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Fan Name: Matthew

Question:

Dear Mr Frank Welker, I was just wondering if you could please get in touch with me at the earliest possible convenience if you could it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

 

From Frank: 

Hi Matthew, 

 

I am the administrator of FrankWelker.com.  This site is for general information and questions I submit to Frank.

 

Thank you for your inquiry.

FWWPHost

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Fan Name: John

Question:

Hi Frank, I bet you had a lot of fun recording Eight Legged Freaks, did you have a lot of freedom with doing the spider sounds? And Anaconda was among the few killer animals flicks besides Jaws that scared me as a kid, partially because of the sounds you provided for it, it’s still among my favorite animals based horror movies of the 90’s.

 

From Frank

Hey John,

Yes, doing monsters, animals, and scary noises has always been “mostly” a lot of fun.  When directors (sound editors) don’t know what they want and they ask you to create something that is when the fun begins! Because they are searching, they are quite open to ideas and just pretty much let me go! The process would be to watch the work footage on screen then they would play it again and press record…such a fun and free process.

 

If I remember right that was the case in both Eight Legged Freaks and Anaconda.  I will admit when I first saw the work footage of Anaconda, I was not impressed but when they finished and (I say modestly) added my sounds with some effects thrown in it scared me too.  

 

I never thought the film would be as big as it is (nostalgia) but I ended up really enjoying it and all the actors and performances.   

I still worry about snakes and sharks when ever I go for a swim!!!!

 

Thanks John,

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber

Question:

Hello Frank!! Do you have any pets?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Amber Jones!

 

I had a German Shepard for 14 years.  I bought her when she was a puppy as a Christmas present for my girlfriend at the time.  When we broke up a couple of years later, I got the dog!!!  We were soulmates and I truly loved that dog and took her everywhere.  I had; pigeons, ducks, frogs, and a fawn I found while jogging.  She stayed with me a year…I felt like that was my Gregory Peck moment and the “Yearling.”  I have a strong affection for animals but at the present do not have any…

 

Frank

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Fan Name: William

Question:

Dear Frank, I am a fellow TJ alumni from Denver, Colorado and over the past year have partook in a project of watching every Scooby-Doo movie, TV episode, crossover and more (230+ hours) and tracking over 70 variables per showing. The data-set is over 600 rows (showings) long and contains great information about Scooby-Doo. It is also astonishing that first value of the "Fred Voice Actor" variable is "Frank Welker" from 1969 and so is the current last value in 2021. I feel it would be wrong of me to have completed this project and not share some findings related to your work as Fred (and Scooby). So here is me running off some fun statistics related to your time voice acting on Scooby-Doo. In total, you as Fred has said: "let's split up and look for clues": 102 times (79% of all times Fred has said it) "looks like we have another mystery on our hands": 67 times (98% of all times Fred has said it) "set a trap": 47 times (100% of times Fred has said it) Also as Scooby you've said "Rooby-Rooby-Roo 180 times (43% of all times Scooby has said it) In total you have 168.2 hours in runtime as Fred (90.5% of all Fred's runtime) and 125 hours as Scooby-Doo (54% of all Scooby-Doo's runtime). You have worked with 4 Daphne voice actors: Grey DeLisle: 230 times (65.5%) Heather North: 100 times (28%) Stefanianna Christopherson: 17 times (5%) Marry Kay Bergman: 4 times (0.5%) You have worked with 7 Velma voice actors: Mindy Cohn: 119 times (34%) Kate Micucci: 107 times (30.5%) Pat Stevens: 55 times (16%) Nicole Jaffe: 51 times (14.5%) B.J. Ward: 8 times (.5%) Marla Scott: 8 times (.5%) Stephanie D'Abruzzo: 1 time (~0%) You have worked with 5 Shaggy voice actors: Matthew Lillard: 177 times (50.5%) Casey Kasem: 165 times (47%) Scott Innes: 6 times (2%) Scoot Menville: 2 times (.5%) Billy West: 1 time (~0%) You have worked with 4 Scooby-Doo voice actors (including yourself): Yourself: 229 times (65.5%) Don Messick: 114 times (32.5%) Scott Innes: 7 times (2%) Hadley Kay: 1 time (~0%) You on average have caught the monster 129 times as Fred with a 37% success rate and as Scooby have caught the monster 51 times with a 20% success rate.Thank you for voice acting for my favorite show growing up and finally "Let's go Spartans!" Thanks, William Schooleman

 

From Frank

William!

