Monday, August 18, 2014

The Man!.. The Dwarf! .. The "Goofy" A Interview with Talented Voice actor Bill Farmer.

We went to the Disneyana Expo last month in Garden Grove, while we were there we got to meet the Man who does many voices for cartoons, such as Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and his two famous voices, Pluto and Goofy among many others. He has been doing Goofy's voice for over 25 years.

I told Bill about our Disney Blog and asked if he would like to do a phone interview. He is such a nice guy in his best Goofy voice he said "yes! That would be great."
Which brings us to today August 18th 2014, where Bill is busy as ever.
Lets call this interview 11 Questions for Bill Farmer:

Q.  How did you get started in doing voice work?
A.  I grew up in Pratt, Kansas. I loved going to the movies as a kid and dreaming about Hollywood. I started doing voices like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Sylvester the cat. when I was older I got into radio in college and later I moved to Texas and tried stand up comedy. I got a agent and played several clubs around Texas. My agent suggested I try Hollywood Ca., so We got an apartment out here and I got a call from Disney, I was chosen to do Goofy`s voice out of 1200 people. That was in 1986.
 
I was also a reporter in the 1st Robocop movie.
 
Q.  Did you like doing voices/or did you other movies?
 
A.  I did commercials and TV shows, but enjoy doing voice acting. My first Disney TV show was DTV "Doggone Valentine", where I first voiced Goofy. Films are a long and drawn out process for one scene.
In Animation you go in, wear what you want and lay down the voices.
Sometimes you do solo work, or sometimes you record as ensemble, and that is fun too.
 


Q. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A.  I have one older sister, she has now retired from teaching.

Q. What are your favorite Attractions at Disneyland or Walt Disney World?
A.  I love the vintage rides at Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, The more current rides I like are Indy, Space Mountain and Star Tours.
At Walt Disney World my favorites are Tower of Terror and Rockin' Rollercoaster. Also I like at the Animal Kingdom Safari and Expedition Everest.

Q.  Of all the Seven Dwarfs, How did you get the roll of Doc?
A.  I went to a Open audition for Doc, (7D) version, I had done the voice of Sleepy from the Snow White In the classic style I like how the sow is written smartly, I love the stories.

Q.  I know you sing in the new Mickey Mouse Club, But do you play any musical Instruments?
A. I used to play saxophone in school, But my Son and Wife got all the musical talent.
                                  



 

 
 
Q.  What sparked your interest in painting?
A. It was done as a request. Disney Art Classics asked
"What would it be like If Goofy drew Goofy?"
It`s lots of fun and challenging. I hope to do more. (he has done three so far.)
 
 
Q. What tips do you have for someone interested in Voice-Over work?
A.  Have a steady income. It`s a secondary career. Get some acting classes and stage work, live In front of people. What helped me was doing stand up comedy. It is very competitive only 7-8000 jobs a week with many more Actors. Learn how to write and timing, And how to play to the Audience.
 
I told Bill I watched the new Disney XD The 7D and Doc looks like he is the leader of the group, He said yes he holds them together, there is no Snow White in this new version, taking place several years before. He and the other 6 Dwarfs work together. The show will be coming soon to the Disney Channel.
 
Doc (Bill Farmer) is in the middle.



 
Q. Where can your Fans find you next? As we know you are a busy man.
A.  This weekend I will be in Atlanta for DragonCon August 28th-31st. and then I am off to Australia to do 2 shows in Brisbane Sept. 6th-7th & Sydney Sept.13th-14th for Oz-Comic-Con.
I asked Bill, Can we see you next year in Anaheim for D23Expo in August?
he said Planning on it!
 
Bill met his wife Jennifer at a Sunday school class in Dallas, they were Married in 1984. he said there were 20 plus marriages out of that class.
Bill and his Wife and Son (Austin) work together at His company. Toonhouse Inc. http://www.toonhouseinc.com/
where he teaches Voice Actors Via Skype, His Son Austin Does Recording-Develops Demos for voice actors.
 
 
 
I would like to Thank Bill and his wife Jennifer for setting up this great interview and cant wait to see him again next year.
Bill has done all the Goofy, Horace Horsecollar and Pluto voices in the Disney Games, Pixar Movies & Kingdom Hearts Games.
 
 



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Disney Pays Tribute to Actor Robin Williams

Disney has paid tribute to the late Robin Williams. The actor, who famously voiced Genie in Disney's 1992 movie Aladdin, was found dead at the age of 63 yesterday (August 11).
"He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed." di.sn/foL pic.twitter.com/lJnzbQuI6
The film company posted a gif featuring Genie on Twitter, alongside the message: "He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed." Disney chairman Bob Iger added: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. "An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin.
"We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time." A legal dispute prevented Williams from appearing in the cartoon's sequel The Return of Jafar - where the role was performed by The Simpsons' Dan Castellaneta - but the comedy actor returned to the part for Aladdin and the King of Thieves in 1996. Williams's 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam was also Disney-produced.
Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam

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He was recognized as an official 'Disney Legend' in 2009. Williams's cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the Marin County Coroner's office. President Barack Obama has honored Robin Williams as an actor who was "one of a kind". Robin Williams found dead, aged 63: Hollywood expresses shock and sadness Robin Williams remembered by daughter Zelda: "I miss you" Watch Robin Williams perform 'Friend Like Me' in Aladdin below:

Robin Williams made his film debut in 1977 comedy Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Friday, July 25, 2014

"Bill Farmer" The Man Behind the many voices (A Sneak Peek)

We will soon be doing a interview with a multi talented man.
But you probably wont recognize his face.
"Bill Farmer" Better known as the voice of "Goofy".
Bill Farmer at the Disneyana Expo 2014 July

We will be posting  it soon within the next day or two, So please follow this blog to learn more about William Farmer.


Thanks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Haunted Mansion Attraction Inspires Spooky Animated Special

Disney Television Animation is in development on “Haunted Mansion,” a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD, inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”) is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of Phineas and Ferb.
The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of world-class artists and creators with three pilots and a new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen, and Ryan Quincy, all currently in production for Disney XD. The studio has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated for its ninth Emmy Award, “Phineas and Ferb” currently airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the television special Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars set to debut later this month.
The news was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Coleman said, “Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business. We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for.”
From his Twitter account, here is an example of Gris Grimly’s art style, which should be a perfect fit for this creepy-yet-cute subject matter:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Please Help if you can, I have reward levels Thanks

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Please if you can help me, I do not like asking for hand outs. But to continue my job search I need to get my car repaired asap. and pay my back rent.
I would really appreciate any amount you can afford. my Campaign  amount goal is $7000.00 , I know it sounds steep. But I do have reward levels where I will give you something in return.

I want to keep sharing my knowledge with all of you about anything new and old happening with Disney.
But at the moment I may not have a place to share this or even a phone to continue to search for a new job.

Thank You.
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