FRank Welker

  1. Vin Diesel, The Iron Giant, 1998.   First planned as a filmusical, based on Pete Townshend’s concept album, inspired in turn by UK poet Ted Hughes’  book, Brad Bird’s terrific toon won the best reviews and worst audience of 1999. Sean Connery topped the list of possible voices for the 50ft metal-eating robot, followed of course by James Earl Jones.  Plus two masters of the voicing art… the dashing Canadian Peter Cullen, aka Transformers’ Optimus Prime during 1984-2018 and Winnie The Pooh’s Eyeore, 1988-2009… and Denver’s mighty Frank Walker, who has amassed 864 voicing gigs  from 1969 to 2021, mainly Scooby-Doo and Curious George  but also to Tom and Jerry. 

  2. Weaving, Transformers, 2006.       The original Megatron (among other voices) in The Transformers, 1983, was voicing elsewhere. Besides, director Michael Bay wanted deeper tones to suit the Decepticon leader’s new look. Welker was later OKed for Megatron’s new body Galvatron – in Transformers: Age of Extinction, 2013.   Previously, Welker had voiced the younger years of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, 1983. Then, they shared Megatron/Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie, 1985, directed by Michael Bay… Nimoy’s cousin. So it goes.

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