An Interview With Frank Welker

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  1. Screamers

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    An Interview With Frank Welker

    I had the chance to recently interview Frank Welker and I wanted to share with my fellow Transfans :) 

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    Screamers: Starting off as I do in many interview, I must ask..How did you get into voice acting Frank?

    Frank: My first professional acting job was while I was doing non-professional work in college...many plays, in fact while performing in one play, "Cinderella" with the now famous film maker Don Bluth (he played my baker brother), a woman in that production said I would be great in commercials and sent me to her agent. He was mildly amused but sent me out on an audition for Bold detergent, which I ended up getting. I decided right there and then that the biz was going to be a piece of cake. Wrong! Little did I know it would take 10 more auditions until I got another role. However, I managed to make a pretty good income to sublimate the hard earned funds from my parents who were actually putting me though college. I forgot they watched television too and that soon ended my slush fund.


    Screamers: Your favorite when it came to cartoon voices?

    Frank: That would be like asking who is the best kisser in front of your wife, x wife's, and girlfriends...they were all good but it's usually the one you are with at the time.

    Actually, a lot can depend on the director...if they let you just do the job you were hired to do instead of trying to box you into a corner with over directing and their personal creative input...most all voices are a blast. I do enjoy "Curious George," and Slimer, and Jabberjaw was great fun...the goofy ones (if they let you ad lib) always have a soft spot in my heart. Of course I like the bad lads too, like Megatron and Soundwave.



    Screamers: Your favorite character?

    Frank: Sentimental favorite, Freddy Jones from Scooby Doo, always liked Slimer, Baby Kermit, Megatron, Curious George, Hefty Smurf...



    Screamers: Favorite Transformer character to voice for?

    Frank: Megatron is always much fun...and if I am working with Peter Cullen it becomes even more of a delight.


    Screamers: Personal thoughts on the movie and the latest Transformers 'Prime'?

    Frank: Well, there is actually three distinct venues. The G1 show, which to this day is very important and sentimental, we had such a creative fun time doing that show. The cast was stellar, the hours were long and the laughs were many. Just the size of the cast and talent alone were worth the price of admission: Scatman Crothers, Don Messic, Jack Angel, Chris Latta, Mike Bell, Peter Cullen, Sue Blu, Dan Gilvezan stop me I could go all night.

    The movie was the directors vision a very ambitious and amazing journey into special effects and action.

    The latest show is yet to be seen but the fans will make a call on what they like and don't like...from what I've seen it looks awesome. "Transformer" fans are very vocal and loyal, I think that is why I am still around...they have been very good in their support of Megatron.


    [Note: After doing this interview I mention Frank going to conventions, but in regards to that he's a very private, so conventions would most likely never happen. But he's a fun guy to interview and joked in his email with me!]
     
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  2. Chaos Muffin

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    Nice.
    I like how he throws Megatron in with Slimer, Baby Kermit, Curious George & Hefty Smurf :lol 
     
  3. Screamers

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    He had a lot of favorites for sure and so fun to talk with the way he joked about Michael Bell, you could tell they were old buddies :) 
     
  4. Overhaulimus

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    Heh I always figured Slimer would be one of his favorites, great interview BTW Screamers, thank you for sharing this.
     
  5. Leadfoot

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    I know Peter Cullen has always tried to get Frank to do Botcon, but Frank just won't. I wouldn't be surprised if he had some sort of phobia about crowds or situations like conventions. I honestly can't blame him - he'd be walking into a situation that a whole lot of people would be uncomfortable in if faced with it. Some of the things I've seen Peter Cullen asked would turn most people all shades of red. I saw a fangirl ask him what he would do if she made a pass at him at a restaurant or bar.
     
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    great intrview,never knew he voiced hefty smurf. next time I watch the smurfs on boomerang. i'll have to see if i recongnize frank doing hefty smurfs voice.
     
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    Interesting Interview! Thank you! :) 
     
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    Brad at Spider-Man Crawlspace has been hoping to score an interview with Mr. Welker on his podcast. Welker was the voice of Iceman for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends alongside Dan Gilvezan (Spidey) and I don't remember who voiced Firestar.

    :google 

    Kathy Garver. Thanks, IMDB.
     
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    Nice little interview, thanks!

    Welker is definitely the best VA ever. So many of my favorite shows and characters are on his resume.
     
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    Hahaha I love Welker! I dont blame him for not wanting to go to a convention, but itd be nice to see him.
     
  11. darthdevious

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    Good job sis, keep it up!
     
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    Frank Welker = Legend!!!!!1!!
     
  13. Solrac333

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    I wonder. Anyone know what the last project they worked on together that's not Transformers related?
     
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    only one I know of was the Dungeons & Dragons animated series
     
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    Oohh, Yeah Dungeon Master = Welker?!
    and Venger= Cullen!

    :rock :

    Edit: Welker was....... the Unicorn?!! :\
    Hmm...but wait, then he completely redeems himself and plays Tiamat? :p 
    Cool! Welker seems to be a man of 1,000 voices! :D 
     
  16. KnightHawkke

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    cool read:thumbs2:  and wow on the stuff he voiced I didn't know!!:eek: 
     
  17. bmbloo

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    His scaled back Megatron voice is cheesy and sucks. What's the point of even getting the original VA if he uses a different voice?
     
  18. swarlock

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    Me too.
     
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    Because he realized that he hadn't been practicing Megs' voice in a long time and he forgot how to do it.

    There's an interview on Youtube where he talked about doing the voice for the game. He was trying too hard to make him sound angry.
     
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    You'll spot it right away. Because he also did Poet Smurf in the show too.
     

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