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Fan Questions from November & December 2021

Fan Name: Alan

Question: 

Hello Frank, been a fan of your work as a kid ranging from Scooby-Doo and Transformers. Considering you remember working on The Real Ghostbusters, who's your favorite Ghostbuster member and your thoughts on Afterlife coming out?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Alan,

Thanks for watching all these past years and shows.  On the Real Ghostbusters animated show, I really enjoyed doing Slimer I think he was my most favorite then Ray.  If you are referring to my fellow actors, then I would have to say all of them for different reasons.  Arsenio Hall was an absolute hoot, why you say?  Well, we never knew what he was going to do or say.  He was almost always reading a magazine and when his line would come up the room would go silent.  Then he would look up ad lib something and hope it made since.  The director and all of us loved him and couldn’t wait for his next mess up.  He was genuinely funny!  And of course, Dave Coulier was my brother in being bad and disruptive.  We just would look at each other and start laughing.  Dave was known for making bodily sounds and general mayhem.  Maurice was professional and would just sit and watch the chaos as did the rest of the cast.  It was a fun show to work on for sure!

 

I will reserve judgement on the “Afterlife,” but I think it is great they are continuing and hope they use as many of the originals as possible…

 

All the best Alan,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Deanna 

Question: 

Hey there, hope your doing great. I’ve been watching scooby-doo since I was in diapers, I’m 21 now. To this day I still watch scooby-doo and will till the day I die. You and the scooby gang are legends. When I was younger I wanted to join the Scooby gang. I appreciate every character you’ve played apart in. When I was younger I had a crush on Fred. It’s silly to have a crush on a cartoon character but I could help how adventurous and courageous he was. Lil about me is I graduated high school this year and got my permit. I know it took some time to do it/ get it but I did it!! My favorite colors blue. My question is if you have any pictures or poster with the Scooby gang and if I could get one with an autograph I would appreciate it. I forgot to add if you come to Minnesota I’ll be there.

 

Deanna!

 

From Frank: 

I am doing well Deanna, thank you.  Congrats on your graduation and getting the permit.  Both big milestones in life.  Fred would appreciate your crush and interest in him and enjoys driving the mystery machine and solving puzzles not sure if Daphne would be happy about the crush, but you know this relationship between them is complicated. 

 

I am sorry, but we don’t do mailings, but I do hope to do a lot more personal appearances if we can ever get the Covid thing under control.  I will bet Minnesota is getting cold!  Happy Holidays Deanna.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: John

Question: 

Hi Frank were there times when you filled in for Howie Mandel as Bobby Generic on Bobby’s World? You’re probably the only other voice actor who can do that voice, like when you filled in for Skeeter on Muppet Babies after he left.

 

From Frank: 

Hello John,

You have a great ear. No, I never did do Bobby on Bobby’s World, but I played his dog and other characters. By the way, we both do that voice in our repertoire, and each was doing it before we met. I actually did a Christmas record before Bobby’s Word and used this voice.  I played it for Howie and his wife and  could see that he looked a little shocked hearing a voice that he did for Bobby which was co-incidental.  Then when I heard him doing Bobby in his act sometime later, I  was equally taken aback. It just so happened we do the same voice, and both had been doing it for ever. Crazy!

 

Yes, when Howie left Muppet Babies, I took over Skeeter and that was indeed the same voice we both had created earlier in our lives. Also, the crazy Dave Coulier took over the role of animal which Howie also did. When Disney took over the show all three of us were replaced by other actors doing our voices. 

 

Best John,  Frank

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Fan Name: Neil 

Question: 

Hi Mr. Welker, long time fan! You're a huge inspiration. My question is if you know if Guess Who Scooby Doo will have a third season? Thank you!

 

From Frank: 

Neil, Thank you! As to your question about GWSD and a third season, I sure hope so! This was one of my favorites. I loved our great creative team and all the guest stars. I think the ratings have been good, but it might be hard getting more guests, but I really don’t know.  You can always let Warner Bros. know…hey, you are the boss, right! They do read suggestions from the audience.  I am glad you feel the same as me…season three fingers crossed. 

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Paul 

Question: 

Hi Mr. Welker how are you and how was your Halloween? I would like to show you my drawings that I drew. Is there any why I can show you them? From, Paul Lenza Thank you and a happy early Thanksgiving.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Paul,

Unfortunately, I don’t see any way I would be able to see them. But I am sure they must be great, and I can tell you are proud of them.  Keep up the good work and keep drawing it is a wonderful way of expressing yourself and demonstrating your art and talent. By the way, I am terrible at drawing, and it is something I really wish I could do!!!

 

Best Wishes Paul.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jennifer & Ashton

Question: 

Hi there! My son, Ashton is an amazing 22-year-old young man that just so happens to have Autism. His FAVORITE thing ever to talk about are voice actors and you Mr Frank Welker is his very favorite! He knows all of your roles and voices that you’ve done over the years. He knows even some of your roles that you’ve done that were uncredited! It’s MIND BLOWING! Ashton wants to know if you have a favorite role that you’ve ever done?? Thank you!!! He says hi and sends along some virtual high 5s (his favorite thing ever!)

 

From Frank: 

Hi Jennifer and Ashton…(Jennifer Aniston) I get it!  

It is quite amazing what special qualities these youngsters have, and it is always a surprise and honor that animation and our work can fit into their interests.  Ashton sounds very unique and tuned into sound.  I really am not sure I can say I have a favorite as voices are like children it is hard to pick one over another…but usually, the more recent ones are exciting while the older ones can be nostalgic, and I am fond of them. Freddy is almost my own voice and I very much like him because he was the first.  The Shmoo was great fun, and ABU from Aladdin is always a favorite. I remember in the old days never asking for credit when doing sounds in films now I wish I had…but luckily Ashton has the ear to find them for me…Thanks Ash and thank you Jennifer.

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Gianluca

Question: 

Hi Frank, I’m a fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle and I wanted to ask you if you have any memories of Bill Scott (Bullwinkle’s voice) Thanks kind regards Gianluca

 

From Frank: 

Gianluca,

 

Yes indeed, Bill was one of my idols growing up and when I met him and worked with him and did characters from the show with him it was simply awesome!  I was nervous going in and he immediately put me at ease with his smile and great sense of humor.  If you can, look up Amber Jones (google) wonderful tribute and documentary on Bill Scott.  

 

Best wishes from Frost Bite Falls!

Frank

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Fan Name: Noah

Question: 

Hi, Frank. It’s Noah from the GalaxyCon 1-1 chat. Hope you’re doing well. There are some things I didn’t get to say to you. Like, I didn’t tell you that I started Steve’s Blum’s class after I met him at GalaxyCon Minneapolis 2019 but I promised him I’d do it in summer of 2020 which I kept said promise even though he had Kari Wahlgren in November 2019 so it was hard to keep that promise but I pushed through... because there are so many people in each class so you know if you’ll get picked to have your questions asked... but I digress. I also am taking acting classes at college and I’m very proud of myself for doing so. Lastly, I finished reading Debi DerryBerry’s voice over 101 book I got from her last December and I learned a lot from it. I know I have a lot left to learn before actually getting started but I know in my heart of hearts I’m destined to voice Scooby-Doo... could you tell I was really nervous? Next time it’ll be even better, I swear but I think I’ll be just as nervous next week when I do a 1-1 chat with Grey via ColorWorld books; I actually had goosebumps when she was in Steve’s class back in May. Speaking of which, you should be in Steve’s class. I think Steve has mentioned that he has tried to reach out to you but you’re a very, very busy guy to catch. I’m also going to Animaniacs Live in February. It’s been almost 5 years since I met Rob Paulsen so I’m really excited to see him again and I’ll tell him I spoke with you. 5 years ago he didn’t have time for autographs or pictures so that bummed me out because I had a notebook and pen on hand. Also, I wanted to ask if Scooby-Doo sometimes is hard on your throat. Sometimes he is for me if I do it a lot or if some parts of the voice a really scratchy like doing a big ‘RIKES’. I do think sing with him makes my throat scratch a bit more than talking but it’s all so much fun when I’m listening to music that I know the lyrics to that it doesn’t bother me too much. I suppose it’d be a health hazard latter in life with 4 hour sessions but what can ya do? Do all the common throat soothing techniques those voice over books and Steve’s classes talk about, that’s what. Sorry this was so long, I just had a lot left to say. Thank you for being one of my heroes and inspirations and thank you for reading the entire message. I hope you stay safe from covid and come to GalaxyCon Minneapolis next year. Give my best to the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang, Matt, Grey and Kate. -Noah

 

From Frank: 

Noah,

It appears that you have met a lot of my fellow performers.  All of the names you mentioned I have great respect for and am happy to hear you have taken a lot of their classes and received information from them.  Steve is an exceptional teacher.  I am not very good at the teaching aspect of this work and they are all much better at it than I.  Now as to Scooby, since I am still doing the voice, I hope you don’t get too good at it lol, but you need to think and work on your own unique voices as well because you will want to create new characters that become the next Scooby or Sponge Bob…

As to the voice hurting, yes it can get a little roughed up after four hours of recording!  

