TikTok and Disney Collaborate to Provide Official Text-to-Speech Voices

Disney is collaborating with TikTok to add official character voices to the popular social media app’s text-to-speech feature

 

Disney is collaborating with TikTok to add official character voices to the popular social media app’s text-to-speech feature, allowing you to have your captions read by Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, C-3PO, Chewbacca, a Star Wars Stormtrooper, and Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy.

The new character voices will be available in the app today as part of the Disney Plus Day promotional holiday commemorating the service’s two-year anniversary.

Using the voices is similar to using TikTok’s regular text-to-speech voices; after recording a video, tap the text button on the screen and type whatever you want the text-to-speech voice to read. Then, tap the text-to-speech button (which resembles a head with sound waves emanating from it) to choose a voice. However, instead of the usual milquetoast Siri-like presets that TikTok typically provides (the company now has five different ones, following a lawsuit over the original text-to-speech voice earlier this year), you’ll see — at least in theory — the new Disney voices.

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In theory, you’ll have to unlock the new Disney voices first by using specific keywords as part of the promotion. When I tried it out, I only had the Rocket voice unlocked, but I’m sure intrepid Disney fans on the internet will quickly figure out how to unlock the other voices.

TikTok has previously collaborated with Paramount to add a Scream-themed voice that sounded like the villainous Ghostface to coincide with the trailer for the upcoming horror film.

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Disney and TikTok have not stated how long the new character text-to-speech voices will be available. Fortunately, there is no way that giving TikTok creators the ability to make C-3PO say anything will backfire in any way, as the new text-to-speech voices will be used solely in a mature and appropriate manner.

Disney is collaborating with TikTok to create new themed character test-to-speech voices, a feature that will almost certainly be used only in mature and appropriate contexts. pic.twitter.com/3Hz2NPZFor

November 12, 2021 — Chaim Gartenberg (@cgartenberg).