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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?
Aug 292011
 

Meet Fantastic Max (1988-1991), a talking baby living the dream as a space traveler. With his two companions FX, an alien from the planet Twinkle Twinkle, and AB Sitter, a man made of blocks, Max has intergalactic adventures in a baby bottle shaped rocket ship.

However, no one knows about Max as a space traveler, not even his own family. FX and AB pose as dolls in order to keep Max’s secret.

FX is Max’s closest friend and has special powers. The most common spell he uses is to turn sand into rocket ships. AB is more like an adult, who puts up with Max’s childish ideas. Of course, he only tries to look out for Max.

Max is bright, brave, and resourceful with his diaper pin, but still relates to things the way that a baby would. He can handle spankings, but fears baby baths. Can you blame him?

Sometimes FX’s cousin XS, who is just as magical, joins the team, but on his own terms. XS is a practical joker, who causes nothing but trouble and thinks it’s all fun and games. Will he ever learn?

Another reoccurring alien character is Jumping Jack. He collects all of the garbage out in space and always talks in rap. Jack’s rapping style isn’t bad, but he’s no Eminem.

This was a good series. I always wandered how Max, FX, and AB manage to travel through space so easily without any spacesuits. Do you suppose that when Max grows up, he could be an astronaut with the knowledge of all the different planets he has visited?