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The Movie: I Know That Voice
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: You know their voices, but you not know their names, and you almost never see their faces. All your favorite cartoons, from the family-friendly Saturday morning variety to the late night adult comedy, would be nothing without the voices that bring them to life. Without a voice, cartoon characters are just moving drawings. The documentary I Know That Voice allows audiences to put a face and a name with the voices they know so well, but even more importantly, it reveals what makes the job so much more than just reading lines in a sound booth.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Animation doesn’t get nearly as much respect it deserves as a medium. There are so many animated movies released each year that deserve to be recognized along with the best live-action films, but they consistently get snubbed and only receive recognition in the specific animation category created by the various awards voting bodies in the film and television industry. But even less recognized are those voice actors who pour their heart and soul into characters, repeating countless variations on lines with the most subtle changes in order to give film and television creators exactly what they need to make a great piece of entertainment. I Know That Voice finally offers them the respect they deserve. Read More »
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Cartoon Brew has tipped me off to the upcoming documentary I Know That Voice which focuses on voice over actors, from the guys who narrate trailers and commercials, to the people behind the voices of nearly all of the classic and contemporary cartoon characters, to even the voices behind your favorite characters in video games. The doc seems to be heavily interview-driven, so a lot of talking heads against clips. While I usually prefer a narrative when it comes to non fiction films, this subject is interesting enough and I’d love to her the stories of all these voice-over greats. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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