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July 21, 2020

Voice Actors Review Impressions of Their Voices

Having a good ear for impressions can be the greatest tool in a voice artist’s kit. It’s an even stronger asset for animation, where character voices can be inspired by friends, family, celebrities, and even other voice performances.

In this series of videos, Vanity Fair brought in some of the industry’s heavy hitters to critique and encourage budding talent by reviewing impressions of their voices. Tom Kenny, Nancy Cartwright, Bob Bergen, John DiMaggio, Rob Paulsen, and Patrick Warburton give out some great advice in addition to a little insight on how they play their most well-known characters.

Tom Kenny - SpongeBob SquarePants, The Ice King, The Mayor of Townsville, Heffer

“I don’t need therapy, because I’ve got SpongeBob!”

Nacy Cartwright - Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Chuckie Finster, Rufus

“In terms of creating a character, I don’t see a whole lot of difference” between voice-over and on-camera acting.

Bob Bergen - Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Marvin the Martian, Bucky the Squirrel

“Carry yourself as a success, and the world will treat you accordingly. Just commit.”

John DiMaggio - Bender, Marcus Fenix, Dr. Drakken, Jake

Jake the Dog is “Basically my voice with a hug around it.”

Rob Paulsen - Pinky, Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchandsniff, Carl Wheezer, Box Ghost

“People think I’m a goddamn genius. Well I ain’t, I’m just not afraid to look like an idiot.”

Patrick Warburton - Joe Swanson, Kronk, himself

“Be creative, have fun with it, be confident in your choices.”