What if I told you that the character in the cartoon you just watched wasn’t entirely voiced by the actor who they told you did?
What if some words, expressions, and noises coming out of the character’s mouth were recorded by a different actor altogether?
Would you feel deceived?
I mean, think about it for a minute. It’s like an actor or actress using a body double, something extremely common in television and film. Jessica Alba has admitted that she is not afraid of doing risque scenes in films – because she leaves that up to her body double.
Body double are often necessary when, for example, and actress is pregnant. Similarly, if a celebrity comes down with an illness that affects their vocal chords, a vocal ‘double’ can be called in. When you are not able to perform your normal duties at your job, a co-worker can cover for you. It’s something that happens every day!
Pat Fraley is a voice actor that you have probably heard – unknowingly. He has made big bucks “voice matching”, mainly matching the voices of Tim Allen and Jon Voight. You can learn all about just what he does, how to do it, and how much he makes in his lecture “Voice Matching and Imitating Voices“.
What happens when you have a hit kids cartoon with characters who don’t age that uses a voiceover cast of children?
The children’s voices might grow out of their parts!
This is what has happened to preschool favorite Dora the Explorer. Don’t worry though, Nickelodeon Preschool TV has already filled the new cast with young voices that kids are sure to love, featuring Caitlin Sanchez as the voice of Dora. They are kicking off Season 5 of the show with a 5-hour marathon on Nick Jr. that will include 4 new episodes, as well as specials and movies from previous seasons.
The new season will also introduce a new feature for the show. Dora will be meeting new friends from different cultures who will teach her and her young viewers a special skill from that culture.
Prior to the start of the new season, Nickelodeon will release a CD featuring party songs performed by the new cast.
Posted in cartoons, Kids Voice Acting
Tagged Alexandria Suarez, Backpack, Benny, Boots, Caitlin Sanchez, Dora the Explorer, Isa, Jean Carlos Celi, Lenique Vincent, Matthew Gumley, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Preschool TV, Regan Mizrahi, Tico
All creatures have dreams – even hunchback monsters, it seems! Igor is no different – he’s a young hunchbacked monster who dreams of becoming a scientist and winning first place at the annual Evil Science Fair. The problem? He’s only a lowly lab assistant who’s job is to do everything that him mad scientist employer tells him to.
The final poster for Igor was recently released, showing off the full cast of celebrities whose voices you will hear in the film beginning September 19th. John Cusack provides the voiceover for the main character, Igor.
This unique take on the traditional ‘monster movie’ should be well-received by young audiences worldwide. It is rated PG.
Sources: IMDB, Cinematical, Official Site
Posted in Actors, cartoons
Tagged Arsenio Hall, Christian Slater, Eddie Izzard, Exodus Film Group, Igor, James Lipton, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cleese, John Cusack, mad scientist, MGM, Molly Shannon, monster movie, Paul Vogt, science, Sean Hayes, Steve Buscemi
You probably wouldn’t look twice at these men walking down the street, but I guarantee you’ve heard their voices. All thirteen of these men can be heard on primetime television – they’re the Primetime Voices!
If you counted the men in the picture carefully, you may have noticed that there are only twelve there. That’s because the thirteenth person is in an awkward position – I couldn’t crop him in! You can view the entire photo below.
As I mentioned, these men are heard on primetime on networks including CBS, ABC, NBC, and countless others. Many of these voice actors are also known for recording movie trailers – notably Don LaFontaine, whose classic scripts beginning with “In a world…” have been spoofed by everyone from insurance companies to Saturday Night Live!
Don, Joe Cipriano, and Dave Fennoy were featured together in an Entertainment Tonight special about the working life of voice over actors. You can watch the video and find out more on VOX Daily.
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Tagged ABC, Andy Geller, Ashton Smith, CBS, Dave Fennoy, Don Lafontaine, George Del Hoyo, Joe Cipriano, Jonathan Cook, movie trailers, NBC, primetime voices, rafael ferrer, rino romano, scott weil, stew herrera, tony rodgers, townsend coleman, voice acting, voice actors, voiceovers
Morgan Freeman is listed in “serious condition” after being extracted from a car wreck using the jaws of life on Sunday night. The accident took place in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Freeman was airlifted to the hospital as Tallahatchie is about 100 miles south of Memphis. A spokesperson for the Memphis Regional Medical Center has confirmed that Freeman is a patient at the hospital.
Oscar-winner Freeman was ‘lucid’ at the scene and was joking with rescue workers, according to Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, Mississippi. Freeman is a native of the Memphis area and owns a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Freeman’s instantly recognizable voice can be heard narrating everything from television commercials, to TV specials, to feature length films. Recently he recorded a new radio public service announcement for the national parks of the United States. Currently, Freeman can be seen in the feature film The Dark Knight.
Source: CNN, IMDB
Have you ever parked your car, only to realize when you returned that you had left valuables in the car that could have been stolen?
If you’re parking in the U.K., you might just hear a celebrity’s voice reminding you to secure your belongings thanks to Talking Parking Meters. Celebrity voice impersonator Stuart Smith of Celebrity Voices Ltd (no affiliation with Celebrity Voices) provides the voices of celebrities such as David Beckham, Sir Michael Caine, and Simon Cowell in an effort to reduce the amount of thefts from parked vehicles.
Here’s how it works:
- Park your car
- Walk to the meter to take a ticket
- Hear to a celebrity’s voice remind you to secure your vehicle
- Lock you car and be on your way!
What a great idea.
Read more from Stuart at VOX Daily!
Posted in Where Are They?
Tagged celebrities, celebrity voices, Celebrity Voices Ltd, David Beckham, David Dickinson, Elvis, Frank Bruno, Jeremy Clarkson, Joe Pasquale, Lily Savage, parking meters, Rolf Harris, Simon Cowell, Sir Michael Caine