Originally Posted by Artbot
Was going to say this. One thing they they did, or used to do, when casting a character was grab a scene from an old movie that had an actor similar to the one they wanted to cast. They would animate a pretty polished scene (maybe a minute's worth) with the character and analyze how well the design & mannerisms fit with the voice.
At a local Siggraph meeting many years ago, they actually showed a reel of these and it had the audience in convulsions. One of the scenes was the threatening monologue that Hopper gives in ABL. Kevin Spacey was not yet cast and they wanted a 'cool but scary' gangster character, so they did temp animations to scenes from DeNiro movies and couple other gangster films. They took the original v.o. from a movie like Goodfellas (and left all the f-bombs and everything in) so it was a little shocking and quite hilarious. IIRC, there were some scenes from Miller's Crossing, too. These were never meant to be sold or distributed, but it was a treat getting to see them.
That is pretty fantastic..have to find a way to see those sometime..it's like the ultimate version of 11 second club.
What I love about Pixar's approach to voice actors, especially vs. pre-Dragon Dreamworks, is they just cast the part, and then shut up about it..yes, they will talk about the cast on press junkets or have them on talk shows, but it's never over the title on the poster, not in the trailers, etc. the movies star the characters, not the movie stars.
To be fair, Croods doesn't seem to be playing that up either really, it's just Nick Cage is SO incongruous in any kind of movie, let alone an animated one, he sticks out like a flaming skull.