Surprised to hear that the voice acting role that was written specifically for Robin Williams in the feature CGI animated film Robots is now being performed by someone across the ocean and in the Malay language? Meet the Malay voice actor who is dubbing Robin Williams’ role “Fender” in the Malay version of the CGI film “Robots”.
Well, as we’ve discovered before, it’s no secret that audio content can be translated and localized to meet the needs of an audience. Take Fox TV’s lineup in Japan, for example. There are dubbed versions of the popular television series 24, Lost, and Desperate Housewives, to name a few American programming exports. Films are also dubbed for audiences in countries that speak languages other than those spoken in a given program or film. The practice of making international cinema and audio visual content accessible to all through dubbing has been around for decades – but, that’s another story 🙂
Now, back to the Malay version of “Robots”.
An article was published by The Star Online eCentral in Malaysia about AC Mizal, a singer, emcee, and actor, stepped boldly into the sizable shoes of Robin Williams’ when voicing the character Fender, a comical robot whose speedy vocal deliveries are matched only by his hilarious sense of humor. The voice-overs took roughly 3 weeks to record. According to AC, he decided to perform the voice acting role of Fender in part because his children were enamored with the movie and he was inspired to try something new.
Sources say that the Malaysian-dubbed version of the hit movie Robots will premiere on Star Movies, Astro Channel 42, on Oct 29 at 10 p.m. Do you have a favorite dubbed movie? Is there anyone out there who has dubbed for film or television?