Round 2 - Theme: My Little Pony

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All members of BTVA are welcome to submit a performance for voice acting practice or just for fun! See below for details.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Here's Round 2 Finalists. We're taking you from the intense fighting world to the bubbly and lighthearted world of My Little Pony! Originally popular with a female audience, this franchise has found new life and fans (both female and male) in the recent My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated series.

Finalists. Your mission again is to select one character below and perform the lines provided. Though you may be asking why the male character Spike appears in both the male and female choices? Well, for the simply fact that over the years, Spike has been voiced by both male AND female voice actors. And the fact that many female auditions had raspy boy voices should give us some pretty diverse performances.

The CHALLENGE however is that you must create your own original voice for your selected character (avoid sounding like existing voices) AND your voice must sound like a young kiddy character.
Here are links to sound clips of the characters - Spike, Rainbow Dash and Snips.

And if you Finalists needed even more incentive to give it your all, how about this? Some of you may have missed the announcement a couple weeks back, but all 8 Finalists who make it to Round 3 will each receive a copy of Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt's Voice Over Voice Actor book AND The Warm-Up CD, all kindly donated by Yuri and Tara themselves. And to top it off, the voice acting couple will also be Special Guest Judges for Round 3.

Hop onto that voice acting pony. You're in for a wiiiiiild ride!

4 Finalists with the most votes will move onto Round 3.
3 Finalists from the remaining group will be selected by the Judges' to move on.
1 Finalist will be selected by our Special Guest Judge to move on.
3 Finalists will be eliminated.

Click on a character image to display their description and lines that you will voice act and record.
Spike

Line 1:
"Dear Princess Celestia, this is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week I've learned that being jealous and telling lies gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. (Gradually falling asleep) So from here on out, I promise, that I, Spike, will... *snore*"


(Hides in a cave, not knowing it's the home of a big Green dragon, who is not happy)
Line 2:
"We're like brothers, you know? I mean, you're a dragon, I'm a dragon... It's us against the world, right? (Green dragon roars) You don't scare me! So you're big. Reeeally big. And your claws are super sharp. Tail... extra spiky. But, uh... You don't scare me! (Green dragon blows flames) Uh... I'd love to stay, but gotta go! See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"


(Is forced to confess some of his secrets)
Line 3:
"Confess? *hesitant* I'm the one who poured juice all over Twilight's copy of "Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions"! And I was the one who used up all the hot water in Ponyville taking a seven hour bubble bath! And sometimes ... when no one's around ... I do this! (drags over a mirror, starts flexing his muscles) Lookin' good Spike! Lookin' real good!"


Line 4: (Choice)
"Count me out. I've gotta get an early start! Yes! I'm going on a quest of self-discovery! I'm going to learn what it means to be a dragon! And the only way I'm gonna do that is to join the Dragon Migration!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Man, first I get a bunch of great presents from my best friends, and now an amazing sapphire cupcake! Hohoh, what a day! Pinkie Pie told me I should come see the Cakes, so they could give me a cake 'cause it's my birthday today. I wish every day was my birthday!"

Spike is a baby male dragon. He is Twilight's assistant and his main job is to magically send and receive letters to/from Princess Celestia. He's a fun-loving dragon who can on ocassion be sarcastic and sometimes has a laugh from the misfortunes of others. Spike is generally confident, considers himself smart and athletic, and often defends his masculinity. But he doesn't come across as arrogant. And he genuinely cares for the well-being of his friends.
Snips

(Snips and his friend Snails lure a bear-like creature called an ursa to Trixie the magician. Trixie told them that she once defeated an ursa and now they want to see her do it again)
Line 1:
"Great and Powerful Trixie, you've got to vanquish the ursa. It took a lot of trouble to get that thing here. Remember? You defeated an Ursa Major. (Trixie uses some magic but fails) Aw, come on, Trixie. Stop goofin' around and vanquish it? Come on! Where's all the cool explosions and smoke and stuff like earlier? You know?!"


(At the official Rainbow Dash fan club, a fan motions that Rainbow Dash be declared the most awesome pony in town)
Line 2:
"I second the motion, and might I add that if you looked up the word 'awesome' in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Rainbow Dash. Actually, I think the word 'awesome' is played out. Rainbow Dash deserves better! I motion that we declare her the most stupendous pony! No... astonishing!! No... astounding!!!"


