This episode is a little different but just as exciting. Our host Kyran attended the 2015 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (Calgary, Alberta, April 16–19), Canada’s 2nd-largest pop culture show and the largest in Western Canada with over 97,000 attendees.

We’re going to hear from the voices behind the voices: characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Optimus Prime (Transformers), Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh), Skeletor (Masters of the Universe), and even a panel of Dragon Ball Z characters!

Key Timestamps:

  • 0:30 – Introduction
  • 1:25  – Differences in working for various studios as a voice-over
  • 6:30 – Being a voice actor as a purpose for life
  • 9:26 – Voice-over addition process for animation
  • 11:05 – Adventure Time show characters
  • 16:37  – The most remarkable thing received from a fan
  • 20:33 – The most famous voices of Peter Cullen
  • 21:11  – Reaction from people about being the voice of Optimus Prime
  • 21:55 – How grandkids feel about his famous voice
  • 23:30 – Story behind how he was chosen to voice Optimus Prime
  • 27:01 – Anime panel with Brendan Hunter, Brett Bauer, Caitlynne Medrek and Michael Shepard
  • 28:30 – Inspiration for creating the voice of Skeletor with Alan Oppenheimer
  • 30:14 – Next week’s episode

Top Quotes:

Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)

  • “Basic cable animation is pretty ghetto… everything’s fast and furious… and there’s no time to tweak anything.”
  • “Kids recognise me way, way, way more than adults.”
  • “Voice acting… that’s really what I always wanted to do, like since I was a kid… It was a tough nut to crack.”
  • “… A voice actor can work for way longer than an actor that’s on a popular sitcom…”
  • “I love doing cartoons; if I could do that 5 days a week until I’m an old dead guy, that would be awesome.”
  • “My batting average with voice-over auditions just decimates my crappy batting average with on-camera auditions…”
  • [On finding a voice for a character and auditioning for it] “I guess your goal is to go in there and be the guy that they like slightly more than the other guys.”
  • “Patience is key in this business; you can’t freak out and bail.”
  • “Usually the more preschooler-oriented the show, the more sicker the outtakes!”

Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime)

  • [About fans reacting to his voice] “I react just as much as they do, because I’m surprised that they would even care that much.”
  • “I’m a blessed person; I’m probably one of the luckiest guys in the world.”
  • [On auditioning for Optimus Prime] “I had no idea what it was all about… it was a truck that talked.”
  • [His brother Larry said] “Peter, if you’re gonna be a hero, be a real hero… be strong enough to be gentle, be humble, be courageous…”
  • [Optimus Prime voice] “Hold on to your dreams… the future is built on dreams.”

Stay Tuned…

Hope you enjoyed the show and listened until the very end for our special offer! Next week, we’re chatting to a very familiar voice from Music Radio Creative… the amazing Chelsea Bates!