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(Washington Post)   Pity the poor professional voice-over actor, who's getting squeezed between high-priced celebrities and Internet amateurs   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 96
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2012-05-13 01:48:23 PM  
Your father-in-law was right- you really can't make a living immitating Daffy Duck. Now go apologize to him and get a real job, you lazy turd.
 
2012-05-13 02:01:32 PM  
I hear that Alabama is in need of laborers.
 
2012-05-13 02:20:48 PM  
I started down this road once and took, training with a well known voice over person. This was a problem a good ten years ago.Forget mainstream animation or great PBS documentaries. If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.
 
2012-05-13 03:55:13 PM  

edmo: I started down this road once and took, training with a well known voice over person. This was a problem a good ten years ago.Forget mainstream animation or great PBS documentaries. If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.


There is some awesome work being done now. Most is crap. Free.

http://librivox.org/
 
2012-05-13 03:55:58 PM  
I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.
 
2012-05-13 03:57:30 PM  
Blizzard must use the "internet amateurs" segment.
 
2012-05-13 04:07:37 PM  
It's been getting worse the last few years. Jim from the Office doing car insurance, while Pam does Match.com. George Clooney doing Budweiser.

Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.

/Yeah, because I'll buy a Chrysler because Joe Mantegna told me to.
 
2012-05-13 04:08:05 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


Yeah, and I feel like they might have touched on this in the Futurama commentary too (Maurice was mentioned in the article).

I can understand that. Probably actors felt the same way when reality shows were the Big Thing - "they get paid for doing nothing", etc.
 
2012-05-13 04:10:47 PM  
Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!
 
2012-05-13 04:14:42 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


I can see that. Myers at least used an accent and put some character into his work, Diaz just did herself.
 
2012-05-13 04:17:36 PM  
Boo hoo. The poor ugly people who wanted to be actors and couldn't now might have to lower themselves to actual labor because the celebrities are still prettier and more desirable as advertisers than they are. I'm not going to weep because their golden ticket to making big money sitting on their asses talking (without having anything to actually say themselves) has run out.
 
2012-05-13 04:19:33 PM  

hbk72777: George Clooney doing Budweiser.


That shocks me, but the money must be really good.

Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.
 
2012-05-13 04:43:30 PM  
You know, one flip side to the voice actors vs regular actors argument... sometimes voice actors who usually do cartoon work end up sounding, well, cartoony in roles which are meant to sound like realistic people.
 
2012-05-13 04:43:46 PM  
I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.
 
2012-05-13 04:46:45 PM  

Richard Roma: I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.


David Schwimmer.....really?
 
2012-05-13 04:47:26 PM  

Richard Roma: I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.


Or worse, Dustin Hoffman.

/sorry for the double post
 
2012-05-13 04:50:15 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.


Tim Allen, according to the article.
 
2012-05-13 04:52:19 PM  

bel4sucks: Tim Allen, according to the article.


Ah, that's it! And that makes sense.

/didn't RTFA
//will do so now
 
2012-05-13 04:58:54 PM  
Audio books are pretty much what's left. I'm not in a union cause I don't make enough $$ to join. I spend a lot of my time working as an audio engineer and editor for a friend who gets a lot of work from Audible.com. I've been at this for 11 years and the economy has tanked a lot of small businesses I used to do work for. Hell, the independent radio station I worked for used to pay me in promos!
 
2012-05-13 04:59:25 PM  

XMark: You know, one flip side to the voice actors vs regular actors argument... sometimes voice actors who usually do cartoon work end up sounding, well, cartoony in roles which are meant to sound like realistic people.


That all depends on the voice director.

The best one, bar none, is Andrea Romano. I maintain she's the main reason why the DCAU and the DC Animated Movies are so great. She knows how to handle the voices. And people end up sounding like people instead of zany characters like they do in Marvel cartoons.
 
2012-05-13 05:02:19 PM  

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!


