Hellblazer1138 wrote:I must be one of the few people who prefers Nigel Planer to Stephen Briggs. Besides doing the best job with the Witches books and all the troll characters, his voices for Nobby Nobbs & Fred Colon are far superior to Briggs'.
And personally, I thought Planer did a better job with Carrot than Briggs. I always assumed he was supposed to sound a little stupid. Briggs' voice for him is too stiff for my tastes. I have to admit his voice for Vimes is better.
One last complaint: for some reason the way Briggs says Ankh-Morpork bothers me. Trivial I know.
It's funny how subjective this is. While I think Planer does the witches better, I think Brigg's Detritus is far better than Planer's. Briggs voices him as kind of a big, "percussion-voiced" ox who is trying to hide his innate intelligence and irony under a veneer of 'fickness.' The best example of this I can point out is in Snuff when he is responding to the Koom Valley's socialite's statement that she's cleaned out the stables for Brick and Detritus. The way Briggs voices Detritus classic diplomatic response, "It's so kind when people take the time to fink about these things" gets to the essence of the troll. Planer, on the other hand, voices Detritus like a scratchy voiced lower level street thief.
Same with Planer's Colon. His makes Colon sound like a sniveling would-be mugger, whereas Brigg' voices him like the pompous older windbag he really is.
I prefer Briggs' Carrot as well. Planer voices him like a befuddled teenager who's always trying to please. Briggs really gets to the essence of Carrot's having an innate authority, keenness and suppressed menace hiding behind the innocent mask. The last scene of The Fifth Elephant, when Carrot manipulates Nobby and Colon into "re-recruiting" the striking Watch, shows Briggs' Carrot at his best.
I could go on and on. Briggs' Dorfl is a large, formally speaking, meditative creature; Planer's sounds like a shambling zombie. Planer's Sybil sounds like a stuffed-shirt harpie straight out of a P.G. Wodehouse novel; Briggs's Sybil is far more down to Earth, funny, and sympathetic. Planer's Vetinari, while excellent, accentuates the man's aristocrat bearing, while Briggs's voicing reveals the menace hiding behind the Patrician's even-tempered facade. Planer's Igor (in Carpe Jugulum) sounds like a stupid, pitiful monster; Briggs' Igors are smart, sarcastic, and full of Igorian self confidence.
Beyond the voicing of individual characters, Briggs invents "ethnic" voicing as well. All Uberwaldians, whether they're vampires, werewolves or humans, have that same "Dracula-like" accent. All of his dwarves--even Carrot--speak with a sing-song quality and a specific regional accent. All of the trolls have the same accent.
Don't get me wrong--Planer is a great reader, but for me Briggs really gets to the heart of the characters much better.