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OpenAI GPT-4o’s New Feature Will Let You Talk To Disney Characters

OpenAI had just come out of the Scarlett Johansson scandal when they unveiled a new demonstration showcasing the GPT-4o model’s capability to produce voices for various Disney characters, such as animals like a snake, an owl, and a fox.

Talk to Disney Characters with OpenAI GPT-4o's Latest Update

During the new demonstration, the model was tasked with producing the sound of a wise and composed owl, serving as a counselor to the lion in the jungle.

The modulation of the model’s voice and the owl’s sagacious tone seem to draw inspiration from Disney films, particularly the owl character in Winnie the Pooh.

In the same way, if the model emits a high-pitched sound resembling that of a mouse, it brings to mind the well-known character of Mickey Mouse.

It is noteworthy that when prompted to create an evil laugh and propose a fitting animal, the model suggested, “For a villain with such a laugh, perhaps a sly snake or a crafty fox.”

Disney featured numerous characters across multiple films, such as Kaa, the snake from The Jungle Book, and a fox seemingly influenced by Honest John from Pinocchio.

However, despite similar voices to Disney characters, the studio has no grounds to file a lawsuit. GPT-4o’s standout feature is its ability to produce diverse pitches, tones, and accents, as CEO Sam Altman describes it as “fluid.”

A YouTube user commented that Disney does not have exclusive rights to the concept of anthropomorphized mice with high-pitched voices, as Disney has been predated by thousands of years.

However, the new feature from OpenAI is seen as a threat to the careers of voice actors and dubbing artists. A user on X expressed concern that OpenAI is now targeting voice actors.

Another user humorously referred to Scarlett Johansson’s situation, joking that OpenAI can mimic anyone’s voice, including hers.

In 2021, Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, alleging that the studio violated her contract by releasing ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ simultaneously with its theatrical premiere.

It would be ironic if Disney were to sue OpenAI now, completing a full circle of legal drama. The ensuing controversy would likely generate more attention than Disney movies.

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