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Voice Coaches Radio #509 – To Infinity and Beyond!!

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Heller. She is Marissa Ledbeck. That's me. And we are delighted to have you joining us. That is her. Am I too hopped up on coffee? That is her. Um, no, I'm not hopped up enough on coffee is the problem.

Okay, well, sorry. It's a good, it's a good force. Sometimes it's candy, sometimes it's just caffeine. Whatever the case, I'm here. I mean. Yeah, it's whatever drugs you need. Hey. That's what you got. Gotta get through somehow. I mean, it's true. It's true. It's Friday. It's morning. It's Friday. Let's do it! It's Friday.

Uh, so hopefully everyone is doing well and enjoying your holiday seasons thus far, and isn't too sick of Christmas music. Though, then again, if you listen to the podcast, you realize I have been sick of Christmas music since 1985. So, there's that. But, uh, um, but welcome into the show. So how we, uh, how we doing?

I, I am fantastic. Good, good, good, good. How, how are you other than not hopped up on coffee? Uh, I'm good. I'm about halfway through my first cup, so I'm getting there. Yeah, I'm getting there. I mean, you're gonna have like seven cups today, so you'll be satisfied by about five 15. I have three, three cups of coffee.

Oh, really? Is what I usually have per day. Yeah. Mom, my doctor would hate you. Three. Why, what do they say, one? I mean, yeah, basically. Like, they're thrilled with what I do, because I'm like, I have my coffee in the morning, boom, seltzer and water all day. I mean, it doesn't help that I have probably a diet soda sometime later in the day, too.

Yeah, I've actually cut so far back on that, like, I think last night was the first time I had a like, cup of soda in weeks. Cup of soda. How old are you? Well, I was at the Olive Garden. They gave you a cup with soda. Had a cup of soda? Had a cup of pop? Yeah, I was gonna say, like, at least I didn't say pop. Ugh, gross.

I would never. Gross. I had some, uh, when I was in college, I had some friends who were from, like, the Pittsburgh area and they called it pop and I was like, get out. No. Stop it. Stop it. That's wrong. That's wrong. Uh, Cola. Cup a Cola. I had a... Cup a Cola. I had a liter... Can I get a liter of Cola? That's another movie reference that you probably won't get.

No, probably not. It's from Super Troopers. Oh God, no. Oof. I've seen... I've seen enough of that movie to know I don't want to watch any more of it. And here's the thing. I love that movie, but that's not one that I'm going to be like, You have to watch this! There are movies like that, as you know, Princess Bride, which I know you still haven't watched it, but you will, um, but, uh, Super Troopers, I, I happen to love it.

It's, it's, I find it very funny, but then again, I'm also a child. So, it's that. No, even when I was a child, that was not my sense of humor. Sorry. Yeah, um, my humor is, uh, Is uh, uh, uh, uh, That of a boy? Yeah, yeah, pretty much. Um, I will So, oh god, so, um, There's one point in the beginning of that movie where they're having, two of the characters are having a, a, like a, a drinking contest, a chugging contest of maple syrup.

And, um, Uh, when I was in, ah, this is embarrassing. When I was in Air Force ROTC my freshman year of college, a bunch of us went to a, a Bickford's, which is kind of like an IHOP, um, just like breakfast any time. I love IHOP. And the way they do syrups there is they don't do, you know, in like IHOP they have like the four different kind of syrups.

And they're in like the little. You know, containers. Yeah, like the little syrupy things, yeah. Well, the way they do it at Bickford's, or they did it like little tiny coffee pots almost. It is kind of like that, yeah. Uh, well the way they do it at Bickford's is like a small, like, uh, It almost looks like a, like a shot glass with a kind of spout at the end of it.

Um, and, you know, they, they bring it to your table for, if you get, you know, things that, that need it, and it's warm. It's warm syrup, which makes it amazing. So much better. But there's not a ton of it, so you need a, a few of them, but we did shots of. That, um, and it was hot, and it coats the inside of your mouth and your throat, and it goes down, and then we Hey, you know what?

Might be a very good voice acting thing, you know, if you're struggling one day. And then we made a tower of our empties. Oh my god. And then we got kicked out. Haha, that would do it, yeah. So, yeah, so good times, uh, anyway, so, again, enjoyable movie for me, but that's okay. But the Princess Bride is literally a classic that if you don't see, I will Okay, fine, I will watch it eventually.

