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Designing Sound for Animation, 2nd Edition by Robin Beauchamp

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Chapter 3

Dialogue

Overview

Animation has enjoyed a long history of uniquely talented voices infusing personality into their respective characters. One of the earliest known voice artists was Disney himself, serving as the voice of Mickey in Steamboat Willie (1928). Artists like Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, and Don Messick devoted their lives to creating the iconic world of talking animals, whereas, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, and June Foray helped establish the caricature style of voicing humans. As was the case for most voice actors, the characters they voiced would achieve incredible star status yet the public rarely knew the real face behind the voice. Voice actors like Alan Reed (Fred Flintstone) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson) remain relatively ...

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