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Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes fellow Transformers G1 alums Charlie Adler (Silverbolt), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Hal Rayle (Snarl), and Neil Ross (Bonecrusher) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
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Canada’s Transformers Convention Celebrates Milestone 10th Anniversary
TFcon – Canada’s Transformers Collectors Convention returns July 27-29, 2012 for their 10th anniversary and is happy to announce they will be holding their first ever charity auction July 28th for Make-A-Wish Canada. The charity auction will feature many great unique items and we hope our community will help raise as much as possible for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
TFcon is Canada’s annual Transformers collectors convention, and the second greatest attended Transformers convention in the world. TFcon 2012 will be held for the 11th time from July 27th to 29th. This year’s attractions include Transformers Creator Bob Budiansky, Transformers voice actors Scott McNeil and Neil Ross, along with Hasbro Canada. We are pleased to have them as part of our 2012 events. Please see http://www.tfcon.ca for more details.
Canadian Scott McNeil is a veteran animation actor who has voiced a variety of characters in various Transformers television series, including Waspinator, Rattrap, Dinobot, and Silverbolt in the Canadian produced series Beast Wars. He is also known for his voice work on ReBoot, Storm Hawks, Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, InuYasha, Ranma 1/2, Fullmetal Alchemist, and X-Men: Evolution. At TFcon, Mr. McNeil will be participating in a live script reading with fans, question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions. For more information on his career, check out http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0573926/
Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer and editor whose name is synonymous with Transformers fiction. Mr. Budiansky is responsible for much of the writing of the original Marvel Transformers comic, and conceived the names of most of the original Transformers including Megatron. He also wrote the vast majority of the descriptive tech spec biographies printed on the Transformers toy packages that Hasbro produced in the 1980s, giving each character it’s own unique personality. Aside from Transformers, Budiansky has worked on various Marvel comicbook properties including The Avengers, Spider-man, and Ghost Rider. At TFcon Mr. Budiansky will be taking part in question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions in his first ever Canadian convention appearance. For more information on his career check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Budiansky
Neil Ross’ work on Transformers goes all the way back to the original 1984 television series where he voiced the popular characters Springer, Slag, and Bonecrusher among others. Aside from Transformers, Ross’ voice can be heard as Han Solo in the Star Wars video games, in addition to the TV series G.I. Joe, Voltron, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Batman: The Animated Series. At TFcon Mr. Ross will be taking part in a live script reading with fans, question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions. For more information on his career, check out http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0743719/
This year TFcon features Canada’s largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, guest question and answer panels and autograph sessions, Transformers trivia contest, plus art and costume contests. Visit http://www.tfcon.ca for up-to-the-minute details on the convention.