(Snips and Snails have bubblegum stuck to each others rear ends)
Line 3:
"Oh! Get it off me, Snails! (Snails causes pain by stretching the gum) Aah! Stop it! You're making it worse! (now gum is stuck in more places) Oh, great. *grunt in frustration* Aah! Get it off! Get it off!! *pause* (later their situation appears in the local newspaper) Our mothers always told us we'd end up in the papers someday. And look! We finally got the gum out!"


(Performs a magic show act with Snails)
Line 4: (Choice)
"And on the count of three this rabbit will disappear and something tasty will reappear in its place. A one, a two and a three! Hey! Where are they? Snails, where are the... carrots. SNAILS!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Haven't you heard? There's a new unicorn in town. They say, she's got more magical powers than any other unicron ever! Trixie truly IS the most talented, most magical, most awesome unicorn in Ponyville. No, in all of Equestria!"

Snips is young and goofy pony, who is easily excitable. He is mostly seen hanging out with his "partner-in-crime" Snails, and both up get to fun and mischievious antics. When a new magician pony comes into town, they both become obsessively fascinated with her skills and stories.
Spike

Line 1:
"Dear Princess Celestia, this is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week I've learned that being jealous and telling lies gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. (Gradually falling asleep) So from here on out, I promise, that I, Spike, will... *snore*"


(Hides in a cave, not knowing it's the home of a big Green dragon, who is not happy)
Line 2:
"We're like brothers, you know? I mean, you're a dragon, I'm a dragon... It's us against the world, right? (Green dragon roars) You don't scare me! So you're big. Reeeally big. And your claws are super sharp. Tail... extra spiky. But, uh... You don't scare me! (Green dragon blows flames) Uh... I'd love to stay, but gotta go! See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"


(Is forced to confess some of his secrets)
Line 3:
"Confess? *hesitant* I'm the one who poured juice all over Twilight's copy of "Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions"! And I was the one who used up all the hot water in Ponyville taking a seven hour bubble bath! And sometimes ... when no one's around ... I do this! (drags over a mirror, starts flexing his muscles) Lookin' good Spike! Lookin' real good!"


Line 4: (Choice)
"Count me out. I've gotta get an early start! Yes! I'm going on a quest of self-discovery! I'm going to learn what it means to be a dragon! And the only way I'm gonna do that is to join the Dragon Migration!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Man, first I get a bunch of great presents from my best friends, and now an amazing sapphire cupcake! Hohoh, what a day! Pinkie Pie told me I should come see the Cakes, so they could give me a cake 'cause it's my birthday today. I wish every day was my birthday!"

Spike is a baby male dragon. He is Twilight's assistant and his main job is to magically send and receive letters to/from Princess Celestia. He's a fun-loving dragon who can on ocassion be sarcastic and sometimes has a laugh from the misfortunes of others. Spike is generally confident, considers himself smart and athletic, and often defends his masculinity. But he doesn't come across as arrogant. And he genuinely cares for the well-being of his friends.
Rainbow Dash

(Retells a story of her recent heroics)
Line 1:
"I arrived and said "Never fear, your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash is here!" And then, I zoomed into the well. I knew it would be dark and dangerous, but I didn't let that stop me. Danger's my middle name. Rainbow "Danger" Dash. Thinking back on it, I acted pretty awesomely heroic that day. "


(In a race, Rainbow Dash gets trapped under a rock slide)
Line 2:
"C'mon... no! Wait! Come back! Don't leave me! I'm the one who's supposed to win! I don't wanna end up stuck here... forever! Oh no, nonono, th-this can't be happening. Forever is way too long to be trapped in Ghastly Gorge. I mean, it's like, forever! Somepony! Anypony! Help me! "


(Needs help from Fluttershy to help break a flying record, but Fluttershy recalls a bad experience)
Line 3:
"What are you talking about? Just last week, you went into that wicked nosedive to save a falling baby bird right before it hit the ground. Suck it up, Fluttershy! This is no time for- I mean, confidence or no confidence, I'm going to need every pegasus to practice in order to break the record, including you. I'm gonna need all the wingpower I can get."


Line 4: (Choice)
"Fine! Laugh all you want, but I'll be the one laughing when I prove to you all that I'm just as good- no, that I'm a *better* hero than Mare Do Well! Argh, there are absolutely no freak natural disasters going on anywhere! How am I supposed to prove myself when everything's so normal and safe?"


