice of Claudus, Lion-O's father, on Warner Brother's 2011 reboot of "ThunderCats." To read more about Kenney's credits, check out his page on Behind The Voice Actors.

-- Scott Gargan