In what sounds like a truly awesome job, Mike Vogel has headed all development for Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production division of Hasbro, Inc., since March 2011, shepherding many of the studio’s well-known brands from inception through success on The Hub, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications, and on networks reaching more than 160 countries, globally. He works closely with producers, writers and artists, as well as independent entities, to re-imagine, reinvent and reignite the company’s beloved brands while collaborating on possible toys, products and licensing. Essentially, he makes a living being a big kid and bringing his childhood geek fantasies to life.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Mike Vogel talked about what his day-to-day duties entail, what the biggest surprise has been, in terms of toy sales, how often they decide to rotate or add characters on their shows, how much they listen to fans to make sure their ideas are also incorporated, what they’re doing to reach the comic book movie audience, that they’ll have some big news and really cool stuff for fans at Comic-Con, the coolest toys and merchandise that he has in his office, the challenges of developing new properties, and the possibility of a Candyland cartoon or a KREO animated series. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
I recently had the privilege to pose a number of questions to the inimitable Frank Welker. While you may not know his name, you should know his voice. In his continuing 45-year acting/voice-acting career, Welker’s voice has brought Scooby-Doo’s Fred Jones, Transformer’s Megatron and countless other characters to life. Welker is still going strong, voicing multiple characters in Transformers Prime, the title role in The Garfield Show, plus video games, movie work and more.
In this recent interview with Welker, he talked about the changing landscape of the voice acting world over the years, how much time he spends in the studio, which voices give him the most trouble and which roles he’d like to see revisited. He also commented on the recent remarks by Hugo Weaving, who voiced Megatron in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Welker also reflects on his long-time working relationship with Peter Cullen, the on-going voice of Optimus Prime. Hit the jump for the interview.
The Hub begins their “26-Hour Transformers Prime Network Takeover” today. That’s all 52 episodes from the first two seasons crammed into the hours between November 1 at 5:30pm to November 2 at 8:00pm. To commemorate the occasion, we have 15 posters with images from every episode of seasons 1 and 2 to give away to a few lucky readers. Hit the jump to get a better look at the full poster and find out how you can win.
by Jonah Posted: July 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
If you’re on this site, the chances are pretty high that you recognize the name Peter Cullen. For the uninitiated few who do not, it’s safe to say that even if you don’t recognize the name, you’d recognize the voice. Cullen has been voicing iconic characters in hit TV shows, films, and video games for over three decades. His resume reads like a greatest hits list and includes classic shows like Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, and Tom and Jerry as well as Eighties classics like Dungeons and Dragons, The Gummi Bears, GI Joe, and Duck Tales. Before this list continues for several pages, it’s safe to say that he is one of the key voices for many people’s childhoods. Cullen is most well known however as the voice of Autobot leader Optimus Prime in the original G1 Transformers series, as well as several video games, other series, and the Michael Bay films.
At Comic Con 2012, following a panel moderated by Larry King, Cullen sat down with about ten journalists for an informative, enlightening, and humble talk about his career and in particular his role as the iconic Autobot leader. He talked at length about the past, the present series Transformers Prime, and why he feels so strongly about what cartoons can mean to children. Transformers Prime Executive Producer Jeff Kline joined Cullen. Kline declined to comment on any real spoilers for the season, in particular the supposed demise of a major character. Read on after the jump.
We’re happy to bring our readers an exclusive first look at key art from the upcoming second season of Transformers Prime. The animated series highlights the battle between archrivals Optimus Prime and Megatron as they fight for the future of Earth. The second season of the show finds the Autobots and Decepticons uncovering clues relating to secret artifacts. Hit the jump to check out the key art. Season two of Transformers Primes premieres on February 18th on The Hub.
by Tommy Cook Posted: February 9th, 2011 at 5:43 pm
This Friday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m. ET The Hub (formerly Discovery Kids) will roll out the latest animated iteration of Transformers via its series Transformers: Prime. Having recently caught the show’s pilot episode, I’ll briefly synthesize the series as such: Transformers: Prime seems to be set in an alternate Transformers universe free of either Sam Witwicky or a giant planet-devouring Orson Welles. In the series, Optimus remarks that it’s been three years since the last Decepticon attack. This, of course, is rather short lived as Megatron rises from wherever he’s been hiding and attempts to raise an undead army of Transformers using something called dark energon (don’t ask) to defeat the Autobots and destroy/enslave all of humanity.
With this synopsis in mind, I had recently had the opportunity to catch up with four gentlemen who are heavily involved with Transformers: Prime – executive producers Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline, Vice President of Development for Hasbro Studios, Mike Vogel, and Director of Programming for The Hub, Scott Pennington. In a lengthy roundtable interview, the four discussed a ton of topics including Bumblebee’s inability to speak the human language, casting Frank Welker and Jeffrey Combs, the future of the series, and my questions regarding some of the show’s robot/human romantic chemistry. Check out what each had to say after the jump:
If you’re a fan of Transformers, you’ll be happy to learn that The Hub (formerly Discovery Kids) will be premiering a new five-part original CGI-animated Transformers series on November 29 – December 3 and it’s called Transformers: Prime. According to the info we were given:
The all-new mini-series will feature iconic characters of the franchise, including Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and the ominous Decepticon Megatron, as well as introducing new human characters to the action series. The series takes place on Earth.
While I’m a bit apprehensive to get too excited for a new animated series, it is being executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and Jeff Kline. Kurtzman and Orci served as executive producers and writers on Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Let’s hope this is better than the last movie. Hit the jump for more info on the series, and you can also check out the poster in high resolution.