What do you get when you take some real dialogue from website comment sections, have them voiced by killer voice actors, and then have the whole thing performed with sock puppets? Simple: You get Sock Puppet Theatre!
And when I say killer voice actors I mean some of the top voice actors in the industry! People like Rob Paulsen, April Whinchell, Pamela Adlon, Billy West, Fred Tatasciore, Kari Wahlgren, and Bob Joles.
But you wanna see some videos, right?
So... here they are:
What do Yakko Warner (from the Animaniacs), Pinky (from Pinky and the Brain), Raphael and soon Donatello (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Hadji (from Jonny Quest), and about another billion animated characters have in common?
The answer: ONE incredibly talented voice actor!
His name is Rob Paulsen
No, I'm not talking about a quote from a popular 1999 movie. (Actually, the quote was "His name was Robert Paulsen" but without Googling it can you name the movie?)
I'm talking about one of the most gifted voice actors in the business: Rob Paulsen — a man who has a list of voice acting credits that make the phrase "a mile long" seem tiny. (You can check them out at Rob Paulsen on IMDb.)
A major influence
I grew up listening to the man perform in many cartoons. And yet from TV show to TV show I never suspected it was the same guy doing the voices. All I knew is that whichever character he happened to be performing, I gravitated toward it.
Here's just a tiny sampling of some of his work along with a 3-part series on voice acting!
Multi-award-winning voice talent Bettye Zoller and Bob "man of a thousand cartoon voices" Bergen are teaming up to give you 90-minutes of live, online, interactive training in VoiceOverXtra's Voice Overs in Animation special audio/visual webinar.
This is not just a phone chat, boys and girls. It's training, training, training!
It all happens on Wednesday night, May 4th, so be sure to sign up!
Now that things here in Japan seem to be not so "panicky", it's time to roll up my sleeves and get some actual blogging done. Since I haven't posted some good voice over videos for a long time, I figure that there is no better time than the present.
Here are seven (count 'em, SEVEN!) videos to wet your voice over appetite!
(Notes from Harlan's website) Harlan narrates Christopher Kimball's recreation of a 12-course Christmas dinner originally hosted by Fannie Farmer in 1896. Fannie Farmer's Last Supper is playing throughout the holiday season on PBS.
Here's a replay of the segment called The Faces Behind the Voices - CBS Sunday Morning that appeared on TV just recently. (My kids loved it because they could finally see who does the voice of Dora the Explorer!)
Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year -- voice over style! This collection of famous and well-known voice actors have banded together to tell the popular Christmas poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
So sit back, relax, and pour yourself a glass of eggnog (as long as you don't have a voice over gig ) and enjoy!
A special thanks to Voxmarketising for first introducing me to this video!