Bruce Campbell is a versatile actor with a distinctive voice which makes him in demand for animated features. We managed to track down two hard to get a hold of short films that show a different side of the King of B movies.
Bruce Campbell is definitely not a one trick pony. You only need to look at his resume to see the varied selection of films that he has been a part of over his long career.
His distinctive voice makes him a sought after actor for animated features. From Cars 2 to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the upcoming highly anticipated Netflix series The Last Kids on Earth, he can be depended upon to bring his unique style to every performance.
In 2001 and 2004, Campbell starred in 2 short films that are definitely hard to track down. While they appear on his IMDb page, the 2 titles have very limited information about them.
However, we managed to watch these hidden gems and highly recommend both productions.
Hubert’s Brain (2001)
The first animated movie has one of our favorite childhood actors in it, Jonathan Harris from the original Lost in Space. For those of you that are familiar with the old incarnation of that terrific sci-fi series, Harris played Dr. Smith.
In Hubert’s Brain, he is the Professor. A brain in a jar in the specimen room at the local museum who befriends a young boy named Hubert.
Hubert is an outcast and not well liked among his peers for being too smart. However, when he becomes involved with the Professor, little does he know how much his life is going to change.
After Hubert extracts the Professor from his jar and places him into various bodies, trouble ensues. He attracts attention for all the wrong reasons. Enter 2 detectives.
Bailey, (who is ironically played by the most famous TV detective of all time, Columbo’s Peter Falk) and Thompson voiced by Bruce who is all about getting his man. To see Campbell’s character humorously interrogating Hubert click on this link.
Produced by Frank Zappa’s son, Ahmet, this animated treasure features Bruce as a Las Vegas private detective named Bench Pressly. Bench is quite the charmer but even a smooth talking P.I. needs associates.
One of his sidekicks is a martial arts whiz named Sho-Girl. The other is a clairvoyant crustacean named Prawnda who is voiced by the legendary, Tim Curry.
Originally conceived as a pilot for a potential series and written by Sean Abley, this effort is a lot of fun and basically gives Campbell carte blanche to showcase his quick wit. Think Johnny Bravo meets Jim Rockford and you have the actor’s character.
Check out Bench here.
Have you ever seen either of these Bruce Campbell animated short films? Let us know in the comments.