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Weisman’s “Inside Spidey” interviews

posted by siryn @ 11:23 AM on Jul 3, 2009
Filed under: Spectacular Spider-Man — Tags: , , ,

Peter Parker becoming spideyIn case you weren’t aware, Greg Weisman, Victor Cook who was a storyboard artist on Gargoyles & Greg Gular, a character designer on Gargoyles and the Art director for the SLG Gargoyles/Bad Guys comics) are connected to the Spectacular Spider-Man series (formerly on Kids WB, now on Disney).

Well, Season 2 of the series has just started airing on Disney, so Greg is making his rounds on the internet talking about the show and answering questions. (He even has been answering questions right here on Ask Greg!)

Interviews with a Spectacular Spider-Man fan site at Marvel Toonzone:

As a special guest spot on IGN.com, Greg is sitting down and answering fan submitted questions on each of the newly aired shows. If Gargoyles fans are interested in adding their own input on the newly aired episodes each week, email: feedback_tv@ign.com. Your question just might be featured (and possibly answered!)

Warning, the following interviews DO CONTAIN SPOILERS! Click on the links with caution!

Overall thoughts on the first interview.

I think for me, my most favorite (non spoilerish) parts of the interview were the production aspects and Stan Lee’s insertion into the first episode of the new season.

You never really think about how characters react to the seasons changing and weather getting colder Gargoyles did address this in the epsiode where Elisa is freezing and asks why the Goliath and the others
do not seem to be bothered by it. Gargoyles are not effected by cold weather…or at least have a greater resistance to it.. awesome, wish I had that ability personally.

Anyways, back to Spidey, Greg Weisman addresses how production/budget wise for normal animated shows redesigning all the characters with new outfits for winter, not to mention the background and scenery with snow, is a lot more work, time and money then you would originally think. But I’m glad that the series did this, as it seems to make the story more real as if time is passing.

Guess who? And of course, a Stan Lee cameo! Nowadays, it seems like you can’t have a Marvel related property without having a Stan Lee cameo! Greg goes into detail on how that was accomplished, what it was like working with him, and just a little cool insight into the process.

Overall thoughts on the second interview.

(Again, I am trying to keep spoilers OUT of these blogs as much as possible, so I figured I would focus on the more developmental aspects of the show that Greg mentions in these interviews. For what characters are revealed and what happens new with Spidey, check out the inside interviews yourself!)

In this interview, Greg mentions how he and the other writers plan out fighting scenes and the actual thought process that goes into developing them. It’s really intriguing to read about the planning and teamwork that goes into something as simple as a 3-4 minute fight scene in an animated cartoon. Greg mentions about finding areas specific to Manhattan that fit the visual and realistic needs required, and the challenges that present themselves. For example, honestly, how many times CAN Spidey get into a fight in a construction area? The teamwork mentioned between the storyboard artists and the writers is pretty neat, so it’s not just a “WRITERS ONLY!” or “ARTISTS ONLY” type project. In this show, everyone is being given their own space to truly create something…well spectacular, when it comes to the show and bringing all these ideas and concepts together when putting together and polishing the ultimate product.

Another interesting aspect is how Greg talks about how he writes stories for the shows. How he wants the show to be amusing for both children and the parents watching it making sure the lines are suitable for all ages, but entertaining as well. He says the writers try to avoid double entrendes and not raise issues amongst children and parents with such dialogue that it is none of their business to be raising. With Spidey’s quirky dialogue, the temptation is definitely there, which makes it all the more challenging to write a character in a child friendly medium. (This especially for a show being aired on Disney!)

PS. Special thanks to Landen Thomas and Gargoyles Twitter Feed for linkage/bringing my attention to the Season 2 Spectacular Spider-Man interviews!

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This ‘old dog’ is always full of new tricks!

posted by siryn @ 10:02 AM on Jul 3, 2009
Filed under: Voice Actors — Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Frank and Bronx
“He came, he saw, he barked.” – Frank Welker on the voice actor’s legacy.

When Gargoyles fans think about dynamic voice actors, Jeff Bennett may be the first that comes to mind, who in several episodes had a habit of speaking to himself. Or perhaps fans think Kathy Soucie, who supplied a large number of the female misc vocals for the show. Being a ‘man of a thousand voices’, Jim Cummings, while not doing a huge range of characters on Gargoyles, is also a famous name in the voice acting business.

But perhaps one of the most successful, influential, and prominent voice actors in the show, was one who didn’t speak a single sentence throughout the entire series.

Frank Welker, the ‘voice’ of Bronx.

(Actually, Frank was responsible for MANY of the animal roles on Gargoyles, Bronx, Cagney, and Boudicca to name a few – check out his entry on the Gargoyles Wiki for a full listing!)

For years Frank has been in the animation business, adding voices to characters both human and animal. (Or even the occasional transforming robot!). It’s hard not to encounter an animated movie or TV series nowadays without some sort of input by Frank somewhere. According to THE-NUMBERS.com, Frank is the #1 actor for total box office revenue generated through his movies. Not average per movie, as that itself is less, but he’s done more movies than Samuel L. Jackson or Tom Hanks and made more money per movie than Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman or Nicolas Cage!

Frank admits in interviews to being somewhat ‘type-cast’ in animal roles, just because there are simply not a lot of voice-actors that specialize in those sorts of sounds. He does manage several speaking parts here and there. (One which you might remember clearly is the voice of Freddie Jones from the Scooby Gang. (He also has recently been voicing Scooby Doo as well since Scott Innes retired).

Ravage from Transformers IIThis past week, Transformers 2 has blazened itself across the big screen and in box office charts. While Frank Welker was not able to reprise his role of Megatron for the new Transformers movies (He did send tapes, but Micheal Bay had another vision in mind for the character), he is BACK in Transformers: Rise of the Fallen reprising his roles of Soundwave and Ravage. (Personally, my favorite characters/best designs of the entire movie). I think hearing his voice sent the silly little 80s child in me bouncing in my seat!

I won’t post spoilers here, but I think the revamped versions of Frank’s characters DO the older classic versions justice. As for the rest of the movie, I’ll leave you all to your own personal judgements. (I do wish Arcee (and her ‘sisters’) would have received more of a PART in this movie then generic made up characters. Jetfire’s incarnation/design is the movie is also pretty sweet, but again, sweet designs does not necessarily a good movie make.)

Here are some other interviews with Frank concerning the Transformers universe, check out the following links.

When looking up some information on Frank and what he’s been doing lately, I found this great clip of him taking Manny the Uncanny to the LA zoo showing them how he ‘researches’ animal voices for special projects.

For more information about Frank Welker, or wanting to send your own question to him about voice acting or his work, check out his official site: http://www.frankwelker.net/

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