The Wacky Wonderful World of Character and Animation Voice Over!
As the pinnacle of the industry animation voice over is what most people think of when you say “I’m a Voice Actor”. They think “Oh, so you do voices for cartoons and stuff?” Any fellow voice actor will attest to this. And there’s a reason for that. Because being able to portray different sounds, tones, expressions, and rhythms seem relatively difficult. And it really is! In order to find characters within oneself, it takes time, focus, and a lot of energy!
From Humble Beginnings
Mickey Mouse was believed to be the first Animation character Voice Over back in 1928. Whether that is exactly true or not, all we know the incredible change we have seen in talent, abilities, and characters over the 20th and into the 21st century.
All of us can remember characters from our favorite movies and TV animation. These are voices we never forget, and often imitate with a few chuckles in-between. Animation and character voices are probably the most memorable in the voice over industry. They don’t sound typical or boring. They are wild, fun, and different. They resonate and find their way into our long-term memory and often remind us of happy and positive moments when we were kids.
Animation Voice Over That Sticks
Who is the famous voice from your past? I always remember those pigeons on Warner Brothers’ Animaniacs. What about Porky Pig or Stewie from Family Guy? These actors really left an impression on us for many years and that’s because animation breaks us out of the norm into a fantastical world of excitement and possibilities.
What’s so interesting about animation is all the variety of sounds and styles one can make. Did you know there are 10 different ways to place your voice? By moving your muscles one can create hundreds of variations of voices. It’s really incredible what the body can do.
Animation Over the Years
Over the years, we’ve definitely seen a change in the style of animation. Companies like The Cartoon Network or Adult Swim have more adult cartoon content and you’ll notice actors more often speaking in their normal voices rather than the classic exaggerated style.
In blockbuster animated movies of the last 20 years, technology has transcended the silver screen into a virtual reality world, and the style of voices has also become more normalized. Famous on-camera actors are snagging the spots from voice actors resulting in a star-studded cast raking in big bucks at the box office. And why not? Animated movies aren’t just for kids anymore, they are probably now more entertaining for the parents.
The Future of Animation Voice Over
Animation isn’t going anywhere! It’s only gained popularity over the years. There are endless tv shows, movies, and corporate videos being created daily! It’s a genre that has reigned for many years with no end in sight. With the new Web 3 – Metaverse coming out shortly, experts are suspecting humans will have their own characters they can customize with voices and appearances to perform daily tasks.
Animation Voice Over by Leah
For Leah’s animation demo, she had a handful of coaches to work with, yet, it was the easiest decision to date. She was fortunate to work with multi-award winner Elle-Ray Hennessy. Elle has years of experience and she really encompasses everything an animation coach should be. Her holistic approach allowed Leah to get creative and play with many interesting and exciting characters.
Have a listen to her demo and count all the characters you can hear. You will hear men, women, babies, and a whole gambit of characters and various accents. We coached together for months and it was the most memorable experience she’s had in voice over to date.
Collaborate with Leah for Animation Voice Over
Leah’s demo lists many styles and tones of characters, yet, it doesn’t stop there. Feel free to reach out to her anytime and she can work with your team to create custom characters as needed.
Looking forward to working with you!