Do you remember last year when I got my first SAG-qualifying voice acting job? (If not, here’s a reminder about My First Movie.) The movie was supposed to go direct to DVD, but the producers lost their original distribution deal. Eh. These things happen all the time in Hollywood, and I barely thought about it at all.
Flash forward to last night, when I was checking out the new arrivals on Netflix instant streaming, and WHOA! There it was:
The movie stars Tim Curry, Jane Seymour, Jason Alexander, and Tom Kenny (Spongebob). Understandably, my name isn’t mentioned on Netflix or IMDB because I’m nobody. (It’s particularly Hollywood and funny because I did the voice of Young Doctor Dolittle, the title character.)
I will also point out that this 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. (I think they left one of his lines in the trailer.)
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.
If you’ve got a few minutes, though, check out the opening credits of the movie. They’re amazing and were done entirely by Cosmic Toast Studios. My buddy David scored the entire movie (with help from Max!) and wrote the lyrics to the opening/closing song. Those guys ROCK.