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


RiffTrax Rips on ‘Paranormal Activity’

02.05.2010

RiffTrax releases their comedic commentary track for the low-budget box office hit Paranormal Activity on Thursday, Feb. 11th. Here’s a preview:

Related post: 1.28.2010 — New RiffTrax DVD Releases Reviewed


New RiffTrax DVD Releases Reviewed

01.28.2010

Creative Loafing Atlanta reviews the recent RiffTrax DVD releases Plan 9 From Outer Space, Wide World of Shorts, Shorts-tacular Shorts-stravaganza, and Planet of Dinosaurs.

RiffTrax also released a new comedic commentary track for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on Jan. 22nd. Here’s a preview:

Previous post: 1.15.2010 — Insert RiffTrax/Cinematic Titanic Plug Here


Insert RiffTrax/Cinematic Titanic Plug Here

01.15.2010

It’s been far too long since I plugged RiffTrax or Cinematic Titanic here, so here’s an article on RiffTrax from the Boise Weekly encouraging its readers to “take the men behind MST3K home.”

Elsewhere, MLive.com has an interview with RiffTrax frontman Mike Nelson and a bonus feature article as well, and DVDTalk has a review of a “RiffTrax Live” event from December 2009.

And just in case you’re not familiar with RiffTrax or Cinematic Titanic, I blathered all about them here: The Legacy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Continues.

…or you could just visit RiffTrax.com, and preview their comedic movie commentaries via YouTube.

And just to be fair, I must also provide equal pluggage for the other MST3K spinoff Cinematic Titanic — equally as entertaining as RiffTrax and also hosted by former “Mystie” alums.

DVDTalk also has a review of Cinematic Titanic’s live show and DVD release for “East Meets Watts,” a 1974 martial arts mess also reviewed by TVSquad.

Here’s a preview via YouTube:

Additionally, Cinematic Titanic creator Joel Hodgson has a couple recent interviews with MontgomeryNews.com and Philly2Philly.com.

My previous article details the history of Cinematic Titanic as well, but you don’t have to take my word for it — visit their official site: CinematicTitanic.com, and they have an official YouTube channel too.

Cinematic Titanic is also performing live at SF Sketchfest on February 2nd (previously reported here), and has four other tour dates currently scheduled through April 2010.

And if you are wondering if there are any hard feelings between the two groups, RiffTrax has at least said there isn’t any on their part. I believe there’s plenty of room for both. And I also believe MST3K fans would donate their organs to see a reunion, either by way of joint commentary projects or a shared live event.


RiffTrax Releases Two New Titles

06.22.2009

RiffTrax.com reports (via Facebook) two new titles have been released in June: The Room (2003) and Voodoo Man (1944), with comedic commentary by Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.

You can also view/hear samples of both titles on RiffTrax’s YouTube Channel.

On a related note, TulsaWorld.com has an interview with Mike Nelson discussing RiffTrax and their recent DVD box set release. This interview also answers a question I had personally been pondering on how much of RiffTrax’s commentaries involves improvisation:

Q: You do a good job of making the flow seem improvisational. How much of it is written and how much is improvised?

A: It’s always been pretty much written. The improv part of it — that’s our desire to make it seem so. We take chunks of the movie, then write it separately, then write it as a group. It’s fun once it’s all written, and you can relax and go to the studio. Then, the skill is to make it seem like it comes off the tip of your tongue.

Previous news: 5.01.2009 — More RiffTrax on DVD.


RiffTrax Commentaries Coming to DVD

04.18.2009

VideoBusiness.com reports that RiffTrax producers Legend Films will release on June 16th “a [DVD] collection of public domain films with the new commentary from [Mike] Nelson and crew.”

Priced at $9.95 each, the collection includes: Carnival of Souls, House On Haunted Hill, Little Shop of Horrors, Missile to the Moon, Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Swing Parade, Shorts Vol. 1 and Shorts Vol. 2.

Selected titles are already available via Legend Films’ online store and other retail outlets.

If you haven’t heard of RiffTrax previously, I did a full write-up in my March 2009 article, The Legacy of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Continues.


The Legacy of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Continues

03.31.2009

More than a decade before commentaries became a standard bonus feature on DVD releases, providing commentary on crappy sci-fi/fantasy B-movies was the entire plot of the TV series (and feature film), Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Although there were some major cast and crew changes during the show’s 1988-1999 run, that did not prevent MST3K from developing a strong fan following…so strong a following, in fact, that members of the show’s cast and crew have returned to their “roots” and are back providing their notorious brand of comedic commentary for films again through newer projects.

MST3K’s creator and original host Joel Hodgson created Cinematic Titanic in 2007, and in addition to performing live shows also began producing a series of B-movie MST3K-esque DVDs and digital downloads which are available through the offiicial site: CinematicTitanic.com. Hodgson is joined on the commentaries by former MST3K cast members Trace Beaulieu (voice of Crow T. Robot), J. Elvis Weinstein (voice of Tom Servo, Gypsy) , Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (voice of Magic Voice).

MST3K actor/writer/director/music composer Michael J. Nelson partnered with former MST3K co-stars Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett to form The Film Crew. The trio hosted segments produced for cable movie channels, and produced a handful of commentaries for DVDs released by Shout! Factory in 2007.

Due to legal entanglements, The Film Crew fizzled and Nelson moved forward to create a much more prolific and successful project, RiffTrax.com. If you haven’t yet heard of RiffTrax, they’re downloadble audio commentaries riffing on a wide variety of genre films such as Jaws, Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, and many others. Through RiffTrax.com, users can download commentary tracks and listen to them as they watch the movies. RiffTrax has also produced a series of shorts and VOD movies, and offers user-contributed commentaries through the site as well.

RiffTrax feature the voices of MST3K alums Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett (voice of Crow T. Robot), Kevin Murphy (voice of Tom Servo, Cambot), Mary Jo Pehl, and Bridget (Jones) Nelson, as well as guest “riffers” Weird Al Yankovic, Fred Willard, Chad Vader (aka Matt Sloan), and Neil Patrick Harris — all whom have done a fair share of voice acting.

Prices for RiffTrax downloads vary between .99 and $3.99, which is pretty dang cheap entertainment if you ask me, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.

Also, if you want to see one of the early influences on MST3K, check out the 1963 Jay Ward series Fractured Flickers, for which the complete series was released on DVD in 2004. The show featured silent and vintage B&W films overdubbed with music and dialog performed by a cast of actors well-known for their cartoon voice work: Hans Conried, Paul Frees, June Foray, and Bill Scott, with guest appearances by Edward Everett Horton (Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator), Sebastian Cabot (Pooh narrator), Roddy McDowall (Pinky & The Brain), Paul Lynde (Charlotte’s Web), Pat Carroll (The Little Mermaid), Bob Newhart (The Rescuers), and Zsa Zsa Gabor (The Rescuers).

Here are some preview clips of the series via YouTube.com:

Fractured Flickers with Hans Conried (opening/closing titles and a brief segment)
Rod Serling “Interviewed” by Hans Conried
Barbara Eden on Fractured Flickers
Peter Lorre – The Quitter (Fractured Flickers – 1963)