STAR WARS CELEBRATION: James Arnold Taylor Talks to Himself
Saying James Arnold Taylor is a man of many voices is like saying the beach is a place of many sand grains. His IMDB Profile lists 165 title credits, most since the year 2000. On almost all of those, he is listed for more than one voice, with no less than 25 different characters voiced on Star Wars: The Clone Wars alone - and that's just what he's credited for.
The show on its own was incredible. Entertaining from start to finish, Taylor had the audience rapt while he used his announcer voice, had actual moments of "Talking To Himself" where he had conversations with a pre-recorded Obi-Wan Kenobi, his main character on Clone Wars, animated sequences where he voiced multiple characters, and even a ten minute segment where he voiced more than 150 characters in one extended go. Highlights of the show brought lots of laughs, like the scene that mirrored the confrontation from the climax of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Instead of Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker (the newly branded Darth Vader), however, Taylor's version had Obi-Wan and Fred Flintstone, as they jockeyed for position within his own brain. A "vocal map" showing how close many voices are to one another and how he links them with his own was a truly incredible feat. As the map slid from person to character, showing how Christopher Walken links to Marty McFly in 40 easy steps, Taylor was spot-on with every single one. After the show, he told Newsarama he "walked off stage and suddenly remembered a few more. [He] thought "how could I have forgotten those?"," so perhaps there's room for more in a future version.