Country fans love getting DVR alerts, warning them that their favorite artists are taking a step outside of their comfort zones and trying their hands at acting. We have seen some of our own on the big screen and the small screen, taking on roles other than country crooner and knocking their performances out of the park. However, artists needn’t step completely outside the realm of comfort and take on the part of actor by standing in front of the camera. Rather, an artist may also simply step in a studio (a place the singers are used to) and lend their speaking voice to a show … and several of our award-winning, chart-topping beloved artists have taken that route. In fact, you may be surprised at some of the country music sensations who have transported themselves into the world of voiceovers for animated characters. There is also another school of country artists who may not have shared their voices with shows, but have been portrayed (and spoofed) in animated form and featured on some of our favorite cartoon comedies.
Below, check out our 7 quick clicks of country artists getting animated and the trailer for The Simpsons/Family Guy upcoming crossover “The Simpsons Guy”.
1. – Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift on Family Guy
When the not-so-bright men of Family Guy are off to find God, they figure there is no better place than the Country Music Awards … especially after listening to Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Somehow they find their way backstage, come across Taylor Swift, and ultimately find Carrie to ask her if she can point them in the direction of a higher power. Though neither actually lent her voice to the episode, at least two of country music’s favorite females got to see what they would look like if they were a part of Peter Griffin’s world.
2. Dolly Parton on The Simpsons
In Season 10 of the longest running cartoon in television history, Dolly Parton made a cameo in the episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday.” Not only did Dolly take on the role of Krusty the Clown’s love interest, but she was also tasked with the job of helping many of Springfield’s not-so-finest get out of the Super Bowl stadium’s jail.
3. Trace Adkins, George Strait, Travis Tritt, Deana Carter, Brad Paisley – King of the Hill
In a King of the Hill episode named “Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane,” some of country music’s most famous names lent their voices to characters. Standing in front of the Christmas-decorated eighteen-wheeler are the characters played by Trace Adkins, George Strait, Travis Tritt, Deana Carter, and Brad Paisley.
4. Brad Paisley – South Park
Speaking of Brad Paisley, one of country music’s funniest guys also joined the cast of South Park for an episode, on which he portrayed himself. In the episode “Cartman Finds Love,” Brad teams up for a duet with … Cartman??? as he sabotages Kyle’s date.
5. Kelly Clarkson – King of the Hill
She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll/pop, but Kelly Clarkson got a whole lot of animated on the King of the Hill episode “Stressed for Success.” In the episode, Kelly returned to her Texas roots in this episode meant to honor the late John Ritter, and in which Tommy became increasingly stressed by having to brush up on pop culture as a member of his school’s quiz bowl team.
6. The Dixie Chicks – The Simpsons
In the nineteenth season of The Simpsons, The Dixie Chicks got animated on an episode called “Papa Don’t Leech.” In the episode, Natalie, Marty, and Emily portrayed themselves, performing on television and getting entangled in a Lurleen Lumpkin family feud, as the song they sing was ripped off by Lurleen’s father. After the problematic parent is dealt with, The Chicks bring Lurleen on the road with them as their opening act.
7. Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Charlie Daniels, Brooks & Dunn – King of the Hill
In another Nashville star-studded episode of King of the Hill, Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Charlie Daniels, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn made appearances. In the episode “Peggy’s Fan Fair,” the Hills got to meet some of country music’s biggest superstars. Is it too late to be adopted as a Hill?
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