It is fitting that Dee Bradley Baker, a man of a million votes, when Jawa started out, not in the Star Wars films but as an advertising medium. When war of stars Re-released in 1978, he was hired to put on the Jawa robes and make Jawa sounds outside of a movie theater. He was paid for with film passes. Little did he know that it would be his voice for Lucasfilm Animation.
Baker’s life has some parallels with Lucasfilm’s voice actor and sound designer Matthew Wood. The Star Wars Voice veterans teamed up for the Voices of Star Wars Animation panel at New York Comic Con 2021 on Friday to share details about their work and answer fan questions.
Baker has made voices for cartoons, video games, and films. He is the person behind the twittering, grrrrr or prrr of iconic cartoon crabs like Appa, Momo, Perry the Platypus and countless fantastic species. He also has a productive voice for people like Tarrlok of Legend of Korra and the multitude of Star Wars clone soldiers from CGI Lucasfilm Animations The Clone Wars, Star Wars rebels, and The bad batch.
Wood’s portfolio isn’t devoid of organic beings, but he’s mostly concerned with droids, starting with General Grievous’ weasy droid voice in Revenge of the Sith and Clone wars. He also voiced the unfortunate separatist droids in the cartoons – his favorite quote is a droid yelling, “But I just got a promotion!” Before it’s destroyed. Wood also played the fat Lekku-ed Twi’lek deputy of Jabba the Hutt, Bib Fortuna, in live action (The phantom menace The Mandalorian) and voice (Star Wars Visions, The Bad Batch).
Much of her acting experience came from her childhood theater experience. Wood shared, “I did a lot of theater as a kid.” For Baker: “I started in the Shire … in the wrong universe. I started acting as a kid, with plays, stand-up and improvisation. I didn’t think dubbing would be a career for me, at least not in Colorado, where I grew up. The wind brought me to Orlando, where I improvised at Disney for four and a half years. ”
Good improvisational openness and willingness are important to Baker, and he applies improvisation to that Bad batch Banter. “I don’t like to prepare. I want to show up ready. In order to be able to work together, you have to be open to the quality of improvisation, the cooperation on site. ”
As for The bad batch which is set after Clone wars and focuses on a group of experimental mutant clones, Clone Force 99 are not like the “regs” clones. Baker, who speaks to all five brothers, said, “They talked about having different voice actors for them. But in the end it made sense that they were from the same DNA performer. ”Show creator Dave Filoni liked the personality Baker gave to every bad batcher, from menacing crosshairs to bombastic wrecker.
Show director Filoni also gave Wood some leeway. In Clone wars After post-production, Wood can improvise his jokes, which comes in handy when working with droids that don’t have movable mouths. Don’t worry about matching lip flaps.
Wood’s vocal work for Lucasfilm was made possible not by acting, but by his technical work. Wood explained to the laughter in the room, “I got a job at Lucasfilm as a teenager testing video games for George Lucas.”
But it was sending a fax to a job posting for a technician that got him a place in the Skywalker saga. “I rolled the dice and sent [my resume through] Fax. I made my resume in Mac Paint. ”The phone rang later. His father answered. Someone on the other end said, “Yeah, someone sent a fax. The office has spoken about it. We have never received a fax before. Would you like to come for an interview? “
When providing additional details not included on his résumé, Wood claimed he said, “In excellent health, living with parents.” He got the job.
But Wood’s way forward was almost stopped due to fears over car tires and traffic. When testing The Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones On the TV show, Wood said that George Lucas apparently asked, “Hey, get one of those kids from the tech department?” Wood was selected for an interview as Assistant Sound Editor on the show.
He remembered a colleague telling him, “’You don’t want it. [The job is] about nine or ten miles from the freeway on a very winding road and you will run through so many sets of tires. ‘ And I thought I can’t afford tires. But as soon as I was in the interview, I thought, of course I want this job! “
For both actors, voice-over in animation remained a viable occupation during the COVID-19 pandemic as it did not require a face-to-face appearance. “The technology was there,” said Baker, who is building a home studio. Wood has been working on the recently released Marvel favorites Wandavision and Loki from home. To the The Mandalorian, Wood noted: “[Showrunner] Jon Favreau got us all home quickly and made sure we were safe. ”Wood said he would be fine with having work at home hanging around after the pandemic. “When I have artists who want to stay at home. That’s 100% okay with me. “