January 25th, 2007

Ann Vole

some voice actors make movies a must-see

I always think that the story should work fine no matter who is behind the voice but there is something to be said for big-name actors doing voices for animated characters. Take for instance the movie "Kung Fu Panda",

Premise: "Kung Fu Panda" is a CG-animated comedy about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po, who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. Set in the legendary world of ancient China, this is the story of Po, our unlikely hero, who enters the rigid world of Kung Fu and turning it upside down. Po ultimately becomes a Kung Fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything. - http://www.keyframeonline.com/Animation/Kung_Fu_Panda/474/

then add the voice actors:

Jack Black......... Po
Dustin Hoffman..... Shifu
Jackie Chan........ Master Monkey
Ian McShane........ Tai Lung


and I just have to see it just for the actors!
Ann Vole

racisim and being skunked?

Pepe LePew started with his faux french but that was OK back then.

Now I noticed some skunk characters showing up in movies and they seem to be played by black actors inspite of most of the rest of the cast being non-blacks:

Stella (Over the Hedge) ... Wanda Sykes
Reeko (Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild)... Wayne Brady

I might be wrong because the voice actor for Flower in Bambi 2 is not black (Anthony Ghannam)

There is also a new TV and Game franchise called Skunk Fu staring a skunk named Skunk:
http://skunkfu.blogspot.com/ "Evan McGuire our 11 year star was really great"
http://www.animationmagazine.net/article.php?article_id=4570
Interesting how my last post (Kung Fu Panda) and this Skunk Fu both have pandas as kung fu masters.