‘Voices of Character’ Event in Beverly Hills

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA will be hosting a unique event on August 19, 2010: The Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Voices of Character with a “panel of experts” that includes prolific cartoon voice actor Jim Cummings, the “First Lady of Cartoon Voicing” June Foray, author/voice talent Yuri Lowenthal and Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse). Also on the panel will be animation director Bob Peterson (voice of Dug in Pixar’s “Up”) and animator James Baxter as well as casting executive Rick Dempsey and animation historian Charles Solomon as panel moderator. (It seems more special guests will be announced, and we’ll provide updates as they become available.)

Here’s a description of the event from Oscars.org:

While animators have been called “actors with pencils” who toil vigorously to create the “illusion of life,” animated characters equally depend on the unique talents of voice artists to breathe life into their visual components. Vocal range and consistency, comic timing, emotional impact, character definition and song styling are just a few of the very specific choices that can make or break a coordinated effort between picture and sound. Our panel of experts will discuss how they approach their work, what they admire in the work of others, and perhaps even “sound off” on why their work isn’t nearly as appreciated as it should be.

Tickets for this event are only $5, and full details are available through the link below:

http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/voices.html

Thanks to Deirdre for the heads-up via VO-BB.com.

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