By Bailey Casello
In the unfortunate turn of events with the passing of Ian Abercrombie, a replacement has been found to be the voice of Palpatine for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I present to you none other than Frank-N-Furter... I mean Tim Curry!
Dave Filoni had this to say about the choice:
"We had an extensive search to find a new voice for Palpatine. It wasn't just a matter of finding an actor who could recreate the lines from the films. We needed someone to deliver a performance that could stand alongside what Ian McDiarmid and Ian Abercrombie created as this legendary Star Wars character. At the end of the day, there is little question that bringing in an actor of Tim's caliber was perfect for Chancellor Palpatine."Source: Huffington Post
Now I'm not completely against this choice, not at all, I'm sure that Tim Curry will be able to do some different things with the voice of Palpatine. But I am not entirely sure that he was the "perfect choice". There are things about his voice that are very distinct and definitely don't give off the same timbre or character that we got with Ian McDiarmid and Ian Abercrombie. Tim Curry has one of those voices that even when he is acting his voice still manages to come through. To me the voice isn't deep enough. It doesn't have that hint of dark side that we have all become familiar with. I am sure that in time we will get used to hearing him as Palpatine, but for now the voice difference is blatantly obvious. Again, just my opinions here, not dissing the man at all. He is a great actor, but I don't think he was the shoe-in fit that they needed.
Here is a glimpse of what we will get with Tim Curry as our new Palpatine. Take a listen and let us know what you think of the change.
Be sure to catch Curry's premiere to the series this Saturday morning at 9:30 am on Cartoon Network.