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Aug 032016
 
Anime Festival Orlando was awesome this year. Among the celebrity guests who attended was voice actor Gregg Berger. He had voiced some great characters over the years and was a really nice guy who enjoys what he does. Here are my favorite characters.
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Odie from Garfield franchise: Next to Garfield, this friendly unintelligent dog is the most iconic. One thing I always found peculiar about Odie is that in a franchise where all animals can talk, he’s the only one that doesn’t and there’s no explanation why. At least Odie understands what the other animals say.
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Orson Pig from Garfield and Friends: I often think that Orson is the leadership figure of the U.S. Acres because he is the most sensible of the group. Orson is also a bookworm and sometimes thinks he’s the hero of the stories he reads. The most common is his superhero alter ego, Power Pig. Of course I can’t blame Orson for wanting to play pretend once in a while since he has to put up with the hijinks of his friends, not to mention his older brothers that treat him like a runt.
On a side note: Gregg autographed my Garfield and Friends, Volume 1 DVD set while doing the voice of Orson.
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Floyd the mouse from Garfield and Friends: We all know that Garfield is not a mouser. As a result, Floyd becomes a good friend of his. As far as I can tell, the only things that separate Floyd from other mice are his bulgy eyes and his brand of humor that works when paired with the funny cat.
Cornfed Pig from Duckman: This detective is Duckman’s partner and the more sensible member of the duo. Cornfed is highly intelligent and skilled in many ways. I can definitely tell by the way he talks, despite that he also comes off as a chatterbox.
Grimlock from Transformers (80s version): He’s the leader of the Dinobots and transforms into a T-Rex. Like the other Dinobots, Grimlock is pretty stubborn and always up for taking action. When it comes to the Dinobots, Grimlock is really the only one who stands out as an individual. It might have to do with the action figure I have with the other Transformers I’ve kept over the years.
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AB Sitter from Fantastic Max: He’s a toy robot with the persona of an overprotective adult. AB is often intent on telling Max what to do. Of course, Max doesn’t listen. That’s what makes his rule telling so funny. AB may often be uptight, but his heart is in the right place.
What are some of your favorite characters?
Jun 172016
 

Alan Oppenheimer

Here’s something special for my 800th post. The other voice actor I met at MegaCon 2016 was Alan Oppenheimer. It’s always an honor to meet a voice actor, who voiced characters on shows from my childhood and he has voiced many. When I mentioned that to Alan Oppenheimer, he thought that I didn’t look old enough. It was still an honor just the same.

Most of these classic shows were from the 80s and Alan Oppenheimer had voiced at least several characters from each one. Since it would take a long time to go over each character individually, I’ll try to be more discrete.

Let’s start with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, one of the first animated shows I ever saw. He voiced Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Mer-Man, Buzz-Off, Cringer, and Battle Cat.

That’s really quite impressive since each character sounded very different from one another.

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Shortly after He-Man ended, Alan Oppenheimer voiced several villains on Ghostbusters (1986 version). They included Fangster the werewolf, Long John Scarechrome the pirate ghost, Airhead the mummy, and main arch villain Prime Evil. It wasn’t until I got the DVD sets when I noticed the voice similarities between these characters and the ones from He-Man.

The same goes with his characters from Bravestarr, which included Handlebar the bartender, Scuzz the Prairie henchman, and the evil bull demon Stampede.

You might find this interesting. Alan Oppenheimer also voiced characters from The Neverending Story. One of them was the Rock Biter. He was my favorite.

The others were Falkor the lucky dragon and Gmork the wolf.

Would you believe that he also voiced Vanity Smurf from The Smurfs animated series as well as Count Dracula from Drak Pack.

As great as his voice acting was, Alan Oppenheimer had some live action roles too. However, they were mostly guest appearances in one episode of a TV series. The one I remember best was on Get Smart as Agent 498 in the season 2 episode The Man from YENTA.

