Complete List of Dragon*Con Voice Actor Events

09.03.2010

I’ve been asked by several individuals attending Dragon*Con if I would list all of the voice actor panels I’m involved with along with other related panels of note. As you will see below, there are so many related events that this was a rather daunting task. I hope my efforts will be useful as a guide to those attending the con.

Please note that the schedule and guests listed below are subject to change. Check The Daily Dragon regularly for up-to-the-minute schedule and guest updates.

Locations for each panel/event are not listed due to the possibility of changes. For those attending Dragon*Con please check your Pocket Program Guide, and every morning when you arrive at the con be sure to pick up a copy of The Daily Dragon from the local D*Con Info booth which contains all updates and changes.

FRIDAY

– 10:00 AM – Snydecast & FRED Entertainment
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 11:30 AM – Aqua Teen Hunger Force/Squidbillies Panel
Featuring live script reads with a full cast: Jim Fortier, Dave Willis, Carey Means, Daniel Baker (Unknown Hinson), Daniel McDevitt, Dana Snyder, Bobby Ellerbee, Mary Kraft, and Scott Hilley. Autograph session to follow.

– 1:00 PM – Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Rifftrax)

– 2:30 PM – Trace Beaulieu (MST3K, Cinematic Titanic)

– 2:30 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Clone Wars cast members Ashley Eckstein, Phil LaMarr and Daniel Logan.

– 2:30 PM – Voice Acting for Podcasters
Panel description: “Learn the finer points of voice acting and voice overs to enhance your podcast.” [No industry guests listed for this event.]

– 4:00 PM – Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Featuring MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu

– 4:00 PM – Voice Actors
Panel moderated by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, featuring panelists C. Martin Croker, George Lowe, Billy West, Dana Snyder, and John DiMaggio. (Additional guests possible for this panel.)

– 5:30 PM – The Animation Fan Fun Panel
Hosted by yours truly, Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, with special industry guests (TBA). Light on commentary and packed with voice actor improv, a wild Old Time Radio script read, and trivia contest with prizes. Sponsored by toonzone.net and Voice Actors in the News.

– 5:30 PM – Akira: The Great Dub Debate – Streamline or Pioneer?
Fan panel discussing the two dubs of the classic anime film.

– 7:00 PM – Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Live performance by local audio drama troupe.

– 7:00 PM – [adult swim] Comedy
Fan panel with industry guests TBA.

– 8:30 PM – Aqua Teen Hunger Force Fan Panel
Industry guests also possible for this panel.

– 8:30 PM – MST3K and Cinematic Titanic
Historic live performance featuring Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and J. Weinstein. [This is nearly a 6-hour event.]

– 1:30 AM – WEEP
Live concert featuring Venture Bros‘ Doc Hammer on lead vocals and guitar.

SATURDAY

– 11:30 AM – Voice Actors
Panel moderated by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, featuring panelists C. Martin Croker, George Lowe, Billy West, Dana Snyder, John DiMaggio, and Tom Kenny. (Additional guests possible for this panel.)

– 11:30 AM – MST3K
Panel presentation featuring Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and J. Weinstein.

– 1:00 PM – Venture Bros. Guests
Featuring Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. Autograph session to follow.

– 1:00 PM – FUNimation Entertainment Industry Panel and Q&A
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 1:00 PM – Star Wars Costume Contest
Emceed by Ashley Eckstein.

– 4:00 PM – Bizarro Saturday Morning
Adult Swim voice actor/animator/artist C. Martin Croker hosts this vintage film showcase. Here’s Clay’s description of the show:
“Bizarro Saturday Morning” is a film series (all 16mm from my own collection) that I’ve shown around the South – but primarily at [Atlanta’s] Historic Plaza Theater – of vintage, rarely seen and usually offbeat cartoons from the 1930s through the 1980s intercut with vintage Toy and TV spots mostly from the 1960s and 70s.”

– 4:00 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Phil LaMarr and Daniel Logan.

