Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Film recommendation: I Know That Voice

If you're a lot like me, then your name is Dave, you are reading yet another book about Bob Dylan and were conflicted about 'The World Of Wall Street'

If you're a bit like me then a significant amount of your childhood and far more than you'd care to admit of your so-watching cartoons \ animation. If so, then I have a little gem for you.

The brainchild of John DiMaggio this loving indie documentary sets out to honour some of the most famous and yet anonymous people in the entertainment history - voice actors. For instance, you may be thinking, "John Di - whosi-what? - never heard of him, pal". Well he's the man behind the loveable drunk robot 'Bender' from 'Futurama'. Note that I didn't say simply "voice" as the film makes clear - this ain't just about doing a funny voice.  

As James Arnold Taylor, the current voice of Fred Flintstone and Obi Wan Kenobi from 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' points out anyone can give you a 'What's Up Doc?', a Daffy, Tweety-Pie, Sylvester or Porky Pig but what's special about voice actors is that they can take anything and read it as that character. Whether it be The Bible or Shakespeare they can stay in voice and character throughout. Taking on the mannerisms, physical traits and attitude of imaginary characters with animation is no different from any other acting except that you don't see it in the finished product. You begin to realise why the cream of their crop deserve and demand pretty handsome salaries.

And as I pointed out right at the top - they can be world famous as the people behind Spongebob Squarepants, Bart Simpson, Batman, The Joker but walk the streets with only proper nerds hassling them. With the added factor that nerds are often too nervous to do speak to them. No wonder many of them regard it as the best job in the world.

I paid just 99p to rent this from i-tunes and it's a great watch.  It celebrates a much loved bunch of voice actors and shed light on their previously unknown world.

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