Tara Strong Talks Amazon’s ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle,’ Navigating the Voice Industry
“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” executive producer Scott Fellows knew a voice was missing when the casting team replayed the audition tapes for the show’s titular flying squirrel. “Where’s Tara Strong?” he asked.
Strong had submitted voice auditions twice for the character of Rocky — once for the initial call, which proved unsuccessful, and another when her agent told her Rocky would be recast. Until Fellows inquired, casting agents had pushed her auditions aside. But upon hearing her tape, they immediately changed their minds.
“This is no fault of any studio, but a lot of times they say, ‘Oh that actor’s on everything, so let’s try new blood,'” Strong tells Variety. “Which truthfully is silly because voice actors who work all the time do so because they’re versatile, and sometimes you have no idea it’s that person.”
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The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, a blanket term to cover the many iterations of the cartoon characters seen on TV over the years, arrived almost 60 years ago. The animated variety show followed the misadventures of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose as they were pursued by Russian-esque spies Boris and Natasha under the orders of Fearless Leader. But there were also other segments like “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”, “Peabody’s Improbable History” and “Fractured Fairy Tales” to break up the action.The iconic moose and squirrel and their friends found a home on TV in syndication for decades and have appeared in numerous adaptations.