Yeah, mm hmm. Okay. I'm gonna be, okay. Anywho, um, Speaking of movies, Yeah, let's get to a movie that I actually love, because this is my favorite. Now, now, okay. Next to Home Alone. So, okay, uh, I'm gonna ignore that comment. But, and we're gonna move on to the next comment, the previous comment, because I'm with you here ish.

Um, not my favorite favorite, but it is up there, and it is the Toy Story, I gotta be honest, like, the series. All of them, yeah. Like, certain ones are better than others, there's no question. But all of them hold up. Every single one of them holds up. Toy Story 1, amazing. Toy Story 2, and that's usually where Disney falls off with the second one.

Because like, Cars 1, I loved it. Cars 2, meh. Horrific. Cars 3, great. Right? So it's like, oh, we figured it out, we screwed it up, we're sorry, we fixed it. But with Toy Story, Toy Story 1, classic. Toy Story 2, tremendous. Toy Story 3, amazing. Heartbreaking. Yeah. And then Toy Story 4 that just came out of nowhere with that.

And that was my favorite, to be honest. And like, I mean, I was like, I don't know if I need another Toy Story movie in my life. Yeah, no, I do. I did. Are you kidding? I went to it for my birthday that year. Uh, and, and you probably enjoyed the movie. Because I am age child. It was a great movie. It was awesome.

That's okay. That was a great, I saw it, we saw it, um. I mean, I saw it, technically, with my child, but was No, there was no children in my party. Yeah, was it for him? No, not really. But he was there. He likes Forky. Um, cause he I never thought, like, when they introduced that character, I'm like, I'm not gonna like a walking, talking Spork.

Oh, man, did I eat my words real, real fast. With a spork? Yeah. He is, yes. He, with a spork. Huh. He is my absolute favorite cartoon character possibly ever. He's very, uh, very understated. Very understated. Um, I love the looks on his face. I know. Just like, mortified looks for like 75% of the movie. Just awesome.

Just, just awesome. And then the creepy dolls. Oh my god, yeah. So creepy. So good. So good. And then, um. Uh, the stuntman who was, I think Keanu Reeves did that. Yes. I think Keanu Reeves was a stuntman. Yeah, and can I tell you that, um, yeah, we're talking about, um, oh god, what's his name? Canada. Canada. You're talking about the, the motor guy, right?

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Um, hold on, I gotta, Duke, Duke Kaboom. Duke Kaboom. Um, yeah, I didn't, like, I knew as soon as I picked up my phone. Canada. Well, because he's like, what does he say? Like, he says something about Canada, uh, because he was like the Canadian version of uh, Eva Knievel. Uh, and, but, my friend Bill, especially at the time, like, he literally looks like that character because he has the mustache and everything.

So, at Christmastime, he found it was a two pack. It was Forky and Duke Caboom. I'm like, oh my god, he goes, do you, do you get it? I go, it's me and you. He goes, yes, thank you. Because I'm Forky. I mean, I could, I could have that mustache if I wanted to. I don't know if anybody wants me to have it, but I, I, I could.

Duke Caboom, by the way, is a 1970s toy based on Canada's greatest daredevil and stuntman. Oh. With his trusty Caboom stunt cycle, Duke has confidence and swagger as he shows off all of his stunt poses. His phrase is, Yes, I, Canada. Ha! Yeah. Ha. Ha. See? And it was, it definitely was Keanu Reeves. Yes. Which made it even better, by the way.

Yes, it did. Because Ken re everything a a little bit better now when we're talking about the voices. That was Keanu Reeves because Amazing. Mm-hmm. , uh, I think we talked last week about, um, uh, about, uh, Wallace Sean, Sean Wallace, Wallace Sean, Sean Wallace, uh, the guy who plays, um, uh, he, he plays, he plays Rex.

Rex and Yeah. And Toy Store. I mean, you and I were talking about him off the air. Oh, that was off the air. . Yeah, that was off the air. Yeah. . Fair enough. So you guys did not hear that part? Um, we were talking about. That. Uh, and so, and so he's that, and there's some amazing voices in there. Um, uh, who's the, the pig is um, um, Slinky Dog used to be the guy who played Ernest.

Oh, I know. I know, it's uh, Jim Varney. Yeah. Jim Varney, and then um, the uh, one of them is um, uh, not Don Rickles, um, is it Don Rickles? I think it is, yeah. Yeah, one of them is Don Rickles. Yeah. Uh, Don Rickles is um, Mr. Potato Head. Don Rickles might be Mr. Potato Head. I'm pretty sure. Toy Story cast now. Oh my god, it's so good.

