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Quint rolls out with Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Out of all the cool things I’ve been able to arrange in regards to TRANSFORMERS there’s something really special about this one. This is the first time I’ve been able to bridge the gap between the big sci-fi movie Michael Bay is making and the original TRANSFORMERS I recognized from my childhood. I really wish I could have done this interview in person. Maybe it’s a good thing I wasn’t able to geek out in front of Peter Cullen, but I would have loved to have been able to put a face to the voice. I’m sure there are pictures out there, but it’s not the same as hearing traces of Optimus Prime come from the lips of a man of flesh and bone. We did this interview over the phone and it turned out great. Cullen is surprisingly soft-spoken and, not surprisingly, very humble. We had about 15 minutes to talk, connected by the lovely and beautiful Kristina from Paramount/Dreamworks. We cover quite a bit for that short time, though. Here’s the chat! Enjoy!!!

Quint: I have to say, as a child of the 80’s, it’s really cool to sit and chat with you a bit.

Peter Cullen: Well, thank you.

Quint: And whether I knew it or not, you had such a large impact on my life at that stage, because pretty much everything I watched in terms of cartoons you had a big role in, so…

Peter Cullen: Thank you.

Quint: The first thing I really want to talk about is how you came to the movie. I visited Bay in the preproduction offices before they cast any of the robots and at that time I grilled him about the voice cast from the cartoon. He said he was going to audition everyone, but wouldn’t commit until he heard you guys again. Is that how it happened, you came back and auditioned?

Peter Cullen: Yep, as a matter of fact I did more than once. Mike brought me back to reread, which is always very disconcerting from an actor’s point of view. You’re always kind of up in the air…

Quint: Was it weird for you to have to audition for a role that you are so tied in with in the first place?

Peter Cullen: Yeah, there’s a lot of mixed feelings there, Eric, because you can’t help but feel that “No, I did this once before and evidently I was successful and they got rid of me,” and… yeah, kind of personal. Years later, you’re brought back again, but you’re not really brought back, because you have to audition for the role all over again.

Quint: Yeah.

Peter Cullen: And you want to say “Is it worth it?” Then you find out there’s a fan base that you had an impact on and you owe it to them and then you owe it to yourself and you end up doing it. In this case, I’m humbled by the fact that the fan base fought for me as they did, with tenacity and respect. They lobbied for me. And now we are in the conclusion of it and I look back and see it was all worth it.

Quint: Have you recorded all of your dialog?

Peter Cullen: Yes I have, but then again, you know up until the [Laughs]… up until the final word is in… I’m poised and ready to go in. As early as a week and a couple of days ago, I was tentatively on hold for another recording and I’m still kind of waiting, but that was 11 days ago, so I’m not really convinced that they finished all they’ve had to do… but ready, you know, ready at any moment to do whatever they need.

Quint: Have you seen much of the movie or were you just in a booth with a piece of paper and a microphone?

Peter Cullen: I had my script and Michael Bay sitting beside me and I had the big screen and my mic with a camera on it, focused on my face and my lips and what I saw was everything from rough sketches to full completed ILM stuff.

Quint: Yeah?

Peter Cullen: It was awesome, to be quite frank with you. I was taken aback on my first visual look at what they had done and I was speechless. I literally couldn’t speak, I looked up and it was like “blah blah blah” [Laughs] like Jackie Gleason, you know? [Does an impersonation of Gleason]…

[Both Laugh]

Peter Cullen: …yeah, it was kind of stupid and I did that two or three times before I could actually focus on my job. Yeah, it was awesome, really… you know, people have told me that have seen almost the finished, completed picture, that it is incredible.

Quint: It looks like just the hugest, most crazy science fiction action thing… like nothing that we have ever really seen executed at this level, you know?

Peter Cullen: Yeah it’s better with Michael Bay, you know even just a couple of cars would be special… the guy is just brilliant. I mean, he really is brilliant and he’s got a vision. He had a marvelous vision for the entire beginning from conceptual… through the process. He’s responsible for so many great things, including giving Optimus Prime a sense of humor, which makes him more believable, working in the human relation situation along with the real people. Prime is actually charmingly funny. That’s a step in the right direction!

Quint: Yeah, well I think the very first thing the talkbackers and the readers of Ain't It Cool, the site that I write for, are going to want to know… is your opinion on the redesign of the robots, specifically Optimus. What do you think about flames on… you?

