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Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby First Gen » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:07 pm

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Frank Welker: [In Revenge of the Fallen] Soundwave didn't have nearly enough lines!!!!

Seibertron.com member Johndoe4880 was kind enough to drop us some info on a new Frank Welker interview posted by the fine folks at Ugo.com.

In the interview Frank tells all on how he feels about the Shout! Factory re releases of the monumental G1 Transformers cartoons, tells us who his favorite character to voice was and gives us the scoop on how he wanted more lines in ROTF.

You can read the interview by clicking here.
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby Ravage Eject » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:22 pm

Frank Welker - "I can tell you one thing with great certainty....Soundwave didn't have nearly enough lines!!!!"



AMEN Brother! And I can understand the concern about the audience not being able to understand soundwave's dialogue, but why not use subtitles then?> They did it in the first movie when the cons' spoke in seibertronian and that worked just fine. lol,..sorry I know I know not a good gripe, but Soundwave and his trademark voice were always faves of mine. :grin:
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby shonenfan4 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:52 pm

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Ravage Eject wrote:Frank Welker - "I can tell you one thing with great certainty....Soundwave didn't have nearly enough lines!!!!"



AMEN Brother! And I can understand the concern about the audience not being able to understand soundwave's dialogue, but why not use subtitles then?> They did it in the first movie when the cons' spoke in seibertronian and that worked just fine. lol,..sorry I know I know not a good gripe, but Soundwave and his trademark voice were always faves of mine. :grin:


I have to say Soundwave's voice is pretty unique, and why is it that he only laughs like twice or something in the G1 series?
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby fenrir72 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:55 pm

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The only person I think who towers over this giant is the late Mel Blanc. Peter Cullen will always be Optimus Prime but Frank Welker...................I am at loss for words!
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby Convotron » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:16 pm

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Great interview! Frank IS a legend in the industry. Look at his extensive resume of VO roles! I still can't get over the fact the man is both Megatron and Fred Jones!
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby Megatron Wolf » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:41 pm

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Welker is one of if not the best voice actor to ever live. Not only is he good at what he does but he loves doing it. And i agree Soundwave needed more lines (and a bigger role). I think the hole "they didnt add the sound effect cause you wouldnt be able to understand Soundwave" is pure bullshit. Bay just didnt like the hole 80s vib and caned it. Id have loved to hear Soundwave with teh effect in the theater. I probably would've shed a tear. I would love to see the G1 cast get back together to do a new project. Even better would be G1 and Beast Wars actors teaming up to do a new show. And if Soundwave is brought back with the voice effect he has to laugh. His laugh just sends chills up your spine.
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby capellamusic » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:38 am

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Thanks for sharing! Short but great interview :) . I always love to see Frank Welker interviews, he is amazing and I love especially his Transformers voices, especially Megatron and Soundwave. Two voices that are a part of our childhood memories. They're unique voices that really stay in our minds.

I really wish a new G1 cartoon would be done, and with many original actors, just like Frank reprising his roles! It's really great that Frank enjoys it and would do it! Come on Hasbro, can you imagine the greatness of a new G1 cartoon done with current technology?

BTW, it would be awesome that the DVD, etc. ROTF release would have an extra to activate the vocoder effect for Soundwave to have the same effect as in G1 in his speech :) . Although I loved the voice as it was in the movie, the voice with the G1 vocoder effect in it would have been awesome, I was hoping it would be that way. Unfortunately Bay decided not to add the effect :( . Still excelent anyway, and it's Frank, so I don't want to complain too much since it was actually Soundwave speaking! And the Soundwave parts were some of my favorite from the movie :) .
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby omega666 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:46 am

Convotron wrote:Great interview! Frank IS a legend in the industry. Look at his extensive resume of VO roles! I still can't get over the fact the man is both Megatron and Fred Jones!


and Nibbler! As for Fred, it's been 40 years of Scooby Doo.
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby Alex Jones » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:31 pm

Did Devastator have a line? I remember Megatron shouting out Devastator's name.
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Re: Frank Welker Talks Shout! Factory, ROTF and more

Postby Elita One » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:24 pm

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Great interview. The link to other good news (Bruce Campbell to have a larger part in Spidey 4) makes me a happy geek too.
40 years for Scooby Doo who have thought it would still be around. Nah I love watching it whenever it's on TV. I'll even watch Curious George (bfd if it's for little kids) just to hear Frank's unreal vocal abilities.
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G1 Soundwave does laugh twice. I love it when he does too.
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Soundwave laughing is pretty funny. I'd love to find some sort of voice modulator that would change my voice to Soundwave's. I'd answer all my phone calls with that on. Oh, I'd love to speak to telemarketers in Soundwave's voice!
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Convotron wrote:Soundwave laughing is pretty funny. I'd love to find some sort of voice modulator that would change my voice to Soundwave's. I'd answer all my phone calls with that on. Oh, I'd love to speak to telemarketers in Soundwave's voice!


You just need a vocoder. I used once the one included on Magix Music Studio 2005 deluxe, to say a sentence on the beginning of a song, and my voice got pretty much like Soundwave :) .
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capellamusic wrote:
Convotron wrote:Soundwave laughing is pretty funny. I'd love to find some sort of voice modulator that would change my voice to Soundwave's. I'd answer all my phone calls with that on. Oh, I'd love to speak to telemarketers in Soundwave's voice!


You just need a vocoder. I used once the one included on Magix Music Studio 2005 deluxe, to say a sentence on the beginning of a song, and my voice got pretty much like Soundwave :) .


Very cool! I'll have to look into vocoders. :)
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Convotron wrote:
capellamusic wrote:
Convotron wrote:Soundwave laughing is pretty funny. I'd love to find some sort of voice modulator that would change my voice to Soundwave's. I'd answer all my phone calls with that on. Oh, I'd love to speak to telemarketers in Soundwave's voice!


You just need a vocoder. I used once the one included on Magix Music Studio 2005 deluxe, to say a sentence on the beginning of a song, and my voice got pretty much like Soundwave :) .


Very cool! I'll have to look into vocoders. :)


You can check that sentence at the beginning of my small live performance of that song, which I have on YouTube. It's right after I speak and before I start playing. Only the guitars are live.

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capellamusic wrote:You can check that sentence at the beginning of my small live performance of that song, which I have on YouTube. It's right after I speak and before I start playing. Only the guitars are live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KreblI79vk


Cool! Awesome performance too. :)
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Convotron wrote:
capellamusic wrote:You can check that sentence at the beginning of my small live performance of that song, which I have on YouTube. It's right after I speak and before I start playing. Only the guitars are live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KreblI79vk


Cool! Awesome performance too. :)


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