January 31, 2011

Just Enough to Drive You Crazy!

There are certain things in life that just make you cringe.  You know the old stand by fingernails on a chalkboard kind of cringing, although that never bothered me as much as some zippers do eerily.  The things that make me cringe nowadays are the things that just don't sound right, voices that just don't sound the same.  I am talking about things like Shaggy from Scooby Doo!  For almost  40 years Casey Kasem supplied the voice to the animated hippie but now in the the latest incarnation of the show, Mystery Inc., Shaggy is voiced by Matthew Lillard and it just sort of drives you nuts.  I am sure that this Lillard guy is fine and all, but as a fan of the show you want the characters to sound the same, hell Fred has been voiced by Frank Welker since the beginning of time.  As long as he has been wearing his orange ascot, he has sounded exactly the same.  Its like when Soap Operas would come on and tell you the the role of Alan Spaulding is now being played by Christopher Bernau, seriously what is that?  I want my people to be MY people, no one else.


As much as I find the new voice of Shaggy to just not fit right, the most annoying "different" voice  has to be on the Nemo ride in Epcot.  For those that know what I am talking about its the voice of Nemo's over protective dad Marlin.  Now Albert Brooks did a superior job of playing the clownfish in the movie, but for some reason the voice is not his in the ride.  Sure whoever lent their voice to the ride did the best they could trying to be like Brooks but its as if he went overboard in his effort.  Whenever he shouts "NEMO!" I just want to jump out of my clamshell and head for the exit.  Its enough to drive a man to drink... thank God for the World Showcase!  "NEMO!"  Ah there is that voice again!  You are not Marlin!

I know there are reasons why they can't have the same voices all the time but lets not try and pretend that they sound exactly alike.  I mean this Shaggy guy sounds nothing like the old one.  Just tell me its his half brother or something.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


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