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VO Behind-The-Scenes: Animated Summer Blockbusters

Posted 9:22 am by team

With the smashing opening weekend success of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, I thought would be fun to sneak a peek behind-the-scenes of the animated blockbuster and hear from one of its lesser-known voice talents. And since we’re on the subject, we’ll also take a look at two other animated films on the horizon!

In the video above, John Morris, the voice actor who has played the human character Andy in all three Toy Story films, talks about his experiences on the movies. John talks about how he’s been voicing the role since he was seven, what it takes to create Andy’s voice, and what he thinks makes a good voice actor.

It’s a pretty cool little interview, and its nice to hear from someone not named Hanks or Allen discussing their time in the vocal booth. (Nothing against Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, by the way. We love those guys!)

Next up we have a great look behind-the-scenes with the cast of the upcoming Despicable Me. Of course, there are some great celebrity voice talents at work here, but what I think this featurette really shows off are two things: fun and flexibility.

Fun: I think this video gives a clear sense of just how much fun voice overs are. It looks like everyone involved, from the actors to the producers, are having a great time recording. Everyone’s laughing and joking and goofing around, and pretty much just remembering that voice acting, while work, is also a really good time.

Flexibility: this video also shows off the flexibility that voice acting offers. While of course sticking to the script is always important, you also get a sense here of how — in some recording sessions — the producers allow the talent to try lines in different ways or play with the wording a bit to get the best performances possible. I think the whole video is a great look at a side of voice overs you don’t necessarily get to see as often.

Finally — and solely for the reason that I like things that come in threes, so I needed a third video — we have the trailer for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole, the newest feature film from Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen. While the cast is largely British (and this isn’t really a behind-the-scenes video, just a trailer), you can see just from the trailer what a wealth of voice talent there is going to be in this film.

Regardless of how successful this film about owls might be, I think we can all agree that we’ll be in for some great VO performances when this movie comes out in September.

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