Holy Cow!!!  Very impressive…only a TJ Spartan would have the patience and cunning to achieve such incredible Scooby stats and records.  Wow, and double wow.  Yes that must have taken a very long time to compile all the information…230 plus hours, oh my.  Lots of watching, recording and I assume Scooby snaking.  I really love the stats and appreciate the time and effort William, “Let’s split up and look for clues!” 102 times really? 

Really cool info!  Thanks again and “Go Spartans, Go Broncos!”

 

Frank

“Let’s split up and look for clues!” 103 

 

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Fan Name: Alexis & Emily

Question: 
Hi Frank, My roommate and I are 23 and watching Shrek. We've just had the thought that dragon needs (at least) a half hour special dedicated to her life but specifically addressing how Shrek, Donkey and Fiona contributed to the decimation of her home. We've also noted that when donkey reunites with her at the river, she has the chain on. How did she escape being chain trapped? How does she feel about her home being destroyed? Is she and Fiona pals before Shrek rescued her? Where does she live post-castle? We also believe that in this special, Shrek, Donkey and Fiona need to apologize to her for destroying her home. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Alexis and Emily

 

 

From Frank: 

Hey you two!

 

Thank you for reaching out but I am sorry to say I don’t know much about Shrek or the franchise.  I don’t believe I worked on any of the shows or films or products but reading your comments that all sounds fair and reasonable what you and Emily are saying.  I guess I will have to watch for reruns.

 

Best,

Frank

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Fan Name: David

Question:

Dear Mr Welker I first and foremost want to THANK YOU for all the voices you have done over the years. & I was wondering if there is anyway to get your autograph?

 

From Frank: 

Hi David,

Thank you for watching and listening.  We are currently setting up dates for going out to some Cons and Expos to meet fans and sign.  Hopefully we will be in your city and I would be happy to meet you.  

 

Again, thanks for watching the shows!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany

Question:

Hello Frank Welker, my name is Tiffany, I'm 24 years old, autistic, and I'm a fan of your voice work. I'm love cartoons, so you were like my childhood in a way lol. Can I please get an autograph from you?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tiffany,

Thank you for the interest in my work.  It is a crazy but fun job.  Hope I didn’t keep you away from your schoolwork. Right now we don’t have a way to do autographs but talking with my agent about something in the future.  

 

Thank you for watching!

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Ricci

Question:

Hi Frank! I’ve been a fan since the beginning of Scooby Doo. I was SO excited to get to meet you at the Fan Expo in Dallas for my birthday in 2019. I have 2 questions…Are you doing any comic cons this year and what is your favorite version of Scooby Doo? I love the original, of course, and all the versions with guest stars. I didn’t think I would like Be Cool Scooby Doo because of the drawing style, but I LOVE the comedy/scripting. Also love What’s New Scooby Doo. I think you’re amazing and look forward to meeting you again someday!

 

From Frank: 

Ricci 

 

How nice of you to say and I appreciate your long loyalty to our SCOOBY!  I remember flying into Dallas and was surprised at how much water was in the area…sorry, I digress…Dallas was a fun Con and I’m glad we got to meet.  Yes, I do plan on more and of course a lot depends on the Covid situation.  Peter Cullen and I will be going to Salt Lake in September and Scotland in October.  I am planning on getting an event tab for the site here too.  

 

Now as to Scooby, I couldn’t agree with you more…I did not like the look of the character’s in the rendition you mention and prefer the classic.  The square art just didn’t feel right.  I hope you like this last version of Guess Who Scooby Doo!  Watch for an episode where we the cast; Frank, Matt, Kate, and Grey are the guest stars and we meet Fred, Daph, Velma and Shaggy…and Scooby of course and solve a mystery…it is a hoot!!!!

