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(NBC News)   Peter Cullen, the man who voices Optimus Prime, reveals where he got the inspiration for Prime's voice, whether there really is more than meets the eye   (nbcnews.com) divider line 51
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2012-09-15 08:48:56 AM
Should get a Fail tag for "Marine Core" alone.
 
2012-09-15 09:17:28 AM
i350.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-15 10:07:25 AM
I find it cool that he basically looks exactly like I always thought he did.
 
2012-09-15 10:27:02 AM
Like him or not, you have to remember his epic intro voice to VOLTRON, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE
 
2012-09-15 11:23:40 AM

DanZero: Like him or not, you have to remember his epic intro voice to VOLTRON, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE


...who doesn't like Peter Cullen? Next to Don LaFontaine, he should voice over EVERYTHING in life.
 
2012-09-15 11:27:07 AM
I read that entire article in my head in Optimus Prime's voice. Gaaaah! If there's ever an audio book about my life, I want Peter Cullen or Kevin Conroy to narrate it.
 
2012-09-15 11:34:57 AM
FTFA: I impersonated my brother Larry who was an officer in the Marine core who fought in Vietnam.
 
2012-09-15 11:35:38 AM
... and it threw away motherofgod.jpg. I miss auto-preview.
 
2012-09-15 11:37:16 AM

hundreddollarman: I read that entire article in my head in Optimus Prime's voice. Gaaaah! If there's ever an audio book about my life, I want Peter Cullen or Kevin Conroy to narrate it.


Be sure to make that clear in your will or else you'll end up getting Richard Simmons.
 
2012-09-15 11:41:50 AM
"So I said to myself, what would God sound like, if he were a robot from another planet that cared about the welfare of humans and liked to kick the ass of evil robots when necessary."
 
2012-09-15 11:49:43 AM
Count me as one of Peter Cullen's Friends. He's an awesome guy.
 
2012-09-15 11:54:35 AM

DanZero: Like him or not, you have to remember his epic intro voice to VOLTRON, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE


That was scary. Nearly 30 years later, does the voicebox have muscle memory? We used to recite that entire intro *and* The Formation religiously. What isn't so cool is that I'm not remembering everything else. Why wasn't Princess in the first intro, but she was in the formation? When was Princess added and Black kicked out? And weren't there three forms of Voltron (lions, bikes, and planes)?


/all needed in life was Voltron, G-Force and Robotech before school
//.. GI Joe and the Real Ghostbusters after school...
///...classic non-censored Warner Brothers on Saturdays...
///...and Transformers, Inhumanoids, Robotix and Gem on Sundays
 
2012-09-15 11:59:43 AM
He really is one of the greatest voice actors around. And while Prime is his best known and most heroic work, he's also able to play the villain wonderfully.

www.halfassedproductions.com



Also, to blow your mind, here's Megatron's voice actor, Frank Welker, from the old D&D cartoon.


4.bp.blogspot.com 


/It's Saturday morning, think I'll rewatch the series on DVD
 
2012-09-15 12:19:35 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: He really is one of the greatest voice actors around. And while Prime is his best known and most heroic work, he's also able to play the villain wonderfully.

[www.halfassedproductions.com image 450x338]



Also, to blow your mind, here's Megatron's voice actor, Frank Welker, from the old D&D cartoon.


[4.bp.blogspot.com image 360x361] 


/It's Saturday morning, think I'll rewatch the series on DVD


That's crazy. Dungeons and Dragons... the good shiat; when it came on, though, that meant the morning was over, time to go outside before lunch. So when is some enterprising fan going to animate the series finale, out of love?
 
2012-09-15 12:19:41 PM
Mind blowing that he has been doing OP's voice for almost 30 years.
 
2012-09-15 12:28:34 PM
Count me in as one of the latchkey kids influenced by Optimus Prime...and Duke/GI Joe and He-man, and Mask - before them it was Superfriends and Pac Man and all those videogame characters. afterwards Ducktales and those guys. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Tiny Toons, animaniacs were just influential buddies from the 90s.
I only say influenced because everyone's real fathers are Mel Blanc and Tex Avery.
 