Peter Cullen: Well, number 1, just to see it, it’s overwhelming, there are changes, but everything in life changes… cars change every year and I think if one uses his imagination and you separate the sentiment and the history and the memories and tradition and that stuff, because nothing really stays the same anyway, you can actually justify Optimus Prime… a mechanical situation, going to advanced… advanced designs, which makes perfect sense to me, because he still maintains the core of character, with all the ingredients of leadership and that’s what made him an icon. I mean, the writers are fantastic and they have never gone away from that. They have maintained a very strong commitment with his qualities and they did a wonderful job. They’re brilliant, brilliant guys… wonderfully talented…

Quint: Cool, you said that when you were recording your dialogue that Bay was always right there. Was he very hands on with your performance?

Peter Cullen: Yeah. We collaborated and he was very encouraging. He had a calm control that gave me a confidence and the level of relaxation that… just great ideas. I could well understand why he is the director he is. He is everything of that, a pleasure to work with… a real pleasure.

Quint: Now you mentioned that Optimus has more of a sense of humor in this one, is there anything else? Optimus has had many iterations in the past… Is there anything besides the sense of humor that’s kind of new and different about Optimus in the movie?

Peter Cullen: I think that any changes that were made were subtle and defined in the area of well… that the human relationship with the mechanical becomes more believable as they go into the more human qualities for him for sample. On another level, his size, compared to a human being is huge, so there will be minor subtleties in sound to compensate for that for that size and on a big screen outlook, you are going to feel that in the theater and it wouldn’t make sense to have Prime’s voice… I was a little hesitant at first when they said they were going to give me a fuller sound and then when I heard it I realized perfectly (what they meant). The only thing I cared about was did they maintain his characteristics and they did, so I felt great.

Quint: Was there any difference in how you personally approached the character?

Peter Cullen: Not at all, no. Prime is Prime and yeah, he still has all the traits that were first initiated in the break down, the first character breakdowns that I read back 1983 or 84. He hasn’t changed one bit. Hey if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

Quint: Did you work at all with any of the other voice actors for the new movie or was it just you and Bay in a room.

Peter Cullen: I was by myself with Mr. Bay and his very talented staff that collaborated with him on sounds and stuff like that…. very relaxed. I enjoyed that part too, because I probably would have been intimidated with regular cast, in a voice over situation. The familiarity wouldn’t have been there and I probably would have crossed over a psychological line, for me… like I wouldn’t know what to say or whatever… but none of that. It worked out.

Quint: You would have been intimidated because most of the voices from the original cartoon didn’t return and it all new people.

Peter Cullen: Yeah, right. (For the cartoon) we’d have a whole bunch of us in a small recording studio facing the glass window to the director and engineers… together. The things that happened during those sessions, you know, those were memories and sometimes mayhem (laughs)… wonderful joking going on. You would have ten or fourteen guys that were goofing off and they made for hysterical sessions… long, but hysterical.

Quint: What’s next for you? I can imagine that this movie is kicking off such a demand for more Optimus stuff, because I know that for the video game that you have done…

Peter Cullen: Which is fantastic… I saw some stuff on it. It’s brilliant! It really is… and yeah, you’re right there are other things too, like commercials… Optimus Prime is stepping out of the box you know, he’s even doing Burger King…

[Both Laugh]

Peter Cullen: …oh boy… Oh, I don’t know where to go with that, but anyway buy a couple of things from Burger King and make me happy.

Quint: Alright man, it was a pleasure talking to you this morning and thank you for taking the time to share some words!

Peter Cullen: I appreciate it.

Quint: Good-bye.




There you have it. Thanks to Muldoon for taking a break from his Raptor-hunting to help me out with the transcription. I’m currently working on setting up a new system for the in-person interviews where I can capture high quality audio. The idea is to run the interviews like I usually do, have it transcribed, but also have mp3 clips of certain key bits of the interview to listen along to. Hopefully I’ll have that up and running soon. I’ll let you know Got tons of stuff on the way, squirts. I have two interviews set up for Monday (RATATOUILLE), two interviews in the can (STARDUST, TRANSFORMERS) and a trip to London in a couple weeks. Gonna be a plethora of cool shit for you guys this month and Comic-Con in July is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. ‘Till then, this is Quint bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • June 9, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Amazing!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Good stuff, quint!

  • June 9, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Megatron

    by Nuck81

    I'm still having trouble grasping Megatron sounding like Agent Smith, V, and Elrond

  • June 9, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Did you ask him what he thought of Hostel 2?

    by chrth

    <nt>

  • June 9, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Is soundwave going to be in this movie?

    by WHO da man

    he was my favorite - along with Ravage.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Did they Mo-Cap Cullen's lips to match Optimus Prime?

    by Pound Sand

    And has Peter Cullen chosen HD-DVD? Why/why not?

