This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Bradley Pierce. We know Pierce as one of the wonderful bar tenders at the Hollywood Pantages, but some of you may know him as Peter Shepherd in Jumanji, also staring the late Robin Williams. What most people don’t know is that Pierce has had an extensive voice acting career. One of his most iconic roles, is Chip from Disney’s Animated Beauty and The Beast.
At age eight, Pierce’s agent submitted him for a role. The only information about the role was that it called for a child in a Disney show. He auditioned and didn’t hear anything for six months then was called back in. Eventually, he was booked for the role of Chip, who originally had only one line. “Mamma! There’s a girl in the castle.” As the role grew, they kept asking the young Pierce to come back and record more lines.
When asked if he had any interesting stories about his time working on Beauty and the Beast, he mentioned that he was actually filmed while doing his voice overs because Disney likes to use characteristics and mannerisms from the voice actors when animating the characters.
“I was talking to the voice director about a trip I had taken to Arizona to see my Uncle. My Uncle had a hot tub at his house and had shown me how to shoot water between my teeth. I remember showing him that I could do that, and they ended up adding that into the movie where Chip jumps into the bubbles with the rest of the dishes.”
Pierce also explains how the voice over process worked for a kid.
“I always delivered my lines in groups of three. You know, to change the inflection slightly with each one. When the character Maurice first picks up Chip and takes a drink from the cup, the line is, ‘His mustache tickles Mamma!’ “
When said with the wrong inflection, this phrase can sound quite silly.
“The entire booth started laughing hysterically. I was eight years old, and it made no sense to me why that would be funny. So I asked, but they said, ‘we’ll tell you when you’re older.’ A line that Mrs. Potts says to Chip in the film.”
Even after his role as Chip was finished, Bradley went back to work for Disney many times.
“I have done a lot of background voices for them. I worked on Kingdom Hearts, both video games 1 and 2; and I still have a good friend that works there now, so occasionally I will hang out on the lot. Which is fun. Disney, more so than a lot of companies, has a kind of family atmosphere to it.” Pierce explains.
Bradley and family at Disneyland.
Now, as a father of 3 adorable children, Pierce is playing the most important role to date: Dad. Pierce’s son Gavin, who came along to the interview, talked praises of his father, and even credited him with his choice to act as well.
Gavin explains, “Jumanji is actually what started me acting. I was watching it once and said, ‘Daddy I want to be on T.V.’ “To this Pierce said, “Okay. We’ll give it a shot.”
Bradley and son Gavin
Aside from being a busy father of 3, helping his oldest break into acting, and bar tending at the Hollywood Pantages; Pierce also finds time for his website, ZFO Entertainment. The Last Word in Geek Entertainment. The site is full of comic convention event coverage and interviews as well as original content being produced by Pierce himself.
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