2012-09-15 12:28:50 PM
One shall stand, one shall fall.

/If you didn't read that in Peter Cullen's voice, there is something terribly wrong with you
 
2012-09-15 12:40:04 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu:

That's crazy. Dungeons and Dragons... the good shiat; when it came on, though, that meant the morning was over, time to go outside before lunch. So when is some enterprising fan going to animate the series finale, out of love?


Wizards of the Coast put out an official Animated Series Sourcebook for 3.5 a while back, but that's about it.

And actually, compared to GI Joe, D&D actually has held up quite well over the decades. Fantastic animation to begin with. And some decent stories as well. I'd actually forgotten about the episode where the kids said 'Fark it. We've had enough of this crap. We're killing Venger so we can go home.' And they almost pull it off, too. Really dark for an 80's cartoon.

But the one series that I want to see an ending for?

epguides.com

Considering that it was created by David Kirschner, who's a fairly big producer in Hollywood, a resolution to Pirates of Dark Water is fully possible.
 
2012-09-15 12:42:24 PM
Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?
 
2012-09-15 12:46:51 PM

SolidShadow: Count me as one of Peter Cullen's Friends. He's an awesome guy.


I remember his first appearance at a BotCon years ago. He was actually tearing up, it was a fantastic moment for all of us.

I have his autograph around here somewhere...
 
2012-09-15 01:01:23 PM

DanZero: Like him or not, you have to remember his epic intro voice to VOLTRON, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE


Not to mention the Nav-computer for Ramrod.
 
2012-09-15 01:04:07 PM
Since God created man, and man created the Transformers, the Transformers are like a gift from God
 
2012-09-15 01:35:24 PM
Damn I thought this was going to be a video interview.
 
2012-09-15 01:44:35 PM

Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?


One of them, certainly. Of course, everyone knows Mel Blanc and quite a few people know June Foray, but there's a lot of voice actors out there that are just as prolific and iconic as Peter Cullen.

I'd actually give the 'Best' title to Frank Welker, since he has more range; including animals/creatures. But it's a close race.

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc
 
2012-09-15 01:47:47 PM
"Optimus Prime is more than just another Saturday morning cartoon character. He is an icon." Transformers never ran on Saturday mornings. it was an after school Cartoon.
 
2012-09-15 01:59:32 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?

One of them, certainly. Of course, everyone knows Mel Blanc and quite a few people know June Foray, but there's a lot of voice actors out there that are just as prolific and iconic as Peter Cullen.

I'd actually give the 'Best' title to Frank Welker, since he has more range; including animals/creatures. But it's a close race.

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc


You forgot to include Tara Strong for her work as Harley Quinn, and for that, you must die!

talkingcomicbooks.com
 
2012-09-15 02:23:07 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:


Billy West should be on there as well.
 
2012-09-15 02:40:54 PM

TV's Vinnie: You forgot to include Tara Strong for her work as Harley Quinn, and for that, you must die!


Tara was Batgirl. She only voiced Harley in Arkham City
Arleen Sorkin was the originator of Harley, and did her voice in all the other Timm-verse stuff.
 
2012-09-15 02:41:53 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: I'd actually forgotten about the episode where the kids said 'Fark it. We've had enough of this crap. We're killing Venger so we can go home.' And they almost pull it off, too. Really dark for an 80's cartoon.


D&D was a lynchpin of the Saturday morning cartoon experience at the theorellior household. My brother and I also liked Spider Man and his Amazing Friends (I loved the cool sax intro riff), Bugs Bunny, Superfriends, and Thundarr the Barbarian.

Someone posted an interesting link to the head writer of the series, in which he mentions that the whiny Cavalier character was supposed to be whiny and not do what the others wanted to do, so that later he could be coerced into doing the will of the group. There was a television watchdog group that got the networks to include this social engineering into just about every cartoon.
 
2012-09-15 03:04:24 PM

TV's Vinnie: RoyFokker'sGhost: Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?

One of them, certainly. Of course, everyone knows Mel Blanc and quite a few people know June Foray, but there's a lot of voice actors out there that are just as prolific and iconic as Peter Cullen.

