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I Know That Voice is a 2013 documentary co-produced by John DiMaggio (who also narrates). It centers on the behind-the-scenes process of voice acting, featuring interviews of many voice actors (a lot of whom you may recognize from many Western animated TV series, English anime dubs, and video games) and the entire entourage of people responsible for getting voices from studio to premiere. It also covers the history of voice acting and shows how professional voice acting is still going strong in an age when live-action celebrities (most of whom can't voice act very well) are brought in to do voice-work, as well as voice acting in video games and anime dubbing.

It was released on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon in January 2014. It can now be seen on Netflix.

At Comic Con 2017, it was announced that a documentary series based on the movie is in production.


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The first two trailers can be seen here.

I Know That Trope:

  • Guttural Growler: Discussed, especially in the way it can harm one's vocal chords.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Half the people interviewed qualify.
  • Method Acting: A story is told of how Mel Blanc was in a coma after a car crash, and the doctors managed to wake him back up by addressing him as his various voices, which he would respond in character. James Arnold Taylor also talked about how you can't just have a funny voice, but be capable of doing everything in that voice, like singing, getting punched, and doing an impression of the character doing an impression.
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  • Motor Mouth: Even someone with a stutter like Porky Pig has to be done clearly.
  • The Rival: Playfully done between Mark Hamill and Kevin Michael Richardson and their respective Joker voices. Richardson won an Emmy for his portrayal, while Hamill was never nominated.
    • Near the end, Richardson challenges Jim Cummings to a Mike Tyson impression contest. Richardson concedes the contest, admitting that Cummings actually does the Tyson voice better than he does.
  • Set Behind the Scenes: The film unveils the art of voice acting from voice actors themselves.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The f-word is censored creatively this way.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Jess Harnell tells a story of a kid laughing off his Wakko Warner impression, saying his was better.
  • What Could Have Been: invoked Billy West talked about his audition for Bender from Futurama, and Matt Groening brought up how no one really had an idea of what Bender should sound like until John DiMaggio gave his take.