He is another awesome voice actor I met at MegaCon 2014, who has had many classic characters that I grew up with and here they are.
Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog (90s version): This is Sonic’s archenemy. Nowadays he’s called Dr. Eggman, but has always been a mad scientist bent on world domination. This particular version of Robotnik is edgy and vile unlike the Anime versions that are a little more comedic. Whatever the case, Sonic always gets the best of him.
Leatherhead from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version): He’s a mutant crocodile with an attitude. Unlike other versions, this one is from a swamp in the South and has the persona of a fisherman. I can still remember his catchphrase, “I guarantee.” It’s priceless.
Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins: Like the first Mortal Kombat movie, he’s a master sorcerer and the main villain. In this animated feature he’s mostly calm, but keeps attempting to break the rules of the tournament by having his warriors attack the heroes before it begins. On a personal note, I thought this voice sounded very similar to Dr. Robotnik.
Ed from The Lion King: He’s one of the hyenas that serve Scar. Ed doesn’t talk much and isn’t very bright. He’ll laugh at just about anything, just like a hyena.
Fuzzy Lumpkins from Powerpuff Girls: This pink fuzzy creature is a hillbilly with a musket. He turns red and violent when angered, which is very easy to do because he will shoot anyone or anything that even touches his property. Fuzzy isn’t much of a villain compared to ones like Mojo Jojo, Princess Morbucks, or Sedusa, but don’t take him lightly.
Zummi Gummi from Gummi Bears: Zummi is the wise spell caster of the group. Though he often stumbles on his words and tends to forget things, you can always count on Zummi for wisdom.
Mayor Manx from SWAT Kats: He’s the Mayor of Megakat City and has been for ten terms. Manx spends most of his time playing golf. He leaves all of the paperwork to Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs and takes all of the credit. There are times when Mayor Manx tries to rent out Megakat Towers to investors and it always ends up in failure. I can’t help but feel sorry for him whenever that happens.
El Capitan from Ducktales: I remember this character well. He’s mysterious and exceptionally greedy for gold. The reason I say exceptionally is because he lived for over 400 years on will power. At the end of the five-part pilot episode, El Capitan was last seen attempting to dig up the Treasure of the Golden Suns after it collapsed and sank into the earth. He was never seen or heard from again after that, so what could have happened to him?
It was a blast to have met Jim Cummings. What are some of your favorite characters that he voiced?
Among the many stars I met at MegaCon this year was voice actor Rob Paulsen. He has had a ton of great characters over the years, many of which I grew up with. It was so awesome to have met him. Here are some of these classic characters.
Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version): As we all know, Raph is the rebellious turtle with the Sais, but this version is different. He is actually comedic and often uses rude wisecracks when either faced with danger or tolerating dumb situations. Since this is the main version of TMNT I grew up watching, I was surprised that this take on Raph’s persona didn’t happen in any other version.
Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 version): Of course, he’s the inventive genius turtle with a Bo staff. This version of Don is different than most. For starters, he has a gap in his mouth and there’s no mention of how he lost that tooth. Don is also in love with April, but nobody thinks the relationship will ever work. Is it because April is a human and Don isn’t?
Arthur from The Tick (90s version): He was once an accountant before he became the Tick’s sidekick. Although Arthur is often timid and can’t fight his moth suit allows him to fly and he’s also more sensible than the Tick. He’s a devoted sidekick, but somehow I just don’t see Arthur going solo.
Caped Chameleon from The Tick (90s version): This superhero is one of my most favorites in the series. He can walk on walls like Spiderman and blend with any color surface or object except plaid. It’s hilarious when that happens. He still makes a good ally. Unfortunately, he’s not featured often in the series.
Yakko from Animaniacs: He’s the oldest of the Warner siblings and is very witty. He’s quick with a joke and his most common wisecrack is, “Good night, everybody.” Yakko says it whenever a situation is on the verge of being inappropriate. I used to not understand that.
Pinky from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain: This lab mouse is the Brain’s imbecilic sidekick that’s the comic relief of a world domination plan. Brain often clobbers Pinky when he says something dumb. That mainly occurs when Brain asks, “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?” Then Pinky’s answer is something completely unrelated.
Dr. Otto Von Scratchansniff from Animaniacs: He’s a psychologist of the stars. With the Warner siblings as his most common patients, Dr. Scratchansniff is the main adult they drive crazy. He is close with the Warners and eventually he becomes their father figure. Unfortunately, the Warners’ antics caused him to rip out all of his hair. He also never takes off his glasses. Why do you suppose that is?
Bobble from Tinkerbell franchise: This is one of the tinker fairies that work with Tinkerbell. He’s a nearsighted inventor that’s both refined and smart. What really stands out is that Bobble always wears goggles with water drops as lenses. How do they stay in there, and how does that really help his sight?
