The Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Voices of Character

Bob Peterson

Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, Dug the Dog, Natasha Fatale and more!!

Featuring voice artists Jim Cummings, Susan Egan, June Foray, Yuri Lowenthal and Russi Taylor; animation director Bob Peterson and animator James Baxter; casting executive Rick Dempsey

Hosted by animation historian Charles Solomon

Listen to audio clips of our panelists below!

While animators have been called “actors with pencils” who toil vigorously to create the “illusion of life,” animated characters equally depend on the unique talents of voice artists to breathe life into their visual components.┬áVocal range and consistency, comic timing, emotional impact, character definition and song styling are just a few of the very specific choices that can make or break a coordinated effort between picture and sound. Our panel of experts discussed how they approach their work, what they admire in the work of others, and “sounded off” on why their work isn’t nearly as appreciated as it should be.

Panelist Audio Clips

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

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Ray from “The Princess and the Frog”

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Ultra Lord/Mission Control/General from “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”

Susan Egan

Susan Egan

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Lin from “Spirited Away”

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Meg from “Hercules”

June Foray

June Foray

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Squaw from “Peter Pan”

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Witch Hazel from “Broom-Stick Bunny”

Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri Lowenthal

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Ben Tennyson from “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien”

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Marcus from “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles”

Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson

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Dug from “Up”

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Roz from “Monsters, Inc.”

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

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Duchess the Cat from “Babe”

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Minnie Mouse from “Runaway Brain”

Event Information

When
Thursday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Where
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Russi Taylor and Bob Peterson

Voice artists Russi Taylor and Bob Peterson at the reception preceding “Voices of Character.”

Voices of Character

Seated: Charles Solomon, Susan Egan, June Foray. Standing: Yuri Lowenthal, Bob Peterson, James Baxter, Rick Dempsey and Russi Taylor.