Gushing Over Charlie Morningstar’s Redesign + New Name, & My Feelings About Hazbin Hotel’s Voice Cast
Not too long ago, it was revealed that not all of the Hazbin Hotel cast members featured in its web pilot would return for the A24 TV series. This was quite a bummer, honestly, especially because Michael Kovach, the protagonist’s voice, was not going to reprise Angel Dust.
A lot of people were understandably upset by this revelation as fans. He, as the character, had sung alongside Kelly “Chi-Chi” Boyer as Cherri Bomb the song “Addict” by Silva Hound. This was then given an animated video by the VivziePop team, which gave Angel Dust much-needed contextualisation. After this extravaganza, I saw someone explain that Angel Dust started as Vivienne Medrano’s comfort character but had become so many others’ comfort character now.
But what made me specifically and likely many other fans hugely attached to Angel Dust because of Kovach was because of HuniCast. The highlights of this sporadic podcast hosted by one of the HH staff was hearing Edward Bosco (who is returning though his singing voice Gabriel C. Brown is not) as Alastor and Michael Kovach as Angel Dust voice out comedic scenarios and wickedly flirted either with each other or to Ashley Nichols. It was a good time, and I still go back to watch some of the animatics people made of these moments.
It went to show that there was a spicy compatibility there and the audience that saw was primed for that.
I still don’t fully understand why Kovach was let go. I’ve heard one person explain that it could just be as simple as that because the show is being made with A24, there may be certain actors they are simply not allowed to use. It is a complicated business not many people can understand.
But I’ve also heard some say that it was Medrano’s decision too, which to me seems more likely. Though I lack a source for this, I’ve heard that the HH creator always wanted Angel Dust to sound more like Yakko from Animaniacs. This adds more to my confusion, though, as Kovach did sound like Yakko if Yakko was an actual pornstar.