You take care too and stay safe Noah!

 

Best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber

Question: 

Hi Frank! When you come to London, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Thank you for chatting to me through Galaxycon btw I had such a lovely time :D

 

From Frank: 

Hello my Amber,

Nice seeing you as well.  You know I have not traveled much at all so just about anything British interests me.  So much history and so many things to see…don’t know where to start.  Still nothing new on the traveling docket as of yet but of course Scotland is just postponed and then I understand the promoters are thinking of a few drop in radio shows and meet and greets across the UK so something to really look forward to.  Hope all is well with Amber and her many projects and aspirations.  Hopefully pond hopping in the not-too-distant future.

 

Your fan,

Frank

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Fan Name: Jade 

Question: 

My liege, I welcome the chance to contact you. I must ask, what was your reaction when Hasbro or whoever called you to voice Megatron again for Transformers:Prime, and how was it working with Peter Cullen again on those iconic roles?

 

From Frank: 

Hello Jade, my fellow Decepticon!

 

I was very pleased they called me in to discuss the possibilities of doing Transformers Prime and my character of Megatron.  This was a direct result of Robert Orci who was a loyalist from the beginning and someone I admire greatly not just because of his support, but his talent.  

 

I was called in and asked to read and see if I could get a newer different take on Megatron maybe a cross between G1 and the feature Megatron.  They also asked me to try and do Bumblebee and just do sounds.  Well, I managed to please them with one out of the two, so the Prime Megatron was born.  I really liked doing Transformers Prime and wish Hasbro or Paramount would make a theatrical version for worldwide release.  It was great fun working with Peter again we worked and read our lines in the recording sessions side by side and there is no doubt that we both have better performances playing off one another.  Thanks for the great questions, Jade!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tonio 

Question: 

Frank! Me and my best friend still watch Transformers G1 and we're in our 40's! It was such a memorable show and we didn't realize until the last few years that you voiced so many characters on there. We greatly admire your work and find ourselves trying to mimic the voices of some of the characters for fun. You have received much praise and admiration for Megatron and Soundwave and rightly so but what were your favorites amongst the lesser known Transformers you voiced for G1 and where did you get your inspiration for each of their voices? Namely, I'm talking about: Rumble, Mirage, Trailbreaker, Mixmaster, Sludge, and Skywarp. Thanks in advance for your reply and be well, sir!

 

From Frank: 

Hey Tonio!

 

Thank you for your Transformers support.  Megs and Soundwave as you mentioned were the mains.  I think of the others, I liked Rumble because he was sort of a little New York wise guy.  I patterned the voice after an actor Leo Gorcey one of the “dead in kids” in the movies of the 1930’s.  Mirage was an Autobot, so it was fun to have a good guy to play with all the bad ones.  It’s funny, I never thought they would use the Mirage voice which I patterned after Gregory Peck.  In the voice biz we often create voices based on strong and unusual voices from other actors or friends. I had so many characters to play I was desperate lol.  Sludge was just a pure creation based on what he looked like and the description I was given by the writers.  All fun and sure enjoyed doing them all as well!!!

 

Best Frank

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Fan Name: Gil 

Question: 

Hi Mr. Welker, Thanks for your amazing career! I am a lifelong Scooby fan. I have collections of Scooby socks, DVDs, legos, etc. I have dressed as Fred for my family’s Halloween group costume. More recently, I have become known as “the Scooby instructor” among my students at The University of Alabama for several semesters due to my use of Scooby-Doo in lots of class examples. Here’s my question for you: Do you prefer the traditional Scooby episodes and movies with fake monsters, those with real monsters, or do you like both equally? Thanks for your time and work.

 

From Frank: 

Well Professor Scooby,

 

Thank you for asking…I think I enjoy both but not sure I really have a good reason why.  It seems more in keeping with the fantasy and truth if we make them all explainable and not real.  But as we get into an older age group and or the theatrical shows it seems a bit more biting and edgy to have real monsters.  Maybe age would be the controlling factor as we don’t want to scare the “Dicken’s” out of they youngsters but the older fans might enjoy a good monster thrill or two.  Hope that make some sense…it appears you have set up another Mystery we need to solve!  All the best to you and your students!

 

Frank aka Scoob!  Go Bama!!!

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Fan Name: Tom 

Question: 

Do you where I can mail fan letters to both Carolyn Lawrence and Keith Ferguson? Since I want to show to them about one of their famous characters I'm drawn to from Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. I already printed out the letters with questions and learning about their careers and other characters. I just don't know what the addresses are. I thought I would ask you these questions, because I know you've worked with both of those people.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tom!

Unfortunately, I do not have that information, but you can try “Google” and see if they have web pages or contact the Screen Actors Guild and see if they might have an agent listed for them.  Good luck Tom!

 

Best wishes and Happy Holidays!  Frank

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Fan Name: Kristina

Question:

Dear Frank Welker, Can I start off by saying you are an absolute legend, and it is so nice to see you taking the time out of your day to answer all these fan questions. My question is what was it like learning that you wouldn't be the voice of Fred Jones in the SCOOB movie, and what was it like being on the Simpsons, and did you get to meet Maude Flanders herself (Maggie Roswell). Sorry for that last one being so specific, but Maude was always my favorite character on the show, and I was so sad when she was killed off the show. Anyway, thank you once again for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to brighten someone's day by answering there questions, and hope you have a great rest of your 2021. P.S. Caught a rerun of the movie you did with Don Knotts, where you played the garbage man and Don's friend, and can I say you were hilarious in it. When I saw you on the screen I jumped up and down screaming it's Fred lol!!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Kristina,

Uh oh legend equates to “old” but I am honored that you would give me this moniker.  I enjoy hearing from you all and seeing what you are thinking.  Sometimes we work so hard we forget who we are working for…so I am glad to answer as many questions as I can, thank you!

When they were casting Fred Jones for Scoob, and the other roles as a matter of fact, I was hoping it would be our regular cast but I think the studio felt that celebrity casting was a way to expand the franchise appeal.  I was very happy that at least I was and remain Scooby Doo.  It was great fun working with the director Tony and the production folks.  I never did see Zac so I couldn’t give him any pointers lol.  The Simpsons was a different deal altogether.  When I first did the show, they had read throughs on a separate day and we would come back and do the show.  I really did not like that and to this day I do not like read throughs.  I digress, once the show started going, I would come in by myself and do Santa’s little helper and later after I was replaced by Dan Castellaneta, I just did sound effects and monsters for them at the studio.  I did not get to meet any guest stars…I recorded alone.

