Shrek 2 - Voiced differently for different countries

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  1. Rodney Martin

    Rodney Martin Stunt Coordinator

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    Just read a review for this film on the guardian site (http://film.guardian.co.uk/News_Stor...251483,00.html). According to this review, 2 different voice actors will be used for the UK version, Jonathan Ross replaces Larry King and Kate Thornton replaces Joan Rivers. I really hate this decision, i think there should be one version for all english speaking nations. If they really want to discourage importing DVDs from other regions, they should reconsider this. Whilst I think Jonathon Ross is very funny, I still think this replacement is a pointless waste of time. And as for Kate Thornton, she is B list in the UK at best, why they would make this baffling replacement, i dont know what she has to offer over joan rivers, besides better looks, which don't matter a jot in this type of movie. I think this is a worrying new trend and just wondered what you all think.
     
  2. Sean Laughter

    Sean Laughter Screenwriter

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    It's what happens when a movie relies so much on pop-culture and fad references that may not be applicable to all areas of the world rather than superior story-telling. Definately a problem that plagues the Shrek films (though Shrek 2 is a vast improvement over the first film).
     
  3. MatthewLouwrens

    MatthewLouwrens Producer

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    Interesting - and a strange change. I mean, its not as though Larry King and Joan Rivers are unknown. I'm from little old New Zealand, and I know who they are, so surely those in the UK would understand the reference.
     
  4. BrianB

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    They're not unknown, but the popculture gags related to them definitely wouldn't have as much impact as they would in the US.
     

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