I'd actually give the 'Best' title to Frank Welker, since he has more range; including animals/creatures. But it's a close race.

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc

You forgot to include Tara Strong for her work as Harley Quinn, and for that, you must die!

[talkingcomicbooks.com image 507x649]


Tara Strong?

mylittleponycollecting.com
 
2012-09-15 03:05:58 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: TV's Vinnie: You forgot to include Tara Strong for her work as Harley Quinn, and for that, you must die!

Tara was Batgirl. She only voiced Harley in Arkham City
Arleen Sorkin was the originator of Harley, and did her voice in all the other Timm-verse stuff.


I wAS debating putting Tara Strong on there; she's a great voice actress and insanely hot as well. But in the end, she just hasn't had the depth of work the others have yet. In another 10, maybe even 5, years, sure, she'd make the list.

Same reason for Billy West, he's getting there though
 
2012-09-15 03:39:15 PM
What a class act. Plus he was on Sonny and Cher with a young Steve Martin, so there's that
 
2012-09-15 03:48:40 PM
I feel sorry for the kids nowadays. Cartoons just completely suck balls. I grew up with Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, C.O.P.S., Voltron, Tranzor Z......and they have Dora? What the hell happened?

/Wants Optimus Prime to do my outgoing voice message
 
2012-09-15 03:51:15 PM

srtpointman: I feel sorry for the kids nowadays. Cartoons just completely suck balls. I grew up with Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, C.O.P.S., Voltron, Tranzor Z......and they have Dora? What the hell happened?

/Wants Optimus Prime to do my outgoing voice message


You grew up with shiatty toy commercials.

Now, the kids in the early 90s, they're the ones who had the good cartoons!
 
2012-09-15 03:58:24 PM

theorellior: RoyFokker'sGhost: I'd actually forgotten about the episode where the kids said 'Fark it. We've had enough of this crap. We're killing Venger so we can go home.' And they almost pull it off, too. Really dark for an 80's cartoon.

D&D was a lynchpin of the Saturday morning cartoon experience at the theorellior household. My brother and I also liked Spider Man and his Amazing Friends (I loved the cool sax intro riff), Bugs Bunny, Superfriends, and Thundarr the Barbarian.

Someone posted an interesting link to the head writer of the series, in which he mentions that the whiny Cavalier character was supposed to be whiny and not do what the others wanted to do, so that later he could be coerced into doing the will of the group. There was a television watchdog group that got the networks to include this social engineering into just about every cartoon.


The funny thing is, as I grew older, I realized that he was actually the smartest one, since invariably they wanted to walk right into a deathtrap because some bald midget gave them a cryptic clue that they might learn something about themselves or there was some meaningless trinket they were supposed to snatch on the odd chance Venger or someone else wouldn't wreck their chances of getting home. (usually they ruined their own chances because they needed to save a mud-man or the baby unicorn that had been getting along fine before they got there.)

He was like the designated driver in a van full of asshole drunks who wanted to head to closed bars at 4am, get into fights with parking meters, and moon police officers. And he was ALWAYS WRONG.
 
2012-09-15 04:15:19 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: He really is one of the greatest voice actors around. And while Prime is his best known and most heroic work, he's also able to play the villain wonderfully.

[www.halfassedproductions.com image 450x338]

Also, to blow your mind, here's Megatron's voice actor, Frank Welker, from the old D&D cartoon.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 360x361] 

/It's Saturday morning, think I'll rewatch the series on DVD


Frank Welker killed Littlefoot's mother!

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Frank Welker rampaged through New York!

upload.wikimedia.org

Frank Welker is many, for he is legion!

4.bp.blogspot.com

/the man is a god, and I hope he remains with us for many more years

Link to bigger version of the last image
 
2012-09-15 05:18:32 PM

JJRRutgers: One shall stand, one shall fall.

/If you didn't read that in Peter Cullen's voice, there is something terribly wrong with you


Why throw away your life so recklessly?
 
2012-09-15 05:23:44 PM

ZGMF X10A: JJRRutgers: One shall stand, one shall fall.

