Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welker Tapped As Soundwave

Every now and then Michael Bay likes to drop in on his forums and cause some havoc by answering a question is such a way as to lead to more questions. Not this time though. Bay has indicated he is going to please many die-hard Transfans.
I think I'm going to pursue Frank on Soundwave.

Michael
If "persue" becomes a contract for the movie, that means that finally Frank Welker will get to reprise a Transformer role in the movie. Welker is the legendary voice behind Megatron, Soundwave, Frenzy, Ravage, Ratbat and more. His overall voice career is extensive and probably includes some of your favorite childhood characters in other cartoons and movies. Hopefully once Welker has signed on the dotted line, Bay will provide an update. Thanks to Ty for the link.

50 comments:

  1. 9 minutes and nobody has said HELL YEAAHHHHH!!!
    glad I got to do it.

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  2. HELL YEAAHHHHH!!! HELL YEAAHHHHH!!! HELL YEAAHHHHH!!!

    Frank who?

    2nd w00t

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  3. I think this is about the best movie news to date!

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  4. Absolutely the best news about ROTF !!!

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  5. Thank you Bay! You have earned my respect, not like you hadn't had it already when you signed on Peter Cullen.

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  6. I read somewhere (probably here) that for TF1, Welker was brought in for Meagtron's voice, but then they decided his voice sounded too old for it.

    So he is too old to do Megatron, but not Soundwave?

    I always wondered why they had Cullen do Optimus's Voice, but not Ironhide's (minus the westernish accent) since he did both their voices before in the anmiated G1 series and Movie.

    I wonder if Cliffjumper will ever make it into a movie and if Casey Kasem is still alive... :p

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  7. I am pleased that Frank has finally got a role however lets face it...anyone could do soundwave with the voice synth.
    This is still very cool news though (in a nostalgic G1 kinda way) and maybe even could get to voice other TF's.

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  8. 'I read somewhere (probably here) that for TF1, Welker was brought in for Meagtron's voice, but then they decided his voice sounded too old for it.'

    I thought it was just cos his voice clearly didn't work with the movie Megatron. The game has him voicing that version and it just doesn't suit the much more alien looking Megs at all. Am sure he can do Soundwave fine enough, the final voice is modulated to hell anyways.

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  9. "I read somewhere (probably here) that for TF1, Welker was brought in for Meagtron's voice, but then they decided his voice sounded too old for it."

    So he is too old to do Megatron, but not Soundwave?"

    Bay said on the commentaries that he chose Weaving over Welker because the G1 voice didn't sound menacing enough for the look they gave the TF1 Megatron.

    "I wonder if Cliffjumper will ever make it into a movie and if Casey Kasem is still alive... :p"

    2 seconds of research on IMDB will answer your question.

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  10. I KNEW YOU HAD POTENTIAL LADD

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  11. I don't want to spoil the "PARTY" but.....

    If anyone has seen the way MB posts and talks about this film you would know that was PURE sarcasm. Frank Welker has probably completed his work for RotF but he was told not to say anything of course.....Bay knew what the biggest request was----Does anyone REALLY believe one "fanboy" got Bay to 'pursue Frank'??

    MICHAEL BAY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

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  12. Selective Realism3/10/2009 3:19 PM

    Frank Welker Soundwave superior, anyone else Soundwave inferior.

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  13. "Frank Welker Soundwave superior, anyone else Soundwave inferior."

    "Hey, nobody calls >anyone else Soundwave< inferior!"

    "Yeah, let's kick tailgate!"

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  14. YAY! This is probably the best choice Michael Bay could've made about this film! With those 9 simple words, the film is guranteed at least $100 million from Soundwave fans.

    I hope and pray that this is true. If it isn't, and is just part of his 'misinformation campaign', then he's the worlds biggest douche. >:(

    Plus, Michael will save some money on sound editing because Frank doesn't need any mechanical or sound augmentation on his voice! :D
    Even though, they probably will still edit it,
    but that's fine by me!

    With any luck, Frank will voice a few more characters too!

    Also, it would've been a good choice, in my opinion, to have had Frank voice 'Devastator'/Brawl and Blackout in the first film. Those guys got no lines! That would've given those characters a bit more characterization, and made them not so forgettable.

    In conclusion, "Frank Welker superior."

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  15. They should end the next Theatrical Trailer with a line from Soundwave, saying something like "As you command." That would send chills down my spine!