 

Thank you again Ricci!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Carey

Question:

Mr. Welker, I have watched Scooby Doo since I can remember. I have fond memories of childhood tied to that show. My mother baked me Scooby birthday cakes even into my 30s. She'd by Scooby themed party plates and napkins even into my 30s. I lost her in 2018 just before my 41st. I have no doubt she would be buying be Scooby related items even now, for my Chemo, as he has always been my comfort zone. When I was sick, I was spaghetti Os and Scooby. I can't tell Don Messick, or Casey Kasem how they helped shape my childhood, I wanted to thank you. Especially for taking on Scooby and keeping him going. Please know how happy my life has been, and how deeply you have been a part of that, even to today. As I struggle through the changes life tosses at me, Scooby Doo is a rock for me. Thank you so much sir. So much.

 

From Frank:

Hi Carey, 

Sounds like you have had a rough go.  It is so nice to hear Scooby has been a comfort to you in your life.  I hear that a lot.  It always makes me happy to know that we are not just entertainment but that we can be meaningful too.  

 

Scooby has been an amazing show because not only was it fun,  but also because during the process I was able to work with and meet people like Don Messick, Casey Kasem, and Noel North.  

 

I know I speak for all of us in the cast and the creative team when I say we wish you all the best Carey. 

Frank

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Fan Name: Brian  

Question:

Mr. Welker, Wanted to say "Thank You!". You, with other voice actors/actresses helped shape my childhood allowed me to dream that I can be anything. Over 40 yrs old now, I have my kids watching many of the cartoons from the 70s, 80s, and 90s which they love more than current cartoons except Scooby Doo. Thank you for your gift and service to many generations of kids. I have one idea for a Scooby Doo skit. Have one centered around a voice actor convention and bring in several voice actors/actresses from the last 40 yrs. You could be yourself and help Fred. The ghost could be a young voice actor trying to get a part over another famous voice actor....or you can come up with something else for the mystery. Doing something like this would be funny and highlight voice acting. Just an idea. Again, thank you!

 

From Frank:

Brian!

 

Great idea, and after 53 years we need lots of good stories and plots! When you think of all the mysteries that have been solved on the TV series, in DVD’s and movies and videos it kind of blows the mind.  I mean, wow, that’s a lot of ghosts and twists and turns right!?!  

 

Unfortunately, I have no control over the writing I just come in and do the voices.  The scripts are created by writers at Warner Studios or free lance writers the studio hires.  I like you idea very creative.

 

Thanks Brian and Scoooooby Dooooobie Dooooo!!!!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Troy

Question:

Mr. Weller my name is Troy Claycamp and I am a special education teacher in Kansas City. One of my former students is a huge transformers fan has met you several times and there’s an outside chance you may even know him. His name is Matthew Peacock. He’s getting married in November and I’m wondering if you belong to one of those custom message services or if there’s a way that I could get a recording of Megatron pronouncing them husband and wife. If there’s anyway I can make this happen please let me know. Thanks for all your work, I also grew up a huge transformers fan, and a lot of your other work and have grown up listening to your voice my whole life. Take care and thank you.

 

From Frank: 

Hey Troy,

What a nice thing for you to do for one of your students…thinking about others, a good teacher for sure.  At this time, I do not have membership in any of those services, sorry.  I will be out at Cons and Expos in 2022.  We will be in Salt Lake City in September 2021 and Scotland which I doubt will help…but a here is a written note at least:

 

Matthew,  I am surprised you did not come to me “Megatron” for permission to marry.  However, I forgive you…as long as you assure me your bride is a DECEPTICON!!!

Congratulations to you from all the Decepticons Matt!

 

Lord Megatron

And Frank too!