Line 5: (Choice)
"So, anyway, you're all outstanding competitors, but there can only be one of you who's number one. So the final, tie-breaking contest is going to be... pause for dramatic effect... a race against me! Through Ghastly Gorge! Dun dun dun!"

Rainbow Dash is a pegasus (winged and can fly) pony. She is brave and bold, and very proud. Her overconfidence in herself and thinking she's the best display an obvious arrogance at times. Rainbow Dash is highly competitive, particularly in athletic events and does not react well to losing. She is rather blunt and doesn't hide her feelings when she is annoyed at others behaviour which sometimes makes her insensitive.
Voting has ended.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
MOM0KI
MOM0KI
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

The strong lower toned voice sold on the attitude and overconfidence right away. Acting was superb. You hit so many different emotions right on the nail. And great choices on emphasized words. Only nitpick was she came across as mildy angry/peeved.

Agrees (12)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Momoki, I think you completely redeemed yourself from last round!! You listened to the feedback, fixed the audio problems and Aced it this round! My #1 Rainbow Dash voice and THIRD overall finalist this round!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

Excellent emotion in lines 2, 3, and 4, plus the slightly-rough voice and enthusiastic delivery nailed Rainbow's personality. Very strong performance as a whole!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
TomStheVoice
TomStheVoice
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I enjoyed the slightly rough and broken (like going through puberty) voice, though the tone made him a little older than I was hoping. Loved all the sound effects, esp the *gulp*! Nice touches that just enhanced the performance.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Another great Spike voice! I had you second amongst those who chose this character. I think the only thing that kept me from ranking you #1 was that it felt a touch too 'old' for the character to me.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (0)
NCZ

Loved how you added some ad-lib sound effects, like grunts or yawns. The voice was appropriately youthful, like Fox said it was similar to a young teenager. One improvement would be to shorten the pauses between sentences so they flow more naturally.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
LordCrehavos
LordCrehavos
Playing: Snips
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Loved the voice. Perfectly fit the small and fun-loving Snips. While the overall acting was solid, I just felt the excitement and enthusiasm was kind of held back. Lacked some oompth to really liven up his character.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Even though we only had two Snips performances I think you both nailed it. I had you second amongst all finalists for this round and could definitely see this fitting into a real cartoon for a character just like this! Great job man!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

For a more "low-key" version of the character, you delivered the lines pretty well and the voice still managed to sound eager enough. A successful interpretation in my mind.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
pickle131
pickle131
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A great cute yet sassy and attitude filled voice. Acting was good but watch the pacing. Many sentences seemed to run on and not flow with changes in pace or pauses. And I felt there were sometimes too many emphasis' on words, esp in Line 1.

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

Loved what you did with the character here Pickle! I put Momoki ahead of you but really liked the youthfulness, immaturity and arrogance that you brought to the character. Well done!

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

Your take was appropriately cocky and confident, and while the voice was higher than I expected, it was an interpretation that fit surprisingly well.

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (2)
mizura
mizura
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Young and cute sounding, but her voice (not acting) almost sounded a little shaky, which took away from her confident personality. However, the acting in Line 4 was delivered with enough strength to sell me on the character.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

I give you credit for trying to put a completely unique spin on the character but for me this voice just doesn't fit the image and description of Rainbow Dash. Just didn't work for me sorry :(

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (0)
NCZ

Your acting was good, but sadly the voice sounded a little unnatural. Fox used the word “shaky” and I think that’s a good way to put it. It didn't sound quite confident enough either. Though as I said, you certainly passed in the acting department.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
Mrbipolar
Mrbipolar
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

The "buzzy bee" sounding voice was a great choice for a "baby dragon". The youngest sounding voice of the all the Spike's. Well accompanied by a character fitting acting performance. Favorite part: "lookin' real(high inflection) good".

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

We had some great Spikes but among them I had you sir as my Top selection! I actually had you as my Top pick overall for this whole Round! Great job man!!

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
NCZ

You delivered every line with youth and vigor, and you really exceeded at line 2, putting on a hard exterior but really being scared. The voice sounded childish and even dragon-like, what with the raspiness. Nice job there!

