I’ve developed a serious pet peeve against children’s animations that rely on celebrity voices. Cartoon characters can change their shape and body language at will, yet most movie stars and pop singers are strongly associated with a particular—and often limited—vocal style. The novelty of hearing a star’s voice emanate from an unrecognizable form grows old quickly, which may explain why so few star-studded animations linger in the popular consciousness. Except for toddlers parked in front of the flat-screen by their parents, does anyone still watch the DreamWorks releases Shark Tale (with Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, and Robert De Niro), Over the Hedge (with Bruce Willis and William Shatner), or MegaMind (with Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill)? Continue reading >>