by R.C. Samo
People constantly ask voice actors, “Hey, what does it take to get into doing voice over?” After years of being asked this question Executive Producer John DiMaggio, with help of Director Lawrence Shapiro, finally decided to get all his friends and colleagues together in a documentary called, I Know That Voice.
Featuring the greatest North American voice actors, including Nancy Cartwright, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle and a whole host of others, DiMaggio takes us into a world that never seems to get the respect that it deserves.
So you can do a great Donald Duck, that’s nice, can you talk like Donald for four hours? Can You yell like Donald, sing in Donald’s voice? Can you convey emotions as Donald Duck? Can you actually act and become Donald Duck? Those are what these actors do. It is easy to fake emotion on camera, but you can’t hide it behind the microphone.
Jason Marsden discussed playing various characters and how in a live performance, you can make him older, but never younger, however behind the mic, he can be an old man, a young boy, even a female.
You can answer the ultimate question: Who was the better Joker? Mark Hamill or Kevin Michael Richardson? A blasphemous question in some circles.
This documentary is riveting, humorous and when Ed Asner pulls a knife on you, you know you’ve struck gold!
DiMaggio is not only a fantastic actor, but was able to bring total honesty to an industry of make believe. This documentary belongs on your shelf.
I Know that Voice releases on DVD and VOD, January 7, 2013.