Netfix: I Know That Voice

movie+posters+21Voice acting could easily be one of the most over-looked arts in the TV/film industry. It’s one thing for a well-known actor to provide a voice for a character – they’re mostly playing themselves. But for a person to hide themselves completely and be utterly unrecognizable amongst us common-folk, that takes talent.

I Know That Voice exposes and pays tribute to such talent as June Foray, Jeff Bennett, Daran Norris, Pamela Segall Aldon, Billy West, and many, many more. (Did you have to google some of those? I don’t blame you in the least.)

As far as documentaries go, you really can’t get any more cut-and-dry than this one. I Know That Voice goes into a brief history of the establishment of voice acting, talks about some industry pioneers, and carries on about recent happenings and new kinds of media. Plus it’s chocked full of all sorts of talent and trivia.

The Good
Now, I’m a total dork about this kind of stuff, so I really enjoyed learning about the history of voice acting as well as methods of the craft. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves learning about filmmaking – or loves cartoons.

The Bad
Nothing dates a documentary like bouncy, animated text. I’m not going to hold that against it, though.

The Just Plain Neat
Corey Burton illustrates his process for performing as Porky Pig – it’s pretty impressive.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted on October 5, 2014, in Netfix and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. June Foray! One of the nest-known cartoon voices around, to people of a certain age.
    Did they get actors who’ve done the same character into one room and make them talk to each other in character? Imagine bringing all of Batman’s voice together.

    • Not in this, no, but this video may strike your fancy –

      • Consider my fancy well and truly struck. Very very funny!
        Also (pardon my blatant self-promotion) I reviewed a few book-derived movies recently. Look for my post ‘From page to screen: three recent translations.’ Opinions always welcome.

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