The wonderful Pixar universe is filled with iconic voices in iconic roles, and two of the first that might come to mind are Tom Hanks as Woody in the Toy Story films, and Ellen Degeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Well, Hanks is currently doing the talk show circuit for his upcoming movie Sully (there’s a Monsters Inc. coincidence), and he was recently a guest on Ellen, so of course the two talked about their shared animation background.
Hanks and Degeneres chatted about how strange it is to be recognized as the voice of an animated character, because the parents understand that it’s a role played by the actor in front of them, but the kids might have a harder time making that connection. What Hanks says he does for skeptical youngsters is make them close their eyes and then he says some dialogue in character, and that’s when it clicks. They then tried it as an exercise with their audience, making them cover their eyes and running through an improvised sketch about Dory helping Woody find his hat.
They also discussed what it’s like recording the dialogue for the films, saying that it’s harder work than people would think because of the exaggerated personalities of cartoon characters. For example, Hanks said that Woody is “clenched all the time” and Degeneres related, saying Dory is “either left behind or out of [breath],” so it can be physically challenging to stay in such an intense character for an extended period.
Check out the clip above, but make sure to close your eyes first.
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