  • June 9, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    WHO da man

    by BRUTICUS

    No Soundwave won't be in this one. If hes in the next one he better be shooting rectangular data storage devices from his chest that transform into smaller characters, panthers and condors... I dont care about his alt mode so much. As long as the fucking robot is SPOT ON. BLOCINESS and all. Its Soundwave's trademark. It can't be replaced.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by photoboy

    "bridge the gap between the big sci-fi movie Michael Bay is making and the original TRANSFORMERS I recognized from my childhood."<br><br> How'd you do that? It's totally unrecognisable. <br><br> Still, gotta admire Cullen for his tact when answering the question about Prime's re-design. You can tell he just wanted to let rip and tear Bay a new one for shitting flames all over Optimus and making all the other robots look like shit too. Cullen is a class act, he deserved better than Bay's turd.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    soundwave

    by BRUTICUS

    as said above he wont be in it because they just messed him up trying to get him in the first one. each iteration enraged fans of the character. Soundwave should Transform into almost anything. Aslong as its sort of mystical, unexpected, SPECIAL. Not a freaking car of ANY KIND. Helicopter wouldn't be all that bad as long as his robot mode is good.<p>p>Better would be either a Cybertronian super computer that has rectangular data stoorage for him to EJECT. Or even a notbook computer.... Just as long as he says in a monotone voice... "LAZERBEAK. EJECT. OPERATION. SURVEILANCE.." And a rectangular type data storage shoots out of his chest and transforms and flies off.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Always seems like a nice guy

    by PacmanFever

    I wonder how well he can still do "the voice".

  • June 9, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    SOUNDWAVE

    by BRUTICUS

    I think now that after we've BOUGHT Transformers in this movie. We will be able to buy the extent of their technology doing maical things such as a character like Soundwave growing and shrinking in size.Find a specific purpose for him to be a digita recording device or something... FACT: Soundave was ever a music device, thats why the tapes were so small. he was meant to be a MICROASSETTE RECORDER. It says so right on the toy "MICRO CASETTE RECORDR. THose things are still in use today. Even if walkmans have ben replaced with MP3 Players.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Please remove Optimus Prime's lips from the movie.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Too late for the flames. But there's still time to kill the lips!

  • June 9, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Cullen is the man

    by nose bleed

    In all his interviews he is a stand up guy and seems to have a great sense of humor. He's #1 on my "person I'd like to meet".

  • June 9, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I thought SOUNDWAVE was in the movie!?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    As that little boombox thing that some reviews are saying is very annoying, yeah?

  • June 9, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    SOUNDWAVE

    by BRUTICUS

    JUST ADD MORE DETAILS to th robot ode... make more pieces, sure but have him more of a square shape. More detailed. But keep the squarish, rigid , angular look to him, PLEASE.<p><p> Note the menacing pose: <p>http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/toysrevil2/blog/soundwave00.jpg<p> Note that in having no eyes or mouth Soundwave emotes a more fear imposing demeanor.<p><p> http://www.decepticon-matrix.com/dw_g1_cover5dec.jpg<p><p>Please just do him right. Add all the millions of parts uthave thm form a more boxy rigid silhouette. This character is very important. DO HIM WELL in the next movie.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    The good news is that a TF sequel can still save it.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The storyline in this movie leaves open the possibily of a sequel being true blue Transformers. Ever since the script leaked, nerds have already started writing their own sequels that "fix" what is established in it.<BR> There is hope. We can still get Optimus as a big red truck, Bumblebee as a little yellow guy, a non-gorilla Starscream, and a Cybertronian war. The concepts and lessons from the original can still be installed. It's not too late to repair the damage.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    sorry.

    by BRUTICUS

    my Microsoft wireless keyboard always drop keystrokes..arghhhhh Just do Soundwave proud. He is probably the second most well known Transformer after Optimus Prime. I would say the order of knowness goes like this:<p>Optimus Prime<pSoundwave<p>Starscream<p>Devasator. Do all of these characters as wellas possible. You already missed out with Starscream. Redeem yourself with Soundwave, PLEASE.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Way To Go, Quint!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Nice work. From everything I've read, Peter Cullen sounds like one heck of a genuine guy. I'm glad to see his work (and his profession) get the respect it deserves.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    messi, will you shut the fuck up an show some respect!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It's neither clever or funny, you fucking goof!

  • June 9, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Order of knowness in transformers

    by BRUTICUS

    <p>Optimus Prime <p>Soundwave <p>Starscream <p>Devastator <p>Megatron<p><p>Yes Megatron is not remembered as well as these other characters....

  • June 9, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    messi

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    WTF, dude?!

  • June 9, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    "Cars change every year."

