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The "new" Julia Child?

I can't believe I've gotten so old as to ask this question, but I could use a little help.
Today, I once again had my students do the "Julia Child" voice, and they looked at me like an alien.  Of course, when I asked if they knew who Julia Child was, it prompted more blank stares.  I've also done Mrs. Doubtfire and Snaggle-puss, but both of these are becoming a bit dated as well.
I was curious if there was a newer, more "fresh" analog to Julia Child that might get a bit more traction with millenials.  Thanks!
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on February 1, 2016 12:05pm
Jon Stewart imitating Queen Elizabeth. :-)
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on February 2, 2016 8:37am
I get that every oce in a while too. It may become outdated as well, but I also use Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire.
on February 2, 2016 11:38am
Could you fill me in on the purpose of the Julia Child, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc., imitations, Matthew (and anyone else)? Then, I might have some suggestions to offer.
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on February 3, 2016 3:45am
A that kids will.know for sure is The Gingerbread Man, from Shrek! You can have them say the whole poem of "Do you know the muffin man?" In their head voice! I also have my kids say "whoo whoo" in their head.voice like an owl. We talk about how owls have circles of feathers around their eyes, so we put our hands up like goggles around our eyes to feel the sound up in our head and say "whoo whoo" like an owl
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on February 3, 2016 5:37am
It's not without its flaws, but I've found it helps to ask them to imitate Dory from Finding Nemo when she is trying to speak whale. 
on February 3, 2016 6:34am
None of my students know who Julia Child is either, but I just force feed them youtube videos so they get the idea.     Much like Julia would tell people, 'a little butter never hurt anyone'.    Julia Child is truly undoppelgangerable.   
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on February 3, 2016 10:48am
I use Dame Edna with our community choir.
Mendocino Women's Choir
on February 3, 2016 2:39pm
Matthew, or anyone else,
I truly am curious to learn what users of the "Julia Child voice" imitation (and the other vocal models) want singers to accomplish vocally by its use. I think I know, but if one or more users would describe it for me, then I can be sure. Any takers, please? Thank you in advance for helping me learn.
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on February 5, 2016 10:27am
From my experience, it has singers getting in more of a natural singing voice and getting better resonance and support in the tone. It also gets those of us in the US out of the basement since we speak lower than is optimal.
One of the best teachers I ever had (a voice teacher) would have the women speak in a Julia Child voice during studio classes, then sing their solo. Just by doing that eliminated a lot of technical challenges.
on February 4, 2016 7:07am
The "Julia Child" voice helps the singers lift their soft palate to find a more resonant placement for their singing tone. You could just ask them to speak British English.
on February 4, 2016 3:49pm
I believe a good place to start getting the feel of the "lifted" soft palate is by instructing the singer to yawn and feel the tension in the far back roof of the mouth.  That's the feel of a lifted soft palate.  Most kids know what an "opera" singing voice sounds like and can mimick it to some degree or another.   The yawn and the characature opera voice might seem comical but they identify the "soft palate" and connect the throat's feeling with the sound.   Getting familiar with the throat's feel, it's then just a matter of backing off until the sound is right.   Not everyone is familiar with Julia Child but everyone knows a yawn.
on February 5, 2016 7:55am
Sometimes, if a group is feeling lethargic, (perhaps it's just my students) a yawn just promotes that feeling of wanting to rest rather than promoting energy.  Using Julia Child or some other energetic or animated (meaning full of life, not a cartoon) character helps accomplish the lift of the soft palate plus gets the group amused and more engaged at the same time.  I do use the "pre yawn" feeling if the group is working well and just needs to add some depth to the sound.
on February 5, 2016 2:35pm
I always use Mickey and Minnie Mouse for my vocal examples.  Even the youngest singers can imitate the things hear said in cartoons by those two.
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