Twitchy’s Voice: The Sequel
I’ve already gotten several comments about Twitchy’s voice in the “Hoodwinked Too” trailer. Yes, it’s me and yes, it’s different. It’s nice to know that so many of you are big enough fans that you noticed this from only TWO LINES in the trailer! As I’ve said before, different people are running this show now. I can only offer my advice so many times. Director Mike Disa was incredibly inclusive of me when he didn’t have to be, but there are simply some things he and his team chose to do differently. Each time I recorded my dialogue for the fast talking squirrel, I let them know what the “formula” was for creating the voice in the last movie: 50% faster in Pro Tools. That’s it. But they chose to vary the speed, depending on the line, and many times just pitched the voice higher without any speedup at all. Since I recorded everything anticipating the speed up to “gibberish level,” I delivered the lines according to that. So that’s why Twitchy is going to sound different.
Every time I was invited to screenings or invited to comment, I would say, “Twitchy’s voice sounds different, you need to be aware of that.” From what I can tell from the many blank stares and the end result, nobody really cared. Again, I got nothin’ but love for Mike Disa! He had his own set of headaches getting this to the screen, believe me.
And to address the amount of crass humor in the trailer — yes, this is indicative of the jokes in the film, sorry to say. Not much I can do when I’m not the director. I have it on good authority that Weinsteins were eager to push for more “Shrek humor” and kept tweaking the jokes with punch-up writers ’til the last minute. I’m disappointed by that approach, and it’s my hope that those ruder moments don’t overwhelm what we originally wrote. I say I “hope,” because I haven’t seen the final movie yet. Yeah, that’s weird.
If you go see “Gnomio & Juliet” this week, you’ll probably catch the trailer on the big screen. Let me know how the farts sound in THX.