Have you ever noticed how some animated characters tend to resemble their voice acting counterparts?
Whether it’s outright physical similarities or intentionally incorporated mannerisms, Hollywood has made an extra effort to bring more of the actor into their animated selves, in fact, an actor’s mannerisms will often inspire the physical appearance of their character!
Art Imitating Life
Over the years, we’ve witnessed a number of animated films where the characters have taken on aspects of an actor’s physique, their mannerisms and in some cases, even elements of their personality.
When an animator has a palette of unique vocal characteristics and versatile, artistic talent to work with, the opportunity presents itself to animate the character guided by what they hear in the voice of an actor.
Jeremy Irons once said in an interview before the release of The Lion King (in which he voiced Scar) that “When the picture is being drawn as a result of the sounds you’re making, you can take it very wild, very broad and give the animators some nourishment.”
What About You?
Can you think of a time when your voice was the catalyst for how a product was presented?
Alternatively, can you think of a good example of an animated character that resembles their human counterpart?
Looking forward to hearing from you!