Wednesday, April 14, 2010

John Morris on 'growing up with Andy'

Actor's resource Backstage.com put out a featured interview about an hour ago with John Morris, the actor who's been the voice of Andy Davis in Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and who reprises the role in Toy Story 3.

He talks about his experiences auditioning for the role for the first time as a child and being called back to the role for 'TS3' as an adult after so many years. He also tells about his first acting gig and being 'blown away' by Pixar voice casts.

By the way, you can follow Morris on Twitter @john_morris. He's a really nice guy.

16 comments:

Jordan said...

That article says John Morris first voiced Andy at age 7, and then "reprised the role at 14". 1995 and 1999 aren't seven years apart. The two films are four, maybe five years apart.

Other than that, it was a great interview, and I learned a whole lot more about John than I ever would. There's some good information on his mini-biography there.

Cynthia said...

He was probably 7 when he first auditioned for the role which of course was well before the film came out in 95. And then probably 14 when the second film came out.

Anonymous said...

Well, they are recorded at different times, so since often the voices are recorded early, he was probably 7 almost 8 when recording the first one, and just turned 14 when doing the second (which maybe didn't have as much lead time). That would make the recordings effectively approx. only 6 years apart, and it could work...

Anonymous said...

Noted that too. Plus, I don't think a 14 year old teenager would quite fit the voice of a Toy Story 2 Andy. :-)

Kyle said...

Jordan, isnt it possible the first Toy Story took longer to animate then Toy Story 2? that it was in produciton longer, being their first film and all?

HyperNerd said...

Great article.

I was thinking about what you said Jordan about the 7 year gap between the voice overs, could it be the first Toy Story did the voice recordings early and then spent a long time in production before it was released? I'm just guessing btw but that could explain it.

:)

Bob and Rob Professional American Writers said...

Pretty cool article, how quickly time goes by.

Russell said...

Off-topic: Mike - I know you went to an Oceans screening tonight and I'm just wondering, what's your favourite undersea creature?

Mike said...

I don't really have one single favourite...

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

Oh! You saw Oceans Mike? If not a favourite, was there anything you were really looking forward to seeing in the film, or a favourite image in there for you?

Anonymous said...

Some of the new character based toys for this film are appearing on Ebay and at Toys R Us. They lack the detail for which I was hoping. For instance, Lotso the bear has the strawberry scent, but the eyes are stitched cloth, no the rooted expressive plastic, pvc, or glass. His eyebrows are fixed in a nice position, but they are the same colour as the rest of his body, rather than the deeper indigo in the previews. He does not have his cane. His nose and muzzle are also merely stitched cloth. The item would be hugely improved if the nose were a nice, solid rubber, vinyl, or other contrasting material. Very clearly mass produced without the enchanting details of the film accurate versions we've recently enjoyed: Rex, Woody, Buzz, R.C., Bucket of Soldiers.

Russell said...

That's okay, Mike - I like them all, too! Did Oceans live up to expectations?

Mike said...

You have to wait until next Thursday at The Disney Blog to find out.

Alan / Falcon said...

The Toy Story 2 production schedule was a massive rush, whereas TS1 had a lot of hiccups and delays on the way. Tom Hanks did Philadelphia AFTER recording voices for TS1, even though that movie came out two years earlier. The math works out.

Kyle said...

Anonymous, that comment had nothing to do with this blog post, but I'll say this anyway: you must be looking at the non Toy Story collection Lotso. look at that version if you want a more accurate Lotso. same goes for all the toys in the Toy Story collection. their more expensive, but worth it for more detail oriented people.

Anonymous said...

Kyle, sorry if I screwed up with my comment. I thought that since the Blog owner had final say, the comment wouldn't appear if it was in error. Just wanted to thank you for letting me know that the Toy Story Collection line of toys includes a Lotso with similar details and quality as the TS Collection Woody, Rex, Buzz, etc. Very exciting news and thank you for posting.

Kal.