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I had many unforgettable experiences during my trip to DreamWorks Animation Studios, including the chance to lend my voice to a cartoon! After I watched an advance screening of Voltron: Legendary Defender, I was invited into the recording studio with showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery to record a voiceover. Being able to go behind the scenes and have the very creators of the show record my voice for their character was an opportunity you don’t get every day!

Voltron lines

My Voltron lines

I was given my lines for the clip — I played the part of Shiro. The segment had already been recorded with the real Shiro’s voice actor, Josh Keaton, so I was instructed to listen for a series of beeps and say my lines at the same time as his. I was so excited to get into the booth for my cartoon debut!

Stepping into the recording booth

Stepping into the recording booth

I stepped into the recording booth with my lines and donned a pair of headphones so that I could listen for my cue. Trying to say the lines while I heard the same words simultaneously through the headphones was disorienting to me, and I missed the timing and jumbled up the words on my first couple of tries. When I was given my instructions for the re-take, Dos Santos joked, “We’re going to have you do it again, and this time, we’ll have you say ‘Form Voltron’ instead of ‘Firm vermin’!” I laughed that since the 1980s Voltron was overdubbed from a Japanese cartoon, I was just trying to recreate the original by making sure my dialogue didn’t match the mouth. 😉

Recording my Voltron lines

Recording my Voltron lines

Recording my lines was such a blast – what could be more fun than getting a chance to be Shiro and command Voltron, if only for a moment? So without further ado, here is my world premiere as a cartoon character:

You can watch Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix now, so practice your best “FORM VOLTRON” cry!