One of the designers sent us this comic strip today:
The writers had a good laugh, because that's how it is in the sound booth. We ask our voice actors to produce sounds for some extremely unusual sitautions. The questions they ask are hilarious out of context: "So...am I dead when I say this? Or undead?" "My character is a plant, right?" "Okay, so I've just killed a giant bone creature that was trying to suck out my life. Should I go with 'relief' here?"
One of the sound directors in Burbank, Phil Bache, uses instructions just like these to help the actors find the right one for each line.