Jim Cummings Does a Bunch of Voices

As we move through the semester, we will have about 3 weeks on character voices. It is not just about making “funny voices,” rather it is embodying the true character of the character and sustaining it through any situations that the script might present.

Jim Cummings shows us in this clip just a few of his many personalities. Watch his face and body language change as he does this one simple phrase over and over.

Little Girl Voice from Grown Woman

We will be doing character voices during the semester and discovering why it is not just having a funny voice. It is about the character living and breathing inside you – a fully fleshed out believable person, animal or object.

Cristina Milizia is a professional voice actor specializing in toys, games and mobile game apps. She is most well known for her three League of Legends champions, “Annie”, “Amumu”, and “Nunu the Yeti Rider”.

She is a real grown up person with a “regular” voice that, while higher in register, is fully mature. But she can find the child in her as well.

This clip shows her working on lines for some kind of interactive project. Listen for the back-to-back reads of the same line with different inflections. You will be doing this a lot in class.

Voice Actor Bob Bergen on Porky Pig’s Unique Sound

There is a great documentary called “I Know That Voice” that interviews many of the top cartoon voice actors about what they do and how they got into the biz. One of the people in the film is my friend Bob Bergen – the voice of Porky Pig and many many many other characters. He is a great teacher too, in case you are interested in learning more about character voices from one of the best around.

This is a short clip from that documentary where Bob explains how he does the voice of Porky Pig. (Thanks to your classmate Hector for reminding me that this was available.)

Billy West Talks about the Voice of Fry

Here’s another kick-butt character voice – Billy West – as he talks about creating the voice of Fry in Futurama.

Read the article – it has lots of insight into how an actor develops a voice. Sometimes you are voice matching (like Bugs Bunny). Sometimes you are creating a new voice. As we talked about in class, this could have several different paths to development – a description, an image or a sound.

Billy says:

If they show you characters that don’t exist yet, you just create voices for them. They show you a picture of the character, and they tell you all about him or her. They tell you their likes, dislikes, so on. You know, what they act like, what their mood is most of the time and how they act in certain situations. You have to take all those things into consideration and come up with a voice.

Bugs Bunny Voice Actor Billy West – read this article!