Millions, if not billions, of people tuned into the Oscars on Sunday. Some tuned in to catch age resistant actresses dodge superficial questions from overly friendly taped up E News reporters, others wanted to see if their picks on their own ballot would win. While all who were nominated were extremely qualified and likewise talented, it seems there should be a new category added to award shows for a not a new dimension of acting, but an evolving one: voice acting.
In many cases, voice acting is more difficult than acting on screen. Screen actors can use their whole body and facial movements to portray emotion. Voice actors don’t have that luxury. One recent example of this can be seen in last year’s The Guardians of the Galaxy. Bradley Cooper lent his voice to the psychotic CGI raccoon, Rocket. In his performance was true emotion. Anger while fighting. Sadness while mourning. Not to mention Cooper’s co-star Vin Diesel doing the same thing except with a three-word vocabulary. Other examples come from Disney’s movies like Frozen and Big Hero 6.
However, there seems to be a sort of pool from which voice actors are pulled from. Not everybody can do the famous SpongeBob laugh. Not everyone has the formula for the perfect porky pig. But other voice actors can and do have multiple roles almost simultaneously. While one screen actor can work on a project and take a few months voice actors can finish in days. An example is Tara Strong. Anybody who has watched a cartoon in their life could recognize one of her characters. Her IMDB page can be seen as cultural evidence of the best animation. She voiced characters from Bubbles of Power Puff Girls to Timmy Turner of Fairly Odd Parents. Most voice actors, like Strong are required to be able to sing, do multiple voices, and create odd animal sounds all to stay competitive.