Carlos Alazraqui voice of El Chupacabra has been a stand-up comedian for over 25 years and a top voiceover actor for 18 years! Part of his resume includes the voices of Rocko and Spunky in Rocko’s Modern Life, and the Latin Penguin in Happy Feet. Carlos also provides his voice to characters in some of my sons favorite shows including King Magnus from Sophia the First and Felipe from Handy Manny. Currently he is the voice of my favorite character in Disney Planes, El Chupacabra.
During the Disney Planes Event at DisneyToon Studios we got to sit down with Carlos and ask him all about El Chu and being a voiceover actor. So without further ado, here is our interview with El Chu! Sorry, could not resist that one.
What do you like about being a voice actor?
You get to play anything you want without makeup and talk in different dialects. (Saying in the characters voices) Rocko from Australia, or Mr. Crocker, or Handy Manny Felipe, or El Chu! It is awesome! It is like being a kid and helps keep you young.
What was your favorite scene or line?
I liked the set up to when El Chu sings “Love Machine!” He is so flamboyant and over the top. He also gets a chance to be subtle or sweet or sad or concerned for Dusty.
I think this is one of my favorite scenes with El Chu is the clip below, and of course his line:
You leave me no choice! I swish my cape at you! – El Chu
What was the draw to be a part of this film?
The draw is working for someone like Disney. They are great storytellers. It is an opportunity for me to do what I do, and they liked it. That is so rare.
Do you ever use your voices in public?
The fun part is that most of the time I am a mystery. You can watch people react to your voice without them knowing you are there. I was the voice of the Taco Bell dog, and people would be buying the dolls and squeezing them to hear them talk, and I would be right in the room.
Where there any challenges for you being the voice of El Chu?
Not really, it is almost like being a parent. You become comfortable with it so the challenges become smaller. The challenge for me will be talking with Spanish press. It is a little bit easier for me to talk about El Chu in English, I feel like I can bring out more of his personality. In Spanish, I cannot grasp the full language, but I embrace it for sure.
Dusty Meets El Chu on Disney Video
How did you become a voiceover actor?
I fell into it. I was doing a lot of characters in my stand up comedy act. One day there was an audition for a project called Rocko’s Modern Life in San Francisco and I auditioned and got the part for my first cartoon. Then I moved to LA and got an agent and started auditioning for more and it grew from there!
Did you do any research for the voice of El Chupacabra?
During the table read I made sure I brought the most I could to it. There was not a lot of research to it, the voice was my gut feeling of what El Chu should sound like. Whatever I brought to the table read they liked a lot of it. Then it was refined over the past two years.
What are you doing next?
I hope to part of Planes 2 that was recently announced! I am currently working on El Chupacabra. I am also working on a video game called World of Warcraft and I do Skylanders characters. I also play a couple of parts in Disney’s Sophia the First. King Magnus and Gnarley the Troll. I am also working on being a Dad for my 2 year old daughter and the next phase of being a parent!
See Carlos Alazraqui as El Chupacabra in Disney’s Planes today!
Disney provided me with an all expense trip to learn about Planes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.