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Disney Redubs Louis C.K. in Gravity Falls After Sexual Misconduct Admissions

by on January 6, 2018
 

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has redubbed Louis C.K.’s character, The Horrifying Sweaty One-Armed Monstrosity, in both episodes of Gravity Falls which his character appeared in.  Series creator and executive producer, Alex Hirsch, is now credited with voicing the role.  All future airings of the 2 “Weirdmageddon” episodes which had Louis C.K. voicing will now be replaced with Alex Hirsch’s voice.  Here are 2 clips featured from The Hollywood Reporter of the original with Louis C.K. and the new dub with Alex Hirsch.

 

Louis C.K.’s voice

 

New dub with Alex Hirsch’s voice

 

In lieu of this redubbing, will Disney also do the same for Jeffrey Tambor, who has also been accused of sexual harassment, the voice of Glossaryck on Star vs. The Forces of Evil?  So far, Tambor’s voice remains intact, but it could also be because Tambor’s character is in more than 2 episodes and has a lot of dialogue to replace if he’s redubbed.
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  • January 6, 2018 at 4:41 am

    This seems like overkill to me. Plus, as the article noted they'll probably have to do the same with Jeffrey Tambor on Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil and Tangled: The Series.


  • January 6, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I honestly don't know why Disney is doing this. I mean, if the show was still running, then it would make sense to switch the voice actors midway through production if this news came out sooner.  But, the show just ended and while I know what Louis C.K. did was wrong, I don't think many of the audience would notice beyond that point about the voices of the characters, unless they know who Louis C.K. is.


  • January 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    While I understand their reasoning for redubbing the VA for CK's character, I also think Disney was quick to judgement.

    Many of Gravity Falls' young viewers don't know who Louis CK is (unless they somehow stumbled upon Louie), and wouldn't pick out his face or voice in a lineup.

    So this decision was questionable at best.

    Although, they wouldn't recognize Alex Hirsch either because of the many voices of the characters he's played over the years (unless they've watched any behind-the-scene videos he made), so this decision does have some merit.


  • January 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    The more I think about it, the more I think this sets a terrible precedent. What, are they going to replace Kevin Spacey in A Bug's Life now too? I think all of these firings for harassment are actually very good things for Hollywood. But retroactively recasting movies and TV shows strikes me as a George Lucas Star Wars Special Edition level of suck. Let the material stand on its own, for better or worse. Hindsight may be 20/20, but that doesn't mean you erase every trace of the mistake to begin with. That doesn't strike me as right or even healthy for society.


  • January 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    The more I think about it, the more I think this sets a terrible precedent. What, are they going to replace Kevin Spacey in A Bug's Life now too? I think all of these firings for harassment are actually very good things for Hollywood. But retroactively recasting movies and TV shows strikes me as a George Lucas Star Wars Special Edition level of suck. Let the material stand on its own, for better or worse. Hindsight may be 20/20, but that doesn't mean you erase every trace of the mistake to begin with. That doesn't strike me as right or even healthy for society.

    I agree with this.  That's like trying to erase Fat Albert from existence just because of what happened with Bill Cosby.  Trying to redubbed a voice due to controversy with one of the voice actors, despite the fact that said show is already cancelled and is already in the public conscience is like saying that they should rewrite everything that happened in the past movies and TV shows just because a voice actor was involved in some kind of controversy in the future.


  • January 6, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I agree with this.  That's like trying to erase Fat Albert from existence just because of what happened with Bill Cosby.  Trying to redubbed a voice due to controversy with one of the voice actors, despite the fact that said show is already cancelled and is already in the public conscience is like saying that they should rewrite everything that happened in the past movies and TV shows just because a voice actor was involved in some kind of controversy in the future.

    Personally, I'm never going to watch Fat Albert or The Cosby Show again because they seem to be tainted by what was going on behind the scenes at the time. But I am not going to deny they exist. I am not going to say Bill Cosby didn't create them, and bring joy to millions of people with them. I can now hate both projects. But that doesn't mean they never had merit in the first place.


  • January 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I don't see the huge issue here to be honest. If this was redubbing a main character, that might be one thing, but this was just a one off joke character. It might not have been necessary to go this extra length to remove the actor from the series, but I don't see it as something to get upset over either. They have the right to do this if they want to and recording a few lines in one episode was probably relatively cheap.


  • January 7, 2018 at 12:35 am

    It's the precedent it sets. I personally don't think this one recast is a big deal (it's only two episodes) but that may not be true of every other time this happens from now on because this is now apparently a thing. It is NOT a good trend to start.


  • January 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    It's the precedent it sets. I personally don't think this one recast is a big deal (it's only two episodes) but that may not be true of every other time this happens from now on because this is now apparently a thing. It is NOT a good trend to start.

    That's a fair point, but I'd have a hard time seeing this becoming a trend. Re-recording a minor/one-shot character is different than doing the same thing with a main character. It's most likely a lot cheaper and easier to manage. With a main character, it's far more likely that they'd just replace the voice actor for future episodes while leaving the other episodes as they are. Re-recording a large number of episodes for a prominent character sounds like it would be more work than most people would want to do, especially for an on-going series. I just don't see this being a starting point for a trend, so it's hard for me to get upset over that possibility just based on this story.


  • January 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Regardless if they edit the guy's voice, not many will recognize it very much as they only on edited on stuff that's been cancelled for awhile, i'm not usually bothered by it since i hadn't watched much GF almost a year since after they ended.


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