I currently work on an animation project involving 6-to-18-month-old babies. The context is a bit special because we follow the realistic evolution of several babies until they say their first word.
My first attempt was to work with real babies' recordings. It was difficult to get the baby to express all the emotions I needed, but the result was really nice. However I was stuck, I couldn't make him repeat all the words I needed.
I then tried to record an actress who is able to imitate very young children. Those recording sessions made it possible to record the voice over for every situation but the tone of the actress's voice didn't quite sound like a real baby, even with some pitch and EQ. Mixing the baby's and the actress' voices (crying and speaking parts) made it worse. The change in tone was not natural at all.
I would like you to give me some advice to improve my work. I'm considering recording youg children (aged 4 to 5) to strike a balance between voice tone and feasible recordings...
Here are some questions which might help me: - Did you ever work with babies ? - Do you know any voice actors who can make really good baby voices. - Regarding post production, which software could be useful (a kind of enhanced voice morpher?) - In your opinion, which are the most convincing animated movies / video games / film ( with post prod voice over ) involving babies.