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I've got a character who does voice imitations, and I'm trying to toss out a couple of examples in my story. But I still don't feel like I've got the right ones yet. There are famous voices, but I'm not sure if kids know them these days. Everyone knows  :yoda, but everyone can also DO Yoda. And people in the news are rather fleeting, you know? Other distinctive voices I can think of in media include Hagrid (or basically anything Robbie Coltrane does) or James Earl Jones (but do kids still know him?). Does anyone have any other suggestions sort of like this, but maybe more current and recognizable to kids today? It can be classic, but it needs to still be current. And it doesn't have to just be male, either. I'm just sort of drawing a blank. Thanks!
#1 - April 12, 2012, 07:37 AM

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Darth Vader?  Bart Simpson (or really, any Simpson's character)?  Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck or Mickey Mouse?
#2 - April 12, 2012, 07:53 AM
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Kermit the Frog, maybe? Elmo?
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First character that came to me was Homer Simpson.
Next, the muppets--how about Miss Piggy?
Scooby? (Rut roh!)

A more serious voice that kids might know is Martin Luther King Jr. ???
#4 - April 12, 2012, 08:15 AM
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Yes, Kermit is current!
I just asked my 11 year old... she said her friends do Daffy Duck and one does Bill Cosby.
Maybe Phineas and Ferb? They have distinctive voices and lots of kids watch them.
#5 - April 12, 2012, 08:51 AM
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SpongeBob and the rest of the Bikini Bottom crew?
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape?
#6 - April 12, 2012, 09:05 AM

Does it have to be a famous person? I know my students are in the habit of doing *ahem* one of our teachers because he/she/who/will/remain/anonymous has a distinctive speech tic.
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Yeah...because he does that with a certain teacher a moment later, too.

I'm thinking it might be funny to lock Homer Simpson and Severus Snape in a room together. So it might be funny to hear those two back and forth. But all of these are great!
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Smeagol and Gollum might be fun, too.
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I'm thinking it might be funny to lock Homer Simpson and Severus Snape in a room together.
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#10 - April 12, 2012, 10:17 AM

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Elvis? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Count Dracula? Austin Powers?

Okay, that's all I've got (that hasn't been mentioned here already).

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Optimus Prime
Tommy Lee Jones (agent Jay)
Patrick Stewart (Professor X)
David Schwimmer and Chris Rock (Madagascar) +Head Penguin
Patrick Warburton (lots of cartoon voices, the Tick, many TV roles)
Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) and Tom Hanks (Woody)
James Earl Jones (Vader and Lion King)
Danny Devito (the Lorax + others)
Casey Kasem (Shaggy + Scooby)
Ray Ramano and John Leguizamo (Ice Age)
#12 - April 12, 2012, 08:23 PM

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The Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz.  Do kids today even know who she is? Probably not.

And Robin from Batman. I guess his voice isn't so notable, but his line "Holy crap, Batman" is repeated a lot. Of course, the crap word might not work for your age group. (?)

Still thinking because I get fixated on these research requests. Hah!

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#13 - April 13, 2012, 06:20 AM

Oooh, yeah, the Wizard of Oz is a great suggestion. Especially Munchkin voices, like the Lollipop Guild.
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My daughter does an amazing "Stitch" voice from Lilo and Stitch. Some trick with stunting your voice in your throat makes it work.

While working in a drug store when I was a lot younger, an actor came in and the store fell dead silent when he started to speak. All I could hear was his voice and I knew it was Clint Eastwood. Though kids may not know him, it's very distinct.

Kids all know who Betty White is these days, though I don't know if her voice is different enough.

Darth Vader may be a good one. Darth Vader and Betty White? There's a fun pairing. :starwars:
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Perry the Platypus?  ;)
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Blue from Blue's Clues. I crack my students up with that every time.
#17 - April 15, 2012, 12:20 PM

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