While animated films use a wide range of technology and animation techniques to create the visuals viewers expect, what really brings the characters to life are the voice actors working behind the scenes. The newest report launched by Voices, the world’s largest voice-acting marketplace, examines the vocal talent at the heart of Cars, the 2006 Pixar film that launched a multimedia franchise and two sequels.
More information about the vocal talent for Cars, and the Voices marketplace, can be found at https://www.voices.com/blog/who-is-the-voice-of-lightning-mcqueen
In their latest report, vocal experts break down how finding the right voices to portray the anthropomorphic vehicles in Cars changed what could have been a silly children’s movie, into a fan favorite of both adults and kids around the world. While the movie has an all-star cast of vocal talent, many of the voices were also performed by real-world race car drivers.
The report focuses on the film’s main character, Lightning McQueen, a comically excitable and overconfident young race car voiced by Owen Wilson. Wilson was already on his way to becoming a household name after co-starring with Jackie Chan in the classic Shanghai Noon film and its sequel but had no previous experience with animated films and voice acting work.
When Cars opened in theaters, it was an instant hit, and the report explains that it held the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend of any car film, until 2009 when the record was taken by Fast and the Furious. Owen Wilson continued to portray Lightning McQueen in the movies Cars 2, and Cars 3, as well as the video games.
Though Lightning McQueen starts the film as an overconfident and brash race car, the report details how the casting director had to choose a voice actor that could also show his growth throughout the movie. While spending some time in the rundown town of Radiator Springs, the Lightning McQueen actor uses his voice to show moments of quiet reflection and apology for his mistakes, interrupted by wild bursts of enthusiasm and bravado.
Voices regularly produces content about the voice acting industry, finding the right vocal talent for a project, and what it takes to become a voice actor. With more than 2 million active members, Voices is the largest voice-acting marketplace in the world.
More information about Voices, Cars, and Owen Wilson can be found in the full report at https://www.voices.com/blog/who-is-the-voice-of-lightning-mcqueen
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