Whether in a live action film, or in animation, the quality of the performances make or break a piece of filmmaking. Even the highest quality animation can be ruined by poor voice acting. With that in mind, we asked around among our friends for introductions to a casting director or associate with experience casting for animation. We wanted the quality of the voice acting to meet, if not exceed, the quality of the art and animation.
We weren’t looking for anyone fancy or famous. Just professional actors who would deliver solid performances, sell the characters, and contribute to the notion of BUSH LEAGUERS as a polished concept that could appear on a network or a streaming service.
That said, we ended up with an incredibly talented and accomplished cast that could carry an actual television show, let alone a proof of concept short.
It helped that we have one friend who is a great, accomplished actor who we thought would be great for a role.
Bob’s friend Fran Kranz’s roles run the gamut from serious turns on the Broadway stage, such as in the recent Broadway revival of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, to heightened, comedic performances, like in Joss Whedon’s television show, DOLLHOUSE, and the horror horror comedy film CABIN IN THE WOODS.
Fran also recently delivered a hilarious performance as the vein actor Bottom in a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. We thought that the comedic arrogance that Fran brought to his performance as Bottom was just what we needed for the role of the vainglorious Baxter Van Der Klam character, and we were honored when Fran expressed enthusiasm about taking the role on.