Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Network Prescience

This of course comes from the people who directed (or undirected them) the voices in the first place.

31 comments:

Isaac said...

Low blow.

RooniMan said...

Harsh.

drawingtherightway said...

So wait these people directing the voice acting screw up and blame someone else? Pathetic.

Chris_Garrison said...

Inept and dumb?! Heaven forfend!

JohnK said...

They didn't officially direct the voices. They just got in the way and wouldn't let anyone, so it ended up being 6 people arguing over every line.

M. R Darbyshire said...

Holder's letter comes off slow and plodding, causing him to seem inept and dumb.

John Calmette said...

wow, an official 1988 DIC memo
the disfunctional nostalgia is overwhelming

El Funzo said...

But inept and dumb sounding cartoon characters help make us feel better about out own ineptitude.

MLP said...

And here stupid old me thought Cecil's voice was great. I wondered for a long time if it was the original voice actor.

Ben Fried said...

haha billywest.jpg

David R said...

More Blair comparions
here

David Germain said...

Tee hee. In the next letter, did he complain that Beany sounded immature or that Dishonest John sounded evil?

Words cannot describe the utter stupidity of that letter.

John-Michael Morgan said...

Oh, executives. Can you do anything right?

sunny kharbanda said...

Hey John,

Just finished lesson 2 of my Preston Blair studies:
Lesson 2

C said...

Someone should do a dramatic reading of that letter.

Knuckles500 said...

Well to be honest, it was Billy's first role for a cartoon (according to some of my sources). But he did improve with time.

Please post more John, I'm curious to know more.

JohnK said...

Billy was always excellent. The network people just didn't recognize obvious star talent.

They hated everyone on the show that they didn't appoint themselves.

Sven Hoek said...

With the right direction, Billy is awesome. Even without it he is one of the best in the biz. He split my sides when he was on Howard Stern and the first few seasons of Ren and Stimpy.

And that memo is priceless.

Trevor Thompson said...

Why didn't they just hire Stan Freberg?

Kenny said...

I could never imagine wanting to replace Billy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4NJZPcEby8

Rick Roberts said...

I really don't understand these useless positions in the industry and idiotic assembly of others. There are dozens and dozens of "storyboard artists", a million hack writers, a "voice director", "story editor", and a "director". All they make is some scratches and words and then send it to Korea.

Rick Roberts said...

Trevor reminded me something, why didn't they get the original voice actor for dishonest John, Irv Shoemaker ? Was he still alive ? I can't seem to find his birtdate or deathdate.

Pat Cashin said...

"It has come to our attention that Bugs Bunny's voice makes him sound like a brash, New York area smartass.

If we can't get Mr. Blanc to make him sound more like a California surfer dude and get a proper line read on 'tub-u-larily awesooooooooome!'the role will need to be recast immediately to insure that everything will suck."

Sean Lane said...

John, I would love your series of the show on DVD one day. I thought Australia was selling it but it turned out to be more of the older episodes, which is good too, because those still aren't completely on DVD either.

HemlockMan said...

HAHA! I love corporate executives! Life would be so boring without them gumming up the works!

I also like pollution and bubonic plague!

LETS TALK CARTOONS said...

Hi
Are studio execs inbreed?
or is it just nepotism.Ask one of them to take of a shoe and show you his six toes.

John A said...

So I take it you had nothing to do with the kid voice they used for Beany? That one always bothered me.

I.D.R.C. said...

Can't help but notice that this is a conversation about DIC between POLE and HOLDER.

PaulW said...

Its not just studio execs who behave this way.

I like to put the modern world of work this way: "Management is a concept born to give the untalented something to do".

The execs in my industry (big iron IT) are just the same.....

They get involved in problems that they do not understand and then try and work out solutions to these problems, when they are already paying creative people to do these things for them... but they ignore them, because they truly believe that they know better.

Bizarre.....

Sven Hoek said...

Whoa, I just read Bi11ys blog and holy cow, what a venomous midget. I really envy his career but I wouldnt want it if I had to be him.

He's totally delusional. Basically taking credit for everything R & S. Bashing John and the Spike shows. Jeez what an ingrate.

EalaDubh said...

"Someone should do a dramatic reading of that letter."

Who can put on an appropriate 'Maurice LeMarche pretending to be Ben Stein' voice?