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Cartoon Voice Over

Resources to help you source the best voice over for your project

Cartoon is a technique that brands and companies are increasingly using to either inform their audiences or entertain. With the proliferation of video as the medium of choice, cartoons have established themselves as a way to get out a brand’s message while adding an element of fun. They can also be used as simply a form of entertainment, such as the case in movies or television shows and other mediums. Whatever the use of the cartoon, the end goal is the same: to create believable characters that captivate audiences of all ages.

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Cartoon Project Voice Over Requirements

  • Versatile voice actors who can bring your cartoon characters to life: From expertly crafted character voices, to voice over that can go from sounding young to old in a snap, the right voice actor will be able to take your vision and make it a reality.
  • Stay on budget by reducing revisions to audio: Unexpected and time-consuming revisions can quickly eat away at your bottom line. Hiring a professional voice actor can ensure a smoother experience with fewer re-reads required, and keeping your budget on track.
  • Recording Where You Want: Voices.com actors can record broadcast quality files from home studios, or we can arrange in-studio recording at your convenience.
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Why Voices.com Is The World’s Source For Voice Actors for Cartoons

  • Experienced and diverse professionals: Our voice actors have completed over 4,500 cartoon projects for some of the world’s most respected shows and well-known companies.
  • Competitive rates on ongoing projects: Get top-quality recordings from professional voice actors who have the training and consistency to commit to long-term projects - plus, many are experienced audio editors, meaning you get the best value, all for a competitive rate.
  • Global voice actors, authentic native speakers: Voices.com voice actors live in over 160 countries, and speak over 100 languages, accents and dialects, ensuring you can achieve the authentic read you need from real native speakers.

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Top Vocal Qualities for Cartoon Voice Overs

Here are the top 5 vocal qualities (known as ‘styles’) that clients
in the cartoon industry source from Voices.com in order to achieve an engaging and authentic performance:

One Source for Global Voices

As cartoons continue to grow in popularity, so too does global distribution. If you have a cartoon that you want produced in Icelandic, Spanish, Thai, Urdu or any language in between, you can find an authentic native speaker for your cartoon needs at Voices.com.

Voices.com Cartoon Client Case Studies

InGrid Design

What They Needed

InGrid Design needed a streamlined way to source voice over. They work with many clients and needed to ensure that they had a large pool of talent at their disposal in order to provide each client with a unique voice. They wanted to cut down their time spent continuously searching for voice talent, booking studio time and waiting for new files to come in. Plus, they needed the voice of a child and an adult for this particular project.

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What We Delivered & The Results

  • 2 voice talent
  • Voice files delivered within 24 hours of sending the scripts
  • Tweaks/edits to files completed and sent back promptly
  • Time saved and improved workflow which allows InGrid Design to focus on other tasks and complete more projects

Mayadem

What They Needed

They needed engaging voices able to teach children about shapes, animals and colors all while expanding their vocabulary. They needed voice actors from all over the world to dub their games into different languages in order to reach an international audience.

Five Little Sheeps Jigsaw Puzzle. Video Game for Mayadem

What We Delivered & The Results

  • 12 children’s games
  • 16 character voices
  • 9 different voice actors
  • First global launch
  • Many reads - talent voiced a couple of different versions of the script as alternatives
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Quick Tips For Hiring Voice Over For Your Cartoon

What To Look For When Selecting Your Voice Over Actor

You find the read engaging the whole way through
This may seem obvious, but if you’re losing interest after hearing an audition, then chances are, you won’t be able to hold your attention for the duration of an entire show or video.

They have experience in cartoon or animation work
Being the voice of a cartoon character, whether that be in a movie, game or show requires the voice actor to be able to put on character voices and become those characters. Hiring a voice actor who has experience in this area, means they will be able to captivate your audience for the entirety of the show.

Know your audience
Your listening audience may enjoy a certain style of voicing, expects words to be pronounced in a particular way or, they may be accustomed to hearing a specific voice type. Knowing this about your audience will help you to decide who should be the voice of your character(s).

Consistency is key
Finding a voice actor who is able to sound consistent is crucial to an engaging experience, especially if they have come up with a unique-sounding character voice, different from their normal speaking voice. Give your voice actors long pieces of the script to audition with, so you can hear whether they can maintain the same read throughout.

Don’t have your final script complete yet?

No worries! Even with a few lines and an idea of length for your work needed, you can get a jump on your project.
Make sure your voice over actor is ready to rock as soon as your script is.

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Tips for Helping Your Voice Actor Bring Your Character to Life

There are ways you can help your voice actor nail their read of your script and create engaging and authentic character voices.

Here are a few things you can do during the process to minimize the amount of revisions and retakes:

1. Providing images to your voice actor

For the voice actor to really bring your character to life, it helps if you provide them with as many images as possible. An image of what the character looks like, or the scenery they will live in, will really help your voice actor give the most authentic and believable read possible.This could also include a storyboard to really help them get a sense of the world in which the character lives and the storyline.

2. Provide a piece of the dialogue when auditioning voice actors

While you may not want to reveal the entire script, you should have all auditioning voice actors read a lengthy piece of dialogue in order to really get a feel of how they portray your character and if it is to the desired effect.

3. Let them get physical

Giving them a script that is complete with actions, will allow your voice actor to perform those same actions in their recording booth. Does your character jump up and down a lot? Give those cues to your voice actor so they can mimic the movements and really get into the mindset of the character.

4. Outline the character’s emotional development:

If your storyline is complex, it could help you voice actor immensely by providing them with a character development. This could simply be a few lines that tell the story of the character so that the voice actor has an idea of the emotion they should be portraying at certain points throughout the narrative.

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