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31st Jan '16 1:52:38 PM Soufriere
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* ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'''s characters are voiced by the series creator, the producers, a couple of the animators, and a musician who worked for the studio. This fits with the rest of the show's [[NoBudget aesthetic]].
31st Jan '16 1:50:45 PM Soufriere
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-->-- '''Jerry Biffle''' (PhilSilvers), ''Top Banana''
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-->-- '''Jerry Biffle''' (PhilSilvers), (Creator/PhilSilvers), ''Top Banana''

* L.A.-based Recording Studio BangZoomEntertainment tends to use this trope nowadays when it lands a dubbing job. They tend to cast newer voice actors and prefer to avoid all star casts. * When Creator/SentaiFilmworks does a dubbed release for its anime titles, they tend to cast newer names in lead roles, such as Creator/MargaretMcDonald and Creator/CaitlynnFrench. * While the first anime featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime featured largely unknowns who hadn't done voice acting in anime before or had bit parts prior including a singer as the main character, with only a few major seiyuu involved.
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* Following the "Great Anime Crash" of 2007-9 that sank several North American anime distributors, most of the ADR studios that remained afloat did this to save money… ** L.A.-based Recording Studio BangZoomEntertainment recording studio Creator/BangZoomEntertainment tends to use this trope nowadays when it lands a dubbing job. They tend to job; they'll cast newer voice actors and prefer to avoid all star casts. * When Creator/SentaiFilmworks does casts. The major exception to this is when they're asked to continue a dubbed release for its anime titles, legacy series like ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. ** After Creator/ADVFilms collapsed and resurrected as Creator/SentaiFilmworks, their dub budget (when it existed at all) would often be a third of what it was in the old days. As a result, they tend to cast newer names in lead roles, such as Creator/MargaretMcDonald and Creator/CaitlynnFrench. * Coastal, the now-defunct ADR studio in Wilmington, North Carolina that produced the dubs for ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Oh My Goddess!]]'' and ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' (among others), had casts made up chiefly or entirely of total unknowns – at best, some of them had experience in television or local theatre. Despite this, their dubs tended to be well-received. * Japanese example: ''Anime/YuGiOh''. While the first anime ("Season Zero") featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime ("Duel Monsters") featured largely unknowns seiyuu who hadn't had either never done voice acting in anime before or had only had bit parts prior prior, including a boy-band singer as the main character, with only lead character. Only a few major veteran seiyuu involved.were involved. * ''Anime/WolfsRain'' was this in the original Japanese; the director intentionally cast unknowns for the four leads, backed up by veterans in supporting roles. Averted for the English dub, which was as close as you get in anime to an AllStarCast.

* Besides the lead couple none of the cast members of ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' had any acting experience.
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* Besides the lead couple couple, none of the cast members of ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' had any acting experience.

* The director of ''Film/{{Once}}'' originally intended to hire professional actors but decided that, as it was a musical, he'd rather have "musicians who could half-act than actors who could half-sing." Since the acting in the film is very understated anyway, it works well. * ''Dogtooth'' Most of the actors haven't had much of an acting history, if at all. The director has stated that he prefers working with amateurs, as he finds their performances more pure.
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* The director of ''Film/{{Once}}'' originally intended to hire professional actors but decided that, as it was a musical, he'd rather have "musicians who could half-act than actors who could half-sing." half-sing". Since the acting in the film is very understated anyway, it works well. * ''Dogtooth'' ''Dogtooth''. Most of the actors haven't had much of an acting history, if at all. The director has stated that he prefers working with amateurs, as he finds their performances more pure.

