Jodi Benson, a native of Rockford, Illinois, has received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the voice of “Ariel” in the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid, as well as the bubbly voice of “Tour Guide Barbie” in Disney’s Toy Story 2, winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. She also gave life to the spirited “Weebo” in Disney’s live-action Flubber, starring Robin Williams.
For Warner Brothers, she created the spirited voice of “Thumbelina”, a Don Bluth animated feature, Thumbelina, with songs by Barry Manilow. Jodi’s recent projects include The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea as “Ariel”, Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure as “Lady”, 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure as “Anita”, Dreamwork’s animated movie Joseph: King of Dreams as his wife “Asenath” starring Ben Affleck and in Balto: Wolf Quest and Balto III: Wings of Change as “Jenna” for Universal Studios. She appears as “Sam” (Patrick Dempsey’s assistant) in Disney’s feature film Enchanted as a real person – with legs!