I agree. It is worth it just for all the terrible "Spess Mahreen" quotes in DoW
 
2012-05-13 05:08:58 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


It might have been this one^
 
2012-05-13 05:09:49 PM  
 
2012-05-13 05:17:29 PM  
It's just a matter of time before Stephen Hawking loses his National Weather Service warning gig.
 
2012-05-13 05:18:53 PM  
This started with Disney and the movie Oliver. However I like that John Slattery is the voice of Lincoln, and I'm getting burnt out on Mike Rowe honestly.
 
2012-05-13 05:26:58 PM  
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Damn you Jon Hamm, damn you!
 
2012-05-13 05:28:57 PM  

cato113: or this one even


That's the one. Although I guess it was Robin Williams he complimented, not Mike Meyers.
 
2012-05-13 05:35:33 PM  
Damn, everything I actually wanna do for a living pays shiat..
 
2012-05-13 06:05:38 PM  

edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.


Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.
 
2012-05-13 06:13:14 PM  
Pontiac.

Saab.

PONTIAC!

SAAB!

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-05-13 06:19:32 PM  
Suck it Crispin Freeman. Now you'll have to use your dulcet tones on someone else.

Nevermind, apparently he's hot.
 
2012-05-13 06:20:03 PM  
As a professional voice-over guy, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

I'm doing okay with it. However, I've never deluded myself into thinking it would be easy. If you're good and you work hard, you'll make money. Like anything else, building a reputation takes time.

I don't have much love for the celebrity v/o people, but there are some of them that are exceptionally good at it, so I don't begrudge their success.
 
2012-05-13 06:21:07 PM  

Thunderboy: edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.

Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.


You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.
 
2012-05-13 06:28:44 PM  
Take this opportunity to go listen to the Rob Paulsen/Maurice LaMarche Nerdist podcast. They spend a bit too much time sucking each other off perhaps, but it's incredibly entertaining otherwise.
 
2012-05-13 06:31:24 PM  

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!


LOL. Or should I say, HA HA HA HA HA
www.manoaplace.com
 
2012-05-13 06:43:31 PM  
As a fan of animation, I always find it annoying when big animated features pick a Brad Pitt or Cameron Diaz to do voice over work, instead of picking someone whose face I won't see in my head as soon as I hear their voice.

I think it would benefit animated features to explore new talent and steer away from famous screen actors.

However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

There are enough talented people on the planet that they could spread the wealth a bit, and make each and every character in animation have an original voice. Sure, it wouldn't make it much of a career path, but it would lend a lot to animation so long as they pick genuinely talented folks to do the voice work.

Typecasting happens, and I'm sorry, but Frank Welker is perhaps the only guy who can get away with playing a dozen different characters and having none of them sound alike.
 
2012-05-13 06:45:10 PM  
Hulloahh, I am ahn Amayrreecann voice ahctahh in a videooo gyme. Ahm I note cinvincingly Anglo-something??
 
2012-05-13 06:46:34 PM  
My cousin introduced me to the Garmin girl last summer at a concert. Well, at least she claimed she was.
/ no idea what a Garmin girl sounds like
// Old school Atlas guy
/// off my lawn
 
2012-05-13 06:47:22 PM  

doglover: Thunderboy: edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.

Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.

You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.


... Start doing it for free? .. that's the worst advice I've ever heard. In my opinion, if you don't have the confidence to charge a fair price for a service, you have no right to be in the business. Like in any business, first you get good, then put out a shingle. Not the other way around.
 
2012-05-13 06:53:37 PM  

jayhawk88: Paulsen


That episode of the Nerdist Podcast turned me on to Rob Paulsen's own podcast, "Talkin' Toons". About 12 or 13 episodes in, he starts getting other voice actors or people involved with animation to interview and it turned into one of my favorite podcasts. Last week's episode was a 2 hour long interview with Mark Hamil.

Of course, I'm also a big ol animation nerd.
 
2012-05-13 07:07:21 PM  

RidesAPaleHorse: jayhawk88: Paulsen

That episode of the Nerdist Podcast turned me on to Rob Paulsen's own podcast, "Talkin' Toons". About 12 or 13 episodes in, he starts getting other voice actors or people involved with animation to interview and it turned into one of my favorite podcasts. Last week's episode was a 2 hour long interview with Mark Hamil.

