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Meet Carlos Alazraqui, the man behind hundreds of cartoon voices

Followers of “Reno 911” won’t know that Deputy Garcia — aka Carlos Alazraqui — can also be one of many business’s busiest voiceover actors.

Alazraqui’s lengthy resume dates again to the early ’90s and contains Rocko in “Rocko’s Trendy Life” (reverse Tom Kenny, the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants”), “CatDog,” Lazlo the spider monkey in “Camp Lazlo!,” “Household Man” (as Mr. Weed), “The Pretty Oddparents” and Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” to call just some of his a whole lot of credit.

Along with the live-action collection “Reno 911!,” which moved from Comedy Central to Quibi for Season 7, Alazraqui is at the moment starring on Nickelodeon’s “The Loud Home” and its spinoff, “The Casagrandes” (he performs Carlos, Vito and Sergio on each exhibits), has a significant position in subsequent 12 months’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” prequel, “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Below Years” and is buying his self-financed film, “Witness An infection,” a horror-comedy starring Erinn Hayes (“Medical Police”).

Alazraqui, 58, whose mother and father have been born in Argentina, spoke to The Submit about his lengthy voiceover/appearing profession — together with voicing the Taco Bell Chihuahua from 1997-2000.

"The Casagrandes."
“The Casagrandes.”Courtesy Everett Assortment

What are you engaged on proper now?

I’m doing “Kamp Koral,” “The Casagrandes” — I simply did 4 episodes final week and one this week — and “The Loud Home,” and “Maya and the Three,” which will likely be on Netflix subsequent 12 months.  I’m doing just a few extra episodes of “American Dad” and “Household Man,” principally utility roles, and I’m engaged on “Curious George” for PBS. I play Mr. Zoobel. I’m excited a couple of new Nickelodeon mission however I can’t discuss it — although I can intimate that I’m working with a fellow “Reno 911!” castmate.

Carlos Alazraqui on "RENO 911!"
Carlos Alazraqui on “RENO 911!”©Comedy Central/Courtesy Everet

You’re identified principally in your voiceovers. Would you love to do extra on-camera work?

I feel it’s relative from week-to-week. There at instances once I really feel, “Do I actually need to do on-camera chases and be a super-celebrity and get acknowledged all over the place?” But it surely’s fairly cool if you do a red-carpet [premiere]. We did the “Reno 911!” premiere on Hollywood Boulevard strolling down the pink carpet at Mann’s Chinese language Theater and it was fairly superior. You like that focus. The most important cause to do on-camera work, although, is … you’re extra apt to get some higher jobs. It’s only a truth. So, yeah, I want to be on-camera little bit extra.

Is there any likelihood for a revival of “Rocko’s Trendy Life”?

Outdoors of “Standing Cling,” the 2019 “Rocko” particular which got here out on Netflix, I’m undecided.  There’s at all times been a requirement [for a reboot] and we’d like to do it once more. Folks additionally revere “Camp Lazlo” and even “CatDog.” You by no means know what’s going to hit or be iconoclastic.

"Rocko's Modern Life"
“Rocko’s Trendy Life”Alamy Inventory Photograph

Do you do voices in your daughters (ages 9 and 6)?

My older daughter can also be in voiceovers for Nickelodeon. She’s bought the bug. My youthful daughter loves me to learn “Dogman” and “Captain Underpants.” I learn these again and again and do all of the voices for her. You both have the voiceover gene otherwise you don’t. I watched quite a lot of cartoons on TV rising up and bought the vibe. I simply needed to mimic all people. My brother is fairly good however he didn’t get the bug.

In wanting again, how do you are feeling about enjoying the Taco Bell Chihuahua?

I don’t have regrets. I keep in mind doing an ABC particular and exhibiting the poster at my previous campus, Sacramento State, that is proper after Columbine [in 2000], and pupil board members holding up an indication with the Chihuahua and Xs in it saying, “Kill the Chihuahua!” Different Latinos have been going, “Neglect about these folks, we love the Chihuahua!” The League of United Latino Residents was calling my home. As I look again, this wasn’t [adopts a heavy Mexican accent] “The Frito Bandito and I’m stealing your chips!” This was a canine that was actually cool, with a voice that was not stereotypical … and it was not the largest a part of [the ad] marketing campaign ending. [Taco Bell] had a lawsuit with a Michigan advert company, which they misplaced. I by no means felt that it was offensive. As Tom Kenny mentioned, “No person ever mentioned that Depend Chocula is offensive to all Romanians.” We now attempt honor extra Latino roles with Latino actors. Proper now I’m on a Filipino present, “Trese” … and I’m working with Filipino dialect coaches to ensure I’m doing it accurately.


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