By Lin Parkin
August 28, 2013
Do you need a voice actor to perform animal noises?
Are you a voice talent that specializes in mimicking sounds from the animal kingdom?
Rather than the typical prose that clients submit with their jobs, we occasionally we receive odd jobs that require a voice actor to utter noises like screams, grunts, or groans especially for video games and the occasional commercial project.
Nothing quite compares to the jobs requesting animal noises though. Picture yourself reviewing auditions with talent doing various takes of a bird, tiger, or monkey.
It is both delightful and surprisingly spooky to hear a talent go from their speaking voice into an authentic sounding animal noise. Join VOX Daily as we take a look at of one of the top voice actors who excels in this unique craft.
One of the greatest voice actors ever to voice animal noises is Frank Welker. Frank has been a voice actor for 40 years. With credits too numerous to list, Frank is best known for his work as "Fred" on all Scooby-Doo cartoons. He also voices Scooby and numerous other animals for the franchise.
Frank was lent his voice to over 1200 different characters. He is so talented at doing animal noises that studios often call on him to come in and do only that. In fact, there is a good chance that when you're watching any cartoon with an animal sound in it you are listening to Frank.
When Nancy Cartwright, who voices "Bart", among other characters, on The Simpsons, chatted with Kath Soucie for Animation World Network she indicated that Frank was her ultimate VO hero. "He is hands down my most giant hero in the animation VO community. He is an amazingly gifted genius," she said. "He can create every sound that you might hear in a jungle: the drip of the raindrops, the wind rustling in the trees, and all of the inhabitants that you might encounter there. I love animals. I mean I love animals and Frank's great ability is that not only can he make the sounds of the animals; he can give them a true voice."
Praise from one voice-over genius to another.
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