Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rescue Bots

I thought his head would explode when I told Chase we were invited to preview the new Transformers (Hub TV) show, “Rescue Bots”. Held at the L.A. Fire Dept. Historical Museum in Hollywood, at Station 27, the museum alone would have been enough to bring it to fever pitch. Featuring several antique fire trucks, engines, a huge collection of old fire hoses, hats, uniforms and displays of equipment, there was so much to see. We explored the large than life statues in the courtyard,
examining the detail of fire hoses and uniforms, then made our way inside and upstairs to have a snack and watch Rescue Bots.

Cushy bean bags had been set up for viewers and I have to say I was surprised that the show was pretty well done. The writing was good (even some humor for parents) and the characters were interesting. My son was captivated.

Afterward I had the opportunity to interview a few of the voice actors from the show. Chase helped me, asking Elan Garfias and DC Douglas if they liked their jobs. He was most interested in DC Douglas, the voice of ‘Police Bot, Chase’. I could see him trying to figure out how the same voice came out of this tall man AND the cartoon on screen, and has his same name. Then he wandered off to check out the hats again.
Garfias’ parents got him into his first voiceover job at five years old, feeding him the lines because he couldn’t read. DC Douglas’ resonant voice made for a great conversation, during which he shared his favorite childhood cartoon to be Speed Racer.

Also on hand was Maurice La Marche, famed Canadian stand up comic and voiceover veteran.
He was as kind as could be and super friendly, sharing his experiences in the voiceover world and his excitement at seeing that what he had voiced (Chief Burns) worked well in Rescue Bots. With credits such as the original Beany & Cecil, Dennis the Menace and the uncredited role of Buddy's Belch in Elf (2003), La Marche has thrice portrayed Orson Welles in "The Critic" (1994), Ed Wood (1994) and “The Simpsons-Treehouse of Horror XVII” (2006). He also provided voices for the 1984 "Transformers" series, the film of which was Welles' last performance. La Marche is only the third person in history, and the second in the last 50 years, to be the official voice of Popeye.



The series premiere of “Transformers Rescue Bots” will be Saturday, February 18th at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on The Hub. Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I was invited to attend the screening through Moms LA. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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