– 8:30 PM – Quantum Quest
Animated feature film screening with guest Tom Kenny.

– 8:30 PM – FUNimation presents: Anime’s Greatest Hits – The Best Scenes
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 10:00 PM – Nuts on the Road: The Quiz Show
Improvised game show with contestants Dana Snyder, Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Adam Savage, J. Weinstein and Kevin Murphy.

SUNDAY

– 10:00 AM – Tom Servo vs Tom Servo
MST3K event featuring Kevin Murphy vs J. Elvis Weinstein.

– 11:30 AM – Squidbillies Fan Panel
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 11:30 AM – Gargoyles: The Animated Series
Featuring cast members Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.

– 1:00 PM – Stories with Uncle George
George Lowe’s popular one-man panel show.

– 1:00 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Daniel Logan and Ashley Eckstein.

– 2:30 PM – Voice Acting Workshop
Featuring voice-over professional September Day and anime/video game voice actor Bob Carter.
Panel description: “Ever wanted to break into the voice over industry but just didn’t know where to start? Don’t have thousands to spend flying out to Los Angeles or New York for weekend-long workshops? How about coming to a workshop to learn what it REALLY takes to get started in this awesome industry right here in Atlanta? You don’t need a ton of money to launch your voice over career!”

– 2:30 PM – MST3K: Meet the Mads
Panel featuring Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, J. Weinstein, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy.

– 4:00 PM – Futurama Cast Panel
Featuring Billy West, John DiMaggio and Phil LaMarr. (Maurice LaMarche unfortunately had to cancel his appearance at the convention.)

– 4:00 PM – Master Shake Tells it Like it Is
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 5:30 – FUNimation Anime Sneak Peaks and Prizes
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 5:30 – Meet Chad Vader!
Featuring the star of popular YouTube adventures of Darth Vader’s less fortunate brother, Chad Vader, who has also voiced Vader for LucasArts video games.

– 5:30 PM – Rifftrax Live…sort of
Featuring Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy.

– 7:00 PM – What’s on Dana Snyder’s iPod
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 7:00 PM – Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Live peformance.

– 8:30 PM – David Bowie: Loving the Alien
Featuring Doc Hammer.


MONDAY

– 10:00 AM – Clone Wars & Star Wars Cartoons
Featuring Phil LaMarr and Ashley Eckstein.

Other celebrity guests will be in attendance who have voiced characters for animated productions. Please check the Pocket Program Guide for the panels and autograph sessions they are participating in.

Thanks to all the following sites for providing detailed schedules for Dragon*Con:

Anime-Manga Track (by Jake)
http://anime.dragoncon.org/2010/08/22/anime-manga-track-schedule-subject-to-change/

Animation Track (by Jess)
http://dragontoon.moonfruit.com/#/schedule-2009/4534639034

Star Wars Track
http://www.swatdc.com/

MST3KInfo
http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=7080

Venture Bros Blog
http://venturebrosblog.com/dragon-con/

[adult swim] Central (by John)
http://www.adultswimcentral.com/dc10.html

[adult swim] Official
http://www.adultswim.com/presents/dragon-con/index.html

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Futurama Cast @ Atlanta’s Dragon*Con 2010

08.18.2010

Four Three principal Futurama cast members will be attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA September 3-6, 2010.

Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, and Maurice LaMarche are all scheduled to appear at the con and will be participating in panels hosted by Dragon*Con’s Animation Track.

Billy West and John DiMaggio will be participating in Voice Actors panels (along with Adult Swim voice actors Dana Snyder, C. Martin Croker and George Lowe) on Friday at 4:00 PM in the Hyatt International North Ballroom, and Saturday at 11:30 AM in the Hyatt International South Ballroom.

West, DiMaggio and LaMarr will be featured together in an all-Futurama cast panel on Sunday at 4:00 PM in the Hyatt Cent. I Ballroom.

And according to the Star Wars Track schedule, Phil LaMarr will also be participating in three Star Wars panels. However, the actual Dragon*Con program schedule shows that he will only be involved in the “Clone Wars & Star Wars Cartoons” panel on Monday at 10:00 AM.

