Article from South Florida Sun Sentinel - June 10, 2005
Disney hires 'stunt grunters' to save star's voices in animated movies

Disney bosses hire "stunt grunters" in a bid to save the stars' voices when they're making animated movies.

The voice extras are called in to add vocal sound effects to save the stars from developing rasps after talking into a microphone for long periods.

Rick Dempsey, the animation director for Disney, reveals the grunters are also called upon to save executives asking movie icons to make revolting sounds.

He explains, "We actually have stunt grunters if it's getting too late, and we were working with Lauren Bacall on the dubbing for Howl's Moving Castle until about 10 p.m. one night.