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Frank Welker Interview on the Evolution of Megatron's Voice

Posted on 11-02-2012 at 03:43 PM by Sol Fury under Transformers Prime
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Collider has posted a lengthy and insightful interview with Frank Welker, the voice of Generation 1 Megatron as well as the current incarnation of Megatron in Transformers Prime. Among the other topics he tackles in the course of the interview is how from his perspective the voice acting industry has changed, how he has evolved his Megatron voice in returning to the role for Transformers Prime, and his take on the recent comments made by Hugo Weaving regarding his role as the Megatron of the live-action movie series. Check it out here.
Views: 4,442 / Credit: Crystine of the 2005 Boards!
Megastar
Gotta love that Frank Welker
Transformed
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Welker: Obviously I have to feel that my incarnation is best...
QFT!!!!!!

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My name is Megatron and I approve this message.


OP, thanks for sharing
Shadow25
I love how tremendously passionate he always sounds about the entire industry, and how humbly he always positions himself as just a small part of this industry, for example when he notes nearly every major incarnation of Megatron over the years and when he names almost every main member of the Prime cast, probably because he has worked with most of those actors several times. I always appreciate reading interviews with Frank and he seems like such a positive and uplifting guy to be around!
Magnus' Mate
Frank's a classy guy, there's no doubt about it.
GrimlockAutobot
Best Megatron voice actor of all time. No one even comes close in my book.

Also TF Prime Megatron is THE GREATEST incarnation of the character ever.
Chris McFeely
All class.
Stardust262
Nice interview. Though David Kaye is the true Megatron.
Golden Age
G1 Megatron is the true Megatron.
Boy Blunder
Frank Welker is one of my heroes. It's his sheer passion for the field that makes me want to become a voice actor.
Prime Jetscream
Welker and Tatasciore tie for me as the best Megatrons.
Sludge
My question would have been: Welker, Y U NO BOTCON?
scubaboy31
what a dude.
Incepticon
As always, he's every bit as gracious, humble, tactful & classy as Peter Cullen is.
moreprimeland
Nice little interview.

What a gentleman!!
vatarian
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Originally Posted by Stardust262 View Post
Nice interview. Though David Kaye is the true Megatron.
Frank is, and shall always be, the best Megatron.
JoeHavok
I really would have liked to hear Welker voicing Megatron in the Bay movies. But, I'm happy he's on board for Prime. And, best Megatron? It's Welker, and its not even close.
Bigbot3030
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Originally Posted by JoeHavok View Post
I really would have liked to hear Welker voicing Megatron in the Bay movies. But, I'm happy he's on board for Prime. And, best Megatron? It's Welker, and its not even close.
I believe in the special features of the first movie they have a clip of megs synched up with a G1 clip to show how it didn't sound right for the movieverse. I agreed at the time, but keep in mind this was way before PRIME came out, and the way he's changed it slightly for Prime makes it the best version so far.
[Wing_Saber-X]
I heart Frank even more after this totally classy and great interview! Thanks for sharing, OP! and for the record, TF: Prime Megatron > G1 Megs.
Jazz342
He is proud of the roles he's played, unlike Hugo.
Stardust262
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Originally Posted by vatarian View Post
Frank is, and shall always be, the best Megatron.
Nope
jgoss
mr.welker does the best megs hands down!!
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by Jazz342 View Post
He is proud of the roles he's played, unlike Hugo.
Well of course! After all, he was the ORIGINAL G1 voice.
electronic456
If megatron or galvatron should return for TF4, he should conisder having the voice role. Because his Prime voice is just.......wow suprisingly impressive.
kraven
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Originally Posted by Golden Age View Post
G1 Megatron is the true Megatron.
this
Enigma2K2
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Originally Posted by Jazz342 View Post
He is proud of the roles he's played, unlike Hugo.
He also has more attachment and knowledge of the role he played. Unlike Hugo. Jeez, even Frank saw he was just being honest and not slamming anybody. What's your deal?

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Originally Posted by Stardust262 View Post
Nope
Well, he'll always be MY Megatron. That a problem?
PcPrime23
Frank is and always will be Megatron.
RazorclawX
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Originally Posted by Enigma2K2 View Post
He also has more attachment and knowledge of the role he played. Unlike Hugo. Jeez, even Frank saw he was just being honest and not slamming anybody. What's your deal?
Maybe if you only stopped at that part of the answer. He went on to say that Hugo Weaving came off as being out of touch with the fanbase with that remark (and frankly that is pretty normal for Hugo Weaving).
Enigma2K2
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Originally Posted by RazorclawX View Post
Maybe if you only stopped at that part of the answer. He went on to say that Hugo Weaving came off as being out of touch with the fanbase with that remark (and frankly that is pretty normal for Hugo Weaving).
Because he has no attachment to them. Because he has no attachment to the franchise. Like I said. Like has been pointed out. Like you apparently refuse to accept.
YoungPrime
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Originally Posted by Golden Age View Post
G1 Megatron is the true Megatron.
Exactly.