We will have a follow-up post to include all of Dragon*Con’s voice actor-related guests, panels and events, and one of our staff will also be attending the con and will provide coverage with audio, video and photos.

Update: 9.02.2010 — Unfortunately, Maurice LaMarche had to cancel his appearance at Dragon*Con:
http://dailydragon.dragoncon.org/2010/2010-programming-changes/

Moe sends his apologies to all the fans, and hopes he will be able to attend in 2011.

~ Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton
Publisher: Voice Actors in the News


Futurama Cast News Round-Up

02.11.2010

Some tidbits on the upcoming sixth season of Futurama collected from around the web:

Previously reported here, but certainly worthy of mentioning first is that Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder won an Annie Award for “Best Home Entertainment Production.” Scroll down through my report and you’ll find a video which includes a very brief moment of footage showing the Futurama cast and crew receiving the award, with a shout-out from Bender (John DiMaggio).

– Via SLURMED.com (aka Futurama Point): The Kevin Pollack Chat Show interviews Billy West and John DiMaggio — fast-forward through Pollack’s opening commentary to the 17:45 mark to see the interview which is both long and wonderful:

– Season 6 3-minute preview from the October 2009 Florida Animation Supercon:

(with better video)

(with better audio)

– Also from the Florida Animation Supercon: John DiMaggio interviewed by plughitzlive.com (in two parts):

Honestly, you could waste away an hour or so watching all the panel footage and interviews that plughitzlive shot at the con, and most of it is full of Futurama goodness. Watch it all here:


http://www.youtube.com/user/PLuGHiTzLive

– On September 2nd, 2009, Maurice LaMarche revealed via a very brief video on Facebook that late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson will guest star in the upcoming season.

On January 8th, Moe announced that the cast was doing a table read for the landmark 100th episode of the series. Fellow cast members mentioned: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr, Dave Herman and Lauren Tom.

On a related note, GotFuturama.com has a “teaser” from David X. Cohen on what the 100th episode and Holiday-themed episodes will include:

Episode 100 which was recorded the other day may serve as a mini-season finale depending on Comedy Central of course. Also, episode 101 is an Anthology of Interest-style episode with 3 stories based on Xmas, Robanukah, and Kwanzaa.

– Via RadioInk.com: Phil Hendrie, voice of various members of the Waterfall family on Futurama (as well as Tom Landry and Little John on King of the Hill), will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Luncheon on April 13 in Las Vegas.

– Via GotFuturama.com:

Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Phil LaMarr will be making an appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in Anaheim, CA.

The convention runs from April 16th to April 18th and includes appearances from lots of stars including several Star Trek actors who also guested on Futurama.

SciFiWire.com posted an interview with Katey Sagal in mid-January discussing details on what to expect in the upcoming season. “It is so funny,” Sagal said. “I can’t wait for people to see it. I’ve always thought the writing is amazing, but this year it’s hysterically funny.” The article also mentions that 12 of the 26 planned episodes have been recorded as of that posting.

– Newsarama.com has an interview with Phil LaMarr discussing Futurama which I covered in a separate post (which also includes a video of LaMarr at the Animation Supercon discussing Futurama).

And since what LaMarr says specifically pertains to this report, I’ll repeat it here:

“[T]he new episodes, in my opinion, are the best yet,” says LaMarr. “They’re really, really funny. Some of them are really, really thoughtful as well. The guys have come back to the show with renewed energy. The writers and producers. And they’re happy to be back, and know the world and the characters so well that they’re able to…it feels like they’re better at it. They’re able to do more with it than they were before.”

– Spike TV/Comedy Central press rep Melissa Sugiura tweeted Feb. 9th: “Heading to the set of #futurama. Looking forward to checking out my first voice recording session!”

…and afterwards posted a a couple follow-ups:

@kitchelfilms great meeting you today, so great to see it all in action. congrats on a very funny episode!

