Charitable Voice Actors

02.03.2011

Celebrity charity auction site ClothesOffOurBack.org has listed a few items that some voice actor fans may be interested in bidding on: two bottles of 2008 Merlot wine autographed by Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Anastasia) and Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), and a dress donated by CCH Pounder (Justice League, Batman Beyond).

Both auctions end March 1, 2011. Proceeds benefit various children’s charities.

In a bit of related news, Paul Rugg (voice actor and writer on Freakazoid and Animaniacs) has announced that he is going to be auctioning off animation cells and memorabilia from shows he has worked on to help raise funds for Angels Way Maternity Home in California. Paul has a video on his Froynlaven! blog showing many of the items he’ll be donating from his own collection. We’ll provide an update when his auction officially begins.

~ Craig Crumpton
Publisher, Voice Actors in the News

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The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today’s hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children’s charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm In The Middle,” “Raising the Bar”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe. For more information and to bid, log onto www.clothesoffourback.org.


Frivolous List Friday

02.05.2010

People love lists. I’m not sure why. We seem to have a society obsessed with listing things, ranking them and then debating over why one thing is ranked higher/lower than another…often over really insignificant and ridiculous things.

Well, I don’t want to start any debates or start listing and ranking voice actors as happens on various fan forums. (I don’t play favorites publicly, and I generally stay on the objective side when reporting news.)

But occasionally lists come up in news searches which may have some relation to voice actors, but they usually aren’t noteworthy enough to merit their own news posts.

So I’m going to start collecting ones I find interesting and will begin sharing them on random Fridays as a blog feature I call “Frivolous List Friday.”

– First up is Mila Kunis (voice of Meg Griffin on Family Guy and various characters on Robot Chicken) who ranked #32 in AskMen.com’s Top 99 Women 2010 Edition.

– Behold, Voiceroy’s DVD collection: http://voiceroy.dvdaf.com/
You “hardcore” voice actor enthusiasts and animation fans will note that I favor animated titles and various live-action flicks which feature voice actor appearances.

Macleans.ca blogger and lifelong animation fan Jaime Weinman (and fellow Animaniacs/Pinky & The Brain devotee from bygone years) wonders what today’s popular shows — such as Mad Men, Big Bang Theory, Bones and Cougar Town — would be like as 80s cartoons, and mostly voiced by Frank Welker.

(Weinman even squeezes in a subtle Pinky & The Brain reference. Nice.)

– Check out TVTropes’ list of “Pigeon Holed Voice Actors.”

Previous frivolous lists:
– 2.05.2010 — Voice Actor Doppelgangers
– 1.27.2010 — Forbes Lists ‘Most Trusted Celebrities’
– 1.12.2010 — 34 Essential Uses of Voiceover in Film
– 12.20.2009 — Blogger Follows Up on Great Cartoon Voice Actors
– 8.28.2009 — ‘Epic’ Voice Actors Photo Feature on Life.com
– 8.28.2009 — Car & Driver: Celebs Are ‘Taking Over Car Commercials’
– 8.21.2009 — Sometimes Other People Blog About Voice Actors Too
– 7.23.2009 — IFC on ‘Vacillating Voiceovers’ in Film
– 6.26.2009 — Time Lists Top 10 Pixar Voice Actors
– 4.18.2009 — Hollywood’s ‘Most Valuable’ Comedians
– 4.16.2009 — Holy Batvoice, Batman!
– 3.20.3009 — Forbes Ranks ‘Animation’s A-List Actors’