You may not know his name or his face but you will definitely know his voice. Rob Paulsen has been performing voices in some of the most well known cartoons from the past thirty (yes, that 3-0) years! He’s been on shows like The Smurfs, the 80’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Jimmy Neutron, The Mask, Mighty Max, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Tick, Darkwing Duck, Biker Mice from Mars, and will again be featured in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Donatello. I could go on really (really…I could, he’s done EVERYTHING) but you want the real scoop, not just a list of this mans credits. Earlier this year Rob began to take the time to record a weekly podcast called “Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen” in which he answers fan questions, tells stories, gives advice to aspiring voice actors (and regular actors as well), sings the occasional song and brings on a slew of guests that include some of the biggest names in animation like Jim Cummings (Winnie The Pooh), Jess Harnell (Wakko Warner), Billy West (Ren & Stimpy) & Maurice Lemarche (The Brain of Pink & The Brain) to just name a few.
Run times for the podcast run anywhere from 20 minutes up to just over an hour and not once does it ever drag. Paulsen has a way of speaking to where you almost forget that you’re listening to a recording and really believe you’re just sitting and having a conversation with the legend of cartoons. He has done and met everyone in the industry and shares great stories of his experiences that anyone wanting to learn the trade will find extremely helpful. Not only that but the encouragement that Rob and his friend provide will be MORE than enough to keep any upstarting voice actor thinking positive and ready to work.
Not an aspiring voice actor? Well neither am I! But I look forward to Talkin Toons every week to hear great stories and tid bits about the people who voiced not only my childhood, but my current love of cartoons as well. I’ve got a bit of an ear for voices and can often point out in cartoons who is doing what voice. In most cases my friends and family find this kind of pointless unless it’s a “celebrity” but I love pointing out when one man does two completely different voices to see if people are as impressed with the talent as I am. Rob is one of those people who I like to point to as having one of the most diverse “groups” of voices in his repertoire out of everyone in the industry I can think of.
Aside from his stories, questions, advice and more, Rob often adds in personal thank yous to everyone who orders an autographed picture from him. I know what you’re thinking, that’s kind of nice, but they must be paying anyways, right? Well you’d be right, except that all the profit from the autographed pictures goes to two charities that Rob supports in “Operation: Smile” and “The Wounded Warriors” project. Talkin Toons, hands down, is a real treat for fans of cartoons out there, whether you want to be a voice actor or not. It’s a great reason to relax, listen to Rob and his friends be goofy, funny and give you a reason to laugh at least once a week. Personally, I’ve listened to some of the episodes multiple times and have even had my wife listen in as well. (She loved the Jim Cummings one!)
So check out RobPaulsenLive.com where you can download episodes or open up ITunes and search for Talkin Toons! All the episodes are free, no charge at all! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Operation: Smile and the Wounded Warriors project which are both great causes! To end this post like Rob ends his podcasts “Remember, laughter is the best medicine and the best part is you can’t OD and the refills are free!”
In the words of Yakko Warner, GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY! *big wave*