@gotfuturama @slurmed i had an awesome time! i can’t wait to see it all put together when we air it!”

– Thanks to Twitter-er @kitchelfilms (one of the Futurama writers, whose identity I don’t know at the moment), we have photos of the cast in-studio recording the episode “The Silence of the Clamps.”:

Phil LaMarr and Maurice LaMarche
John DiMaggio
Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille
Katey Sagal
LaMarche and DiMaggio
David X. Cohen directing the cast
DiMaggio and Billy West

Finally, according to “kitchelfilms” (in response to my previous report that Futurama was “currently casting”), unfortunately Futurama “isn’t casting voice actors.”

To stay informed of future developments on Futurama’s sixth season, please visit TheInfosphere.org (The Futurama Wiki).

Additional Sources: Except where noted, most of the above news items are courtesy of the fans on the Futurama forum PEELIFIED.com — The Planet Express Employee Lounge. Nice work keeping fans updated, PEEL members!

Related post: 7.17.2010 — Futurama Cast Full Coverage


Phil LaMarr Talks Animated Avengers, Futurama, Clone Wars

02.09.2010

Newsarama.com has revealed in an interview with Phil LaMarr that Marvel’s The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series “is already recording its second season and the first one hasn’t aired yet.”

The series was thought to be in limbo since no further news came forward after it was announced in October 2008 that the series would begin airing in 2011.

LaMarr, who will voice J.A.R.V.I.S. and Wonder Man for the new series, tells what Marvel fans can expect in terms of story and characters (and when LaMarr says “characters” he means “all of them”):

They’re basically telling the Avengers story [starting] from Avengers #1. And it’s not set in that time, put it follows the same plot points as the original.

It’s not slavishly following [the comic series], but they’re taking the broad strokes. They’re taking what is best from the story lines. But the characterizations are shifted a lot.

I would say that the tone on Avengers is mature but not dark. It’s not a kiddy show. I mean, there is peril. There is a lot of action, but I don’t think there is any effort or desire to make it gritty. These are heroes. I would say the thing that is most unique about it is, it’s more character-driven than most superhero action series. The relationships between the characters [are the focus]. You’re seeing more of that than you have, I think, in other series. I think that makes it skew a little older…but there is as much action as anybody of any age could want.

Following are all the cast members mentioned in the interview:

Rick Wasserman – Thor, Absorbing Man
Phil LaMarr – J.A.R.V.I.S., Wonder Man
Fred Tatasciore – Hulk
Wally Wingert – Ant-Man
Chris Cox – Hawkeye
Colleen O’Shaughnessey – The Wasp
Dawn Olivieri – Pepper Potts
Nolan North – Baldur

Click here to read the complete interview.

Update: 2.11.2010 — Newsarama.com has posted “part 2” of their interview with LaMarr discussing the upcoming season of Futurama and what to expect in the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (in which LaMarr voices Bail Organa).

LaMarr says of the upcoming season 6 of Futurama, “[T]he new episodes, in my opinion, are the best yet. They’re really, really funny. Some of them are really, really thoughtful as well. The guys have come back to the show with renewed energy. The writers and producers. And they’re happy to be back, and know the world and the characters so well that they’re able to…it feels like they’re better at it. They’re able to do more with it than they were before.”

Also found a video interview with LaMarr from the October 2009 Florida Animation Supercon (via plughitzlive.com):

Related post: 1.28.2010 — Phil LaMarr Guests on Web Comedy Show


Phil LaMarr Guests on Web Comedy Show

01.28.2010

The video promo linked below features Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Futurama) guest-starring in Svetlana, a web comedy series premiering on HDNet in April 2010.

[Caution: video contains adult language and content]

For more details on the series, see the press release on Melodika.net.

In related news, I’ve made several recent additions to my previous feature article on the Pee-wee Herman live stage show which runs through Feb. 7th at Club Nokia @ LA Live in Los Angeles, including one just now that includes a cast photo of Phil in costume as Cowboy Curtis.