* The original cast of ''Series/RedDwarf'' had all ''appeared'' on TV and/or film before, but none of them were "proper actors": Chris Barrie was an impressionist & voice actor, Craig Charles was a poet, Danny John-Jules was a dancer and Norman Lovett was a stand-up comedian. Likewise, Hattie Hayridge was also a stand-up comedian before joining the cast in Series III; however, Robert Llewellyn and Chloe Annett (who joined the cast in Series III and VII respectively) were both "legit" actors. * The early 90's cast of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.
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* The original cast of ''Series/RedDwarf'' had all ''appeared'' on TV and/or film before, but none of them were "proper actors": Chris Barrie was an impressionist & voice actor, Craig Charles was a poet, Danny John-Jules was a dancer dancer, and Norman Lovett was a stand-up comedian. Likewise, Hattie Hayridge was also a stand-up comedian before joining the cast in Series III; however, Robert Llewellyn and Chloe Chloë Annett (who joined the cast in Series III and VII respectively) were both "legit" actors. * The early 90's cast of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup stand-up comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup stand-up instead of doing ensemble work.

* The majority of the credited cast and crew of ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' has no known film or television career outside of this special. Indeed, many of the child voice actors seem to have just learned to ''speak'' when they were given the parts.
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* The majority of the credited cast and crew of ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' has no known film or television career outside of this special. Indeed, many of the child voice actors "voice actors" seem to have just learned to ''speak'' when they were given the parts.parts. * The further back you go in the history of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' specials, the more common this is. The only character that has always been played by a working child actor is Charlie Brown.
23rd Jan '16 2:12:15 AM jormis29
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* Creator/MartinScorsese cast his Dalai Lama {{biopic}} ''Kundun'' mostly with actual Tibetan Buddhist monks.
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* Creator/MartinScorsese cast his Dalai Lama {{biopic}} ''Kundun'' ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' mostly with actual Tibetan Buddhist monks.
31st Dec '15 7:26:42 PM MisterCPC
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* While the first anime featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime featured largely unknowns who hadn't done voice acting in anime before or had bit parts prior including a singer as the main character, with only a few major seiyuu involved.
26th Nov '15 11:44:20 PM nombretomado
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* The early 90's cast of SaturdayNightLive was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.
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* The early 90's cast of SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.
14th Nov '15 9:39:58 AM twilicorn
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* This happened with the actress who played the mom in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. She was discovered after appearing on Sally Jessy Raphael's show and was mainly cast because the director couldn't find a professional actress who was big enough to fit the role. [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct Despite a stellar performance (especially amazing since she had no experience beforehand)]], she hasn't acted in a theatrically-released film since then.

25th Aug '15 12:30:44 AM DavidDelony
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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' used Sierra employees to voice to CD-ROM version, with varying degrees of success. Josh Mandel's performance as King Graham was good enough that he reprised the role in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' and several {{Fan Remake}}s.
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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' used Sierra employees to voice to the CD-ROM version, with varying degrees of success. Josh Mandel's performance as King Graham was good enough that he reprised the role in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' and several {{Fan Remake}}s.
12th Aug '15 1:49:21 PM twilicorn
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* Five of the main characters from ''Series/HeyDude'' were played by amateur actors, and like ''To Kill A Mockingbird'' listed above, none of them went on to have a normal acting job.
24th Jun '15 12:13:07 PM DavidDelony
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[[folder: Video Games]] * ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' used Sierra employees to voice to CD-ROM version, with varying degrees of success. Josh Mandel's performance as King Graham was good enough that he reprised the role in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' and several {{Fan Remake}}s. [[/folder]]
24th Jun '15 12:09:16 PM DavidDelony
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* Creator/PeterKay assembled the cast for ''Series/PhoenixNights'' form stand-up comics, personal friends from college and elsewhere, and otherwise amateur actors, because he knew them all and had a feeling they'd work together.
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* Creator/PeterKay assembled the cast for ''Series/PhoenixNights'' form from stand-up comics, personal friends from college and elsewhere, and otherwise amateur actors, because he knew them all and had a feeling they'd work together. * Creator/TimAndEric love to cast ordinary people in their shows, in keeping with their trademark StylisticSuck aesthetic.
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