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Put flames on the Toyota Camry and lets see if its still the number 1 selling car.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    SOUNDWAVE

    by BRUTICUS

    Heres another decent pic. He should be posed more calmly though for a cover:<p><p>http://www.idwpublishing.com/solicit/mar07/RocheSoundwave.jpg

  • June 9, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    I know, Mr. Nice Gaius

    by Talkbacker with no name

    If messi is fan of transformers and OP he should be fucking ashamed Mr Cullen has to read his crap on here.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    photoboy

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "You can tell he just wanted to let rip and tear Bay a new one for shitting flames all over Optimus and making all the other robots look like shit too."<P> Uh, hardly. Before you go putting words in the guy's mouth, you should probably know that he has done nothing but praise the designs he's seen since day one. The first time he saw Prime's transformation during a recording session, he was so impressed that he missed his cue.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Peter Cullen has chosen HD-DVD... Here's Why...

    by NathanGrey

    Damn You Michael Bay!! Always wanted to say that.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Another Soundwave

    by BRUTICUS

    <p>http://www.decepticon-matrix.com/dw_soundwaveposter.jpg<p>Are we starting to see a pattern of how this character is remembered? He ejects multiple smaller characters from his chest. Notice thats what he's known for. That and his cool ass voice. You WILL need Welker to replicate that voice again. And that VOICE is KEY to character. I'm not saying this cause Soundwave is MY favorite character i'm saying it because I know he is probably MORE important to get right than Optimus Prime.<p><p> Here is how to think of Soundwave. He has a relationship with 4 smaller characters. They are his MINIONS. He stores them within his chest cavity and ejects them. Mostly as a means of transporting information. WHY? Why not send data through wireless transmission.? Because, sending robot to transport the data. If you TRUST that robot to get the data there. You can trust that information will not be intercepted. Also, the smaller characters can get into smaller places.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    BRUTICUS

    by Talkbacker with no name

    As I asked before. Isn't Soundwave in the movie as the boombox in one of the trailers? Sure it's a redesigned soundwave...but i'm not a massive transformer fan so might be wrong.<p>Thought i'd point it out before you bust a nut over seeing him in the next movie.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    SOUNDWAVE

    by BRUTICUS

    How about Soundwave just looks like this:<p><p>http://www.ntfa.net/ntfa/club/lda/image001.jpg<p><p> Just way ore detailed and with all the smaller parts like bay has done with oher characters. How about he still has that boxy/rigid apeal on his silhouette just with way more details????

  • June 9, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    messi you are heading for a banning at this rate, mate

    by Talkbacker with no name

    fingers crossed it's sooner rather than later.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I agree with Gaius that...

    by PacmanFever

    ...voice actors deserve more respect. Especially in this day and age when studios will constantly hire "name" celebrities for voice casts. Some of these people turn out to be quite good at it, but many of them do substandard work and just show how good these guys are. There's a difference between voice acting and just reading the lines.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker

    by BRUTICUS

    NO SOUNDWAVE IS NOT IN THE MOVIE.<p>p>Look at thse pictures. Does it look anything like that thing? No. They originally going to call it soundwave til they realized what a mistake that would be. Then they renamed him to Soundbyte. Fans were still pissed cause the name was just TOO SIMILAR to Soundwave so they renamed him again to Frenzy. ACTUALLY AT FIRST The helicopter was goin to be Soundwave... afterI believe Hasbro insisted he become a music player they changed that characters name to Blackout. YOu can still see remnants of Soundwave in that character though. That character still ejects Skorponok off of his back, and he tillblasts "sonic EMP blasts" to give him an excuse to name him Soundwave....<p><p>For all those reasons above how fucking cool would it be to see the REAL Soundwave kick Blackouts ass in a sequal?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    In one episode (3rd Season)

    by PacmanFever

    They forgot to add the vocoder to Soundwave's voice so he sounded just like Dr. Claw. There were some really odd (but amusing) mistakes made towards the end.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah would be good, Bruticus...but

    by Talkbacker with no name

    seeing as they have taken some of his traits already, I wouldn't hold your breath. But for your sake I hope he appears in the next one. I can feel your pain, bud but you are going to do yourself an injury :)

  • June 9, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Hey messi...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    If you think hiring Cullen was done simply to "shut the fans up", then why didn't they hire Welker as Megatron? SURELY that would have squelched the welping you guys have been vomiting on the internets, right?<P>Now, I'm gonna try to give you the benefit of the doubt here because you mentioned Drive Like Jehu in another Talkback. (You get +1 point for that.) But this "cunt" thing of yours, it's more than beginning to apply to you.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Say it with me... FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = NIPPLES ON BATMAN

    by robogeek.com

    It's so awesome how Peter completely sidestepped the question.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    wow Drive Like Jehu!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    They were awesome. John Reis's next project - Hot Snakes was great too, shame they have split up too...sorry off topic but you don't normally see good taste here, Gaius. <p>Messi, you have issues, boy. What I wouldn't give to watch you watching the transformers movie. Your girly tantrums will be hilarious!