Of course, I'm also a big ol animation nerd.


I tried the one he did with Maurice, it was OK but I haven't checked out any others. Can't seem to break out of the Nerdist/BS Report rut.
 
2012-05-13 07:24:02 PM  

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.


No, no, it's Claire Redfield's good acting!
 
2012-05-13 07:36:33 PM  
Took my granddaughter to see some animated fare a while back and in the opening credits was made a point to tell what movie star was doing each voice. I guess to my granddaughter it didn't really make a difference, but was very off putting and distracting to me.
 
2012-05-13 07:43:02 PM  

bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.


The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."


John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.
 
2012-05-13 07:46:11 PM  

Buzzerguy: bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.

The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.


I know that. I wasn't making a connection there, other than to say career voice actors become recognizable.

And I didn't want to say "Fry" because I would have some smart-ass say "Don't you mean 'Stimpy'?"
 
2012-05-13 08:22:59 PM  

cheap_thoughts: ...getting burnt out on Mike Rowe honestly.


No kidding. If he's not on a commercial he's narrating a nature show. Get back in the sewer or wherever and get dirty. And stay there.
 
2012-05-13 08:47:39 PM  

doglover: You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.


Random House does not get its narrators from Youtube.
 
2012-05-13 08:57:33 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Typecasting happens, and I'm sorry, but Frank Welker is perhaps the only guy who can get away with playing a dozen different characters and having none of them sound alike.


I'd notice Cam Clarke right away, but then I'm like who cares if I know it's Cam Clarke, he's a damn good v/o actor.
 
2012-05-13 08:58:00 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.


I know it's not Mike Rowe because he's too busy humping Fords.

/Hey, "every man," take off your hat inside the dealership, you goddamn prole.
 
2012-05-13 08:59:45 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Buzzerguy: bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.

The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.

I know that. I wasn't making a connection there, other than to say career voice actors become recognizable.

And I didn't want to say "Fry" because I would have some smart-ass say "Don't you mean 'Stimpy'?"


Weak sauce.
 
2012-05-13 09:15:18 PM  
Thurl Ravenscroft looks down from his mountain and laughs
 
2012-05-13 09:30:58 PM  

Fano: Thurl Ravenscroft looks down from his mountain and laughs


or Paul Frees
 
2012-05-13 09:45:10 PM  
Hi,

thegamersthumb.com

I have over 250 entries on my IMDB page

/not complaining
 
2012-05-13 09:52:17 PM  
Uncle Phil from Fresh prince - Shredder.
 
2012-05-13 09:59:30 PM  

Flappyhead: Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.

I can see that. Myers at least used an accent and put some character into his work, Diaz just did herself.


"Diaz just did herself". I'd pay her 12 million for that movie.

\My bunk. I'll be in it.
 
2012-05-13 10:10:02 PM  

Burr: Hi,

[thegamersthumb.com image 250x256]

I have over 250 entries on my IMDB page

/not complaining


I swear she voices all the Action Girls in every farking cartoon now. Not that it's a problem.
 
2012-05-13 10:25:51 PM  

eddievercetti: Burr: Hi,

[thegamersthumb.com image 250x256]

I have over 250 entries on my IMDB page

/not complaining

I swear she voices all the Action Girls in every farking cartoon now. Not that it's a problem.


I think it is, she has no range. sheppard is the same as felica hardy was, as ms marvel is. for me, she's sheppard, to me her voice is perfect for that role.
 
2012-05-13 10:53:29 PM  
permeating?
 
2012-05-13 10:59:43 PM  
There's some voice actors out there that are basically the same in every damn show they do (I'm looking at you, Johnny Yong Bosch), but then you get someone like Daran Norris who was Cosmo in The Fairly Odd Parents and Vincent Volaju in the dub of the Cowboy Bebop movie. Blew my mind when I found that out. Basically, if they're good, they won't sound the same in every thing they're in. I know of few celebrity voice actors who can do that. Though I guess they're *supposed* to sound like themselves, because marketing.
 
