For approximately 34 years working as a surrogate for the animated character Goofy, Bill Farmer revealed that his work has succeeded in making him feel young.
Farmer, who also voices the character Pluto in Disney’s cartoons, said that his work is not only based on the script that has been made but also involves imagination.
“We have to use our imagination and we have to put ourselves in this situation. The character has to live in our minds when we record it because we didn’t see the cartoon when we did it,” said Farmer.
“So we have to create the imagination, imagine it, keep it flexible. That way, I don’t think we’re going to grow up. And we have to be like Peter Pan and Neverland. We don’t have to grow old in this business,” he added.
Farmer, who has become a Disney legend, explained that animation and the voiceover process have changed greatly in his 34-year career presenting animated characters.
“When I started voicing Goofy in 1987, (the recording process) was generally like an ensemble in a radio drama. About 10 actors were in a room, in the studio, each in front of a microphone. We did it like a play. radio,” Farmer told the Associated Press in an interview in late August 2021.
He explained that with current technological developments, the recording process could take place more easily.
“Everything can be done according to their respective schedules. For example Mickey can’t come in until Tuesday afternoon, while I can come Wednesday, that way the editor can get my best recordings and Mickey’s best recordings. The two are then combined. We can all watch together when the animation it’s on television.”
Farmer’s latest project is voicing Goofy and Pluto for Disney’s new animated series “Mickey Mouse Funhouse,” which will reportedly involve Kindergarten kids with interesting artwork and storylines that take Mickey, Goofy and his friends on an adventure to a land unique.
“Mickey Mouse Funhouse” can be watched on Disney Channel and Disney Junior is also streaming on Disney Plus.
Farmer is well aware that his voice is the source of his livelihood. So he took good care of her.
“When I finish voicing some work, I’ll take a break and I know when I’m going to start working again. So keeping those vocal muscles is probably the main thing I do. Nothing spectacular. I don’t smoke. anything special? Not really. I’m just trying to stay healthy.” [mg/ka]