A few years ago, while I was working for an animation start-up in Burbank, I helped write scripts and lyrics for a new kids’ TV show. When the studio decided to find a few outside actors to voice the animated characters, I auditioned (surprising everyone, including myself!) and won the role of Wordy. (Here’s a post about me learning the ropes.)
Wordy is a young language dictionary trying to fill up all his pages so he can earn his place in the Great Hall of Books (aka the library). Hey Wordy (previously known as Slangman’s World) airs on AFN and PBS in Georgia. Check out some of our short 90-second episodes of Hey Wordy!
Besides Hey Wordy!, I did voice acting on the DVD movie The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle. The movie stars Tim Curry, Jane Seymour, Jason Alexander, Tom Kenny (Spongebob), and me as the voice of Young Doctor Dolittle. (Here’s a post about my audition and another post about my day as a movie star.)
What I did for this movie was ADR — automated dialogue replacement. Another actor read my part first and his intonations were animated. I had to match his reading in order to get the words to work correctly with the mouth animations. In some ways this is easier than being the original actor, but in most ways it’s harder.
If you don’t have Netflix streaming or, let’s face, you don’t feel like watching a direct-to-DVD kids’ movie, you can still listen to an MP3 of the closing credits. I’m singing the main voice. If you make it all the way to the end, you’ll hear me singing with Jane Seymour.