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  16. Yes Soundwave with the same voice!! Woot I'm so excited! That's the best I've heard yet. It's hard to picture him with a different voice.

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  17. Things are looking up people....also you'd think that bay wouldnt pay Welkers big ass paycheck for just ONE voice....hopefully both TransFans and Bay get their money's worth!!!!


    HELL YEAH!!!!!

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  18. Lol!! He does Nibblers voice on Futurama!!!!

    That's awesome!

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  19. Holy shit this guy has one hell of a reume. On wiki they have him as the voice of soundwave so it must be true.

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  20. ARobotInDisguise3/10/2009 10:03 PM

    "If anyone has seen the way MB posts and talks about this film you would know that was PURE sarcasm. Frank Welker has probably completed his work for RotF but he was told not to say anything of course.....Bay knew what the biggest request was----Does anyone REALLY believe one "fanboy" got Bay to 'pursue Frank'??"

    I agree completely. Frank Welker may been very well cast as Soundwave wayy before we even heard official word about it.

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  21. ^^^I was waiting forever for someone to reply to me on that. I am a huge fan over on the MB blogs and from the posts I have read of his...this man will defend his movie to know end but..he won't just come out and say BTW Frank's gonna be in the film and you know what here is my IP address w/ the script!!!

    I'm glad you agree with me :)

    MICHAEL BAY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

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  22. YESSSS!! I love it, its about time we got official word of soundwaves voice acting.
    I can just here him saying something like
    "Autobots inferior, Soundwave superior",tellme
    again why frank welker didnt do megatron????

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  23. "tell me again why frank welker didnt do megatron????"

    Michael Bay didn't feel that Welker's voice didn't match up to the beastly, savage, monstrous, alien-looking Megatron from the movie. I do agree a little with that. You'd need some heavy enhancements and altering to Welker's voice for it to suit that incarnation of Megatron. On a side note, hooray for Michael Bay. Frank Welker as Soundwave had better not be part of his so-called misinformation campaign.

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  24. All I can say is... pray. This is the perfect time for Frank Welker to voice act as Soundwave.

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  25. BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    its CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/energon-6/custom-add-ons-for-transformers-energon-superion-167031/

    cp.

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  26. superion!!
    oh yeah
    oh yeah
    oh yeah

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  27. BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    its CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/energon-6/custom-add-ons-for-transformers-energon-superion-167031/


    Whoa, so funny...!!

    Not...

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  28. I'm thinking Welker has already been locked up and recorded and they've just been planning the build up to the actual announcement. Soundwave is likely to be the most significant voice casting of this movie so i would imagine they'd want Frank's name on the dotted line early in the process. Yes, I know Welker said in his recent interview that he hasn't been contacted, but I'm sure they had him sign an NDA so they could use the casting announcement as part of their build up to release.

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  29. Yeah! Great News!

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  30. "I wonder if Cliffjumper will ever make it into a movie and if Casey Kasem is still alive... :p"

    2 seconds of research on IMDB will answer your question.

    You obviously missed the little :p = "guy sticking his toungue out cause he is poking fun face" at the end of that comment.


    Anyways...

    Welker might have just recently been contacted. Yes he has a voice role, but we don't know how much of Sound wave we will hear. He could have 30 minutes worth of lines or one sentence. I am thinking he won't have too many lines and for this reason he had just finaly been picked to do so.

    All of Soundwave's scenes could have been computer generated and voiced over already with the original voice actor, but will now be replaced with Welkers voice over. Trying to match the mouth movement with the voice over would be no problem since Soundwave wears a mask.

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  31. Michael Bay didn't feel that Welker's voice didn't match up to the beastly, savage, monstrous, alien-looking Megatron from the movie. I do agree a little with that. You'd need some heavy enhancements and altering to Welker's voice for it to suit that incarnation of Megatron. On a side note, hooray for Michael Bay. Frank Welker as Soundwave had better not be part of his so-called misinformation campaign.


    Thanks for clearing that up for me anonymous,and I agree that this better not be misinformation from bay!!!

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  32. Thank heavens hopefully he says the Soundwave superior line or at least lands on earth. I have checked all the trailers and hints and by the looks of the thing for most of the film he is either a satellite or he is a cybertronian jet.

