The IndyStar.com interviews Randy Quaid, the voice of Alameda Slim in Disney’s Home on the Range, who talks about his experiences making the film and his thoughts on animation. He also reveals how he was able to yodel so well in the song “Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo”.
At his recording session, Quaid said he began to yodel, “then they’d bring in these professionals” (world champions Randy Erwin and Kerry Christianson) to finish the song, which was written by Academy Award-winner Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
“The technology being what it is today, it makes it sound like I’m doing the yodeling. A lot of weird sounds come out.”
What audiences hear are Quaid’s consonants and the yodeler’s vowels spliced together to create a seamless effect.
The ebullient actor said his throat doubles had to yodel Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” “Carmen” excerpts and the “1812 Overture.” “I’d pull a hernia if I tried that,” he admitted with a laugh.