Seth Green, Digitally and Sonically Erased From ‘Mars Needs Moms’
Moviemakers can do crazy things with computers these days. They can reverse-age a guy from shriveled old man-baby to healthy, adolescent Brad Pitt. They can make a sixtysomething Jeff Bridges look like he did in 1982 (albeit with a really creepy-looking mouth). And, if they discover that a 37-year-old actor in a performance-capture suit can jump around like a nine-year-old but not really sound like one, they can easily recast the voice part with an actual kid. The animators for the upcoming “Mars Need Moms” pulled off that last trick with “Robot Chicken” star and onetime “Cha-Ching! Guy” Seth Green, reports the L.A. Times:
“During production, the star acted as he would in any performance-capture movie, which requires actors to move in special sensor-equipped suits. Green spent six weeks outfitted in a uniform while also simultaneously performing his lines. But during the post-production process, in which animators used computer imaging to shape the character, filmmakers noticed that Green was able to physically embody a 9-year-old — imitating the movements and behaviors of a child — but his voice sounded too mature for the character.”
Thus, they found 11-year-old Seth Dusky to come in and dub Green’s lines, considering Green is a 37-year-old man who was having some trouble channeling the sound of prepubescence. To review: To nail down how a nine-year-old talks, they had an 11-year-old speak. To nail down how a nine-year-old moves, they motion-captured Seth Green jumping around. That sounds about right.
Green therefore spent weeks in motion-capture dots, prancing to and fro, for a performance that no one will hear or see. (Well, they’ll technically see his digitized motions, but you know what we’re getting at.) It’s possible he played the second Winklevii brother.
Oh, and Green is still doing publicity for the film he’s been mostly erased from. They couldn’t really use the computer to put Dusky’s voice in Green’s mouth on “Conan.”