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Cree Summer Francks

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Birth name: Cree Summer Francks
Born on: July 7, 1969
Nationality: Canadian-American
Show details:
Episode count: 3
Introduced in: New Monk on the Block
Role: Wuya

Cree Summer Francks (born July 7, 1969), best known as Cree Summer, is a Canadian-American actress, musician and voice actress.

She is perhaps best known for her role as college student Winifred "Freddie" Brooks on the NBC sitcom A Different World. As a voice actress Summer is best known for voicing Penny in Inspector Gadget during Season 1, Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toon Adventures, Susie Carmichael on Rugrats and All Grown Up, Princess Kida in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom, Foxxy Love in Drawn Together, Numbuh 5 in Codename: Kids Next Door, and Cleo the Poodle in Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Early life and family

Summer (born Los Angeles, California on July 7, 1969) grew up on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan. She is the daughter of Canadians Don Francks and Lili Red Eagle, a member of the Plains Cree First Nations. Her brother, Rainbow Sun Francks, is a former MuchMusic VJ.

Acting and voice acting career

Summer's career began in 1983 when she was cast as the voice of niece Penny on the original cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. Her unique, throaty voice was instantly recognizable to casting agents (as well as viewers even today), who began frequently casting her in animated programs. Many of these were part of cult franchises, like The Care Bears Movie (1985) and Ewoks (1985, part of the Star Wars franchise). Audiences finally had a chance to put Summer's voice to a face when she was cast as the freespirited Winifred "Freddie" Brooks in The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. She remained a regular cast member of the show from 1988 through its end in 1993.

During the run of A Different World, Summer continued working in voice acting. She was cast in the short-lived television series Sweet Justice in 1994 until its cancellation in 1995. Barring guest appearances on other live-action television shows such as Living Single and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Summer's professional work since has been limited to voice acting.

At the start of the series' third season in 1988, the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters episodes were expanded from their original half-hour format to last an hour, and the overall feel of the show was changed to be more youthful, with episodes having a lighter tone to be less frightening (even switching artistic styles from more serious to less). During the less serious segments, Cree voiced the sweet and helpful Chilly Cooper, neighborhood ice-cream woman and innocent love interest of Slimer.

In all, Summer has voiced over 100 animated characters between 1983 and 2006. These have spanned the realm of video games, cartoon television series, animated films and commercials. Among her most famous roles was in Inspector Gadget (Season 1) as Penny (a role she reprised in the Robot Chicken episode "Adoption's an Option"), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) as Elmyra Duff (which she reprised for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain) and Mary Melody, Aka Pella in Histeria!, Susie Carmichael in Rugrats and its spin-off All Grown Up!, Cleo the Poodle in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Foxxy Love in Drawn Together, Dulcy the dragon in Sonic the Hedgehog, Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash for Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom (2004), Numbuh 5 (Abigail Lincoln) and Cree Lincoln in Codename: Kids Next Door, Penelope in Barbie As Rapunzel and Miranda from As Told by Ginger, Tiff on My Life as a Teenage Robot, octogenerian villain Granny May on WordGirl and Blackarachnia in Transformers Animated (2008).

In the first season Drawn Together DVD commentary she stated that she was originally hired to do the voice of Meg Griffin on Fox's animated series Family Guy, but was fired by the producers.

Summer is a frequent co-star of Canadian-American actress Tara Strong, the two are childhood friends, both having grown up in Toronto, Ontario.

Summer is also the voice of the Green spokescandy for M&M's.

Video game voice acting

She voiced-over in the games Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and BLACK. She voiced Tandi in Fallout and was also the voice of Tatjana in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits; Lady Belgemine, Young Tidus and additional voice-overs in Final Fantasy X; Lenne/Calli in Final Fantasy X-2; Storm in Marvel Super Hero Squad; Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning and Magma in X-Men Legends, and the voice of Catalina Thorn, the leader of the Cell in Crackdown 2. She also had a small role in Mass Effect. She also voices Medusa in the game Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS. She also voiced the Inca priness Micay in Pitfall: The Lost Expedition.

Music career

Summer sang since an early age and joined her first band at 13. In 1985, she recorded the theme song for OWL/TV. In 1990, she sang background vocals on two tracks for fellow A Different World cast member Jasmine Guy's self titled LP. In 1993 she released an album (as lead singer) with her band Subject to Change. The album was not officially released by Capitol Records because of creative differences; the records that were produced were distributed as promotions and are considered a rarity. The band, with an aggressive political message and rock-soul fusion sound, remained popular as a co-headlining act with other performers. In 1999, Summer released her solo album Street Faërie produced by and featuring guest artist (and friend) Lenny Kravitz, but the album was a moderate success. Although Summer toured as Kravitz's opening act, her label dropped her and a planned spot with Lilith Fair was canceled. The label continued to promote the album, however, sending out a four-track sampler to radio and issuing remix singles of the track "Revelation Sunshine" in Europe, with a special single specifically for Austria. Summer recorded a song titled "Savior Self" for which she directed a music video co-starring Zoe Kravitz, daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and rocker Lenny Kravitz. The video was screened online, but the track was never made available commercially, nor was it distributed to radio.

