Peter Cullen and Frank Welker sat down for an interview regarding the evolution of Optimus Prime and Megatron. Both of them were specifically talking about the jump from G1 to the Movie Era.
Since Cullen and Welker have been around since G1, I was curious to know their thoughts on the ever-evolving designs of their characters:
Welker: I think for me, Megatron, for obvious reasons, is my favorite, followed closely by Soundwave. But it is interesting to see the changes from the animated version, the G1 version, which was pretty basic, to now with all of the technology and incredible things that they’re doing with design and color and sound … it’s a really interesting—excuse the pun—but true transformation. I’ve enjoyed watching it. I’ve actually had to change my voice to match the size and the differences in the characters.
Cullen: Frankly speaking, you’ve mastered that really well, from 1984 to the present, especially the feature film of late. You kept the character, it’s the exact same character, it just got [more] evil. Eviler, if that’s a word. Meanier. [laughs]
All of that training has obviously paid off. You can hear both Cullen and Welker’s wealth of voice talent on display in the new Transformers: The Last Knight home video:
Welker: If you get any of the Transformers on the Blu-ray version, which I just did; I finished my house and made a little theater in there with all my sound equipment. When you use the Blu-ray, Peter will actually take the dust off your wall and the paint begins to crack. That’s the kind of voice this guy has. The color and the sound, oh my gosh.
Check out the full interview at Collider.