Casting call in Houston: Bark yourself famous!


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 22 at 5:57 PM

HOUSTON- If you have a convincing bark or a helpless whimper, the creators of an animated feature might be looking for you.

Beth Roose Films had a booth set up at the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows. They are known for "Jimmy Paul the Pug Tooth Fairy."

"You can’t have an animal movie without the theatrics of how an animal sounds," said Faith Sepcic with the production company. "They’ll do the panting. They’ll do the crunching noise when their dogs eating dry kibble."

We found a few people filling out applications to get a part in six new animated TV series productions.

Katelyn Merricks wants the part of Toodles in "Toodles the Pink Poodle." She is a child actress, but it’s her first time trying out for a voice-over part.

"It’s definitely a lot different than regularly just being in front of the camera," said Merricks.

Auditioners were taken in groups of four Friday to stand in front of the casting panel.

Jon Provost, who played Timmy on the "Lassie" series, and Richard Chaves from "Predator" and "War of the Worlds," were two of the judges.

Pamela Wheeler whimpered as she read her line as a dog named Egbertine.

"He will be OK, right? Please tell me he will be OK. Tell me he will be OK, Toodles," she read.

Major Dodson, 8, was already warming up as his mother filled out the application.

"Woof, woof, woof," he barked. "I’m supposed to be crying and sniffling and whining because the dog got hurt and I’m really worried."

Dodson memorized his lines while waiting and quickly won the judges over.

"I was born with this medication-type thing called Asperger Syndrome, which means you’re very mature for your age," he explained as he got into character.

The crew on hand said they plan to call three people back from the dozens that auditioned, and they still need more characters.

If you’re interested in trying out, log on to the production company website at