A number of Summer's portrayed characters (animated or otherwise) are singers or sing songs within the soundtrack of a show. The character of Susie in All Grown Up! was portrayed as a singer with real talent, allowing Summer to sing in the role. Cree Summer also sings the opening theme song for All Grown Up! The character of Foxxy Love in Drawn Together was a singer, with songs like "La-La-Labia", Numbuh 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door sang a Lullaby to lull babies to sleep. Elmyra Duff as she sang in many times on the show of Tiny Toon Adventures. She co-performed lead vocals in the song "Cool Kitty" with Tara Strong, which accompanied a cartoon called Class of 3000, directed and written for Cartoon Network by André 3000.

Filmography

Animated film roles

Movie Role Notes
An Extremely Goofy Movie Co-Ed (girl at Club) Direct-to-video
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Princess Kida Theatrical
Atlantis: Milo's Return Princess Kida Direct-to-video
'Bambi II Mena Theatrical (non-USA)
Barbie as Rapunzel Penelope Direct-to-video
Bratz Forever Diamondz Mandy Direct-to-video
Clifford's Really Big Movie Cleo Theatrical
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Mrs. Fisher Direct-to-video
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Hecate Direct-to-video
Strange Frame: Love & Sax Reesa Abi Kiran Ariana Livingston the Third Theatrical
Superman: Doomsday Mercy Graves Direct-to-video
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie Foxxy Love Direct-to-video
The Rugrats Movie / Rugrats in Paris: The Movie / Rugrats Go Wild Susie Carmichael Theatrical
All Growed Up Susie Carmichael Television film
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Phaedra (Elephant) Theatrical
Turok: Son of Stone Sepinta Direct-to-video

Animated series roles

  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series : Princess
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series : Cat, "Active News" Anchor
  • The Amazing World of Gumball : Teri, Andrea
  • Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze : Susie Carmichael
  • Animaniacs : Elmyra Duff
  • As Told by Ginger : Miranda Killgallen
  • Baby Felix|Baby Felix & Friends : Mimi
  • Batman Beyond : Maxine "Max" Gibson , Tigress, Tayko, Dottie, Marinna Loez
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vixen
  • Ben 10 : Frightwig
  • Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures : Sarah
  • Beware the Batman : Bethany Ravenclaw
  • Big & Small : Ruby/Dr. Ruby
  • Bonkers : Alto, Young Toon Saxophone
  • Bratz : Aloncè
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command : Savy SL2
  • The Buzz on Maggie : Rayna Cartflight
  • California Raisins : Crystal
  • Camp Candy : Robin
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers : Karen
  • ChalkZone : Sonny
  • Celebrity Deathmatch : Miss Elliot
  • Class of 3000 : Kaylie ("Prank Yankers"), Tanya
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog : Cleo
  • Codename: Kids Next Door : Numbuh Five , Cree Lincoln, DCFDTL
  • Cro : Soolie
  • Dan Vs. : Becky, Woman with baby
  • Danny Phantom : Valerie Gray (starting from "Shades of Grey")
  • Dave the Barbarian : Mona, Sheebor
  • Drawn Together : Foxxy Love , Strawberry Sweetcake, Super Nanny, Ni-Pul, Xandir's Girlfriend, Captain She-Ro
  • Four Eyes! : Miss Doager
  • Freakazoid! : Jill
  • Garbage Pail Kids : Clogged Duane, Heartless Hal, Trashed Tracy, Squishy, Plain Jane
  • Gargoyles : Hyena
  • Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles : Hyena
  • The Goode Family : Souki
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy : Cave Witch
  • Horrible Histories : Mo, additional voices
  • Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater : Catnip
  • Hercules : Anaxerete
  • The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange : Promegrante
  • Histeria! : Aka Pella
  • The Incredible Hulk : She-Hulk (season 2)
  • Inspector Gadget : Penny (season 1), Gadget's Greatest Gadgets )
  • Johnny Bravo : Amy Elephant
  • Johnny Talk : Herself
  • Jungle Cubs : King Louie|Louie (season 2)
  • Justice League Unlimited : Female Singer
  • Karas : Yurine
  • Kid 'n Play : Marika, Downtown
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil :
  • Kim Possible : Additional Voices
  • The Land Before Time : Tippy , Lizzie (The Land Before Time 11)
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series : Lana
  • The Little Mermaid : Pearl and Gabriella
  • Loonatics Unleashed : Little Kid
  • The Looney Tunes Show : Additional Voices
  • MAD : Sam Puckett , Thumper , Na'vi|Neytiri
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack : Diver, Buff Delinquent
  • The Mask: The Animated Series : Jennifer Peenman, Gorgonzola, Cookie BaBoom, Davida Steelmine
  • Men in Black: The Series : Vonda
  • Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm : Princess Kitana
  • Mummies Alive! : Nefer-Tina
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey : Mrs. Tusk, Kerry, Mrs. Loon, Latanya Hippo, Eddie Panther
  • My Little Pony and Friends : Medley
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot : Stephanie , Tiff, Queen Vexus , Vicky, and QT2
  • The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil : Additional Voices
  • The New Adventures of Captain Planet : Georgina Cabor
  • The New Batman Adventures : Ice Maiden #2
  • The New Kids on the Block : Additional Voices
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show : Additional Voices
  • The New Yogi Bear Show : Additional Voices
  • No P in the OOL : Numbah 5
  • Ozzy and Drix : Mayor Sartonni
  • Pepper Ann : Tessa James, Vanessa James
  • Peter Pan and the Pirates : Tiger Lily
  • Pinky and the Brain : Bunny, Receptionist
  • Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain : Elmyra Duff
  • The Plucky Duck Show : Elmyra Duff
  • Pound Puppies (2010) : Cupcake (recurring role), Various guest roles
  • Problem Child : Spencer
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R. : Lady MacBeth
  • The Proud Family : Peabo
  • Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters : Chilly Cooper
  • The Replacements : Nature Activist
  • Robot and Monster : Spitfire, Globetha
  • Robot Chicken : Penny , Evil Little Girl (a reprisal of her original role in Inspector Gadget)
  • Rocket Power : Crystal Bianca
  • Rugrats and All Grown Up! : Susie Carmichael
  • Sabrina, the Animated Series : Chloe Flan
  • Sonic the Hedgehog : Dulcy the Dragon
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man : Glory Grant
  • Spider-Man: The New Animated Series : Professor Williams, Joana
  • The Super Hero Squad Show : Storm
  • Superman: The Animated Series : Rainsong, Natasha Irons
  • Star Wars: Ewoks : Princess Kneesaa (season one)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars : Luminara Unduli
  • Star Wars: Droids : Princess Gerin
  • Static Shock : Candide
  • Sylvanian Families : Jessica, Donny
  • Teacher's Pet : Additional Voices
  • Tiny Toon Adventures : Elmyra Duff , Mary Melody
  • Totally Spies! : Model and Tuesday Tate
  • Transformers: Animated : Decepticon Blackarachnia
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat : Master Cylinder, Sheba Beboporeba
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery : Khanie
  • ThunderCats: Panthera
  • Wayside |Wayside : Bebe Gunn
  • The Weekenders : Penny DeCartes, Todd DeCartes, Carver's Mom
  • Widget the World Watcher : Additional Voices
  • The Wild Thornberrys : Feral Girl, Panther
  • W.I.T.C.H. : Ember
  • Word Girl : Granny May
  • Xiaolin Chronicles : Wuya
  • Young Justice : Madame Xanadu , Mary West, Tula/Aquagirl
  • The Zeta Project : Skye Hoaps

