Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Tribute: Don LaFontaine

posted by Nell Minow

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Don LaFontaine. Few people knew his name but everyone knew his voice. He did the narration for more than 5000 movie trailers. You’ve heard him say it dozens of times: “In a world….” The trailers were not always enticing, but his voice always was, familiar, inviting, almost intimate. I will miss having him adding so much excitement to the anticipation of coming attractions.

I love this spoof with LaFontaine and his colleagues.

And here is a clip about LaFontaine and his work.



  • jestrfyl

    I just saw the news that Don LaFontaine died today. His is one the THE voices for our generation. How many of us have our own personal soundtrack promoting our own lives, and his is the voice we hear?
    There are dozens of great voices, but his is the one that many people want telling their story, or at least the highlights. I think only Don Pardo has as recognizable a non-actors voice. He will be well missed.
    I recall your piece on Villains voices. Who do you think are the great voices of our time (generously defined). I would list:
    James Earl Jones
    Charleton Heston (hate his politics, loved his voice)
    Mel Blanc
    Don Pardo
    Don LaFontaine
    Morgan Freeman
    Patrick Stewart
    Boris Karloff – (“You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch”)
    I noticed there are no women. Except for animation, there are no readily recognizable women’s voices. Am I simply being an ignorant chauvinist, or is this true? Perhaps with Mr LaFontaine’s passing there is an opening for someone with a sense of urgency and importance, yet that feminine touch that eases and soothes.

  • Nell Minow

    Great question! I am very much a voice person. I agree with all the ones you have listed. I love Mel Blanc’s Bugs Bunny voice and once saw him on television talking about how he wanted Bugs to sound tough so he combined Bronx and Brooklyn accents. I was amazed to hear Morgan Freeman say in an interview I attended that he lowered his voice an octave in vocal training exercises. For men, among the classic old-style actors I loved the voices of Don Ameche and William Holden. Among young actors I like Edward Burns. And there’s nothing like a classically trained Shakespearean actor — not just Patrick Stewart but also Ian McKellan, Laurence Olivier, John Guilgood.
    And there are many actresses with wonderful voices. I like a hint of huskiness and so am partial to Blythe Danner, Lauren Bacall, Margaret Sullivan and some newcomers like Gabrielle Union.
    I am always interested in how hard it is to predict who can do a good job with voice-overs. First-rate actors are usually not as good as comic actors and stand-up comics. “Ice Age” and “Shrek” with comedians turned actors are a good examples — and think of Robin Williams in “Aladdin.”

Previous Posts

Start the School Year With a No-Screen Week
A new study shows another good reason to detox from all screen time now and then, especially for kids.  Children who take a five-day break from all screens are better at reading real-life facial expressions to understand the emotions of the people around them.  Psyblog described the study, which s

posted 3:56:33pm Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

COMING THIS MONTH: September 2014 Movies
Happy September!  There isn't much new in theaters this Friday, but next week things start to pick up. Here's the best of what's coming in theaters this month: September 12: "Dolphin Tale 2"  This sequel to the endearing fact-based "Dolphin Tale" brings back stars Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Fr

posted 8:00:52am Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Labor Day 2014: Movies About Unions
Today we pay tribute to workers, especially those who worked for better conditions for everyone. Sally Field won an Oscar for this real-life story about a courageous woman who helped mill workers form a union. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45CX8W9peTs[/youtube] Doris Day plays

posted 7:00:42am Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Summer Summer-y: The Summer Movies of 2014
A few concluding thoughts on the summer movies of 2014: A good summer for food movies: "The Chef," "The 100-Foot Journey," and "The Trip to Italy" had some big-time actors but the real stars were the luscious meals. Special mention of the delicious French comedy "Le Chef," starring Jean Reno, as

posted 3:46:47pm Aug. 31, 2014 | read full post »

The Last Leonard Maltin Movie Guide
Leonard Maltin was only 17 years old when he was offered the chance to create his guide to movies on television. For many years, I kept the latest copy on my desk and anyone who came into my office could pick a page number at random. If I had not seen any of the movies on that page, I had to buy t

posted 8:00:33am Aug. 31, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.