2012-05-13 11:14:23 PM  

PonceAlyosha: Suck it Crispin Freeman. Now you'll have to use your dulcet tones on someone else.

Nevermind, apparently he's hot.


upload.wikimedia.org

Oh hell yes!

But then again, when is anyone named Crispin not hot?
 
2012-05-13 11:17:00 PM  

hbk72777: Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.


Years ago, Donald Sutherland was the voice of Volvo. When he was asked about selling out to them, he explained that he'd once been in a car crash in a Volvo and he safety features saved his life. When they approached him, he was happy to do it, as it was a product he believed in. He hasn't shilled for anything before or since.
 
2012-05-13 11:39:46 PM  

IlGreven: TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

No, no, it's Claire Redfield's good acting!


huh...Radio.....what's going on with that radio...
 
2012-05-13 11:40:30 PM  
The thing that signaled the death of the Science Channel to me was "Morgan Freeman's Beyond the Wormhole".

I don't care about some farking actor, I want to potentially learn some stuff with some neat animations and commentary by experts.
That particular show sucks anyway, but just having some actor as the main draw is infuriating.
I wonder how much of the budget goes to him.

Sure enough, Science Channel now has at least one original Sci-Fi show, one Pawn Stars rip-off, one "paranormal" BS show, and so on.
 
2012-05-13 11:52:09 PM  

Comsamvimes: ...but then you get someone like Daran Norris who was Cosmo in The Fairly Odd Parents...


Cosmo and Timmy's dad. I don't hear much similarity there, even.

/Tress MacNeille, much as I like her, always has a Tress MacNeille-ness that comes through in all her characters.
 
2012-05-13 11:52:46 PM  

SuperT: eddievercetti: Burr: Hi,

[thegamersthumb.com image 250x256]

I have over 250 entries on my IMDB page

/not complaining

I swear she voices all the Action Girls in every farking cartoon now. Not that it's a problem.

I think it is, she has no range. sheppard is the same as felica hardy was, as ms marvel is. for me, she's sheppard, to me her voice is perfect for that role.


Her voice always sounds the same, but it's great.
 
2012-05-13 11:53:35 PM  

DocRoberts: As a professional voice-over guy, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

I'm doing okay with it. However, I've never deluded myself into thinking it would be easy. If you're good and you work hard, you'll make money. Like anything else, building a reputation takes time.

I don't have much love for the celebrity v/o people, but there are some of them that are exceptionally good at it, so I don't begrudge their success.


Oh, you can't leave it at that. What work or roles have you done? How did you get into the business?
 
2012-05-14 12:15:35 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: hbk72777: Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.

Years ago, Donald Sutherland was the voice of Volvo. When he was asked about selling out to them, he explained that he'd once been in a car crash in a Volvo and he safety features saved his life. When they approached him, he was happy to do it, as it was a product he believed in. He hasn't shilled for anything before or since.


Isn't he currently doing Florida Orange juice ads?
 
2012-05-14 12:30:31 AM  
Lets see the Disney Classics like "The Jungle Book" used name actors like Sebastian Cabot, Phil Harris, and Louis Prima. "The Aristocats" Ava Gabor, Scatman Crouthers, Phil Harris and the like. This phenomenon is nothing new.

Even in the earliest days of Disney animation they were using name actors from the Golden Age Of Radio.

Look at the "Emperors New Grove" David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warbuton.
 
2012-05-14 12:50:04 AM  

Burr: Hi,

[thegamersthumb.com image 250x256]

I have over 250 entries on my IMDB page

/not complaining


Sheena!
 
2012-05-14 12:51:24 AM  

Wayne 985: DocRoberts: As a professional voice-over guy, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

I'm doing okay with it. However, I've never deluded myself into thinking it would be easy. If you're good and you work hard, you'll make money. Like anything else, building a reputation takes time.

