Animation's secret weapon: The 'Secret Life of Pets' voice all-star Jenny Slate

July 8, 2016 11:03 AM

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Before most people could recognize Jenny Slate’s face, they knew her voice. Because before she appeared on “Girls” or “Parks and Recreation” or “House of Cards” or starred in “Obvious Child,” it was her animated short “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” that endeared her to fans. In the 2010 viral hit, Slate gave voice to a bashful shell who sounded like a whiny baby but was somehow still adorable.

Since then, she’s become one of the most sought-after voice-over actors in Hollywood. Earlier this year, the 34-year-old played the evil sheep Bellwether in “Zootopia,” and she’s been recurring as a manipulative teen on “Bob’s Burgers” since 2012. This weekend, she can be heard as Gidget, a fluffy P...

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