By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 7, 2006
Do your pets steal the show in your recordings?
A while back, we chatted about voice actors performing the voices of animated mascots, but now, I'd like to bring up something that probably hasn't been talked about before in online circles.... ready?
I was thinking about the number of recordings where you hear animals, whether it be a dog barking, a cat meowing, a bird chirping, and so forth. I figure that if voice actors are employing the help of their kids to record for projects requiring children's voices, surely, there must be voice actors who persuade their pets to chime in on recording sessions that require animal noises.
It's no secret that there are sound effect libraries where you can download samples of animal utterances, but I'm certain that there is a percentage of talent out there who share their mics with four-legged friends and perching songbirds.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Has Spot come out to play for a national radio commercial or has Polly aided in a narration project?
Let us know and send a photo (.jpg) of your pet recording their "voice-over". We'll feature all of the entries received in a special article honoring the voice-overs of the animal kingdom. If you can, provide a web link to where their work can be listened to, and include their voice acting 'credits'.
P.S. Does anybody remember Mr. Ed (a horse on TV) or the "News From Zoos" on the CBC with Charlie, a chimpanzee voiced by Carl Banas (with the help of voice-over commentary by Sandy Hoyt)?
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