/If you didn't read that in Peter Cullen's voice, there is something terribly wrong with you

Why throw away your life so recklessly?


That's a question you should ask yourself, Mergatron.
 
2012-09-15 06:00:54 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: TV's Vinnie: You forgot to include Tara Strong for her work as Harley Quinn, and for that, you must die!

Tara was Batgirl. She only voiced Harley in Arkham City
Arleen Sorkin was the originator of Harley, and did her voice in all the other Timm-verse stuff.

I wAS debating putting Tara Strong on there; she's a great voice actress and insanely hot as well. But in the end, she just hasn't had the depth of work the others have yet. In another 10, maybe even 5, years, sure, she'd make the list.

Same reason for Billy West, he's getting there though


Billy West is rather prolific. Also, he's Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd now, isn't he?
 
2012-09-15 07:12:57 PM

British: Mind blowing that he has been doing OP's voice for almost 30 years.


Pretty sure OP isn't a transformer, but then again you never know here on Fark.
 
2012-09-15 08:39:14 PM

Fano: theorellior: RoyFokker'sGhost: I'd actually forgotten about the episode where the kids said 'Fark it. We've had enough of this crap. We're killing Venger so we can go home.' And they almost pull it off, too. Really dark for an 80's cartoon.

D&D was a lynchpin of the Saturday morning cartoon experience at the theorellior household. My brother and I also liked Spider Man and his Amazing Friends (I loved the cool sax intro riff), Bugs Bunny, Superfriends, and Thundarr the Barbarian.

Someone posted an interesting link to the head writer of the series, in which he mentions that the whiny Cavalier character was supposed to be whiny and not do what the others wanted to do, so that later he could be coerced into doing the will of the group. There was a television watchdog group that got the networks to include this social engineering into just about every cartoon.

The funny thing is, as I grew older, I realized that he was actually the smartest one, since invariably they wanted to walk right into a deathtrap because some bald midget gave them a cryptic clue that they might learn something about themselves or there was some meaningless trinket they were supposed to snatch on the odd chance Venger or someone else wouldn't wreck their chances of getting home. (usually they ruined their own chances because they needed to save a mud-man or the baby unicorn that had been getting along fine before they got there.)

He was like the designated driver in a van full of asshole drunks who wanted to head to closed bars at 4am, get into fights with parking meters, and moon police officers. And he was ALWAYS WRONG.


Eric's problem is the same as Diana's. Yeah, I said it. Anyway, Eric would have made a great rules lawyer. Great rules lawyers are not always great role players, though.

Let's go further:
- Ranger, Hank: blond bombshell, huskiest of the group, the tank, white trash name, yet the leader. More heart than Eric, more common sense than Presto, more dick than Diana who actually could have also been leader
- Cavalier, Eric: tall dark and thin, support, the Starscream who knows he'd make a better leader than the less affluent Hank, pissed because he only has a shield (passive) instead of a bow (active)... yet the shielf fits his personality more, more brains than Hank but less heart
- Acrobat, Diana: the richest one in the group (!), the equestrian, which should have made her Cavalier or Paladin, however Diana takes leaps into the unknown the others don't, and Cavalier and Paladin are male-oriented (old-school) classes which are decidedly Law oriented, and black, female free-spirit Diana is more Chaotic. Diana would *NEVER* massacre a group of goblin children just because of their race, or her god told her to. On the other hand, she's vain. Such a female.
- Magician, Presto: the geek, no one knows much about him even in his own group. The perils of the wish spell, every episode, through Presto. To me, Presto's hat represents his lack of belief in his own abilities, and his fear of allowing his real self to show. He self-sabotages, until he's forced into situations where it really is life or death and he doesn't have time to think about his deficiencies in comparison to the two Alpha males who get all the chicks. Then he pulls through like a boss.
- Thief, Sheila: the Mother. A different kind of shield from Eric. She's the protector, and she never needed a magic cloak to do what she does best: save those she loves through skill and careful planning, not blunt force.
- Barbarian, Bobby, the Virgin, the innocent: He has three male role-models, but doesn't quite follow any of them; if anything, he's more in tune with the similarly chaotic Diana. I don't know what that means.

