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Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Old 10-18-09, 02:59 PM
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

At this point, there's very little modern animation outside of Dreamworks and Pixar that don't use Billy West or John DiMaggio.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

FWIW, I will say that I have become accustomed to certain actors doing voices for characters in animation. I cannot fathom an animated Batman without Kevin Conroy doing the voice, or one with the Joker minus Mark Hamill (the best Joker ever until Heath Ledger came along, IMO), or Harley Quinn minus Arleen Sorkin.

It was actually the realization that Tim Daly and Clancy Brown would be involved with the Public Enemies movie that got me interested.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Al Pacino's voice would be perfect for these kids films.
He can scream all he wants and the artists will have a field day drawing that.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by Dr. DVD
FWIW, I will say that I have become accustomed to certain actors doing voices for characters in animation. I cannot fathom an animated Batman without Kevin Conroy doing the voice, or one with the Joker minus Mark Hamill (the best Joker ever until Heath Ledger came along, IMO), or Harley Quinn minus Arleen Sorkin.

It was actually the realization that Tim Daly and Clancy Brown would be involved with the Public Enemies movie that got me interested.
Those actors are primarily voice actors now. And Michael McKean doesn't do a bad Joker, either.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by Suprmallet
At this point, there's very little modern animation outside of Dreamworks and Pixar that don't use Billy West or John DiMaggio.
That is because those guys are good, and they are voice actors, not "celebrities lending their voices".

Tress Macneille - voice actor

Cameron Diaz - celebrity doing voice work.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Yep. But most dvdtalkers think the world revolves around them and they look down on the unwashed masses of moviegoers.
but why reiterate the obvious?
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

In defense of Dreamworks, the Prince of Egypt had plenty of stunt casting and I thought they all worked perfectly for the characters they portrayed. Of course, that was the last quality Dreamworks animated film, IMO.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by UAIOE
That is because those guys are good, and they are voice actors, not "celebrities lending their voices".

Tress Macneille - voice actor

Cameron Diaz - celebrity doing voice work.
Oh, I absolutely agree. I wasn't complaining about the real voice actors at all. On the contrary, I wish they would get even more work.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
I'll add Disney to the list of companies that get it right.
I would like to present Exhibit A.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by calhoun07
I bet most of us here would go see a movie our favorite director did even if they cast a bunch of unknowns over the Next Big Popcorn Movie with 5 top billed stars and some no name director.
yep, see the Coen's brothers latest "A Serious Man", no real name stars in the movie, but since they directed, my interest peaked up
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by calhoun07
It really depends, but I would say for the majority of the time the answer is no. If the celeb voice is chosen because it adds something to the character I really don't mind. Vin Diesel as the Iron Giant, for example, was great casting. If it's just arbitrary like Dreamworks does with most of their movies just to spout off celeb names in the credits then, no...not really.

Dreamworks really is the worst offender of this. Shoot, for a few movies there they even tried to make the animated characters resemble the celebs playing them. Will Smith in Shark Tale and the design for the shark was really the worst. I avoided the movie for that reason alone.
This is how I feel, as well. If an actor is a good choice for the character, I'm fine. If a character is designed around the actor, it usually turns out poorly.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

Originally Posted by devilshalo
I would like to present Exhibit A.
So one casting choice out of hundreds in the past 20 years is the example? See my list above, on the whole they get it right more often than not. When they do get it wrong though, it's waaaay wrong. Rosanne & Rosie O'Donnel come to mind.
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Re: Celebrity Voices in animated/puppet movies: Does it really add anything?

I had the exact same converstaion with a buddy of mine this weekend. I say save the millions each high end actor gets cuz I doubt they make a big difference in box office sales. Kids will wanna see the movie regardless. Us adults may find those voices a little distracting too.

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