Everything else has been crap!
Crystine
I think Welker does the best Megatron G1 voice, and the best TFPrime Megatron voice... but I also think that Hugo Weaving did the best movieverse Megatron voice, and David Kaye the best Cybertron Megatron voice... and Corey Burton the best Animated Megs... etc. etc.

But as to which "incarnation" of Megatron is the best? It's really getting difficult for me to choose one, because I just think they are all awesome!
bellpeppers
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Welker: I think he was just being honest, he was not familiar with the franchise and therefore had no affinity for the project. I have respect for Hugo as an actor and really appreciate what he does with his characters. I think if he knew of the fan base and the history of the “Transformers” he might have responded differently.
Welker gets it.
I just don't see how a lot of other people didn't.
QLRformer
All Hail Welker!
Transformed
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Originally Posted by Crystine View Post
I think Welker does the best Megatron G1 voice, and the best TFPrime Megatron voice... but I also think that Hugo Weaving did the best movieverse Megatron voice, and David Kaye the best Cybertron Megatron voice... and Corey Burton the best Animated Megs... etc. etc.

But as to which "incarnation" of Megatron is the best? It's really getting difficult for me to choose one, because I just think they are all awesome!


Frank Welker is the only G1/Transformers Prime Megatron. Hugo Weaving is the only movieverse Megatron (unless you count games with which, Frank Welker did, but with a G1 voice). David Kay3 and Corey Burton were the only Megatron's for the shows you mentioned as well. How can they be the best at those when there were no other choices?
Bahamut Prime
An awesome interview! Go Mr Welker!
Stardust262
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Originally Posted by Enigma2K2 View Post
Well, he'll always be MY Megatron. That a problem?
Of course not
Crystine
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Originally Posted by Transformed View Post


Frank Welker is the only G1/Transformers Prime Megatron. Hugo Weaving is the only movieverse Megatron (unless you count games with which, Frank Welker did, but with a G1 voice). David Kay3 and Corey Burton were the only Megatron's for the shows you mentioned as well. How can they be the best at those when there were no other choices?
My point is that I'm happy with who they cast. They are all talented voice actors, and all deserve to be considered the best "incarnation."

If Welker had never taken the G1 role in the first place, then what's the bet that whomever would have taken that same role, would have become fan favorite?
Enigma2K2
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Originally Posted by Crystine View Post
My point is that I'm happy with who they cast. They are all talented voice actors...
Really no reason to debate this, since it's true.
trence5
wait, he was Garfield's voice?!? That Welker is truly talented
Crystine
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Originally Posted by Enigma2K2 View Post
Really no reason to debate this, since it's true.
Clarifying, not debating.
Doug
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Originally Posted by vatarian View Post
Frank is, and shall always be, the best Megatron.
Second here. I'm surprise Welker did'nt mention voicing Soundwave in the Bay movies.
Emperor Zarak
Megatron is the best Megatron!








xD seriously all Megatrons are equally awesome and epic, except RID since he isn't a Megatron but Gigatron.......still.......great voice. BTW, who the heck thinks it's a good idea to turn into a hand held gun that's almost always wielded by the guy wanting to replace you? lol just seeing what replies this gets
Samuraidaikon
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Originally Posted by trence5 View Post
wait, he was Garfield's voice?!? That Welker is truly talented
Yes, as well as Scooby Doo and Fred, Dr. Claw, a bunch of G1 characters in addition to Megatron ranging from Wheelie to Soundwave, in Disney's Alladdin he was Abu and the giant Cave of Wonders tiger head, numerous voices in Animaniacs like the security guard Ralph, countless animals in a very large number of series and movies (You hear a dog or monkey, it's most likely him), Muppet Babies kermit/skeeter/beaker, The Real Ghost Busters slimer and Ray Stantz, Ducktales Big Time Beagle....

If I listed everything I would probably fill up this forum. But in the animation world he is considered a voice acting god. And rightly so for a man with a vocal range from Wheelie to Megatron
Samuraidaikon
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Originally Posted by Emperor Zarak View Post
BTW, who the heck thinks it's a good idea to turn into a hand held gun that's almost always wielded by the guy wanting to replace you? lol just seeing what replies this gets
A con so badass he knows he will always come back to beat down any insubordination (Let's face it every Megatron of note I can immediately think of has done this). He's not making himself vulnerable, he's daring Starscream! XD

You want to be leader? Here I am, right in your hand! Try to crush me, I dare you! See what happens!

lol in all honesty I don't know, but that's what I imagine in my head
Superquad7
I think this is one of the most fun interviews I've read.

We're extremely privileged to have a guy like Mr. Welker a part of the franchise we care about so much.
Crystine
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Originally Posted by Emperor Zarak View Post
Megatron is the best Megatron!

...

xD seriously all Megatrons are equally awesome and epic, except RID since he isn't a Megatron but Gigatron.......still.......great voice...
QFT. Now that's exactly what I wanted to say!
Barryvp
Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. Thoughtful man, interesting views etc. Will read again later
Autovolt 127
Frank Welker's G1 Megatron in my opinion sucked but in Prime he finally sounds amazing and badass,

I'm glad Frank was finally able to pull of a Megatron that didn't sound like he was dying.

Seriously he deserves the title of voice god.

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