Earlier this week, I was telling a friend that I had seen Morgan Spurlock’s new Comic-Con documentary (accurately reviewed here by our own Sir Prisco) and we began reminiscing about our own Comic-Con trips (while I’ve only been a handful of times, he grew up in San Diego and has gone every year pretty much since forever). I told him that my favorite panel I’ve ever attended was a voice-over panel and my friend responded by noting that a similar voice-over panel he attended another year was, similarly, one of his favorites.
The reason this panel was so high up on both our lists, and so memorable, is simple. Buried in a back corner of the convention center in a little room, I watched Billy West, Tom Kenny and others riff for an hour about how they became voice-over actors and how they approach their work. While it was interesting, more than anything it was just fun. Everyone on the panel was sweet and lighthearted and good-natured. They all seem to know that they have amazing jobs and are appreciative of and amused by this fact. And their attitudes are wholly infectious. Watching them talk about what they do, slipping in and out of voices while both cracking jokes and talking with heartfelt sincerity, is just pleasing to watch.
All of which is to say, I’m super-stoked about this upcoming documentary, I Know That Voice, which is all about voice-over actors and their craft. According to the YouTube posting, they’re “still in production on this obtaining more quality interviews,” although they already appear to have a healthy collection of interviews, from West and Kenny to Kevin Conroy and June Foray. I dig this trailer and can’t wait for the doc although, given that they’re still in production, I’m guessing it won’t see the light of day until next year. Boo-urns.