The other day my brother and I talked about voices. Have you ever thought about how voices are important for you? How voices attract you, what voices attract you? Which voices annoy you and why? What do you connect with certain voices?
Take voice actors for example. If a voice actor or actress dies, "their" actor kind of loses his identity for us as we don't always watch movies etc. in the original language. A few years ago the voice of Tom Hanks, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and more died. That's the way we feel, we don't always know the voice actor's name, it's Tom Hanks' voice for us, and often it feels a little weird if a voice suddenly changes. I have the DVD of "Arsenic and Old Lace", it has the original and two dubbed versions with two different voices. I have the DVD of "Bringing Up Baby" which has a few sentences in English because they used to be cut out in the German version, and when they put them back in, Cary Grant's voice actor had passed. I have seen movies, however, with a few sentences in a different voice.
Here in Germany fashion commercials often have the voice of Julia Roberts, nature documentaries are spoken by Tom Selleck's voice, documentaries about paranormal or alien topics were spoken by Gillian Anderson's voice before the actress died.
I'm aware that the American members may not be able to relate to the topic of voice actors in movies, but I'm sure you have your own examples of voices being important in your life.
There are quite a few animated movies and shows here, and so I can relate to how weird it would be if one of these voice actors died, but their animated character went on with a new voice. Interesting topic, Cat!
What you say here is very interesting Cat. I am rather sensitive to the sounds of people's voices and to how they speak. Now that you mention it, I can clearly remember Dustin Hoffman's voice then that of Jeremy Irons and the more I think of it of even more actors.
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I find it interesting that big stars like Julia Roberts and Tom Selleck do narrating jobs. But, then I was surprised to hear Susan Sarandan narrating a hokey low budget television show called Forensic Files that hubby likes to watch.
I'm not sure if it's special talent or not, but I can easily recognize voices. I often watch old re-runs and many times actors who are now famous, started out with small parts on those old shows. Hubby is always amazed when I look up from my laptop (not really watching the show, but listening) and say, "that is such and such person." Many times he doesn't believe me, so I will look up the person and sure enough, I was right.
Oh, but it's not the actors doing the narrating jobs, it's their German voices who are often actors as well, but no stars. I don't know who narrates the original, but if stars can do commercials, they maybe do narrating jobs as well if the money or the topic is right? After all Morgan Freeman has his own show, just to name one.
Obviously German producers know about viewers' association with voices without actually having the person itself.
That's rather amazing, Dawn. I usually see actors and have to run to IMDb to see if it's really them. The other day my sister called to tell me that Pierce Brosnan turned up in an Agatha Christie movie when he was very young. I've seen that movie at least ten times (hate Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, but Liz Taylor, oh my) and never even noticed him!
Cat, I don't know if you are familiar with The Andy Griffith show or not. It was on in the 1960's and starred Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and a very young Ron Howard as Andy's son. I like to watch reruns of that show; it's still just as funny now as it was then.
Anyway, one day I had it on while I was working around the house and heard the unmistakable voice of Jack Nicholson. I looked at the tv, and sure enough, there was a very young Jack playing the role of a petty criminal in a small guest role. Considering what a big star he became, it was kind of cool to see him on a humble television sitcom.
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