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April Winchell (born January 4, 1960) is an American voice actress, actress, writer, talk radio host, commentator and comedian. She provides the voice for Sylvia, one of the main characters and Wander's best friend.

April Winchell as Sylvia

Personal Life

Winchell is the daughter of ventriloquist, actor, and comedian Paul Winchell, and his second wife, Nina Russel. In her weblog writings and appearances on radio, she describes her childhood with many references to the great talent of her father as well as the many disturbing incidents owing to his mental health issues

On August 19, 2005, she announced on her website that she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent successful surgery and radiation treatment. To promote solidarity during her radiation treatment, she issued her own rubber wristbands. Where Lance Armstrong's wrist bands were yellow, April's were "Glow in the Dark" so one could "glow along" with April. Winchell is also widely known as a supporter of various charity causes, including Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based service providing meals for home bound people living with AIDS. Her website, Regretsy, generated charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise.

On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, one of the largest selling teams on Etsy. The Army's members ran monthly campaigns, and all the profits gathered from their store went to a selected Regretsy member who has encountered hardships. On December 5, 2011, Regretsy began a Secret Santa program, collecting donations for presents for needy children. Regretsy raised so much money so quickly that PayPal froze the Regretsy account – as well as Winchell's unrelated personal account – for six months in order to "investigate." As this move effectively destroyed Christmas for 200 needy families, public outcry was massive, resulting in Regretsy becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. After publicly apologizing, PayPal reinstated Winchell's accounts and donated $20,000 to the families she was raising money for.[1]

Career

Winchell's projects include the role of Sylvia in Wander Over Yonder, a Disney animated series featuring Jack McBrayer in the title role. Created by The Powerpuff Girls producers Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust, the show chronicles the adventures of "Wander" and his trusty (and cynical) steed Sylvia, as they travel the universe. The program premiered on the Disney Channel in September 2013.

As a voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television programs, such as Goof Troop (Peg Pete), Recess (as Mrs. Muriel Finster), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Clarabelle Cow), Bonkers (as Lucky's wife, Dyl Piquel), Pepper Ann (as Pepper Ann's mom, Lydia Pearson), and Kids from Room 402 (as Miss Gracie Graves the School teacher, along with a number of other characters that appear on the show), The Legend of Tarzan (taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Terk), 101 Dalmatians: The Series (as Cruella De Vil), SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (as Molly Mange), Robot and MonsterPhineas & Ferb and Kim Possible.

She has also voiced roles in numerous films, including AntzWho Framed Roger RabbitMonsters University and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer mollified by the service at her new bank – in a series of highly successful radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself. The commercials caught the attention of Roseanne, who hired her as a writer on her eponymous sitcom. She was also tested for the part of Regan inТhe Exorcist until she fell ill and was taken out of consideration.

Gallery

The gallery for April Winchell may be viewed here.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1972 - 1973 Kid Power Connie  Voice role, Animated series
1992 Defenders of Dynatron City Additional voices Voice role, TV special
1992 Monster in my Pocket: The Big Scream Helga  Voice role, TV special
1992 Darkwing Duck Bianca Beaksley Voice role, Animated series
1992 - 1993 Goof Troop Peg Pete/ Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
1993 Tom and Jerry Kids Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1993 Marsupilami Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1993 Problem Child Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1993 - 1994 Bonkers Dyl Piquel Voice role, Animated series
1993 - 1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Molly Mange Voice role, Animated series
1994 Limboland Various
1994 Aladdin Woman Voice role, Animated series
1994 Sonic the Hedgehog Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1995 Bump in the Night Auntie Matta, The Princess, The Cute Dolls Voice role, Animated series
1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
1995 - 1999 Timon & Pumbaa Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1996 Gargoyles Shauna Coyle Voice role, Animated series
1996 Earthworm Jim Ilene Voice role, Animated series
1996 Grace Under Fire Ms. Salem
1996 Quack Pack Female Viking, Various vharacters Voice role, Animated series
1996 - 1997 Mighty Ducks Tanya Voice role, Animated series
1996 - 1997 Jungle Cubs Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
1996 - 1998 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Miss C. / Baby Casper Vouce role, Animated series
1997 The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
1997 Johnny Bravo Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters The Waitress Voice role, Animated series
1997 - 1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Cruella De Vil Voice role, Animated series
1997 - 2000 Pepper Ann Lydia Pearson Voice role, Animated series
1997 - 2001 Recess Muriel Finster Voice role, Animated series
1998 Hercules Amazon Guard Voice role, Animated series
1998 Men in Black: The Series Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1998 All Dogs go to Heaven: The Series Tiffany Voice role, Animated series
1998 - 1999 Mad Jack the Pirate Additional voices Voice role, Animated series
1998 - 1999 CatDog Sadie / Space Grannies Voice role, Animated series
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Gemsbok #2

