We love video games, we love cartoons, and we love animated things in general, so how have we not praised the hell out of good voice actors yet? Okay, so we have praised them quite a bit in different articles, especially when I’ve discussed panels for DC Animated movies like Assault on Arkham and Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Voice actors are so key and important to making an animated feature or game come to life, there is a reason that Andrea Romano always asks if Kevin Conroy is free when she needs a voice for Batman, and it isn’t just because he’s the most well-known voice. It’s because he gave Batman a voice that defined him for a generation of fans, and a voice that showed that Batman was the main character and Bruce Wayne was the mask. I along with many others would say that when I read Batman comics I hear Kevin Conroy’s voice, and that is a very special praise.
There are so many different things you can praise voice actors for, and I want to try and cover all of them, because it is really impressive.
For example, have you ever really noticed how many different voices and characters are actually played by the same actors? It’s pretty incredible when you do some digging and see how much range some voice actors really have. For example, did you know that the voice of Bender in Futurama is also the voice of Wakka and Kimahri in Final Fantasy X, as well as the voice of Dr. Drakken in Kim Possible?
They’re all voiced by the incredible John DiMaggio, who has made his entire career on voice acting. If you’re familiar with all of those characters then you know how different and dramatic the differences in the voices are for John DiMaggio, and you should be even more impressed.
What about female voice actors? Don’t they deserve some shine too? Well if you’re talking about female voice actors it’s almost necessary you talk about Jennifer Hale. She’s the voice of Female Shepard in Mass Effect, Killer Frost in Assault on Arkham, and Jean Grey in multiple animated iterations. That’s really just scratching the surface of Hale’s incredible list of work.
How about we talk about some actors that you may or may not have known also did voice work? Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame is the voice of Todd on the Netflix original show Bojack Horseman (bitch!) J.K. Simmons who played J Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi trilogy of Spider-Man is also the voice of the Yellow M&M as well as Tenzin from The Legend of Korra. How about that one singer that said you had a “Beautiful Soul”, did you know he’s the voice of Roxas in Kingdom Hearts and Nightwing in Young Justice? Maybe you knew those things, but maybe you didn’t, and that’s credit to these actors being able to act in many different styles and mediums.
This is a tiny and small sample of the voice actors I’ve come to like and respect dearly, and I just thought they deserved a shoutout. There are so many more that I could give examples of how they’re great, like Troy Baker, Laura Bailey, Nolan North, Tara Strong, David Hayter, and so many more.
All I’m saying is, the next time you’re watching something animated or playing a game, consider who is helping to bring that character to life for you.
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