As for Uni and Bobby.... were we ever shown anyone else touching Uni, beyond Bobby?
 
2012-09-15 08:56:26 PM

FirstNationalBastard: srtpointman: I feel sorry for the kids nowadays. Cartoons just completely suck balls. I grew up with Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, C.O.P.S., Voltron, Tranzor Z......and they have Dora? What the hell happened?

/Wants Optimus Prime to do my outgoing voice message

You grew up with shiatty toy commercials.

Now, the kids in the early 90s, they're the ones who had the good cartoons!


90s cartoons are different creatures, just like classic 70s (superfriends! hanna barbera!) and classic 60s (Johnny Quest!) are different creatures. 80s cartoons were definitely breakfast food and toy commercials, but 90s cartoons tried to be classic Warner Bros/LooneyTunes and ended up becoming japanime clones towards the end.

/"...do the carebear countdown..."
//"...la.. la... la la.. la la... la... la la.. la laaaaa..."
///"...children of the sun.. someday soon you're gonna find..."
 
2012-09-15 09:33:41 PM
I tweeted the writer and informed him it was corps and not core. He apologizes and fixed it.
 
2012-09-15 09:51:08 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc


No Tony Jay? He may have not been versatile like Welker or Blanc, but his was the most arrogant, sinister voice ever.
 
2012-09-15 09:56:43 PM
Nice interview. Wow, what a cool guy Peter Cullen is!

RoyFokker'sGhost: Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?

One of them, certainly. Of course, everyone knows Mel Blanc and quite a few people know June Foray, but there's a lot of voice actors out there that are just as prolific and iconic as Peter Cullen.

I'd actually give the 'Best' title to Frank Welker, since he has more range; including animals/creatures. But it's a close race.

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc


I'd add Cam Clarke to the list. He was the voice in many prominent 80s cartoons, including Leonardo in TMNT and Max Sterling in Robotech.
 
2012-09-16 02:10:14 AM
I give it 5 out of 5 Guys in a Limo!
 
2012-09-16 02:53:28 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: FirstNationalBastard: srtpointman: I feel sorry for the kids nowadays. Cartoons just completely suck balls. I grew up with Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, C.O.P.S., Voltron, Tranzor Z......and they have Dora? What the hell happened?

/Wants Optimus Prime to do my outgoing voice message

You grew up with shiatty toy commercials.

Now, the kids in the early 90s, they're the ones who had the good cartoons!

90s cartoons are different creatures, just like classic 70s (superfriends! hanna barbera!) and classic 60s (Johnny Quest!) are different creatures. 80s cartoons were definitely breakfast food and toy commercials, but 90s cartoons tried to be classic Warner Bros/LooneyTunes and ended up becoming japanime clones towards the end.

/"...do the carebear countdown..."
//"...la.. la... la la.. la la... la... la la.. la laaaaa..."
///"...children of the sun.. someday soon you're gonna find..."


"Goooooo, follow Spartacus, to the Sun beneath the sea..."

"Wings of silver, nerves of steel... SilveeeerrrrHaaaawwwwwwks..."

"Pinwheel, Pinwheel, spinning around... look at my Pinwheel and see what I found..."

"Three! Two! One! Contact is the secret, is the moment, when everything happens..."

"Diiiiinosaaaauuuuceeeerrrrs..."

/I want my childhood back...
 
2012-09-16 10:45:05 PM

Richard Roma: RoyFokker'sGhost: Boxingoutsider: Also the voice of KARR in the knight rider series. Best voice actor ever?

Here's the contenders so you can make your own call:
Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
June Foray
Mel Blanc

No Tony Jay? He may have not been versatile like Welker or Blanc, but his was the most arrogant, sinister voice ever.


Put Michael Bell on that list, as well.
 
2012-09-17 02:35:50 PM
Add Stan Freberg.
 
2012-09-17 04:05:10 PM
Anyone here checking out Transformers Prime? Peter Cullen is doing Prime's voice for that cartoon as well.
 
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