VAs on TV Alert: Big Time Rush

01.15.2010

The following article was originally published on January 15th and has since been updated as new show guests have been announced. Please scroll down for the most recent updates.

I’ll confess that sometimes I will neglect conveniently forget to post certain news items here.

That would explain what happened when a press release came across the wire with the following headline:

New Show with Cute Guys to Premiere on Nickelodeon!

Let’s face it. I’m almost 40 years old, don’t care for boy bands, and you won’t ever hear me use the words “cute” and “boy” in the same sentence unless I’m giving a compliment to a parent whose baby/toddler is actually a cute kid.

Tara Strong as Miss Collins on the set of 'Big Time Rush'

So, yeah…I kinda didn’t post that here when I first got the news mid-October 2009, even though my friend and fellow voice actor fan Doreen (VA webmistress extraordinaire and Voice Actors in the News staff contributor) gave a heads-up that the prolific (and ever-lovely) animation voice actor TaraStrong.com had been cast in a supporting role on “Big Time Rush” as Miss Collins (teacher of the “Palm Woods” school on the show).

Tara Strong as Miss Collins

So, anyway, Big Time Rush is a new Nickelodeon series about four teenage boys who are cast in a boy band, then move to L.A. and have various sitcomish adventures in Hollywood that will mostly involve flirting with other teenage girls (and being flirted with) while they try to make it as a “serious” performing group.

Oh, and of course there will be music-videoish segments rife with choreography and lip-syncing topop music.

After all, Big Time Rush is Nick’s obvious attempt to revive the “boy band” and thus sell lots and lots of CDs and song/album downloads to their tweenish female viewers.

In other words, it’s like Hanna Montana…but with boys.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little harsh. After all, I’ve no doubts the show is entertaining to its intended audience. And with it being a bankable, marketable formula it’s already a hit — the TV movie/pilot (promoted as a “special preview”) introducing the series premiered November 28th, 2009 and pulled in an audience of nearly 3.5 million, so I’ll probably take some flak for my sarcasm by publishing it here.

But I also will watch this show — like it or not — and not for the “cute boys,” but because Tara is in it.

And if you require further motivation to watch the show (besides the “cute boys”), voice actor James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Johnny Test, Drawn Together) announced 1.14.2010 via Twitter:

I’ve got a “On-Camera” job tomorrow. Meaning I won’t be doing voice, I’ll be playing a part, “Live” my face and my voice. It’s for my good friend Scott Fellows (The creator of Johnny Test) new show called, Big Time Rush. I will have just a couple lines in the middle of the show but should be great fun to do it. And when it’s on I will let you all know.

Update 5.01.2010 — Taylor guest stars as “Regional Manager Taylor” in episode 8 “Big Time Demos” [<– click to watch online] which also features an appearance by VA Daran Norris (The Fairly Odd Parents) as groundskeeper/maintenance guy “Buddah Bob.”

Big Time Rush airs Fridays on Nick at 8:30 PM (EST) with repeats throughout the weekend. Visit Zap2it.com for air dates of other upcoming episodes. The show and “band” also have official pages on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube which you can find linked through their official site: BigTimeRushTV.com.

Update: 1.20.2010, 9:40 AM — I’ve gotten confirmation (thanks to Doreen and Paul’s comments below) that Tara Strong appears as Miss Collins in episode #2 “Big Time School of Rocque” [<– click to view online] which also includes yet another guest-star voice actor Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Phineas & Ferb) as teacher Mr. Smitty.

And you can also watch/download this episode on iTunes.

Tara first appears around the 2:28 mark and Dee at 3:25, and they appear other times throughout the episode as well.

And here’s a clip featuring just Baker’s first appearance:

http://au.video.yahoo.com/watch/6782614/17628464

I’ve discovered a few other animation/voice actor-related connections with this series.

James Arnold Taylor’s comment above mentions Scott Fellows (creator of CN’s Johnny Test), who is credited as the series’ creator and also serves as executive producer and writer. (Fellows has also written/produced episodes for The Fairly Odd Parents.)

