Toonzone Interviews Matthew Wolf on Voicing Thor in “Thor: Tales of Asgard”


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Check out a recent Toonzone interview with Matthew Wolf on his VO work on the recently released Thor: Tlaes of Asgard.

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TZN/MAA: How did you get into voice acting in particular?

MATTHEW WOLF: Alongside of my work as an actor, I was doing some work producing TV trailers, and sometimes I did the voiceover for the spot myself, which the station I was working for was happy with. Gradually, I built up a reel, and then some of the other people in the stations that I was doing promos for started to use me for their promos, and gradually I just got into it. I think that being an actor encompasses so many different fields, and I’ve never really felt that being a voice actor is something different from being an actor because they really go hand-in-hand. I know there are some people who only are voice actors…I say “only,” but it’s terrific, it’s fantastic…but that’s all they do and they have no interest in being on-camera at all. For me, they just very much go hand-in-hand and I want to do them all and they feel like part of the same profession. It comes from the same place for me, inside. Especially something like Thor, where you really are embodying a personality, a character. A person, with a life, so it all comes from the same muscle, I suppose, or the same part of the brain, or whatever you want to call it.

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Stars Shoot to the Top of the Animation Game


Interesting article by John Anderson on Deseretnews.com about the proliferation of celebrities in feature length animations.

Blame it all on Robin Williams. Previous to his vocal acrobatics in 1992′s “Aladdin,” vocalizers were as anonymous as key grips.

I tend to think it’s just a cycle and once the studios compare the cost of the big names against the profit of the movies they’ll look deeper into the impact that the stars are having on the films. I actually prefer to have unknowns in animated films as I find knowing the person to be a distraction.

Celebrity Voiceovers for animation.

Over the past decade, the influx of celebrities to the world of voiceovers has put a huge burden on the livelihood of many professional voice actors. Big budget animated feature films cast celebrities for most of the primary parts. A quick glance at two major films, Horton Hears a Who and Bee Movie and you’ll see names like Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Amy Poehler, Jamie Pressly, Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Liotta, Sting, Larry King and many more. Just in those two movies!

Look a little closer though and you’ll see an even longer list of unfamiliar names being used to voice smaller roles. The fact is, there are many more animated films being made. Not just by major studios, but by countless smaller ones. The boom in animation is at an all-time high and shows no signs of slowing down.

Celebrities are being cast for their name recognition and the fact that they can go out and promote these movies. What once was an industry that was shunned by the acting community as a last resort is being embraced for it’s relaxed atmosphere, no need for make-up, and now, huge paydays.

For those of us on the lower tiers of the voice industry I say…ride the wave! We are in a Golden Age of animation. Don’t be discouraged by the celebs that take the best roles. Embrace it as a publicity machine that might take you in and take you to the next level.