Is he Mr. Nezzer?
For the new Netflix series, a new character named Ichabeezer joined the cast. He is similar to Mr. Nezzer, but the only differences between the two is that Ichabeezer is more grumpy and has a gruff like voice.
According to the concept artists Elena and Olivia Ceballos, he is a redesign of Mr. Nezzer. The reason for the name change is due to his design being a drastic departure from his previous look (even though it has a striking resemblance to how he originally looked when he debuted in 1995). This is quite similar Witch Lezah from The Looney Tunes Show is a redesign of Hazel, and how both Mr. Persnickety and Mr. Nervous are redesigns of Mr. Fussy and Mr, Jelly.
However, according to Phil Vischer in a podcast, he states he's a different character. The reason being why this happened was because Mr. Nezzer's voice is an intimation of Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas portrayed by Ken Page, who is African-American. Dreamworks has a policy that characters who have a different race, but are portrayed by white people are not allowed (even though Mr. Nezzer has never been established as possibly being African-American).
- Rob Paulsen
- Phil Vischer
- Ichabeezer's name may be a reference to Ebeneezer.
- Ichabeezer's voice is similar to Mr. Nezzer. Considering they shared the same voice actors, it's no surprise.