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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Clarice with sound clips and images.
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Clarice is one of the secondary protagonists of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stories from Rankin Bass whom was made for the 1964 TV special Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Clarice is a young doe from Christmas Town whom met Rudolph when he was about to get his flying lessons in which the two would hit it off and befriended each-other very quickly (in which soon became a blossoming young romance.) However when Rudolph's Red nose was initially revealed to the other Reindeer and he was hated for not having a normal nose but Clarice was one of the first characters whom was kind to Rudolph even knowing about his nose. When Rudolph got famous for his nose she tries to get some time with him as she tries to learn how to fly as well. 
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
ClariceJanis Orenstein
Janis Orenstein
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Island of Misfit Toys (2001)
ClariceShawn Southwick
Shawn Southwick
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Island of Misfit Toys (2001)
ClariceElizabeth Carol Savenkoff
Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff


Today on the Rankin Bass Classics VC section we take a look at Rudolph's love interest... CLARICE! In the original TV special of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Clarice was voiced by the late Janis Orenstein. As for Janis' voice I surprisingly have some slight mixed feelings here as while Janis' Clarice voice does sound nice and it does suit Clarice's friendly nature but in retrospection it seems to me that Janis' voice for Clarice does make her sound a bit older than Rudolph (when they are really about the same age). But in all fairness that is the only problem I have with Janis' work on the role as other than that her work as Clarice is pretty solid as her performance definitely suited Clarice's warm and kind persona very well.

About a decade ago in the 3-D film Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Island of Misfit Toys, while Janis did the speaking and signing voice of Clarice, Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff did the Speaking voice of Clarice in this movie. I must say I rather liked Elizabeth's work on this movie as for starters Elizabeth's voice for the role sounded a bit more youthful to me as she delivered a rather energetic performance for the role here. Elizabeth's work on the role suits on how Clarice deeply cares for Rudolph but does also have a life outside of him as she is learning how to fly so in other words Elizabeth's work as Clarice is probably one of her better performances. However as for Clarice's singing voice was done by Special Guest voice talent Shawn Southwick whom does some pretty good singing. (Granted she only does a little bit of singing at the very end of the movie though.) But still while its not hard to tell that Clarice's speaking and singing voices are different in this movie Shawn did a pretty good job singing for the role here. Overall I am going with Janis and Elizabeth here as Janis' work is pretty classic while Elizabeth's work on the role was very fitting with Shawn at a decent second. 



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said at 2:57 PM on Thu Dec 11 2014
Confused on the part about Janis, and the voices in Misfit Toys, she was in it, or she wasn't?
Polyester Funk
said at 10:39 PM on Wed Dec 24 2014
@pete I think it is saying that Janis did both the speaking and singing voices in the original, but the sequel had different people doing them. It's just written kinda weirdly so I understand your confusion.
said at 11:41 AM on Thu Dec 25 2014
@Polyester Funk Yeah it is, thanks for clearing that up.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:11 AM on Fri Dec 26 2014
@pete You're welcome. I was a bit confused at first, too.
said at 6:15 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I'll be the odd one out who votes for Shawn.
said at 12:35 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
1: Janis Orenstein glad to hear she took part in the new cartoon.

I know several of the original voice actors for the original cartoon were/ are at the time still alive when the new cartoon was made I wonder why thy didn't all join and repraise their roles.
said at 2:50 AM on Sun Dec 4 2011
Janis Orenstien is the best Clarice voice. :)
said at 10:28 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
Janis definitely sounded the most innocent, and her acting and singing were both very good. Elizabeth's imitation is decent though, and Shawn has a nice singing voice. But you can never go wrong with the original!
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Who do you think has been the best from these Clarice voice actors?
Janis Orenstein
Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff
Shawn Southwick