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this is what i don't get a boy get voice most of the time by a female so i was thinking why they can't get a kid who is the same age to voice that character. a boy voice by a boy; a girl voice by a girl. i know this is a stupid question but i wonder about that alot.
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Biggest problem is children's voices change so that a consistent 'voice' is not possible. Look at Muppet Treasure Island as the voice of Jimmy Hawkins had to be completely redubbed at the end since his voice changed completely through the movie.
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I doubt kids got as much skill at acting as adults do.
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It's hard to find a child actor, much less voice actor, unless you go to special schools that train kids for those sort of things. Given Japans declining birth rate I doubt having those type of schools is common as it is plus with how laws and such work who knows how easy/hard it is to scout a child into being in a show. Plus mattering how young/old we are talking about of a kid you have to deal with puberty and such going on which for some people can change gradually and for others change instantly.

Honestly only series I can think of that had child VA's was Barakamon off the top of my head at least.
Posted 4/17/15

Gafennec wrote:

Biggest problem is children's voices change so that a consistent 'voice' is not possible. Look at Muppet Treasure Island as the voice of Jimmy Hawkins had to be completely redubbed at the end since his voice changed completely through the movie.


Yeah, that is definitely one of the main issues along other stuff such as school, possible problems with parents, not bein as reliable in general and so on.

I found out about one of the funniest instances of puberty vocal change from the commentary on FMA: Brotherhood, where the ADR director talked about having to dub of one of the characters, a main character no less, by taking snippets of previously recorded dialogue and putting them together since the boy who originally did the voice couldn't do it anymore when the OVAs were being dubbed
Posted 4/17/15 , edited 4/17/15
Hm, I don't really know. I always just assumed that it was because children can't enunciate properly, whereas, say, a female actress can mimic the sounds of a child while still being able to maintain clarity of pronunciation. Again - that was just my assumption. Not saying that corresponds to reality at all.

Personally, I don't mind it when adults voice children. I'm currently watching Barakamon, and while I do absolutely adore the work of the child voice actors, I don't really notice a significant difference between using child voice actors and adults. Maybe that's just because I don't speak Japanese though - who knows?
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Okocha119 wrote:


Gafennec wrote:

Biggest problem is children's voices change so that a consistent 'voice' is not possible. Look at Muppet Treasure Island as the voice of Jimmy Hawkins had to be completely redubbed at the end since his voice changed completely through the movie.


Yeah, that is definitely one of the main issues along other stuff such as school, possible problems with parents, not bein as reliable in general and so on.

I found out about one of the funniest instances of puberty vocal change from the commentary on FMA: Brotherhood, where the ADR director talked about having to dub of one of the characters, a main character no less, by taking snippets of previously recorded dialogue and putting them together since the boy who originally did the voice couldn't do it anymore when the OVAs were being dubbed


The exact same thing happened with Aaron Dismuke from the 2003 Fullmetal. By the time the movie came out, he was already going through puberty, and then there was the after party special where iirc, Ed was like "Al, your voice changed"
Posted 4/17/15

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The exact same thing happened with Aaron Dismuke from the 2003 Fullmetal. By the time the movie came out, he was already going through puberty, and then there was the after party special where iirc, Ed was like "Al, your voice changed"


Yeah, Aaron was the one I was talking about, I just heard of it through the commentary track on the FMA:B DVD's. Mike MacFarland, the ADR director, even talked about having to do some of the missing parts himself, it's pretty funny
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There are anime besides the movie one where Kid characters are voice by actual kids, like Usagi Drop and Barakamon.
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Avatar : The Last Airbender used child voice actors to play as Aang and Toph
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They do sometimes, but usually only for big projects.

In Kingdom Hearts for example, this guy's voice actor did Roxas when he was like 13-14


He is in his mid 20s now.
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They do sometimes.
See Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
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Maaya Sakamoto, who played the main character Hitomi and sang the OP theme for Vision of Escaflowne, was 16 when she did it. When she made her VA debut in Little Twins she was 12.
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latinaloverTX wrote:

this is what i don't get a boy get voice most of the time by a female so i was thinking why they can't get a kid who is the same age to voice that character. a boy voice by a boy; a girl voice by a girl. i know this is a stupid question but i wonder about that alot.


Wel... If you got a twelve year old to play Naruto when it debuted in 2002 he would be 25 right now. His voice would change and you'd ended up with a grown man playing a 15 year old, which really isn't that much of a problem.
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latinaloverTX wrote:

this is what i don't get a boy get voice most of the time by a female so i was thinking why they can't get a kid who is the same age to voice that character. a boy voice by a boy; a girl voice by a girl. i know this is a stupid question but i wonder about that alot.


Wel... If you got a twelve year old to play Naruto when it debuted in 2002 he would be 25 right now. His voice would change and you'd ended up with a grown man playing a 15 year old, which really isn't that much of a problem.


but naruto's voice by a woman
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