Mr. Peter Cullen is a legend. From Generation 1 to Titans Return, his talent created one of the most iconic voices of all time; Optimus Prime.
Los Angeles Times had the opportunity to sit down with Peter Cullen to ask a little bit about his involvement with Transformers.
In voicing Optimus in so many different iterations, from TV to video games to film, is there much difference for you in terms of the process?
Well, yeah. The animated series, before digital, was done in a small recording studio with cast. When you’re working on a movie, you’re working on an ongoing piece, and that means a couple of hours. The script has been written and subject to change, and in many cases, I was lip-syncing to animation that had already been created. For those that weren’t animated, there were pencil sketches to go on — or we were just speaking dialogue into a microphone. So, yeah, there’s definitely a creative process different than what I was accustomed to. Today, working wth the internet process of animation, and its ability to reach so many millions of people, this is exciting as well. It’s all new to me, and I’m embracing it because let’s face it, the success of anything is about the amount of people that watch it.
You can check out the full interview at L. A. Times.