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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Celebrities revealed to be paid 50 times more than voice actors for animation dubbing


Article: IU was paid $100,000 USD for her voice?... star dubbing 'bubble' controversy

Source: Money Today via Nate

Article that talks about how it's the trend to have celebrities dub for animation movies. They're said to be paid 50 times more than voice actors, with gagmen able to earn up to $50,000 and singers/actors from $100,000 and up. Voice actors are paid in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.

1. [+192, -45] I really don't get why celebrities are cast for dubbing. There are people whose entire careers revolve around voice acting, so why use stars who not only suck at acting but voice acting as well? On top of that, they're given double, triple the amount that voice actors are paid..

2. [+131, -87] I don't know what the intentions behind including IU's name in the title were but I don't really see $100,000 as that big of a deal. The animation she dubbed for had 2 million viewers so $100,000 is nothing compared to the money they made. And that pay not only includes the dubbing, but also the various promotional activities she had to do for the movie as well.

3. [+125, -48] Non-celebrity/company employees have to work till their bones break and still never even dream of making that kind of money. I really don't get what's so important about being a celebrity that they're paid this much.

4. [+24, -10] What a big fu*k you to all the people who take voice acting tests

5. [+16, -9] Celebrities who do dubbing just make my ears want to fall off. Voice acting is completely different from regular acting but they treat it the same so their voices sound so out of place. Just leave the dubbing up to professional voice actors and stop terrorizing my ears.

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Article: IU was paid $100,000 USD for her voice?... star dubbing 'bubble' controversy

Source: Money Today via Daum

1. [+177, -22] It said IU $100k in the title so I thought she donated that money and clicked into the article to praise her... but instead I'm reading that she was paid $100k for recording her voice for a day or two... What a joke. I don't think she's worth that much.

2. [+104, -19] What a ginormous bubble... What kind of voice is worth $100k... Their voices don't even match the animations, nor are they that talented

3. [+83, -18] IU's fault

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Article: IU's voice pay controversy clarified "She wasn't paid $100,000" (exact amount cannot be disclosed due to contract)

Source:
Newsen via Nate

1. [+122, -33] Apart from this entire thing about being IU... I just don't want movies to use celebrities for their dubbing anymore. As the mother of a child, I often watch a lot of dubbed animation movies and they're all frustrating to have to sit through. Their voices don't change according to the characters they're acting out. There are professional voice actors, why not leave it to them? I don't go to see movies with my kids because I want to hear some star's voice, I'm going to watch a movie. Please, just leave the dubbing to the voice actors.

2. [+55, -8] Obviously they're investing so much into the celebrities because they can get more people into the theaters by using their star power.. We're no longer in an industry where you can make a lot of money by only doing one thing. Voice actors need the support of the ministry.

3. [+56, -24] A lot of stupid kids here... Using a celebrity will mean one more article about the movie going out, more promotion, etc. Isn't it definite that the movie production companies would pay more money to use a celebrity so they can fill one more seat in the audience?

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53 comments:

  1. Obviously demand goes up when a celebrity is cast. Netizens can complain all they want but they as part of the general public are the cause of the problem.

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  2. the celebrities are just doing there job, blame the companies that cast them. (same goes for idol acting shit)

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  3. K-netizens will never accept the fact that their celebrities are earning that much. In, Hollywood, it's just the same thing and even much much bigger most of the times.

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  4. I would like to politely ask the Netizen Buzz admin on her way to deal with Nitizens? I mean, they whine about EVERYTHING. How can you translate all these comments and not want to pull out your hair from their consistent complaints?

    Whatever you way is, I salute you.

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  5. When idols try to get in on acting, hate on the idols. When actors get in on voice dubbing, hate the actors. Everyone belongs in their proper place and god forbid anyone takes an opportunity outside their chosen field. -__-

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  6. Sorry k-netizens, you can complain all you want, but the fact is that when people heard names they recognize dubbing animations, they pay attention and go watch it. No one can tell me that they wouldn't look a second time when they see a celebrity's name that they know of. Unless you're planning on seeing every movie out there, regardless of familiarity of names (which is a promise of quality, since that means they have the money to pay celebrities), no one should be complaining.

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  7. I know!! They are literally complaining about nothing at this point. This info is common knowledge....

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  8. Yeah they tend to forget that being a celebrity is also a job and so they need to get paid too. Of course there's gonna be amount differences and it depend on the status (for celebrities), level/position (for companies)

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  9. The fact that they think voice acting is hard...

