star wars as you've never heard it before
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Star Wars: The Radio Play - Seven top voice actors table read Star Wars (YouTube) at Emerald City Comicon. "Join voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell, and Rob Paulsen as they re-create the magic of the Star Wars films, albeit in their own special way!" Characters include: Fry, Bender, Batman, Yakko, Wakko, Pinky, The Brain, Morbo, Bubbles, IronHide, Dr. Zoidberg, Jake the Dog, and many impressive celebrity impressions: Shatner as C3PO, Walken as R2D2, Tony Soprano as Greedo, Twilight Sparkle as Han Solo... (via reddit)
posted by flex (44 comments total) 90 users marked this as a favorite

 
skip to the good part
posted by saturday_morning at 9:07 PM on May 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


The same voice actors also did a panel re-enacting scenes from famous movies: Wizard of Oz, Princess Bride, LOTR... (also YouTube)
posted by flex at 9:15 PM on May 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


No Mark Hamill? He's quite an amazing voice actor himself -- he's both the Joker from Batman: The Animated Series and Fire Lord Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
posted by JHarris at 9:23 PM on May 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


how funny to hear fry say "aw, c'mon stand up for Chrissake."
posted by boo_radley at 9:25 PM on May 24, 2012


KEVIN CONROYEEEEEE

I love me some Christian Bale Batmovies but boy do I wish the DVDs came with an "Alternate Audio Track: Conroy BATVOICE" option
posted by nicebookrack at 9:25 PM on May 24, 2012 [12 favorites]


This is so full of awesome it needs to be bottled and sold as a solution to the world's energy problems.
posted by hippybear at 9:32 PM on May 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh man, what fun.
posted by not_on_display at 9:41 PM on May 24, 2012


I'm about fifteen minutes in and I'm sore from laughing.

"Whistle Buzz Wow."
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:43 PM on May 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh my god this just keeps getting better and better.
posted by pemberkins at 9:55 PM on May 24, 2012


Oh god the scene with "Shatner" and "Christopher walken" as C3PO and R2 is sidesplitting.
No Mark Hamill?
Heh, I was going to say the exact same thing.
posted by delmoi at 9:56 PM on May 24, 2012


> I love me some Christian Bale Batmovies but boy do I wish the DVDs came with an "Alternate Audio Track: Conroy BATVOICE" option

Someone call RiffTrax.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:13 PM on May 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh man this is great. Thanks, flex. Though I noticed they didn't dare put Calculon and Shatner in the same scene.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:13 PM on May 24, 2012


I am totally cracking up at Porky Pig using a jedi mind-trick on Bender.
posted by not_on_display at 10:34 PM on May 24, 2012


This is fantastic, but I have to say, first, female voice actors seem to get a lot less varied voices to do, secondly, voice actors emote physically a lot more than I thought, and third, Maurice LeMarche's mugging for the audience gets really annoying after a while (especially during the Kramer bit).
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:52 PM on May 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, and they're all great, but Billy West is in a class by himself.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:53 PM on May 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tony Soprano vs Twilight Sparkle as Greedo vs Han? Alright, I can live with that.
posted by SirOmega at 10:57 PM on May 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


That's fun. I wish the recording quality on all of them was that good.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:50 PM on May 24, 2012


Finished it after watching it on and off all night. That is some seriously funny stuff. I made a point to only listen to it since some of the mugging was distracting to me. It really works as a radio play.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:59 PM on May 24, 2012


Yeah, this is best watched with the screen off.
posted by Sauce Trough at 2:02 AM on May 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


The same voice actors also did a panel re-enacting scenes from famous movies : Wizard of Oz, Princess Bride, LOTR... (also YouTube)

This was amazing! Thanks so much for linking.
posted by xqwzts at 2:26 AM on May 25, 2012


Years ago, when WBCN was a real radio station in Boston, I worked on the "Big Mattress" with Billy West (I was a comedy writer and the "voice" of Karlos the Computer). In those days, he (along with many of us) was quite the indulger of the excesses of the 80's. I'd get to the station at 4:30 am to prepare for the show and it would either be a case of finding Billy passed out on the foyer sofa or answering to Charles Laquidara's screams of "Where the hell is Billy? Find Billy!"

