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Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas


Since Irene Bedard was the voice of Pocahontas, I think she should have done both the speaking and singing voice of Pocahontas because she looks like Pocahontas and Judy Kuhn doesn't.

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Since Irene Bedard was the voice of Pocahontas, I think she should have done both the speaking and singing voice of Pocahontas because she looks like Pocahontas and Judy Kuhn doesn't.


What do looks have to do with it? It's not like the other voice actors look like the characters they voice. Apparently Disney thought she wasn't a good enough singer. I thought Judy Kuhn sounded rather similar to Irene Bedard.

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They didn't pick Irene Bedard because she looked like Pocahontas. It's the other way around: they picked her because she had a good voice, and then they decided to model the character's traits a bit based on her--since she had a good look as well.

As for Judy Kuhn, she simply had a much better voice. This is Disney after all, and they want the best for their animated features.

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Well, all 3 of us have different opinions and we are all entitled to them and when I said that I thought that Irene Bedard should have done both the speaking and singing voice of Pocahontas because she looked like Pocahontas and Judy Kuhn didn't, that was my opinion, right?

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I don't think jname96 or I ever implied that you can't have your own opinion. We just explained why Judy Kuhn was most likely chosen. She is a Broadway singer, do you even know if Irene Bedard can actually sing?

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I'd say so too.

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No offense, but that makes zero sense. That's the beauty of animation - You can pick the best person for the role regardless of looks. Bedard did a great job with the speaking, but Kuhn's singing (which, as another poster said, I also think fit well with Bedard's speaking voice) was also amazing and probably wouldn't have been done as well by Bedard, who is apparently not even a singer.

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Judy Kuhn was actually cast BEFORE Bedard. She recorded the demo for "Colors of the Wind" that they used in their early presentation real while the film was still in storyboards. After countless singers auditioned and even having Irene audition to sing, they kept coming back to the fact that no one brought the same power to the song(s) that Kuhn did. Thus they went with the popular split speaking/singing casting thing from the 90's. Bedard did not have the voice range to sing those songs. Ultimately, Bedard was cast as the speaking voice due to the controversy that started stemming from white actors voicing Middle-Eastern characters in Aladdin. Before that there was talk at the studio about Julia Roberts voicing Pocahontas...Thank God that never happened.

Personally, I wish they had cast another singer for Smith. Mel Gibson was pretty mediocre on "If I Never Knew You", especially next to someone as trained as Kuhn. Perhaps with someone like Brian D'Arcy James singing in his stead, the song wouldn't have been cut.

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Sources re: Bedard singing in that "Colors of the Wind" demo reel???????

This is important to me, as a Poca-phile!!!! Lol.

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Sources re: Bedard singing in that "Colors of the Wind" demo reel???????


I don't think that's what the other poster's saying. Kuhn recorded the demo during pre-production, while Bedard sang when she auditioned for the role.

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got it thx

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After countless singers auditioned and even having Irene audition to sing, they kept coming back to the fact that no one brought the same power to the song(s) that Kuhn did. Thus they went with the popular split speaking/singing casting thing from the 90's.


While it is true that Judy Kuhn was hired to sing Pocahontas before Bedard*, I've never heard that Irene Bedard sung "Colors of the Wind" at her audition. From the few interviews she gave over the years**, she claimed she just read lines at her audition. So, I question what your source is so I can track it down myself.


*http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-07-10/features/0107100021_1_toy-story-films-snow-white-baldwin-returns/2

**http://cbl.orcein.net/pocahontas/misc/interviews.htm, http://www.mediamikes.com/2010/10/interview-with-irene-bedard/


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About the split speaking/singing casting thing, I don't pay any attention to it. I pretend that only one person is doing the speaking and singing voice like I pretend that Irene Bedard is doing both the speaking and singing voice of Pocahontas.

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