作者：小牛英语 | 来源：小牛英语 | 2016年10月24日 20:11
Invisible people: Chinese animation voice actors
By Li Hongrui (chinadaily.com.cn)
animation series Those Rabbits 动画系列《那年那兔那些事儿》
As Chinese comic and animation enters a new renaissance in recent years, more high quality works are being produced. Based on Chinese history or traditional myths, a variety of new animations have been hitting big screens. Some have an artistic style with a consistent story lines, such as comic series Qin' Moon, while some have a lighter and more humorous style, such as Those Rabbits(Na Nian Na Tu Na Shi).
These differences in techniques and styles have sparked discussion. The recent contentious animation Big Fish & Begoniawas criticized by some netizens as "incapable of telling a good story" and "only having beautiful pictures".
Yet, the real unsung heroes of animation have got to be the voice actors in these animations, which are often overlooked by audiences.
Unlike many Japanese professional comic voice actors, who enjoy great popularity among fans and even often have face to face interactions with their followers, their Chinese counterparts are usually invisible.
A user named Xiakeyi, criticized the performance of Chinese voice actors as "blunt and rigid", especially those who acted for foreign animation films and series. Some of the actors would directly read the lines in Chinese, but not like normal speech, making them very stilted. And this kind of lame voice acting often ruined the film for audiences.
According to a Chinese animation voice actor, Tutu, many of the actors just take voice acting as a hobby, not a profession.
And many people know very little about voice acting for animation as well.
"People think this job is a bit mysterious, and they always asked me if I could imitate someone's voice," said Tutu, who takes on jobs not just in animation but also in computer games.
She does not have fixed working hours. For some stretches of time, she needs to work overnight, and at others, she might have nothing to do. During her busiest season, she may not even have enough time to sleep.
Another part-time voice actor, Baqianlu, said many people derive happiness from the profession rather than making big money.
Animation series Those Rabbits
Poster for Big Fish & Begonia
Poster for Qin's Moon. [Photo/Mtime]