Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merry Christmas to all you worldly voices out there! It’s our absolute favorite time of the year here at the studio, and one of our favorite things to do is curl up, pour a hot drink, and binge on Christmas movies. So, without further adieu…It’s time to deck the halls, light the lights, and feel merry and bright with some of our favorite holiday voice recordings of all time. Here’s a list of voiceover performances we’ll be celebrating this season:
1) Tom Hanks as “The Conductor” in Polar Express
First things first: if Tom Hanks is “America’s Dad” then it makes total sense that he would lend his voice to the gentle, wise, and Christmas-loving Conductor in the 2004 classic film (based on the beloved children’s book), The Polar Express. While Hanks voices a variety of characters in this film, it is his pivotal vocal role as the Conductor that wins over our voice recording hearts year after year. Hanks’ cadence and tone allows his wisdom to be heard clearly as he delivers life-lessons to the children on the train. Moments like these in the film are not only thoughtful, but expertly executed via his voiceover skills. We can’t wait to watch his performance this year while we cozy up with our favorite little loved ones.
2) Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Second on our list of the famous voices of Christmas is an absolute must-have: Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle. This Rankin-Bass stop-motion claymation brings so much Christmas cheer every year, and the voice recording of Rooney is a big reason why! The way he sings and tenderly gifts wooden toys to children of the village with presents, the way his vocalizations melt the heart of the nasty Winter Warlock or fights off the tyranny of the evil Burgermeister Meisterburger are truly some of our favorite Christmas moments of all time. This voice recording performance by Mickey Rooney is one of our all-time favorites, and one that children of all ages will love! We’ve been watching it since it came out in 1970 and can’t wait to rewatch it this year. Take it from us when we say, this performance will leave you feeling the spirit this year!
3) Jackie Vernon as Frosty in Frosty the Snowman
“Happy Boithday!!” —We can’t think of this Rankin-Bass production without thinking of Jackie Vernon’s booming voice calling out to the children of the town as Frosty springs to life on the screen. We absolutely adore the way Vernon (a nightclub comic turned voiceover actor) lends his voice recording skills to the big screen in this film; and more importantly–how this film would be so much different without his comedic touch! Frosty the Snowman might have been released in 1966, but it still holds a special place in our family’s heart today (and maybe in your family’s too). Throw it in the queue this holiday season and prepare to be tickled by how much joy and Christmas spirit that Vernon and his merry gang brings your way.
4) June Foray as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Last (but certainly not least) we have the tiniest voice on our list: Cindy Lou Who. When people think of the 1966 Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, they think of incredible voiceover work by Boris Karloff as the intimidating and unbeatable Grinch. But here at Worldly Voices we’d like to shine a spotlight this season on June Foray and her incredible voice recording as the melt-your-heart-she’s-so-cute, Cindy Lou Who. We bow down to June’s greatness as her voice recording career boasts 288 roles in 159 different title films and television (including the Teacher in Frosty the Snowman)! But it’s her role as Cindy Lou Who that touches our hearts every year at Christmas, because–let’s face it–the story of the Grinch would not be complete without the small and gentle nudge from this tender voice.
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