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Fan Name: Anita 

Question:

Hi Mr Welker. I hope you are in good health. First off. I tried to find a fan mail approach to getting in touch. I found this place. I grew up with your voices and those Saturday cartoons were my escape from reality. I love your real voice. It's a gentle soothing voice. Sorry. I talk too much. Anyway. My question. How or where can I get an autograph picture? See. I have cancer and can't travel. And my daughter is slowly losing her sight. (diabetes retinopathy) She adores you playing Fred, Scooby, and Garfield. I recently watched you and Mr Cullen on youtube. If you could have seen the expressions on her face, listening to your Fred and Scooby rendition, to a child in the audience. It was shock, joy, and pure love. Then her mouth dropped when you and Mr. Cullen did your Transformers script. I get shivers every time I watch it. I'm not looking for freebies. I'm prepared to pay. Honest. Again. I apologise for the long message. Thank you kindly for all your hard work. For making my childhood magical and my children too. Please take care. Lots of love, Anita and family. PS... Have you ever dressed up as Fred? My youngest daughter asks. She's also a BIG fan. 

 

From Frank: 

Anita,

First, let me say thank you for watching and listening all these years.Secondly, thank you for the compliment on my natural voice.  I have always been a little disappointed with my own voice and prefer doing characters! Ha yikes! 

 

Wow sounds like you have got some Scooby fans in your family.  I find it hard to believe we have been on the air long enough to cover at least three generations!!!! Zoinks and Jinkies!!

I am glad you liked the script reading that Peter and I do. We are trying to repeat that in all the shows now.  Also, we are thinking of adding a little more script reading…we enjoy doing it.  Lastly, no I have never dressed up as Fred.  I remember once, when I was very young, for Halloween, going trick or treating as a pumpkin and actually wore a real pumpkin on my head…oh my smelly and heavy.  I stole the idea from my brother.  I think if I had it to do over…I would go as Fred!!!

 

Best wishes to you and all the family…Scoooooby Doooobie Dooooo!

Frank

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Fan Name: Tyler

Question: 

Hi Frank My Name is Tyler and I am currently looking into voice acting I was wondering if you are available of doing a zoom call meeting with me also I am. Big fan of your work

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tyler,

I would suggest you see (Google) Steve Blum’s information on Voice Acting for a fun start.  I’m not doing Zoom’s but there are lot’s of folks (actors) online that do classes and give advice.  Thank you for watching and listening over the years!!

 

Good luck and best wishes

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Deandre

Question:

Hi Frank! I'm a big fan of your work and I'm a big Scooby-Doo fan I've been watching it for years now. And I wanna be a voice actor like you, but I don't know how to become one. Could you give me some tips? And I aspire to be as successful as you are! Like, you're one of the best voice actors of ALL TIME! you're up there with Mel Blanc! And speaking of which, have you actually worked with Mel Blanc? And that's all I have to say! Bye! Love your acting!

 

From Frank: 

Hello Deandre,

 

Thanks for watching and “listening” to my work.  I’m a Scooby fan too.  53 years and we are still going!!!

 

Voice acting is acting so that is one thing to remember.  Any school that has a drama department I would enroll, “ACT!”  Doesn’t’ matter if it’s on stage, film or voice the idea is the same.  Mic technique can be quickly learned.  Also, I would recommend reading everything you can get your hands on especially plays with lots of characters…read all the parts aloud.  Try to do them as realistically as possible.  Your pets, watch and listen to them then try and talk to them but in their language.  There are teachers in the voice field, I recommend you Google Steve Blum and check out his site and advice…fun stuff.

 

Yes, I did work with Mel.  He was pretty old and was on oxygen most of the time but when he spoke “acted” oh my still brilliant.  I remember in a session he asked me to do Dino the dog from the Flintstones for him because it was too hard on him at the time…it was an honor and a little hard on me too…difficult character to do!

 

Good Luck Deandre!   Frank

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Fan Name: Chris 

Question: 

Hello Frank! I am a lifelong fan of your work, having fallen in love with your voice talents as a child while watching Megatron and his Decepticons blast Optimus Prime and the Autobots every afternoon when school was over. My sons, ages 5 and 2.5, love the The Transformers as well as a certain curious monkey that you voice! I do have a question for you regarding your time on The Transformers in the 1980's. You did the voice of Galvatron in the animated series who was often written as being crazy, insane, almost to the point of comedy (he often attacked his own Decepticons in a fit of rage!). His voice evolved through that third season in 1986, starting off somewhat closer to your natural voice (a rougher "Fred" from Scooby Doo) but ended in more of a strained, almost a "whine" to his tone. My question is - what do you remember from voicing the original Galvatron from the animated series? And a follow-up question ... if the chance to continue that series (and explain how Megatron came back!), would you be interested? Thank you so much Mr. Welker! My sons and I are hoping to meet you post-pandemic for an autograph and picture! All our best to you and yours.


