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« on: August 15, 2011, 12:37:50 PM »







This one gets interesting because Keehar has three voice actors if you count the film and all three seasons of the tv series.

First, Zero Mostel was the original Keehar, and sadly he passed away before the film was released if my knowledge serves correctly, making Watership Down his final role of his career.  He gave us a ferocious squawking bird--exactly as you think of Keehar to be when you read the story.  And he is just as crude as he was in the book, with various "Damn this..." and the famous "Piss off!" comment, now probably more inappropriate than it was at the time.  Director Martin Rosen had the exact right person in mind when he sought out Mostel for the role.

When you watch the tv series, you have two distinct Keehar voices, depending on which season you are viewing.  For Season 1 and 2, Keehar was voiced by Rik Mayall and for Season 3, it was Anthony Jackson (he's done stuff for the Muppets).  Both performances of Keehar in the tv series lose the biting performance of the gull to tame him down, but that isn't necessarily the voice actor's fault if the script for a tamer version didn't call for Keehar to scream "Piss off!" at Pipkin.  While Keehar's voice may seem raspy, it not that hard to understand, and its kind of like playing Donald Duck...the harder he is to understand, the more you believe an animal without teeth is trying to speak the words.  You can practically understand Keehar from Season 3 without much trouble.


This is a no-brainer: Zero Mostel IS Keehar.
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 12:44:36 PM »
Rik Mayall. If only if he could've stayed for season 3, his season 3 voice made me glad that Keehar left for else where. Didn't care for Keehar's movie voice as much once I saw seasons 1 and 2, but more than when I started the series when I heard his season 3 voice.

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the script for a tamer version didn't call for Keehar to scream "Piss off!" at Pipkin.
I would have enjoyed that. :lol
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 02:54:03 AM »
It's Kehaar, get it right.

I prefer Kehaar from the film. He was so delightfully off-kilter that he instantly became my favorite character, which is an accomplishment since I didn't care for him in the book. His halting speech and lack of an indoor voice (yelling when he should be whispering) went a long way to making him funny and believable.

Kehaar in the TV show (Seasons 1 and 2, never saw 3) was good, but he's not remotely like his film self. It is cute how he says Hannah as Anya, though.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011, 11:49:48 AM »
@ Folgrimeo - guess I did flub on the spelling  :doh  :doh
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 11:58:34 AM »
Hmm... I personally prefer Kehaar from the movie for the reasons mentioned by others. When it comes to tv-series voices of Kehaar, I vote for Rik Mayall.
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 04:07:51 PM »
Zero Mostel won my vote.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2011, 11:59:21 AM »
Zero Mostel all the way!! But for the TV series, I preferred the voice in the 3rd season. I found it more tolerable.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 10:29:07 PM »
Film Kehaar voice is best!

When I last watched the series I thought the voice for Kehaar actually wasn't all that great. It's trying to sound a certain way but it doesn't quite work, in my opinion.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2015, 12:48:38 PM »
I also prefer the movie Kehaar.

Problem with Kehaar imo: I found in both adaptions, he's too childish and declined the niveau.

But in the series, his appearance makes more sense or was used more reasonable than in the movie. Therefor, he's often too silly in the series.


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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2015, 03:34:14 AM »
Quote from: Hawkbit on Aug 15 2011, 08:37:50 AM







This one gets interesting because Keehar has three voice actors if you count the film and all three seasons of the tv series.

First, Zero Mostel was the original Keehar, and sadly he passed away before the film was released if my knowledge serves correctly, making Watership Down his final role of his career.  He gave us a ferocious squawking bird--exactly as you think of Keehar to be when you read the story.  And he is just as crude as he was in the book, with various "Damn this..." and the famous "Piss off!" comment, now probably more inappropriate than it was at the time.  Director Martin Rosen had the exact right person in mind when he sought out Mostel for the role.

When you watch the tv series, you have two distinct Keehar voices, depending on which season you are viewing.  For Season 1 and 2, Keehar was voiced by Rik Mayall and for Season 3, it was Anthony Jackson (he's done stuff for the Muppets).  Both performances of Keehar in the tv series lose the biting performance of the gull to tame him down, but that isn't necessarily the voice actor's fault if the script for a tamer version didn't call for Keehar to scream "Piss off!" at Pipkin.  While Keehar's voice may seem raspy, it not that hard to understand, and its kind of like playing Donald Duck...the harder he is to understand, the more you believe an animal without teeth is trying to speak the words.  You can practically understand Keehar from Season 3 without much trouble.


This is a no-brainer: Zero Mostel IS Keehar.  
I loved Zero Mostel's voice as Kehaar but then I haven't heard the voice that the series Kehaar had.  Mostel was feisty and difficult in real life as well.