Thursday, April 29, 2010

Voice Actor: Dee Bradley Baker

First and foremost as an update I have lost a total of 12 lbs in the month of April. Who wants to touch me?

OK, now that that's out of the way I've decided that I'm going to start something new on my blog. After listening to one of my favorite podcasts last night called The Forcecast. I decided to download some past episodes and I found one where they did an interview with voice actor Dee Bradley Baker who does the voice of every single clone in the Clone Wars animated series. That's a really impressive feat considering the show is called "Clone" Wars for a reason. So after listening to his interview he brought up some cool things I would like to talk about. But it also gave me the idea to start doing a blog entry for all my favorite voice actors and maybe how they effected me in some way. I think it's a pretty cool idea. So we're gonna start with Mr. Baker since his interview gave me the idea.

Besides being the voice of all the clones in The Clone Wars he has also been Klaus in American Dad, Curt Connors in Spectacular Spider-man, Appa and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daffy and Taz in Space Jam, and a bunch of voices in SpongeBob, Ben10, and Fairly Odd Parents. Oh, and I should mention he was also the voice of Olmec in the Nickelodeon series Legends of the Hidden Temple!!! How cool is that???

First I'll mention Clone Wars. There are so many clones in this series and he does the voice of all of them. The most amazing thing is that he gives them all their own personality and tone. It's not like they all talk exactly the same. Captain Rex and Commander Cody are the two leaders each with their own distinct way of speaking, as do a slew of others. When asked why they all talk differently Baker said that even though they were all created after the same mold they are all sent out to work under different masters on different planets so obviously they are going to be speaking differently. I thought that was a really cool touch. Even adding little things like one clone pronouncing the name of a planet one way and a different clone pronouncing it another way. It's subtle things like this that I pick up on and enjoy about this series. Here's a clip of Dee as the Clones. It's the best I can do at the moment. I could go on and on but then this entry would just turn into a straight up Clone Wars blog.

Captain Rex is definitely one of my favorites...

He mentioned something else in the interview that was really upsetting to me. He brought up the fact that when the animated Clone Wars was fist released as a movie in theaters he thought it was so fun to have all his fellow voice actors get to go to the big movie premiere. He said that after doing the voice of Daffy and Taz for Space Jam he and the other voice actors weren't invited to the movie premiere! What is that about? Since this was Space Jam and the majority of the cast was voice actors then who the hell was invited to the premiere besides Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, and Wayne Knight? I am upset with this. But Mr. Baker has a good head on his shoulders and didn't seem as upset as I felt about it. lol

Hope you found this interesting because I am definitely excited about writing about more voice actors in the future. Here is a link to his Homepage where you can listen to his voice demos and such.

Later all!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kick-Ass Part 1

So I will be seeing the movie Kick-Ass in a few hours and I'm really pumped. I have read the comics and thoroughly enjoyed them! I love a lot of what Mark Millar writes and so I had to check this book out and it blew me away. The dialogue between the teenagers is spot on, seriously. Kids probably curse more than sailors these days. The violence is very over the top and gory. Had this been done by another writer and artist the comic probably would have sucked. But the genius of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are spot on!

So when I heard they were making the making the movie I got pumped. As most people will agree who have read the comic is that the characters of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl are above and beyond fucking awesome. Big Daddy is an enormous hulking dude in a mask with his tiny 11 year old daughter by his side. And they both fucking pwn, hardcore. By this time you have all probably seen a lot of the trailers and commercials on TV. If Hit-Girl's first appearance in the movie is as good as it is in the comics, be prepared to be blown away.

There Will Be Blood II: The Origin of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl...

I was kinda skeptical about the casting of Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy though (case in point, picture above). As I stated earlier Big Daddy seriously lives up to his name in the comic and his costume looks nothing like the one I see in the trailer. But I'm gonna let it slide due to the few scenes I see in the trailer where he's out of costume and acts like a goofy father figure (something that differs from the comics).

All in all, I am excited and I will be posting my review of the movie in the next few days. Though it won't be posted here, it will be on the Openly Lewd Comics website! So check it out.

Will it live up to the hype?? Will it suck?? Only Sean can tell...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sweet deal

It's been 14 days since my last post and and in that time I've lost 5 more lbs. So hey, not too shabby. And as of yesterday a friend of mine started helping me work on an exercise program. We didn't do too much yesterday as I was incredibly sick, hadn't eaten at all that day, and not had a wink of sleep the night before. All in all I was a complete and utter mess and yet I still dragged my ass out there and did what I could. If only I could lose weight doing the things I love! Losing a pound for every minute of an anime I watched would be too easy. Maybe for every hour?? Perhaps there is some sort of demon pact I could conjure up to lay this awesome curse upon myself...

Speaking of anime, new shows have started airing in Japan and I actually found a few that piqued my interest. Fellow blogger Washi introduced me to new shows like Working! and Angel Beats. I had been eying Angel Beats for a few months now waiting for it to come out, mainly because of the main character's uncanny resemblance to Haruhi...

The new SOS Brigade...?

It's definitely interesting so far. I thought the 1st episode was OK but the 2nd definitely had me more interested. The anime Working! is a nice light-hearted slice of life type comedy. Put me in a good mood as I was sitting at my desk and my entire body was aching. So these two shows I will be keeping my eye on this season. Second season of K-on has also started and although it can be a bit too upbeat and cute at times I'm gonna stick with it because I love the animation. After I'm done writing this I'm watching the first episode of Mayoi Neko Overrun, figured I'll give that a shot as well.

I just finished doing my taxes tonight. Yeah I totally waited til the last minute. D'oh! I was filling out the forms and it somehow got to the point that I actually OWED money in my State Taxes. I knew that was completely wrong so I started over and did everything online, which I should have just done in the first place, and it was super easy and accurate. Accurate meaning I will be receiving money back and not owing. Man that was a scary 5 minutes...

Now it's time to kick back, watch some anime, then read some Dexter by Design (the 4th book in the Dexter series that the TV show is based on) Really good stuff so far...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Diet Update

So my weight has gone up and down a bit the past month or so but as of right now I have lost 7 lbs. I had lost 9 but at some point gained 2 back. Baka...

None for me thanks! I gots to get thin!

But as of today, April 1st, things kick into high gear. The past month I had beat allowing myself one or two guilty pleasure foods a day to ease myself into the diet. It's like trying to quit smoking, it's hard to just go cold turkey on a diet. So now that I've gotten that out of my system I've reached the point where I have basically phased those out and now it's only healthier things. Today being the first of the month is perfect cause now I can keep an accurate account of my weight loss throughout all of April. Got my little notepad with my weight starting today and I will be counting my calories in it as well.

There will also be no consumption of alcohol unless it's a really important special occasion. Alcoholism runs in my family and I don't want that to happen to me. I love the feeling of getting drunk but once I drink one night, then I'm gonna want to do it again the next night, and then maybe the next night. And because of my weight and tolerance it takes a lot to actually get me drunk, which in turns makes me gain weight. It's just not fucking worth it. It's also nice waking up in the morning and not feeling like complete ass.

Wish me luck!