Co-producer for Big Time Rush is Jed Springarn who has also produced and/or written episodes of Back at the Barnyand (for which he also was voice director), Jimmy Neutron, Johnny Bravo, Histeria!, Pinky and The Brain, Duckman, Freakazoid! and The Tick.

The director of the “School of Rocque” episode is Savage Steve Holland, who was the co-creator/producer/writer of Eek! The Cat (with Bill Kopp) in which he also voiced Elmo the Elk, Doc Tari in The Terrible Thunderlizards segments, and various incidental characters. Holland was also producer/writer/voice director for Sabrina: The Animated Series.

Update… actually, several updates between May and August, 2010 — The VA cameos on this show just keep on coming:

Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Justice League, Samurai Jack) guest stars as Hawk along with American Idol winner Jordan Sparks in episode 14 “Big Time Sparks” and again in the one-hour season 1 finale “Big Time Concert” which premieres Friday, August 20th at 8 PM (EST).

Daran Norris (The Fairly Odd Parents, The Replacements, The Spectacular Spider-Man) has an amusing recurring role as groundskeper/maintenance guy “Buddah Bob” in episodes #3 “Big Time Bad Boy” [<– click to view online], #7 “Big Time Break” [not available online] (which also includes Sealab 2021‘s Erik Estrada as Officer Garcia), #8 “Big Time Demos” [<– click to view online], #15 “Big Time Fever,” and #16 “Big Time Video.”

Note: “Big Time Bad Boy” also contains what I believe is a direct reference to EEK! The Cat’s catchphrase “Kum bah ya!” as said by a music label executive after getting kicked in the groin.

Carlos Alazraqui (Jimmy Neutron, Camp Lazlo, The Fairly Odd Parents) guest stars as “Photographer Marcos” in episodes #6 “Big Time Photo Shoot” [<– click to view online] and #16 “Big Time Video.”

Ahmed Best (voice of Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars movie prequels and Clone Wars series) guests as “Marketer” in the pilot episode “Big Time Audition” [full episode not available online, although he appears briefly in this music video] and again in episode 11 “Big Time Blogger” [<– click here to view online].

– Wikipedia.com credits Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain) as “C.A.L.” for episode 10, “Big Time Jobs,” but I have not yet seen this episode to confirm if he actually appears or just provided a voice for the character.

And Tara Strong reprised her role as Miss Collins in episode #13 “Big Time Dance” and will guest star a third time in season 2 (for which production started in July 2010). We are also pleased to offer an exclusive photo gallery of Tara’s pictures from the set of Big Time Rush from episode #13 and an upcoming episode for season 2:

Tara Strong and Stephen Kramer Glickman

Fabio and Tara Strong

Tara Strong and Logan Henderson

Tara Strong, Stephen Kramer Glickman, and Kendall Schmidt

Jessica Sacks-Davimos, Stephen Kramer Glickman, and Tara Strong

Carlos Pena Jr and Tara Strong

Tara Strong and Stephen Kramer Glickman

Tara Strong as Miss Collins

Tara Strong as Miss Collins

~ Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton
Publisher: Voice Actors in the News

A very special thanks to Tara Strong for contributing all the set photos, and to Phil LaMarr for his episode info.

Additional Sources: Wikipedia.org, IMDb.com

Retraction — 5.04: I originally posted that Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead) and Amy Poehler had supporting roles BTR (playing a married couple appropriately named “Mike Judge, Sr” and “Nicole Judge”), which I got from a press release. I’m going to assume that this just didn’t work out as either has yet to appear on the series. And the press release is no longer available online.

Related post: 7.14.2009 — Tara Strong on Batman, Chowder, Drawn Together Movie


Updated: ‘Pee-Wee Herman Show’ Returns with VAs Phil LaMarr, Lori Alan

01.08.2010

Phil LaMarr (MAD TV, Futurama, Justice League, Samurai Jack) will star as Cowboy Curtis in the live stage revival of The Pee-wee Herman Show.