From Frank: 

Hello Mr. Boothroy,

 

Well, it sounds like we have an entire family of “Transformer” enthusiasts thank you for that indeed!  

 

Yes, I remember the Galvatron sessions well.  Originally, the studio and Wally Burr our director, wanted me to get as close to Leonard Nimoy’s voice from the film version as possible.  Then, to vary it more towards my own voice while separating it from the typical Decepticon sound.  It was not my favorite voice to be honest and I was never pleased with where we ended up.  I think since Megatron was Galvatron or Galvatron was Megatron they felt it made since but as I say I never felt happy or comfortable with that choice.  I think this kind of harkens back to the  casting of celebrities in the feature…all fabulous personalities and actors but casting, in my opinion, was not always done for the right reasons and maybe Galvatron would have been better off with a different linage than Leonard and myself.  Co-incidentally, I worked with Mr. Nimoy on one of the Star Trek movies and played him when he was a baby evolving.  It required me screaming with pain through transitions stages and it was painful but great fun working with Leonard.  He was a gentleman and good director. It is strange how we ended up crossing over back and forth in different projects playing each other. 

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Craig

Question: 

Hi Frank. You are a true inspiration to voice acting! You certainly have a unique voice for many characters, even vocals for animals and creatures. But I have to say that your voices for the transformers are super phenomenal! Especially for the live-action movies. What was your experience like voicing for the robots in the Transformers films?

 

From Frank

Hi Craig,

 

Well first off,  since these film versions were on the big screen and the characters were huge the sound had to be bigger than in the animated versions.  By the way, how about Peter Cullen and Optimus…he transitioned beautifully with that magnificent voice.  

 

I remember doing  Mixmaster and that was a throat ripper (as we say) but still great fun and Michael Bay enjoyed the weird things I brought to it.  Later when I did Galvatron and Megatron he was very open and let me create new voices for both.  I worked alone (no other actors ) and concentrated on each of the characters.  We did all our voice work to picture ADR so we could see what the intent was in the scenes…I guess the main thing with all that action was we needed to be big and loud.  

 

One thing I really like about another incarnation of Megatron was the “Prime” series with the new CGI technology.  Because of the technology we looked big but we had more facial movement and subtlety.  I was able to be malevolent and quiet at the same time, absolutely lovely for a change!   Thanks for watching Craig!

 

Megs!

 

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Fan Name: Petar 

Question: 

Hello, Mr. Franklin! I am from Serbia, I'm 13 years old and my name is Petar Pejčić. I'm a big fan of the series League of Super Evil. When I grow up, I would like to be a TV host, so currently, I'm hoping that some of my favorite voice actors would allow me to interview them. You are also one of my favoritest voice actors! You did a great voice work on your characters, especially the animals, such as Garfield the cat! So, I was hoping, would you allow me to interview you? If you would, please call me on my telephone, and I'll give you my phone number. I would be really grateful to you if you'd allow me to interview you, but if you didn't, that's okay. I'll understand. :) Thanks so much in advance! :), Petar Pejčić.

 

From Frank

Hello Petar,

 

I love that you are from Serbia…I don’t get many letters from Serbia in fact yours is the first…so thank you.  I had a friend who was a great golfer,  a funny and smart guy who just moved back to the homeland.  I am not sure where he was exactly but loved his accent.  

I am glad you are interested in the business and becoming an interviewer.  I am sorry to say, I am not doing interviews generally and that is why I have this Q&A page.  I do wish you well and thanks again for watching listening and your interest!

