What’s the Tidus laugh?
But what’s the background behind it?
Tidus forces himself to laugh at Yuna’s advice. He’s feeling down on his luck and needs someone to cheer him up. S
Many people cite this scene as an example of bad voice acting. However, I think it’s evidence of good voice acting…for what they had to work with. Usually, voice actors have to watch the mouth flaps to time their speech. But the English voice actors weren’t shown the game footage while recording. I didn’t know this, but somehow they made it work. But of course, they would. We’re talking about the talents of:
- James Arnold Taylor
- Hedy Buress
- Tara Strong
- John DiMaggio
- Matt McKenzie
- Greg Berger
- Paula Tiso
And among others. All of them are trained actors. Each one of them knows how to act. They each sound happy, angry, remorseful, etc. And we hear Tidus as cheerfulness throughout the game. James Arnold Taylor knows how to laugh. So forcing a fake laugh should make the point that Tidus is actually depressed.
This is the direction Final Fantasy X’s voice acting took. All actors more or less executed their lines to fit the story. And how does Tidus’ laugh sound in Japan?
…which Masakazu Morita a talented voice actor as well!
But the actors know how to laugh. Immediately afterwards, Tidus and Yuna laugh naturally. In other words, the laugh we all meme sounds forced and awkward on purpose.
Everyone takes this scene out of context as evidence for bad voice acting. But…this is the point of the laugh. It’s supposed to sound awful because Tidus (the character) isn’t putting his heart in it. James Arnold Taylor devised a character who had to feign happiness. We believed it, a little bit too well.
James Arnold Taylor explains the laughter here.
But this hasn’t stopped people from remixing it.
Oh the madness.
I’m glad he’s such a good sport about it.