UPDATE: 1.11.2010, 11:45 PM (EST) — Voice actor Lori Alan (Family Guy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Metal Gear Solid video game series) stated in an interview published today on StewiesPlayground.com that she will be co-starring in the live show as well.

The show has a scheduled run for January 12th – February 7th, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia @ LA Live, with Paul Reubens (of course) reprising the title role.

Reubens is certainly no stranger to animation voice acting. He voices the recurring character (aptly named) Reuben on CN’s Chowder, and guest-starred on Season 2 of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as the voice of Bat-Mite. He’s voiced characters for a number of other productions, including Tripping The Rift, Rugrats, Teacher’s Pet, and he was the voice of Lock in the stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Pee-wee’s new stage show features “20 puppets and 15 actors” and nearly all of the show’s original cast.

UPDATE: 1.12.2010, 1:00 AM (EST)Playbill.com reports:

Complete casting has been announced for “The Pee-wee Herman Show.”

In addition to Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, the cast will also feature Lynne Marie Stewart as Miss Yvonne; Phil LaMarr as Cowboy Curtis; Jesse Garcia as Sergio, a new character; Josh Meyers as Firefighter; John Moody as Mailman Mike; John Paragon as Jambi; Drew Powell as Bear; Lance Roberts as King of Cartoons; and Lori Alan and Maceo Oliver [performing] voices.

Pee-wee’s talking chair Chairry, Pterri the pterodactyl, Conky the robot, Magic Screen and Randy, will also be on stage…

The late Phil Hartman played Cap’n Carl, and Reubens told the LA Times in August 2009 that he decided to replace Hartman’s character with a brand-new one. “I didn’t want to be looking at someone else playing Phil’s part,” Ruebens says. And Phil LaMarr adds (via Twitter), “No one can replace Phil Hartman. So we’re not even going to try.”

Also absent is Lawrence Fishburne who originally played Cowboy Curtis, but was unavailable due to other committments. According to CNN, Reubens says he did get approval from Fishburne to hire another actor, and versatile character actor Phil LaMarr was an ideal choice to fill the role.

Fishburne did say, however, that he would be interested in reprising his role for a new Pee-wee movie, for which Ruebens says he has high hopes: “I have a movie script that’s based on my CBS TV series, and I thought [the stage show] would be a great way to get that made.”

Visit peewee.com for more show details and to order tickets.

Related interviews about the show:

– USA Today: Pee-wee Herman reopens Playhouse for L.A. stage show
– IFMagazine.com: Times Aren’t Changing on The Pee-wee Herman Stage Show
– Hitfix.com: Breakfast with Pee-wee Herman
– CNN.com: Pee-wee Herman makes a play for a comeback

More links added 1.19.2010, 3:25 AM (EST)
:

– MTV.com: Pee-wee Herman Reveals ‘Playhouse’ Secrets (includes video interview)
– Depauw.edu: Drew Powell in Cast of Pee-wee Herman Show (plays “Bear” and voices Randy, Mr. Window and the Flower).
– LatinoReview.com: Paul Ruebens Spills the Beans on His Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Movie

Videos:

– Footage from the Club Nokia press conference (via Hollywood Headliner Magazine):

– Alan Duke interviews Pee-wee:

– Pee-wee guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Parts 1 and 2):

Also, be sure to follow Pee-wee on Facebook and Twitter, and you can also follow Phil LaMarr via Twitter.

Update: 1.19.2010, 3:10 AM (EST)TV Squad has a review of Pee-wee’s live show. Here’s an excerpt:

It was a heck of a lot of fun, which is saying a lot because I’ve never been a huge fan of Pee-wee or his classic CBS Saturday-morning show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. But most of the people who were there were die-hard fans, many of whom either caught Pee-wee’s original stage show in the mid ’80s, grew up watching his movies or Playhouse, or likely spent their Saturday mornings in college working on their first weekend high while watching his show.

