Effective Voice Over Performance in Animated Films

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Effective Voice Over Performance in Animated Films


Are you interested in voicing a character in an animated film? It’s not be as easy as it sounds. It takes a highly skilled actor to convey a lively character through voice alone.

Voice talent play a crucial role in the success or failure of an animated film. This is a well-known fact, especially in Hollywood. A good voice actor is hard to find because it takes a special person to be able to captivate an audience and suspend their disbelief using only their voice. Unlike stage and film actors who are able to draw upon their physical appearances to communicate and give subtle cues through body language, voice talent perform off-camera which presents a new set of challenges.

What makes voice acting harder than stage acting? As mentioned before, voice actors cannot use their body to convey their emotions. Instead, emotion has to be conveyed by factors such as: tone, phrasing and cadence. Finding the right voice to breathe life into a character takes skilled direction, a great character sketch and a good storyline.

One example of great voice casting is the groundbreaking CGI film, Toy Story (1995), featuring the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. Without their talent and ability to engage millions of people spanning several generations, Toy Story might not have been considered a classic with regard to CGI films. Hanks was able to turn Woody into a real character, a cowboy desperately afraid of being forgotten by someone he loved and Allen managed to make Lightyear come off as an authentic, developed character with a real personality. Without his voice work, Buzz Lightyear may have been perceived to be as fake as the plastic packaging he came in.

Movies like Shrek and Finding Nemo became great because the actors who voiced the characters struck a chord in the audience and made a real connection. It takes a lot of talent to make characters that aren’t human or who live in fantastical worlds connect emotionally with people living in our society today.

Animators are nourished by voice actors, and together, they are able to give a character a lease on life all its own and create something magical.


Source by Stephanie Adrianne Ciccarelli

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