And the results are in!
Thank you one and all for auditioning, I had lots of great stuff to sift through, so let’s jump in.
Kai- Kai is an interesting character, as he’s sorta like Cole in the sense that his character has been a little wonky in terms of writing over the years. Also like Cole, though, his voice work has remained consistently great, with Vincent Tong’s performance easily being synonymous with the character. This was one of the more popular roles to audition for, but there was one that absolutely nailed the part in terms of a voice match and understanding of the character. The Ninja of Fire will be voiced by @HeadsintheLethe .
Cole- This one is a little awkward now. As stated above, Cole’s writing and characterization over the years has gone back and forth, but his voice has always kept the character grounded and recognizable. The passing of Kirby Morrow is a huge loss and I don’t envy the creative team for having to replace such a great actor. In the end, there was only one person that auditioned for Cole, and while it’s not a direct voice match, I know the actor will treat the part with respect based on his past performances. The Ninja of Earth will be played by @Jitil824.
Misako- So the last time I held auditions on these boards for a project, I had trouble finding female talent for the Toa of Water. This time around, i was very pleased by the turnout by the female fans and loved all the auditions I heard. It was honestly hard to pick some of these characters. There was only one that I felt really nailed Misako’s maternal voice and intelligence, though, so the mother of the Green Ninja will be voiced by @darcpython .
Lord Garmadon- the all powerful son of the First Spinjitzu Master is arguably the most complex villain LEGO has produced. Even the NinjaGo movie for all its faults still managed to balance the character well even in a more comedic light. While not a large part of this story, I couldn’t resist throwing him in via some flashbacks and the like as his relationship with Lloyd was too much fun to write. With only one audition for Garmadon, it was easy to cast, especially since the audition was also so good. Garmadon will be voiced by @HeadsintheLethe.
P.I.X.A.L.- Ugh. This was the hardest decision I had to make during the casting process. It came down to two contenders for the part, CluelessPXL and icedcreamx. Both really nailed the character and I was having such a hard time deciding that I almost just flipped a coin. What ended up being the deciding factor was that one audition managed to portray the “human” side of Borg’s assistant more than the other by a smidge. It wasn’t an easy decision, but the role will go to @CluelessPXL.
Flintlock- What an interesting idea for a character. A pirate with a southern accent. Nadakahn’s first mate needs to have a sense a clam and charm about him aside from the accent, and none of the Flintlock auditions exemplified that more than @Jitil824’s did.
Clancee- An equally interesting character, here we have a cowardly Serpentine with a peg leg. With a stutter and high pitched voice, there’s a softer side to Clancee that makes you wonder how he ended up a pirate in the first place. The audition that best nailed this character was @HeadsintheLethe’s. W-w-welcome ab-b-board!
Dogshank- While I didn’t get any auditions for this part, there was enough obvious talent in some of the auditions for other characters that I don’t want to waste any. So while she barely missed out on P.I.X.A.L., as a consolation, Dogshank will go to @icedcreamx!
Ed- I gave this one to myself. Didn’t get any auditions and playing around with it I discovered I do a pretty good Ed. Moving on.
Edna- Jay’s parents are awesome. A combination of their writing and voice acting making them really charming and likable characters. There was only one audition for Edna, which is good since is knocked it out of the park. Edna will be voiced by @Kai1.
Kid Characters- We’ll figure this one out later when the cast is assembled.
Young Lloyd- I didn’t expect much when it came to placing this one out there. One or two generic kid voices as auditions or something. So imagine my surprise when I get an audition that sounds like a pitch perfect imitation of Jillian Michael’s take on Young Lloyd. I only got the one audition but that was all I needed, That part goes to @Kai1.
And that’s everyone! I didn’t find an audition for Wu to be exactly what I was looking for, so I’m going to reach out to some of the voice actors from my other projects to see if they can deliver something more to my liking. All in all, though, I was very impressed by the amount of talent showcased here. Thank you so much to everyone that auditioned and congrats to the new cast members! Discord invited will be sent out soon via PM here on the boards, so be on the watch for those.
Here’s to NinjaGo’s 10th and getting this story out to a wider audience!