I don't have much love for the celebrity v/o people, but there are some of them that are exceptionally good at it, so I don't begrudge their success.

Oh, you can't leave it at that. What work or roles have you done? How did you get into the business?


I wish I had some glamorous tales of greatness, but I don't. I'm not an actor. I specialize in narration and instructional video voiceover. I have also done web video voiceovers as well as regional radio and tv ads. Most of my work is simple, clear and unspectacular. As an example, I just landed the contract for the repair videos for Rug Doctor carpet cleaners rented through Home Depot stores in Texas... That being said, I love it.

My background is over 15 years in radio reading and interpreting scripts. I typically have to audition for about 15-20 jobs per day, and I usually land one of them. I have a decent home studio set up, a good studio condenser mic and 8-10 hours a day to work uninterrupted. I've been at it full-time for almost a year, and hopefully within the next 12 months I can quit my part-time job reading news on the weekends and continue to eat.

The secret to it is understanding the script, and being persistent, as well as an insistence on quality audio.... and a whole lot of luck.

It ain't rocket science, but it is a valuable skill set.

Finally, I know I sounded harsh about my "giving it away" comment, but I've always believed that if you believe in your product, you should never lower your prices to get attention. Instead, you should re-visit your marketing strategy. This is a rule that translates to all business, not just the one I'm in.

.. I know.. CSB
 
2012-05-14 01:16:03 AM  
"Even if it is a terrific spot -which it isn't -people don't have a clue who that is," grumbled Kane

Yes, we do, at least some of us - it is rare that a celebrity voiceover gets passed me. Except Liev Schreiber, that guy's narration voice sounds nothing like his regular voice, it's crazy.

That said, does it make it any more likely that I'm going to buy the product? Not even a little.
 
2012-05-14 01:26:19 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: The thing that signaled the death of the Science Channel to me was "Morgan Freeman's Beyond the Wormhole".

I don't care about some farking actor, I want to potentially learn some stuff with some neat animations and commentary by experts.
That particular show sucks anyway, but just having some actor as the main draw is infuriating.
I wonder how much of the budget goes to him.

Sure enough, Science Channel now has at least one original Sci-Fi show, one Pawn Stars rip-off, one "paranormal" BS show, and so on.


What was it, March? The entire month was about proving they can be just as silly as the History Channel.

/I would pay cash money for a show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
//Hell, another season of sci-fi science with Michio Kaku. It can just be him talking about how awesome Neil deGrasse Tyson is, I'm not picky.
///But let's leave Stephen Hawking alone for a while. All you're showing is reruns anyway.
////Oddities isn't bad but I keep waiting for the REALLY weird stuff.
 
2012-05-14 01:29:21 AM  
Another thing that sucks are commercials and tv shows don't use original songs/jingles anymore. It's stupid popular music. I know why they do it, I don't like it.
 
2012-05-14 01:34:22 AM  
i2.ytimg.com
archerfx.cz
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-05-14 01:55:13 AM  
I don't blame you for not mentioning Bob from Bob's Burgers, but it's not cool to leave out:

pics.livejournal.com

/and Mortimer Mango
 
2012-05-14 02:05:50 AM  

Shadowtag: /I would pay cash money for a show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.


He's been hosting science shows on PBS.

Your_Huckleberry: Isn't he currently doing Florida Orange juice ads?


You are correct. Once can only assume that orange juice once saved his life as well.
 
2012-05-14 02:45:44 AM  
They did it to themselves with god awful dubs. Look at the dubbed anime, from dragon ball z to videogames. The difference between how they feel characters should sound.

Has anyone played final fantasy x for ps2? Whiney characters and lame accents. No wonder they're being squeezed out. Now, just pay attention to how a male japanese voice actor screams emotionally compared to an american actor. I think they all aim to sound like looney tunes, even if the character they're portraying is supposed to sound badass.
 
2012-05-14 03:48:04 AM  

DocRoberts: I've always believed that if you believe in your product, you should never lower your prices to get attention. Instead, you should re-visit your marketing strategy.


