"I Know That Voice" Might Make My Year


Right off the bat, I love love cartoons. I freely admit it is my favourite medium. It is not a genre, let us be perfectly clear. Pixar has proven that. Cartoons can be dramas, comedies, sci-fi, any of the conventional genres of literature. Animation is a medium film makers can use to tell the story. They are not meant for children, they are not a juvenile format, no more than live action is an adult format, despite what Disney has made us believe. I honestly believe that through animation, more amazing things can be realized in film and television then could ever be attempted in live action, that the scope and range and depth of stories can be expanded to levels that live action is simply incapable of achieving. Want proof? See any movie. Chances are, if it's been made since 1999, it has some, if not quiet a bit, of CGI. Which is just animation, rendered by computers instead of by hand. And what has it done? Expanded what is possible to show in a movie to what would have been considered impossible as recently as 1990.

You know what I don't like? Hollywood actors doing voice work. Disney started it in the eighties, when their movies started bringing in less at the box office, so they started hiring big name stars to draw some attention. Problem is, they aren't trained in the medium. They are trained (if at all) to act with their bodies, to react with their co-stars, and their surroundings. In animation, they have to do all of that, with just their voice. Want a comparison? Look at Pixar compared to Sony. Pixar is capable of coaxing truly great performances out of actors that don't spend a lot of time in front of the microphone. Sony, whose animated movies are generally subpar to begin with, are not. What it does is distract and take away from the voice actors who deserve our praise.

So, the above trailer is for a documentary about those voices that we all know, but wouldn't know the actors if they came up and punched us in the neck. The official description is thus:
A documentary on the mysterious world of “Voice Over & Voice Acting.” We have collected the top voice actors, voice directors, casting voice directors, creators, agents, producers, engineers, mixers, voice teachers, voice school and all those involved in the booming voice-over industry. This is a must see documentary for anyone that wants to know what goes on behind the scenes in your favourite cartoons, animations, and anything to do with voice acting. This is the first trailer, as we are still in production on this obtaining more quality interviews for our fans and supporters.
I cannot wait for this film. I have undying respect and admiration for these people, for their ability to change their voices, to make seemingly infinite variations on something as finite as a person's voice. I like that video games seem to be of particular focus in the film, as any one you play is filled with with these people. They are literally the ultimate character actors.

Plus, Kevin Conroy is undeniably the greatest Batman.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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