Voice role, Animated series

1999 Time of Your Life Karen
1999 - 2000 Mickey Mouse Works Clarabelle Cow Voice role, Animated series
1999 - 2000 Kids from Room 402 Miss Gracie Graves, Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Pwerta Voice role, Animated series
2000 Rugrats Aregenta Voice role, Animated series
2000 - 2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Judge Voice role, Animated series
2001 - 2002 House of Mouse Clarabelle Cow Voice role, Animated series
2001 - 2003 The Legend of Tarzan Terk / Bibi's Mother Voice role, Animated series
2002 Totally Spies! Ms. Catherine Brooks / Principal Vegan Voice role, Animated series
2002 That '80s Show Mrs. Nealon
2002 Ozzy and Drix Lunchlady Voice role, Animated series
2002 - 2003 Teamo Supremo Hypnotheria Voice role, Animated series
2002 - 2003 Lloyd in Space Nora Nebulon Voice role, Animated series
2003 The Mummy: The Animated Series Aglaophone #1 Voice role, Animated series
2003 Rocket Power Announcer Voice role, Animated series
2003 - 2006 Lilo & Stitch Mrs. Edmonds Voice role, Animated series
2003; 2007 Kim Possible Bernice, Trisha Voice role, Animated series
2004 Fatherhood Ms. Huffington Voice role, Animated series
2006 Bratz Gertrude Voice role, Animated series
2006 Catscratch Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2006 The X's Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2006 - 2007 Eloise: The Animated Series Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2006 - 2007 Legion of Super Heroes Winema Wazzo Voice role, Animated series
2006 - 2007 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clarabelle Cow Voice role, Animated series
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Mr. Slither Voice role, Animated series
2007 Slacker Cats Additional Voices Voice role, Animated series
2007 - 2008 Tak & the Power of Juju Donna Voice role, Animated series
2008 - 2014 Phineas and Ferb Blanca Dishob, Bridgette Oshinomi, Princess Leia Voice role, Animated series
2009 As Told by Ginger Cleaning Lady Voice role, Animated series
2009 King of the Hill Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2010 - 2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Helga Voice role, Animated series
2011 Curious George Chilla DeWinter, Melanie Voice role, Animated series
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Various Characters Voice role, Animated series
2011 Fish Hooks Lady Eelbottom Voice role, Animated series
2011 - 2014 Jake and the Nether Land Pirates Singsong Bird, Slippery Serpent Voice role, Animated series
2012 Robot and Monster Grandma, Arpa Voice role, Animated series
2012 - 2015 Gravity Falls Ma Duskerton Voice role, Animated series
2013 Ben 10: Omniverse Queen Voratia Rumbletum Voice role, Animated series
2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Mistress Mugan Voice role, Animated series
2013 Monsters vs. Aliens Soap Opera Alien, Educational Television Voice role, Animated series
2013 - 2016 Wander Over Yonder Sylvia Voice role, Animated series
2014 - 2015 Breadwinners Mama Monster Voice role, Animated series
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Riddle Sphinx Voice role, Animated series

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mrs. Herman, Baby Herman (on-camera) Voice role
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Additional Voices Voice role
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional Voices

Voice role, Television Film

1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Tanya

Voice role, Direct-to-video

1998 Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World Chandeleria Voice role, Direct-to-video
1998 Pocahontas ll: Journey to a New World Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
1998 Antz Additional Voices Voice role
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Firefighter, Mother

Voice role, Direct-to-video
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Madame Raya Voice role, Direct-to-video
2001 Recess: School's Out Miss Finster, Mrs. Detweiller Voice role
2001 Lady and the Tramp ll: Scamp's Adventure Mrs. Mahoney Voice role, Direct-to-video
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Mother Von Drake Voice role, Direct-to-video
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Miss Finster Voice role, Direct-to-video
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame ll Lady DeBurne Voice role, Direct-to-video
2002 Tarzan & Jane Terk Voice role, Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Clarabelle Cow Voice role, Direct-to-video
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa Nana Voice role
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Miss Finster Voice role, Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Miss Finster Voice role, Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Clarabelle Cow, Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2005 Mulan ll Matchmaker Voice role, Direct-to-video
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Reporter Voice role, Direct-to-video
2005 Tarzan ll Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2005 Kronk's New Groove Hildy, Marge, Tina, Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Vikea Voice role
2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Additional Voices Voice role, Direct-to-video
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional Voices Voice role
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Dame Grace Appleton, Liza, Babs, Dolly, Joan, Gloria, Scripty, Helga Strudel Voice role, Direct-to-video
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Female Radio Caller #1, Tresha Voice role, Direct-to-video
2012 Strange Frame Pawnbroker Voice role
2013 Monsters University Additional Voices Voice role
2013 Despicable Me 2 Additional Voices Voice role
2013 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizzaro League Giganta Voice role
2015 Home Boov Voice role

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Winchell

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