Character Voice Actors have been a part of animated movies for almost 100 years. Voiceover artists have the power to bring life to characters whose voices stay with us for years after we first hear them. Let’s look at some iconic movie and cartoon characters that very talented voice-over actors dubbed.
Aladdin – Genie
Aladdin from 1992 is one of the most famous Disney movies and Genie is one of the all-time favorite characters and voices (read about other popular Disney Voice-Over Actors!).
This is probably because of Robin Williams, the character voice actor behind Genie.
He made people love Genie and one can say that with his humor and emotions Williams made him human. His charismatic voice will be forever remembered.
You can see on the video above how many different voices and accents Robin Williams has created for this character. Impressive, right?
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 character voice actor 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.
Star Wars – Darth Vader
One voice of character 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, A perfect villain voice. Not in vain the line ‘No, I am your father’ is as iconic as his character.
Shrek – Fiona
Fiona, a brave and independent princess, can be a role model for many girls and women.
Cameron Díaz used a warm tone while keeping the elegance of a royal and her Californian accent.
The voice actress also kept the character sarcastic and abrasive at times. Diaz did a fantastic job as a character voice acting, and given that this was her first animated role, it is even more impressive.
Do you notice that Cameron Diaz was not singing in the movies? The singing voice, as well as the merchandise, came from Holly Fields.
Another interesting piece of trivia is that Cameron Diaz regretted voicing Fiona with her Californian accent after discovering that in ‘Shrek 2’, the parts of Fiona were voiced by Julie Andrews and John Cleese.
How to Create a Voice for a Character?
The secret is choosing the right voice. The voice of the character can make it 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 squeaky voice. Which, on the other hand, can be perfect for some lighter tone, funny videos.
To find a perfect voice for your voice-over project, visit our website and listen to tons of demos of our experienced and very diversified voice-over artists.
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