about peter cullen and optimus prime.

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  1. GENOZAUR

    GENOZAUR Banned

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    this is something i have noticed asa fan over time when a fictional mythos whether it be asa movie series or a television series becomes so popular over time.

    when this happens over a numbers of years to decades time in spannning one generation to the next as time passes

    when a memorable and much beloved character from the show dies for real over time it is because of the sad fact that the actor who portrayed that character on the show has thier self met their timely end over time in real life

    with that character never again showing up in a new series except perhaps in the past sense fictionally historically speaking out of a desire on the part of the creators of the show to not dishonor or otherwise damage the dead actors legacy when it comes to how that actor brought such passionate wonderful life to the fictional character in portraying the character asa living person when the actor was alive

    basicly my question is this

    how might that matter be handled with optimus primes character when peter cullen himself eventually passes away in the end?

    will optimus primes character only be looked back on in the past sense in a new series as a leader of legendary status in the mythos due to no one wanting to dishonor cullens legacy in his portrayel of primes character in life?

    or will the reins so to speak be passed on to a fellow voice actor over time who has been personally hand picked by cullen to succeed him in portraying the character role of optimus prime over the years just before he would pass on?
     
  2. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Optimus Prime has been voiced by 3 other people Garry Chalk, Neil Kaplan and David Kaye who i think are worthy succesors.

    From Beast Wars - 2007 Live Action Film we had different voices for Optimus Prime, I don't think it'll be a problem. More likely we might see Future incarnations of Optimus based on Optimus Primal or TFA Optimus Prime.
     
  3. Rexidus

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    As much as I love Mr. Cullen I would not be opposed to Optimus stepping back a little and letting other Primes take the spotlight.
     
  4. Arsenic

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    I love Cullen's voice, but I also love others' voices.
     
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    Garry Chalk will always be Optimus to me. But when the day Peter is no longer with us, it will be sad but there really shouldn't be a huge impact with the character. As was mention, BW to Cybertron and then Animated, he was not the VA for Optimus.

    Its like Batman and Superman, VA's come and go, characters remain.
     
  6. kaijuguy19

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    Yeah, Gary Chalk was in a way our generations Peter Cullen so I know how you feel!:thumb 

    Though about Mr Cullen's evetnully passing away I'm sure we'll get a voice actor who embodies all of Optimus's most greatest and important aspects into the role the best he can. It'll be sad when that day happens it really would be.:(  All we pray for is that his life countinues to be great and joy!:) 
     
  7. jgoss

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    it will be a very sad day indeed when mr. cullen passes but let's not think about that right know and just enjoy him while he is here.
     
  8. Chromia217

    Chromia217 I luv Mark Hamill

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    This. It will be a sad day indeed. I hope it doesn't come for years down the road. But when it does come, there will be others who will do Optimus's voice, but none will be like Peter Cullen's. I was 4 years old when I was introduced to Transformers, and his voice is the only one I love for Optimus. So, when Peter dies, Optimus Prime goes silent... for me.
     
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    everytime i hear prime talk i get goosebumps.when i heard that mr. cullen was doing prime again for the movies i was excited!!
     
  10. Moonscream

    Moonscream YES, We EXIST!

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    They didn't retire one of the other 'big three' of the franchise, Starscream, becuase his original VA died, they're not going to do it to Optimus. Too much of a cash cow on top of they've had other actors do him already.

    --Moony
     
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    I see them bringing Garry Chalk or someone similar in.
     
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    Who voiced Optimus in G1?
     
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    You're kidding right?

    Peter Cullen was the voice of Optimus in G1. That's why fans demanded his return with the movies and has reignited his Transformers presence.

    Frank Welker played Megatron and is now playing him again in Prime.
     
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    Peter Cullen is hands-down the most famous voice of Optimus Prime.

    But he is far from the only.
     
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    Based on what Mr.Cullen has said about Optimus and how important a character he is, I would think he would be insulted if someone didn't take up the mantle in his place once he's gone. He's a hard act to follow, but there are actors out there with more than enough talent to do so.
     
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    Peter Cullen is the nostalgic Optimus prime.

    Gary chalk would never be Optimus prime to me. He is Optimus primal.

    I like David Kaye but it only works for a young Optimus.

    So I have no idea what I want.
     
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    This. I don't want to think about Peter Cullen right now or ever. He's the real life Optimus Prime.
     
  18. moreprimeland

    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator

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    HEAR!! HEAR!!
    I can't even think about TF life without Peter Cullen or HIS Optimus Prime!! (nor do I want to..now or in the next 20-30 yrs)
     
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    Cullen must be cloned...no matter the cost.
     
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