Todd Barbee Had To Call In Back-Up For That Iconic Football Kick Scene In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving


In an interview with Noblemania, Todd Barbee was asked if he had any funny stories from his experience of voicing Charlie Brown in several of the specials. Barbee shared a story from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” 

Barbee said, “One time they wanted me to voice that ‘AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGG’ when Charlie Brown goes to kick the football and Lucy yanks it away,” Barbee said. “Try as I might, I just couldn’t generate [it as] long [as] they were looking for …  so after something like twenty-five takes, we moved on. I was sweating the whole time. I think they eventually got an adult or a kid with an older voice to do that one take. 

Similar to how some actors use stunt doubles for certain scenes, it would certainly be necessary for voice actors to enlist help with certain scenes, too. For example, if the film requires singing but the main voice actor can’t sing, or in this case, if the show requires a louder scream than what the then-10-year-old child actor Todd Barbee could muster. 

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