Not sure how I missed this earlier, but this trailer for a documentary about those talents who do the voice overs for cartoons and recently video games looks absolutely fascinating:
In I Know That Voice, not only do we get to see what our favorite characters look like in real life – Bender/John Di Maggio somehow surprised me – but watching them as they become the characters is just enlightening. Billy West who voices at least half of the characters on Futurama sounds like Fry, but the moment he pulls out Zoidberg, he changes physically.
We see Tom Kenny who does Spongebob Squarepants, Tara Strong who voices Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls, and based on the film’s IMDb page, a cavalcade of voice talents including Mark Hamill (yes that Mark Hamill for those who aren’t aware of his second career) and Hank Azaria who does Moe, Chief Wiggum, Apu, and many others on The Simpsons.
There is a lot of credit given to June Foray, most well known for voice Rocky the Squirrel and everyone acknowledges that genius that was Mel Blanc. He created almost every voice for the Looney Tunes cartoons, including Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, and my all time favorite Marvin the Martian. His vocal gymnastics are evident in the brilliant Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody:
Not sure when we’ll be seeing this film, which was co-produced by Di Maggio, in theaters. But as someone who is still very much a fan of animated show, I’m very excited.