A dream team represents the best of the best.
We’ve seen this phenomenon play out in sport, film, and sometimes if we’re lucky, in the realms of politics and or leadership within an industry.
Have you ever thought that this too might be something we experience and can identify with in terms of the voice over industry?
Dream Teams in Voice Over
Dream teams do happen in voice over and the area where this is immediately obvious is in animation.
Character voice acting draws nearer to us than any other application of voice over, for a number of good reasons. Animated characters that are portrayed in episodic content or film have a longer shelf life and are widely distributed, becoming part of our culture and woven into the fabric of our lives.
Dream teams, for our purposes, are more like dream voice casts. These voice casts have chemistry, talent and heart.
A One Man Voice Cast
A voice artist who was a dream team all in one was Mel Blanc, The Man of a Thousand Voices. Mel was the first person to give voice to dozens of Warner Bros. characters on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies during the Golden Age of American Animation including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, PepÃ© Le Pew and more.
Mel joined other voice casts in productions by Hanna-Barbera voicing characters such as Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, Heathcliff and hundreds of others. For those who might be wondering, Mel was also the original voice of Woody Woodpecker (produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures). He had the role for some time before he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Bros.
The Rise of the Voice Cast
In the more recent past, we’ve been entertained by amazing voice casts, some that have even defined the perception of what voice acting ought to be by generations of cartoon lovers.
When I took an informal Voices.com survey on Facebook, these cartoons were most commonly cited as being among favourite Voice Over Dream Teams and Voice Casts in an animated series:
à¹ Batman: The Animated Series
à¹ The Animaniacs
à¹ The Simpsons
à¹ Mel Blanc (in a class of his own)
What’s Your Favourite Voice Cast in an Animated Series?
Looking forward to hearing from you,