Voice actor, Tom Kenny, reviews impressions of his voice. Tom watches some of the most popular impressions of SpongeBob, The Ice King (Adventure Time), The Mayor (Powerpuff Girls), and Heffer (Rocko's Modern Life) on Youtube and gives his opinion on each.
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I'm ready I'm ready I'm ready I'm ready I'm ready to look at impressions Peru coup everybody I'm Tom Kenny animation voice actor known as Sponge Bob Squarepants the ice came from adventure time the mayor from the Powerpuff Girls inherit from Rocko's Modern Life people seem to love to do impressions of animated characters online so we're gonna rate a couple of them and check them out see it's not easy it's not as easy as it looks bad that guy was great he brought the intensity he had the technique the hand technique can you see the big scar that I have there after 20 years of doing that no that's actually not from doing summer job that guy's bringing it he's awesome a character like spongebob is really hyperactive but he also has really quiet moments where he doubts himself I feel like a failure Gary and you also have those moments like like this person was doing where he's and you gotta get all that and it all has to sound like spongebob spongebob has really high highs and really low lows emotionally when he's happy he's really happy jumping up in the air freaking out and when he's sad he's so despairing that you've seen it on the show where he actually cries like a lawn sprinkler where his ice axe got ah I don't need a therapist because I've got spongebob good morning Gary all right good morning Gary my guess what today is Wow that's right first of all I would like to say to his parents don't worry too much it's probably just a phase that's what my parents thought so maybe it's not I like that he brings the color he wears the yellow he seems to really be intimate with the ins and outs of Spongebob although if he was a real spongebob fan he would have spongebob on his guns and not Deadpool I do Gary the snail - who is basically a cat in snail form Gary's a snail of few words he's a snail of one word meow but Gary there's weird gradations to him - like sometimes he free time when he's when he's flipping out sometimes he's bored and this guy nails nails Gary - when you're doing voiceover for TV the union contract is that they get you four three voices once you go to a fourth voice they got to give you a little bump in pay so they have you four one two three voices so it pays to be versatile because they would rather pay one guy to do three voices then three guys separately to do three voices so a lot of times you wind up talking to yourself and having conversations with yourself Brian Wilson once said to me wait a minute so basically you're paid schizophrenic and I said yeah yeah that's right so yeah this guy manages to get the timing he goes back and forth between spongebob and Gary without a hitch and manages to firmly grasped his jellyfishing net at the same time good object work hey Catterick what am I now I understand everything now being Squidward boy oh boy do I like playing my clarinet I practice and practice all day long but I never get me better this young man has taken it to a whole nother level he's kicking it up a notch where something that happens on SpongeBob a lot is that the characters do impressions of the other characters on the show so he's doing Sponge Bob doing an impression of Squidward which you know is very meta it comes a little easier to us because we've been standing next to each other in the recording booth for 20 years now he really nailed that that's great cuz a lot of times you got to do the math cuz you're gone sponge I'll be starting out here and Squidward is starting here oh please but I'm gonna sound like spongebob doing Squidward so you still have to put some Sponge Bob in there cuz he's not that great of an impressionist Sponge Bob isn't that's where the Rubik's Cube aspect of this comes in where you go wow I'm thinking about this stuff way too much you're looking kind of fat Gunter cooter you're getting fat content yeah oh okay watch this oh yeah he loved it wow this guy is obviously a Cartoon Network guy he invested in the beard probably a repurposed Santa Claus beard so that tells me he's resourceful which you have to be to be a voice actor one thing that he gets at there is that the Ice King lives alone in this ice palace the Ice King is about loneliness he's a really lonely person it's just him and his penguins who kind of only live with him because he feeds them again much like cats or snails this guy gets that back and forth that that mental ping-pong that tends to happen when guys are in solitary confinement for a really long time so that was either an awesome Ice King impression or a cry for help you be the judge they call me the Ice King what who dares into the ice kingdom do you know why I'm