Meeting a voice actor behind the cartoons you enjoyed at a younger age is always a pleasure. Any other old favorites you’d like to add?

Jun 082016
 

Welcome back. One of the celebrities I met at MegaCon this year was Anime voice actress Monica Rial, who was really sweet. She had her autograph table nicely decorated too. Here are some characters I remember her best for.

Yukari from Rosario + Vampire: She’s a young witch that usually uses her powers to prank people. Like the other principle female monsters, Yukari is in love with Tsukune. As the youngest in the group, Yukari has a “little sister” persona. It especially shows when she annoys Kurumu. You got to love her.

Tsubaki from Soul Eater: This young assassin is the weapon partner of meister Black Star, but unlike other weapons, Tsubaki can transform into a variety of ninja weapons. That’s really quite amazing. She’s also the levelheaded part of the duo, since she always has to put up with Black Star’s constant arrogance. At least Tsubaki knows how to keep Black Star quiet with a shuriken to the head. Don’t worry, it’s not a vital organ.

Lumiere from Kiddy Grade: This young GOTT receptionist may not have any physical abilities, but don’t underestimate her. Lumiere has an incredible mind that can control any computer unit. She’s also calm and collective. Yet she always tends to remind her partner Éclair to be more ladylike when she gets wild and crazy. Of course, Éclair never listens. Despite that, Lumiere makes a great teammate.

What are some of your favorites?

Apr 202016
 

Dante Basco

This past weekend I went to a convention in Melbourne called Space Coast Nerdfest. One of the stars I met there was Dante Basco. Here are some of my favorite characters that remember him best.

Rufio from Hook: After Peter Pan left Neverland and grew up, he became the new leader of the lost boys. Rufio is arrogant, but charismatic which is why the lost boys like him. However, he can be pretty rough when confronted. I was actually impressed when Rufio took on Captain Hook in a sword fight since Peter Pan is usually the only one brave enough to.

Prince Zuko from Avatar: the Last Airbender: At first he is the main antagonist that’s always after Aang. However, Zuko isn’t really bad. He’s just confused and misguided thanks to his power hungry father. Once Zuko understood the truth, he became a valuable ally to Team Avatar. It’s so interesting to see a bad guy turn good.

On a side note: When I got Dante’s autograph, he told me that he was glad to be a part of the franchise and thought that maybe he would voice the new fire bending Avatar when the next version comes along. No new Avatar series has been made official as of now, but it is a neat idea.

General Iroh II from Legend of Korra: This fire-bending master is Zuko’s grandson and General of the United Forces. Although he’s not featured in the series often, Iroh is a very crucial ally. It’s important for the Avatar to have friends in high places.

Are there any other favorite characters you’d like to add?

May 202015
 

Vic Mignogna

I am so glad that I got to meet Vic Mignogna as CollectiveCon 2015, since he was such a nice guy. He voiced many Anime characters. In fact I can still remember at John Swasey’s Q&A panel at Anime Festival Orlando 2010 that Vic was like the Brad Pitt of Anime voice actors. These are the roles I remember best.

Spirit Albarn from Soul Eater: This demon weapon is Maka’s father and Dr. Franken Stein’s former weapon partner. Spirit tends to be easily angered and reacts to things in a hilarious manner, especially when it comes to his relationship with his daughter. Good thing Lord Death knows how to calm him down with a Reaper chop to the head.

Vega from Street Fighter 2 V: Being one of the most popular characters in the franchise, this Spanish cage fighter needs no introduction. In this series, Vega is a suave 18-year-old bullfighter that has a thing for Chun Li. As a cage fighter, Vega is very brutal. However, I don’t understand why his match with Ken Masters had to drag out for three episodes.

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Dextera from Kiddy Grade: He’s the right hand man of Eclipse and is well respected among the GOTT, along with his partner Sinistra. He doesn’t show much personality, but is a strong leader with plenty of strength and speed.

Are there any other characters you’d like to add?