 

Good luck Petar! 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Nyx-eris

Question: 

frank hello! :) I'm nyx-eris and i heard that you're a pilot (amber told me lol), but I'm curious, did the pilot episode of catch 22 made you want to become a pilot? or was becoming a pilot something you always wanted to do on your free time? (also my older brother is a pilot too and is going to train for the airlines soon) (ps. stay safe)

 

From Frank:

Nyx-eris

Yes, Amber is correct.  I did Catch 22 when I was quite young and actually knew nothing about airplanes and had no interest in flying.  It all started later when my girlfriend at the time was a test engineer for an aerospace company.  She was in test flight and took me to the airport to look at a plane.  When I looked at all those knobs and buttons (the panel) I thought “oh my no way!”  She convinced me that weekends and distances could be expanded as well as holiday travels etc.   We both got our licenses and I ended up buying a plane and have been flying ever since.  It is a lot of fun and quite a utilitarian hobby I might add.  

Good luck to your brother!

 

Blue skies,

Frank

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Fan Name: Declan 

Question

Hi Frank! Do you do any mail in signings? I have a scooby doo pop I would love to have signed by yourself. Regards, Declan

 

From Frank

Hello Mr. Johnson,

I really don’t take anything in the mail I find that things can and do get lost in the post and I feel very bad when folks lose things.  I find it is just best not to do it at all and since I am attending more and more conventions and cons (when Covid finally gets back in the bottle) maybe I will be able to see you in person.  We will have a page soon listing up and coming shows and events until then, thank you for your interest and best wishes…stay safe.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Antonio

Question: Hi Frank I was wondering if you do fanmail or anyway I could send you my scoobydoo poster to get signed

 

From Frank

Hi Antonio,

 

I’m sorry but unfortunately, I am not doing fan mail or accepting items.  It is impossible to assure that things get done and returned correctly and safely. I have seen things get lost and it really is disappointing when that happens.   I am happy to say, I am appearing at more conventions and cons and would be glad to have the opportunity to sign your item there.  I really do appreciate your interest and hope that will work out one day. Until then…Scoooooby Doooooobie Do!

 

All the best,

 

Scooby/aka  Frank

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Fan Name: Stephen

Question: Hi Frank, first off, huge fan! You are an amazing talent. Do you do signing appearances? If so, we would love to host you in Miami at our shop. We have a great fan base that would love to meet you! Thanks.

 

From Frank

Hey Stephen,

 

Thank you for the support.  Would like to see your shop if I ever get to Miami.  Have been doing more convention appearances so maybe we will get out that way.  Good look with your shop and nice to know you are doing well!

 

Best,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Cooper

Question: 

Hi, I’m from Des Moines, Iowa and I have watch scooby doo since I was a kid and I have lots of them. I like to pursue a career in voice over as one of my options if the others don’t work out. I just wonder how do you created so many voices?

From Frank

Hello Coop!

 

Have not been to Iowa, crazy huh?  Anyway, hope all is well up there!!!  Voice over work is fun but may not be as easy as you think.  My guess is that if you haven’t already chosen this as a profession it might be more of a hobby and fun for you…which is perfectly fine…but it is a very hard business to make a living at.  That being said, why not??  Right? Scccccoooobyyyy Doooobie Doooooo!

 

Good luck,

Frank

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Fan Name: Travis

Question

Hi Frank, we'd love to have you out here in Warren, Ohio this December 11th and 12th for our Warren Comicon. It's a smaller show compared to the ones in the bigger cities and it takes place at the historic Best Western Park Hotel. The website is www.warrencomicon.com, we would provide airfare, hotel, and per diem. Thank you for your time, Travis Bowen

 

From Frank

Hi Travis!

Thanks for the invite.  You would need to contact my agent who handles appearances and the like.   Ohio in the winter sounds nice, SNOW haven’t seen any of that in quite a while!!!

Good luck with your show and beyond!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: DeAnn

Question: 

Hi, Frank! I have seen your name on movies and shows for years, since I was a kid, and I've always wondered if we might be distant relatives. I don't meet many other Welkers. I admire your work, and hope to hear from you. In admiration, DeAnn Welker

 

From Frank

Well, DeAnn WELKER,

It is an honor to meet you.  My folks grew up in the Missouri/Kansas part of the country.  I must say for the longest time there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of Welker’s.  Now, with social media,  I do see more and more Welker’s and I say we are all related, right!!!??  Of Welker’s in the media, I know of Christi Welker the reporter, I think for NBC, not sure about being a relation but there is Wes Welker the fabulous football player who spent some time playing for the Denver Broncos and he is a strong maybe. I believe his family was also from the Missouri area. He once signed a football for me but I didn’t get a chance to actually meet or talk to him, but I wouldn’t say it is a far stretch to being related…I like to think so, I love football and the Denver Broncos!   