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (1)
Seymour
Seymour
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I really liked the tone and sound of the voice, but just wished it sounded younger. Overall here, your acting wasn't as strong as previous performances. Lines 1 and 4 felt a little rushed. Though Line 3 did stand out quite well for me.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

Your lines seemed very rushed here and I just didn't think the voice fit the character quite right. I was hoping for a bit younger and not so 'human' of a voice.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
NCZ

A pretty decent performance as a whole. The lines were delivered well enough, the voice was decent by itself, though it could’ve been more kid-like. One thing I liked was the “yawn-while-talking” effect in line 1.

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
TuxedoTaargus
TuxedoTaargus
Playing: Snips
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I think the voice really captured the goofy nature of Snips. The acting really delivered on the excitable and mischievious traits of the character, and with the fun-filled energy too.

Agrees (12)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

As I said with LordCrehavos I think both Snips performances were spot on. I had him just a smidge ahead of you but I had you 4th overall amongst the finalists. You really captured the character well!

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

You had the right voice and the amount of energy that fits an excitable kid like Snips. Well done!

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (1)
Bree
Bree
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Very fitting lower toned boy-ish voice. Great fear and hesitation in Line 2's delivery. Overall your performance really sold me on Spike's character. You distinguished Lines 2-4 really well. The pacing for the first half of Line 1 was oddly slow though.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

So glad that you one of our female contestants took on Spike and not just took it on but really did a great job with it. A few minor moments you lost the 'boy' part of the tone but it was very minor.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

The voice was fittingly boyish and sounded like it could be in the show. You also had the kid-like energy necessary for the part. Great job with line 2’s fright and the direction on line 3 (deep breath, saying the rest extremely fast).

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
SteveP
SteveP
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A very young and fitting voice for Spike. Line 3 was my favorite. Solid acting overall but many lines felt just a tad rushed. Gradual increased fear, followed up by a great change-up in voice and confidence for the "lookin' good Spike" part.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

I don't think you did anything really wrong here but unfortunately you went up against some really great renditions of Spike. My biggest critique would be that your lines seemed really rushed to me.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (6)
NCZ

The high-pitched voice was certainly appropriate considering MLP’s lighthearted nature. While I felt line 2 could've been more fearful, your performance was generally well-done.

Agrees (9)  Disagrees (1)
RitsukaFlame
RitsukaFlame
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A strong, low and slightly raspy voice. And while this fits Rainbow Dash really well, this could have worked for Spike as well. A fantastic and spot on acting performance as well. You sold me on all her character traits.

Agrees (14)  Disagrees (3)
OptimusSolo

Voice wise I think you were spot on here for the character however I really think you need to work on your pacing and timing and phrasing a bit here because it seemed disjointed at times for me.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (1)
NCZ

You definitely nailed the enthusiasm of the character. The voice was rough and almost boyish, but I can't say it didn't fit.

Agrees (9)  Disagrees (2)
Special Guest Judge's Feedback - Garry Chalk
Garry Chalk
First Momoki I liked her style found the acting to be good some interpretations I disagreed with but the voice was really good
Loved tom's voice texture found his pacing to be a bit slow but the character was good.
Lord crevo My Favorite for this character
Pickle liked the energy and pace a bit hard edged
Mizuno the same as pickle
Mr Bipolar. Loved this character and his energy great texture to the voice
Seymour I thought the acting was very good but not right for this character. Lots of potential for other things like young hero
Tuxedo The voice the acting the characterization all were good
Bree Voice and acting good but pacing a little slow.
Steve would be my first pick for this character Loved the voice acting pace energy all were just right
Ritsuko Good eenergy but found the character to be a bit mean spirited nicen that one up a bit.

26 BTSers Have Approved Performances:

SmartyBoyboy , CatsTuxedo , Mickwhitefire28 , Pokejedservo , JoeyKat , RozenStar , FoxyLee13 , Mirne , I_am_onlive , Senile-Snake , Dogman15 , One Born , Strikernofear , The Flaming E , TamaRanEd , VocalChameleon , cardboardwalk , finalCrystine , awsmith2006 , VocAwe , , ungodly , DeepC , AWIG , AMT , CarolsFire

5 BTVA Members Have Approved Performances:

TheMisakiDubs , LegendofDelzaLol , Ariel2me , TheMidnightPersona , RandomEncounter

Check out the Behind-The-Scenes performances for Round 2. After you've enjoyed listening to them, why not vote for your favorite!



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