By Lin Parkin
March 4, 2011
Ever wondered who the voices of talking toys are or how to get that kind of work?
Voicing for these applications can be fun and there's a broad spectrum of vocal needs for toys ranging from animation related franchise toys to educational aids and more.
Are you the voice of a talking toy? Join the conversation in today's VOX Daily!
A couple days ago I was visiting a Toys R' Us store preparing to unabashedly dote on my two year old son. As I was wandering around I noticed that there must be hundreds of toys that have the ability to engage children with playfulness, education, and conversation - albeit a little one sided.
à¹ Dolls that talk - among other things!
à¹ Games that stimulate the mind
à¹ Musical instruments that educate
à¹ Interactive audio-books
à¹ Monitors that sing lullabies
à¹ And so much more!
It's amazing. The only talking toys that emerged when I was young were barking dogs and dolls that wailed at you incessantly. The sound quality was so poor it literally made parents cringe and children click the off switch.
At some point between then and now toy makers started appealing their products to parents well as kids, making toys an interactive learning experience, and their products started selling like hot-cakes!
Talking toys have come a long way. Some of the more expensive products that I came across even had digital chips with fairly decent sound quality so the voices didn't sound all tinny.
Toy manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and hiring professional voice talent to help improve the quality of their products even further. They have come to realize that if a toy has a lively and appealing voice it will help sell their products.
With each string I pulled and each button I pushed I couldn't help but wonder if any of these delightful voices belonged to talent members at Voices.com.
If you've ever voiced a talking toy, we'd love to hear about it!
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