Free is not a price.

To make it in Hollywood or any other high competition place, you have to get your foot in the door. Part of that is giving it away for free sometimes. Be it a charity whatsit or an internship or just bangin' out scripts till someone buys one.

Not quite the same thing as "product"
 
2012-05-14 03:50:07 AM  
You know what's great with those high-priced celebrities ?

More often that not, they can act.

Professional VO actors, especially in cartoons, can do funny voices, but that's not the same as acting. Dustin Hoffman, for instance, was a great Sifu. Frankly, I love Billy West, but I hate to think what he would have done with the character.
 
2012-05-14 04:38:32 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Another thing that sucks are commercials and tv shows don't use original songs/jingles anymore. It's stupid popular music. I know why they do it, I don't like it.


At the risk of being escorted off various Farkers' lawns, I'll just leave this here: I knew "Like a Rock" as a commercial jingle for years, if not decades, before hearing the actual song.
 
2012-05-14 04:56:15 AM  
Bah, I think that once an actor reaches a certain level of notoriety - maybe once they're considered "A-List" that they should be forbidden from voice over & animation work. Looking at you Patrick Stewart, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, David Spade, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, etc.. Anytime someone sitting in the audience can say "hey isn't that..." you've made a casting mistake.

Whatever you do, Don't. OPEN. that. Door!
 
2012-05-14 07:14:07 AM  
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and

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among various other things,
 
2012-05-14 08:44:19 AM  
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2012-05-14 08:44:50 AM  

Delawheredad: Lets see the Disney Classics like "The Jungle Book" used name actors like Sebastian Cabot, Phil Harris, and Louis Prima. "The Aristocats" Ava Gabor, Scatman Crouthers, Phil Harris and the like. This phenomenon is nothing new.

Even in the earliest days of Disney animation they were using name actors from the Golden Age Of Radio.

Look at the "Emperors New Grove" David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warbuton.


Phil Harris and Eartha Kitt were trained professionals who could actually sing. And Had singing careers as well. Hacks like Ray Romano who schlep through their Eyeore like performances and collect a fat check will never had the talent that Phil and Eartha did.
Hey who can we get to play the elephant? Romano, he's got a big nose, and everyone identifies his voice with the voice of a man who is pussywhipped. And who'd playing the girl? Gotta be sassy with a big ass and all, for as long as we're laying out our stereotypes, we may as well go the whole hog.
And you know what? We really have not made this annoying enough, can we get Jack Black a part in it?

Go on about how they USED to use stereo types in Hollywood. But back in the day, they had giants of talent, and didn't just use some sell out.
Scatman was a freaking genius, and a singer, as well.
You nowadays have your obligatory, whipped white boys, played by Romano, and Schwimmer countered by the strong, obese, sassy, women who don't get the parts for being Caucasian behind the scenes.

And don't get me started on Ellen "Fish-Sticks" Degenerate.
 
2012-05-14 09:15:04 AM  

doglover: DocRoberts: I've always believed that if you believe in your product, you should never lower your prices to get attention. Instead, you should re-visit your marketing strategy.

Free is not a price.

To make it in Hollywood or any other high competition place, you have to get your foot in the door. Part of that is giving it away for free sometimes. Be it a charity whatsit or an internship or just bangin' out scripts till someone buys one.

Not quite the same thing as "product"


wrong. When you are marketing yourself as the brand/product, Its especially important to have a price. Provide quality at a reasonable price, but never give it away for free. Anyone who hires your service/talent for free will never respect it. Compete with talent, not price.

Again, this is completely my opinion, so take it for what its worth.
 
2012-05-14 09:29:11 AM  

DocRoberts:
Again, this is completely my opinion, so take it for what its worth.


And you offer this for free, here?
 
2012-05-14 09:43:11 AM  

vudukungfu: DocRoberts:
Again, this is completely my opinion, so take it for what its worth.

And you offer this for free, here?



this is Fark. Don't we all?
 