 

Hey, I am glad you got to see my “Figg” movie.  I did several Disney films and on camera appearances over the years most recently I was Matt Damon’s father in the “Informant.”  Very small role.  Thanks again Kristina and you have a happy and healthy 2022!!!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber C

Question: 

Hi Frank, I'm a huge fan of your work as Fred and Scooby! Since you've been with the franchise for so long, I was wondering what the most memorable experience you've had working on Scooby was in the past 50 years. Sending all the love! <3

 

From Frank: 

Amber,

 

I hate to cop out but there is so many memories after 52 years I am not sure I have just one out standing one.  I guess you would have to say all the people I met through that show might be the answer.  From the creators of the studio Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbara to the directors and my fellow actors like the great Daws Butler, Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Johnathan Winters, Henry Winkler and on and on.  Traveling with Don Messick to perform animal sounds for a Christmas Christian University show in Oklahoma was quite amazing.  The fact that they would fly us there first class then record the show and fly back for the next performance of Scooby Doo seemed quite sur real.  Still doing this show after 52 years may be the most surprising and memorable thing of all!!!

 

Best, Frank 

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Fan Name: Carson 

Question: 

Will you discuss SCOOB 2 on Jake's Happy Nostalgia Show?

 

From Frank: 

Hello Carson,

Thank you for the question.  I am not familiar with that show, but I can tell you via a discussion here that SCOOB2 is in production. I have completed one recording session.  In this incarnation the script harkens back to earlier times, and you will see more of the traditional mystery solving.  Will know more as we progress but for now it is still a bit of a “mystery!”

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Anthony 

Question: 

G'day Frank, Would you like to write a Scooby-Doo song together?

 

From Frank: 

G’day mate!  Unfortunately, I have no music ability…Grey Griffin aka Daphne is the one you need to speak with…she writes and records and sings like nobody’s business.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Murray

Question:

Would you like to jam with us?

 

From Frank: 

Murry,

As mentioned before, I have no music abilities…I can’t even play the radio!!  Sad I know 

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Fan Name: Emma

Question: 

Are you going to Supanova?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Emma,

 

I am not familiar with Supernova, but we were supposed to go out on tour a lot in 2022 but now not so much.  When this Covid stuff gets eradicated, we will be searching the land and skies for the great Supernova?!?

 

Stay safe!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alec

Question: 

Hi, Frank! Big fan all of my life! I’m here on behalf of a friend of mine. She’s a huge Paul Winchell fan and I was wondering: Did you ever meet Paul and do you have any memories regarding your time with him? Best wishes to you, sir!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Alec, 

Yes, YES, AND YES!!!  I loved Paul Winchell…he was a great artist and extremely talented. I first meant him on “The Smurfs” and he play the evil Gargamel. We worked on that show and others through out times at Hanna/Barbera. He was funny, intense, and pretty much had an opinion worth listening too on any subject.  I went to dinner with he and his wife on many occasions and it was never dull or disappointing. Later I had the great fortune of working with his daughter who is also a very talented young lady. I miss him…he was definitely one of a kind!

 

Thanks Alec!

Frank

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Fan Name: Georgi

Question: 

Hi Mr. Welker. I want to tell you how much I love your work. Every since I was a child I grew up with your voice, and I tell every single person I meet how you are the most fantastic actor. It is a very good icebreaker when I go on dates. d: Do you have any stories of Daws Butler. I could imagine that the two of you probably could talk to each other for all eternity about creating characters and voices. My favorite roles you did were Dr. Claw (How did you do that for 86 episodes without damaging your lungs) and Thadeus Plotz! I recently translated the original ''Inspector Gadget'' into Bulgarian and it was so wonderful hearing you, Don Adams, Cree Summer and Dan Hennessy.

 

From Frank: 

Georgi!

 

Great questions! First, yes I did know and admire greatly the incredible Mr. Daws Butler.  One thing a lot of people don’t know about Daws was he loved teaching. He had the most amazing classes professional and entertaining.  Also, did you know one of his top students was BART SIMPSON aka Nancy Cartwright. She told me that she worked with  Daws using voice tapes and then he encouraged her to come out and get into his classes and the voice business. She did, and the rest is history.  For the record, Nancy was also the voice of Richie Rich and I was her dog “Dollar.” 

 

Doctor Claw was not hard to do until  he would scream, “I’ll get you Gadget!!!”  and then yes, a little roughing up of the vocal cords LOL. 

 

Now Thaddeus Plotz was fun to do, a blistering (almost normal) voice and a character who was one step away from completely going insane. The Warner kids drove him absolutely nuts. I was very disappointed he was not brought back for the new show…but at least “Ralp da Gart”  Ralph the Guard is back and is always a hoot to do.   

 

Wow, Inspector Gadget in Bulgaria…that is fantastic!!!  

Thank you, Georgi!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: John

Question: 

Hi Frank are you a fan of horror movies? If so what are some of your favorites?

 

From Frank: 

John, 

I must be honest, no I am not a big fan…THEY SCARE ME!  Ha, it is true. When I was a kid I was terrified when I saw the, “House of Wax” in 3D.  Then there was the, “Creature of the Black Lagoon” oh my I wouldn’t go swimming for weeks after that one! Both of those films where quite tame by to days standards and the creature in the lagoon now is laughable but at the time. OH MY! You know I did like the “Thing” and “Alien” but not sure if these are really the kind of horror movies you are referring to…oh and “Carrie” that one…the ending was just fabulous, and totally shocked me! My popcorn is still on the floor…

 

Best to you John!

Frank the fraidicat

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Fan Name: Lindsey

Question: 

Hello again! I'm obsessed with your voice acting career, my childhood is filled with your many amazing roles. I love it when I'm watching beloved shows over again and recognize your voice in a character I hadn't associated with you before. The discovery is a lot of fun. :) But I actually wanted to ask something that doesn't have to do with your career. What are your hobbies? You look like a golfer. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Lindsey

 

From Frank: 

Well, hello again Lindsey!

 

You say I look like a golfer?!  Hahaha, old guy in funny pants! I have been playing at golf since 1989 and really do love the game. I had great visions of playing well but never realized the vision so now just play for the fun of the game and being outdoors with good buddies and having fun. I would advise anyone who wants to really be good (of course there are exceptions) is to start young and take lessons.  

 

I also like to fly planes and have flown since around 1991 to the present day. Both of these activities are wonderfully liberating.  Flying expands your weekends and distances for playing golf and enjoying other activities. One thing about both is you need to concentrate and think of nothing else and there in lies the “Zen” of it and the joy of being lost in a pursuit.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the holidays to follow Lindsey.

Frank

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Fan Name: Tayla

Question: 

Hi, Frank Welker! :) I'm Tayla Drago - Anime lover and supporter of all voice actors like yourself. So...Can I ask you a fan request from you? Since I can't go to far away conventions 'sadly', can you mail me your autograph for me. Pretty please? Just this one time? And as always, keep up the good work.

 

From Frank: 

Tayla, I am grateful that you would even ask as it is very flattering, but I avoid the mails and don’t send anything back and forth.  I will be traveling to a lot of cities in the future and maybe there might be one close to you. Another way is a virtual Con. Check out the “Where is Frank” section on this site for dates.  These people have figure out a way to handle everything online.  Pretty crazy but it really works, and we have been doing these through the Covid pandemic.

 

Hope this helps and happy holidays!

Frank

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Fan Name: George 

Question: 

Dear Frank Welker, my name is George I have autism and I'm the fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies. From, George P.S. Could you do the voice of Tokka, and Rahzar, please?

 

From Frank: 

Hi George!  

I am glad you like Tokka and Rahzar…I very much enjoy doing their voices. I will have to go back and watch the film again to remember them exactly, but I did as I say enjoy that job and doing the voices.  If they are doing them in other projects, unfortunately I don’t have the say as to doing them the producer and director make that decision. But you bet, George, if I get a chance, I will do Tokka and Rahzar for you and for me!!!!

 

All the best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Makayla 

Question: 

Hello, Mr. Welker. I am 16 years old, almost seventeen, and I would like to ask a few questions. 

