Disney’s “Toy Story” series is one of the highest-grossing animated series ever. Though the magic of Pixar’s animation and storytelling has led to much of the franchise’s success. In an interview with the “New York Times“, Hanks spoke about voicing the actor for could probably be the last time in “Toy Story 4” and how difficult the recording sessions were for the movie.
While “Toy Story” movies are under two hours long, Hanks has to record hours of material to create multiple options for the filmmakers. Hanks reveals, “There are times when my diaphragm is sore at the end of a four- or five-hour recording session, just because the challenge is to wring out every possible option for every piece of dialogue. It’s every incarnation of outrage and surprise and disappointment and heartache and panic and being plused and nonplused.”
Another difficult aspect of voice acting is that he has to act entirely by his voice and not use facial expressions and gestures like he does in live-action movies and TV shows. Hanks explains it was really difficult in “Toy Story 3” because of the emotional content, revealing:
It’s an imaginary stretch. To the point of exhaustion. Because you’re only using your voice, you can’t go off mic, you cannot use any of your physicality. You have to imagine that physicality. In a lot of ways that’s the antithesis of what you do as an actor.
I found a lot of times the only way I could do it would be closing my eyes. Not seeing the stage and the people there, and trying to work myself to a place. My last few sessions I had them set up the mic stand with my back to them. I don’t think I could’ve done the last few recording sessions the other way. If there was a scintilla of self-consciousness to any of those lines, it would have been unsatisfying.