DIC Entertainment (pronounced "deek", rendered "DiC" and also known as, The Incredible World of DIC) was an international film and television production company. In 2008, the studio closed its doors, and was reallocated to Cookie Jar Entertainment.
In 1993, DIC Animation City and Capital Cities/ABC formed a joint venture called DIC Entertainment LP and in 1995 it became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Disney would distribute VHS releases of DIC cartoons for the remainder of the 1990s, all of DiC's shows aired on Toon Disney, and also produced two movies starring their mascot, Inspector Gadget.
In 2000, with an investment by Bain Capital, Heyward re-purchased DIC Enterprises, but DIC and Disney still worked together for airings. He purchased Bain Capital's interest in 2004 and took the company public the following year. However by 2008, DIC was purchased and absorbed by Cookie Jar Entertainment. Cookie Jar themselves would be purchased in 2012 by canadian company DHX Media, who own all the DIC programming with a few exceptions.
Disney had more plans for new DIC shows (mainly Inspector Gadget) but since Andy Heyward repurchased the company, all productions on future Gadget projects were cancelled.
Many of Disney's voice actors have also provided voice work on television cartoon produced by DIC. Among them:
- Don Adams was the original voice of Inspector Gadget.
- Voice acting legend, Mel Blanc voiced Heathcliff in Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.
- Christine Cavanaugh voiced Bunnie Rabbot in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
- Disney veteran, Jim Cummings voiced Mr. Bumpy in Bump in the Night and Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon. He also notably voiced Robotnik and Scratch in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog pilot.
- Jeannie Elias voiced Princess Peach in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- Maurice LaMarche voiced Chief Quimby in the original Inspector Gadget animated series. He also portrayed Gadget himself in a live-action segment on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and eventually became the character's official voice actor in 2002, starting with the 2002 revival, Inspector Gadget and the Gadgetinis. He also voiced Sleet in Sonic Underground and Salem in Sabrina's Secret Life.
- Rob Paulsen voiced Antoine in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
- Tabitha St. Germain voiced Wendy O. Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons.
- Kath Soucie voiced Princess Sally in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon.
- Tara Strong voiced Iggy and Lemmy Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons.
- Cree Summer voiced Penny in the original Inspector Gadget animated series.
- Voice acting legend, Frank Welker voiced Brain and Dr. Claw in the original Inspector Gadget animated series.
- Emily Hart and Melissa Joan Hart voiced Sabrina, Hilda, and Zelda Spellman in Sabrina the Animated Series.
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