On today's show, Steven Ng interviews Phil Snyder, the new voice of Jiminy Cricket, plus a tip of the week and some listener feedback.
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This week's tip comes via Facebook from Vance Cope, who suggests a way to save money by buying entrees only at quick-service meals and just splitting one order of fries between your party.
Mark and Mike digressed into a discussion of french fries vs. onion rings, Flame Tree Barbeque, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Steven Ng talked with Phil Snyder, who took over as the voice of Jiminy Cricket following the passing of Jiminy's previous voice, MouseStation favorite Eddie Carroll.
Phil had actually been scheduled to stand in for Eddie about 20 years ago when Eddie's schedule would not allow him to record something for Disney. With Eddie's passing, Phil got the call to come back and voice the character. Phil is only the third voice of Jiminy Cricket. Disney designates "official" voices of characters, and keeps the voice actors in the roles for as long as possible to ensure consistency in the voice.
Phil's first project as the voice of Jiminy Cricket was for the computer game Kingdom Hearts: Recoded for the Nintendo DS. He had also done some theme park recordings for Disney, including a promotional voiceover as the voice of Rex, the Star Tours pilot.
Phil talked a bit about how he got into voice acting, and bit about what he's doing now in addition to the Disney gig. You can check out his website, or visit his philsnydernet and phoolholy YouTube channels.
Phil mentioned a magical moment about how he ran into Les Perkins, the person who originally lined him up for Eddie Carroll's backup 20 years earlier, when he went in to record a commercial for Disney Home Video.
Phil left with a song and an inspirational message.
We'd like to thank Phil for sitting down with Steven, and Steven for bringing the interview to us.
Mark and Mike talked a bit about the transition of character voices and how each new person brings something different to the character voice when they take it over. Mark talked about how we compare each person who performs a character's voice against the others who had done it in the past.
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