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Fan Questions from May 2022

Fan Name: Michael H.

Question: Dear Frank, You are one of my favorite voice actors ever since Scooby Doo!, I've been wondering, What is your favorite Fred Jones and Scooby Doo moment?, Also, your voice work as Fred Jones is really great!

 

From Frank: 

Hello Michael,

Thank you I appreciate the good words. You know “Scooby Doo” was my first cartoon show so it will always be special.  Also, since we have been doing the show for 53 years and are still going…well, that is a lot of episodes, movies, specials, games etc. so it is really hard for me to pick just one.  I can say the evolution and growth (thanks to the writers) of the characters has made some of the later iterations different and interesting which does make for fun for all of us in the cast.  We will be starting the latest version, “Scooby Doo and the Mystery Pups” very soon and finishing up the sequel to “Scoob,” Scooby’s “Holiday Haunt” this summer so lots of new memories to make.

 

Thanks again Michael!

 

Scooby, Freddy and Frank

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Fan Name: Teague P.

Question: Hey Frank, do you have any interesting stories when you were working with Steve Spielberg on shows like Tiny Toons and Animaniacs or movies that he directed or produced like Gremlins?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Teague,

I am told that when we did “Raiders of the Lost Ark” the sound editor recorded some of my adlibs while we were recording the monkey.  John Rees Davies was in the scene, and I would put words in his mouth that of course he wasn’t saying in the film.  Some of these scenes were taken to Steven’s house and played as a surprise joke and again it is rumored that he was very amused.  You can see one of these outtakes on YouTube.  I used to do this in my stand-up act.  I would take a TV on stage turn it on and no matter what was showing, make up dialog and fit it into the scene.  I did this for a Television show “Keep on Cruising” Steven Bishop show also on YouTube.

 

Best Teague,

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: Are you in the new MultiVersus game? Scooby Doo has been found in the data files. Hope they bring in Fred Jones too! Also what was it like to work with Mindy Cohn when she voiced Velma? :D

 

From Frank: 

Amber, I am afraid you got me on this one.  I am not familiar with MultiVersus game.  So can’t answer that one…If I were to guess I would say probably not.  

 

Mindy was a seasoned pro from the on-camera side and did a very good Velma sound alike.  I enjoyed listening to her stories and of all the people she knew, and her trips abroad etc.  Still remarkable how much she sounded like Nicole David and had her phrasing as well.

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Oliver M.

Question: Dear Mr. Welker, i have write you a fan mail because of Autograph from you to the TMGD Talent Agency but i think this Adress was wrong because i get me fan letter back. Can you send me the correct address? Thank you so much i found you are a great voice actor and actor. Best whises her Fan Oliver

 

From Frank: 

Hello Oliver,

Sorry, but this is one of the reasons I don’t do autographs or items by the mail personally or through the agency…things get lost and messed up a lot, so I just don’t do it.  Maybe we will be at a signing in your city this year.  Thanks for being a fan!

Frank

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Fan Name: Chloe H.

Question: Howdy! My friend and I recently went down the rabbit hole and are in awe of your years of work in some of our favorite cartoons for years (As far as we know you are playing yourself in flintstones hehe). In all seriousness, it truly is impressive how long you have been doing voices and how many of my favorite characters you have voiced. The only thing I can think of asking is if you have any notable memorabilia related to any of your work?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Chloe,

Well, I have some things the studios and fans have given me.  I have my original Megatron (in the box) P38, some cells from some of the old shows and a few scripts and signed posters…but I guess I would have to say not a lot of memorabilia.  I know some actors that have rooms and rooms full of stuff.  Wally Wingert has an incredible collection of industry treasures.

 

Best to you Chloe!

Frank  

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Fan Name: Byron W. 

Question: I love your work sir, your range is amazing...any time you can go from Megatron to Uni...respect! Do you still do signings? I'm from Indianapolis and would love to see you come our way!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Byron,

Thank you, yes we are putting together a tour for 2022, see “Where’s Frank” page on this site and we are adding cities all the time.  If not your city this year, hopefully soon.  It‘s nice getting out and meeting folks and seeing different places.  Missed two years with covid but we are back!

 

Stay well Byron!

Frank

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Fan Name: Darek T.

Question: Hello Frank, I am reaching out with the hope you can join me for an interview on my long standing film and television podcast. My podcast was one of the first in the film and television interview category and is a product of my passion and love for movies, shows and storytelling. My podcast is also available on all audio platforms. Here is a sample interview: https://youtu.be/BLWYynEC4FY Here is my IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12597724/ I hope you will join me. Darek

 

From Frank: 

Hi Darek!  Congrats on a great podcast.  It seems if you put you passion into what you like doing it always brings good rewards and satisfaction.  I am not currently doing any podcasts but thank you so much for the offer.

 

Continued success,  Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: Seeing The New Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers 2022 Movie Right Now On Disney + I Bet You Saw It Too. Glad That Dale And Chip Meet When They Was Little Both Graduated From The Same Schools They Went Too. Peter Pan Roger Rabbit Baloo Is All In The Movie Too.

 

From Frank: 

Riley,

Wow, you really do watch a lot of Television and see a lot of movies.  I think if you stopped watching the ratings on these shows would drop!!!  Hope you are doing well, and you get a chance to read some stories too.  

Best to you Riley,

Frank

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Fan Name: Christian B

Question: Hi Mr. Welker, Last year, I got to virtually meet you and Mr. Cullen, and I was trying not to explode. I hope to get the opportunity to meet you at a convention someday. If you could return to voice almost every character you portrayed in G1 in a movie, would you be interested?

 

Hi Mr. Welker, I’m curious, who was more fun to have as second-in-command, Chris Latta as Starscream or Roger C. Carmel as Cyclonus ?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Christian,

Glad we got to say hi virtually.  It was clever of these guys to put together this technology to be able to at least make appearances via computers during covid.  We are doing conventions in 2022.  You know I would love to do a G1 animated movie and with as many of the old characters and cast as possible.  I think it would be great and everyone would love doing it.  I guess we can only hope Hasbro thinks the same way…fingers crossed.

 

I really enjoyed both characters and both actors who brought them to life.  They were such distinct and interesting actors.  As human beings, they were larger than life…Roger, physical and emotional large and Chris physically large and his voice talent was spectacular.  Both Chris and Roger had an amazing presence and brought so much to Transformers!  Starscream was a constant pain in Megatron’s side and had to always be carefully watched…

 

Best wishes,

Megs

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Fan Name: Elizabeth F.

Question: Hi Frank! First off, I just wanna say hi. Hi! When I learned about your career many years back. I watched a YouTube video when you were in One Saturday Morning commercial segment Manny the Uncanny in 1997/1998. Manny (played by the hilarious Paul Rugg) interviewed you at the Los Angeles Zoo. You imitated some of the zoo animals. My favorite was your monkey impressions at the monkey habitat, and some of them answered back. That was my favorite part of the video. I heard that Curious George had just finished after 16 years! That's a record. I love you and the cast, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Jim Cummings, Rico Romano, E.G. Daily, etc... Have a fantabulous day! Elizabeth

 

From Frank: 

Hey Elizabeth,

I can’t agree with you more, Paul Rugg is a very talented and funny man.  He writes a lot of the shows I do and appears as guest stars as well.  I so enjoy working with him, he makes me laugh and he is really fun to watch.  I don’t know how he has missed out on becoming a huge star.

“George” has been an amazing show and you listed the cast that makes it a joy and such a cute show (he says with great modesty).   Jeff Bennett is another one of those actors who in my opinion can do anything…so versatile.  Side note, Jeff and Rob Paulsen have this uncanny ability to tell jokes and goof off while the director is talking over the talkback giving us all directions and they still are able to understand what’s said and hit their cue’s perfectly as the director says role!  Amazing!!!

Curiously yours,

Frank

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Fan Name: Brandon B.

Question: Megatron Gaming.

 

From Frank: 

Brandon,

I am not too sure what your question is about gaming but yes, we have done several Transformers games and videos.  They are usually quite intense recordings as we are required to do a lot of sounds beside our dialog; hits, falls, running, lots of battle sounds etc. Also, I still remember fondly doing the Universal ride and dialog for the roaming robots on the lot.  I know that is not Gaming, but in the vicinity!  Best wishes and good luck in the “Games!”

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Robert J.

Question: Hi Frank! My name is Robert Jackson. I do a podcast called Station Square, interviewing some of the top voice actors in the business. I've been a longtime fan of your work, and I would love to invite you on the show to discuss about your career, fun hobbies you've been up to during the pandemic, and we can even discuss about life and where the future holds for the industry. Thank you for all your hard work! Sincerely, Robert

 

From Frank: 

Hey Robert!

Sounds like you are having a good time with “Station Square!”  Nice to have these outlets for getting good information and entertainment.  Currently I am not doing any podcasts but will definitely keep you in mind.  All the best to you and the “Square.”

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: Frank! I do cook sometimes, its more sweet treats though like cupcakes or cookies/biscuits. I made a whole cheesecake once! Do you remember working on Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker as Woof and Ace? I met Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle back in April and they were SUPER lovely!! Will told me a lot about you and how much he admires you. It’s made me want to watch all the Batman cartoons now!! I think by the time you’ve answered this, I will have been to Comic Con Liverpool (21st-22nd May) and met Didi Conn (Fonz and the Happy Days Gang), Kelly Ward (the voice director who you work with regularly) and Nolan North (your golfing buddy!) who I’m doing a special piece of artwork for, based on his friendship with you. Super excited! See you in October!!

 

From Frank: 

Of course, Amber…BUSY, busy, busy!  Looks like you never stop, and your list of acquaintances just keeps growing.  Cooking, acting, writing etc. it is very good for you to keep busy and stay creative.  Remember school and your studies and reading lots!!!  Kelly is quite a student of the theater, actor-writer-director does a lot for Disney as you probably know.  Nolan is a very funny guy and a really good golfer…I am jealous!  Hail Batman!

 

Enjoy your summer, Amber!

From the colonies, Frank

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Fan Name: George Z.

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 would be more than happy to do those voices.  I have done them a couple of times, but I must wait for them to be included in a Turtles project and then hope the studio will give me that opportunity again.  Fingers crossed.

Go Turtles…

Frank

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Fan Name: Paul B.

Question: Hi Frank and thanks for the kind words. It really means a lot to me that you were at least able to receive a photo of Orbitty. I would often show her your autograph. She was cremated and I'm doing better, though I have moments where the grief comes back like a tidal wave. I wrote that message to you when I was beside myself so apologies for any spelling errors or rambling I did. You are quite literally my hero, at the age of 33, just for being you. Being the Man of a Million Voices is an added bonus. My mom's service dog (I take care of my mom as my father is no longer with us) Skippy enjoys Scooby-Doo daily, as does my mom as you are both around the same age. She grew up on "Scooby Doo Where Are You?". She enjoys the episodes of "What's New Scooby Doo" that feature the Secret Six. Aside from you, though, it's not the same without Casey Kasem, Stefanianna Christopher son, Heather North, and Nicole Jaffe. Somehow it seems that watching anything that you do, especially Hanna-Barbera, reminds me of Orbitty the hamster. My mom wants to adopt another hamster (a little boy this time) and is considering Elroy for a name, although it will take some time for me to come to terms with this. I wish there was a way to reach out to Hanna-Barbera studios still to tell them directly how much I appreciate those cartoons, which to me, are timeless and visions of a better America that I was born too late to see, but I understand that there's no way outside of possibly contacting Cartoon Network or perhaps even Warner Brothers, as the studio appears to be defunct? I'd even write or phone in to Hanna Barbera's children or heirs to tell them how much I appreciate their creations. There are too many of them to mention in one message letter/message/call. Take care, Frank

From Frank: 

Hello Paul,

I know you are still dealing with your loss and it does take time, but you are doing well and having the responsibility of caring for your mother is a good purpose and helpful focus.  I am glad Skippy is there for both of you and I do think when you can do it getting another pet for you could be very comforting.   Also, thank you for your kind words about Hanna Barbera I know they all would appreciate knowing your feelings.  

Stay strong and best to you,

Frank

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Fan Name: Michael H.

Question: Dear Frank, I'm Michael Holloway from South Australia, and I am a HUGE fan of the world of animation. One of my favourite characters of yours is Fred in the Scooby Doo franchise, I always found him to be brave and heroic, and sometimes hilariously funny (in a good way). Fred was one of my heroes growing up and I'm still a huge fan. Camp Scare is one of my favourites, I love Fred's mentor role. We all need a Fred in our lives. I haven't heard of any new Scooby's since the one with Courage The Cowardly Dog. I hope you will be doing more Scooby movies soon. You rock as Scooby too of course! I love your other roles too! Best Wishes, Michael

 

From Frank: 

Hi Michael!

Thanks for all the nice Fred compliments…he doesn’t always get the best of press I guess because he is kind of just a regular guy.  Well, that isn’t completely true because as time went by in later episodes the writers had a lot of fun giving him a lot more depth and funny attributes.  But yes, we are doing more “Scooby!”  There is a new series in the works don’t have the title but looks to be about 40 shows.  Also, coming in 2023 is the sequel to “Scoob” so get your Scooby snacks ready…the dog is back!

 

Best, Frank

PS:  The new series may be quite different…don’t know all the details just yet.

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: In My Free Time I've Watched Perry Mason The Rifleman Lost In Space My Three Sons Toon In With Me Happy Days Plus Svengoolie And The Brady Bunch Beautiful Tribute He Did About Gilbert Gottfried Interviewing Him At A Convention And When He Was A Guest On His Show. I Always Cook Different Meals If I'm Not Going Anywhere

 

From Frank: 

Hey there Tiffany.

You really get a lot of watching in…cooking too.  Stay healthy and safe.

Frank

 

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Fan Name: John B.

Question: Hi: One last time before I give up I'm just asking if do anything like this. If not, I'm sorry to bother you about this. MY Parents are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. We would like to see if Mr. Welker would recognize their wedding. A letter or photo would be a big help. Anything can do would be a big help. Hope to hear from you soon. Big Curious george fans Thanks John Blum

 

From Frank:  

Mr. and Mrs. Blum.

Congratulations and best wishes on this great occasion of celebrating 50 years of marriage.  I remember my parents 50th and it was a glorious event that all the family and their many friends enjoyed with them.  Here is to many more years of health and happiness.

 

50 years, wow. “Curious George” says…have a beautiful yellow day and congrats!

 

Thank you, John!

 

Best wishes Frank Welker

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Fan Name: Catherine D.

Question:  Hello Mr. Welker. I'm writing on behalf of my husband. He is an enormous Transformers fan and talks about you and Mr. Cullen constantly. Could you please confirm that the event dates on your Where's Frank page are in stone? We don't have a ton of money, so I need to start organizing finances for flights and hotels now to make sure I can get him there to meet you. It's been his dream since he was a kid, so I want to do everything possible to get him on that plane! Any information you could give me would be an amazing help. Thank you for your time!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Catherine,

Oh my, I would hate for anything to go wrong, but yes the dates we have on the page are firm.  As with any event, there can always be unforeseen happenings like Covid out breaks but as far as we are concerned everything is a go.  Hope to see you guys there and thank you for wanting to be part of it.

 

Fingers crossed and best to you guys!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alvaro M.

Question: Dear Mr. Welker, I hope all is well. My name is Álvaro Martínez, and I am a recent graduate planning to enter the audio industry. I have done a number of interviews which my guests have greatly enjoyed. Gary K. Wolf (Who Censored Roger Rabbit?), Anthony Leggett (Physics Nobel Prize) and Alvy Ray Smith (Pixar Co-founder) are some examples. Would you be interested in doing a Zoom interview? I would love to learn about your life and work. If you are interested, here is the link to my portfolio: https://www.alvarojmartinez.com/Gratefully, Álvaro Martínez

 

From Frank: 

Hey Alvaro,

First and foremost, congrats on getting the education completed.  That is a great accomplishment that will serve you well.  Also, it appears you are well on your way with some outstanding guests and interviews.  I am currently not doing Zooms or podcasts but appreciate the offer.  Again, continued success and congratulations!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber N.

Question: Hi frank do you remember doing this bumper? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdXeCwi1fk

 

From Frank: 

Amber, 

Oh my goodness - you know I vaguely remember this, but I honestly can’t remember when it was done.  It is certainly out there and makes me think it may have been a take off and not a real bumper, but I could be wrong.  It is unusual alright - I know the writers started expanding all of our characters in the later shows and this could have been part of that expansion.  Too funny, thanks for finding that and sending it along.

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Ian E.

Question: If they ever decide to reboot Josie and the Pussycats, would you be playing Alan, Sebastian, or both? Which role would you be interested in from that show?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Ian!  Now that is a good question.  Of course, I would be happy to play either Alan or Sebastian, but the studio would have some very specific ideas about who they wanted to play what roles.  Usually, when a lot of time has gone by, the new creative team wants to put their own stamp on the project and that would include casting.  Sometimes they prefer different actors…I am not sure why but it happens.  Also, you will see a lot of celebrity casting if the show becomes a feature or prime time event so they may wish to ask on camera actors to be in the cast.  Bottom line I really don’t know but if asked to serve I would certainly consider.

 

Thanks Ian

Frank

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Fan Name: Briseida G.

Question: Hiya Frank! I was wondering if you would be open to creating a short voice message for my partner? He’s a big fan of your work and has been showing me the world of animation and voice acting in-depth, so I would like to gift him a message from you on our anniversary next year, April 3, 2023. Nowadays, we often find ourselves talking about films and actors way past midnight, whether it’s me geeking out about Fred Jones, Wes Anderson, or Sheen from Jimmy Neutron (who he absolutely hates but I absolutely love) — or him raving about Indiana Jones, Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc., and… well… huh… I seem to be drawing a blank… must be the lack of sleep! Or the fact that our conversations always seem to lead back to one of the two topics, haha. Even so, I absolutely enjoy our time together and I always learn something new from him. So, please let me know if my request is in any way possible, or if you know anyone else who may be open to such an idea! Many thanks, Briseida

 

From Frank: 

Briseida,

Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned for the anniversary.  There are sites online you can find that have all kinds of folks that do messaging from the entertainment field to  sports stars so you should have no trouble finding great choices.  Unfortunately, I don’t belong to any of these franchises but believe me there are much bigger names than me and happy to accommodate your request.

 

Best of luck and happy anniversary!

Frank

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Fan Name: Billy B.

Question: Dear Frank, I found out you were the voice of the Joker in Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, and you were pretty good. Mark Hamill is the go-to voice for the Joker, but he said it has put a strain on his voice, so he might retire from the role. People would really like you to voice the Joker again and imitate Mark, because you could become his successor if he retires. Your fans would appreciate it if you voice the Joker again and imitate Mark Hamill, because everyone loves his Joker voice, and you could sound exactly like him. Please respond patbarber@hotmail.com at your earliest convenience. I eagerly wait for your reply.

 

Bob Hastings was the most popular voice for Commissioner James Gordon, but he’s deceased. People would really like you to voice this character sometime, because you could imitate Bob and become one of his successors. Fans would appreciate it if you would voice James Gordon in the very near future, because a lot of people liked Bob Hastings as the voice of the character, and you could sound exactly like him. Please respond to patbarber@hotmail.com at your earliest convenience. I eagerly wait for your reply. Sincerely, Billy Barberich

 

From Frank: 

Hi Billy,

Yes, the Joker character has been tossed around to several of us over the years and most recently Mark Hamill.  I think he does a great job, but of course, being a fellow competitor, I would have to believe (if given the chance) I would do it again and try and do it better than my friend Mark (haha)  But alas, Mark does a superb job, and the public identifies him with  

Joker and I doubt he will be giving up the Joker anytime soon and I hope he doesn’t!  Bob Hastings was a nice man who I worked with also and had great respect for…but to be honest, I don’t recall his voice for Commissioner Gordon, but all of his work was quite good, and he played a lot of policemen, mayors, governors and the like.  In general, I don’t like taking over characters that someone else has created unless they don’t want or can no longer do them.  But the best way is to be the creator of the voice in the first place then the character has your soul and DNA.  

 

All the Best Billy,  Frank

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Fan Name: GT

Question: Frank! I appreciate you using this site to answer our questions. Throughout the years and listening to your work, I always had questions to ask you if I could so thanks for allowing us to do that! I hope this question makes sense. One thing I wondered is sometimes, you'll see a voice actor credited with just doing a couple of lines in a show, or you might see something like "additional voices", or just a credit for animal sounds. In cases where you have such small roles, are you under a contract to perform many small roles for that show over the course of its production? Or do you have a contract with a production company for multiple shows they produce? Or is it a case where you are being paid solely for that one small role? I'm certain it varies but what's the norm in situations like that? Thanks!

