VO Behind The Scenes: Back To The Future
As you may or may not know already, this week saw the release of the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Edition on DVD & Blu-ray. Yes, it’s been 25 years since the hit Michael J. Fox film came out, and Universal Studios is licensing a slew of new products to celebrate the film’s anniversary. One of the products coming out is a new BTTF video game, which is the subject of this week’s VO Behind the Scenes.
What’s interesting to me about the video above is that it highlights an area of voice overs that isn’t really focused on all that much: celebrity voice replacement (or “soundalikes.”). Of course, this is also an area where you have to be able to impersonate a celebrity to get hired, but I think it’s fascinating that the actor in the video above has never done any professional VO work before, and now he’s playing Michael J. Fox in a major, big-budget project.
And it’s easy to see why. I’ve watched the Back to the Future trilogy a hundred times, and I can not get over just how much voice actor A.J. LoCascio sounds exactly like Michael J. Fox. He doesn’t even sound like a close approximation of Fox; if you close your eyes, the two are completely indistinguishable. Not only does he nail the voice perfectly, but he also captures the nuances of Michael J. Fox’s delivery; the cadence, the rhythms, the inflections… they all sound uncannily like Fox. It’s a really impressive performance, and I can’t wait to see what the final results in the game are like.
The game’s producers also got Christopher Lloyd to reprise his role as Doc Brown, and there’s some great footage of him in the recording booth as well. I think these videos give a really interesting look at how a video game based on a movie property is put together. The second video above is more of a general making-of look at the game, but it does feature some great footage of Christopher Lloyd in the booth.
What do you think? Does he sound exactly like Michael J. Fox or can you tell the two voices apart?
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