2012-05-14 09:53:00 AM  

petuniapup: Britney Spear's Speculum: Another thing that sucks are commercials and tv shows don't use original songs/jingles anymore. It's stupid popular music. I know why they do it, I don't like it.

At the risk of being escorted off various Farkers' lawns, I'll just leave this here: I knew "Like a Rock" as a commercial jingle for years, if not decades, before hearing the actual song.


I can't listen to many of Aretha Franklin's songs because they've all been used in commercials and for whatever reason I can't shake the association.
 
2012-05-14 10:40:28 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: petun
I can't listen to many of Aretha Franklin's songs because they've all been used in commercials and for whatever reason I can't shake the association.


Yeah, those days of innocence are precious and few.
 
2012-05-14 10:51:32 AM  

padraig: Professional VO actors, especially in cartoons, can do funny voices, but that's not the same as acting. Dustin Hoffman, for instance, was a great Sifu. Frankly, I love Billy West, but I hate to think what he would have done with the character.


I don't remember at all what was memorable about Dustin Hoffman's Sifu, so I don't know why people cite this so often.

Being able to act, and being able to do voice work are kind of different. Many actors have no idea how to "act" when they are not physically doing anything, when there is no one to act against in a studio, or when there is no audience to get a response from. Many, not all. That's why someone's assessment of classic Disney cartoons that quite often used celebrities like Phil Harris, etc is kind of wrong. Back in those days, a lot of big name celebrities did a lot of radio work. Hell, they may have started out on the radio, or switched to radio as movie roles slowed down as they aged. Either way, they had a lot of practice at being in a sound studio, which most of today's actors don't.

Also, I'd say that Disney does a better job than most of selecting actors with particular qualities of voice for their characters, rather than just slapping any actor in a role. Can't imagine a better Shere Khan than George Sanders.
 
2012-05-14 11:53:08 AM  
don't cry voice guys.. there's always radio to fall back on.

LOL
 
2012-05-14 12:12:30 PM  

UDel_Kitty: padraig: Professional VO actors, especially in cartoons, can do funny voices, but that's not the same as acting. Dustin Hoffman, for instance, was a great Sifu. Frankly, I love Billy West, but I hate to think what he would have done with the character.

I don't remember at all what was memorable about Dustin Hoffman's Sifu, so I don't know why people cite this so often.


Kung-Fu Panda had huge a-listers in its voice list, with Jack Black and Seth Rogen being the only celeb actors that were even remotely recognizable. The rest of them could've been replaced with actual voice over professionals and the movie would've been fine. Everyone else -- Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, et al, voiced characters with minimal screen time and were there to sell the film.
 
2012-05-14 02:09:27 PM  

WayToBlue: Yes, we do, at least some of us - it is rare that a celebrity voiceover gets passed me. Except Liev Schreiber, that guy's narration voice sounds nothing like his regular voice, it's crazy.


I am exactly the same. I can pick them out with no effort. Except Liev Shrieber. Every time I see him listed as narrator, I am stunned.
 
2012-05-14 05:49:07 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: hbk72777: Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.

Years ago, Donald Sutherland was the voice of Volvo. When he was asked about selling out to them, he explained that he'd once been in a car crash in a Volvo and he safety features saved his life. When they approached him, he was happy to do it, as it was a product he believed in. He hasn't shilled for anything before or since.


The folks who hired him for Simply Orange orange juice would like to have a word with you...
 
2012-05-14 08:27:50 PM  

vudukungfu:
And don't get me started on Ellen "Fish-Sticks" Degenerate.


I thought she was great in "Finding Nemo."
 
2012-05-14 11:17:31 PM  

meathome: Dwight_Yeast: hbk72777: Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.

Years ago, Donald Sutherland was the voice of Volvo. When he was asked about selling out to them, he explained that he'd once been in a car crash in a Volvo and he safety features saved his life. When they approached him, he was happy to do it, as it was a product he believed in. He hasn't shilled for anything before or since.

The folks who hired him for Simply Orange orange juice would like to have a word with you...


Or the Delta Airlines commercial I just watched.
 
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