 

1. What is your next Scooby-Doo project going to consist of? 

2. Is there another SCOOB! related project in the near future? 

3. Would you like to hear a Scooby-Doo! Christmas movie idea I'm trying to come up with? 

 

My father never did understand my love of cartoons, and I think he regretted that when he and my mom went through a rough patch. Now that he passed away as of this July, I feel as if I should do something for him in his honor. Would you be willing to help? Thank you for your time. Yours truly, Makayla.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Makayla,

 

  1. My next Scooby Doo project is working on the sequel to “Scoob” and we have just completed the first session.  There will be many more recordings before we are finished.

  2. Yes, as you can see above.

  3. Well, I am afraid it is not a good idea for you to reveal your ideas in public. If you want to send scripts, it is much better to do so to Warner Brothers the people who make our shows. Also, always best to have an agent submit any ideas or scripts  but that may be getting a little ahead of the game. 

I am sorry to hear that your family went through what I know must have been a very rough time. It sounds like you are working through it all and will come out very strong Makayla. 

All the best to you。 

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Gary 

Question: 

Hello, my wife and I run a comic book convention in Monroe Michigan and would love to find out how to bring Mr. Welker to our 10th annual show next September 2022. Thanks for your time and hope to talk soon

 

From Frank: 

Hi there! 

I am sorry, but this section is for question and answers only. You can submit your request to TGMD at http://www.tgmdtalent.com.

-Frank Welker Website Admin. 

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Fan Name: Atticus

Question: 

Hello there, Mr. Welker! It's Atticus, we virtually met in April. Remember the dog you mentioned you did in Spider-Man? Well, I found out her name is Ms. Lion. Now that I got that out of the way, here's my question: "Have you thought about a worthy successor to Fred and/or Scooby?" If you haven't, I made this audition video. https://twitter.com/AtticusWolfe/status/1415019324163514369 See you & Peter Cullen this December! Signed, Atticus.

 

From Frank

Hello Atticus,

 

You are absolutely correct. “Ms. Lion!”  No I haven’t thought much about that, but you would need to contact Warner Brothers Studio regarding any casting.  They will be the ones who replace me, and I will have no say. It is always the studio that makes these decisions. In Transformers Paramount and the director Michael Bay were the ones who made the decision to replace me as Megatron in the first few features. Later I did come back and take the role over again but as you can see, I had no say in the matter. It is the studio and director (but really the studio) that has sole say and control over casting. Hope this is helpful.

All the best Atticus.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Danielle

Question: 

Hi Frank I've been trying to ask you for a autographed and personalized pic of Fred from Scooby Doo or What's New Scooby Doo through your fanmail address but I've never received an answer back. Fred's my absolute favorite from the series. Is it possible for me to give you my mailing address through here? Thanks in advance for your response and I hope you're well

 

From Frank: 

Danielle,

Sorry for the confusion, but the only site I have is here and it is for questions and answers and general information. If you look at the “where is Frank” section, I may be coming to a town near you soon and it is the best way to get things signed AND a chance to meet you in person. There is a virtual Con coming up on December 4th that may be of interest.  Anyway, thank you and I am glad you like Freddy.  He is the first voice for a cartoon I ever did and…oh my…I am still doing him 52 years later!!!

 

Best to you Danielle!

Frank

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Fan Name: Deasy

Question: 

Hi Frank Welker, It's Denis! I absolutely loved your voices that you played of every characters and animals! Did you recieve my letter? You are amazing actor. My favorite voices that you played are: Hefty Smurf, Poet Smurf, Peewit, Clockwork Smurf, Fred Jones, Scooby-Doo, Chickenstein, Monty Uno, Prossefor XXXL, Rainbow Monkey Gorilla, Abu, Cave Of Wonders, Rajah, Mr. Luzinski, Krunk, Monkey, Quackor, Bigfoot, Baby Kermit, Baby Skeeter, Baby Animal, Flit, Bullet, Twiggy, Toby, Felica, Dr. Claw, Madcat, Runt, Pegasus, Young Nate Slate and other characters. I like The Smurfs, Speaking of Scooby-Doo - I've watched Straight Outta Nowhere Scooby-Doo Meets Courage The Cowardly Dog, and it's brilliant. I've just heard the sad news of Thea White the voice actress of Muriel Bagge from Courage who passed away at the end of July, That's very sad. God Bless her. Please can I ask for your autograph signature? It's because of my autism. I hope you are keeping well and safe. and please do come to London Comic Con in London Excel England next year if the restrictions are down! Hope to see you next year. Keep well and safe. Looking forward seeing your autograph. Denis.

 

Also, Frank - please tell Grey DeLisle Griffin that young Denis likes her voices of the characters she plays epecially Frankie Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Lizzie Devine, Grandma Stuffum, Mega Mom, Crazy Old Cat Lady Codename: Kids Next Door and Yumi Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi. Please pass my message onto her because of my autism. Thank you. Frank.

 

 

From Frank: 

Well Denis, you have really watched a lot of my work…thank you. I am hoping to get to the UK in 2022 along with Peter Cullen. We were supposed to go this year but it was postponed.  I think we will indeed be in London and other towns most probably in your area. I hope I will be able to give you an autograph and meet you in person. Check the “Where is Frank” section of this site for dates and details. All the best Denis!

 

And I would be more than happy to give Grey your message

 

Frank  

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Fan Name: Shaun

Question: 

Thanks frank for the movies when i was a child it strikes me now that i used to be that fortunate frank wow it has been a long time scince inspector gadget like 30 years wow claw was my ulitmate favorite besides gadget all the best Frank and my respects to gadget

 

From Frank: 

Hi Shaun,

 

Yes, amazing how fast time goes by. I very much enjoyed working with Don Adams, Inspector Gadget. He was a big star (on camera) in the USA and a funny standup comedian. He had great stories of the old days. Claw of course was fun to do and interesting that they never show more than his claw  

 

Best Wishes Shaun,

Frank

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FAN QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FROM OCTOBER 2021

Fan Name: John

Question: 

Hello Mr Frank. It is a pleasure talking to you. I just finished watching Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. and I am a HUGE fan of scooby doo! I just wanted to know if season 3 will come out or are the Warner Bros thinking about making it, I absolutely loved the show and will be more happy if you guys make a season 3. If you will please inform me as soon as possible!

 

From Frank: 

Well Mohamed,  thank you for watching Scooby Doo.  Mystery Inc. was a treat to do.  I don’t believe Warner’s has plans to do anymore of that particular show.  We have moved on to “Guess Who Scooby Doo” which we completed the second season recently.  I like this last one GWSD because of all the fun guest stars.  In one of the last episodes in season two, we all play the guest stars.  We go to Frank Welker’s studio and solve a mystery…really fun and crazy.  Unfortunately, we (the cast) don’t really have a say in what the studio will do with shows, but you can always write to Warner Brothers and tell them what you think, and like and want. Hey after all you are who we work for…right?!

 

Thank you Mohamed, Frank

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Fan Name: CF87

Question: 

Hi Frank what are some of your fond memories working with Mary Kay Bergman and Christine Cavanaugh?

 

From Frank: 

Hello CF87

 

I worked with Mary Kay off and on in several different shows and various projects.  She was always very professional and had a wide range of voices.  Because she was polite and proper, I was always surprised when some fun crazy voice would pop out of her.  She was a very good actress and line reader.  Christine was the opposite in personality and demeanor, very outgoing and demonstrative.  When she was in a session you knew she was there.  Christine was an unusual example of having one very strong voice without having a wide range of characters like Mary Kay. Chrissy was so unique and strong in her voice and personality she was a true voice celebrity.  I adored her, she was funny, and her readings were great and oblong to be sure.  These two wonderful ladies were quite different but so talented each in their own way…both are gone from us way to soon.

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Makayla

Question: 

Hi, Mr. Welker! Loved your role as Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo-- I've seen every Scooby-Doo movie imaginable. Is there a way I can submit to you a Scooby-Doo Christmas movie idea I came up with?