 

Thanks for writing in and being part of the family! Go Welker’s and Go Broncos!

 

Best wishes,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Wyatt

Question: 

Hi, Frank... This is Wyatt Henderson. Remeber me? I'm the dude who emailed you a year ago. I'm 20 and will be 21 on September 22. I have got one fan art for you I thought you might like. Sorry for emailing you again. Didn't mean to be a rudish and creepy jerk to you. I would love to hear recordings of you doing gorilla noises like all the animals and monsters you did on Scooby Doo, The WB's and DIsney's Tarzan. I have discovered the Filmation Tarzan show from the 1970s when I was eight and The WB's Tarzan when I was about ten on the internet. You and Peter Cullen are the greatest actors ever and I don't want anything bad happen to you too like Stan Lee. Also I have a friend who loves gorillas, drawing and Scooby Doo. His name is Parker Williams and he is so funny when he goes deep and low with his voice that sounds just like you. Like I said sorry about this email. I understand that you are uncomfortable with me right now. Thanks for answering some questions for me and being cool on TV.

 

From Frank

Wyatt!

 

How are you?  Hope you are doing well. 

 

It is always a challenge but usually fun doing animal noises.  Most of the time we are doing characters but sometimes, when doing ADR for movies as an example, I will be asked to do authentic animal sounds.  That is really a fun challenge…the goal is to fool the audience and have them believe the sounds they are hearing are form the dog, or moose or whatever.  Peter and I are still working together and enjoy it a lot.  Tell Parker hello and not to hurt himself with those deep scratchy voices!!!!

 

Take care,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Matt 

Question

Greetings, My name is Matt, I am 32 years old and I live in Israel. I hold a B.A in Literature, and I work as a school teacher. In addition to that, I also work in creative writing. I am looking for some basic contact details for Mr. Frank Welker. My intention is not to send him fan mail; rather, I would like to try and offer myself as a guest writer for the current Scooby Doo And Guess Who show. I am interested in sending him a script I wrote for an imaginary Scooby Doo and guess who episode, which I worked on independently as I am an avid Scooby Doo devotee. Inevitably, the character of Fred takes part in the script. Hopefully, if possible, and should Mr. Welker enjoy the script, he might consider showing it to the appropriate parties at WB Television. At any rate, he is welcome to aid in the episode's production and voice over work in any way he likes. I would not call this work fanfiction as I treat it quite seriously- perhaps the appropriate term would be a homage. If you can supply me with the necessary contact details I would be very delighted. An E-mail address would be preferable, but I can also forward the script file to you if that is more convenient. Hoping this is my lucky day, Kind regards, Matt.

 

From Frank

Hello Matt,

 

First, congratulations on your many accomplishments.  I think, by the way, one of the most important jobs we have is our teachers.  Further, I have a deep respect for writers.  Interesting that you have a script for the Scooby franchise.  Unfortunately, I have no say in the production or writing I am simply an actor who goes to the studio and records what is supplied by the producers.  It is quite and elaborate process and you would need to contact Warner Brothers Studios.  I am guessing they have someone there you can submit your writing to.  

 

Good luck and thank you for being and educator an awesome and critical job indeed.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Deandre

Question: Hi Frank! You're a PHENOMENAL voice actor! But, one question I've been dying to ask you is have you met Mel Blanc?

 

From Frank

Deandre,

 

Thank you for the compliment!  Yes, I was very fortunate to have the privilege to work with Mr. Blanc.  It was later in his life and career.  It was always a treat just to be in the room with him let alone working with him.  

