Voiceover has been a part of animated (but not only) movies for almost 100 years now. Some of those voices stay with us for years after we first hear them. Voiceover artists have the power of bringing life to those movies and video games characters.
Let’s have a look at some iconic movie characters which were dubbed by some very talented voiceover artists.
1. Aladdin – Genie
Aladdin from 1992 is one of the most famous Disney movies and without a doubt, Genie is one of the all-time favourite characters. And this is probably mostly because of Robin Williams. He made people love Genie and one can say that with his humour and emotions Robin Williams made him human. His charismatic voice will be now forever remembered. You can see on the video above how many different voices and accents Robin Williams has recorded for this character. Impressive, right?
2. Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo is one of the main characters of the beloved cartoon about a group of friends and a dog traveling in their van and solving funny and strange mysteries. ‘Scooby-Doo, Where are you!’ cartoon was first aired in 1969! Now the whole franchise counts 47 animated TV series and movies.
Don Messick was the first voice of Scooby-Doo. He made us fall in love with this chicken-hearted Great Dane and the meddling kids by giving him this warm voice and infectious laugh. Don made Scooby Doo’s voice sound just human enough to be understood.
3. Star Wars – Darth Vader
One voice talent that comes to mind when talking about brilliant voices is of course James Earl Jones. This great actor and voice-over artist is known for voicing many other characters. For example, Mufasa from The Lion King, King Jaffe Joffer from Coming to America or Maggie Simpson from The Simpsons.
The Dark Lord of the Sith, thanks to James Earl Jones, has a deep and intimidating voice which adds to his character and the line ‘No, I am your father’ is as iconic as the character itself. A perfect villain voice.
4. Shrek – Fiona
This brave and independent princess can be a role model for many girls and women. Cameron used a warmth tone while keeping the elegancy of a royal as well as keeping her Californian accent. The actress also kept the character sarcastic and abrasive at times. Diaz did an amazing job and given that this was her first animated role it is even more impressive.
Extra Fun facts:
– Cameron Diaz was not singing in the movies, the singing voice, as well as the merchandise, came from Holly Fields.
– Cameron Diaz mentioned that she regretted voicing Fiona with her Californian accent after finding out that in ‘Shrek 2’ the parts of Fiona were voiced by Julie Andrews and John Cleese.
The importance of choosing the right voice
As you can see, the right voice can make the character stay in people’s memory forever. When thinking about choosing the voice for your character the first question you should ask yourself is: what is the message you would like to convey and what would you like the character to represent? If you would like the character to be authoritative you probably would choose a different voice to a high-pitched squawky voice. Which, on the other hand can be perfect for some lighter tone, funny videos.
To find a perfect voice for your project, you can visit our website where you can listen to demos of our experienced and very diversified voice-over artists. And if you are not sure what are you looking for, do not hesitate to contact us! We, as a voiceover agency, will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect voice. This will help you stand out no matter the genre in which you need the voiceover recording.
FUN FACT! Did you know that David Prowse purposely changed his lines as Darth Vader to make the rest of the crew laugh as he knew his voice will be changed to James Earl Jones’s? The one line that he mentioned was during The Empire Strikes Back where he changed ‘asteroids’ to ‘haemorrhoids’ in the following line: ‘Asteroids do not concern me Admiral, I want that ship’.
Remember, if you’d like to discuss your next project, then give us call on +44 (0) 207 095 5730. Or email [email protected] for a quote.