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Celebrities that lend their voices to films

News November 28, 2017

The voice is very important for actors and sometimes is the hallmark of their success. Who can forget Fran Drescher and her nasal voice in “The Nanny”? Recently some actors and actresses are lending their voices for animated characters in movies. Although the producers are aiming to gain the audience introducing a celebrity in the voice cast, there’s too an interest in a peculiar way of playing a voice, like the Spanish accent.

That’s what brought to spanish actor Antonio Banderas and the mexican actress Salma Hayek playing animated characters in “Puss in Boots”, the Shrek spin-off. The producers needed some spanish flavor, and that’s exactly what they did with these two actors.

Despite the fact that voice performers never show up on the screen, they should be quite talented actors cause the goal is convey their lines efficaciously. Keep in mind that in some ways, voice acting is more troublesome than different sorts of acting since you don’t have different on-screen characters to work off of and the group of onlookers can’t see your outward appearances, hand motions, or developments. You don’t have props or different devices to help in your communication. Your full feelings and identity must be communicated exclusively through your voice.

Prior to the approach of Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios was the pioneer in the best family entertainment. Now that they’re both a piece of the same association, it’s surprisingly better. But in past days, the Disney Company pursued to make unique their motion pictures by requesting various actors to come in and execute their characters in a film. Motivated by Robin Williams’ incredible execution as the Genie in “Aladdin”, Disney Feature Animation (at the time) chose to get more enthusiastic recruiting celebrities for their castings.

Here are some examples of celebrities portraying voices to animated films.

Matthew McConaughey as the Beetle in “Kubo and the Two Strings”. It’s the first time that McConaughey plays an animated character, although he has been years interested in dubbing for a movie.

Charlize Theron as the Monkey in “Kubo and the Two Strings”. Another member of the team in “Kubo and the Two Strings” is this actress, who told she was happy that the film showed an atypical family, accepting her family is also not a cookie cutter family.

Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast”. Lansbury was at that point a notable star of stage and screen with the TV series “Murder, She Wrote” when she was chosen to voice the maid transformed into a teapot.

Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi in “The Lion King”. The comedian portrayed Shenzi, one of the three hyenas that appear in the film and also in “The Lion King 1½”.

Eddie Murphy as Mushu in “Mulan”. Eddie Murphy brought to life this red dragon, although later he didn’t repeated in the Mulan 2 sequel.

Eddie Murphy as the Donkey in “Shrek”. Another character that Murphy dubbed was this hilarious donkey in the famous DreamWorks animated movie.

Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona in “Shrek”. The gorgeous actress portrayed the princess cursed by a spell that turned her into an ogress each and every sunset.

Mel Gibson as John Smith in “Pocahontas”. The actor, director and producer played the explorer John Smith character in this romantic adventure.

Danny DeVito as Phil in “Hercules”. DeVito dubbed this satyr character (mythological half-human, half-goat), who appears in this prize-winning Disney film.

Demi Moore as Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The actress was chosen cause the producers wanted the character to sound like “she’s been around”.

Glenn Close as Kala in “Tarzan”. This 1999 animated movie included the voice acting of Glen Close portraying the adoptive mother of Tarzan.

Sigourney Weaver as the Ship’s Computer in “WALL-E”. After battling aliens in the space, the actress dubbed the main computer of the ship in this also computer made animation film.

Tom Hanks as Woody in “Toy Story”. The first computer graphic film included Tom Hanks dubbing the main character of the movie, the sheriff Woody.

Ellen DeGeneres as Dory in “Finding Nemo”. The television presenter portrayed Dory, the blue-tang fish who experience short-term memory loss in this aquatic animation movie.

John Goodman as Sullivan in “Monsters, Inc.”. The talented actor played the main protagonist of this film, a blue-green monster that is Mike’s best friend and roommate aside of being the Top Scarer at Monsters, Inc.

Gerard Butler as Stoick in “How to Train Your Dragon”. The actor dubbed the voice of Stoick the Vast, the chief of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe in this computer animated comedy full of adventures.

Ian Holm as Skinner in “Ratatouille”. Holm portrayed the evil chef in this rat cuisine film.

Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best / Frozone in “The Incredibles”. The actor and film producer played the character Lucius Best, also known as Frozone, one of the main heroes of this film.

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