And then um, Toy And the, oh god, who plays Bo Peep? Um, She's also very widely known. Yeah, and she's been in a ton of stuff. Yeah, Annie Potts. Yes, yes. Who was, in my mind, when I think of Annie Potts, I think of... Ghostbusters, what do you want? You probably haven't seen Ghostbusters. I have seen Ghostbusters.

Okay, well she was, um, Janine. Okay. She was Janine in Ghostbusters, so, anyway. Um, John Ratzenberger was Ham. John Ratzenberger, who by the way has been in every single Pixar movie ever. Ever, yeah. Um, R. Lee Ermey was, uh, was the sergeant, as well he should be. Um, I don't know if you've ever seen Full Metal Jacket, but he was the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket.

Um. And then, uh, and, but obviously the, you know, the, the, the two main characters, um, I don't want to say main characters, that seems aggressive. Woody and Buzz, yeah, Woody and Buzz. They are the, I would say they're the leads. I think we can, yeah. They, they run the movies for the most part. I, I, you know what, I do think that's, that's a fair thing to say.

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen. Yeah, and that's, uh, and, and they are and always will be, uh, Woody and Buzz. Uh, originally, you know, uh, uh, uh, combatants that turned best friends, uh, and, and saved each other all the time. And uh, they are making a, a new movie, an origin story of Buzz Lightyear called Lightyear, I think.

Which is a tremendous idea. And, and they should do one for, for Woody also, just for the record, but that's neither here nor there. Heck yes. Um, but we'll get there. But they are making one called Lightyear, and uh, and I am a bajillion percent gonna watch it, and cannot wait, however, and we were having this conversation earlier, it's not Tim Allen.

Yeah, I don't know how I feel about that. It's Chris Evans. And so I'm very conflicted, because on the one hand, Okay, on the one hand, the movie, first of all, yes, we're gonna, we're both gonna watch it, let's not lie, we're going to watch it. There's no question about that. So, I'm glad that they're doing it because that's amazing.

Now, I love Chris Evans. So do I. He's Captain America, amongst other things that he's been. He was, uh, did you see, um, Knives Out? Um, no, I have not seen that yet. That, that's actually, that's actually very good. I, I really enjoyed that. I mean, I love him 'cause he's in Boston. Boy, he know he is a good Boston boy.

Mm-hmm. , that's what I was gonna say. Good. Boston. In fact, he, my, my music teacher when I was in high school, uh, uh, he was, uh, one of her first students. Oh, really? Yeah. Not at the school that, not at the school I went to, but, uh, at a different school. But like, so she knows him. Yeah. And, and I remember when he, one of his first.

Big quote unquote movies was not another teen movie, which I never saw it and don't really care to but like when he came out She was like I I know him like yeah, I taught him and I was like, that's super cool And now he's from Captain America right and is awesome and has a dog that is Adorable. And, uh, I'm gonna say it, I'm gonna come around and say, he's adorable.

Chris Evans is adorable. Uh, he's adorable. Yeah. A little bit. I'm not gonna lie. A little bit. It's okay. I'm, I'm fine with it. I, listen, I have no shame. Like, it's Chris Evans. Like, come on now. All those Chris's. Like, all the Chris's. There were like four or five different Chris's and I'm just like, yeah. Chris, uh, Hemsworth.

Hemsworth. I knew that Hemsworth was gonna be on there. Oh, come on. Chris Hemsworth. Yeah. First of all, he's hilarious. Thor Rag Rock is, who are the other Chrises? I'm interested. There's Chris Pine. Okay. Yep. That makes sense. Uh, and then there's uh, uh, I'm missing one. I'm missing one of the Chrises. Um, there's a whole, there's like, uh, there's like four of 'em.

Chris, well, you named three. I did. Okay. Um, I can't remember. I don't know. There's one more. There's one more. Anyway, he's good too. Um, Chris is of Hollywood. Here we go. Um, Chris is of Hollywood. Oh. Um, um, uh, uh, uh, um, Oh my, the other one, the, uh, to, to star Lord, um, I don't know, uh, Chris Pratt. Oh, right there is Chris Pratt.

Sorry, I knew there was another one. Should've just said Everwood. I would've gotten it right away. Dunno what that means. That is the first show he was on. Okay. Fair enough. Cw Uh, back in the, back in the day, it was the Wwb that was the. The Wwb. I think it was just the wb. No, I know, but it was the Frog and be like the WW wb.