Live-action TV show roles

TV Show Role Notes
Courthouse Danni Guest
A Different World Winifred "Freddie" Brooks Regular role
" Big & Small " Ruby Supporting role
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air ' Lisa Adams Guest
Living Single Summer Guest
Night Heat Karen Simmons Guest
Sweet Justice Reese Daulkins Guest

Video game roles

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Kida, Atlantean Child
  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits - Tatjana
  • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (series)|Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - voices
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum - Dr. Penelope Young
  • Black (video game)|Black - MacCarver
  • Bratz Forever Diamondz - Mandy
  • Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall - Numbuh Five
  • Crackdown 2 - Catalina Thorn
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics - Cleo
  • Diablo 3 - Auriel
  • Dragon Age: Origins - violent elf female (Grey Warden) voice
  • Driver: Parallel Lines - voices
  • Fallout - Tandi
  • Fallout 2 - Lynnette
  • Fantastic Four - Alicia Masters
  • Freelancer - Dr. Kendra Sinclair
  • Final Fantasy X  : Young Tidus
  • Final Fantasy X-2  : Calli
  • inFamous - Various Voices
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising - Medusa Goddess of Darkness
  • Knights Contract - Straeggele
  • The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning  : Cynder
  • Lords of Everquest  : Solruua
  • Mass Effect  : Additional voices
  • M&M's The Lost Formulas  : Green
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad  : Storm
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet  : She-Hulk
  • Pitfall: The Lost Expedition  : Micay
  • Rugrats Go Wild  : Susie Carmichael
  • Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted  : Samantha
  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty  : Executor Selendis
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland  : Mindy
  • X-Men Legends  :Magma

Discography

Albums

  • Appeared on the Juno Award-nominated album I Lost My Pet Lizard (1979)
  • Appeared as Debbie in the Canadian Sesame Street album Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch: Camping in Canada (1981)
  • Womb Amnesia - (1993) (with her band Subject to Change)
  • Street Faërie - (1999)

Singles

  • "Revelation Sunshine"

References

Smallwikipedialogo.png This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Cree Summer. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Xiaolinpedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Voice Actors
Xiaolin Showdown Tara StrongGrey DeLisleTom KennyJeff BennettRené AuberjonoisMaurice LaMarcheWayne KnightDanny CookseyJennifer HaleJason MarsdenKevin Michael RichardsonLee Thompson YoungSusan Silo
Xiaolin Chronicles Tara StrongCree SummerJennifer HaleDavid KayeEric Bauza

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