But every morning without fail by 6 Billy would be in the studio chugging a can of Coke and suddenly his entire demeanor would change as the most amazing voices just came pouring out of him. He was pure, raw talent and was happy to teach me how to also do voicework, although he did a better Nancy Sinatra than me. We all knew he had a gigantic future in store for him and to this day probably the only cool mom props that I get from my kids is that I worked for years with Bender.
posted by kinetic at 2:59 AM on May 25, 2012 [11 favorites]


I'm not sure whether you're being facetious or not kinetic, but Billy West didn't voice Bender.
posted by chmmr at 3:32 AM on May 25, 2012


Not facetious, just tired...I meant Fry. Sorry about that!
posted by kinetic at 3:41 AM on May 25, 2012


*puts away torch and pitchfork*
posted by chmmr at 3:49 AM on May 25, 2012


*heaves a sigh of relief*
posted by kinetic at 3:51 AM on May 25, 2012


Yeah, this is best watched with the screen off.

I beg to differ.
If not for the guy who plays Shatner/De Niro/Moore/Kramer...

And Tara Strong's lip work.

And many other reasons.
posted by Mezentian at 5:57 AM on May 25, 2012


Oh Jesus H, this is much funnier than it ought to be. It has lulls, sure, but I can't turn it off because I might miss something hi-larious.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:06 AM on May 25, 2012


Maurice LeMarche's mugging for the audience gets really annoying after a while...

Yes, but I'll put up with it from the man who gave us Orson Welles hawking vegetables "full of country goodness and green peaness."
posted by audi alteram partem at 6:09 AM on May 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Twilight Sparkle as Han Solo...


I... *headsplode*
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:25 AM on May 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is really great. It is unfortunate that there's only one female voice actor on the panel, though, because she brings so much to the reading.
posted by odinsdream at 6:33 AM on May 25, 2012


Well you dragged it out of me: Every Orson Welles bit they did on The Critic. "They're even better RAW!"
posted by JHarris at 6:36 AM on May 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


odinsdream: "This is really great. It is unfortunate that there's only one female voice actor on the panel, though, because she brings so much to the reading"

I didn't think she brought that much to the reading, mostly because they wouldn't let her. She gets called on much less than the others, and she's mostly just asked to do one type of voice (really, really high-pitched squeaky ones). I think even Billy West does a female celebrity voice at some point, while she's not even called on.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:04 AM on May 25, 2012


Bender as Luke. Forever.
posted by Edison Carter at 11:45 AM on May 25, 2012


Twilight Sparkle as Han Solo...

I... *headsplode*


I had a similar reaction, but then I decided that Rainbow Dash would have been too obvious.
posted by MrBadExample at 2:27 PM on May 25, 2012


The same voice actors also did a panel re-enacting scenes from famous movies : Wizard of Oz, Princess Bride, LOTR... (also YouTube)

"Indigo"?! *headdesk*
posted by kmz at 3:31 PM on May 25, 2012


Walken-D2 is brilliant!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:10 PM on May 25, 2012


It has lulls, sure, but I can't turn it off because I might miss something hi-larious.

The lolz make up for the lulls?
posted by Praxis at 8:16 PM on May 25, 2012


Enjoyment factor definitely depends on how many of the originals you've seen. (Well, heard.)
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:20 PM on May 25, 2012


I had no idea that Tara Strong did the voice of Timmy Turner. And Raven. I knew she was Bubbles, though. Bubbles is hardcore now.

John DiMaggio as Tracy Morgan as Obi-Wan is now one of my favorite things in the world. With Zoidberg as Luke!
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:36 PM on May 25, 2012


kmz: "Indigo"?! *headdesk*

I know! That was a bit painful to watch once I realized what the announcer meant. Really? A geek event riffing on a classic cult movie and no one is correcting "Indigo" for Inigo?
posted by flex at 5:02 AM on May 26, 2012


Oh, and they're all great, but Billy West is in a class by himself.

As he consistently tells us.
posted by gjc at 7:58 AM on May 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Though I wish they'd had Harley Quinn do more than a single line as R2D2.
posted by Peevish at 9:56 AM on May 26, 2012


I knew that Billy West did a lot of voices, but I hadn't realized he was, well, most of Futurama.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:34 PM on May 26, 2012


Billy West was all over WBCN 104.1FM in Boston when I was growing up in the 80's.
posted by not_on_display at 1:53 PM on May 26, 2012


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