Oh, that's, yeah. The frog. You said Hello? Hello. Uhhuh? Yeah. Okay. I'm with, I'm with you there actually, because it was the wb, it was Channel 38, which was U P N. Yeah. Um, which, Does not exist anymore. No, may it rest in peace. Yeah, yeah. Anywho, um. Back to light year. So yes, uh, so, so yeah, so the Christas are all, they're all, I enjoy them all.

But, uh, you know, Chris Evans is from Boston, you know, seems like a genuinely. Good dude, and all the stories that I've heard is of that being the case And so I'm a guy for light year and honestly, and I think he'll do a tremendous job. I do I really do. However Yeah, nostalgia. However, he's not he's not he's not Tim Allen He's not and so I guess the question is, you know Is he the same Buzz Lightyear that the toy Buzz Lightyear was but they're all I mean they shouldn't they all have the same voice You think so?

Or is this like, I mean, is this Buzz growing up? So he has maybe a younger sound? A young Buzz? I don't know. And so that's a good question. I don't know. And Disney does usually does a pretty good job of like That's just hitting me right now. Yeah, they usually do a pretty good job of like explaining why things are the way they are and when you're like, I don't know about that.

They usually Do you think they're going to be like, well, we, Buzz has changed over the years because I mean, or is it, or is it something like, uh, well, I mean, he's a part of the Marvel universe and he's a huge name right now. Right, so we're just gonna use this guy. We think he's gonna make more money for us and, uh, and a little bit better than Home Unproven.

That was terrible. Sorry! That was terrible. Should I, should I have said the Santa Claus? Um, anyway, um, but, but, and

that's why I'm very conflicted. Very. I know I'm too, it's it, because when I hear Buzz I hear, I don't know how to feel about it until it happens, you know? I know until I can hear it and it's, it's gonna be weird. And so, like I was saying, like for, so like for my son who's five and who has seen the toy story in movies, he's gonna love it.

Yeah. He's gonna love, it's not gonna difference het make the difference. No, and he's gonna love it. Me on the other hand, it's gonna be weird. It's gonna be weird. He to 30 plus me is like, wait a minute, . Which to be fair, Definitely not the people that they're marketing towards. I mean, yeah, I'm not the demo, but shouldn't I be the demo?

When that movie came out, I was officially the demo. Probably, but again, they're probably like, yeah, you know what? If the mid thirties who, uh, are hearkening back to a simpler time, they'll deal with it. But, you know, they should cater to us. I do agree with that. Yeah, always. The millennial in me. Cater to me!

It's fair, it's fair. But it goes to show that, you know, the power that a voice actor can have. You are Tim Allen is that character and forever will be. And so, you know, when all of a sudden he's not that character, it's strange. And we see it in TV shows sometimes, right? Um, you know, and sometimes it happens, you know, for whatever reasons.

You'll see it. Like I remember in Family Guy Meg, her voice changed. Um, you know, I think in season two or something like that, um, you know, and, and you'll see it. And, and sometimes it, it just happens, you know, there's no other way around it. I mean, you look at like, uh, we just watched, uh, my, uh, my, my son and my wife and I, we just watched, uh, a new Muppets Halloween thing.

Okay. Um, movie. And it was very good. I enjoyed it very much. Um, but Kermit the Frog doesn't quite sound like Kermit the Frog, mostly because he's not like this Miss Piggy. Well, I mean that was terrible. It's not. Kermit, Kermit, Kermit. Kermit is like this. Kermit the frog. Kermit the frog. Yeah. Kermit, Kermit, Kermit.

Kermit the frog. Um, but it, I mean, and it was, look, it was a good facsimile thereof. The rainbow connection. But let's be honest, the voice of Kermit the frog died. Like, and, and so, and the same thing is true with like, like Scooby Doo. Right, like watching, watching Scooby Doo, like Casey Kasem was Scooby Doo until, you know, he was in his mid 90s.

He was shaggy. Yeah, thank you, sorry, he was Shaggy, you're right. Uh, Scooby was, um... The guy who plays Fred, uh, actually. Oh, really? Yeah, uh, and it's done it for, for years. Uh, and they made that movie, Scoob, that came out not too, too long ago, which was pretty good. Um, but, you know, it, it, the voice was not exactly like it is in my head.

Not exactly like, like what I remember. And, and that's, it, it's difficult, but again, it shows the power that, that a voice actor has. Yeah. Right, you become that, that person. You are that character. And, and... I mean I think it's kinda cool. Like, you know, when you think of that, and, and so when they change it, it's almost like, no, no, no, no, no, no, it's wrong.