 

From Frank: 

Makayla,

Im glad you liked both Freddy and Scooby…they sure are fun characters to do.  Wow, you just reminded me Christmas is right around  the corner.  To answer your question, you would need to submit your idea to Warner Brothers animation. Unfortunately, we (cast) don’t have anything to do with the writing, other than adlibs during sessions, but seriously a lot of folks have ideas and have even written scripts.  It is a very difficult process for submission because the studio is afraid of lawsuits, I suppose. They have in house writers and then take submissions from writers who have agency representations.  I know it is all a little complicated but you can see they go through a process.  

 

All the best Makayla…and Merry Christmas!!!!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Dylan

Question: 

bonjour , je me permet de vous contacter car j'adore ce que vous faites c'est possible d'avoir une photo dédicacée de vous s'il vous plait mon adresse : Mr Dylan DUCHEZ 36 rue des teinturiers appt 3 62000 arras , france . merci beaucoup et ses possible de en avoir une 2eme pour jacques s'il vous plait

 

 

From Frank: 

Hi there! 

I am sorry, but this section is for question and answers only. You can check the “Where’s Frank” tab for possibly appearances, live and virtual, and signings! 

- Frank Welker Website Admin

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Fan Name: George

Question: 

Dear Frank Welker, my name is George I have autism and I'm the fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies. From, George P.S. Could you do the voice of Tokka, and Rahzar, please?

 

From Frank: 

Hi George!

 

I too am a fan of the TMNT’s and would love to do those characters, “Tokka and Rahzar” I am waiting to see if they ask me, but if they do…I would gladly reprise those voices!!!!

 

Best wishes George!

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber

Question:

Heya Frank, not sure if you've been able to see this yet but my Bill Scott documentary is out now! https://youtu.be/Av9v8ISDSI4 Could you let me know what you think of it? :D Thank you so much for contributing to it by the way. Shame I won't be seeing you in Scotland :( hope you come to England soon. All the best, Amber. ;)

 

From Frank: 

Oh, my Amber!

What a great job on the “Bill Scott” documentary.  How you got all the clips, the material, information and put it together so beautifully, oh my indeed.  Bill would be delighted.  You have shown yourself to be a very talented young lady and film maker and well on your way in the world of the arts.  My congratulations to you for your persistence and your talent.  Wonderful stuff Amber!!!!

 

Your fan,

Frank

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Fan Name: Sandhya

Question:

Good day, Can you please wish my friend Dalelan Happy Birthday today (October 5th). He's a huge fan and it would mean the world to him.

 

From Frank: 

Sandhya,

Of course, I would be delighted to wish your friend a happy birthday.  I think I may have already done so but if not here we go!!! Hope it was the bestest one ever Dalelan.

Dalelan, “Happy Belated Brithday!!!!…to you from me and Scooby Doo!!!!!”

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Anthony 

Question:

Dear Frank, My name is Anthony Borrelli, and just like everyone here, I have been a long time fan! Scooby-Doo and the gang are some of the greatest characters in animation history and your work is truly iconic! My question is, what are some of the fondest memories you have over the decades working on the various iterations of the characters? Are there specific moments you often look back on and think how wonderful it was? Thank you for taking the time to do this! I hope I'm able to catch you at a convention someday! Sincerely, Anthony

 

From Frank:

Hi Anthony,

Yes, Scooby is a remarkable show, and I am privileged to have and continue to be part of it.  Looking back over all the years there is just so many memories…but I would have to say mostly it is the people you meet and work with along the way that you tend to remember most.  The greats, like Don Messick and Daws Butler, the cast of Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, Casey Kasem, John Stephenson, the incredible studio creators Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna…oh my and so many guest stars too.  I liked the original “Scooby Doo Where Are You” for it’s simplicity and straight forward introduction and launching of the series and franchise and a long the way so many iterations and direct to video and DVD’s that it is just overwhelming.  One big change was in “Scooby Doo Mystery Inc.”  I love the writing and working with Mitch Watkins but did not like the changes in character design.  I will always love the original artwork and find it hard pressed to see anything better.  Also, I really loved what Mike Ryan did with this last series, “Guess Who Scooby Doo!”  We had so many guest stars from across the entertainment spectrum.  In the second season, Michael wrote an episode where we the cast our human selves ( Frank Welker, Matt Lillard, Grey Delisle, Kate Micucci) were the “guest stars.”  I thought it was an incredibly cool and fun thing for Warner Brothers to do.  We even had character design approval…needless to say, I knocked off a few pounds and years and added some brownish hair…

 

We just started on a new Scoob movie, and it appears the ole dog is going to be solving mysteries for some time…maybe the gang will figure out the most perplexing mystery of all…why does Freddy where an ascot??!!??

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Lindsey

Question:

Hello! I hope you're well! I met you at the Dallas Comic Con in 2019. (I was dressed as Fred Jones.) I was so starstruck and giddy from meeting my favorite person ever that I couldn't even manage to ask you any questions! I wanted to ask you: What has been your favorite version of Fred Jones to portray? "Be Cool"'s Fred might be the most fun for me to watch, but I love every version of Fred so much. :) Thank you!

 

From Frank: 

Hey Lindsey,

Thank you for being a Freddy enthusiast.  Hard to believe I have been doing that character and voice for 52 years…Yikes!!!!  It’s funny when we started out the show Fred was just a young leader of the gang who drove the Mystery Machine and wore an ascot.  But as you note, over time things began to change…traps and more traps, blundering, genius, love interests, a family, a home, and on and on.  I think honestly, I really enjoyed playing all the different versions though I kind of felt the bumbling (over done) was not truly what Joe Barbera had in mind when he cast me.  I did like the writing in “Be cool” as well.  I guess, Lindsey, my long-winded answer was all of them…because as an actor it is fun to have different challenges and attitudes to play. 

Thank you for the question and best wishes,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Lissy

Question:

Dear Frank, I hope you are doing well in those challenging times. I have the feeling that now is a crucial stage in our lives. With clear eyes and apart from the Hamster-Wheel, we can find our purpose in a fulfilled life and learn to dream again. That is why I write you today. I want to support somebody who is an extraordinary person - Maurice (my boyfriend). His dream is to become a professional voice actor, and he is practicing every free second. I have never seen somebody before who is so talented and passionate about something. You might ask yourself now - well, why doesn't he write me then. That's the point: It should be kind of a surprise, because his birthday will be on Nov 14th. So here is my (exceptional) question: Can you imagine offering an online face-to-face chat with him? Of course, I will pay for it because I know this would be his best birthday gift ever. I know that Maurice admires you so much, and I want to see his tears of joy. I know it is a special wish, but I love to give from the bottom of my heart. Happy greetings, love, and blessings from Germany. Lissy

 

From Frank: 

Hi Lissy!

 

I love getting letters from far away places.  I don’t believe I have received any from Germany before, very cool.  Sounds like Maurice has a very good supporter in his corner in his girlfriend Lissy.  It looks like we will be able to possibly work something out as Peter Cullen and a couple of other transformers and I  will be doing virtual calls on December 4th through “Galaxycon.”  You can see their information on the “Where’s Frank” page here on the site.  I hope that works for you.  Thank you for thinking of this gift for him and Happy Birthday to your Maurice!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Cody

Question:

Dear Mr. Welker, I just want to take this time to simply say thank you! Thank you for all your work that you have done, and continue to do! You, Daws Butler, and Mel Blanc are my biggest inspiration's to do voice over. I've not made a career of it, but some day! Thanks to all of your work I get to now show it all to my daughter too. My favorite cartoons to voice are Shaggy and Scooby Doo! I can't hold a candle to your Fred, but I like to try just for laughs. Do you do many comic cons anymore?? Would love to meet you some day! I hope this finds you well! Take care! - Cody

 

From Frank: 

Cody, thank you for listening and taking time to write.  Scooby is fun to do and of course Freddy being my first cartoon voice and closest to my real voice always remains one of my favorites.  I am glad you are able to introduce your daughter to animation and of course the Scooby gang.  Yes, I am doing Cons and as soon as the Covid allows will have a year of aggressive con bookings.  If you check from time to time on the “Where’s Frank” tab we will get the schedule listed.  Look forward to meeting you too Cody.  All the best…and Scooooby Doooobie Dooooo!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Sara

Question:

Dear Mr. Welker, Thank you for being part of my childhood and still being one of my best memories growing up. It means a lot and I really hope to meet you one day to tell you in person.

