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.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Silver Screen Fiend here at Skylight Books. Tickets will be available starting January 6th, 2015. They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. In addition to books, Patton Oswalt will sign one additional item and will pose for one photograph with individual attendees, though you are welcome to take photos during the event and from the line (no flash please). Lastly, we ask that you please refrain from making an audio or video recording of the event. Thank you for your cooperation!
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Patton Oswalt (Agents of SHIELD, The King of Queens) appears at Powell’s City of Books to sign Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction on Thursday January 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM.
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503 228 4651
Patton Oswalt (Agents of SHIELD, The King of Queens) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction on Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
Event guidelines are subject to change. Please re-visit page for event updates.
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its tenth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.
Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:
• Brad Bird, Writer & Director
• Mark Andrews, Head of Story
• Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator
• Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography
• Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist
• Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist
Please note: Guests are confirmed, however, an unexpected cancellation is always possible.
The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.
Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!)
Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.
Please note: The Cartoon Art Museum strives to create an enjoyable experience all attendees—given the nature of the theater presentation and the gracious donation of time by the presenters, we will maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding disturbances during this portion of the program. Anyone causing a disruption (i.e. loud or crying children, talking outside of the Q&A portion, texting) will be given one warning. A second incident will result in the individual being asked to leave the studio. For this reason the presentation is not recommended for children under the age of four. Thank you for your understanding.
If you are visiting San Francisco and looking for a hotel, our partner the St. Regis Hotel, is offering a discounted rate for attendees of the event, click on the link for the discount offer.
Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. For more information, call 415-227-8666, ext. 300. To purchase tickets online, visit cartoonart.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are transferable, but nonrefundable.
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Nate Wragg opens a solo exhibition on Saturday June 11th at 7pm.
WIN! Nate Wragg and Nucleus prizes, including original artwork. Click here for details.
About the Artist
Nate Wragg was born in Davis, CA in 1983. He took an interest in drawing and painting at an early age. After graduating high school he studied animation and design at The California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. Since then, Wragg has gone on to work as an illustrator and designer on various projects-including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and the soon-to-be-released Puss and Boots. He was also the Production Designer of Pixar’s short film Your Friend the Rat, and has been involved in designing several main title sequences, most notably the animated end titles for Ratatouille. In addition to working in animation, Wragg has broken into the world of children’s book publishing with his illustrations for Disney Publishing’s Too Many Cooks. His work has been shown in various galleries in Los Angeles, as well as in the New York Society of Illustrators 50th Annual Showcase. The artist currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife.
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
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Patton Oswalt, actor, comedian and comic book writer, signs Zombie Spaceship Wasteland on January 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM
8818 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA
Patton Oswalt signs on January 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm.
Widely known for his roles in the films Big Fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt has been amusing audiences for decades. Now, with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual, and lovable, mindscape. Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained.
He remembers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will home in on one of three story lines: zombies, spaceships, or wastelands. BookPeople is thrilled to host Patton Oswalt. While the talk is free to attend, if you would like a book signed it must be purchased from BookPeople. Free wristbands for the signing line will go out at 9AM the morning of the event.
603 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Patton Oswalt signs on January 06, 2011 at 1:00 PM.
Borders – Wall Street
100 Broadway, New York, NY 10005
Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertainment scene today. Widely known for his roles in the films Big Fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt-a staple of Comedy Central-has been amusing audiences for decades. Now, with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual, and lovable, mindscape.
Spend the day at Pixar Animation Studios For the Seventh Annual Cartoon Art Museum Benefit!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its seventh annual benefit ? on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Pixar Animation Studios. From Pixar’s inception in 1986 with the premiere of its iconic short film, Luxo Jr., to the studio’s latest full-length feature, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Pixar has wowed and charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, there are two great ways to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home:
The Family Fun Tier
(1:00 – 4:00 pm)
The Family Fun Tier is designed for families to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of Pixar. Entry includes the chance to get up close and personal to rarely seen Toy Story art, sculptures, and other items from the Pixar archives and experience a gallery exhibition featuring stunning pre-production artwork from all the Toy Story features. Family Fun Tier members will also be able to participate in a Silent Auction to bid on original and signed works by Pixar creators. Pixar artists will be on hand to teach kids how to draw Pixar characters. Finally, a selection of Pixar short films (including One Man Band, Lifted, Presto, Burn-E and several Cars Toons) will be showing in Pixar’s state-of-the-art screening room in a continuous loop.
For this Tier, doors open at 1 pm. Tickets are $49 for an individual or $149 for a Family Four Pack, which includes entry for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 (or 1 adult and 3 children).
The VIP Screening Tier
(11:00 am — 4:00 pm)
The VIP Screening Tier is designed for the biggest fans to help support the Cartoon Art Museum and to experience Pixar’s state-of-the-art digital theater. Entry includes access to everything from the Family Fun Tier plus access to Pixar’s Studio Store where guests can purchase Pixar items at employee prices. The centerpiece of the event is a noon time 3D screening that includes Day & Night, and the feature film Toy Story 3. The screening will be hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session along with several other Toy Story crew members. The VIP Screening Tier also includes an offering of light lunchtime snacks, treats and conversation with the speakers and other Pixar employees.
For this Tier, doors open two hours early — at 11 am. Cartoon Art Museum members can purchase tickets for the reduced rate of $149, while the non-member rate is $199. Save money and become a member of the Cartoon Art Museum today! Reserved rows for ten are available for $1,500. Treat your friends or employees to an evening of animated fun.
Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. Call 415-227-8666, ext. 300 for more information. Click here to purchase VIP Tier tickets or Family Fun Tier tickets. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
About the Cartoon Art Museum
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics. The Museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and most recently, Toy Story 3. The Northern California studio has won 26 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $5.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Cars 2 (June 24, 2011).