VO for retelling of The Tortoise and the Hare

Job #7634

Job Posting Details

Job # 7634 VO for retelling of The Tortoise and the Hare

Posted Date
May 16, 2008 @ 05:01
Respond By
May 18, 2008
Word Count
English (North American)
Age Range

Job Description

Voice Over for “The Tortoise and the Hare”- children’s story


We’re looking for a talented vo artist with the ability to do different voices/accents for a re-telling of the “Tortoise and the Hare.”

We’re initially thinking of a female voice for this, but we’d be willing to listen to male auditions.

Please see text of the story below and provide us with a brief audition. This story is fully illustrated and we’ll provide all the illustrations to the chosen artist to help inspire the vo. It will also be incorporated into a video format which we’ll explain in more detail. Please try to read at a controlled pace, keeping in mind that this story is meant for pre-schoolers.



The Tortoise and the Hare
Retold by Stephen J Conley

Once upon a time, there was a bunny rabbit named Harry the Hare who thought he was the smartest and speediest animal around. He was always bragging about how fast he was and often challenged other animals to race him.
One beautiful spring day, Harry the Hare walked up to a large pig who was resting in the mud and said, “Hey Mr. Piggy, you must be really slow with those short legs and fat belly. I bet I could I could beat you in a race.”
“You’re always bragging Harry and talking about how great you are. I’m not as slow as you think!” responded Mr. Piggy. He was very angry at the way Harry the Hare was picking on him and wanted to teach Harry a lesson. “Come on, let’s race!”
“Oh boy! You’re on. Let’s go.”
Wally the wolf ran through the forest, telling all the animals about the race. Sarah the Squirrel and Martin the Monkey quickly spread the news to all the tree animals and birds.
Darleen the Deer came with Betty the Bear and Charlie the Chipmunk. Sammy the Snake was with Bobby the Bobcat.
Mr. Piggy and Harry the Hare headed to a large open field and got ready for the big race. All of the animals looked on from the forest.
“How does Mr. Piggy ever hope to beat Harry in a race?” Darleen the Deer asked Bobby the Bobcat.
“Never say never.”
Martin the Monkey and his friends found good seats in the trees and eagerly waited for the race to begin.
Ernie the Eagle swooped down to start the race. “Ready, set, go,!” he shouted.
The race started and Harry the Hare took a big early lead. Mr. Piggy ran his heart out, but he just wasn’t fast enough keep up with his opponent.
Harry began to laugh and make fun of Mr. Piggy. “Ha, ha, ha. You’re so fat Mr. Piggy. Is that as fast as you can go?”
Mr. Piggy continued to try to run as fast as he could, breathing harder and harder, but he just couldn’t catch Harry the Hare. Finally, after falling very far behind, Mr. Piggy stopped and yelled, “I give up, Harry. You’re right. You’re much too fast for me.”
“Hee, hee, hee…you know when you’ve been licked, huh? That will teach you to never race me!”
Mr. Piggy walked off, sad and tired, and headed back to the farm and his mud hole to rest.
Just then, a turtle named Tommy the Tortoise, who had also been watching the race, spoke up. “Hey Harry, I bet I could beat you in a race.”
“You? Ha, ha, ha, You’ve got to be kidding! You’re so slow! “The slowest of all animals. How dare you challenge me! “Come on. Let me teach you a lesson you won’t soon forget!”
The two went back to the same starting line in the field where Harry the Hare had raced Mr. Piggy. Ernie the Eagle swooped back down once again to start the new race. When he landed, he said, “OK. Here we go. Ready-set-go!”
As he did in the first race against Mr. Piggy, Harry the Hare took off fast and opened up a huge lead over Tommy the Tortoise, who kept his head down and steadily moved forward. Harry the Hare looked back and laughed. “Ha! You’re so silly Tommy! You make even Mr. Piggy look fast!”
After a while, Harry the Hare was so far ahead of Tommy the Tortoise that he decided to take a break. He stopped under a large oak tree and lay down to relax. After a few minutes, he fell into a deep sleep under the shade of the tree.
Meanwhile, Tommy the Tortoise plodded along at a slow, but steady pace without stopping for even a second. Eventually, he passed the tree where Harry was napping and continued on to the finish line, becoming the winner of the race!!!
All the animals cheered loudly and celebrated as Tommy the Tortoise crossed the finish line.
Hearing all the commotion, Harry the Hare woke up and realized he had lost the race. Sad and embarrassed by his foolishness, he hopped away and headed home.

The story of The Tortoise and the Hare teaches us some very important lessons. First of all, it shows us that the steady, hard worker wins out in the end, just like Tommy the Tortoise. It also teaches us that us that we shouldn't be like Harry the Hare and make fun and tease others. And finally, no matter how much talent you have, you need to always work hard because talent alone isn't enough!

About the Client

Stephen has posted with Voices.com several times in the past and primarily posts projects seeking talent for audio book recordings.

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