Voice Legends Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell

The characters are famous. It’s not false modesty. No, we don’t draw them. We don’t write them. But there is something about the soul and the voice, and I think the two, in this instance, are absolutely, inextricably linked. And when it’s done well, when you have people like Steven Spielberg all the way down, who are the best of the best, top of the line. Then you really have to work to screw it up.” – Rob Paulson.

Recorded at the recent MCM London Expo, this unforgettable episode features a sit-down with voice acting legends Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell. Dive into the fascinating world of animation with the voices behind iconic characters like Yakko Warner, Pinky, and Wakko Warner from “Animaniacs.”

The conversation is filled with humour and camaraderie as Paulsen and Harnell share their industry experiences and discuss the impact their characters have had on multiple generations of fans.

They reflect on the joy of making people smile through their work and express their gratitude for being part of something that brings happiness to so many.

Whether you’re an animation enthusiast or an aspiring voice actor, this episode is packed with inspiration and entertainment. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear from two of the industry’s most beloved talents! Tune in now!

  • Rob Paulson: Rob Paulson is a voice actor known for his work in various animated series and films. He has lent his voice to iconic characters such as Yakko Warner in “Animaniacs,” Pinky in “Pinky and the Brain,” and Raphael in the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series. With a career spanning over 40 years, Paulson has become one of the most recognisable voices in the industry.
  • Jess Harnell: Jess Harnell is a voice actor and singer known for his work in animated series and films. He is best known for his role as Wakko Warner in “Animaniacs” and Ironhide in the “Transformers” franchise

Running Down Corridors-Space Babies/The Devil’s Chord

Welcome, Doctor Who Fans, to Our Latest Episode!

This week, we’re excited to share our thoughts on the first two episodes of the new season: Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord, written by Russell T Davies and starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson. Without any major news to cover, we jump straight into our review and discussion.

Join us as we explore this new era of Doctor Who and provide our insights on the latest adventures of The Fifteenth Doctor.

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Film Review-Suzume

The latest offering from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, best known for his 2016 fantasy film Your Name & Weathering with You, is a captivating and intriguing work of art. With its stunning art, stunning blend of sci-fi, supernatural disasters, and political commentary, with a touch of humour.

The story revolves around Suzume, voiced by Nichole Sakura. Suzume is a bright yet lonely teenager who lives with her aunt following the death of her mother. One day, while on a cycle, she encounters Souta, a mysterious young man on a quest to find a door. Curiosity piqued, Suzume decides to follow him, leading her to an abandoned ruin where she discovers a strange door in the middle of nowhere.

Like a modern Alice in Wonderland, Suzume opens the door and unleashes a series of cosmic forces and earthquakes. It soon becomes clear that Souta’s mission was to seal these destructive portals, and he needs a “keystone” to do so. However, fate intervenes, and Souta is transformed into a broken child’s chair that speaks with his voice. Meanwhile, the keystone takes the form of a talking cat called Daijin.

Thus begins their epic and quirky journey, a delightful blend of mythic and comic elements. Suzume’s story can be seen as an allegory for the tumultuous changes that come with growing up and finding one’s place in the world, but it goes beyond mere sexual awakening to explore broader themes of power dynamics, respect, and visibility.

Above all, Suzume’s mission is to protect nature itself, a powerful and timeless concept with deep generational resonance.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trailer- Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Trailer-Ricky Stanicky

Amazon Prime has released the first trailer for Ricky Stanicky.

When three childhood best friends pull a prank gone wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble! Twenty years after creating this ‘friend,’ Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, and Jermaine Fowler) still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior. When their spouses and partners get suspicious and demand to finally meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky, the guilty trio decide to hire washed-up actor and raunchy celebrity impersonator “Rock Hard” Rod (John Cena) to bring him to life. But when Rod takes his role of a lifetime too far, they begin to wish they’d never invented Ricky in the first place. From director Peter Farrelly and featuring additional cast members including William H. Macy, Lex Scott Davis, and Anja Savcic.

Film review-The Beekeeper

In the cinematic wasteland of January, “The Beekeeper,” under the direction of David Ayer and starring Jason Statham, emerges as a beacon of light. Despite being an unapologetic off-brand John Wick, Ayer’s direction breathes life into a thin script, offering a refreshing escape from the usual awards-bait.

Statham fully embodies the character of Adam Clay, a beekeeper and retired assassin, on a mission to foil online scammers preying on the vulnerable.

The narrative revels in its unsubtle, unexplained quirks, injecting a layer of amusement for the audience. As Adam sets out on his vendetta, the film skillfully traces the money trail, revealing a satirical crypto bro, Derek Danforth (Josh Hutcherson).

