Last month I had the unbelievable opportunity of visiting DisneyToon Studios to get a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming film Planes. I had the chance to interview a Disney animator and watch and draw a character with a Disney story artist. Then, I actually was able to get into the sound booth and learn how to voice an animated character – and it was so nerve-wracking!
We had the chance to sit down in a very comfortable room filled with couches and Planes toys while we talked with Casting Director Jason Henkel, who first started working on Planes about 4.5 years ago.
Planes has a great international cast and one of the most interesting things he shared with us is that him and his team will usually choose the actors they want to voice the characters, create clips with their previous work and then approach them for working with the film. They can sometimes even find clips from the actor’s previous work saying a similar line that is in the film.
Another fun fact is that the voice actors will record their lines first and then the film is animated. Most of the voice actors came into the studio to record but they are able to record anywhere in the world and they will be able to see and hear them from DisneyToon Studios!
The voice actors always record their lines alone and say each line at least 3 times. Before this experience, I imagined that voice acting was easy. You’d just head into the booth and say your lines! Well, that’s kinda what you do but it was a lot scarier than I imagined! A couple others in the group went before me and it was a lot harder than just going in and spouting off some lines. Plus, you’ve got Casting Director Jason Henkel, Sound Engineer George Thompson and their whole team just staring back at you behind the glass – but of course, they were so nice and encouraging!
I had the chance to get into the sound booth and voice the character of Dottie, who Terri Hatcher voices. Below you can see a video of me doing my recording – I was SO nervous, it was ridiculous!
Then, here is the finished scene with me voicing Dottie opposite Dane Cook’s Dusty. Not too bad! I have to admit, my son is SO impressed with this. He got the biggest grin on his face when he realized it was his Mama on the screen!
Even though I was nervous, this was just another amazing experience to check off my Life list.
Make sure to see Disney’s Planes, in theaters on August 9th!
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Disclosure: Disney provided an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles including travel, accommodations and activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own.