here do you know what Ice King means who you're trying to hit me he went the interesting route of doing a Katharine Hepburn Ice King fusion so his voice is a little more high in keening than the actual Ice King but it's a valid choice I would say maybe that's what the Ice King sounded like in his 20s before he got so bitter but still a valid take on the character hey how about the personals hey Rach ooh ooh I love chicken menu really caved on that pogo stick I definitely thought you were gonna keep it Wow Rocko's Modern Life and heifer was the first regular animated series I was ever on so that's a really important one for me it's where I first met Stephen Hillenburg who would go on to create Spongebob Steve was a creative director on Rocko's Modern Life when I went in to audition for Heffer I did my basically an impression of my nephew who at the time was like 13 14 years old but he always acted like he was on the verge of laughing like he was always holding in a laugh what this guy nails is that that kind of going up at the end of the sentences hey Rocco it's always kind of going up at the end he never goes down at the end he always goes up at the end it's a little bit of like valley speak valley girl where everything ends on and up come on give it a shot hi I'm effort that was a hoot I dreamt that eels were biting my boy I really never is a harder impression to do for people than spongebob I tend to play a lot of characters without any filter and they're often yellow analyzing dog from cat dog was one of them spongebob is definitely one of them and heifer is is for sure one of them the thing about heifer that this guy taps into is that there's no filter and there's always a lot of joy in him like everything's wonderful I dreamt that heels were biting my butt in everything's awesome and there's never any negatives with with heifer and SpongeBob's kind of like that too that's kind of impacted me as a person like playing characters that are kind of unrelentingly positive can't help but give you a more positive outlook on life which is kind of interesting so uh thanks imaginary drawing characters hi everyone remember me yeah who could take over my town whoa my city but nobody and I mean nobody touches my Marin hat now give it back he's got the heifer nervousness in between I love it first of all I felt like this guy's t-shirt was trying to hypnotize me and it was actually working it's like really really big man from Rocko's Modern Life staring to my nipples of the future and and I actually was I'm not ashamed to say it the mayor sort of has that Mushmouth fling Appling weathers there's sort of like this stuff in his cheek so there's things in his lips as always interestingly this guy is doing the mayor from the Powerpuff Girls but his kind of nervous laughter in between his lives is 100% heifer he probably doesn't even realize that he's channeling those two things at once well I felt like what this guy captured with the mayor we're sort of laddie you you don't quite know what the next thing you're going to say is it's sort of coming for you yeah yeah yeah yeah Mojo Jojo is destroying Townsville yeah you know you can always tag the live a little bit yeah that's all that always works a lot of times voices are amalgams of half-baked impressions that aren't really that successful so the mayor on Powerpuff Girls started out as a mash-up of you know the wizard from the 1939 Judy Garland movie Wizard of Oz the black one I come from we have people called good Z doers sort of like that but also a little mix of the old lady in every which way but loose which was a Clint Eastwood movie involving an orangutan and Ruth Gordon was an actress that was in that movie and I remember she said give me black those ZZ Oreos and I just remember that line from when I was a kid give me back those GD Oreos yelled by this old lady and mashing them up kind of turned into the mayor from the Powerpuff Girls mojo maybe a supervillain Powerpuff Girls come quick Mojo Jojo has written miss bellum out of the show this young actor is very enthusiastic what he gets is you'll see them his mouth is going all over the place what are you in the mayor it's that again that that much malformed wobbles thing the mayor's often in a high state of distress a lot of animation voice-over is really extreme so anything that it takes to get that sound anything anything that your mouth will do or your face can do or your eyes can do or your arms can do anything that gets you to that place is all grist for the mill and this guy's got a lot of grist it's so mind-blowing and flattering to see people doing impressions of these characters and that they're still part of people's consciousness and their lives but there's something about animated characters the stuff that hits you when you're in your formative stages that's the stuff that stays with you for the rest of your life and man I've got a great gig