Video: This Actor’s Cartoon Game Is Strong
– All right, Tara, in this one, Rocky's at a mountain top. He gets swatted by the monster tail. He falls, tumbles, and rolls, and falls off another ledge, falls another bunch of feet, and then crashes. All right, um, watch my hands! – I'll watch you. – Here comes the– (screaming) (groaning) Perfect. Get that one. – My name is Tara Strong, and I'm mostly known for my animation career. I'm the voice Timmy Turner from "The Fairly OddParants." I wish Cosmo and Wanda were here. I was baby Dil. Hey, that's my camera. "Powerpuff Girls." I'm just as tough as Blossom and Buttercup! I'm hardcore. Raven from "Teen Titans.
" Azarath Metrion Zinthos! Originally, I was Batgirl alongside Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy. I've had a really fun career. Man, that was one tough montage. So, I knew Timmy had to be happy, mischievous, silly, kinda nerdy, oh, and very, very adventurous. Sorry, I was just trying to help. Bubbles had this weird way of pronouncing things, like, oh, I will have a pickie. I don't know why it goes L-E like that, but (laughs). Pooping. The time I booked "Rugrats," I'd just got off a plane with a screaming baby and I'm like, "That's the cry that I'm doing in." Most of Dil's lines were in the stage directions. So, I'd be like, "Okay." (babbling) (groans) (snorts) And that was like my lines. (laughs) I remember at the session, we had to stop tape, and I'm thinking something's wrong, and they said, "Tara, there's a new mom in the studio, "and you're making her lactate." (laughs) And you guys say I'm not funny. But seriously, this will be extremely painful.
In the case of Raven, while I was doing the audition, it was similar to my own voice, and I thought just this idea to have this weird guttural roll every time she says anything. As soon as I started doing this, I saw all the people in the booth kinda look at each other, and went, "That's Raven." Robin, stop! Batgirl was me. Like, it's the only voice I do that's my own voice. – That was Batgirl. (laughs) Bullwinkle, it's like that classic story The Lion and the Mouse that we're ripping off. When you're voice acting, you have to tap into the ability to make something believable without it being there. It's a completely different art form than on camera. You have to let the audience feel what it's like to fall off a cliff without there actually being a cliff there. You gotta have to be willing to play around and not afraid to look silly. And then, once you create a character, in my experience, they, like, live up in my brain, and they're just ready to come down when it's their turn.
So I don't confuse them. They all are their own entity. Basically, I'm a crazy person. – So I just need a long scream as you just keep going. (screaming) Hey! – Whoa! – [Scott] What do you need at the store? Garbage bags. Ooh, yeah, yeah. Fried chicken sounds great tonight..