Over the last two weeks I’ve been listening to voice auditions for Fangbone!
When writing the books, I always had a clear impression of what Bill would sound like, mainly because I spend a lot of time with kids. But I never got a grip on Fangbone. I knew what he would say in any given situation, but I could never zero in on exactly how he sounds.
I’ve heard many different interpretations of Bill and of Fangbone himself. We’ve also been hearing readings for Drool, Bill’s Mom, Principal Bruce and the teacher Ms. Gillian. It’s very hard to put a voice to an image, much harder than I thought.
Some are too cartoony, and some are too straight. Some try to make every word funny, and some are a bit to restrained. The truth is, we haven’t heard anyone who is “bad,” just not “right.” The talent is there; it’s just a matter of finding the right voice, and the right personality to carry the character. At this point we have some strong contenders, and I am getting to hear some longer audition recordings.
While we did listen to a few children, we’ve decided to go with adults, mainly because of the comedy in the show. We are also hoping to use a bit of improv, especially for the person who will eventually be doing Bill.