For fans, it was pure comfort food. The stage was set up exactly like the set of Playhouse, complete with his complement of talking household items: Chairry, Magic Screen, Clocky, Pterri, Fish, etc. Jambi was also there to grant Pee-wee his wishes.

TV Squad’s article adds that some celebrities were sighted in the audience, including Neil Patrick Harris and “The Simpsons” producer Al Jean.

Flavorwire.com also has a slideshow of images from the show with accompanying review. Here’s an excerpt:

[T]his show is visually entrancing, fiercely idiosyncratic, and generally hilarious. Pee-wee has returned as wholly entertaining and willfully weird as ever.

This is a fan’s paradise…

The word of the day was “fun,” and so long as the crowd is there to yell and scream along, The Pee-wee Herman Stage Show will continue delivering just that.

Updates: 1.28.2010

LA.com lists some of the many celebrities who have attended Pee-wee’s live show. The article also includes a cast photo with Phil LaMarr in costume as Cowboy Curtis and Lori Alan looking lovely in a powder blue party dress.

– The OCRegister reviews the show:

“The Pee-wee Herman Show”…is all about shtick, teasing and crazy asides that are far more fun than the story.

Perhaps the best thing about Pee-wee’s world is its unabashed celebration of eccentricity. Pee-wee reminds us of childhood and all of its peaks and valleys in an honest, unvarnished and utterly convincing way.

Phil LaMarr has the biggest boots to fill – Cowboy Curtis was originally played by Laurence Fishburne. LaMarr is a capable comic actor who manages to make us forget about his predecessor right away.

Variety review:

Today’s secret word is … delight — especially for fans of Paul Reubens’ iconic man-child, Pee-wee Herman, who has reemerged in an adaptation of the stage show that started it all almost 30 years ago. It’s a trip down memory lane…

Phil LaMarr steps into the boots of Cowboy Curtis, the role originated by Laurence Fishburne. LaMarr is charming as the would-be beau of Miss Yvonne.

LA Times review (including show photos!):

I wish “The Pee-wee Herman Show” was a little less reheated. Still, I’m glad [it’s] back. [A]s far as I’m concerned, this marks the restart of a beautiful old friendship.

Added: 1.05.2010 — Funny or Die Video: Pee-wee Gets an iPad, featuring the voice of Lori Alan as Chairry and Magic Screen, Josh Meyers as Clocky and Conky, and Lance Roberts as Globey.

Thanks to Takineko for the heads-up.

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In related news, LaMarr guest-starred on ABC’s Castle in a recurring role as Dr. Holloway for the Season 2 episodes “The Fifth Bullet” and “Vampire Weekend,” the latter of which is currently available on Hulu.com.

This gives me an opportunity to mention a related, older news I’ve been meaning to post via Frederator Blogs: the on-again/off-again Samurai Jack movie (for which it was previously announced that LaMarr would return to voice the title character)… well, it’s back “on-again” since Cartoon Network in 2007 granted Frederator Studios the rights to produce an animated film “as long as [they] agreed that Genndy [Tartakovsky] would be intimately involved.”

Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert met with Genndy in September 2009 who was “thrilled” with the news that he would finally have a chance to “finish what he’d started, and reclaim a special set of characters he’d created.”

Seibert goes onto say that he will be co-producing the film with J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost) through Abrams’ company Bad Robot Productions at Paramount Pictures. Seibert says Abrams is a “huge Jack fan” and adds, “We knew that with JJ and his producing partner Bryan Burk we’d be in more than good hands and improve our chances tremendously of actually seeing the movie on the big screens.”

No major developments have been announced since. Through Google Search, I’ve found that auditions for the film were apparently being held in September 2008. As of November 2008, Seibert says the film is “still being written.” Also in the same month KungFuCinema.com reported that the film has a budget of $20 million and “will combine traditional 2D animation with stereoscopic 3D.”

Paramount has also registered the domain name TheSamuraiJackMovie.com.

I’ll continue to provide coverage of future developments as they are announced.