Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Eight Voice Actors and What They Actually Look Like

John Dimaggio Best known as: Bender on Futurama, Jake on Adventure Time.

 Billy West Best known as: Both Ren and Stimpy, Phillip J. Fry on Futurama, Bugs Bunny in Space Jam (1996).

 Pamela Adlon Best known as: Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, Milo Oblong on The Oblongs.

 H. Jon Benjamin Best known as: Ben on Dr. Katz, Bob on Bob’s Burgers, Coach McGuirk on Home Movies, Sterling Archer on Archer.

 June Foray Best known as: Rocky J. Squirrel from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 Maurice LaMarche Best known as: The Brain on Pinky and the Brain, Orson Welles on both The Critic and The Simpsons, Lrr and Calculon on Futurama.

 Rachel MacFarlane Best known as: Hayley Smith on American Dad, countless voices on Family Guy The fact that she is also Seth MacFarlane sister is of small note.

 Dan Castellaneta Best known as: Homer Simpson, Mayor Quimby, and Krusty the Clown, and many others on The Simpsons.

  Click here for the 8
and you might also want to Click here for a Star Wars radio play with some unusual voices

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hokey Smoke! June Foray, The Voice Of Rocky The Squirrel, Turns 95:

June Foray has portrayed a multitude of animated characters: Witch Hazel and Granny on Looney Tunes, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, and Nell Fenwick on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” even Cindy Lou Who on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Most recently, June Foray won an Emmy for her role as Mrs. Cauldron on “The Garfield Show,”

On September 18th, Voice actress June Foray turned 95. Foray is still working, and she spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her career. What follows are text and audio links to the interview:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bob Bergen's Views On Celebrity Voice Overs

Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig:

      Hi all! Many of you have forwarded me that article in the LA Times regarding how much VO work has gone to celebrities. For those who didn't see it I'm posting the link at the bottom of the article.

      This trend in celebrity VO is indeed true, and can be frustrating to those of us who are trained, have great track records, and rely on VO for our livelihood. However, I choose to look at the glass half full!

     Let me elaborate: -When I got into the business 30 years ago, there were 3 networks. Today, there are 500 plus cable networks, all needing promo voices, narration, and commercials. -When I got into the business there were only Saturday morning cartoons, occupying 3-5 hours of programming per network/per week. Today, there are complete networks/channels devoted to animation. From Disney Channel, to Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. - Home studios were for the wealthiest and most successful voice actors 30 years ago. Today, for under $500 you have a broadcast quality home studio. And, you can travel with your studio enabling you to keep working/auditioning. -30 years ago Disney released an animated feature every 5-7 years. Today, every major animation studio has a thriving animation department, releasing dozens of animated features a year.

     Since the 90s I've been fortunate to have worked on almost every Disney/Pixar feature, as well as features for Sony, FOX, Dreamworks, etc. Never the lead, but as a utility player able to provide a variety of characters and voices that celebs cannot do. Would I like to play the lead? My ego says yes. But the guy who loves what he does is creatively fulfilled. And, the residuals are splendid! So, should I be worried about celebrities taking vo gigs? For me, it's a waste of time worrying about what I cannot control. Which leaves me a slew of time being positive and proactive as I pursue all that IS available to me. There have never been more opportunities for voice actors than today.

     Now, the REAL threat is the fact that many pros estimate that 40% of what was union vo work 30 years ago is now non union. The bright side of that, at least in animation, IS (or is it are??) celebrities. Since animation uses celebs so often, animation is relatively safe from the erosion of non union.,0,7571081.story?page=1

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coming This Fall - "I Know That Voice"

A documentary on the voices behind the animated characters in "Voice Over & Voice Acting." They 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 cartoons, animations, and anything to do with voice acting. They are still in production and are obtaining more interviews.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Robert Sherman dies at 86

Disney songwriter, Robert B. Sherman has passed away at the age of 86. Farewell to one of the greatest songwriters Disney ever had.

Rob Paulsen interview

On this episode of Microphone Monday, An interview with the timeless and extremely talented Rob Paulsen. Rob has been doing voices for almost 30 years - from Snow Job on the original GI JOE to The Mask: The Animated Series to Pinky from Pinky & The Brain and now Donatello on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.