 

From Frank

Hi Sara,

Thank you for saying that.  It is amazing to me that my work has touched so many people and especially when they were young.  Of course, I realize a lot of what I do is animation for the youth market.  I have been quite fortunate the studios have given me the honor of working in their projects for kids and young adults. I have been in the business for a lot of year (omg over 60 years)  in all types of formats so it would stand to reason that my work must touch a lot of people.  I think now that Scooby must run through three generations, and we are still going…yikes!

 

I am doing more appearances and maybe we will get to meet.  Until then stay safe and again, thank you for the kind words.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jack

Question:

Hi frank aka scooby dooooby dooooo my name is jack and I’m 16 with severe autism and adhd I just wanted to say I’m a big fan of your work and your voice acting and you might be surprised that I can do the voice of Fred and scooby doo also and I’m only 16 and I sorta sound like you and I wanna ask you if you’ll be doing more scooby doo films in the forseeable future I hope you see this and I hope you reply kind regards SCOOBY DOOOOOBY DOOOOOOOOOOO

 

From Frank: 

He roh Rack!  Rits Roooooby Rooooo!!!! 

 

Hi Jack, 16 and already can do both Fred and Scooby!  Wow!!!  Yes, I am very happy to say that we are just starting on a new feature, “Scoob! Holiday Haunt!” It looks to be another fun movie which should be out in 2023.  Also, many other Scooby projects. BTW Warner Brothers just released the “Guess Who Scooby Doo?!” on Peacock.  Lots of fun new shows…and one episode where Matt Lillard, Grey Delisle Griffin, and Kate Micucci and yours truly are the guest stars…so fun and a bit complicated, I loved it!   

 

Thanks for being a “Doobie Doo!”  

Scooby Doobie Doo!!!!!  Aka Frank

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Fan Name: Dan

Question: 

Hi Mr. Welker! I had a quick question. There's some debate about whether or not you did the Sharptooth roars in the first Land Before Time, as you were not credited for the role in that film, but were credited for the role of the velociraptors in Land Before Time 3. Would you be able to confirm if that is you as the Sharptooth?

 

From Frank: 

Dan, 

Thank you for the question.  I wish I could confirm but I honestly don’t know.  I can tell you I only did a few of those shows.  If you happen to know how to contact Andrea Romano, she would be the person to ask.  I am sorry but it was a long time ago.  I wish I could be more accurate and clearer. 

 

Best to you Dan!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Brian 

Question:

Hi Frank my name is Brian I just wanted to let you know how much your performance in How to frame a Figg impressed me and was happy to see your career took off from there , thank you., a fan for life Brian Cochrane Quincy Massachusetts

 

From Frank: 

Brian,

 

Thank you for mentioning “How to Frame a Figg!”  That was a fun time and a special point in my career.  Though I did several movies and lots of television shows “Figg” was special in that it was my first co-starring role…meaning I was a major character and had billing accordingly.  In this business (Hahahah) it’s all about billing!

 

Don was an icon and to working with him was inspirational and instructional.  I would sometimes forget to say a line as I would be so engaged in his face and performance.  I went on to do Don Knott’s summer replacement show as a part of the cast and that too was great fun and experience.  I met a lot of actors I admired and performers of all types including the Doobie Brothers.  Doing a weekly variety show is crazy and wonderful!

 

Figg remains a favorite.  Thank you again Brian for reminding me of a fun part of my career!

Best Wishes Brian!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Sandy

Question:

Sir, you are amazing. You have inspired so many with your incredible talent. My friend (Dalelan) birthday is on October 5th. Since he was a kid he has loved Scooby Doo. When his mom passed, he connected with the series as he said it made him smile and take away bits of the pain from this loss. Can you please wish him Happy Birthday, it would really make his day. Thank you Please keep inspiring others. Your talent has comforted many.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Sandy!

 

You are a very kind and considerate person to think of others and it would be and honor for me to wish your friend a happy birthday.  I didn’t get this until October 10 so please forgive my tardiness.

 

“Hey DALELAN!!  This is Freddy Jones of the Scooby Doo gang and there is someone here who has a message for you!”   “He Row this is Rooooby Rooo (Scooby Doo) and I want to wish you Dalelan a rary rappy belated birthday. Happy belated birthday Dalelan!  Soooooooby Dooooobie Dooooooo!!!”

 

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Fan Name: Rodney

Question:

Mr. Welker: We have a young Lady that has Autism that has been cast in our school play as the Spooky Voice!!! She knows all about you and is a huge fan. I told her when she was so excited to be cast for this part that I would reach out to ask you for some advice for this super important part of our school play. She would be thrilled to receive some pointers!!!!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Rodney,

 

Sure, I would be more than happy to offer up some ideas for your little “Spooky Voice!”  First, congrats for getting the part…okay, lets get scary.  To start, 1.  Use your entire body and mind to create the character.  See in your mind’s eye (imagine) what your “Spooky voice” looks like.  2. Then let your entire body feel as though you were that image.  3. Use your arms and hands and face to mold into that character…and then you will be surprised…the voice will just come and fill in the rest and BOOM…you are the “Spooooooky voice!”  

Hope that helps!

 

Best wishes and good luck in the play.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Lona

Question:

Hi Mr. Welker, I am a writer working on the biography of late actress Betty Lou Gerson - the original “Cruella de Vil.” She performed with you in the 1997 animated film “Cats Don’t Dance” not long before her death. She was the sassy “Frances Albacore.” I know that production was quite a few years ago, but I wondered if you might have any recollections of working with her for my book? Best, Lona Bailey

 

From Frank: 

Hello Lona

First, congratulations on doing this book on Betty Lou.  Unfortunately, on both of those projects I worked as a single which is more of the case now days and was for films back then.  On all my voice rolls at Disney I worked alone.  What I can tell you is I was a fan.  I loved the quality of her voice and how she would bend and play with certain words.  I think her extensive career as an on camera and radio actor gave her a confidence and ease to capture and create that evil Cruella…she was a special talent indeed!

 

Again, thank you for reaching out and all the best with your book.  I look forward to the read and learning more about Betty Lou.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Ryan

Question:

He is the original voice of Megatron from The Transformers. I know what you may think, Mr. Welker, I already knew your legendary career as a voice actor. I see through the eyes of the maniacal commander of the Decepticons & I said to myself, that is one scary robot especially your battles with Optimus Prime as portrayed by Peter Cullen. I hope this message will serve you well until you rest in the afterlife. No offense.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Ryan,

 

Thank you and no offense taken.  I too believe that the original voice of Megatron, created by yours truly, will last the test of time…although Transformers do transform, his voice has changed by me alone three or four times…the original G1 Megatron will always remain Megatron as will Optimus Prime remain the wonderful and powerful sound created by Peter Cullen.  With great fans like you Ryan, the Decepticons and Autobots will live on forever!!!!

 

Best wishes Ryan!

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Christopher

Question:

I don't even know where to start Mr. Weller. I just recently found out that you've done the voice for so many beloved characters I grew up with in the 1980's & 1990's. I'm a HUGE fan and was wondering how I could go about getting an autograph. Please respond with a price and I'd be more than happy to buy one! Again,

 

From Frank: 

Christopher,

 

This page is for questions and answers only and Mr. Welker does not correspond through the mail.  However, if you check the events page locations where he will be appearing will be listed. He does greetings and signings at these events.  

 

Frank Welker Website Admin Team 

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Fan Name: Rebekah

Question:

Hi My name is Rebekah I am 28 years old I now live in Virginia and I have Autism. I've been wanting to meet Frank Welker in person here in Virginia at Hampton Roads Covention Center for Celine dion concert. I want to shake his hand give him hugs and get his autograph

 

From Frank: 

Hi Rebekah!