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  10. Celebrities earn a lot of money and grass is green

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  11. why question this? because they (supposed to) have the star power to bring the viewers. duh.

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  12. um I usually ignore netizen whining, but they have a valid point here. I think the same applies for hollywood dubbing too. Why the heck do you need celebs to dub animated films?? kids do not watch films because of the voice of certain celebs. it's completely unnecessary.

    I feel bad for voice actors.

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  13. how does demand go up? do you seriously think kids (aka the main audience of animated films) are checking out who is voicing these characters? no.

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  14. it is hard. it takes a certain talent to manipulate your voice for diff characters.

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  15. why are they so pressed!?? same thing happens every where especially in the US, where actors and singers get paid millions of dollars to do the same thing

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  16. Publicity, of course. Celebrities, especially Korean ones (variety shows) are like walking advertisements.

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  17. And again, the whole everything else >> idols saga repeats...

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  18. Ah... an ignorant response. Sakurai Takahiro (the VA of Cloud from Final Fantasy) had to take in short gasps of air for 8 hours straight because of the fighting scenes to make things realistic. He ended up with a very bad headache at the end of the day...


    Never assume.

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  19. those animations are not aimed at kids only, they are aimed at the whole FAMILY. when parents are watching tv and suddenly see Robin Williams on Jay Leno or Graham Norton promoting a new animation, they will want to see it and be encouraged to accompany their kids to it.



    a lot of these movies are also watched by teenagers who do know celebrities. when Nemo came out, a lot of my school friends wanted to watch it cuz they love Ellen D. when Sinbad came out with Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones as the main vocal actors, i went to watch it with my friends and younger siblings.


    not to mention, the only way these type of movies can get promoted is by having a famous celebrity related to the movie appear on famous talk and entertainment shows. thats how publicity for the movie is achieved.


    so yes demand definitely goes up when famous celebs star in those movies becuz they become the movies' #1 promotional tools

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  20. i agree. in the u.s. the only people who complain about this is film critics and know it alls.

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  21. and guess what? japan's animation industry is amongst the best in the world w/o the overuse of celeb dubbing.

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  22. see my comment below about japan.

    I personally find it distracting. all the celebs you've listed aren't great at manipulating their voices. they pretty much just use their usual voice. it completely takes me out of the film when I hear ellen degeneres or brad pitt voicing a character.

    people will see those films regardless of who voices the characters. The fact that they're from disney or pixar is enough to sell them.

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  23. In Japan, because anime is such a huge industry, seiyuus (voice actors) are SO RICH. It is supposedly a lucrative career and it's taken really seriously, like acting with your voice, not just reading lines.
    The Korean market is pretty much the same as the US dubbing market with celebs, especially when Japanese animes get translated over (the cheesy factor seems to increase 100x). The one legit US voice actor / actor I can think of is Andy Serkis (Gollum, Captain Haddock)...

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  24. "2. [+131, -87] I don't know what the intentions behind including IU's name in the title were but I don't really see $100,000 as that big of a deal. The animation she dubbed for had 2 million viewers so $100,000 is nothing compared to the money they made. And that pay not only includes the dubbing, but also the various promotional activities she had to do for the movie as well."

    True. If they didn't use idols or celebrities there wouldn't be that much viewers, and they even promote the movie. I don't think is that of a bad thing, well maybe for voice actors but is not like every movie has to be dubbed by celebrities.

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  25. but almost always, when those animation movies crossover to the US, they almost always get dubbed in english. and almost always, there's an celebrity attached to it. rarely are they seen in the original japanese with the "real" voice actors you mentioned of.

    example: ponyo in english is dubbed by tina fey, matt damon, etc
    howl's moving castle: christian bale

    and there's more

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  26. its about preference
    i like watching the jpnese ver +subtitle better than the dub ones.
    for me the jpnse movie with real voice actor are the best

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  27. IT'S A MARKETING STRATEGY.

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  28. they complained too much about celebrity while they might be ones who went to see the movie because of the celebrity's names attached to it. Accept it, the celebrity was paid for gaining attention for the film, not for voice-acting

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  29. But you have to also consider the audiences. In Japan the public has more of a opinion and preference about voice acting, especially considering the abundance of animated everything. Whereas, in Korea and America, you see more celebrities as voice actors to get people more interested.

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  30. Wow isn't that too damn much? I feel bad for the real dubbers

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  31. who cares, thats great and everything..... i like japan too but why is it that constantly on this blog and many other ones people always have to compare korea and japan.