Ayer successfully saturates the film with colour, crafting an entertaining atmosphere, but the central character retains an air of mystery. The lore may be shallow, but there’s potential for sequels. This whimsically, absurd and over the top action flick is the ideal choice for a popcorn-filled movie night.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Big Finish: The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 1: Rogues Gallery

In the ever-expanding Doctor Who universe, the Paternoster Gang – Strax, Madame Vastra, and Jenny Flint – have always fascinated me. It always felt like there was more to tell, so much untapped potential. Well, after a long break from their audio series and nearly a decade away from our TV screens, it’s high time to catch up with these characters. This audio is a delightful return to their world.

The first episode, “The Ghost and the Potato Man,” sets the stage for an exciting adventure. Our trio finds themselves in a tangle of mysteries involving a vanishing magician’s act and some criminals. The plot expertly navigates the mystery of said criminals, who seem to vanish into thin air after their misdeeds. Adding a fresh twist to the group, fan-favourite, Ellie from the Jago & Litefoot series joins the gang.

Strax’s unexpected talent as an on-stage comedian is sure to have you in stitches, and there’s a heartwarming scene that deepens Jenny and Vastra’s relationship.

Rating: 8/10

Let’s talk about the core trio. Dan Starkey, who embodies Strax, seamlessly blends humour and warrior prowess into the character. He’s a standout in the quirky dynamics of the Paternoster Gang and makes Strax one of the most endearing figures in the Whovian world.

Neve McIntosh, known for her role as Madame Vastra, delivers a captivating performance that peels back the layers of her character. Her ability to convey Vastra’s complex personality, from her stoic exterior to her genuine affection for Jenny, enriches the story.

Catrin Stewart, who plays Jenny, infuses the character with an infectious energy, bringing her to life with authenticity. The chemistry between McIntosh and Stewart is palpable, making the Paternoster Gang’s dynamics even more engaging.

Throughout the series, McIntosh and Stewart play crucial roles in breathing life into the Paternoster Gang’s adventures, adding to the charm and authenticity of this beloved trio’s escapades.

In “Trespassers,” Dan Starkey takes on an additional role as the writer for the second story, “Symmetry of Death,” crafting a complex plot enriched with sci-fi elements. His ability to bring out Strax’s unique humour adds depth to the character, making him even more endearing.

In a series that heavily relies on character dynamics, Dan Starkey’s portrayal of Strax shines, contributing to the charm of the Paternoster Gang’s latest audio adventures. His impeccable comedic timing and unwavering commitment to the character deserve recognition.

In “Symmetry of Death,” the trio investigates a locked-room disappearance alongside a simultaneous murder. While there are moments that might feel a bit otherworldly, Neve McIntosh’s emotionally rich performance stands out.

Rating: 7/10

The final episode, “Till Death Us Do Part,” introduces Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor to the Paternoster Gang. Jenny’s determination to marry Vastra, despite her hesitation, takes them on an unexpected journey. The story is character-driven, especially for Jenny, offering a refreshing departure from the typical Victorian escapades, with a revelation that lingers.

“Trespassers” is an exciting comeback for the Paternoster Gang, with a deep dive into character development. While it might not convert those unimpressed by the trio, it undeniably hints at new possibilities.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 1: Rogues Gallery is avaliable here

Bite Me: A Buffy podcast-The Harvest

Join Joe Ford and Martyn Havell in this thrilling first episode of Bite Me, as they delve into ‘The Harvest’.

Get ready for a rollercoaster of supernatural adventures, witty banter, a dash of nostalgia and some therapy.

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Announcing ‘Bite Me: A Buffy Podcast’

Introducing “Bite Me” – Your New Favourite Podcast About Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Grab your stakes and get ready to dive deep into the supernatural world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an exciting new podcast, “Bite Me”! Hosted by the dynamic duo, Martyn Havell and Joe Ford, this podcast is bound to become your Saturday ritual!

In “Bite Me,” Martyn and Joe take you on a thrilling journey through the beloved cult classic, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With their infectious passion for all things Buffy, they’ll dissect each episode, share behind-the-scenes secrets, and explore the show’s impact on pop culture. It’s like a Watcher’s Guide for fans old and new!

Martyn and Joe bring their unique blend of humour, wit, and genuine love for the show to every episode, making “Bite Me” a podcast that feels like hanging out with your Buffy-loving friends.

Whether you’re Team Angel or Team Spike, a die-hard Scooby Gang member, or just dusting off your old DVD box sets, “Bite Me” has something for everyone. Expect lively discussions, hilarious anecdotes, and even some surprise guest appearances.

Join us every Saturday for a dose of nostalgia, witty banter, and the Scooby Gang’s adventures in Sunnydale. “Bite Me” is your one-stop shop for all things Buffy, and it’s coming to your favourite podcast platform on Saturday 9th of September, 2023. Subscribe now, and be part of the Scoobies!

Remember, when the vampires rise, just say, “Bite Me!”

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