    Thankyou micheal bay for listening to the fans. Although Frank Welker may have already been cast and just kept it secret until now. Although i am betting he is only saying this to find out how fans would feel about Frank Welker as Soundwave.

    Though i am still wondering whether Devastator will have a voice role as i now figured out he will use his mouth as the so-called "sucker of doom"

    I am actually wondering who will voice the other charecters there is alot of news we haven't heard or seen yet like:

    1. The final leader class toy (Maybe jetfire)
    2. Whether they will actually make a transforming combining set of constructicons
    3. Whether we will have bays aircraft carrier character (Please call him Tidal wave or Broadside)
    4. Whether Sideways (The side changer) changes sides
    5. Will the myth's of The Fallen include Unicron and Primus

    All these questions have yet to be answered and more!

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  33. 2. Whether they will actually make a transforming combining set of constructicons

    is already answered by hasbro:
    http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Hasbro_Q_%26_A#March_2009

    find it there

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  34. For da LAST time playas:

    MB ain't goin afta Welker cuz a fanboy started cryin his eyes out and pissin his pants.

    MB already had dat shiz-nit on lockdown yo. I hope none ya pre-teens believe for a second dat Welker wasn't goin to do 'Mr. Wave'

    Winston from:
    --Montego Bay

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  35. Avid Singapore Fan3/11/2009 5:54 PM

    A new remould/redeco version of Deluxe Bumblebee?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24664600@N02/3346403379/

    Take a look at his shoulder cannons! Pretty kick ass! In my opinion, much better looking than the preview version of BB.

    What do you guys think???

    Comment!

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  36. For da LAST time playas:

    MB ain't goin afta Welker cuz a fanboy started cryin his eyes out and pissin his pants.

    "MB already had dat shiz-nit on lockdown yo. I hope none ya pre-teens believe for a second dat Welker wasn't goin to do 'Mr. Wave'

    Winston from:
    --Montego Bay"

    Oh my god! Jazz is back!

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  37. I thought he was that same racist guy who made that "Chink Talk" comment.

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  38. "I thought he was that same racist guy who made that "Chink Talk" comment."

    Oh. Oh, now that's low, even for a white mother****er like you. That's low.

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  39. Ha, white? I have more of a yellow hue actually.

    And low? I'm not the one who made the racist "Chink Talk" comment on another post. I took offense to that.

    And for you to type "white mother****er like you", that's even lower and sounds like you are racist towards white people.

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  40. WAT THE HELL IS A "DIE-HARD"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    pardon my language, but i hav no clue wat it is and wat it means! and y does soundwave play such a huge role in this movie? and thank god jazz comes bac because my brother is still pi**** about him bein ripped apart. and last, u guys need 2 take a chill-pill, seriously, u 2 are lower than hell just by fighting. WATS THE BIG DEEL???

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  41. Nah... I wasn't arguing, I was just pointing out errors in thier comment.

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  42. oh, but still, wats a die-hard?

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  43. Die-hard Transfans = someone who REALLY likes Transformers... If not REALLY, then REALLY, REALLY likes it.

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  44. Ooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... well that explains everything now. lol then ima definite transfan.

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  45. Anonymous said...
    2. Whether they will actually make a transforming combining set of constructicons
    is already answered by hasbro:
    http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Hasbro_Q_%26_A#March_2009
    find it there
    Scorpio says:
    Thanks i suppose but the page has been deleted. Also if this was a link to the set of constructicon vehicles that change into devastator then those aren't the ones i want. I want a robot to vehicle set of constructicons who also turn into devastator.

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  46. aparently the website wouldnt work, so can u tell me if they do combine? PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLZZZZZZZZZ??????

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  47. ok, ive got an important question or questions at that matter.will Alexis Paxton be in the second one? and will the decepticons unite with autobots? or will starscream join the autobots to whoop megatron/galvatron? i really wanna no! cause i wanna audition for some part of the movie. and i wanna play as Alexis, but how old is she??? I NEED 2 NO!!! lol

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  48. -aparently the website wouldnt work, so can u tell me if they do combine? PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLZZZZZZZZZ??????-

    The Non transforming set of vehicle mode Constructicons combine however they do not turn into a robot form! They change from a lame barely standing supreme sized £100.00 Devastator to a bunch of six Constructicons. Definitely one of the worst transformers in history!

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  49. officially confirmed: http://movieblog.ugo.com/movies/robert-orci-frank-welker-to-officially-voice-soundwave

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