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Voice actor spreads his wings in ‘Planes’


If you have a kid, you probably know Carlos Alazraqui’s voice. His face, not so much.

The Northern California native, 51, has brought to life dozens of TV cartoon characters: both Felipe and Abuelo on Handy Manny, Rocko on Rocko’s Modern Life, King Magnus on Sofia the First. The list goes on with movies as well, with turns in Happy Feet, Ponyo and now Disney’s 3D Planes.

The impressionist “plays” fire engine-red racing aircraft El Chupacabra. Unlike the mythical creature he is named after, El Chu is not meant to be feared. The R-rolling speed demon helps ambitious crop duster ( Dane Cook) achieve his high-flying dreams.

“He’s muy simpa tico, a luchador [fighter],” Alazraqui says of his character while at a stop at Wings Over Miami museum at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. “He has a genuine respect for the other planes. He’s like a samurai.”

Born to Argentine parents, the Reno 911 funnyman has an amazing flair for accents, especially a Spanish one (remember him as the Taco Bell Chihuahua?).

“I grew up listening to my parents,” says Alazraqui, going into mom and dad imitation mode: “ ‘Carlos, no me digas [don’t tell me]! ‘Por qué, por qué?’ ‘ Tienes que limpiar tu cuarto [You have to clean your room!]’ ”

Playing El Chu wasn’t too much of a stretch for the former skydiver, who has 723 jumps to his credit.

“I’ve jumped out of things like hot air balloons, Cessnas,” the voice actor explains. “I know what it’s like to fly in the air and manipulate your body so that you can raise and lower your altitude and go forward and backwards and upside down on your head.”

Real estate reality

The Real Housewives of Miami weren’t the only ones celebrating their TV show (premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on Bravo) Tuesday night.

Over at The Hoxton, real estate pros turned cast members from Style Network’s Hot Listings Miami were doing their own red carpet thing at a viewing party for its premiere.

Patricia Delinois of Century 21 is proud Miami’s in the spotlight.

“All eyes are on us,” she said. “It’s a chance for us to shine. Our beautiful city, the interesting people, the celebrities . . .”

Speaking of which, Delinois’ favorite client is someone not featured on the docuseries: Director Michael Ba y. “He’s the most charismatic, interesting, brilliant man I’ve ever met in my life.”

Tomi Rose (One Sotheby’s) embraces her role as the reality bad girl. “I guess I am the one who brings it.”

And David W. Pulley, with Keller Williams, knows what a viewer wants: drama.

“This is a very, very competitive market with major dealings. You are going to see all of it unfold. Some of us aren’t afraid of confrontation and controversies.”

Madeleine Marr

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