 

I believe we were in Richmond just before Covid hit but we hopefully will be coming back to your beautiful state in the not-too-distant future, and I look forward to meeting you.  I to am a big Celine fan so if you see her first give her a big hug for me too!   You stay safe and well…all the best to you Rebekah!

 

Frank Welker

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FAN QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FROM SEPTEMBER 2021

Fan Name: Joselyn

Question:

Hello Mr.Frank, 

I know someone who is very special to me and he is one of the biggest Scooby Doo fans. He knows most of every series, movie and live action and can even name each. I know it would mean alot for him to receive either an autograph or a short special message from you as Scooby Doo’s his voice character. Please, if you don’t mind contacting me as soon as possible.


From Frank: 

Joselyn,

Thank you for reaching out on behalf of your Scooby fan I really appreciate that.  Unfortunately, this site is just for questions, but I can say on behalf of the Scooby gang we appreciate your interest in us and I hope we can continue to bring fun and excitement to everything Scooby.  

 

Thanks Joselyn…Scoooooooby Doooooobie Doooooo!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Saoirse

Question:

Hi Frank! My name is Saoirse. I've been watching your work since I was little. The characters I know you for include Garfield, Scooby, and Fred (which surprised me when I learned that you voiced him), and George, who you did an amazing job playing him (and making him absolutely adorable!) But the main series I'm into is Transformers. You are great as Megatron and Soundwave. You make Megatron sound really terrifying, especially in G1. My question for you is, what was it like working on Transformers Prime, and how did you get on with the other voice actors (like Steve Blum (who I've met!), Tania Gunadi and Andy Pessoa, etc)?

 

From Frank: 

Saoirse,

 

What an interesting name.  Thank you for your nice words, Saoirse.  Transformers as you probably guessed, has loomed large in my career and I have really enjoyed my association with the franchise.  Megatron is such fun because he is a bad guy, and Soundwave was an interesting challenge.  For Soundwave, I had to read my lines in monotone and Scott Brownlee our sound editor used a vocoder to modulate the tones.  Then of course doing all the other many Transformers both good and bad was huge fun.  

When “Transformers Prime” came a long, the creative team asked me to change the Megatron voice to fit more into the style of the newer CGI platform.  At first, I was a little sad to let the G1 voice go but then I thought I am a Transformer after all so transform…right!  It was actually great fun and is now one of my favorite versions of Megatron.  I also did a much heavier Megatron for the feature “The Last Knight.”   Now to Steve Blum.  This fellow is sneaky funny and incredibly gifted.  His Starscream was flat out amazing and his acting top notch.  He fit right in with our misbehaving in the sessions, and we were next to each other during most of the sessions and got in trouble a lot for talking and making noise ha!  By the way, I always recommend his website for those interested in going into voices…he is also a voice teacher and guru.  Tania, if she were 25 years older, I would have married her.  I loved her energy and reading such a fresh and funny quality.  She was always bringing us treats of some kind or another.  Andy Pessoa was a cute kid…very nice and hard working.  He was the youngest of the cast and the only one who behaved as an adult.  All the actors in the show were solid fun performers and I wish that show had gone on much longer.  I always in the back of my mind hope for a full-length feature version.  That would be cool!

 

Best Saoirse!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tom

Question:

Hello, my name is Tom and I have heard about you, and I know you've done a lot of Disney movies and shows. For example Aladdin, when you played Abu, Rajah and the Cave of Wonders and The Giant Octopus from the Peter Pan Sequel. I also know you are known as Scooby Doo and Fred Jones, and the role as Curious George, Garfield and Goddard from Jimmy Neutron. I also know you used to play the dog from the Simpsons, but I think Family Guy is better and funnier. I also know about other people you work with like Jason Marsden, Bill Farmer, Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong, Jim Cummings, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr and a whole list of people. I also know you worked with Jim Henson, for a few years until the time of his death. When you were Baby Kermit and Baby Skeeter. And when you appeared in the Jim Henson movie Buddy and I enjoy Henson and Kermit as he is with The Muppet Show gang and Sesame Street gang. Could you explain how you worked with Jim Henson and The Jim Henson Company and how you became baby Kermit? And did you go to his memorial service in New York? Because many of his collaborators and the team from his company and close friends came and Jim wanted it to be a celebration, instead of a funeral. He also wrote please watch out for each other it's a good life enjoy it. Hopefully I'll hear back from you soon, you should also video chat with this guy named Wesley Boutilier that works for viewist productions which is a filmmaking duo with a YouTube series that specializes in nostalgia. And I told him about you and he said he's met Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia. I also told him you were Baby Kermit and worked on the Jim Henson movie Buddy and he is a Muppet fan like myself.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tom,

I too am a “Muppet” fan.  I really enjoyed my time working on “Muppet Babies.”  We had a stellar cast and a very funny director, Hank Saroyan.  I don’t know if you knew, but we won several Emmy’s and that was a great creative crew effort.  Writing, and the producers were very protective and yet gave the cast freedom to play (as we say) and be creative with our performances.  We did one album of songs and music which I think was fabulous but the studio for some reason did not get behind it and support it so the public didn’t get a chance to experience the wonderful production and hard work of our song writers and musical staff.  

 

Jim Henson came to our sessions on a couple of occasions but did not get involved in the process himself.  He really like where our team had taken the show and felt it was Hank’s and Marvels baby so to speak.  But he really liked it or he definitely would have stepped in.  I must say that I was very disappointed when Disney did the current remake and did not use any of us from the original show who are here and were available.  It always amazes me when you have a perfect Emmy winning show and you recast rewrite and redirect a it.  But what can I say, it’s their football and I am just a little green frog!

 

Kermie aka Frank

 

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Fan Name: Dylan 

Question:

Bonjour, Je me permets de vous contacter car j'adore vraiment le travail que vous faites et je vous félicite, je voudrai savoir si vous aurez la gentillesse de m'envoyer une photo dédicacé de vous s'il vous plaît Mon adresse : Mr Dylan Duchez 36 rue des teinturiers appt 3 62000 Arras, France Merci beaucoup Et ses possible de en avoir une 2eme pour Jacques s'il vous plaît Bonne journée

 

From Frank: 

Bonjour Dylan,

Well, I am guessing this message is in French which I don’t speak or read and I see and address so I am guessing again that you are requesting we send you something via the post.  I don’t do anything through the mails it is problematic.  Therefore,  I am going to say merci for the note and wish you all the best Dylan.

 

Frank

 

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Fan Name: Jesse

Question:

Hey Frank, Long time fan. My question is, how do you stay so motivated? You have a huge list of credits and I admire your work ethic! Thanks, Jesse

 

From Frank: 

Hey Jesse, 

 

Appreciate the long time following…and I guess it has been a long time in this business.  I have been fortunate through out my career to have many branches like in medicine.  I was always a doctor so to speak but not just a specialist in other words, a comedian, a television actor, a film actor, a producer, a writer, a voice actor, and a really bad golfer!  So, when you do many different things, it keeps it fun and interesting and tends to motivate.  I have been lucky to keep busy.  Now I have my legacy shows that are always doing more product so again I need to keep up and lastly going on road trips now the personal appearance’s is something new all over again.  So again I need to be on my toes…oh, after all these years…still a bad golfer!!!!

 

Best wishes Jesse

Frank

 

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Fan Name: John

Question:

Hi Frank do you have any fond memories of working with Mel Blanc that you want to share?

