Who are your favorite voice actors?


Marcus Fenix ​​in Gears 5, arms crossed and looking irritated.

Picture: The Coalition/Microsoft

Earlier this week everyone was ssurprised (to say the least) by the umpteenth revival of Futurama courtesy of Hulu, and even more when news broke than John DiMaggio may not come back like Bender. The reaction to this and the possibility of him being replaced by another cast member when the series returns in 2023, didn’t go well, to say the least. Since then, support for the voice actor for Jake/Joker/Dr. Drakken/Marcus Fenix ​​(to name a few) has been flocking to social media, and DiMaggio has been more than happy to retweet him in hopes that Hulu will bring him back to the show.

Discussions about voice actors tend to get heated, especially when a celebrity is announced for a role. With big celebrities trying their hand at varying degrees of success, there are concerns that voice actors will be replaced so that more recognizable names can bring attention to a project. In some ways, it’s not without merit; Hollywood is above all the biggest names draw attention to a project, even if it is not as well adjusted because studio executives might want you to believe it.

Some celebrities have successfully transitioned into voice acting – Steven Yeun, Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett and Ben Schwartz immediately come to mind. But overall it still sounds like normal voice actors don’t really get the due they many merit– well, unless you’ve been around always Like Dee Bradley Baker— even though animation projects have attracted mainstream attention over the years. If you grew up in the ’90s and watched a lot of cartoons, there are comedians whose careers you’ve probably followed, whether you realized it or not.

For this week’s Open Channel, we want to hear about some of your favorite voice actors. They can be veterans or fairly recent newbies, they can be from games, anime, cartoons, whatever. If there’s a voice you know and recognize, we want to hear about it in the comments below.


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