 

From Frank: 

Hi GT,

Thank you.  I am glad you like the site and I enjoy the opportunity to answer questions about the biz.

 

Yes, there are many ways that your agent can structure deals with the production company but mostly in the voice world you work on a daily contract set to rules made by SAG/AFTRA.  There is one daily rate for a four-hour period of recording and in the four hours for one rate you can be required to perform 2 voices and an additional sum for a third voice.  It doesn't matter how small the role is, or whether it is human or animal each voice or line or words and utterances are considered one voice in this formula.  So, lets say I do a young boy’s voice and one bark as his dog, that would constitute two characters and if they said can you also do the cat…that would require an additional payment.  There is an exception, if you are doing a role and there is walla (crowds of people or animals etc.) you can be asked to supply group sound with no extra compensation.   This area is a little gray, but most actors are happy to do this and occasionally help out with minor additions to help the producers.

 

A lot of times, especially in the past I have done vocal effects for an animal or human but the producers don’t want the audience to know it was an actor doing the sound or voice so we will just get “Special Vocal Effects” by credit.  That helps you prove you were in the production but allow for anonymity of the source.  Hope this helps answer your question.

 

All the best,

 

Special Vocal Effects by…Frank Welker 

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Fan Name: Preston S.

Question: Rememberance: How was Casey Kasem in 2008. Did you meet with him varied? How was his friendship and humor competing? Thanks!

 

From Frank: 

Hello Preston,

I can say through out the years Casey was always a stand-up guy who enjoyed and took seriously his work.  He was always wanting to do more voices and was very protective of the Shaggy character.  He would discuss with the new writers what Shaggy would say and how he would approach a certain situation it was pretty amazing to see how he did this and it was strictly for his concern to keep Shaggy as he saw him.  Now that being said, he was a joy to work with and such a gentleman.  He was very thoughtful and respectful for the women in the cast and guest actors and the crew.  He was fun to joke around with and liked my goofy joke and impressions.  Sometimes he would blurt out in the middle the session right after I did a giant roar and say, “how the heck do you do that, doesn’t that hurt?”  

He would recommend me for jobs all the time…I would go on an audition and they would say Casey Kasem recommended you.  Casey was a good guy, and one of a kind…I miss him, he has left us way too soon.

 

Best to you Preston,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi Ann W.

Question: When movie world in Australia did the monsters for the spooky castle the next generation ride did you go inside a recording studio to record the spooky demon effects for both versions of the ride the original one was in 2002 and the next generation one was back in 2018 I’m just wondering

 

From Frank: 

Hi Jessi Ann,

 

I don’t remember working on that project.  Sorry, but I do a lot of these kinds of things but not familiar with the “Spooky Castle.”  Did you see me credited for doing work…also; sometimes I do get credit when it belongs to someone else. Hope the ride is a good one regardless.

 

Best, 

Frank

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Fan Name: Teague P.

Question: Hello Frank, what’s your favorite celebrity impressions that you have done over the years (personal favorite is your Steven Spielberg impression)?

 

From Frank: 

Teague!

Hahaha…My Steven Spielberg impression is one of my least favorites as I feel I don’t do a very good job but I do appreciate your comments.  I always loved doing Gregory Peck, Shaun Connery, Bill Cosby, George C. Scott, Walter Cronkite, and more recently Obama, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. I have thought about putting some impressions on this site for fun.

Best to you Teague.

Frank

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Fan Name: Todd W.

Question: Hey Frank , My four sons and I host The Wonderful World of Disney Plus fan/family podcast. We love all your Disney voices...squeaks...growls....croacks...and whinnys. We even "discovered " you on The Computer that Wore Tennis Shoes!!" Anyway, I was wondering if you'd like to be a guest on our podcast some Monday evening at 9PM EST? We record on zoom. We'd love to get your perspective and your magic making skills. I know you're a busy...man, frog, dog, and horse. If not, that's OK. Just know you've got a whole family of fans in Northern, IN. Thanks, Todd Wilson You can respond thru my email if you like

 

From Frank: 

Hey Todd,

Congrats on your “The Wonderful World of Disney Plus” fan/family podcast.  Wow, “Computer Wore Tennis Shoes!?!” How about “Now you See Him Now You Don’t” also a Disney film with Kurt Russel and back in day! Hah, oh my!  I am not currently doing any podcasts but will keep you guys in mind.  Glad you have enjoyed my Disney contributions over the years. 

 

Best to you Todd and the Wilson family.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Melissa G.

Question: Hey, Frank! I've been admiring your work as well with Peter Cullen, and it's amazing how much talent you have for voicing characters like Scooby, Garfield, Totoro, Megatron, etc. I understand that this is a long shot, but is it possible to come to the Fanx convention again this year? I would prefer to go to my first convention to see you, but unfortunately, the moment I heard that you were at Fanx, I was so excited, but I found out a day later when the convention ended, but I'm not sure if it's a one-time thing. Thank you and have a great day. Best, Melissa C.

 

From Frank: 

Melissa,

Sounds like we literally just missed you.  I think that may have been our first event back or certainly one of the first and we really enjoyed Salt Lake.  I think they have a policy or general rule to have different every year.  So we could come back next year but not really sure. You can always write Fanx and put in a request as they do listen to what fans like and who they want to see.  At any rate, look forward to meeting you and hope it is soon, the folks in Salt Lake are really nice people.

Best wishes Melissa, Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: Not Only Did I See Sonic The Hedgehog 2 At AMC Theatres I Also Saw The Bad Guys Movie Too. I Was Going To Go To The Movies On Tuesday I Decided To Watch TV At Home And Go Next Tuesday. Getting Close To My Five Dollar Reward With My Points. I See That You Also Done Voice Overs On The Simpson's. Do You Remember Which Character You Voiced On There?

 

From Frank: 

Yes, Tiffany I did “Santa’s Little Helper” and lots of monsters and growls etc.  But I have not been on the show now for a few years.  Enjoy!

Frank

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Fan Name: Jake E.

Question: Hi, Frank! You’ve been the voice of a lot of my childhood from Curious George to Animaniacs to Scooby-Doo! My parents obviously raised me on some of the classics haha. You are so good at what you do, and you’ve inspired me to want to do vocal work when I’m older. I’m 17 right now, and I’ve been told I’m good at impressions and coming up with voices out of thin air. Vocal work just seems like a perfect fit for me, I think! My girlfriend and I are thinking of going as Fred and Daphne for Halloween this year, and I’ll be thinking of you as I go around doing my Fred impression! On top of TV stuff, I’ve also appreciated your video game work. Especially you as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Epic Mickey. I played the heck out of that game and loved every minute of it, just hearing your wonderful voice for Oswald. Stay awesome, Frank. Have a wonderful day!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Jake!

Thank you for the nice note…and thank your parents for introducing us!!!  As to your possible future doing voice work, I will tell you, it sounds like you are on the right track.  That is exactly how I started.  As far back as I can remember, I was doing animal sounds, goofy noises, voices, and yes impressions.  Couldn’t help it and people seemed to enjoy it so I kept it up.  

I wish we would do more Oswald product, but the studio seems to be a little unsure what to do with Oswald.  

Hey, going as Fred and Daphne for Halloween sounds like fun.  You guys have a great time and be careful driving if you take the mystery machine!

All the best to you Jake,

Frank

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Fan Name: Brian F.

Question: Hello Mr. Welker I'm just wondering how you got to be into the voice acting business because I would really like to give it a try and you have always been a big inspiration too me. My question is how do you be successful in voicing something or someone else?

 

From Frank: 

Brian, 

As you can imagine I get asked this question quite often.  It really, for me and most actors, starts when you are young. There is a very strong desire to perform. As for voices, I recall being able to mimic animals and having the ability to impersonate from a very early age.  This was something that I was born with call it talent or an aberration but I did little in the way of study it was just natural. For those who want to be actors or voice actors there is of course study. That would be reading, getting into the theater (doing plays and readings) local or professional and participate in as much acting as possible.  There are many classes, but I would recommend college programs and theater first.  Steve Blum, my friend, and superb voice actor has a webpage with some interesting insights into “voice acting.”  For vocal sounds anything by Fred Neuman but specifically “Mouth Sounds.”  

It is a very hard business to get into but if you make it, it is fun and can be rewarding.

Good luck Brian!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Kera S.

Question: Hi Frank! My boyfriend is a huge fan of the character scooby doo and your work. His graduation is coming up and i was wondering if there’s any way i could get a video of you doing your scooby voice saying congrats to him or even just a message for him! I know it would absolutely make his day and be amazing. Thank you! Kera

 

From Frank: 

Hi Kera.  To your boyfriend…Scooby Doo speaks:  “Wow, congratulations on your graduation.  That is a fabulous accomplishment…just like; Sit!  Stay! Up! Rollover!  You will be able to do all of those things!!!!  Let me be the first to award you with FIVE Scooby snacks!  Really, congrats to you and may you have a great and successful future!  Your pal Scooby Doo!”

 

Thank you Kera,

Frank

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Fan Name: Franklin H.

Question: Hello Frank, I apologize that I don't have a question for you. This June I will be 45 years "aged", not old yet. I wanted to contact you because your absolute talent is inspiring and you are a childhood hero of mine, thank you. Lastly, I hope you don't mind a bit of self-promotion. I have a YouTube channel called Franklin of FRH Films. I have produced five videos of Transformers. Thanks for your time.

 

From Frank: 

Franklin, 

It is so nice to have a place to put you work, ideas, and projects… like YouTube.  I to need subscribe.  I am so far behind on media and especially social media.  From what you are saying, you have done a lot of work and in the world of Transformers!  Congratulations Lindsey.  Keep up the creative!

Best Wishes, Frank

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Fan Name: Lindsey

Question: Who would win in a fight: 50 duck-sized Maurice LA Marches or 1 Maurice-sized duck? Looking forward to your answer.

 

From Frank: 

Lindsey,

Because of my respect for Maurice (at any size or number) I would think I would have to be very clever and careful.  I would do everything in my power to avoid the confrontation then I would recruit Rob Paulsen to be my warrior.  I am sure once Maurice saw Rob, he would get into a conversation and begin laughing so hard he would forget about being a duck as well as me entirely and we would all go out for sushi!!!

Makes perfect sense to me!!!

Frank

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Fan Name: M

Question: Hey, I have a question from my entire family actually, as of May 7,2022 are you in NC?

 

From Frank: 

Hey M, presently NC is not on the schedule but we are adding dates all the time so keep an eye on the, “Where is Frank” page and hopefully we will make that happen one day soon.

Thank you M, 

F

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Fan Name: Zac G

Question: I’m such a huge fan of the Garfield show , I loved you as Garfield in the Garfield show .what was it like working on the show , I got a autograph from you from galaxycon of Garfield from the Garfield show take care and stay safe!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Zac,

Nice to hear from you and I am glad we were able to make that work out.  Garfield was so much fun to work on because of a great cast and super director Mark Evanier.  Also, from the get go, Jim Davis our esteemed leader and creator always was supportive and enthusiastic which made the show fun to do.  My friends in the cast were/are funny and very good actors all so it made going to work a joy.  Having a show like Garfield was a pleasure indeed.  I hope we do more in the future.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Dove P.

Question: Hello there, Frank. Apologies if this is a strange question, I was going to just send an email but couldn't find one and given this was the only was I could contact you, it made the most sense to send it this way. A thought crossed my mind recently and that was how exactly you voicing characters you've previously played in things such as you playing Fred in that one Family Guy bit works. Like, what's the legality of all that and how possible would it be for you to say play Fred for a Youtube video? Sorry if that's an oddly specific question but I felt it couldn't hurt to ask given "you miss all the shots you don't take" and what not.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Dove,

Your question is fine and a good one.  There is no real legal problem with doing the voice of Fred as guest appearances on other shows etc. The only time it is problematic is if it is product and someone has asked me to do the voice for that product, then it must be approved by Warner Brothers and usually the studio would charge a license fee and my agent would negotiate a performance fee.  As to doing Family Guy, no problem, but since it is a performance, the Screen Actors Guild requires a minimum acting fee and or the agent of record, in my case my agent would negotiate a performance fee.

 

Best, Frank aka Freddy

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Fan Name: Paul B.

Question: Hi Frank, I wrote to you late last month or earlier this month and was quite happy, but that has changed because two days ago, your little namesake, my baby hamster Orbitty (whom I sent you a photo of) developed an upper respiratory infection and passed away. I've been beside myself with grief and thinking of you and your Orbitty ever since. I can't go one day without crying my eyes out and everytime I see your autograph on my wall, I thank heaven that you're still here as that brings me comfort, knowing that you keep The Jetsons alive. As I think I previously stated, I wish your Orbitty received more screen time and was heavily featured in Season 3 aside from the cameo of you sleeping beside Elroy. I would sometimes call myself Elroy when talking to little Orbitty. I would always hear your voice as Orbitty replying back to me. She was the closest thing I had to a daughter and the closest I will ever come to having your Orbitty for a child, as had been my dream since I was very little. I miss her kisses and I miss her cuddles. I fear watching The Jetsons and eating popcorn will now be impossible for me because that was her favorite food (unsalted and unbuttered, of course) as well as her favorite cartoon. It's as if my whole world has come crashing down. Your Orbitty helped me so much in recent years in many ways. I wish I had my little Orbitty back. Perhaps you'll be able to bring back your Orbitty as a character. I'd enjoy seeing a cartoon that is entirely based on Orbitty. It might help me to feel happy again. Thank you so much for voicing that little Orbitty. I dearly miss all of your co-stars from Daws Butler to George O'Hanlon and June Foray to Janet Waldo and the whole cast. My deepest regret is not being able to tell them how much I appreciate them myself. Please stay safe and take care. It helps me to get by knowing that Orbitty (Craterus Orbittus) is still around. Sincerely, Orbitty's Number One Fan, Paul

 

From Frank: 

Hi Paul,

I am so sorry to hear about Orbitty.  Our pets mean so much to us and it is always difficult and so sad to lose them. I will tell you, what many people do when they lose a pet is to get another one.  It of course will never be the same, but can be an entirely new beginning of a great friendship.  Thank you for being so loyal I know all the actors you mentioned above would have appreciated your kind thoughts. 

 

Hang in there Paul and all the best to you.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: What's your favourite cereal too? :D

 

From Frank: 

Amber, it appears you may also have becoming a chef or food provider in your future.  Hah!  My favorite cereal is probably not really accurate.  I like Gram crackers and milk.  Next would be Kellogg’s corn flakes, Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Grape nuts, and good old-fashioned oatmeal.

I sometimes mix a bowl of all the cereals above for a special treat!!!

 

Now I’m hungry again!

Frank

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Fan Name: Chad W.

Question: Did Stefanianna Christopherson do her own sound effects? Do you know if Stefanianna Christopherson did her own sound effects?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Chad,

In full disclosure I honestly do not know, but I think I remember her pretty much just reading her own lines.  When we first started, we didn’t do much of anything extraordinary we were all just concentrating on reading our lines.  Of course, as we got bolder and more confident, we did start doing more.  I think I was making noises early on because I had done them all my life, so it was natural.  Everyone else except Don Messick (the master) just read lines in the early days.

 

Best wishes Banner!

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Fan Name: Youngstown S.

Question: Do you miss John Hughes?

 

From Frank: 

YS,

I really did not know John Hughes personally, so I can only say that professionally I admired how he found a nitch and was able to capture a time and sense of youth in his films.  He was very adroit at this, and I enjoyed his work.  It seems we lost him way too early, and he had a lot more to say through his work to come.  

Best to you,

Frank

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Fan Name: Eddie

Question: Is there a certain voice or impression that you struggle with? In other words, do you have a voice acting "white whale" (for lack of a better phrase) or at least have had one in the past?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Eddie!

 

I think of Gregory Peck “The Great White Apotheosis.”  Mr. Peck was one of my better impersonations come to think of it.  Always enjoyed doing that one - but I digress.  Probably wasn’t so much not being able to do an impression, but I do remember having trouble making authentic sounding horse whinnies.  I could do all the subtle stuff, but the high big sounds not so much.  Also, don’t laugh, but a rooster.  I wanted to do it of course as realistic as possible, but I never really got that one the way I felt it should be…oh, and one other thing I might as well admit too.  That loud sharp clean whistle where people use two fingers in the corner of their mounts…never could do it.  So many actors and folks in general can do it and I’ll bet Nancy Cartwright can whistle like that and literally bring the pain off the walls - one of the few women who does great sound effects as well as fabulous characters.

 

Best,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Gerry 

Question: Frank! I'm amazed at your level of talent. I was recently watching an episode of Transformers G1 (Countdown to Extinction was the episode for reference) where you voiced Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Rumble, and Frenzy in the same scene! As a voice actor, what challenges do you face, if any, when voicing multiple characters in one scene? Also, how did you wind up with so many characters to voice on that show? You had much more than anyone! Thanks for your reply!

 

From Frank: 

Gerry,

Thank you! Let me answer the second part of your question first…we were so busy back then (mid 80’s) and Wally Burr the director was casting for Transformers.  At the time, he was also directing a lot of other shows. In other words, he was both casting and directing a ton of shows in addition to Transformers.   As you know, Transformers had a LOT of characters, and he was busy, busy, busy.  So, he put all the drawings of the characters on a table in the lobby with a sign saying pick three.  Then he would bring you in and audition you and put your reading on tape to send to Hasbro.  Well unbeknownst to Wally, remember I mentioned he was busy, I picked ten and proceeded to audition and lay down tracks for all the characters.  Wally didn’t seem to notice I was coming in repeatedly.  When they sent these audition tracks off to Hasbro, they were what was referred to as “blind tracts” or numbered auditions… number 1, number 6, number 8 etc.  So, they didn’t know who was doing the voice they were just listening to numbers.  As it turned out, they picked a lot of my numbers…so hello Megatron, Soundwave, Rumble, Frenzy, Skywarp and on.  When we actually recorded the show you can imagine the surprise of my fellow actors when it came to my turn and then it was still my turn and my turn and my turn again.  

 

Talking to yourself is a bit of a challenge but it is really where the fun begins.  If you have your characters locked in, it really is not much of a problem.  When you have more than two talking together in the same scene it does get a bit frenetic and you get to experience schizophrenia! The hard part is coming back in a couple of weeks and remembering all your voices…usually there is a reference track, that is very helpful.  

 

Best you Gerry from “all” of us!

Franks

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: Heya Frank, I know that I keep submitting questions and I apologise if it becomes annoying… it’s just that I miss you so much and this is really the only way to talk to you. I can hear your voice reading the answers so it feels warmly. What’s your favourite food by the way? Also, I got a new voice job voicing for a theme park ride!! Just applied for the lead role of an autistic girl in a new show being produced over here so fingers crossed everything goes well. I’m down to chat anytime you want. I’m always an email or a phone call away, you know where to find me! Edinburgh seems so far away still!! Only about 170 days or something. Take care ! :) -amber

From Frank: 

Well hello Amber!

Looks like congrats are in order! Congratulations on your VO job for the ride park! Nice going and my fingers are also crossed for your show audition - seems you are getting the hang of it.  It is very good to keep working and auditioning.  I feel that the process is part of the job.  I really enjoyed auditioning because you were most free to do your interpretation of the ask.  Anyway, I am proud of you.  

 

Favorite food?  Unfortunately, I like all FOOD so it is hard to choose…but I think I am a boring Yank and love my steak and potato.  Caesar Salad with anchovy is a good side with asparagus and a good white sugar icing carrot cake for dessert.  Followed the next day with two hours in the gym and then a good run!  

 

Best to you my UK friend!

Frank

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Fan Name: John

Question: Hi Frank what are some memories you have of recording the movie Man’s Best Friend? In which you did the vocals for a genetically enhanced dog with all these different animal abilities, as well as a cat which he eats alive, and a parrot.

 

From Frank: 

John,

Yikes, I am really on the spot…I am not sure because I don’t really remember that one.  I will say I have done a lot of dogs in movies and television as well as cats and parrots.  Each does present a certain challenge based on what the producer/director/sound editors want.  One thing I will tell you (he says with great modesty) I was very good at the most subtle things like dogs just breathing.  I felt that was like really being the dog (in actor speak becoming at one with the character).  Dogs running, whimpering, and growling all were easy and enjoyable and I felt quite “at one” funny I know not exactly Shakespeare but, in my world, yes Hamlet I was.

 

The most difficult was barks of large dogs and it was very hard keeping it real and sounding authentic.  It was the same challenge for cats, but Parrots I found fairly easy.  I had noticed a lot of suspect parrot performances, so I really tried to lock in on real parrot sounds to mix in and truncate the dialog as much as possible and this worked great unless directors insisted on a soliloquy then it usually ended up sounding like a human doing a parrot. 

 

All in all, I do remember doing a lot of these, but Man’s Best Friend I really can’t quite put my finger/paw on it.

 

Thank you John arf arf!!!

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: Saw Sonic The Hedgehog 2 At AMC Theatres On 04/19/2022, Have You Saw Sonic The Hedgehog 2 As Well? And Bought A Large Soda And Got Free Large Popcorn In Honor Of My Birthday Plus I Joined Stubs Insider Where I Got 400 Points I Will Look At The Bad Guys At The Grove Next On 04.26.2022 And Buy A Hotdog From The Concession Stand With A Small Pepsi For Discount Tuesday On Tickets And Snacks There.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tiffany,

I am happy to see you getting out and enjoying the Cinema.  I have not seen the features you mentioned but they look like good fun.  Hot dogs and popcorn also bring a smile to my face.  Just make sure not to overeat those fun things and eat good meals at home.  I understand that prices for entertainment in general have gone up so you are wise getting your discounts!  Again, happy to hear you are out having fun and hope this pandemic is going to be just a bad and distant memory.

All the best Tiffany,

Frank

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Fan Name: Alexa P.

Question: Your voice of Baby Kermit, Baby Skeeter and Baby Beaker from Muppet Babies from 1984-1991

 

From Frank: 

Yes Alexa…

Muppet Babies was a blast because of our great cast and director. Hank Saroyan, our Director,  set the tone with his funny and very witty sense of humor. The rest of the cast was fabulous and Dave Coulier and me were always miss behaving…but somehow we managed to get a lot of shows done.  The writers and folks that did the music were top notch and our show won many Emmys because of all of them.  I don’t understand why Disney decided to totally recast the show when they came out with the remake recently.  We (the cast) were all available and very willing to go back into the pond.  Oh well…

 

Stay green, 

Kermie/Frank

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Fan Name: Alex M.

Question: Hey! Frank, is there any way for us to get your autograph??! I’d love to have you’re, I’m a huge fan!!

 

From Frank: 

Hey Alex,

Thank you for asking.  We don’t do the mailing too many things get lost and it becomes too disappointing when that happens.  But if you take a peek at the “Where is Frank page” on this site, we maybe coming to your area and I would be happy to sign and meet you.

Take care,

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi W.

Question: I am officially graduated my special-needs college program spooky Demon

 

From Frank: 

Jessi!!!

Wow, that is a huge accomplishment.  Congratulations for all your hard work and wonderful achievement.  

Great work Jessi.

All the best, Frank

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Fan Name: Alec G.

Question: So sorry to hear about Gilbert. What was it like being Abu with Iago?

 

From Frank: 

Alec,

It was so sad to hear the news of Gilbert’s passing.  He was a very nice man.  I really didn’t get to work with him very much, but when I did, I always enjoyed watching him do his work.  Such a big sound out of such a diminutive man.  On the film “Aladdin,” the actors all recorded independently.  So, it was after the film was out and we were doing the TV version did I have an opportunity to work with him and then most recently, just before the pandemic we did a couple of shows in person.  I will tell you; he was naturally funny and never forced, such a great quality that I respected and admired.  So young to be gone from us.  He will be missed by his, fans, family, and friends.

Stay well,

Frank

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Fan Name: Michael T.

Question: I can do all the voices from the transformers movies. Soundwave. Megatron. Hound. i wish you could hear them. i always had the talent but never thought it was special until i saw the live action films

 

From Frank: 

Michael,

Sounds like you might be a budding voice over actor.  As I have noted many times it takes desire, talent, and a lot of hard work and a little luck, but if it is something you really want to do then I say go for it.  It is not easy and only a very small percentage of some very talented actors can make a living.  It is not for the timid.  

 

I did a lot of impressions of people and sounds and animals and other actors early on, but you will need to find your “own” voice so to speak.  However, if it is just for fun and you enjoy doing all those characters then you can have a great time showing your family and friends all those Autobots and Decepticons!!!

 

Best to you Michael

Lord Megatron

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Fan Name: Aja C.

Question: Hello, Frank. Would you like to see a crossover between Garfield and Scooby Doo happen someday?

 

From Frank: 

Aja,

Yes, yes, yes, I really like it when the studios get brave and do fun things like crossovers and special guests stars.  It really makes it fun for the actors and I think the audiences enjoy it as well.  Now, Garfield (cat) and Scooby (dog) and both believe they are something else…wow, that would be great fun.  Super idea Aja!!

 

Best to you from Scooby Doo…and Garfield too!

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: Question Didn't You Work With Both Estelle Harris And Gilbert Gottfried? True Legends That Left Us Too Soon. I'm Surprised That Gilbert Gottfried Voiced Both That Talking Horse Plus The Aflac Duck On Family Guy And Those Commercials During The Superbowl. They Both Brought Joy To Animation For The Fans Plus Since Bob Saget Was Good Pals With Gilbert Gottfried It's Great That Bob Saget's Family Plus Other Friends Said There Final Goodbyes To Him Including Some Of The Voice Cast From Disney's Aladdin.  They Is Entertaining Everyone In Heaven Including Will Ryan Dana Hill Joe Alaskey Christine Cavanaugh Plus Jack Riley Along With All Of Our Love Ones As Well.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tiffany, 

Yes, I did work with them both. I worked with Gilbert just before the pandemic.  He was such a nice man and so very funny and talented.  All those voice actors who have passed - so sad. I was just thinking about how many we have lost.  It seems as time goes by it is just going to happen, but it is always shocking and we all feel the loss.  These names that you list were all my co-workers and friends and I do miss them and the bright light and smiles they brought to us.   You know, it is nice that almost always you can turn on a TV or watch a movie and one of their voices can be heard and it brings them right back.  It’s a nice tribute our work pays to actors!

 

All the best to you Tiffany

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J

Question: Hey Frank, to thank you for all your participation and your help with my project I’d love to treat you in Edinburgh. The drinks are on me ! You’ve helped and supported me and it’s time I paid you back. You down? 

 

From Frank: 

Amber!  Hahahah, you owe me nothing - just want to see you be successful and happy and healthy.  Guess we still must watch out for these Covid variants, but it appears the UK is doing better than we here in the colonies.  Looking forward to Edinburgh!!!

Best to you Amber,

Frank

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Fan Name: Jorge S.

Question: It’s my little brothers 40’s birthday I will pay anything for him to send him a b-day message as the boogie man, please help me fix it

 

From Frank: 

Hi Jorge,

I am not sure what I can do…but here goes:   “HAPPPPPPPY biiiirrrthday…hehahehea to Jorge’s lil brother from the BOOOOGieeeee MAN!!!!”

 

And happy birthday from Frank too!

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Fan Name: Julian F.

Question: Hi Frank Welker, I just want to say I'm a huge fan of your voice, your awesome, Stay safe

 

From Frank: 

Thank you, Julian, I have had a good time in this business, and it has been a great career.  I am always happy to hear that someone is listening and enjoys my work!!

 

We don’t do anything through the mails but if you are around for any of the personal appearances, it would be my pleasure.  Check the “Where’s Frank” page for locations as we are booking into new cities all the time.

 

You stay safe too, and again thanks!

Frank 

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question:

Since You Was The Voice Of Crackle In Kellogg's Rice Krispies Commercial Did You Ever Get A Free Box Of The Cereal? I've Got Honey Nut Cheerios Frosted Flakes Plus Corn Pops Fruit Loops Plus Cookie Crisp As Well Loved Having Them For My Morning Breakfast. If Ralph's Target Or Food 4 Less Does Have Rice Krispies I'm Definitely Buying Them.

 

From Frank: 

Tiffany,

That is such a good question and I had to think about it for a minute.  Nope not one grain of cereal or toy or photograph.  But they did treat us very well over the years when we recorded.  The account managers almost always took us out for dinner and when they flew us to Chicago to record, they put us up in the best hotels and again out for dinner at some of the great Chi town eateries.  Oh, and yes, I love Rice Krispies too even though I am no longer voicing “Crackle.”

 

Yummy, Yum good!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alex M.

Question: Happy Easter Frank Welker my man!

Hello Frank Welker my man, my name is Alex Murphy, my question to you is what's your all time favorite Scooby doo episode my man?

 

From Frank: 

Happy Easter to you Alex!

 

Oh my you have asked an impossible question.  There are so many episodes from all the years I am afraid I couldn’t name just one - however, I will say, I loved doing the show where we all were the guest stars and went to visit me in my recording studio high on the cliffs of Pacific Palisades.  In other words, the Scooby gang came to visit Frank Welker and the voice actors, Matt, Kate, and Grey.  It was very cool that the writers and the studio would do this and oh my was it confusing to record. Hah!!!  I would have to say this is one of my favorite episodes and it was from the last Scooby series we recorded, “Guess Who Scooby Doo.” It was crazy, fun, and cool!

 

Thank you for the question, Alex.

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: Hope You Had A Fun Easter Sunday On 04.17.2022. My Easter Sunday Went Great I Dyed Two Eggs And Will Dye More Later On 04.18.2022 In The Afternoon, Have You Saw The Animated Series It's Pony? Glad That Alicyn Packard Is Voicing A Character On The Series. Hoping That Everyone Over That Series Asks You To Voice A Animal Or One Of The Grown Ups On There Whenever Season 2 Does Happen.

 

From Frank: 

Tiffany,

Sounds like you had a great Easter!  Not sure about Pony, but if you are enjoying it then they are doing a good job.  I just finished doing Nibbler again for Futurama and it was a hoot.  They are such good scripts and I love working with the director.  Nibbler talks a lot in this show, and it is truly out of this world - oh my.  

 

Happy belated Easter Tiffany!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Billy K.

Question: an Autograph picture Dear Frank welker your voice of ernie keebler in the keebler commericals is good. Could I get asn Autograph picrure of you. i lvie at 38 Richman AveNewburgh, ny 12550. Your fan Billy keller

 

From Frank: 

Hi Billy,

You know, I remember auditioning and doing little elves voices, but I don’t think I was ever the actual voice of Ernie.  I know that Parley Baer and Walker Edmiston did the voice of Ernie and Parley did it for the longest period of time.

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Ken L. 

Question: Hello Frank Hope all is well with you. I would like to invite you to appear as a special guest at our upcoming conventions Revolution Super Fest on May 6 & 7 philly area New Jersey Collector. Fest on June 26th and The Boston area Super Mega Fest on Sept 30 through October 2nd .Please let us know if you are available Mark Dodson who is scheduled to appear at some of our shows had recommended you Thanks Ken Laurence Promoter

 

From Frank: 

Hi there, 

 

I am the Administrator for this site and all appearance requests must be sent to Frank’s Agent, Kevin Motley, at TGMD. 

 

Thank you! 

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Fan Name: Ricardo B.

Question: Hey Frank, my brother and I have been on a Transformers binge (again) and I was wondering, Megatron from Generation 1 and Megatron from Prime are different in most regards, including your voice for each interpretation. How do you approach voicing the same character in different ways?

 

From Frank: 

Ricardo,

Well first, the folks at Hasbro and Paramount keep creating different models of the character and as a voice actor I just need to “Transform” right!!?!  As I do with most of my characters, it starts with a visual response to what I see.  In Prime, Megatron was quite different, and the CGI was so beautiful with much more opportunity for expression and subtlety.  The director or producer from Hasbro wanted a new voice closer to the film version.  When I listened to actors in the feature, I noted they were doing bigger sounding voices to match the size of the on-screen figures.  So, I went in that direction and put more size and intonation in the voice.  When I went into the feature as Galvatron and ultimately Megatron I once again increased the size in my minds eye and added yet more expression (evil) into the voice.  Much fun I might add.  I would say I enjoyed all the voices with G1 first, Prime second, Galvatron and Megatron feature voices tied for third.

All the best.  

Frank

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Fan Name: E’Million

Questions: Hi Frank your acting as pig in DreamWorks home is cute

Hey Frank have you seen et the extra terrestrial l love the film Henry Thomas plays Elliott in it we are twins we have the same facial reactions the actor is 50 I'm sad because l play with him can you call him I'm so so sorry for saying that

 

From Frank: 

Hey E’Million!!!   Thank you Oink, oink!  

Yes, I loved ET was a fabulous movie and young Henry was perfect in every way. I would also call home, but I don’t know the number!!! Keep looking to the stars they hold mysteries beyond belief!

Frank  

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Fan Name: Simon A.

Question:

Greetings, Frank. I have been such a lifelong fan of you and your work. You've been an incredible inspiration to many voice actors, even aspiring ones like me. What fascinates me the most about your work is your incredible ability to do so many animal and creature noises, and I hear those sounds a lot in almost every single animated show or movie I've seen. My question is, how do you get to do something that great? Anyways, I hope you and your loved ones are well and safe and thank you for being such a big part of my childhood and for yourself.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Simon!

Yes, I have done a lot of animal sounds over the years - from the original Dr. Doolittle to Raiders of the lost Ark, to monsters and Gremlins etc.  I guess I have always had an ability to mimic sound and animals and people.  It’s a bit of a weird way to make a living and I think I am quite lucky.  I do note there are not a lot of other actors who want to do this, so that’s probably what has kept me working.  Now we have the likes of Dee Baker and a few others who are sensational and doing a lot of what I use to do.  When I get to work with Dee it sounds a lot like the LA Zoo!!!

 

Best and ARF ARF!

Frank

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Fan Name: Darnell 

Question: Hey Frank! Huge Fan of your work! Especially with the Scooby Doo Franchise! I was wondering will you be ever coming back to Tennessee to meet fans and sign autographs? Because I remember you coming in 2019 with Grey Griffin and I missed out on that opportunity. You’re such an inspiration for me personally and I hope someday of meeting you! hope your doing well Frank! Say Hi to Fred and Scooby for me! Darnell

 

From Frank: 

Hi Darnell,

Oh yes, I remember the trip you speak of and the crazy, lovely and talented Grey Griffin.  Sorry we didn’t get to see you.  So far, I don’t see anything on the schedule for Tennessee, but maybe in the future. I haven’t seen Grey or any of the cast since Covid.  I miss the gang and our Scooby fun.  

All the best to you Darnell!

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: Hi Frank! I was wondering when you were doing another virtual event with Galaxycon? Would love to chat with you again via video chat if you ain’t too busy. Also have you listened to the song We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Encanto? Currently stuck in my head its such an earworm! 

 

From Frank: 

Ammmmbeeeeeer!

How are you kiddo?  I don’t see Galaxycon in the near future, but I just signed the paperwork for the UK so looks like Scotland is on again.  Hope we don’t get thrown anymore side balls.  I am not familiar with the “Bruno” tune but love the term “earworm” never heard that but love it…

You stay healthy and safe and see you in the fall if all remains the steady.

 

Frank the “earworm” 

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Fan Name: Sanketh 

Question: Hi Frank Welker My name is Sanketh and im from Bangalore India and i have written a screenplay for a direct to film video for Scooby doo and its done and completed i cant spoil anything because this work needs to be on the big screen and i worked very hard these couple of months and i sacrificed everything including my 25th birthday and was influenced by you and your Mystery friends and your Good Friend Grey Delisle Griffin she's a cool person who voices bad guys and heroes i love your voiceover work and i have a lot of plans for full time and part time as well i pray we meet online or in a convention for now wish me luck and a happy life and also for my hard work because its needs to pay off as well im still pitching some good ideas for the animation industry as well and to be honest i knew you voiced Megatron from the transformers series and i didn't know you voiced fred jones and scooby doo until now

 

From Frank: 

Sanketh,

Wow, you seem very busy indeed.  Writing is a very difficult and sometimes lonely occupation and I have great respect for those who can do it. Congrats on all your projects and ideas.  I wish you all the best for success and health. The journey is not always easy, so it is good to be strong and healthy as building blocks for a good future.  

 

Again, all the best to you!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany

Question: Do You Have The Streaming Services Disney + Prime Video Hulu Plus Netflix? I Have These Streaming Services And Can't Wait For The New Sonic Movie That Is In Theater's To Stream On One Of These Platforms.Saw The Cuphead Head Show. I'm Thrilled That Grey DeLisle Griffin Got Cast And Get To Work Alongside New Cast Members In This.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tiffany,

Yes, I have a lot of those same services and probably too many because I can’t keep track of them all.  I love movies and streaming however!  Grey is so talented I am not surprised she was cast.  I haven’t seen her since Covid but she is busy, busy, busy…I know.  Keep enjoying… looks like you will be busy too just keeping up with your streaming!

 

Good watching Tiff!

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi Ann

Question: Did you enjoy working with Jess Harnell when you were recording the monsters for Scooby Doo did you meet Jess Harnell before you did Scooby Doo with him or was that the first time you met him

 

From Frank: 

Hello Jessi Ann!

I met and worked with Jess Harnell - I believe the first time on “Tiny Tunes”, but it could have been before that.  Also, of course, we did “Animaniacs”, so we worked together a lot over the years.  I remember one summer when the voice actors got together and put on an entertainment show.  Jess was one of the standouts as a singer and entertainer.  Jim Cummings on drums and many, many other VO actors played instruments and sang. Amazing!

Best to you Jessi Ann!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Michael B.

Question: My son has a rare genetic condition, Williams Syndrome, as well as autism. I wanted to let you know that he watches the cave of wonders part and shrieks with delight every time you do the Welcome line. Thank you for bringing joy to my sons unique life!!

 

From Frank: 

Michael,

Thank you for sharing this about your son.  It is always amazing and rewarding to us in the acting field to see that something so simple that we do can bring a smile or a bit of joy or good and happy reaction to others.  It sounds like your boy has a wonderful caring father.  All the best to you and your family Michael.

 

Respectfully, Frank

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Fan Name: Ozzie R. 

Question: Hello Frank, I am writing, not with a question, but with more of a confession. My friends and I are long time fans and we've created a podcast called the Frank Welker Wonder Hour. Your career is astounding and it serves as the basis of conversation on all things pop-culture as we go through your credit entries on IMDb. Perhaps this is a bit of a (ask forgiveness not permission) kind of thing, but, even though we may come off as, well, jerks sometimes, it comes from a place of immense love, respect and admiration. We hope one day you might find a moment to just give a glance at what we're doing and ideally, we get your approval, or, better yet, your commendation. Thank you, Ozzie 

 

From Frank: 

Ozzie,

Thank you for your candor and enthusiasm!  I laughed at your “ask for forgiveness.”  I am, of course, honored that you would use my name and appreciate you and your fellow commentator’s affection.  Since I am very specific in my opinions and likes and dislikes it would probably be better to just change the name a bit so it doesn't sound like I am endorsing your “personal” content.  But don’t get me wrong, I love that you would even think of me as a partial title in your show.  But let’s see if we can change it a bit - my agent suggested:

'Unofficial Frank Welker Wonder Hour' or 'Unauthorized Frank Welker Wonder Hour' or 'Frank Welker Fans' Wonder Hour' or 'Frank Welker Appreciation Wonder Hour'  “Let us be Frank Welker’s unofficial Wonder Hour.”

 

Anyway, of course I wish you all the best and hope you can come up with just a bit of a tweak.  Who knows pretty soon Elon Musk might want to buy you out!!

 

Officially, Frank Welker

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Fan Name: Jackson T.

Question: Dear frank welker, I’m Jackson. I Am a huge Curious George fan. I have 2 questions for you. Is there gonna be more episodes of Curious George on Peacock? Is there gonna be a soccer episode called bend it like bill? Thanks, Jackson.

 

From Frank:

Hi Jackson!

Thank you! George is a fun show and has been great to do - and as with most shows I love working with the cast. My friends, Jeff Bennett and Rob Paulsen manage to keep the room in stitches with there constant jokes and impressions.  I hope we do more, but we did three years of product just finished recently so may be a while, but I am confident there will be more episodes in the future.  I like the idea of “Bend it like Bill!” but not sure if we ever did that. Hope you enjoy the streaming movies we are doing…about two a year, I think.

 

Best wishes to you Jackson and stay “curious!”

 

George/Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R. 

Question: Did You Read The Good News That The Loud House Got Renewed For Season 6? I Just Saw New Episodes From The New Season. Did You Also See The First Three New Episodes From Season 6 Of The Loud House?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tiffany,

I am glad they got renewed. You never know if a show will go on or not, so it is always good news to get that pick up. I have not seen the new season, but I am sure it is fun stuff.  I am happy for you and the cast!!!

 

Be Loud,  Frank

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Fan Name: Joseph S.  

Question: Hi Frank I just wanted to say I really enjoy your work a lot as you know because I’ve written to you before on here. Another thing happy belated birthday. I participated in the December 4th event and I got a abu autograph maybe next time i’ll do a virtual chat with you. Your career has helped me a lot because I suffer from mental illness. I also want to be a voice actor one day too but right now it’s hard to enjoy things but I always enjoy hearing your voices like Scooby doo Fred curious George and all your fabulous vocal effects. So when I feel that I can do a virtual chat i will when you appear again if I’m ready because it’s hard to socialize because I have autism too. Well thank you for writing abu on my autograph as well when I got it I was so happy. Thanks. Take care. Sorry for such a long letter but I do have a question I’m wondering I like pro wrestling too did youlike working on the Scooby doo projects with them and the jetsons movie robo wreslemania as Astro? I was so happy you played him in that. Take care and thank you for doing so many projects in and still do because your practically in all my favorite movies. etc. Your #1fan, Joey

 

From Frank: 

Hi Joey,

I am glad you have enjoyed my voices and work.  It’s nice to have things that bring you joy in your world when you feel overwhelmed. If the work we do in animation is helpful at all that is a great thing for us.  Remember things always get better…that is what I believe and no matter how hard the struggle I think positive and that really helps.

 

You question is fine so do not be sorry!  My answer to the pro wrestling question is,  I am not really into it, but I do like the Rock he is amazing and is a very big star in our business.  When the wrestlers did Scooby, I learned a little more about their business and I must say I do indeed enjoy the people and respect their hard work. I just don’t watch the wrestling.  Doing voice work is fun and of course acting on camera or off is a good business though very difficult to make a living.  It is best to do first in school or community theater and see if you really enjoy it and have the ability to go on from there.

 

You stay safe and healthy Joey!

 

Best to you, Frank 

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Fan Name: Saoirse D. 

Question: Hi, Frank! Thank you for your last message. Covid, as you know, has made the last couple of years difficult for everyone, but it's been especially hard for me. I am on the autistic spectrum, so the entire country going into lockdown was a bit of a shock. I also had depression, and was having loads of bad thoughts. Thankfully, my family was there to help me and give me the support that I needed. I am doing a lot better now, and doing a lot more activities, like cooking. Has the lockdown been difficult for you too? Have you missed being able to see friends and family? I thought as a last question, to lighten things up, I'd ask, what's it to play every non talking animal for Disney? Do you like being asked again and again to do it, or can it be quite exhausting?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Saoirse,

Sorry you have had to go through such tough times but hopefully the world is getting a handle on the Covid virus.  I too missed seeing friends and family but now that we are back to almost normal again is seems to be a distant bad memory.  I think having lots to do like cooking or studying a foreign language is helpful in getting through tough times.  I do have a home studio, so I was able to work and visit virtually.

 

As to the animals, yes I have done a lot over the years and it has been a challenge.  It always seems to be a different request or set of circumstances, so it does stay interesting.  I do enjoy when my speaking parts come around…much easier on the voice!

 

Stay well Saoirse, and best wishes…

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi Ann W. 

Question: When you do the voices for the demons in the 2002 Scooby Doo live action film did you ever go on any of the sets of the film or did you record the voices of the monsters in a recording studio I’m just curious

 

From Frank: 

Hello Jessi Ann!

 

We recorded those all in a studio on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank.  The film was pretty much completed, and I did ADR or voice to picture.  I watch the action and record to what I am seeing on the screen.  The director often will give you more information or direction in what he would like to add to the recording.  Then, usually we do a few takes of sounds (wild) that the sound editor can cut into places they wish to add additional effects or where there is no visual.

 

Thank you, Jessi Ann.,

Frank

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Fan Name: Nem 

Question: Hello Mr Welker! I am a fan from the UK, and I especially love your work as Fred from Scooby Doo. I find that he doesn’t always get the love he deserves, which is such a shame because the way you portray his unwavering enthusiasm never fails to make me smile! I like how, in one video interview, you referred to his voice as your normal voice, but on five cups of coffee (haha). His character has been a big source of comfort to me ever since I was a child — he inspires me to be myself and express my passion for the things I love, no matter what. Thank you for bringing him to life with so much care and incredible talent for all of these many years! My dad was the one to introduce me to Scooby Doo, and it’s crazy to think that we both grew up with the same wonderful voice of Fred. One question I have is: how did you come up with Fred’s catchphrase, “hold the phone”? I heard somewhere that you ad-libbed it, which is really cool! I know that Fred not having a catchphrase has been a fun joke in and around the franchise for a long time, but it’s nice to have seen him finally receive one in the same style as the rest of the gang. Thank you, and I hope you have a great day today! (PS: If this is a duplicate of a message you have received before, I’m very sorry! I worried that it had not sent the previous time due to some bad internet signal.)

 

From Frank: 

Nem, 

Hahaha, yes, this question did sound familiar but no problem I will answer it again but maybe just a little shorter version.  

 

Fred is very close to my own voice, and it was Joe Barbera himself who said, “just do your own voice but think of Joe Armstrong All American!”  I of course thought it was more just me on five cups of coffee.  Over the years Freddy has gone through many changes from having family (dad) to becoming a master trap maker, having love interests other than Daphne, being funny, silly, strong etc.  

 

The catch phrase was an ad lib and you are right everyone seemed to have a catch phrase but Freddy.  I loved when Nicole Jaffe David adlibbed “Jinkies” and of course there was Casey Kasem’s “Zoinks” classic.  “Hold the phone”…See finally a catch phrase…oops, I am going on too long with this answer!


Take care Nem and best to all my friends in the UK!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Aert N.

Question: Hi Frank, huge fan of your work on the Scooby Doo franchise. So regarding SCOOB film from 2020, why didn't you voice Fred there despite returning as Scooby? Any thoughts on the matter?

 

From Frank: 

Aert,

I am not sure of the exact reason the studio chose Zach or Frank we both look similar and sing and dance the same (wink), but Warner’s did (as many of the studios do) chose to use popular on camera actors to bring in what they feel will be an expanded audience.  I am not sure I totally agree with this concept, but these projects belong to the various studios, so the football is theirs.  As far as the fans go, I have heard repeatedly the desire to keep and use the original voices…but I was delighted that I got to reprise the role of Scooby Doo.  Watch for the sequel to “Scoob” coming in 2023. 

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Bradford S.

Question: Hi Mr. Welker! I must be frank (although not as well as you do it), I was pretty shocked to see in your recent responses that you've been rejected by the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee multiple times. Although I've been running a Twitter account dedicated to getting you a star (@Star4Frank) since July of last year, I had mostly been operating under the assumption you had never been submitted. Needless to say, this revelation only further intensified my desire to see you recognized for 53 years (and counting!) of brilliant work. Around your birthday (you don't sound a day over 16, by the way), the campaign for your star really kicked into high gear on Twitter with several of your peers advocating on your behalf and announcing their support for you to be properly honored -- Laraine Newman, Cree Summer, Billy West, Rob Paulsen, and so on... There was also a flood of support from fans and an entire article written about it over on the long-running animation news site Cartoon Brew by the site's founder. A lot of people assumed you already had a star and were honestly shocked and upset you not only hadn't received one, but had been denied by the committee. With this massive amount of support, I'm pretty confident that this will be your year and I am planning to submit an application when the nomination period opens in April (with a deadline of May 27th). The only thing I needed to ask you about, is if it might be possible for you or your agent/manager to send me a "letter of agreement from the nominee or his/her management"? As you've submitted before, you'll likely know what that means better than I do, but I think it's probably just something that states you're willing to go to the unveiling in person, since that's one of their requirements. Other than that though, I'm very ready to submit an application to get you your long overdue star. I've been tweeting nearly every day with facts about you and roles you've played, so I'm pretty well-versed in your career and think I can make an incredibly strong case to the committee. I've also got a big swarm of fans and your costars supporting the cause, and we've already been having discussions about a GoFundMe or some other way to raise the necessary funds for the star WHEN you get accepted, so it's not something you'd need to worry about. So I know you're probably very busy, but please, if you can have your agent/manager email me over the letter I need to complete the nomination application, I would really appreciate it. Your fans and friends all really want you to receive this recognition, because we know how much you deserve it. Thank you. Bradford N. Smith

 

From Frank: 

Bradford,

You are amazing and I am humbled by your kindness and impressed by your tenacity.  Yes, that moment in time has passed and I am understanding of the process.  I am overjoyed that my friends Peter Cullen and Gary Owens represent folks from my world. Your letter of eloquence sent to our response was absolutely wonderful and I thank you.  As I mentioned to you, the response from you and the fans is what really matters and that in itself is reward enough.

 

My very best to you Bradford.

Frank 

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Fan Name: David W. 

Question: Hello Frank It is amazing to be writing this - I only just found out it was possible from Twitter. Scooby Doo Where Are You! started when I was a kid and was my favourite show. I did like the later Scooby Doo Movies meeting Batman, Harlem Globetrotters and The Addams Family. The amazing thing is that the shows today still have the same Fred. I was wondering who I would write to if I had an idea for a new Scooby Doo story. I have had the germ of an idea for a while but didn't know what to do with it. I do have a day job but write in my spare time - two novels and a kids book lost in the Amazon jungle. Many thanks. David

 

From Frank: 

Hi David!

It is a bit of a tangled web because of the legal side of things.  The studios usually will not accept outside material.  They have a staff of writers in-house.  When they do go “outside” they will contact a writer’s agent.  Okay so there’s the short strokes, but you can submit your name and resume to the studio in this case Warner Brothers in care of the producers or writing staff (I don’t know who that would be honestly, but you can Google for information.)  When we do the shows, there are a lot of different writers and producers change.  If you sent a script, I am almost certain they would return it unopened again for legal reasons.  I think the best solution is to get a writer’s agent (hello Google again) so you have representation.  Sounds like you have multiple materials and that would be a good thing for you anyway…eventually you will need representation for books etc.  Sorry, this is a little out of my realm of making noises, but I hope it is helpful.

Good luck David!

Frank

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Fan Name: Daniel

Question: Hey, Frank. My name is Daniel. I'm a big fan of yours. I love Scooby-Doo and his friends. I'm still waiting for a trailer for their next animated straight to DVD movie. Next to Jim Cummings, you are one of the greatest voice actors in business. - Daniel Bocz

 

From Frank: 

Well Daniel, you have picked the right choice for your number one, Jim Cummings.  He is a very talented actor and I am happy to say a friend.  We get to work on a lot of shows together and I enjoy his performance and company.  In particular, Jim is always the lead fisherman, fireman or pizza maker in Curious George and his characters are always fun and powerful.  Also, he is a music man…can sing and play the drums…which is perfect because I can’t, so I get to watch and listen!!!  Go Jim!!!!

 

Thank Daniel,

Frank

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Fan Name: Daniel B.

Question: Hey, Frank. It's me, Daniel. Happy Birthday.

 

From Frank: 

Thank you…man, they come fast and furious now!!!!

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Fan Name: Teague P.

Question: Hello Frank. Do you have any favorite Scooby Doo projects that you personally loved doing (shows, films, video games, or anything over the years)? I was kind of curious considering you been with the franchise for over 50 years. Also happy late birthday.

 

From Frank: 

Thank you, Teague! I am still celebrating!!! Hahaha!!!  You know there have been so many fun experiences and great times and people it would be very hard to pick one.  So let me cop out a bit and tell you of the most recent one.  I am about to do a “Scooby Doo” pinball machine recording.  This would be both Freddy and Scoob. I think this is so cool.  After all these years to have the voices be in a pinball machine…wow!  I am very excited about this project.  They will have three levels of machine…entry level, mid-level, and a high-end unit.  Can’t wait…Rooooby Roooooby Roooooo, whap, zing, bing!

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Eric D.

Question: Frank, Was hoping you’d be doing an in person autograph singing g in Northern California anytime soon? Thanks Eric

 

From Frank: 

Hello Eric,

Right now it does appear we will be coming to Northern California in August of 2022.  I will be posting the dates soon and the city is Sacramento.  Hope to see you there!

Best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Steeton H.

Question: Dear Mr Welker, Let me just start off with saying that I am a huge fan of yours! You are one of my all time favorite voice actors in the business! One of my favorite facts about you is that you helped provide the lion roars using a trash can for “The Lion King.” Also of you and Rob Paulsen playing a plethora of characters on the show “Animaniacs.” Love the original show and I’m loving the new rebooted series! You are one of my biggest influences to pursue the voice over world and provide some of my most favorite voice for cartoons! I already can do over 200 impressions and I continue to test my limits and the numbers keep on growing! I hope to one day make my mark in cartoon voice over work just as you did! I have a YouTube channel that I’m starting to get going. Where I’ll be sharing these impressions. Some of them you’ll be able to recognize cause you voiced them! The most recent video has me doing impressions of C-3PO from Star Wars, Mrs Doubtfire and the Joker (Mark Hamill style) I look forward to hearing back from you! And if you have any tips on how I can improve, advice or how to put myself out there more, let me know! Big Fan! Steeton Hancock

 

From Frank: 

Hey Steeton!

Way to go! You have the right idea starting with impressions, but soon you will want to branch out and start creating your own voices and characters that is what the studios will want.  But you are right, I started by doing impressions and voices of others, but again it’s just a start. It is so nice to have a tools like YouTube and the internet and many great recording devices that we didn’t have back a gazillion years ago.  Keep after it and most importantly have fun!

 

Good luck Steeton!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Andrew B. 

Question: Dear Frank, There is only one artist whom I revere as much as I do your good self, and who has also stayed in my heart and mind since childhood. The (ironically) inimitable "Weird Al" Yankovic. I have always wondered what it would be like for the two of you genius-level-smile-inducers, you weapons-of-mass-laughter to share a workspace - and I just learned you have, whilst doing the Scooby-Doo ep "attack of the Weird Alosaurus". I'd love to know what it was like for you to work with Mr Yankovic (him being such a pop-culture aficionado, not to mention icon, I am quite certain it was big kick for him to work with you, I can't imagine him not being a fan, or at least awed by your impact on the cultural zeitgeist). Was it as fun as I imagine? Thanks, Andrew

 

From Frank: 

Dear Barclay…

Okay to quote the president: “here’s the deal.”  I did not get to work with the wonderful crazy man much to my chagrin because now adays we tend to work with just the cast and even then not all of us are there for all the sessions.  This is particularly disappointing when we have fun guests like Al.  All that being said, I will tell you that the production team said he was a hoot and very easy and fun to work with.  He had ideas he would pop up with and throw in to add to his dialog and the story.  Of course!!!! Right?  A cool guy for sure.

 

All the best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Elizabeth F.

Question: Hi Frank! I want to say thank you so so much for taking the time for answering my questions! Best believe, I will be 4ever grateful! I started having a bad day, but it made it a million times better when I saw your response! Anyways: Did you remember the recording process for Totoro? Did Studio Ghibli approach you to be involved in the film? Or did you just audition per usual? Have you done any other Japanese animation (Anime) films, outside of Totoro? What's it like working with Miss. Kath Soucie? I always loved reading her online interview with another great voice actor, Nancy Cartwright. When Kath was asked by Nancy about her voice acting hero, she said it was you, and she proceeded to go into such wonderful detail about how much you give your 100% when you work, and when you especially voiced animals in one of the many shows you worked on together, such as Captain Planet. Kath is a very great voice actor, who also gives her 100% with a very sweet and cheerful voice! Love to talk to you again soon! Elizabeth! Oh, and P.S. Happy belated birthday! Bye for now!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you, I hope all your days are good ones!!! 

As for Totoro, the version I did was the Disney one.  In other words, Disney negotiated with Studio Ghibli and dubbed the English to the Japanese film.  It was very sad because there was some kind of legal mishap and the film was not released in the theaters and was only released on a limited basis.  I really loved that film and working on it with our director here in the states, Rick Dempsey.  I had worked for Rick on many projects both at Dic studios and Disney. He knew my work well, so he just pretty much called me and asked me to do it.  Also, he gave me a wide creative range for both Totoro and Cat Bus.

 

Kath Soucie is one of those very rare individuals.  She is passionate about everything that is important, very smart, a very good actress and a flat out nice human being and I would say that even if she had not said nice things about me.  Honestly, she is a rare gem and her acting skills are enormous whether she is doing a baby, a child, a woman, and old woman or a man…yes, she can do it all, amazing!

 

Thank you for the birthday greeting.

 

Best wishes Elizabeth!

Frank 

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Fan Name: Robert L.

Question: Dear Mr. Welker, My name is Robert, and I'm an Acting student at the University of Queen Margaret in Edinburgh, UK. As part of a dissertation I'm writing for my course, I've been looking up a lot on some of the ways voice actors do their job, especially the aspect of whether or not they're doing their work from home. I've read up about a lot of voice actors, including Dee Bradley Baker and David Tennant doing recordings for their roles in their closets or home-made recording booths, especially in recent years due to the Pandemic. I'd like to hear your opinion on the matter. As the most prolific voice actor in history, how much work have you done from home, and why? I imagine it's a case-by-case basis, but do you prefer it that way? Do you believe that the Pandemic made movie companies and directors more open to the idea of remote voice recording than ever before? And above all else, do you think that's, putting it in simple terms, a good thing? Would the quality not suffer in some way if voice actors did all the work from home and didn't need to go to a recording studio? Does that even matter at all? I've interviewed a few other freelance voice actors working online on the matter, and they provided a lot insight into the subject, including the creative difference between an actor performing on camera, and an actor performing with just his/her voice. It's not as cut-and-dry as it seems. To suddenly move from putting all energy into your body movement, eye-contact, face expression and so forth to just instead diverging that energy into just your voice. And not just the volume, but (for the lack of a better description) the personality and character of that voice. I imagine my question is either complicated or not very smart. I apologize in advance if you can't answer it. Asking you directly such questions sounds like an amazing opportunity, and I’m a bit ashamed to waste it on a University dissertation. Still, if it somewhat silvers the line, some of these questions do come from a place of curiosity, as I have indeed considered doing voice acting myself. Another aspect many voice actors seem to always bring up is how it’s perfectly normal to start out small and seemingly unimpressive to one day becoming bigger with each added job in the resume. Hope I’ve made no poor impression with my question, and I wish you all the best. Best of greatest regards, Robert Litwin

 

From Frank: 

Hello Robert, 

 

No apology at all your question and insight are excellent and congrats on your study in the arts.

 

Let me first address recording by oneself.  If you are an experienced voice actor this concept is not a problem at all and was done before and of course during the pandemic. You may find a lot of different answers, but in the general sense, I believe it is perfectly fine and the performance depends on the actor.  For me, it works sometimes better because everything is focused on me in the raw recording and there are no distractions.  As for performance, I can again concentrate on my lines and usually do them three times consecutively which allows me to play with the readings and hear in my own ear what I like and don’t like and can usually get a usable take out of the three that both the director and myself are happy with.  Now as to interplay between other actors yes there is a definite advantage but there can a disadvantage of being with other performers too.  I think, as you eluded too, it depends on the show and the actors.  For example, in Scooby Doo when Matt Lillard and I are playing in a scene there is a lot of opportunities to ad lib and we can play off one another.  Because we know each other’s timing we can interrupt one another in a very natural way without stepping on each other technically.  This gives the performances a much freer and fun sound in the scene.  This is also true of Peter Cullen and I in Transformers.  We know each other so well we can create a lot of emotional heat standing next to each other recording.  But if I am working in a scene with a lot of other actors, it doesn’t matter if I am recording in the UK or at home, I can get what the director needs from just reading the lines from the script and listening to the direction from the director.

 

In most cases, I would argue, for me at least it doesn’t really matter and I prefer recording at home for expediency, convenience and tech advantages as well.  

 

One thing to remember as I said in the beginning: This would relate to experienced voice performers.  I think it is critical for on camera actors who do tend to use their bodies and are use to eye contact and beginners all need to learn how to use the microphone and imagination to garner the technique…it will be harder on them to record ensemble until this is accomplished.  Again, congrats on your studies and good luck in your career!!!

Stay safe,

Frank

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Fan Name: John

Question: Hi Frank, what are some memories you have of working on the movie Troll, one of the strangest movies of the 1980’s.

 

From Frank: 

John, 

Forgive me but I really don’t remember much about that film.  There sure has been a lot of Troll movies, tv shows etc. and I have worked on some of those as well.  

All the best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Taylor B. 

Question: Mr. Welker, I’ll be frank(ish)..I am a teacher who relies very much on voices and characters. Whether it be during a read aloud or during a moment of pure desperation(trying to get their attention etc…)I use your voice and career as inspiration. How did you get started? I am told that I should be the voice of a cartoon pretty regularly. What are the first steps towards doing something with this?

 

From Frank: 

Taylor, 

You sir sound like one of those exceptional teachers, like my Mr. Mason back in high school.  He was very encouraging, though he did not do voices per se, he was very creative in the classroom and made learning fun.  I would imagine if you haven’t started a career in the entertainment industry by now, you probably are not really meant to be there.  I don’t mean to sound flippant, but I know for most entertainers they started headed in this direction from age of 2 or three years old.  I know for me it was never a question or doubt - I was headed out the door barking and being silly as far back as I can remember.  Now, that is not to say it can’t happen, but I would guess that you are doing what you really want to be doing which is teaching and encouraging the youth of America.  To be fair, I always kind of wished I was a teacher, but that takes something very special indeed!

 

Best wishes Taylor!

Frank

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Fan Name: Millie B.

Question: Dear Mr.Welker I’m a big fan.I’ve grown to love all of the characters you’ve voice Scooby and Fred being the closest to my heart I was wonder who was more fun to voice? I would imagine Scooby because he has such a unique voice! Yet I’d like your opinion. I’m a Scooby fanatic and I know about everything thing there is to know about the gang. I just had wondered that always!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Millie!

I do get this question quite often but haven’t come up with the actual correct answer - I waffle!

 

I like Freddy because he was the first and in the later iterations he had a lot more to do and the character got more interesting, but you are right Scooby is a blast and I really enjoy being that dog!!!!

 

Best to you from SCCCCCOOOOBYYYY DOOOOOO!

Hey…and Freddddddyyyy Toooo!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alec G.

Question: From one to animal voice actor to another, thoughts on the talented Dee Bradley Baker?

 

From Frank:

Oh my Alec, where do I begin!  Mr. Baker is remarkable in so many ways.  He is a smart, funny, talented man.  I have to believe there is something in the Colorado water that makes the voice actors tend to become animals.  Yes, we are both from the same general area.  He is a much better reader than I and has a great range and imagination that makes him top notch in everything he does.  I love working with him and we don’t get to do it often enough.  I always appreciate when an actor can bring something new and unusual to the studio.  Dee Baker is one of those performers who does and is a joy to watch!

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Jonathan

Question: Hi Frank, My name is Jonathan and I got to talk to you on GalaxyCon.com which I really loved and I told you Joanna in The Rescuers Down Under was the best animal voice you've done. I would like to talk to you about how you voiced another character Raffish Ralph in Berenstain Bears. How were you approached to play him?

 

From Frank: 

Jonathan,

I had to go to YouTube to listen to the voice of Raffish Ralph to remind myself of the voice. I just happen to notice in the scene I was playing the Weasel as well.  That is one of those fun instances where you play against yourself or talk to yourself.  I always enjoy that challenge!  Anyway, as to your question on how was I approached to play him, that is a little vague after all this time but it appears I followed suggested character traits told to me by the director/producer.  Pretty straight forward…now the weasel he was a bit more interesting.  When I do many characters in a show I look for good separation in sound and sense he was a weasel and a bad dude I came up with that voice and I think separates him quite a bit from Raffish Ralph.  Thank you for the question and the nice remarks about “Rescuers Down Under,” Joanna has a special place in my heart!

Frank 

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Fan Name: Petar

Question: Hello, Mr. Frank. My name is Petar Pejčić, I am 14 years old and I live in Serbia. I'm making one cartoon-like project and I would be happy if you wanted to participate in it. If you are interested, please email me and I'll tell you more information. Thanks so much in advance!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Petar,

Wow, Serbia that is along way from Hollywood.  Hope you are doing well, and your cartoon is coming along. I am honored that you would wish me to be in your project, but I am afraid  I will just have to be a member of the audience.  Keep up the good work and enjoy the process that is half of it right there!!  All the best Petar!

 

Frank Welker

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Fan Name: Jonathan 

Question: Hi Mr. Welker I'm a huge fan of your work, especially bring the voice of Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget. Is it possible to get an autograph photo of Dr. Claw?

 

From Frank: 

Hi there Jonathan!

Dr. Claw was fun to do and working with Maurice LaMarche and Don Adams of course was like icing on the cake.  We don’t do autographs or mailings but hopefully I will be in your area in a comic con and I can make that happen for you.  We will be listing the travel shows soon on the appearance page of this site and also updating as to where and when.  Hopefully one will be close to you.

 

Thank you, Jonathan!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J.

Question: Hey Frank Forgive me for asking way too many questions Im unsure if it annoys you if it does Im super sorry I guess Im just as curious as your lil monkey friend George! haha 2 questions: Do you still want to do on-camera roles? (I saw you in The Informant and I wondered if you want to do more on camera stuff or stick to voice acting?) and are you definitely reconfirmed for coming back to Edinburgh this year? I haven’t seen it be reconfirmed so I wondered if you couldn’t make the new date or not. Would love it if you came back to Liverpool too! :-) In reverie…Amber.


From Frank: 

Well Hello Amber Jones!

Thank you for the Birthday wishes!  

Let’s get right into your questions.  As to doing more on camera roles, I am not actively pursuing, but if offered I would consider. If it were with friends or a director that I liked, and the feeling was mutual sure - why not?!  I am currently enjoying the voice acting.  Now as to coming to the UK, yes it looks like that will happen and details are being handled as we speak/write.  I will update the appearance page soon.  Thanks for your patience…you stay well and be safe!

 

As always, the best to you!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jason N.

Question: Who is better Butch Hartman or Tony Cervone? "Jason"

 

From Frank: 

Jason, Jason, Jason….

Are you trying to get me in trouble???  These are two very talented yet different guys who supply me with work…would I be crazy enough to say one is better than the other…No way!  Seriously, I don’t believe I have had the pleasure of working with Butch, but obviously he is enormously talented.  “Fairly Odd Parents” is a hoot and his many shows and art are great fun and extreme!  Mr. Cervone (aka Tony) I have worked for a lot and he is like family not Odd Parents type family more like family family…wait I am making no sense!  We have worked together enough that he feels like family.  Ok enough of the family already.  Tony is a great director and I love working with him.  He is a big laugher when something strikes him funny and I always love to get him to belly laugh.  He has a keen eye and knows where the joke is and where the funny resides.  We are currently working together again on the “Scoob” sequel he is taking more of a back seat this go around and enjoying wearing his producer hat.  All good because I can still hear him laugh, maybe just in the background, but it’s loud enough to make me smile!  Thank you for the question, Jason.

Be well,

Frank

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Fan Name: Crothers 

Question: Three Questions! 1.On a scale of 1 to 100 how was California back in 1969? 2.Did you love California back in 1969. Do you still love California? 3.In the"summer of love" with all the senseless violence when you moved to California how did your California experience change? Thank you!

 

From Frank: 

Okay three questions here we go:

I don’t recall that much about 1969 but it was early in my career so everything was fun new and exciting.  Of course a big thing that happened in that year career wise was the launching of my first cartoon show “Scooby Doo!” Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and I appeared on the “Smothers Brothers Christmas Show” but was pre-empted by Neil Armstrong walking on the moon!

 

2. Let’s say I “liked” California back then.  I enjoy the weather and the people I met.  I still like California and still enjoy the friends I’ve made over the years.  I don’t like the taxes, and a lot of the political shenanigans but I am just a typical citizen complainer and don’t fiddle with all of that…but yes, I still like California.

 

3. You know that was one thing about being selfish that was quite positive…I was so into my career and trying to get work I didn’t have time for much else so that period was pretty much a blur.  Now my California experience is a little more mature and less frenetic.  I try and see the good side in all and there is a lot the California has to offer.  I am sure there are many more places in the USA that would be interesting and offer a lot of different experiences.  I would not be opposed to moving and seeing what the country has to offer but that would be quite and undertaking…probably just visit and read about would be more practical.

 

Thank you, Crothers!

Frank on the beach.

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Fan Name: Stefan M. 

Question: Hi Frank My Name is Stefan Murphy I'm 22 years old and I've been a fan of you and Peter since 2004{Big Transformers fan} I am doing a podcast assignment at my university based in my home country 'Uk'. it is called 'VODCAST' as it ties into Voice Over which is my dream career and fingers crossed I get to work with Peter and you before you two decide to pass Megatron and Prime to someone else. I have my own voice kit and have 'VO' contact on them which I hope one day you can watch and hear for yourself! I've been practicing Transformers characters since 2007, merging established voices with my own imagination.. so yeh combining two voices together is what I'm good at! if you could in your spare time I would be honoured if you could see what I've done so far!! I have tried to contact you in other ways so I can record your voice and use it in my podcast but had no luck due to fees :-{ I am doing various facts about you and other voice actors I my project and was wondering if you could answer some questions on.. what your experience is as a voice actor and... how you start thinking how a voice for a specific character should sound? What is the basis of the 'perfect voice' to you? Cant wait to hear back from you Megs! Decepticons! Your lord and master has returned!- Megatron Transformers prime 2010 

 

Also, My Brother Arron who has been a fan since 1984 would love to have a greeting from you if you can!

 

From Frank: 

Stefan, 

Sounds like you are very busy and the schoolwork is intense and enjoyable as well. 

 

When I get asked to create the sound or voice for a character, the character itself dictates that for me.  Now that being said the best input for me always is to visually see the subject…when I do, I will tell you honestly the voice just comes.  If it is a written description it is harder because now I must see the subject in my mind’s eye which takes liberties from the pure form of the subject.  The most difficult is when someone such as a director or writer or producer is telling me about the character I tend to be distracted and or I take their interpretation and lose what my innate senses have told me.  Now I may be wrong but seeing the subject works best and my gut instinct is always better for my performing that character and will be the strongest interpretation.  Hope that makes sense.  

 

Good luck in school and on your Transformers projects.

 

Now as for the, “The perfect voice” I would say it is the one that fits the character and allows you the most freedom to move about inside.  A good test for me is the freedom from the written script.  If I have truly gotten inside the subject, then I am free to ad lib or go off script.  In other words, the feeling you get is so strong you could create the words just based on the action in the scene.  Once you get your characters going like that Stefan, I think you will understand what I am trying to say.

For your brother Arron:

 

Arron, this is Megatron “Leader of the Decepticons!”  I understand you are a decepticon wishing to increase in rank.  I hereby declare you captain of your UK Decepticons unit!  Congratulations from all Decepticons!!!!

 

To you both, best wishes!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tony

Question: Frank! I've enjoyed reading your stories about your personal experiences with the actors you've worked with. One name I hadn't seen mentioned is Dan Gilvezan. I thought his work as Bumblebee on Transformers G1 was incredible. His character was important to the show because of his small size and relatability to the human characters and us, the audience. He came across as very friendly and compassionate but also brave and courageous. What did you think of Dan's work as Bumblebee and in general throughout the years? What stories can you tell about him? Also, have you read his book, Bumblebee and Me? Many thanks in advance for your reply, FW, aka Megatron.

 

From Frank: 

Tony, thank you for bringing up Dan.  I think the world of him.  He, as you said, was/is the perfect Bumble Bee and should be in every media version including the features.  His voice is so clean and cuts through so beautifully.  It has a strong but youthful and positive quality which is pretty much Dan.   Yes, I did read his book.  You can tell he has a reverence for Bumble Bee and the Franchise.  You know my wish is that Hasbro would get behind a G1 remake with all the original voices there are many of us and with the new CGI animation and a great story I think the fans would really enjoy it and I know the cast would love it as well.  

 

Thanks for mentioning one of the greats  Dan Gilvezan!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Paul B.

Question: Hi Frank, around this time last year I sent to you a photo of Orbitty (both your character and also your namesake, my little hamster) and I'm writing today not only to say thank you for your autograph, but also to say Happy Birthday, because, it seems today is your birthday according to IMDB, so Happy Birthday, Orbitty! Today is Frank Welker Day, at least for me, so I'm choosing to celebrate it by watching your finest work with your namesake as Orbitty is also a fan of Orbitty! Thank you so much, once again, for all that you do and also for keeping the late Don Messick's memory alive when you voice Scooby by imitating his speech to a T! I only wish I could have written to Mr. Messick as well as Daws Butler to tell them how much I enjoy their work too, but sadly, they were gone well before I was too young to really know who they were before they passed on. May you have many more years gracing screens, both small and big, with your presence!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Paul!  

 

Hope both you and Orbitty are doing well.  It was fun doing the cute little guy and working with the Jetson’s cast.  I am glad you mentioned Don Messick and Daws Butler. those two gentlemen where the heart and soul of Hanna/Barbera studio and were literally almost every star character in the library.  What an honor to have had a chance to work and LEARN from them.  I spent a lot of time with Don and that time was priceless.

 

Daws was always a treat and though I didn’t get a chance to work with him as much as Don I certainly knew I was in the presence of greatness.  Now when I got to work with them both at the same time, oh my, that was super special.  It is a great testament to them both to see how their characters are still so popular and will live on for as long as there is film and cartoons.  

 

Take Orbitty and Paul!

Frank

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Fan Name: Tim E.

Question: Frank you deserve a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood!!

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tim,

Thank you, I am happy that my friend and hero Peter Cullen is there to represent the voice community.  What a treat it has been to work with him for all these years. Also, being able to work for you the fans and seeing the great tributes written by you guys is reward a plenty.  Th

Thanks again Tim.

Frank

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Fan Name: Saoirse

Question: Hi, Frank! Happy birthday! You probably don't remember, but you replied to a question I sent a few months ago. I asked you what it was like working Transformers Prime. Since then, I've started getting a few voice acting roles. They're only online stuff, but I think they're good to start off with. I even got to see Steve again, as a birthday treat! My question for you is, do you remember your first time meeting Peter Cullen? What was it like, and did you think you would become such good friends?

 

From Frank: 

First Saoirse, congrats on your acting roles - that’s cool!  Yes, I remember meeting Peter on a show called “Mighty-man and Yuk.”  He was Mighty man, and I was his dog pal Yuk.  We were literally the only actors on the show and did all the voices.  He was great and we just hit it off and then worked together on many shows with the ultimate being “Transformers.”  Once again, we were the leads in a show but now mortal enemies.  I liked Peter as a person because he was down to earth and show biz was just a job that he just happened to be really good at.  He is well read, and talented and interesting…oh and funny.  Great sense of humor which of course is a great quality.  So, it was an easy friendship and has just grown through the years even though we don’t see each other a lot.

Thank you, Saoirse and continued success!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Pet D.

Question: Thank you for helping raise me. Love you and bless you!

 

From Frank: 

Hi David,

Thank you…it appears I did a good job. I hope so - Sometimes I worry that maybe youngsters should be spending more time at reading and doing school work rather than watching me, but if it works, well that is wonderful. Right?!

Best David,

Frank

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Fan Name: Ashley I

Question: He deserves it

 

From Frank: 

Thank you Ashley
F.W.

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Fan Name: Alex M.

Question: Happy birthday Frank Welker my man!

You're one helluva legendary cartoon voice genius Frank Welker my man!

 

From Frank: 

Hey Alex,

Thank you! It was a fun birthday…boy do they come fast!!!

All the best to you!

Frank

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Fan Name: Shawn H.

Question: Hi Mr. Welker, First off I want to say Happy Birthday! My question is: will you be making any appearances at any conventions any time soon? You are currently my holy grail for getting a picture and autograph. You are a very important part of my childhood and I would be honored to meet you and have a picture taken with you. Thanks for all that you have done!

 

From Frank: 

Well Shawn,

We are currently putting together some dates and I will list them on the where’s Frank page on this site.  I know we will be in South Dakota, Sacramento, and the UK but will again confirm and list on the site.  Thank you for your interest and I hope we can get what you want completed soon.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Dustin M.

Question: Hey, Frank, are you involved with the upcoming Swat Kats reboot? BTW, did you know that there was an episode of G1 Transformers made exclusively for Japan? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynq4cnkw5Gc) Wouldn't it be a great way to do a cast reunion and dub that episode? :D Oh, and one more question - how was it like to do voice work for Filmation shows? P.S For us the fans, you will always be THE STAR, no matter what those money wasting Hollywood bozo's say! ;)

 

From Frank: 

Dustin,

I have not heard of the Swat Kats reunion, but of course would always be interested in what they are up to. I didn’t know about the Japanese Transformers either which also sounds like something fun to participate in.  You really seem to have your finger on the pulse of this business great work Dustin. I really like both leaders of Filmation.  Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer were both quite different. Norm was a little flashier and Lou was more circumspect but both worked well together and I enjoyed spending time with them both.  Once you got in over at Filmation, you would pretty much be in all their shows - and that was the case for me.  Oh my, they kept me working and churned out many episodes of all kinds of shows.  It was quite a fun and productive time.  One of my favorite shows was “Quackula” but it ran in to legal troubles with one of the other studios or writers…whatever the problem was it did not live long.

 

Best wishes Dustin!

Frank 

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Fan Name: Graham

Question: Hello Frank, I’m Graham Giancola from Canada. You’ve voiced some of the best characters in animation history. I’m not sure if your on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you should be on there because you’ve been in nearly 1k films, television series’ and video games. I made my own YouTube series “Vibin With G.” Where I interview interesting people from around the world. If you want to see the episode one preview here it is: https://youtu.be/RBoWjLvdBOA Would you be interested in doing this? Graham Giancola

 

From Frank: 

Hi Graham,

No, I have been asked to submit for admittance to the Walk of fame a couple of times and others have submitted on my behalf, but the officials in charge have not found me worthy so no walk of fame.  However, my good friend Peter Cullen (Canadian) has been inducted and I am proud to say he is on the walk way. 

 

Congrats on your show- I am currently not doing any shows, but I love seeing young folks like yourself getting out there and producing.

 

Again, congratulations Graham,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tom

Question: Thank you for understanding my feelings how I think Jimmy Neutron was sort of disgusting, nasty, weird, etc and sort of gives me a little uncomfortable, but otherwise Jimmy Neutron is a pretty good show. I do think it's important for an actor and performer or etc to think about writing and plots. Because sometimes unfortunately TV shows and movies don't do well, because usually it has to do with the writing and the plots. And I think Tara Strong would want to be in a Jimmy Neutron reboot, playing a guest star character. And again I believe Timmy Turner and Cindy Vortex are meant for each other. With giving each other respect, Cindy being the only girl nice to Timmy, excluding Tootie from Fairly Odd Parents, since I find Tootie just nasty, obsessed and creepy. And the Cindy and Timmy relationship is just so cute and funny. I still don't think Jimmy and Cindy are meant for each other. Because Cindy always starts to heckle, mock, tease and torment Jimmy. And the relationship to me is disgusting, nasty, weird and not cute at all, especially with Timmy and Tootie's relationship, if you worked on Fairly Odd Parents. I think Cindy and Timmy's love relationship still could've gone on for a longtime. After The Jimmy Neutron Show had ceased in 2006. Because creator Butch Hartman could've made Cindy the only character from the Jimmy Neutron Series to come as a guest star on the Fairly Odd Parents Show for the last 11 years from 2006 to 2017. To get away from Jimmy Neutron, since she's clearly sick of him and his terrible inventions and their relationship hasn't really been working out. So if that would've happen. Timmy Turner would apologize for dumping her as he sees her, and realize he made bad choices. Timmy and Cindy would reunite again, then do magical adventures together. And eventually start dating again, and really means that Timmy and Cindy are met for each other. And can do teamwork together to stop crime and fight enemies and save the day. There's also a petition to get Timmy Turner and Cindy Vortex, back together again, which I hope you think is great and makes sense.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tom,

I am amazed that you have put so much thought into these shows.  Very impressive.  I am afraid that most actors just appreciate working on the shows and getting the characters to come to life.  I do know the writers work very hard trying to come of up interesting characters and plots.  On a most of the shows, the studio hires different writers to write individual episodes, so they get a wide variety of ideas and input for the series.  I think maybe you should write the studio and or producers about your feelings and ideas.  These are the ones who really control the thrust of the shows and you are the audience they work for you.  

 

All the best Tom,

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber

Question:

Hi Frank! Do you have any memories of working with the late great Will Ryan? He was a superb interviewee for my documentary and I was a dear online friend of his. :)

 

Hi Frank, I’m unable to remember if I’ve asked you this already (if I have then do forgive me) Do you have any memories of working with Will Ryan? Gutted he’s gone we kept in touch since the production of my documentary, infact I taught him how to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and filmed a video of the village for him. I kept in touch with him constantly and he talked so highly of you, he said he hadn’t been in touch for a while and that he had your old phone number from 20 years ago stored away somewhere. I just wanted to ask what it was like to work with him and to say that he loved you dearly and thought very highly of you when I showed him the photos of our virtual meetups. x

 

From Frank:

Hi Amber Jones!

I was very shocked and saddened when I learned of Wills passing.  He was a very nice man.  We worked together more in the old days, not so much present time, but I do remember him well.  He loved doing voices and being an actor and he was also interested in the Screen Actors Guild and how it worked for and with Voice Over performers.  I do remember him at meetings and was always surprised at his vigor and articulation.  I was later surprised to find out that he was a singer and song writer and had a deep passion for country music.  Guess I shouldn’t have been surprised with his large talent and many interests.  So sad to lose our lights and Will was certainly a bright one.

 

Best to you Amber,

Frank

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Fan Name: Gianluca

Question: Hi Frank, my question for you is do you remember recording for the BBC Children in Need Medley back in 2009? This music video brought together a whole bunch of children’s TV icons such as Thomas The Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Thunderbirds and Scooby Doo to raise awareness of the British charity “Children in Need.” For the video they got nearly every original voice actor for each show including Ringo Starr as Thomas and Casey Kasem as Shaggy. Do you record with Casey or did you do it separately, also might as well ask do you have any thoughts towards shows like Thomas the Tank? Here’s a link to the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/voOPK3-_-9c

 

From Frank: 

Gianluca,

You know I don’t remember doing the special, but I think that was because I didn’t start doing the voice of Scooby Doo until 2002.  The wonderful Don Messick was the original voice and creator of Scoob which started in 1969.  I have been Freddy since the beginning, but I don’t think he was included in “Children in Need Medley.”  I know I am listed in the credits, but I don’t think they used any of Freddy in the piece.  Great cause, great music!

 

Thank you Gianluca!

Frank

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Fan Name: Julian

Question: Dear Frank Welker, I am a huge fan of your voice and i was wondering what made you want to start voice acting

 

From Frank: 

First, thank you Julian.  I really started out as a comedian and on camera actor.  I got into doing voices quite by accident.  I was performing in a nightclub doing dog sounds in my comedy act.  A woman in the audience just happened to work for the network that was casting a cartoon show - you guessed it, “Scooby Doo.”   I ended up doing the voice of Freddy Jones and later Scooby Doo and here we are 52 years later, and I am still doing those characters.  I have stopped doing standup comedy and am not asked to do on camera roles much anymore.  My last on camera film role was a few years back I played Matt Damon’s father in “The Informant.”  

 

You take care Julian and best wishes.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi

Question: Thanks you frank aka spooky demon for replying to my question it really made my day!

 

From Frank: 

Well thank you Jessi for taking the time to write and enjoying the Spooky Demon.  You take care Jessi!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Nyx-eris

Question: hi frankie! i was curious how you and peter manage to stay close friends since you both were on mighty man and yukk without butting heads also my birthday is march too im turning 24 on the 5th

 

From Frank: 

Nyx-eris,

Happy Birthday!!!!  Well, if you knew Peter you would understand.  He is a down to earth, funny, a little crazy, talented, big-hearted individual.  We make each other laugh and we have tremendous respect for one another.  I guess I would have to say, he is easy to like and easier to call my friend!

 

Take care, 

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Alec

Question: Any good memories voicing the anaconda in Anaconda?

 

From Frank: 

Oh my, Alec…

Great question!!  I remember a dark sound stage and the sound editor and director telling me the story and then running footage.  It was immediately an ominous feeling of being in a swamp and I felt the leeches.  I was perplexed about what sounds to make almost as much as the director.  As the scenes started to unfold, I just jumped full on into the swamp so to speak.  At first, I was confused as they showed me the snake’s point of view but no snake - not much help there.  Finally, when I saw the big boy…things just started to come to me.  Of course, when he was in full war mode the subtlety goes out the window and pain hit the throat.  I remember thinking this is kind of goofy and it is probably not going to work, but there was something about it that did give me the creeps and somehow it really started to work.  I was very surprised at the cult following it developed.  By the end of the picture, I was tired and spent and it was nice to get out of the swamp and on dry land!  I was very happy for all that it did well and has continued to be one of those films that just seems to come back and trick you to get back on the boat and into the swamp!

 

Best Alec,  Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany

Question: Question I Never Saw A Flashback On How The Man In The Yellow Hat First Got George Did He Care For Him When He Was A Tiny Monkey? Curious George I Also Looked At On PBS Kids I'm Surprised That It Didn't Get Renewed For Another Season You Lara Jill Miller And Rob Paulsen Did Great Voicing George Allie And Charkie It Would Also Be Great To Also Work With Grey DeLisle Griffin Jeff Bennett And Kath Soucie In This.

Thanks For Reading And Responding To What I Wrote You In January 2022. Don't You Also Know Thea White Marty Grabstein Susan Egan Bill Farmer? I've Wrote And Sent Thea White Marty Grabstein Susan Egan Dan Castellaneta Tress MacNeille Plus Philip Proctor Fan Mail Letters And Got Fast Replies From Them All In The Mail They Is Kind To All There Fans. Have A Great Rest Of Your Week/Weekend Mr Welker.

 

Question Do You Read Comic Books? I Have Some Animaniacs Comic Books Along With Some The Loud House Novels And A Comic Book Too. Do You Know The Voice Stars From The Animated Movies The Little Mermaid Plus Oliver & Company? Have A Great Birthday On 03.12.2022. If Pinky And The Brain Gets Renewed For Another Season Will You Be Back To Voicing The President In In Again?


From Frank: 

It is interesting, but there seems to be several stories and versions of how The Man in the Yellow Hat and George first came to be…one is MYH goes to Africa and catches George with a straw hat.  George is just so fascinated with the hat he puts it on and it covers his eyes and boom he and the MYH are off to America.  Not sure I am believing that one.

 

George moved to Hulu.  We made a bunch of shows for them.  Also, more movies are in the pipeline.  Our cast was wonderful, and you are absolutely right, they are super fun to work with!!!

 

When I was a young boy working in my hometown barbershop, I amassed quite a collection of comic books while I was the shoeshine boy at “Hanks Barbershop.”  I remember, on many occasions completing a shine for 25 cents…then I would go to the drugstore on the corner and buy a pack of M&M’s, a soda, and a 10-cent comic book.  Oh my, that was not a very good diet for a growing boy, but sure hit the spot at the time and it allowed me to build up a good collection of comic books!  

 

If Pinky and the Brain get picked up, I will be thrilled and if I am in it great, but if not, I will definitely still be watching my buddies Maurice La Marche and Rob Paulson try and take over the world…wonder what it would be like if they did?   NNNNyesssss, Pinky!

 

All the best to you “Curious Tiffany!” & you are welcome! 

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Patrick

Question:Hello, Mr Frank Welker, long time fan. We'd love to see you around Champaign IL area for signings, any chance in 2022. Godbless and thank you for your time.

 

From Frank: 

Hey Patrick,

Thank you! Right now we are getting back into the swing and planning stages so will hopefully have a signing schedule soon.  We will post events as they become “real” and hopefully Chicago area will be on the list.  

 

All the best,

Frank

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Fan Name: Chad

Question: Hi There, Could you provide an in depth recollection of when you and Casey Kasem voiced in the 1990's. Mainly pertaining 1990 to 1994 and 1990 to 1996. Thanks Frank! -Chad-

 

From Frank: 

Chad, 

 

I am sorry but no I cannot be that specific not because I don’t want to, but I can’t remember those specific years or details of those years.  Let me just tell you as much as I can that may relate to all those time periods.  I first met Casey on the audition for Scooby which would have been in 1969.  After that we started working on the show and our friendship grew as many do being in cast and working together every week.  I was of course familiar with his radio show which was quite popular, and I had heard it when I was in high school in Denver.  In fact, I remember quite well his “hit” record “Dear Casey” a young girl’s letter to him about the Beatles.  So, it was quite a thrill to be working with Casey Kasem.  He told of stories about working in various radio outlets and his early days all very interesting.  Later Casey would take me out for Lebanese food and more stories. He was very into the food that Shaggy ate and made requests to the studio to tone down some things he objected to. And guess what? He got his way.  We did not socialize a lot outside of work. He was a very hard worker and never seemed to stop always going here and doing this and that - a lot of hosting and interviews etc.  One thing I can tell you, is he wanted to do more acting both in animation and on screen.  He loved working and always wanted to be a better actor.  Another thing about Casey, he was always recommending his friends to others for jobs. He was quite taken by my goofy impressions and was always trying to get me work! 

 

Sorry Chad, wish I could be more specific but hope this has been helpful!

 

Best to you,  Frank

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Fan Name: Midwest

Question: Frank! You are a pilot. Do you fly yourself to the Midwest (e.g., North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin) or do you fly at all to the Midwest (e.g., North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin) or not EVER? Ali! Midwest!

 

From Frank: 

Ali,

Yes, I do fly and enjoy getting out and seeing the country, but my trips are mostly in the local area. I have gone as far as Chicago, Kansas, and Colorado many times.  Arizona and Nevada are frequent trips as well.  It does take time and planning and weather is always a consideration but other than that great fun and an extension of weekends.

 

Best,

Frank  “Roger That!”  

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Fan Name: Antoni

Question: Mr. Welker, First, thanks for providing this platform for us fans to be able to interact with you. It's a pleasure and we appreciate you taking the time to do this! I've read that you were close friends with Casey Kasem and Don Messick and you happened to work with them on Transformers G1 as well. How did you enjoy working with some of your other fellow voice actors on that series such as Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Greg Berger, Scatman Crothers, and Buster Jones? Thanks for your response!

 

From Frank: 

Antonio,

You know it is always fun to be reminded of the wonderful actors I have worked with over the years and you have highlighted a few great examples.  Yes, Don Messick and Casey Kasem were two of the first actors I worked with doing voices from my first show Scooby Doo in 1969.  Transformers G1 was in the early eighties so I was well on my way and in the middle of my career.  That being said, it was a credit to those two to go from Scooby to Transformers for sure.  Chris Latta was a big man and a powerhouse for sure.  All of us remember how much he would put into his reading and how profusely he would perspire.  How he did that voice with such power and not hurt himself was amazing.  Michael Bell was a trouble causer and still is today…one of the wittiest and funniest guys around with a sardonic sense of humor that kept all of us in stitches.  He would say the most awful and foul things about the director and producers while they were talking to us because while the push to talk button was down they couldn’t hear us in the studio.  So Bell would rattle on and when the director lifted up his finger he would hear and see all of us laughing and could not understand what was so funny about his direction…oh Mike Bell!!!! Greg Berger was the opposite, so professional and just downright decent.  Now don’t get me wrong he could joke with the best of them but he was and is a very professional and caring actor and I am fortunate to work with him on Garfield too and he is just a great guy.

 

Scatman was so funny to watch.  He had a manic personality and always wanted to do the best job possible so he would do a reading then stop and say, “Wally, can I do that again!?” of course it was perfect, and Wally would say “sure, but you nailed it the first time”.  He would do it again and again until we started running short on time…then Wally would say, “Scat, you really nailed it we have to move on.”  He had a million stories of the business and was a very interesting man. Buster Jones was cut from the Greg Berger cloth a very nice man who was professional down to the last verb.  He used to watch all the craziness going on in sessions with a big smile on his face and just wait for us all to behave.  He was a nice man.

 

This was one of those shows that had the best of the best and our guest stars were all accomplished performers.  What a great moment in time thank you for reminding me of these wonderful players!

 

Great memories,

Frank

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Fan Name: Chad

Question: Hi! How did you get casted in Scooby's Laff Olympics?

 

From Frank: 

Well if I remember right, Scooby Laff Olympics was made up of existing Hanna/Barbera characters…and I had done so much work for them during that time period almost all  of my characters where in the show.  It was great for me.  The show was created by Andy Heyward who went on to head is own production studio DIC entertainment.  Andy wrote most of the shows if not all.  We have remained friends and I am always blown away (but not surprised) by his incredible success.  When we met, he was just a writer and I was just a voice…now he is a huge mogul and I am a huge…wait, I am still…just a voice!!!

 

All the best to your Freemen

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber 

Question: Hi Mr Welker I'm a huge Scooby Doo fan. You're portrayal of Scooby Doo is great and the fact that you have been voicing Fred for over 50 YEARS is dedication right there you are a very talented man don't let anyone tell you otherwise anyway my question is between Fred and Scooby who do you enjoy voicing the most? Have a nice day.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Amber,

 

This is a tough question that I do get asked quite often.  I have come up with what I consider the best answer.  Of course I really enjoy doing both but since Freddy is my own voice (close) it is natural to follow that he would be the number one…however, for out and out fun you just can’t beat doing Scooby Doo.  It’s nice to be able to go back and forth that way I get to enjoy both!

 

Thank you from Scooby Doo and Freddy too!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Elizabeth

Question: Hi Frank! 

I sent you a message a while back in December, but I didn't hear a response back. I hope I didn't say anything inappropriate and I'm sorry that it was too long for you to read. Long story short, you made such an impact on voice acting, my favorite roles you done were George (Curious George) and Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, and I asked what your favorite desert was. Anyways, I'm so happy that you have a platform so you can interact with us. I love to hear a response from you someday. If not, have a great day, since you are very busy! Bye! -Elizabeth :)

 

From Frank: 

Well Elizabeth…sorry we didn’t get hooked up on your last message.  My very good administrator went back through all the emails, and we still couldn’t find your first note.  Anyway, lets try again.  My favorite desert is probably Chocolate cake, then Crème Brulé,  Carrot Cake, Eclairs…oh man I could go on but I’m gaining weight and getting hungry!!!!  George is a fun little monkey to do and Totoro was another fav.  I just like that fact that he is so big and so gentle…by the way the difference between the voice of George and Totoro is about as far as I could get (wink).  Thank you for your patience, Elizabeth.

 

All the best, 

Frank

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Fan Name: Michael

Question: Hello frank welker do you voice any ubisoft character

 

From Frank: 

Hi Michael,

As far as I know, I haven’t done any voices or characters for Ubisoft but thank you for asking.  

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Grant

Question: Hello Frank, Your body of work is very inspirational to me, both the individual roles and your career as a whole. Did you know as of this writing the films alone that you've performed in have grossed over $17 billion, only behind the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Stan Lee? The goal I've set for myself is to do the same as a voice actor. Besides getting a good coach, a demo, agent(s), and auditioning as much as possible, what other actions should I be taking to set my career up for that level of success? Thanks, Grant Johnson

 

From Frank: 

Hey Grant…

 

Thank you first of all, yes, I think Sam was a little upset that I was number one for a few years, but he has done all those bank commercials and I haven’t done any he should be a little gentler on me!

 

Sounds like you have the first ingredient and that is a desire and a goal.  Your talent will dictate your speed and direction.  I wouldn’t count on other people that much until you have really honed your talent and all those around you agree you are ready to go.  Of course, the road requires study and there will be joy and disappointment…like any business… but if you are good,  no one can stop you.  Know thy self…and go for it!

 

All the best of luck Grant, and “What’s in your wallet?”

Frank

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Fan Name: Jessi Ann

Question: OK believe I am talking to one of the voices of the spooky demons from the 2002 Scooby Doo live action film I wanted to ask you how did you get the role of the roaring for the monsters and the 2002 film and also do you have any 2002 merchandise of the monsters from the 2002 live action Scooby Doo film when I heard you do the spooky demon roar in the Scooby Doo where are you now special and made me smile from ear to ear hopefully I can meet you at one of the cons soon

 

From Frank: 

I believe the sound editors knew me from other creatures and monsters I had done previously so he told Raja Gosnell the director who in turn hired me.  He had no idea at the time that he was actually hiring Freddy and Scooby to do the creature work on his film.  Same thing happened on Richie Rich…I came into do sound effects and little did they know I was Dollar Dog on the Hanna/Barbera show “Richie Rich!”   Thank you Jessi.

 

Best Jessi…and yes hope to do more cons coming up!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Payton

Question: Make new Scooby Doo move pls

 

From Frank: 

Okay Payton…since you asked!  Watch for the new Scooby Doo movie coming out in 2023.

 

Sccccooooobyyyyy Dooooobie  Dooooooooo!

Aka Frank

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Fan Name: Christopher 

Question:Hey Frank my name is Chris and the original scooby doo was my favorite show when I was little and now I'm working on getting my pilot's license. My questions are what was your favorite episode of scooby doo where are you and what was it like working with Casey Kasem.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Chris,

Wow, I am trying to think…and over 52 years it is hard to pin down just one episode.  I will say this last season of “Guess Who Scooby Doo” was fun and the episode where we (the actual cast) were the guest stars was one of my favorites.  It is so crazy and confusing I don’t know how they ever put it together…very creative and wonderful that Warner’s was thinking outside the box.  

Casey was a trip.  He was a gentleman and so courteous towards the women in the cast and guests.  He was also very serious about how he portrayed Shaggy and he really enjoyed getting a guest roll and creating different characters.  He felt his range was not too wide so when he did something different, he would surprise himself and be absolutely delighted.  He took me to eat some Eastern foods from time to time and I am afraid I didn’t try as many things as I should…I am kind of boring steak and potato guy!  

 

All the best Chris, and get that pilot license you will love looking down on people in the right way (wink)!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: James 

Question: Hi, Frank! I love your work, as many have told you. Just so many characters you have breathed life into and they've all been so enjoyable. How you can voice both Abu and George, who could've been treated the same, yet have very different personalities and yet sound so different is just a testament to your incredible ability in the subtly of making a distinction between the two monkeys. I'm also amazed how you were able to give so much more depth to Megatron in the Prime reboot. 80s Megatron was a pretty two-dimensional, let's face it, but 2010s Megatron has many more layers. Did you find notice this as well when reading the script? Is this why you did Megatron differently? I find this ironic, since apparently, Michael Bay didn't have you as Megatron since he didn't want to ask you to change your voice for the 2007 movie, yet you did it anyway for Prime, and it paid off tremendously. I guess I already asked you one question about your Megatron work, but what I really would like to know, if I may be so bold as to ask this nosy question: In the earlyish 70s, you briefly went credited as Franklin Welker in a few Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including The Scooby-Doo Movies (season 2, specifically), Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, and Valley of the Dinosaurs. So, I was wondering why you made this change before going back to just Frank? Thank you for reading this if this gets to you and responding if you are able to. Have a good day, James.

 

From Frank: 

Well James, it appears that you have really done your homework and know quite a bit about my voice acting.  First, as to Megatron and G1 and the later iterations yes, they were quite different.  A lot of it had to do with technology and changes for the different media.  G1 was of course flat and the old style but was quite customary in the day.  As we moved into the CGI versions there was so much more to see in both expressions and movement.  Also, Hasbro was looking to create a newer fresher design (and action figure) so all came together for Prime which also required a different approach from Megatron.  In the features, Michael Bay I believe, was not familiar with the range that voice actors could provide until he started actually working with them.  In all fairness, he did try to get me into read but our schedules never meshed.  I do know that he did not feel the G1 voice was right for his big screen version but later, as you know, we did work together quite a bit.  First as the voices and sound for other characters, then Soundwave, Galvatron, and finally Megatron.  It was great fun doing all the versions and important to the fans I think to have the original voice actors blood running through the various iterations I hope in the future Megatron will be more sustained and the powers to be will let him live once again.

 

The use of Franklin was strictly a clerical decision from the legal department and was not anything I had to do with…it usually is just Frank.

 

All the best James,

 

Franklin…I mean Frank!

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Fan Name: Amber

Question: Hi Frank! Bit of an interesting question. Have you got any children in your family who know of your work as a voice actor? Must be cool being related to/knowing their relative is behind the voice of Scooby Doo !

 

From Frank: 

Hi Amber!

 

Since I have been making noises and acting goofy all my life, I am afraid my entire family, and friends, and schoolteachers and my parole officer all know I bark for a living!!!!

 

Best wishes Amber

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Amber 

Question: Heya Frank, I just wanted to genuinely thank you for being supportive towards me. I recently turned 18 on February 12th so now Im an adult I feel like you’ve truly shaped me into the responsible young woman I am today. I remember asking you in Liverpool what it was like to work with Corey Burton, so I’d love to ask again because since we met I’ve actually become friends with him! He’s told me so much about you and how you like visiting England. I really hope you come back soon we need to get an in-person photo together ! Im presuming the website will now be updated every 2 months? Cheers, Amber :)

 

From Frank: 

Hello Amber Jones!

Happy belated birthday! You know the age of 18 is a big step and I am sure you were anxious to get there but trust me time goes fast (I know you have heard this before) and it just keeps going faster.  So, enjoy life, stay healthy and catch lightning!!!

 

Mr. Burton is an enormous talent who worried me to no end because he was a big smoker…but wait, I don’t think he really enjoyed it, he used the harshness of the smoke and the habit to keep the low end of his vocal range and to manipulate a roughness in its timber.  I never liked that he did this, but he is a master so how can I criticize I just don’t want to see him get sick.  I must admit that I smoked when I was young but quit early before I got into the entertainment field, and I am glad I did.  Okay, enough preaching.  He is a marvel to work with…his characters are sharp and witty, and his readings are fun and oblong which I love. Also, it is rumored that he will not record before 11:00 am which I also love…not because he is lazy, but he knows his voice so well he gives the studios the best time for the best sound…he is indeed a master and a very nice fellow.   

 

All the best,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: John

Question:Hi Frank what are some memories you have of working with Phil Hartman?

 

From Frank: 

John,

I worked with Phil off and on over the years and I can honestly say he was pure joy.  I know I sound like a Pollyanna talking about my friends and co-workers, but it is just the way it was and the way I felt about these people.  Phil was so naturally funny.  He was one of those guys you could look at and he could make you laugh.  He had a very sharp wit. He could raise one eyelid and you know there was a comedy storm brewing.  Another thing about Phil, he was a giver in other words he liked to share the stage and loved doing ensemble performances and that applied to voice scripts as well.  A generous actor is always willing and eager to give his fellow actor the stage and become a fan.  That was Phil he loved to see other comics and performers perform.

 

I remember one time in a studio working with Phil doing a radio commercial we got the “sillies” which is one of my favorite things in the world…uncontrollable laughter…I liken it to kids in a library where you are told to be quiet, and you start giggling until you are in full blown hysteria and then of course thrown out of the library!  Those are my favorite albeit embarrassing moments and I remember that one with Phil in a studio atop a building in Hollywood while the crew stood by in shock watching to grown professionals lost in utter hysterical laughter.  I miss him and his crazy eyebrow. 

 

Best to you John,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Tom

Question:I found addresses of Carolyn Lawrence and Keith Ferguson. I also wrote letters to 2 other famous people that are Tara Strong and Butch Hartman. Would you hope for a Jimmy Neutron reboot? And in the reboot it would include Timmy Turner, Cosmo and Wanda as number one guest stars. And I made a script for an episode of a reboot. I know you've done special vocal effects on the show. But I realize that show had weird and nasty moments especially love moments between Cindy and Jimmy. I don't find their love relationship cute. I find Cindy and Timmy's relationship to be funny and adorable. Plus Cindy always starts to heckle, tease and torment Jimmy every day, besides doing love moments together. Cindy and Timmy never fight or argue about anything, they treat each other with respect. I think that Jimmy and Cindy need to end their love relationship in the new reboot series and realize it's not going to workout. Jimmy would start a relationship with Betty Quinlan, and Timmy would start a relationship with Cindy. But Cindy and Jimmy would still be rivals and Cindy would always heckle, tease and torment him. I hope you think my script of an episode of a Jimmy Neutron reboot on this Google Docs link is great.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Tom,

Man, you really know your Jimmy Neutron.  All of what you are saying sounds interesting, but I will be honest with you I just pretty much do my voice work and don’t think about the writing or plots.  We have done so many “Jimmy’s” over the years I am just happy to do my barking and let everyone else worry about the writing.   

Also, everything is completed when we record so scripts are done and not much changes, but a word or two.  Looks like you know the process well and are having fun with the show.  Congrats on all your hard work maybe one day we will be recording one of your scripts!!!! 

 

Best to you Tom,  Frank

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Fan Name: Marlowe

Question: Hey, Frank, My name is Marlowe Sumlin, and I gotta tell you, I always feel so amazed when I hear you sound just like Curious George. What exactly was it like voicing Curious George in the franchise?

 

From Frank: 

Well, Marlowe, I guess you could say I just “monkey around!”  Boo, sorry bad joke!  George is a fun and cute little guy and I always enjoy climbing inside for a few hours of monkey business.  I established the voice in the film version years ago and the vocal sounds and voice came to me as I watched the film roll on the sound stage at Universal Studios in Burbank.  The director loved the voice right off the bat and just stepped back and let me go.  The film was complete, so I was lip syncing or putting the words in to George’s mouth.  He had a lot of expressions that the artists drew which I am grateful for it gave me a lot to do. I felt in the end, it was a perfect marriage of expression and sounds.  Now, doing the TV version of George, I have to interpret from the script or from what the director and producer see and say.  It is a different discipline and a little more difficult because I am doing more what others see and hear not what comes from my heart, head, and instincts but it works, and it is always a joy to be that little monkey.

 

You take care Marlowe and stay “Curious!” 

 

George (Frank)

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Fan Name: Omeed 

Question: Hello, Frank. I heard that you were the Chameleon on Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series. What was it like working with Tim Curry and Tony Jay?

 

From Frank: 

I have worked with Tim Curry quite a bit over the years and he is a joy to share the stage with. I think what I bring away from my time with Tim is that he really enjoys working and it doesn’t matter if it is a high budget movie or animated cartoon, or a television show he just enjoys being there and that is something to say when you look at the breadth of his career.  I do think he likes playing oblong characters which is much easier in the field of animation and as you know, he is quite good at it!  

 

Tony, I did work with off and on but didn’t get to know him as well as Tim.  Of course, I love accents and Tony had a wonderful stentorian voice he could manipulate into all sorts of British sounds and characters so I enjoyed working with him and listening to the parade.  

 

I worked with another English actor who I am embarrassed to say I can’t recall his name 

at the moment, but he played Larry in one of the versions of the three stooges at Hanna/Barbera.

 

I was amazed at this perfect American accent.  All the Brits did very good American accents which I was quite impressed with.  

 

Best wishes Omeed,

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Jason

Question: Hi Frank, I am a huge fan of your voice work. I love your voice work on Transformers: Prime and the live-action movies. When did you decide to overhaul your Megatron voice for the cartoon and movies and how did you come up with this new growling voice?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Jason!

Megatron has been such a joy and all the changes over the years keeps me on my toes.  You know the story of the G1 voice I assume so I won’t bore you with the details.  In Transformers Prime, the television show, the creators wanted to go with something closer to the film version wanted me back as Megatron especially Robert Orci.  So it had to be bigger but I didn’t have to do anything over the top or as big as what I did in the feature.  Having the CGI animation was huge because I could change the voice and make it work with the style and media we populated.  I really was happy with the Prime voice.  In the feature, I did two steps first as Galvatron then as Megatron (both being the same but not).  I saw the characters on the screen and Michael Bay was great, he said what do you think and let me pretty much create what I saw…so that was Galvatron and then it just got bigger and more aggressive for Megatron.

 

Hope that all makes sense.  Bottom line, I really like them all and they are fun to do…but G1 was the original so I kind of have a special place for reserved for him.

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Hanasajida 

Question: Hi Mr Walker, how are you, hope you are fine. I'm your fan of Curious George, monkey cartoon since I was 5 years old until now I'm a student hahaha. Today, my mother told me when I was child, I don't want to go to school because I watch this cartoon every morning, because in Indonesia we can watch it at 6.30 am and I have to be at school at 7 am. I hope you stay healthy and make our generation have good memories in our childhood. Stay safe and go to Indonesia for tours as well as holidays. Thank you and love you

 

From Frank: 

Wow Indonesia!!!! Hanasajida it is a pleasure to meet you.  George is a fun little fellow to talk for…he gets into a lot of mishaps but it’s always with good intentions.  I think it must be tough waking up at 6:30 but it does make the day longer and gives you more opportunities to have fun and go on adventures like George.  Thank you for watching and I would love to come to that part of the world.  We finally got to England a couple of years ago and that is as far as I have traveled…George, I think has seen a lot more of the world than me!!!!  You stay safe too and thank you again for being a friend of Georges!

 

Best wishes,

 

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 Gremlins Movies. From, George P.S. Could you do the voice of Stripe, please?

 

From Frank

Hi George!  Yes, please click here to go to some of my recordings, including one of Stripe! Just click on his picture.

 

Enjoy and thank you for saying hi George!

 

Stripe aka Frank

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Fan Name: Bean  

Question: Hello Frank Welker, How Are You? I Hope Your Doing Good During This Pandemic. So My Question Is That I Heard Hulu Ordered 20 New Episodes Of Futurama, Is There Any Chance Your Coming Back To Voice The Characters Nibbler And Seymour The Dog? Because The Voice Cast Wouldn't Be Completed Without You!

 

From Frank: 

Hello Bean,

I have heard that rumor as well and from all indications I will be back as Nibbler…not sure about Seymour.  I think the negotiations are in place and scripts are being written.  Sure hope it  works out.  Futurama was such a fun show to do with immensely talented people in cast and crew.  I would be thrilled to go back into space!

 

Thanks Bean…Frank

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Fan Name: Jake 

Question: Dear Frank, i’ve been watching Scooby Doo since I was four years old, it always has been one of the few things they truly make me smile when things get tough. I was wondering do you have any fun memories of working with Casey, Heather North, and the lovely Pat Stevens, and the incredible Don Messick? Thank toy for all the fond memories that you bring to all of us. Scooby Doo wouldn’t be the same without you.

 

From Frank: 

Jake, there is a lot of memories over 52 years but mostly of what an honor it was to work with all you have mentioned.  Heather North and Pat Stevens both were lights in a room.  Big smiles and twinkles in their eyes happy to be doing the show and enjoying every minute of it.  Each of the ladies brought their own unique quality to the role and put their heart and soul into them.  Casey was always wanting to do more.  He made the most of his Shaggy, but he loved doing even one-liners the Sherriff or farmer anything that gave him a chance to do more that just Shaggy.  

 

Don Messick was a mentor and friend.  He was such a whirlwind of talent and voices from beyond.  Whenever they needed bats or rats it was usually Don.  I was impressed with his off-stage presence and wide base of knowledge.  He was a voracious reader and student of history, and I always enjoyed our lunch conversations.  It was a true honor and joy working with these people and to have been able to travel through time with them all.

 

Best to you Jake…

Frank

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Fan Name: Joshua B. 

Question: Hi Mr. Welker, My name is Joshua I am 16 years old and I am from Rhode Island. My 9 year old brother Nick and I are huge fans of yours. I was wondering if you could please send each of us your autograph? Thank you

 

From Frank: 

Hey Josh,

Thank you for being fans I appreciate that. On the autographs, unfortunately, we do not do mailings.  I hope to do a lot more personal appearances where I will be doing signings and in person meeting.  Watch for notice of one you can attend. We will be posting sites of these events once covid concerns dissipate.  Until then, thank you again and stay safe!

Best wishes,  Frank

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Fan Name: Austin B.

Question: I was wondering if you record small bits for payment I really wanted to get a Scooby Doo recording made for my nephew.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Austin, 

No, we don’t currently do recordings. But send me his name in another email and I will write something to him on this site.  

Stay well, Frank

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Fan Name: Jade G.

Question: Hey, Frank! I'm Jade And I Love Your Voices! My Favorite Voices are Your Booker, Sheldon & Bo Voices from Garfield & Friends, Can you Give me A Tip on Voice Acting? Your one of my Main Inspirations!

 

From Frank: 

Well hello Jade - thank you!  I really miss “Garfield and Friends!” What a fun show to do.  It was a challenge doing all those different characters in one show- Our director, Mark Evanier, always kept us on our toes and loved to throw us curve balls to see how we would handle and extra task.  

 

As to voice acting, I recommend you take a look at Steve Blum’s site he has some great insights and is a wonderful teacher.  Thank you again for the nice words.

 

Good luck and stay safe Jade!

Garf aka Frank

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Fan Name: Hector K.

Question: Hello, I am a fan of some of your work and had not noticed your true variety of work you have done for all kinds of movies and shows. My question focuses on the shrek films, were you the one who voiced certian animals? If so what were the animals that you remember voicing and how was it trying to make those sorts of noises?

 

From Frank: 

Hi Hector,

I will be totally honest with you I don’t remember much about the Shrek movies, but I have done lots of animals for lots of movies over the years. Most of the time doing those sounds for animals is easy for me and I just try and match what they are doing.  Horses are tough and roosters I have never been totally satisfied with either.  The horse I can do and really love doing the subtle sounds, but the whinny - not so much.  The rooster is just darn hard for me.  Dogs, cats, monkeys, apes, and all types of birds come to me pretty easily and are part of my library in the head.  Ohhhh that darn rooster!!!!

 

Best, Frank  Cock-a-doodle doooo..or would that be don’t! 

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Fan Name: Titan T. 

Question: Frank! I've been a fan of your work for as long as I can remember and you really shaped my childhood in great ways especially through Transformers, Scooby-Doo, and other cartoons. My friend is even getting into voice acting in part because he was inspired by you. (I introduced him to Steve Blum's classes, which you recommended) My question pertains to the recent War for Cybertron series on Netflix. I saw a video where you and Peter Cullen expressed disappointment that you weren't a part of that project. I also felt that same dismay. As far as I'm concerned, both of you are living legends and should have been able to reprise your roles as the characters you two made so famous. Not to sound too grim but the original cast of Transformers G1 has dwindled over the years. (I saw where Jack Angel was the most recent cast member to pass) For you and Peter to bring these iconic characters to life once again would be a real treat. The skits you two have done onstage together looked to be a lot of fun and shows you still have it! Is there a reason you can share that you and Peter were not chosen to voice Megatron and Optimus Prime respectively for War for Cybertron? Also, do you see yourself being a part of any other Transformers projects in the future? Thanks in advance for your response!

 

From Frank: 

Greetings Titan,

Thank you for your support and thoughtful questions about “Transformers.”  Jack Angel was a friend and great talent. He was one of our senior statesmen and is talent, intellect and sense of humor will be hugely missed. His background was very impressive. He was a leader in talks with the Screen Actors Guild and his intelligence gave clarity to the political side of our business.  He was also a wonderful raconteur and told delightful stories and jokes delivered with a wonderful devilish smile.  In terms of talent, he had a wide range of voices and I always enjoyed watching him display his vocal range. 

 

As to the Netflix project, yes there was a big disappointment for both Peter and I.  Sometimes when new versions of legacy shows are produced, the new people who create them want to put their own stamp on the show or don’t wish to use union actors and you will see unusual casting.  Also, in other projects you will see “celebrity” casting.  Celebrity casting occurs when producers wish to tell the industry who they were able to cast.  Not always, but I see that a lot.  Ideally, it should come down to who can do that best job and what the audience or fans want, what is the audience expecting - what characters do fans want to see and hear and relate to? Peter and I are both very interested in everything “Transformer” and are very capable of fighting for Cybertron and Earth as long as the stories are good and true to the characters.  We saw changes in some projects that were not consistent and too far from the core and this has been part of the reason we were not interested in some projects. The characters are just too far from who we established.  So to answer your question, Titan, we are ready and still eager to perform the characters we created and nothing would make me happier than to do a show with the original cast and have it released theatrically.

 

Hope you agree, Frank aka Megatron

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Fan Name: Justin S. 

Question:Hi Frank, I’m a HUGE Scooby-Doo fan and have spent my life collecting Scooby memorabilia. I’ve seen every movie and series countless times. I have a social media account that highlights my Scooby collection, and have appeared on some fan-made Scooby podcasts and panels on YouTube discussing many different topics surrounding the Scooby gang over the years. THANK YOU for bringing these characters to life all these years (and continuing to do so). I’m aware of the SCOOB! Holiday Haunt movie and Velma spin-off coming…but are their any other plans for another Scooby series since Guess Who has ended? (I’m sure you can’t disclose that but just figured I’d ask). I look forward to the DTV Movies every year and always get excited for what kind of series they will release next. Best of luck Mr. Welker, and hope to get to meet you someday! Thanks for all you do! Justin Schauren , Columbia, PA @CollectorScooby (Instagram, Twitter)

 

From Frank: 

Hey Justin,

Wow it does sound like you are a big “Scooby” fan!  Thank you.  You are correct about the “Haunt” and Velma spin offs. I have heard nothing about a new series, but that was the way it happened for most of those fifty two years.  We would wait and hear nothing then boom we were back in the studio.  I am hoping we do continue on with a new show but so far crickets.

 

There does seem to be lots of “Scooby” projects and products so we are still busy.  One I am very excited about is a Scooby pin ball machine, yip, a pin ball machine.  I can’t wait to get working on it and of course playing it!!!!  

Thank you for all of your support Justin.

 

Scooooooby Dooooobie Doooooo!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alec G. 

Question: Favorite memory working with Jim Cummings?

 

From Frank: 

Alec,

Great question!  Jim Cummings is so talented and has a fabulous range with his voice I am pretty much in awe and shock when I work with him.  One thing in particular is his “acting.” His way with dialog takes him up a notch from just voicing characters to this ability to sound very natural with his flow of words.  I think one of the reasons for this is he’s a voracious reader. I believe the more you read the more you understand and the more freedom that knowledge gives you in lifting the words off the page.  He always has a book and a pair of drum sticks in his pocket. Another thing that he can do is play bad a** drums!  Oh, I did I mention singing too?  So, I guess it is not just a memory about Jim but recognizing him as an enormous talent unit.  He can do literally anything very impressive.  

 

Thank you for the question, Alec!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Amber J. 

Question: Hi Frank, did you work with Hans Conried when you both worked on the 1981 cartoon Faeries?

 

From Frank: 

Hello Amber!

 

Yes, I did work with him several times at Hanna Barbera Studios on various shows.  He was such and interesting fellow with an enormous theatrical background covering all the areas of entertainment.  Sometimes he would tell stories from the past and as you can imagine that voice telling tales was mesmerizing.  Just listening to him talk was great fun.  I would stare at him and miss my lines! Hey true I would miss a few cues, but I got to watch him spin words around and play with verbs and nouns like they were rubber balls.  I loved that storyteller voice so fun like riding gentle streams of color and description then heading for a patch of rough water and over the falls you would go.  He was a master, and I will value the few moments I was in his presence.

 

Stay safe Amber!

Frank

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Fan Name: Alexandra D.

Question: Good Afternoon, Mr. Welker, I am curious about some of the lines in 'How to Frame A Figg'. I was wondering who came up with your line about putting your toe in coffee for the heat to draw out the pain and the caffeine to keep your toe awake? I was also curious about how the ideas came about for Shaggy's food preferences such as chocolate covered corn on the cob to the chocolate chop suey al liver al la mode. I love your work over the years and happy to know that someone with such talent as yourself still loves their job. Have a beautiful day.

 

From Frank:

Hi Alexandra,

I wish I could take credit for that fun silly line in “How to Frame A Figg”, but in truth it was the writers.  We adlibbed a few lines but mostly it was scripted.  Also, Don Knotts would suggest physical comedy jokes like at the cemetery when he put his hands out to help me jump over the wall.  I say thanks, then jump up and pull myself over the wall leaving him just standing there with egg all over his face.  He does a great angry take into camera - that was all Don!!!

 

Casey Kasem made up a lot of the food combos as did the writers - it kind of became a thing: who could come up with the goofiest combinations.  Later, Casey would insist on certain things not be mentioned because of his religious beliefs and the studio was understanding and accommodating.  Chocolate covered corn, oh my!!!  There goes my diet!

 

Best Wishes and healthy dishes, Frank

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Fan Name: Daniel N.

Question: Hello, Frank, How did you landed the role as Bubble Puppy in Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies? Also, is Bubble Guppies recognizable to the older fans? and lastly, how was your 10th Anniversary of Bubble Guppies last year? From 2011 to 2021.

