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Author:  NatetheGreat [ Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:12 pm ]
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So, you all are probably long bast this, but...

I've only recently started listening to AIO regularly again, and I'm having difficulty getting past how different the (I assume) newest Whit's voice is to the other Whits before him. The other Whits sounded so real. This one sounds... cartoony, and hard to take seriously.

I know it's silly.

Did anyone else feel the same way? How long did it take you to get past it? Anything in particular help you to do it?

Author:  bookworm [ Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:08 pm ]
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Some opinions from the past, for reference.

Author:  Parakeet [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:32 am ]
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I. Do. Not. Like. New. Whit.

I forget the actors names. But the older Whits are great, and this new one just sounds wrong. He sounds less like a grandpa to me.
His voice just bugs me. Like you said, hard to take seriously.

Also, I didn't get over it. I just don't listen to the new ones as much.

Author:  shnoodlec [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:27 pm ]
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You mean Andre Stojka? Is he still considered new? :anxious:

Author:  bookworm [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:45 pm ]
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shnoodlec wrote:
You mean Andre Stojka? Is he still considered new? :anxious:
He's definitely not the 'old Whit'.

Author:  NatetheGreat [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:31 am ]
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shnoodlec wrote:
You mean Andre Stojka? Is he still considered new? :anxious:


Well, new to me... Like I said, it's been a little while since I've listened regularly. :anxious:

Anyway, it's nice to know I'm not crazy for being a little disappointed. But I really do hope he grows on me, or he just grows... I may have to try thinking of him as an entirely new character or something...

Author:  Old Brad [ Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:50 am ]
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Yeah I'm not really a huge fan of the "new" Whit or the newer episodes. I honestly stopped listening to the new episodes around album 53-55..

Author:  The Top Crusader [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:41 am ]
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I think Paul Herlinger sounded more like Hal Smith overall, but Andre Stojka has certain inflections in his voice that sound more like Hal than Paul did.

Definitely overall not quite the close match that Whit 2 was, but I do think he grows on you after a while.

Author:  NatetheGreat [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:31 am ]
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The Top Crusader wrote:
I think Paul Herlinger sounded more like Hal Smith overall, but Andre Stojka has certain inflections in his voice that sound more like Hal than Paul did.

Definitely overall not quite the close match that Whit 2 was, but I do think he grows on you after a while.


I sincerely hope so. I really don't want to be the old grump who can't enjoy something just because of "how it used to be."

Author:  Calhoun07 [ Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:40 pm ]
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NatetheGreat wrote:
The Top Crusader wrote:
I think Paul Herlinger sounded more like Hal Smith overall, but Andre Stojka has certain inflections in his voice that sound more like Hal than Paul did.

Definitely overall not quite the close match that Whit 2 was, but I do think he grows on you after a while.


I sincerely hope so. I really don't want to be the old grump who can't enjoy something just because of "how it used to be."


I like this approach.

I've been going through the series again, and am still in the Hal Smith episodes, fast approaching Gone, his last episode. Amazing how much time it seemed we had with him back in the day but how few episodes he appeared in considering how long the series has run.

I have only listened to a few clips of the newer episodes and...no, the new Whit doesn't sound like Hal. It was amazing the show was able to find a replacement for him to begin with.

The series was originally going to have Whit die in Mortal Coil. That would have been...something. Maybe if Jason Whitaker had been more of a dynamic character (sorry for his fans, I never really warmed up to him) then they wouldn't have had to replace Whit.

It's incredible they found other actors who sounded like him. But how many times can lightning strike the same place?

At this point, could the series ever just replace him with a whole new character like they were planning in the early days of the show?

Or would it better to wrap the series up at some point?

Author:  NatetheGreat [ Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:30 am ]
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As much as I want AIO to stay just like it was in my childhood, I would hate for them to end the show. We can always just listen to the old albums if the new episodes get too disappointing... But I really do hope the series never loses its soul.

Author:  Calhoun07 [ Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:57 pm ]
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NatetheGreat wrote:
As much as I want AIO to stay just like it was in my childhood, I would hate for them to end the show. We can always just listen to the old albums if the new episodes get too disappointing... But I really do hope the series never loses its soul.


Nothing lasts forever, though.

Would it be better to have a show go on with disappointing episodes fewer and fewer people listened to or go out while on top?

Maybe they could find an influx of new talent to breathe new life into the show, but that rarely works.

Author:  jddrock [ Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:45 pm ]
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The Top Crusader wrote:
I think Paul Herlinger sounded more like Hal Smith overall, but Andre Stojka has certain inflections in his voice that sound more like Hal than Paul did.

Definitely overall not quite the close match that Whit 2 was, but I do think he grows on you after a while.


I totally agree here. If you compare Paul and Hal side by side there are some pretty big differences in their voices. Andre has some qualities to his voice that are more like Hal than Paul did. Paul probably has more qualities in line with Hal's voice but there are some very detailed nuances of Andre's that sound just like Hal. I wasn't born yet but I've heard that when Paul first started playing Whit some Odyssey fans weren't big on that voice change either. If you listen to some of Paul's first episodes of playing Whit you can pick up some awkwardness in his acting here and there. I mean, he had some big shoes to fill! He was still figuring out being Whit for himself. Yes, Andre's voice is the most different between all 3 but after a while he has grown on me and I enjoy many new episodes as much as I do the old ones. And now that Odyssey fans have 8 years of Hal playing Whit and 12 years of Paul playing Whit, Andre has even bigger shoes to fill than Paul did! If there's ever another change in hands for Whit...... that's gonna have to be SOME GUY!

Overall, I give Andre some grace for the huge role he's filling. With the fan base AIO has he's taken a courageous move. He took some time to get used to. I didn't like him as much in the beginning, but I do now. I know some fans really differ on opinions about him but I for one have come to like Andre's portrayal of Whit. I honestly think he's doing a great job. Different? Yes. But good? I believe so. The best? Debatable, probably not, but depends on who you talk to. Another thing to note is that AIO is being written for a different generation. The kids that are listening now are in some ways different than we were growing up. AIO needs to stay relatable to its audience. Change is inevitable for a series that's run for so long. There's for sure been some clunkers but I think overall AIO has grown nicely and at its core I absolutely love what it is today.

Author:  The Top Crusader [ Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:50 am ]
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jddrock wrote:
AIO needs to stay relatable to its audience.


More episodes about the evils of video arcades! Down with Zappazoids!

Author:  NatetheGreat [ Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:41 pm ]
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Yes, I think I agree with you, jddrock. I went back and listened to some of the first episodes of another show I've listened to, and was surprised at how poorly the characters were played. It takes actors time to develop their characters.

On the other hand, having AIO cater to a different generation by becoming more hyper and less serious than it already is? Please, no!

Author:  ~JCGJ~ [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:53 pm ]
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The Top Crusader wrote:
jddrock wrote:
AIO needs to stay relatable to its audience.


More episodes about the evils of video arcades! Down with Zappazoids!

Um... A video arcade is definitely not the same thing as an arcade. :-

Author:  The Top Crusader [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:58 pm ]
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It is according to the dictionary.

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