You can say this about voice-over actors: They love to talk. One hundred and fifty of Hollywood's busiest performers and casting agents from the often overlooked industry enthusiastically share their stories in the new documentary I Know That Voice, available on VOD platforms and at iTunes starting Tuesday.
Director Lawrence Shapiro was inspired to make the film when he saw how animated (pun intended) fans became when meeting his friend John DiMaggio, voice of the curmudgeonly-yet-beloved robot Bender on Futurama. "I'll admit it, applause is great," says DiMaggio, one of the industry's most popular and prolific stars, whose résumé also includes roles on Adventure Time, The Penguins of Madagascar and Kim Possible. But outside of fan-centric events like Comic-Con, voice actors work in relative obscurity, which motivated DiMaggio to sign on as producer. "I want my peers to get a little bit of recognition. These are some of the most talented people I know, and some of the most brilliant character actors that I know."
Ringo Starr's Music Video for The Powerpuff Girls Comeback
The Powerpuff Girls are making a comeback, and that's something to sing about. Ringo Starr, who guest stars on the Cartoon Network show's upcoming return episode, also performs a special song in honor of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. TV Guide Magazine has your exclusive first look at "I Wish I Was a Powerpuff Girl" (below).
Smallville Comic Book
Smallville is about to get magical. The DC Comics digital series based on the long-running TV show takes a supernatural sidetrack in a new storyline featuring Zatanna and John Constantine.
The magically powered Zatanna, best known for casting spells spoken backwards, returns to the world of Clark Kent and Co. in "Harbinger," a story beginning Friday that runs parallel to the comic's main narrative. Introduced in Season 8 of the TV show (played by Serinda Swan), Zatanna is now in London. "She's taken her show on the road, using her tour as a cover to run down and deal with all the messes/enchanted/cursed everythings her father left behind when he died," says Bryan Q. Miller, who writes the comic book extension of the TV series. "By the time we catch up with her in 'Harbinger,' she's closing in on the final item on that list."
Zoinks! How's this for an unexpected crossover: Scooby-Doo and his pals are set to team up with the stars of the WWE (aka World Wrestling Entertainment) in an upcoming animated DVD movie. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery sends the gang on a trip to Wrestle City, where — shocker! — they find themselves in supernatural sleuthing mode.
A mysterious ghostly bear is on the rampage, wreaking havoc on WrestleMania and attempting to steal the championship gold belt. Before you can say, "ruh-roh," Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the lords of the wrestling ring to sort out the bear facts.
WWE stars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz and Kane all provide their own voices, as does WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery — a co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE Studios — goes on sale March 25 in DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD platforms. Here's an exclusive first look at the movie:
Barry Allen made his much-anticipated debut on Arrow last week, introducing the DC Comics character who fanboys know will someday become the superhero The Flash. The opening arc concludes in this week's episode (Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW), paving the way for a potential Flash series for next fall.
To celebrate its 100th episode, MAD is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch MAD," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.
Blair Herter and Tiffany Smith
DC Entertainment debuts a new web series Tuesday and Arrow fans will definitely want to check it out. DC All Access is a weekly look into all things DC — movies, TV, games, animation and, of course, comic books. In a short-but-sweet clip in the first episode, Arrow exec producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg reveal that...
When Batman's away, Catwoman will play — unless Batgirl has something to say about it. In this week's chapter of Batman '66, the digital comic based on the classic 1960s TV series Batman, Batgirl makes her debut, filling in for the Dynamic Duo, who are out of town on a case.
Of all the fantastical things TV brings into our lives, nothing indulges the imagination quite like cartoons. Whether timely (South Park) or timeless (Looney Tunes), animation can truly take us anywhere. The rules — and the budgets — of conventional television don't apply. In short, we just can't help being drawn to them. In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, we present our list of the best and, often quite literally, the brightest: