Welker Interview Blitz Ditches Out His Thoughts on the Transformers Franchise

Frank Welker has granted two quick interviews with the UGO Movie Blog and Newsarama to celebrate yesterday's release of Shout! Factory's Generation 1 Season Two Volume One DVD box set.

Highlights below.

UGO Movie Blog Interview:
    Jordan Hoffman: Of all the Transformers you've given voice to who remains the closest to your heart? Blades, Buzzsaw, Chromedome, Frenzy, Galvatron, Groove, Jazz (Commercials only), Laserbeak, Megatron, Mirage, Mixmaster, Ratbat, Ravage, Rumble, Sharkticon, Skywarp, Sludge, Soundwave, Superion, Sweep, Trailbreaker?

    Frank Welker: Did I do all those? Are you just funning me???? Actually, I loved doing "Megs" he was so wonderfully evil and I was very happy with the voice. Soundwave is just plain fun to do...that voice can rattle windows in a large studio and I don't have to yell!!!! My outside fave is Sludge...dumb, slow and goofy, a little too close to my own personality though.

    Jordan Hoffman: ...[B]e honest - could you follow the plot of Revenge of the Fallen?

    Frank Welker: Hey, I never read the script and I actually haven't seen the feature yet. But I can tell you one thing with great certainty....Soundwave didn't have nearly enough lines!!!!
Newsarama Interview:

On Megatron:
    Welker admits that of all his performances, Megatron is still a personal favorite.

    "Number one, is he is different than any of the other voices I have had the privilege of providing. Also, the fact that he has remained a fan favorite and caused a bit of controversy along the way qualifies him for my personal hall of fame. I think he and Soundwave have set themselves apart from the other robots in terms of sound identification and that makes me a proud papa."

    "I purposely set out to make him standout," says Welker. "I wanted him to be different than just having a big loud voice...Putting in the scratchy weird noises seemed to work and the producers never asked me to do anything different. That helped because it was a visceral reaction to what I saw and read about him and for me that tends to make for the best latitude in acting. "It was appealing because I had been doing ‘Smurfs’ and ‘Baby Muppets’ and lots of cute furry creatures. This was a big departure and as actors it is fun to stretch out and do something entirely different. I didn't realize that it was going to be as big as it was. I really thought it was just a cool job and like most shows it would go away after a season or two. It was nice to be wrong."
On working on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
    "I was very happy that Michael felt foreign actors would have trouble with the Soundwave voice. I ended up working most of the foreign versions. That was extremely hard. It took me many hours to do the different languages. Soundwave in French is not to be believed."

Member Comments...

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Th 4RL deal - 2009-09-19 @ 2:24 pm

^^^ in absolute and total agreeance!

Obiprime - 2009-09-18 @ 5:31 pm

I still think he could of done Megs voice in the movie and made it work.

Breaker - 2009-09-17 @ 1:11 am

He is really cool. I once wrote an email to him and he actually took the time and replied on his website! It was a big letter too, Frank is the man!

BlackoutX - 2009-09-16 @ 9:47 pm

Quote FTW >>> "I can tell you one thing with certainty, Soundwave didn't have enough lines!"

THIS.

Metal_Former - 2009-09-16 @ 7:56 pm

He was my favorite actor before reading this interview. But that has now changed. He's now my TOP FAVORITE voice actor!! :yay He definitively don't have to be bribed or forced to do his job. I obviosuly liked his comments regarding Soundwave and Megatron[/b]. :lol

Th 4RL deal - 2009-09-16 @ 4:53 pm

Wow... Frank Welker is the man! I mean... I already liked the guy for his talent, but he really seems like cool guy all around.

*Sigh* I hope I can be as cool as him someday...

Breaker - 2009-09-16 @ 1:29 pm

Quote FTW >>> "I can tell you one thing with certainty, Soundwave didn't have enough lines!"

I love Frank Welker even more now, if that at all is possible in the first place.

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