Woah, another blog post! It's amazing what procrastination from doing school can do!
Today, I am making a post based off of a suggestion. Which is: "Write about Zach Callison not playing Matthew Parker anymore." And, I shall.
So, as a lot of you probably know, Zach Callison tweeted this:
"Just had dinner with some AIO people. I am no longer able to voice my character due to my voice change, but I will forever be grateful!"
*attempts not to cry*
This was my reaction: (appropriately in two pictures of Matthew Parker)
First I stared at the screen like:
Wait, is this for real?
And then was like, well, that really stinks.
Seriously, though, I am quite sad about this. Zach Callison is one of my favorite AIO actors, and Matthew is easily one of my favorite kids post-hiatus. Personally, I don't think his voice changing is THAT bad. I know people keep saying this, but they kept Jimmy on, didn't they? Plus, unless his voice has drastically changed since the last album, I didn't think it was too noticeable. I could tell his voice was getting deeper, yeah, but it didn't distract me from the episode or anything. It was also sorta gradual, unlike Jave Griffin's. Is it really THAT big of a deal?
I know I just pulled the Jimmy card, and you guys are thinking "That was a while ago." . Well, I present Andy Pessoa, everybody. They kept him on, even though he sounds like a high schooler. (He plays Barrett, in case you didn't know.)
But, my personal opinions aside, I am quite curious about a few things.
First off, what are they going to do with the character? Are they going to replace his voice, or *gasp* get rid of Matthew entirely? I really hope it's not the second one. I mean, the Parkers are a big family on AIO. To quote someone from the Campbell County Message Boards: "What are they going to do, pretend Matthew went to boarding school?" Plus, that would mean that Emily would be left on her own, and while I have mixed feelings about her, I know I do NOT want her without her sideki-er, partner. Matthew is quite a big character, and he was even the only kid character who did the AIO live show! I would even go as far to call him the post-hiatus Jimmy, in a way. Not in personality, but because he is a big kid character who's family is also involved in the show. I do NOT want him to leave the show.
However, what will happen if he stays?
Right now, I'm debating with myself. Would I rather have an entirely new voice for Matthew on the off-chance he sounds like a younger Zach Callison, or take Zach with his now deeper voice? I vote the second. Zach is who makes Matthew such a great character. If there was any other actor, it would not be the same kid.
I'm very curious as to what the AIO team is going to do. I at least hope that if they do replace him, they choose someone who sounds similar. Often times when an actor's voice changes, they then choose a new, much younger actor who's voice is even more kiddish. And Zach's has never been TOO childlike.I think they will replace him. But I don't think I'm going to like it.
So, would we rather have this new Matthew, without knowing if the voice would be the same, much less if he would be almost a different character, or have no Matthew at all?
And, that's my time ;) Thanks for reading, and leave suggestions for future posts (and what you thought of this one) in the comments below! It really helps me out!
Over and out,