Corky from Snorks: This Snork Patrol officer is a dedicated defender that can play a fanfare with his snork, but tends to be a workaholic. Still, it makes you glad that he’s on the side of good. At one point, I thought he sounded a lot like Ninjor from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but it turns out that it’s not the same voice actor.
Gusto Gummi from Gummi Bears: He’s an artistic Gummi Bear that lived alone on a desert island for 12 years. In season three, he and his pet toucan Arty join up with the other Gummi Bears. Sometimes Gusto takes his art a little too seriously and forgets what’s important, but his heart is always in the right place.
Hard Drive from SWAT Kats: This colorful villain has a surge coat that allows him to smoothly and easily travel through anything electrical and can absorb data like a vacuum. Without it, he’s just a common thief. There’s no mention of how Hard Drive acquired that surge coat, but he is hard to catch when he has it on.
DECKS from Wake, Rattle and Roll: He’s a robot entirely made from audio/video equipment and the name DECKS is an acronym for Digital Electronic Cassette-headed Kinetic System. DECKS’s persona is much like a surfer, which makes him likable. Of course it doesn’t hurt that he can also show cartoons at anytime, but there is a limit of two per episode.
Gladstone Gander from Ducktales: If there’s one character that represents the phrase “Lucky Duck”, it’s Gladstone. He relies on his luck to get through life because good things always happen to him, no matter the situation. The most common situations involve money since he has none. However, Gladstone is no gambler. His luck includes winning contests and raffles, as well as finding money on the street. Even though Gladstone only appeared in two Ducktales episodes, I heard that he was a popular character in the Donald Duck comics along with Scrooge McDuck and Magica de Spell.
How’s that for a list? Do any of you have favorites you’d like to mention?
Welcome to MegaKat City, where the entire population is a variety of cats that act human. However, the city is filled with crime and corruption. The superhero duo protecting it is T-Bone and Razor, also known as the Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron – The Complete Series (1993-1995).
They fly an advanced aircraft called the Turbo Kat, which has many different types of missiles. It makes the SWAT Kats more prepared than Batman and his vehicles.
Of course, no one knows who the SWAT Kats are. When not saving the world T-Bone and Razor, under the identities of Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, work as mechanics.
T-Bone and Razor were once jet pilots, who worked for MegaKat City’s paramilitary law enforcement agency called the Enforcers. Their leader, Commander Feral, discharged them for disobedience and crash landing into their headquarters, even though it was really Feral’s fault that it happened. T-Bone and Razor were transferred to the salvage yard to pay for all the damages, which will take a long time to completely pay off. Luckily, they collected many parts and weapons there.
Commander Feral still leads the Enforcers and only thinks of the SWAT Kats as vigilantes, no matter how helpful they are. Feral will look for any excuse to arrest the SWAT Kats and unmask them, which makes him a constant nuisance. However, Feral does have a good sense of justice when fighting evil. You’ve got to respect him for that.
To many of the other citizens, the SWAT Kats are heroes. Their main ally is Deputy Major Calico “Callie” Briggs, who always warns the SWAT Kats of any danger that threatens the city with a radio communicator. She always believes that the SWAT Kats will succeed where the Enforcers can’t.
Another main ally is Ann Gora the star reporter for Kats Eye News. She’s usually on the scene when the SWAT Kats are in action, which is great for their reputation, despite Feral’s negative statements.
With superheroes there are always colorful super villains. Here are some of the main ones.
Dr. Viper is a mad scientist that is half cat and half snake. His most favorite things to create are evil plant life.
Pastmaster is an undead sorcerer, who can easily travel through time and is intent on bringing the world back to the Dark Ages.
Hard Drive is a technological thief with a surge coat that can manipulate anything powered by electricity. Where he got such an advanced contraption remains unknown.
The Metallikats are indestructible robots with the souls of husband and wife criminals Mac and Molly Mange. The two of them drowned while escaping from an island prison. Luckily, they were rescued by scientist Professor Hackle by having their brains transferred into robot bodies. Hackle wanted them to be good, but Mac and Molly have other plans.
Then there’s the most dangerous villain of all, Dark Kat. He’s an evil warlord with a dark demonic presence. Dark Kat is also manipulative when it comes to targeting the SWAT Kats’ self-confidence. Coincidently, Dark Kat was the criminal T-Bone and Razor went up against just before Feral booted them from the force.
I enjoyed this edgy series with explosive action. I say “explosive” because most of the crime fighting is done with lasers, missiles, and rockets, both inside and outside the Turbo Kat. Most animated cats are known for their comedy and cuteness, but I should warn you. You won’t find much of that on this show.