Crazy, but in one session Mel asked me if I wouldn’t mind doing Dino (Flintstones) for him because it was too rough on his vocal cords that day.  Of course, I was thrilled and honored to do it.  I remember he had an oxygen bottle in that session, so it was difficult for him working but of course he was still fabulous.  Sharing a studio with Mel Blanc, Daws Butler and Don Messick are all great and unforgettable memories!!!!

 

Best, Frank

 

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Fan Name: Jamie 

Question

Dear Hello, my name is Jamie Pearce and I am my team captain for Relay for Life here on Florida's First Coast. We are starting to prepare for or 2021/2022 Relay for Life season. We have always done raffles and auctions in the past and I am gathering prizes for the event. I am curious if you would be able to send an autographed photo for our fund raiser to help us raise money to fight cancer. (We will be doing a supernatural/paranormal with Scooby Doo to be kie friendly too, themed event among others.) Last year we barely reached our goal with COVID putting a damper on events so this year we are planning even more and many of them virtually. Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon. Warmest Regards, Jamie Pearce First Coast Relay for Life Team Captain Historic Haunts http://main.acsevents.org/goto/HistoricHaunts Mailing address: Jamie Pearce 6985 Ortega Woods Dr. Unit 7 Jacksonville, FL 32244

 

From Frank

Jamie,

 

Right now, we don’t have anything set up, but we are trying to coordinate with Warner Bros. to handle requests like yours.  Covid really did put a damper on a lot of good causes and events…what a devastating time.  Let’s hope we have that all behind us. 

 

Good luck with the Relay!

 

FW

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Fan Name: Paul

Question: 

Dear Mr. Welker, My name is Paul Lenza and I live with my parents in staten island, ny. Also, I am 20 years old. I love disney,history from ancient civilization to the period after the Civil War, art and a big fan of Scooby-doo and Muppets. They are entertaining and taught me people who I would not have known if I did not watch them. My question is it possible for an scooby-doo episode can the guest star be the 999 happy haunts from disney haunted mansion? I think that would be fun and knowledgeable. ( I have an idea for it too.) From, Paul Lenza

 

From Frank

Hey Paul, 

 

Sounds like you are really a big Disney fan!!!!  I enjoyed working on the Muppet Babies show and of course still do enjoy being part of the Scooby Doo gang.  I like your ideas, but the producers at Warner’s and Disney would have to agree to make that happen.  I have found it is a big mystery the way the studios do things,  I haven’t been able to (even with the help of the Scooby gang) solve that mystery!!!  Would be fun though Paul!!!

 

All the best,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: David

Question

Dear Mr. Welker I would like to know how I could possibly get your autograph since I may never get to a convention especially once they start again

 

From Frank

Hi David, 

 

Hey, I never went to them before either but now I am doing quite a few.  Peter Cullen is responsible for getting me out there.  You should try and come if we are doing one in your area.  We have been talking about setting up a schedule here so you can see if it would work for you.

Thank you for the interest David!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Andrew

Question

Hi Frank, I was one of the assistant engineers at Salami studios from 2018-mid 2020. Watching you work was an education, inspiration, and always a lot of fun. I never got to tell you I was trying to break into voice acting myself (who isn't?) but I finally made it onto a show for Warner Brothers as the new voices of Jonny Quest and Fancy Fancy (from Top Cat). I watched a lot of actors in those booths, but without a doubt I learned the most from you when the mic was rolling , and even more when it wasn't. You made sessions relaxing, told great stories, and switched gears like nobody's business. Hopefully one of these days we can work together on the same side of the glass, but for now, thank you for demonstrating what excellence is for voice actors.

 

From Frank

Andrew, Andrew, Andrew…first and foremost…Congratulations to you.  I am proud of you my friend.  Wow, that is great news.  

I remember working on the old Jonny Quest show at Hanna Barbera Studios, crazy!!!  So nice of you to express the kind words…I always enjoyed all the folks (and the food) at Salami.  It made it a lot of fun for the goofy actors to have great people on the other side it made it easy for us too.  I always marveled at how fast and proficient everyone was…wow so cool you are now one of us.  I look forward to working with you if we ever get this cootie problem solved.  Until then stay safe and much congrats Andrew!!!!

 

Frank