I've talked about this in previous posts I've made, but I just kinda wanted to see what everyone else's opinions was about this topic. From the way I see it, I think G1 did the best job of having robotic voices. Maybe it was because the synthesizer was so popular in those days, that more voices were "robotized" but it doesn't seem to be that prevalent now. This applies to all the recent incarnations of TFs. From BWs to Cybertron to the Movie to Animated. It seems the show/movie producers are comfortable with the cast's voices sounding the same as the voice actors without any added "robotization". Now, some of you might be wondering what I call as "robotization", so I'll preface this with a definition. Think back to Astrotrain in the G1 series. Remeber that voice? There is no way a human sounds like that in normal life. They took a human voice and synthesized it. The same with Soundwave. Astrotrain seemed like he had a "space echo". Thats the best description I could give you. Whatever it was, it made Astrotrain stand out from the rest of the other bots in the series. To me, that was one of the reasons why G1 stood out so vividly in my memory. Visual effects are nice, but I think the aural experience is often overlooked too often. We live in a world where the sense of sight precedes other senses - hearing, touch, smell. Be that as it may, I think one of the reasons why G1 stood out so much to me was the way the characters SOUNDED. Soundwave had that synthesized, dull monotone. Megatron had his raspy-ness. Jazz had an awesome voice that I don't think could ever be duplicated again. Does anyone really feel that the Movie Jazz's voice was better? He sounded like a stereotypical black man. There was nothing robotic to it. You felt like there was a Ving Rhames (sp?) inside of him that was going to walk out of the robot body. Thank you Scatman Carruthers for that awesome voice. Casey Casem did a GREAT job also with Cliffjumper. Whoever synthesized Omega Supreme's hollow boom also did a great job. Cosmos had his weird mumble, and Seaspray had his voice like he was constantly underwater. Currently, our TFs for some unknown reason sound like British or Australian citizens like in Cybertron. Or they sound like sterotypical black men as in the movie. Even Animated, while doing a good job of having variety of believable voices, does not have robotized voices. I don't know, when I think of TFs, I think of robots, and unless the voice has that "tinge" of robot in it, the character loses some appeal. Think about GI Joe - who do you remember the most aurally (for their voices)? I remember Lady Jaye because she had a very unique voice. Cobra Commander just due to the histrionics and the great voice acting along with the rasp that he had. I can vaguely remember the differences between Flint, Duke, and Hawk but not as vividly as I remember Soundwave or Astrotrain's voices. The most unique vioces are the best remembered. To wrap it up and end my diatribe, I think they need to go back to some more of that. What do you guys think? Also, if you remember any other cool robotized voices that I forgot to mention, feel free to post them.