Disney Plus has been on a roll for the past few months, releasing multiple original films and TV shows each week! And more recently, Disney has been adding brand-new episodes of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, which feature the hilarious hijinks of Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of their cartoon pals. This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kaitlyn Robrock, who has been the iconic voice of Minnie Mouse since 2020, about her work on The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse. Along the way, we chat about Disneyland, The Simpsons, and Amphibia, so keep reading for my full interview with Kaitlyn Robrock!
CORBAN: Hey Kaitlyn, and thanks for sharing your Disney story with us. How did you get involved in voice acting, and what was your first experience working with Disney?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: Hi Corban! I wanted to do voiceover since I first saw Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin. Over time, I got involved with acting classes and voice-over workshops to showcase myself in front of agents and casting directors around town.
My first experiences with Disney were doing voices for the theme parks, such as land ambiance in Disney California Adventure and Animal Kingdom, safety spiels for rides in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySEA, etc. I even did an automated voice for the Walt Disney World hotels that encouraged guests to stay on the line of their room’s phones to hear messages from our Disney Character friends. A personal favorite was doing the yodeling doll in Switzerland for the remastered “It’s A Small World” ride in Disneyland Paris!
CORBAN: That’s awesome – I had no idea that you were so involved with the Disney Parks! Many of our readers are looking forward to the all-new episodes of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse. What can fans expect with this new batch of episodes?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: The second half of our first season has got some wild adventures coming. I don’t want to give away too much, but it definitely runs the gamut from magicians to ghosts to treasure hunts! There’s no shortage of fun for our fabulous friends, and I myself can’t wait to see them all.
CORBAN: I have been loving every second of those shorts so far, and I am excited to see where they take us! Looking back at the history of Minnie Mouse, Disney fans were devastated in 2019 to hear about the passing of Russi Taylor, who had voiced Minnie for 33 years. Did you have the opportunity to meet Russi Taylor, and how do you strive to carry on her legacy in new Disney projects?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: Russi was one of my heroes, and her voice was a staple of my childhood all the way back to My Little Pony. I would recreate Penny Tompkins from The Critic and Martin Prince from The Simpsons just to make my parents laugh! I had met Russi for the barest of seconds many, many years ago at a society function, and then again when she did a private conservatory for Disneyland cast members. I was so choked up with emotion I couldn’t really say anything and ended up needing a friend to help me ask for a photo!
The third time was the charm, though, as I got to meet her one final time through our mutual friend Katie Leigh and was able to express to her how much she meant to me and my dreams. She was the sweetest, kindest person, a phenomenal actress, and truly the heart and soul of Minnie as we know her today. Her legacy was to make you smile, and it is my greatest honor and privilege to continue her work and ensure that Minnie is the same cherished character that Disney fans around the world love and adore.
CORBAN: It is so great to see Minnie Mouse live on for the next generation through series like The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse. And just in the past few years, you have served as the voice of Minnie for a variety of shows, including Minnie Bow-Toons and Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures. Does your voice style for Minnie change between any of these projects, and how hard is it for you to produce Minnie’s iconic sound?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: There is a little bit of change in the style between the different projects, just enough to serve the audience they are meant for. For Mickey Mouse Funhouse and Minnie‘s Bow-Toons, Minnie is at her core element, taking audiences of all ages on her adventures with Mickey, Daisy, and the gang. In The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse, she gets to be in some of the wacky antics reminiscent of the older black and white cartoons of the 20’s and 30’s, like “Blue Rhythm.”
As far as producing the voice, it’s not hard at all! I’m raising the pitch of my voice to match was Russi was gifted with naturally and focusing on all the wonderful nuances she had in her performance to maintain the consistency of her character. Just give me an hour to warm up in the morning and a hot cup of tea and we’re good to go!
CORBAN: I am so excited for the new batch of Mickey Mouse cartoons, but I am also looking forward to Season 3 of Amphibia, which premieres this October. You star as Felicia Sundew, a motherly frog and martial-arts master, in the show. How has your work on Amphibia been affected by COVID-19, and will you be featured in the upcoming season?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: Amphibia was my first Disney animated show, and Felicia is everything I want to be in a hardworking entrepreneur/martial-arts frog mom. Apart from a couple of episodes, all my work for season two of the show was completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down.
As for season three, from the looks of it, viewers will be spending a lot of time in the real world with Anne and her family, trying to find a way back to Amphibia. The sneak peek of the new opening theme song does show Felicia ready to do her thing against Sasha and Grime, the show’s supposed villains, but we’ll just have to wait until the show premieres to see what’s going to happen! It is a hilarious show with a fantastic, mysterious story, and definitely one of the best times I’ve had behind the mic.
CORBAN: I will be tuning in to Disney Channel to see what season 3 has in store, and I hope to see more of Felicia’s awesome martial-arts skills. In the meantime, do you have any future projects in the works, and where can our readers keep up with you?
KAITLYN ROBROCK: There are a few things in the works, but at this time I sadly cannot share – that would ruin the surprise! When it’s time to announce these fun new projects, I’ll post on Twitter and Instagram to share. Just look my name up and follow along!
CORBAN: It sounds like you keep yourself busy, so I am looking forward to seeing your name on new stories! Thanks for giving us a peek into your work with Disney!
And, to the reader, you can catch brand-new episodes of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse streaming now on Disney Plus.