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immblueversion
03-20-2012, 01:57 AM
The article for the video game Kingdom Hearts II (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/video-games/Kingdom-Hearts-II/) lists voice actress Barbara Dirickson (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Barbara-Dirickson/) as Flora (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/characters/Sleeping-Beauty/Flora/), a character first featured in the movie Sleeping Beauty (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/movies/Sleeping-Beauty/). However, Dirickson was not listed in the end credits of Kingdom Hearts II, unlike all the other voice actors who were credited, though all the actors portraying Disney characters did not have their roles listed alongside them either. Judging by comparisons to the other recent instances in which the character was voiced, Flora is voiced by Susanne Blakeslee (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Susanne-Blakeslee/) in this game, who also portrays Maleficent (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/characters/Sleeping-Beauty/Maleficent/) in the same game.

NOTE: This change only applies to Kingdom Hearts II. The character appears again in the followup game Kingodm Hearts: Birth by Sleep (http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/video-games/Kingdom-Hearts-Birth-by-Sleep/), wherein she is voiced by Dirickson, again based on comparisons with the actress's other work with the character.

NCZ
03-21-2012, 01:02 PM
Fixed.

immblueversion
03-21-2012, 06:02 PM
Actually, it appears there was a mistake on my part. I've only just noticed that Barbara Dirickson was in fact credited in the game, but I am still uncertain as to whether or not she played the character.

NCZ
03-21-2012, 06:12 PM
Aha...

Did the character sound different in both games?

BlueSky
03-22-2012, 04:37 PM
I haven't played this game in a while, but I found a similar discussion here:
http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Flora,_Fauna,_and_Merryweather

immblueversion
03-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Aha...

Did the character sound different in both games?

After doing some closer comparisons, and taking into account that Barbara Dirickson was credited in the section including Disney voices, and would otherwise have no notable Disney character to play in the game (in that case she would have been credited in the "Additional voices" section, which she wasn't), I believe that Barbara Dirickson playing Flora in KH2 was correct to begin with, and should be changed back. Evidently someone saw fit to list Dirickson in the role on IMDb which, I understand, is not entirely the most trustworthy of sources, but still.

Also, I noticed another name who shows up in the "Disney voices" credits section of KH2, but has no one to play unless he takes the place of another character: Bruce Lanoil, a known voice impersonator of Nathan Lane and had at one point in his career portrayed Timon of "The Lion King" fame, whereas the person currently credited as Timon, James Arnold Taylor, has not. In fact, the KH wiki lists Lanoil as Timon, though it also lists Blakeslee as Flora.

And if I may, I have other doubts regarding James Arnold Taylor's portrayal of another character, this time in Birth by Sleep; he is listed here as the voice of Happy, one of the Seven Dwarfs, yet another claim, again though IMDb, is that he is voiced by David Ogden Stiers, who also plays Doc of the Seven Dwarfs and reprises his role as Dr. Jumba Jookiba from "Lilo & Stitch". Here's a perfect video for comparing the voices of the two dwarfs (I've pinpointed the exact time for convenience):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9OQtyp-4ck&t=1m53s

Also, here's a video containing Stiers' voice clips from KH2 as the character Cogsworth for further comparison:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNirgzr93Ac

Judging from this, I do find it very likely that Stiers is indeed the voice of Happy, but still, considering my earlier blunder, I will understand if my reasoning is not fully trusted this time.