No, that's wrong. That's wrong. You have the wrong, wrong person. Like, it's one thing, where, you know, they make 17 different Spider Man movies, and they all have different, different people in it. Um, from Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield to, oh, the guy who does it now. Pfff. I don't remember the kid's name, who does it now.

I could picture him. Tom Holland. Tom Holland. There you go. Thank you. Whoo, that was weird. That was like Jeopardy for me. I think I just got like 500 bucks. No, that was solid. That was solid. Still haven't seen the Princess Bride, but I'll give you that one. No, I haven't seen Spider Man either. I haven't seen any of those Spider Mans either, but it's like, okay, yeah, whatever they're, you know, they're, they're, they're different, but with a voiceover, like it's, you are that, that character, right?

When we think of, you know, you think of the Joker, uh, in cartoons. You think of Mark Hamill. Even if you don't know it's Mark Hamill, it's Mark Hamill. Um, right, you know, the voices, the Batman voices, right? I mean, it's, it's, it's crazy how you, you become these, these voices and how much, you know, how much power that has.

And so, and that was, I think, when we, when we started talking about, you know, the new lightning movie, that kind of, it was just kind of hit me like, No, no, no, you can't do that. Right. That's wrong. Don't change that. That's wrong. And again, I'm sure it's going to be great. I'm sure it's going to be hilarious.

I'm sure it's going to be tremendous. Probably gonna make me cry because that's what Toy Story movies do. That's true. But that's all right. Anywho, um, but it is gonna be weird. It is gonna take a bit to get used to. And I wonder if they'll address it. And, um, I imagine it's going to be a thing. Like, I imagine as this movie starts to come out, people are gonna be talking about it.

I'm like, what? I think they're already talking about it. I would assume so, cause they just announced it, what, a couple days ago? Yeah, a couple days ago. Yeah, so. You know, it, it already has become like a, really? And again, please don't make this seem like I don't love Chris Evans. I do. And that he's not going to do an amazing job.

He probably is. Can't even say that I'm a huge Tim Allen fan. I just like him as Buzz Lightyear. But that's because he is Buzz Lightyear. Right, exactly. It's not he's good at being Buzz Lightyear. you know? He is Buzz Lightyear. End of story. End of Toy Story. Aww. Ba dum tsh. Um, and so, but again, you know, taking a step back from our childish obsessions, it's, it again, it shows the power of, of what we do.

And that's really cool. That's a really cool thing that you can bring a character to life and You are that character, and to thousands and millions of people, you are that character. And that's, that's, that's cool. That's a really cool thing for, for, you know, any, And I think that's, I think what a lot of voice actors, myself included, would aspire to be able to do, to have a character that is...

Us. Right? Tom Hanks is Woody. Yeah, the test of time, you know, and just, you know, stays, stays in pop culture. Exactly. And that's, and I think that's, that's a really kind of cool thing. And one of the, one of the many cool things about, uh, about this industry. Um, as I wax poetic. But, um, but we're still gonna watch the movie.

Let's be different. It's gonna be different. And, um, yeah. I guess different's

okay. Scary. It's scary. I don't like change. Yeah, no, yes, that's correct. Um, so, um, but when it does come out and we do watch it, which we will, we'll talk about it. Yeah, for sure, for sure. Uh, so let us know what about, uh, what characters voice wise are, you know, those people to you guys, right? What character you're like, when I hear that voice, that's who I think of, or when I think that character, that's the voice I think of, no matter what happens, and it will never change.

And I think everyone has those, those kind of characters, you know. That, that dude, like you said, that, that stand out, stand the test of time. Robin Williams is the genie. Period. Period. Yup. Uh, I'm sorry Will Smith, but that's just the way it is. Um, you know, things like that. So, uh, I'd love to hear about it.

Josh at voicecoaches. com. It's the best way to get in touch with us. Uh, so send us a note, let us know. Uh, what you, uh, you know, what, what voices are, are like that for you, where that nostalgia kind of creeps in for you guys, and um, you know, any other questions, comments, concerns you have, we'd love to hear them.

So Josh at voicecoaches. com, easy way to get in touch with us. Marissa, always a pleasure. Right back at ya. And, uh, until next time everyone, so long. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

This week, Josh and Marissa discuss the upcoming movie, Lightyear. After reminiscing over their shared love of the Toy Story franchise, the two look at the power that a voice actor has to become a character; and these characters can stand the test of time.