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  32. I don't know why those K-netizens always complaining, critizing, blaming and the worst is bashing the idols of their country. Nobody perfect dude...

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  33. 3. [+83, -18] IU's fault

    dafuq?her company is the one who set the price and the animation's company or whatever is the one who agreed to it....

    and isn't that how it works everywhere?angelina joile's voice for kungfu panda must've worth more than tom kenny's voice for spongebob..

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  34. its like canada and the states, both nations share a lot of similarities within their culture and definitely within the industries

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  35. Knetizens seem to be forgotten the fact that celebrities helped brought up the popularity of the movie the dubbed for. I rarely watch any animation but if my bias happened to dub for it, I'd certainly watch with no hesitation. I don't know why they're always putting them blame on celebrities esp. idols when it was the companies, pd, etc that hired them.

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  36. There are a lot more... like Steve Blum, Tara Strong... and of course the legendary Mel Blanc.

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  37. I've been a fan of dubbing since I was a kid and I do get upset when I hear bad voice acting (idek how to say it in English lol wtv), but it's not celebrities' fault. Srsly, would you say 'no' to money (in this situation I mean)? I blame people who hire them.

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  38. but then..if you used voice actors to play the roles, the viewers won't be as much as using idols/gagmen voices...face it, those idols can grab more attention than the voice actors! it's all about marketing strategy...
    #2 comment on first article sounds wise..thank u very much

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  39. i don't see the problem. if they do a good job and no not all celebrities suck at acting/dubbing (some do but not all) then that's all that should matter. using celebrities brings in alot more viewers/customers and with that there is more cash to be made.
    the people who do dubbing as a career don't bring in the amount as a celebrity does so i think it's a fair trade.

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  40. Then tell me...why they use angelina jolie voiceover in sharktales n kungfu panda.
    Its al bout promotion..

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  41. Because it IU. They must keep hating on IU. That's sad and sick combined together.
    I doubt celebrities get paid $100k for dubbing, you know how journalist always blow things out of proportion. "Ah, One more "0" and everything is complete", "The more the better. So, one more "0" for IU"
    They are using celebrities to increase the sales number. It's ridiculous to blame the celebrities when they are just doing their job. If you want to point your finger, why don't you point it at whoever cast this celebrities. This celebrity have to attend promotion events too. I think it is make sense that they get more pay.

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  42. Actually using celebs voices for movies makes sense, they do have to do a lot of promos, there are premieres etc to attend and they'd get much more attention if there's a big name attached to it. If they were being used for TV shows though, then I'd understand why they complain..

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  43. But then more people watch the movies because those actors and idols. They use the idols popularity to raise the viewership.

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  44. Mark Hamil ring a bell?? There's also Mae Whitman.

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  45. Oh yea, thats why I think The Simpson's has a great VA cast, majority have multiple roles and I didn't even know for years!

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  46. Actually what Andy Serkis does is different to voice acting. It's called performance capturing.

    He doesn't just do the voice for an animated character, but is actually on set with a special suit that captures his movements and facial expressions. Which then effect artists use to make the character (the same tech used in Avatar).
    It's sort of like wearing a digital mask or costume.

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    Not to take anything away from voice actors. Their job is just as hard, but in a different sort of way. I mean I've heard of actors working on Pixar films for months to make sure it's perfect.

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  47. knetizens always whining about how much celebs make. ugh, once again, not everyone has to walk the same path as you. and it takes two to make this situation, don't just always rag on the celeb for taking the job, r u telling me if you're offered 100k you won't do it? shut up.

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  48. I have to agree with netizens on this one. Sometimes, the best voice actors are ones who are NOT celebrities.

    Some of the most well loved shows (using anime for an example [and NOT the Miyazaki films]) has some of the best voice actors I've ever heard.


    Tara Strong >>>>>>>>>>>> Celebrities

    Voice acting's a whole different ball-park.

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  49. This is about business. Companies have to pay celebrities a lot of money because they want their movie to be a success. If a big star is associated with a film, it is more likely to bring in a bigger audience. You can't blame a celebrity for doing his/her job.

    My next problem is this: why can't celebrities do voice-over or animation work. It is still acting. It just takes enough skill and talent to project your emotions through your voice. Hollywood stars do the voice in animation all the time, and it never a problem because they have the talent. I don't know who these S. Korean companies are hiring, but regular actors should be able to do voice-over work, if they're talented enough.

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  50. The fact that you think VA is not hard....

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  51. I would be glad to have my voice paid $ 2K

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