It’s commonplace in animated films for major movie stars to voice the lead roles. While a handful of instances make for fitting combinations, more often than not, actors who are accustomed to live-action roles fail to give their animated characters a memorably distinct vocal performance. Thankfully, that seems to be far from the case for Robert Pattinson in “The Boy and the Heron.”
Fans who have heard the provided snippets of his performance as the Grey Heron are blown away by how much effort the actor has put in to make the character sound completely different from his regular voice. On X, formerly known as Twitter, @812filmreviews lauded his efforts, saying, “Robert Pattinson is one of the few major actors who understands that animated films require you to vocally work within the character.”
Others agreed with that sentiment, with @JacobTalks4ever loving how seriously Pattinson has taken his job compared to other celebrities. “He didn’t just fall back on his natural voice like so many celebrity voice actor stunt-castings, he’s doing what voice actors are supposed to do,” they commented.
Many see this as only the beginning of Robert Pattinson’s career in voice acting, such as @english_shamar, who excitedly tweeted, “I hope Robert Pattinson does more voice acting roles in the future because he’s really good at it.” Given that “The Boy and the Heron” only required Pattinson to dub over the work of a prior performer, it’s tantalizing to imagine what he can do with a character of his own to build from the ground up.