 

From Frank: 

Hi John,

 

Yes, I do.  First to have the honor of working with the great Mel Blanc the best voice over actor of all time that in and of itself made the top of my  indelible and historic list of memories.  When I worked with Mel it was late in his career and he was not physically at his best.  But his voice was powerful and there was no doubt he was Mel Blanc. We once did a Flintstone by product, and he was voicing Barney Rubble and I was some guest voice.  I knew Mel appreciated my youth and strength when he heard me doing some weird animals sounds.  He asked me, “would you mind doing Dino for me today!”  Mind…of course not this was an incredible honor, so I did and what a treat.  Later when Mel stopped doing Barney, for a couple of years I became the official voice of Barney.  So I then had the honor of doing both Barney and Dino.  Later, as often is the case, someone on the production side came along and was unaware of the history or simply wanted to take the football and hand it off to someone new. So, others do the voices now.   But I will always have the memory of being Mel’s dog!  Got love this biz.

 

Thanks John,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Ethan 

Question:

Dear Frank Welker, how have you been? Got any new characters to voice lately? I am a huge fan of your work and I hope we meet in person someday cause your awesome. I mean how many characters you voiced, Wow! My favorite characters you voiced are Rajah the tiger, Cri-Kee from Mulan, Speed Buggy, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. You definitely rock on those voices, I would love to meet you someday because I would like to be a voice actor too. Your skills are amazing, from animal sounds to vocal effects, those voices are perfect for those characters. I would love to know more about you and your characters. I just think your a great voice actor, you have a nice career and you have a great voice for any character you play, even for animals and creatures. And what you should always do is never give up and believe in yourself. Sincerely, Ethan Harper.

 

From Frank: 

Hey Ethan,

 

Sounds like you like a lot of the Disney products.  All of those shows were fun to do.  Glad you liked Oswald too.  So, you want to do voices…well, you need to practice and become a good reader.  Just reading everything  will help.  Read as many books and plays as you can get your hands on it will really help with your script reading.  Check out Steve Blum on YouTube for tips.  It’s a hard road but good rewards if you are successful.  I wish you lots of luck Ethan!!!

 

Best,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jodie

Question:

You’re my personal hero for inspiring the imaginations of so many children for generations. Your talent is incredible. So curious how you get in character for your different voices. I grew up on a steady diet of Scooby Doo and now it’s my kiddo’s favorite. We’ve watched 1,000s of hours Curious George and Scooby Doo. I can name that episode in one word! But more importantly for my son, and kids like him, you’ve provided curiosity, comfort, and a love of animation. My kiddo’s 9th bday is coming up - the theme is Scooby Doo and Jaxon too. Is there anyway to get an autographed pic of Scooby? It’s been a pretty lousy 18 months and this would make his year. His 3rd bday was Curious Jaxon. Would love to send pics if you’re interested; we go all out theme wise. Thank you for your decades of talent!

 

From Frank:

Jodie,

Thank you for the kind words.  I am happy to know that you have watched and more importantly enjoyed our work.  Scooby just turned 52 and yes we are still doing more shows.  Curious George has been around for a long time as well and we continue to create direct to product there as well.  Unfortunately, we don’t do mailings or autographs it is just to complicated and gets very disappointing when things get lost in the post.  But I do wish Jaxon all the best on his wonderful 3rd birthday.  “Jaxon, you have a SCCCCOOOOBYYY Delicious Birthday Day!!!!”  

 

All the best Jodie!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Paul

Question: 

Hi thank you for the message. I was wondering if you would like to see two videos I made? One is disney haunted mansion and the other one is about miraculous ladybug: tales of ladybug and cat noir. Here are the two links. https://youtu.be/3ISdvBNQUkU https://youtu.be/dTt29kyXEm4

 

Hi sorry to bother you again but I forgot to mention that before you watch the videos please read the description of each video. Thank you again 

 

From, Paul Lenza

From Frank: 

Hey Paul!

 

You have given me a homework assignment!!!  I will try and give them a look see.  It is amazing how creative folks can be and have an avenues now to show their work like YouTube and other online venues…Fun stuff Paul.  Good luck and continued success!

 

Frank

 

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Fan Name: Sisan

Question: 

Hello mr welker. I am a big fan of your work. I just wanted to ask you how it was like voicing two autobots mirage and trailbreaker, and voicing the main antagonist Megatron.

 

From Frank: 

Sisan,

I really enjoyed working on Transformers and of course as an actor it is important to challenge yourself by playing as many varied voices and different  roles as you can.  By playing the characters of both Autobots and Decepticons I had that challenge and had a fun workout.  Mirage was kind of a Gregory Peck voice, and I wasn’t sure that it would work, but it was different enough.  Megatron was so far away from all the other voices it was easy to perform, and he had the most to do.  Of course, when they were all in the same scene together (which I am not sure every really happened) it was a little confusing and really fun!!!!  

 

Best wishes

 

Frank

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Fan Name: James

Question: 

Good evening, My name is James and I've just launched an interview YouTube channel called Your Take. I'm writing to ask if you would be interested in being a guest on the programme. Your Take is an interview based programme running at 60 minutes, where we ask guests to talk about their careers, how they got into that profession and we also give them the opportunity to promote current projects they are working on. We research our subjects and provide the questions prior to interview and also provide a caricature of the personality, which we use as our video thumbnail. The channel can be found here - www.youtube.com/channel/UCpHX1X1pTIQfpmXFpkNU8UQ 

 

So far we've interviewed the songwriter Tom Russell. Musician David Knopfler of Dire Straits fame and Cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew to name a few. We are a Bristol based start-up and would be delighted if you would take part in an interview. I hope you will be interested in our proposal and look forward to your response. Yours faithfully. James Ewen

 

From Frank: 

James,

 

I am honored that you would ask me to be on your program.  I notice you have a group of legendary rockers who I have watched and admired throughout the years.  Very interesting to hear them describe events and personal stories of times and bands I am familiar with. Mr. Agnew I was not familiar with as I am an American NFL enthusiast but still…Good stuff James.

I am currently not doing any podcasts or interview shows but again do appreciate the great offer.  Continued success and best wishes!

 

Frank 

 

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Fan Name: Scott 

Question:

Frank, What was it like voicing The Troll and the Cat for Cat’s Eye, as well as Game Boy for Captain N: The Game Master? As a person from Massachusetts, I think a dog with a Boston accent would be a great character voice.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Scott!

                                            

The troll was easier than the cat, but both were fun voices to do.  The troll was a pretty goofy looking little guy, and they sure made that cat look angry.  AS to Captain N and Game Boy…I remember doing it but not sure if I can recall anything out of the ordinary or a story connected to that project.  

 

Now talk about tough…I have always thought a Boston accent was difficult if you really wanted to make it authentic.  I love that sound and I agree a dog with that accent would be an interesting character for sure!!!!

 

Take care Scott!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Joseph

Question: 

I was just wondering did you do tom and jerry in new tom and jerry move? Because i've heard that you did but heard elsewhere you weren't in that project at all. So i'm confused. By the way love all your work. I've written to you two times actually so far so thank you for having a q&a section on here

 

From Frank: 

Hi Joseph,

 

No, I was not in the new Tom and Jerry movie, and I am not sure why I was credited with being in the cast.  In the old cartoon “animation” that we did out of Hanna/Barbera I did both Tom and Jerry in several shows, maybe therein lies the confusion.  Thank you for your question, Joseph.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Luke

Question: 

Hello, Mr. Welker! My name is Luke Gregory and I am autistic. Have you heard of a website called “Cameo”? Did you don’t know what that website is, let me explain: Cameo is a video sharing website where fans can request celebrities to send personalized video messages to fans for any occasion. Not only that, but it also enables DM for fans to send private messages to celebrities and a 1 on 1 video calls for celebrities to chat live with fans. If so, would you be interested in joining Cameo? A few celebrities whom you worked with before has been using Cameo for the past four years since 2017 and it’s going to hit the 5 year anniversary next year!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Luke,

 

Yes, I have heard of “Cameo” but am not too familiar with it.  It is nice to have a service that offers performers and fans the opportunity to share an experience.  I think there are a couple of other sites now similar to “Cameo.” 

I have been going to Fan X po’s and Con’s now for about five years and it is always a great experience meeting people like you.

 

Stay safe and best wishes,

 

Frank