Voices.com Profiles ‘Wall*E’ Voice Ben Burtt

Vox Daily has an article discussing film sound design pioneer Ben Burtt on how he developed the vocal effects for Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E:

Ben Burtt related that the most difficult assignment he has ever received as a sound designer was to design voices for characters. His primary challenge was to maintain the soul of a human being while creating a believable, synthesized sound that appropriately matched the characters’ robotic form and features.

A good example of creating a voice for a non-human character is evident in Disney’s film, “Dumbo” (1941), wherein producers used a Sonavox (an artificial larynx) to make a train “speak” with human-like qualities to achieve a desired result. Today, the Vocoder, a digital tool, is used to create a similar yet more sophisticated effect to alter the voice, even modulate pitch.

The Vocoder was used in Wall-E to change the vocal qualities of voice actress Elissa Knight, who performed the voice of Wall-E’s love interest, Eve.

The voice of Wall-E was first performed by Ben Burtt and then manipulated with a digital pen that acted like a joystick, modulating the sound even further.

Continue reading: Ben Burtt and Sound Design for Wall-E [Vox Daily].

One Response to Voices.com Profiles ‘Wall*E’ Voice Ben Burtt

  1. stephanieciccarelli says:

    Dear Craig,

    You’ve done a wonderful job with your blog! I’ve been reading your entries lately and think what you are doing is a great service to the community.

    Thank you for linking to my article about Ben Burtt. He’s a genius, isn’t he?

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie

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