 

From Frank: 

Hey Daniel,

 

I honestly don’t remember much about Guppies.  I may have gone in and done a lot of takes that they used in some shows, but I never recorded (that I remember) with a cast and was not involved in the 10th Anniversary.  I actually may have been replaced by someone or by sound effects, but I was not really associated much with the show.  I watched some episodes after I got your question and really thought it was a cute.  I think it is for the wee ones, but absolutely adults can enjoy and appreciate it as well - I know I did!

 

Best Daniel,  Frank

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Fan Name: James M.

Question: Hi Frank, I love your voice of Scooby Doo

 

From Frank:  

Well James…you just made my day!  Thank you for saying that.  You know it is a privilege to do Scooby and great fun and our cast of Matt Lillard, Kate Micucci and Grey Delisle makes it all that more special.  They are all so fun and talented I feel like I am just there to turn the pages for them…really have so much respect for their talents…and to get to do Fred and Scooby…well, I am a lucky camper!  Scooooooby Dooooobie Doooooo!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Ted C.

Question: 

Good afternoon. My boss is a huge transformer fan and I am wanting to get him a gift. His holy grail want list is a picture of Megatron sign by you and a picture of Optimus prime signed by Mr. Cullen. Is there an address I can mail A Picture to for you to sign. Thank you.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Ted,

Thank you first and foremost but unfortunately there is not.  The best way is meeting up at a comic con or signing somewhere.  Also, GalaxyCon has done a couple of virtual shows and have included signing - It works well!  They take full responsibility for items sent and received and signed so if things get lost, they guarantee replacement.  Hope this helps and we can get to meet in the future or at least get you what you wish. 

 

All the best, Frank

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Fan Name: Bradford

Question: Hi Mr. Welker, First of all, you're amazing and every time I hear your voice pop up unexpectedly in something I'm watching, it brings a smile to my face. I've also been a huge fan of Scooby-Doo for as long as I can remember and, regarding that series, always found it interesting that you'd originally auditioned to play Shaggy! I was wondering though if you ever got to use your original Shaggy audition voice for another character at some point in your career (since I'm very curious how it sounded) and if there were any other roles that you auditioned for but didn't get. Anyway, hope you are doing well and wish you the best! Thanks! Bradford

 

From Frank:  

Hello Bradford

I remember the audition well, but not sure of the voice I used. I think it was of course young teenage sounding but probably (knowing me) a lot goofier and affected.  When I heard Casey’s Shaggy, I thought “oh my that fits the drawing perfectly”.  He nailed it!  I wish I could remember how he sounded as Freddy...hah!  Anyway, great question.  Let me just say in general, we get type cast just like on camera acting. The directors get tunnel vision and hire you for just certain roles and it becomes very disappointing as well as boring. I have done so many dogs I wear a flea collar.  There are many roles I would love to have played or at least read for, but have been eliminated by type casting. I have been lucky though and most directors give me a pretty big range, but just saying it does happen. I really wanted to do Bulwinkle and did him for the commercials before the show was ever conceived. When the show came to life recently, I tried to get in but it was already cast. Rats!

 

Thanks Bradford…stay safe!

Frank

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Fan Name: Andrew B.

Question: Dear Mr Welker, I was on holiday in Scotland in 1985 when I first saw "The Transformers" premier, "More than Meets the Eye". It could truly be said that at that moment, giant robots form the planet Cybertron invaded my mind. They have never left, nor would I wish them to, when the voice actors are so talented. I now watch them with my sons, and the best thing about having kids is you have an excuse to watch more movies. I will admit that until "Transformers: The Movie" came out, and the voice actors were listed against their roles I had no idea how versatile you were as a performer. The Bunjee (from the absolutely unmatched classic "The Bunjee Venture") / Scooter (Challenge of the Gobots) voice is among my fave sounds (not least because I love those two characters almost as much as I like using parentheses). I have shown my kids "The Bunjee Venture" and they loved it too, but I cannot find "Return of the Bunjee" for the life of me (my search will continue). I do have to apologise that for many years I attributed your talents to the (also incredible) BJ Ward. I wanted to ask, was it emotional for you doing Scoob (which my sons and I greatly enjoyed this past weekend) without Messrs Messick and Kasem? and were you pleased that the film turned out to be such a love letter to the three of you? So many inclusions and easter eggs which made zero sense in the context of the film but were clearly put in as tributes to your own talent? My kids and I were very pleased to see you getting acknowledgement. This has turned out to be a very longwinded way of saying "thank you for the very many hours of enjoyment I have gained through your hard work". I remain your biggest reverse cycle airconditioner (which is what we Australians use when "fan" just won't do the job). Andrew

 

From Frank: 

Andrew,

 

What and absolutely wonderful note!  THANK YOU!  The Bunjee character remains one of my personal favorites and was created early in my career…that time period was dizzying, exciting and so much fun.  I was working lots and lots of animated shows and traveling doing stand up comedy and appearing on USA television shows.  Oh my, I get winded thinking about it but so much fun.  

 

My friends Don Messick and Casey Kasem were a big part of that time period as well.  The first animated show I performed in was “Scooby Doo” and they were a huge part of that show in fact they were the show.  I love working with them and learned a lot just by watching and associating with them.  Through the years we became good friends and I will always treasure their memories as talents and as friends.  Over the years we have had various cast changes and the gang has been lucky to have the originals like Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, BJ Ward and others.  Now, I must say, our cast is so great…I love Kate, Grey and Matt.  They bring such life and energy and comedy to the gang it really makes it fun and new again.  It is different but the same if you can catch my meaning. I really do love this cast and I hope we go on solving mysteries for a very long time.

 

Warners’ has been very good to me over the years.  I enjoyed and was blown away when Sam Register sent me a fabulous framed poster and some fabulous goodies when I was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” award in 2016. That was such a nice gesture and very appreciated.  Then as you mentioned Tony Cervone with his nods and fun inclusions. By the way, he is producing the sequel, which we are currently working on so expect more good stuff.

 

So thank you for all the mentions and kind words…oh and keep that A/C running!

 

Best wishes to all you folks down under!

 

Frank 

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Fan Name: Andries

Question: hi frank welker my name is andries price im your biggest fan i like you played magatron on transformers movies you area great magatron guess what frank welker im having transformers 7 birthday party you are in now frank welker can you try vibration machine if will shake you very fast and your voice will be shaking you going to love it and frank welker can you wear dark blue jeans for me on my transformers 7 birthday party because i wan to see you and i want your autograph and take pictures and i want to talk to you so frank welker can you play magatron again on transformers movies again because you are awesome now i hope you like my message and send me your message to me me and you will have a great time together so frank welker please come back as magatron on transformers movies and videogames you did a great job as magatron so i will see you later and send me your message to me so see ya magatron bye

 

From Frank: 

Happy Birthday Andries!!!

 

Peter Cullen and I both enjoy doing voices for Transformers and all the G1 cast want to do another animated show.  Anyway, we all hope that the studio and Hasbro continue with these characters and shows.  Glad you enjoy “Transformers!”  

 

Best wishes to you from Cybertron!

Frank

 

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Fan Name: Victor R.

Question: I have been a fan of Scooby Doo since I was a kid. I have a strong interest in doing impressions of voices in film and animation. How did you get started in the business of voice acting? I would love to be a part of it. What resources can you offer to get started in the business. Thank you for entertaining all of the years. I am 52 years old now. I forgot to mention I speak Spanish too.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Victor,

Well, usually if a person wants to make a living in this business they start when they are very young and have a driving desire that propels them through the difficult side of learning and preparing.  Again, most actors have gone to college and majored in theater.  But you can also gain great experience doing local theater and radio and commercials.  Anyway, sounds like you are past that, and I would say the road would be very difficult…not impossible, but difficult.  I think the best thing you could do is take a look at Steve Blum’s internet site.  He is a fabulous actor as well as teacher and he would be the one that could give you the best information.

 

Good luck Victor and best wishes...oh and having a second language is a big plus!!!!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Zakarya

Question

Hi Frank! I am so amazed of how the famous Hanna Barbara cartoon dog has continued since way before I was born. I have never forgotten how the other famous actors besides yourself had really made these main characters amazing. Heather, Nicole, Casey, and Don are still remembered as the best original actors of Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby any time I watch the first couple of tv shows and movies. I felt really upset that Heather and Casey had passed away years ago. The actors in Scooby Doo and the Witch’s ghost like BJ, Mary, and Scott really made great moments in the movie and others they were in. I still haven’t forgotten Mindy from What’s New Scooby Doo and Mystery Incorporated. I was wondering if you can tell Kate, Grey, and Matt that they did a great job on Straight Outta Nowhere with Marty, Jeff, and Thea. Also, that I wish them a happy holidays! Are the stars from the first SCOOB going to reprise their roles for the sequel that’s coming? Which tv show or movie reveals the true backstory of the gang? I could never figure out which tv show or movie shows the true history on how the gang met and got together. What else could fans be expecting for the future of Scooby Doo? Thanks for your time Frank and have a happy holidays!!! Zak

 

From Frank: 

Hi Zakarya,

I will tell Grey, Kate, and Matt for you! 

 

In the sequel, the gang is going to be kids so the Scoob cast from the last feature will not be playing those roles.  I think the story will be going back to more of the original mystery format and may incorporate some of the old characters from Scooby Doo.  Should be fun!!

There are lots of projects that Warner Brothers is cooking up for Scooby so stay tuned and enjoy!

 

Best wishes Zak,

Frank

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Fan Name: Lindsey M.

Question: Hello again! Thank you so much for replying to all my submissions so far. This has been a lot of fun for me. I really love reading your replies to everyone. I don't have any questions for you right now. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays! Take care!

 

From Frank: 

Hey Lindsey,

Thank you so much for letting me know.  I really appreciate you sending me this note and I am glad you enjoy the site and  I too wish you all the best…and of course much health and happiness in 2022!

 

Scooby Doo in 22!  

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Isaiah F.

Question: Hey Frank big fan of yours, I know you said you guys recorded a session for SCOOB 2. Are you all recording together and is Matthew Lillard On board as Shaggy?

 

From Frank: 

Hello Isaiah,

Yes, recording has begun on SCOOB two, and I have recorded about four hours so far.  We do not record together, which is normal practice for feature recording unlike the television show.  In the television versions, the studio tries to get at least the core cast in the recording together.  I think there is a lot more production time so in the features directors work on individual lines and nuance.  

 

In the Scoob 2 movie or feature, the cast is all kids.  In other words, the gang is much younger, so no Matt, Kate, Grey, and Frank as Fred are being voiced by child performers.  Also, that means the adult celebrity cast is out as well.  The script takes place early when the kids all meet, and the story is much more reflective of the original mysteries.  If you liked the youngsters at the beginning of “Scoob” you will be very happy with Scoob 2.

Thanks Isaiah!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Dawid P.

Question: I want also Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog crossover cartoon

 

From Frank: 

Hi Dawid,

Well, of course we did do a show together with Scooby and Courage the Cowardly Dog, but not sure if there are plans for more.  I love that Cowardly Dog…so funny.  Fingers crossed for more and or a crossover!

 

Best, Frank

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Fan Name: Bobby K.

Question: Hi your one of the best voice actors I know and an inspiration to many. I would like to be a voice actor one day and I was wondering if you had any tips or advice you could give me.

 

From Frank: 

Bobby,

 

First, remember voice acting is acting so you want to be an actor first and foremost. I am not sure of your age, but as with most things the younger you start the better.  I have found that in the entertainment business you also must be very strong and persistent and as Socrates once said, “know thy self!”.  In other words, you must have a passion for acting it is not a hobby or a job for the faint of heart or something that seems like it would just be fun to do.  That being said, it is a fun and wonderful way to make a living.  But the numbers are against the beginner and very few actors let alone voice actors can make a living at this craft.  

 

Okay now we have the slightly negative information out of the way - on to the journey.

Read, read, read. This was something I did not do enough of, and it has hurt me even at my level, why? Because I am fighting to read the words instead of act.  I have one eye that is weak and tends do go in the direction it wants, which adds to the problem.  But I have managed a system - I read ahead very fast and give myself a chance to absorb the words and interpret and then give them meaning.  It’s difficult.  

 

Also, by reading everything you get your hands on you gain knowledge which gives you a great advantage in life as well as in the studio.  I would suggest reading plays “out loud” and all the parts try and really get into all the characters and give them all unique voices.  Read advertisements to test your announcer voice always helpful to have an announcer character or voice in your pocket.  Check out Steve Blum’s webpage he is a master voice artist and teacher.  Read anything by and on the masters like Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Don Mesick, Greg Berger, and director Andrea Romano.  Try and get into plays do local radio and act and read…oh I am being redundant!   

 

Once you are proficient, make a voice demo and send to the top ten voice agents.  Google or check with Screen Actors Guild for names.  Then cross your fingers and follow your dream…

 

Best of luck to you Bobby!

Frank

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Fan Name: Steven A.

Question: 

Dear Mr. Welker I am a big fan of you and your work. Your talent of playing characters and voices is beyond impressive and cannot be matched by anyone thank you for everything. I was wondering if you are able to sign a 1980s"Transformers" "Megatron" figure for me? I am hoping you can sign the left side of the silencer and the left side of the gun in case you run out of room on the silencer? Thank you again. Sincerely Steven Atkinson.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Steven,

 

Thank you for your kind words.  Unfortunately, we don’t do anything through the mail we find it to risky and people lose wonderful action figures, photos etc.  The best way is through GalaxyCon.  They take responsibility for everything: mailing, signing, returning, and making sure everything stays in good shape.  We just finished a virtual program with them, I think you can contact them and they can help you figure out the best and safest way of getting what you want accomplished.  Also, once this Covid calms down we will go back out on the road, and I can sign in person for you.   

Hope that helps, until then…stay safe and happy new year!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Makayla F.

Question: Mr. Welker, I see you have told about a SCOOB! sequel coming up. I have a few questions related to that. 1. When will the trailer be released? 2. What is the synopsis? 3. When will the movie be released? And I am thrilled that you replied back to me. It made me so happy to hear that someone as famous as yourself is so interested to hear what I have to say. After my dad passed, not many people would do that. I'm glad you're on my side.

 

From Frank: 

Hi Makayla,

I am the one who should be thanking you!  You and friends like you are the ones who make are work possible.  So, thank you!!

 

I will try and answer your questions, but many of these things have not been made known to us yet as it is still pretty far off so forgive me if I just guess on a few things.  The trailer will be of course coming out first and I do not have a date.  I am guessing about 6 months ahead of the release. Again, I don’t know for sure, but I think they are hoping for a release in late 2022.  The story takes place early in the life of Mystery Inc. and will follow more of the traditional Scooby formula of Mysteries and villains from the past.  So, it will all be when the cast was young.  Forgive me for being so vague but I really don’t know too much yet!  Yikes.  Anyway, thank you for your questions.  I hope you are doing well and getting along okay.  It is so difficult losing a parent you be strong Makayla.

 

Best wishes,

Frank 

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Fan Name: Austin A.

Question: Mr. Welker, I have been a big fan of your voice work for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a child, I've seen more movies with your involvement than I can possibly imagine, from your work as various animal characters like Abu in the Aladdin franchise to your work as characters that speak like Scooby-Doo and Fred. When I discovered this site, I immediately wanted to ask you some questions: 1. What are your favorite characters to voice? 2. What do you personally think of Hugo Weaving's portrayal of Megatron in "Transformers (2007)", "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? 3. Having also learned a while back that an animated Transformers film helmed by Josh Cooley and serving as an origin sort of story for Optimus Prime and Megatron will be coming, will you and Peter Cullen be returning to voice your individual characters? 4. Have you ever had the chance to interact with the late Casey Kasem and Don Messick? If so, what were they like? I hope to hear from you soon, Sir.

 

From Frank

Hi Austin,

Thank you for your kind words.  As to my favorite characters to voice, I really do enjoy them all and like kids, it’s kind of hard to choose one over another.  I do like Ralph the Guard on Animaniacs because I can really exaggerate the character.  Scooby is fun but I didn’t originate the voice but that leads me to Megatron.  Since Megatron was my vocal creation this G1 voice gives me great pleasure.  Also, I love the fact he has transformed in sound quality all through the franchise.  For example, in Transformers Prime his sound is very different from G1 and then again in the features all which is good fun.  Hugo Weaving did what he felt fit the part.  I am not sure from what I’ve read that he enjoyed the experience, but I think he may have not been aware of the franchise and the loyalty of the fans.  He is a very creative actor and his work I thought was good.  When I came into do the feature after him, I was Galvatron/Megatron then just Megatron.  Once again, Megatron transformed and that was great fun but I will say I was disappointed that he did not have more dialog and in general that Prime and Megatron were not featured more.  I think there has been a lot of focus on the human’s story and not so much on the original Transformers.  If you are correct about the origin stories from Josh Cooley that would be fantastic.  I have not heard about Megatron being part of that.

 

Now to Casey and Don. I did the first animation show in my career with both Casey and Don.  They were fun and their personalities were as different as could be.  I considered them both mentors and good friends. They were both gentlemen and came from radio and had military radio and military theater experience.  Thus, many stories of the good ole days.  They were a big part of my very interesting and enjoyable show biz journey.

 

Best wishes Austin!

Frank

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Fan Name: Tiffany R.

Question: 

First Time Fan Of Yours, You Got To Do Voice Overs With Many Other Talented Voice Over Stars Also Including Rob Paulsen Tress MacNeille Jess Harnell Grey DeLisle Griffin Maurice LaMarche Stephanie Escajeda Keith Ferguson And Abby Trott Have You Saw The Reboot Of Animaniacs 2021 On Hulu?

 

Since You Know Paul Winchell Didn't He Do Voice Overs On Disney's Goof Troop? I Always Watched Goof Troop Duck Tales Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Lloyd In Space Bear In The Big Blue House Pepper Ann Tiny Toon Adventures Codename: Kids Next Door Arthur Rug Rats As Told By Ginger My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Bobby's World Cow And Chicken Bubble Guppies Little Bear Blue's Clues Doug The Angry Beavers Rocket Power All On TV

 

From Frank: 

Hello Tiffany!

Yes, I have had the pleasure of working with some very talented and fun people over the years and that is truly one of the great benefits of working in this business - the people you meet. I have only briefly seen the Reboot of Animaniacs, and I have enjoyed what I’ve seen.  The writers are a young and funny bunch and along with the entire production crew and cast I think they have hit the mark again.  I love doing Ralph aka “Ralp da gart.”  I have a feeling there will be more to come and hooray for Hulu!!!!

 

You really have seen a lot of shows!!! Wow! 

Paul Winchell was such a great voice. He was such a funny and talented and very smart gentleman.  We worked together mostly at Hanna/Barbera.

 

I am not sure if he ever worked on Goof Troop but he certainly did a lot of voices for Disney over the years. Thanks for following all those shows…oh my!

 

Frank

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Fan Name: John K.

Question: Hi Frank! I was wondering was racism that major in some cartoons back then you voice acted in?

 

From Frank: 

Hi John,

You know I never was aware of anything like that in the animation business.  Everyone seemed to be focused in on making good entertainment and hoping to get picked up for another season or two.  I can honestly say I never saw or experienced it.

 

Frank

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Fan Name: Marissa M.

Question: Hi Frank, I'm a huge fan of the Transformers Prime series. I'm watching a commentary track and the writers spoke about how despite Bumblebee being voiceless, they did write in Bee's dialogue and you would actually do "scratchwork" and even gave him his own voice! I know this is a long shot, but I'd love to hear the voice for Bee or even some of the lines you did for him. I also find the character of Megatron to be compelling with SO many layers of lore. I would adore the opportunity to interview you. I have a small channel where I (mostly) do video essays about TF. I started watching TFP when I was 8 years old, and I'm 19 and it still holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for bringing such a compelling character to life.

 

From Frank: 

Hello Marissa!

You know, you are right for a while I did sound effects and would do a voice for Bumble Bee, but I honestly can’t remember what I did. Because it was not going to be used, I kind of fooled around and experimented with different things.  I know we didn’t do this for too long just when we first started recording.  I will tell you I came close to not getting to play Megatron in Transformers Prime.  The powers to be wanted a different sound than G1 and a little more like the feature version. So, they wanted to audition other actors and Robert Orci a producer with the franchise and purist said, “you got to have Welker he will come up with the voice we want.”

 

So, I went in and read for the table of suits and Mr. Orci and I did indeed “transform” into Megatron “Prime!”  I really enjoyed the TP version as it gave me a lot more latitude and subtlety to play with the character plus Peter Cullen and I were recording together again…heaven!!!

 

Thanks Marissa

Best wishes, Frank

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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