VIDEO: Does voice acting matter?

Joey presents arguments supporting (and strongly disagreeing with) celebrity voice work.

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  • maarvarq

    I suppose Robin Williams in Alladin was a particularly blatant example of voice casting, but The Jungle Book and Robin Hood both had some pretty famous people (e.g. Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Peter freaking Ustinov) doing voices.

  • Lord ShinyPants

    I’d nominate June Foray for a spot in the VA hall of fame. Chuck Jones purportedly said, “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray.” It’s hard to imagine higher praise than that.

    Celebrity voice overs can go either really well (Robin Williams as the Genie) or really badly (Tiffany as Judy Jetson. I can’t object to it on principle.

    As to whether it matters… That’s really subjective, but it certainly matters to me. For a familiar example, Tabitha St. Germaine does wonders as Rarity (and a lot of secondary characters), and I think is one reason why that character is so popular. The plot of the episode “Simple Ways” was nothing really special, but the VAs for Rarity and Applejack really saved it for me. And for video games, I think Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2 could’ve been a lot less well received if the VA hadn’t nailed it so well.

  • Trurl

    I think generally actors make lousy voice artists. It’s a different discipline. It’s like the early stage artists trying to adapt to film acting; they could stop yelling and playing too large. When it comes to voice acting some film actors can do it well but many just don’t work heard but not seen. Titan AD was probably the bottom of the barrel and Disney has made a mockery of many of the Studio Ghibli films.