you get involved in voice acting?
I had always fooled around with sound. My mom used to read story books
to us and do all the voices and fill in the sound effects. When I
was in Junior High, a buddy and I used to make up radio shows with
his dads tape recorder. When I was a DJ, I used to concoct all
sorts of satirical spots and things to drop into the show, and it
was always a big hit with listeners. When I got to San Francisco,
I was finally in a town that would support someone as a voice actor,
so I started pushing myself in front of employers and agents, and
finally started making a living doing what I love.
you get involved specifically with SPIRAL
I had just finished doing the Ewoks cartoons for LucasArts (I played
Wicket). Wed had a great season. I got a call from the folks
at the production company (Brave Little Company, I think) and they
asked if Id like to be part of the show. They were very pleasant
to work with. They scheduled the sessions on the same day every
week so I could fly into Los Angeles (a flight from SFO to Burbank
in those days was as low as $29.00) and do my work and be back in
San Francisco by 6:00 PM.
me some fond memories you have of working on SPIRAL
The whole experience was a treat. Working with all the great talent
made the recording sessions a breeze. We all knew what was required
and we all performed very well together. And in between, we shared
stories and jokes and generally enjoyed each others company. A friend
of mine in the VO biz many years ago said of our business, If
you work with someone a lot in this business, you see them once
a week. If you like them, you look forward to seeing them, hearing
what theyve been up to and so on. If you really hate their
guts, you only have to see them once a week. I liked this
bunch, and really looked forward to seeing them.
I also remember
the company was trying to save some money, and they wanted to take
some already drawn sequences, and match new dialogue to the action,
thus creating some new episodes. Normally we record the audio first,
and the animators draw to our sounds. Well, the mouth motions of
the characters were not synched to the script or vice versa. I think
we all went a little crazy trying to make the words fit the mouth
moves, so it didnt look like one of those 1960s Italian
gladiator movies that were badly dubbed into English. Look,
Hercules (flap, flap, flap), the Gorgon!
have a favorite episode?
I am bad with the names, but I recollect one that was set in Mexico
or another Hispanic country. I got a real work out on that one.
I think I may have done as many as five voices. Kept me on my toes.
you think SPIRAL ZONE wasn't a huge
As I recollect, it was syndicated. I do know that it did not have
a very good time slot in San Francisco. That may have been part
of the problem. And that was a period of time when some folks were
starting to complain about violence in childrens entertainment.
Heck, it wasnt as violent as Popeye.
Even though SPIRAL ZONE wasn't a financial
success, do you personally regard the experience as successful and
Oh, I had a great time. I enjoyed working with a great cast a couple
of whom I am still in touch with occasionally. I have a bunch of
action figures of my characters on my Shelf of Fame,
and a couple of cells hanging on the wall. If they suddenly wanted
to do a bunch of new episodes, Id be there in a heartbeat.
Its nice to know that there are people who still remember and enjoyed