Hey, September is National Voiceover Appreciation Month. Who knew?! OK well, maybe it’s a little navel gazy. But I don’t just do voiceovers, I hear them too. I’m informed and entertained by voice actors every day. So since it is Voiceover Appreciation Month, here’s a list of just a few of my favorite voiceovers — in the order in which they popped into my head:

  • Antonio Banderas’ Nasonex commercials
  • Antonio Banderas’ voiceovers in the Shrek movies
  • All the voices in Monsters, Inc., especially Bob Peterson’s Roz
  • Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo, and really all the other voices from that film
  • The woman currently doing commercials for Liberty Mutual: “Responsibility. What’s your policy?
  • Robin Williams in Happy Feet and the Latino penguin rappers: “Soy tu Papi pingüino. . .”
  • Majel Barrett Rodenberry for one of the best computer voices in space, you know, the final frontier
  • Jim Dale’s narration for the Harry Potter audiobooks
  • The female voice talent who did the Word 2007 and other Office 2007 tutorials on Microsoft’s site (tutorials can be grueling with bad or sing-songy voices)
  • Mel Blanc’s Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweetie and other Looney Tune voices (I finally bought the Golden Collection DVDs)

Listening is becoming a lost art now that we live in the Age of Distractions. I really do appreciate all those voices who compel me to listen at least a little better.

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