'Q&A with Director Brad Goodchild' -- Round VI.
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Q: How were the voice actors selected and casted for their parts? It seems like they were chosen before the initial character designs, so did they get a say on what they wanted their character to look or act like?
A: The actual drawings were done way in advance of choosing the voices. We open auditions and had loads of actors try out for the various roles.
Some of them did multiple characters. We sat through the auditions and gave them a few pointers in how they should act ... later we narrowed down the list and had each of the 'judges' give their picks. The actor with the most votes won. But it was really amazing that each person basically picked the same as others. You just know the voice when you hear it. The fact that the actor resembles the cartoon character is just a fluke.
When we do an incidental or new character, I give a reference to VoiceBOX Productions and tell them I want an actor to sound like so and so.
When we cast Pan, I wanted a Keifer Sutherland voice and attitude. For Neil, we wanted an Owen Wilson type of voice. I think you get the picture.