  • June 9, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    messi, I'm talking about you..

    by Talkbacker with no name

    saying disrespectful things about a nice lady who set up this interview for us...Still don't get it? oh dear.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS=NIPPLES ON BATMAN!

    by THE KNIGHT

    Seriously, why would Bay put flames on an "alien robot"?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    THE KNIGHT

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Why would the "alien robot" turn into an Earthbound machine?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Why would messi go and watch a movie he has had so much hate for in pre and post production?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    And messi...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    The problem with your argument is that if the filmakers did not use any of their own imagination/talents and simply hired all the original voice cast (i.e. Cullen, Welker, Bell, Kasem, etc.), designed the robots to look exactly like the G1 cartoon, and said "fuck you" to all the other Transformer incarnations (and fans) you could still very well end up with a crap film.<P>How is that design faithful Fantastic Four working out for you guys? What's that? Spidey3 sucked, too? How is that possible?! Everything looked like it was supposed to!

  • June 9, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Why would he (or any one of the other pre-bashers) watch the film? So, that in case the movie is dreadful, they will have the braggin' rights.<P>Regarding Drive Like Jehu - ultimately, I found them to be a bit tuneless and noisy. I like noise. But I like some melody with it (i.e. Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine, etc.)

  • June 9, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I'm eagerly awaiting our

    by Zach_Talks_Back

    I'm eagerly awaiting our savior from these oh so shitty summer movies. TRANSFORMERS. all of you will see it and you know it will rule....flames on Optimus is no where near nipples on the bat suit by the way.At least there will be no Optimus transforms ass shot.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The reason I'm seeing the movie...

    by colemanfrancis

    ...is this guy. I can remember when I was a kid finding out that Optimus Prime was voiced by someone named Peter Cullen and thinking, "Man, this Cullen guy must be pretty cool to be the voice of this great character." And then I'd hear his voice doing commercials and stuff (I remember one for Lonesome Dove in particular) and taking notice because it sounded like Optimus was talking. The movie may blow goats, but it's going to be nice to hear Optimus again, even if the voice will be coming through those god-awful lips.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Nice one Quint, that truly is awesome.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Just makes me even MORE excited as if I needed to be anymore excited then I already am to see this movie.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    regularfacetoht

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Oh yeah, the protruding brow. How could I have been so careless in my assessment.<P>The point: remaining totally faithful to source material does not guarantee a good film.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS=CHOOSING HD DVD OVER BD

    by polyh3dron

    YES I SAID IT, BITCHES

  • June 9, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    DAAAAAAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY DENIS!!

    by polyh3dron

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY DENIS

  • June 9, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    re: These guys wrote Catwoman?

    by Colonel Activity

    You're fist fucking me, right? These guys must really fuck cats. Also, they fuck cats.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Prime's Pulling out his Whopper at Burger King!

    by GornPirate

    Suck It Decepticreeps!

  • June 9, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    What? ... no pic of Kristina ...you selfish Quint!!!

    by ludmir88

    bring it!!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    The trip to london means Harry Potter 5?

    by ludmir88

    tell us!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    People on AICN saying they are not going to..

    by torpor_haze

    see TRANSFORMERS is like Ron Jeremy saying I will just make one more for the road.

  • June 9, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I'm going to see this

    by MrJJonz

    I took my 10 yr old nephew to see Spidey 3 and the trailer for this was on before it. His comment was "Coooool" which to a certain level I agree with. There are big robots on screen kicking ass. Bear in mind there is no room for characters or plot in the trailer. My big concern for this film is, I haven't been able to sit all the way through a Bay film since The Rock which I found ok and not something I've wanted to re-watch since the 1st time.<P>I can actually look past that the characters and some of the designs won't be much like Transformers as we know them but having to sit through a Bay film???

  • June 9, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Peter Cullen Denis has chosen HD-DVD...,and here's why:

    by Pound Sand

    Dog pee interferes with the Blue Ray's format encoding.

  • June 9, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Optimus is a GoBot infiltrator

    by Calico Pete

    Yes folks, Cullen was not only KARR on Knight Rider, but a GoBot in one of the GoBot toons.

  • June 9, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = THE CHRYSLER SEBRING

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    So Teletran One scouted the earth, and found the ugliest truck it could find to scan as Prime's alternate mode?

  • June 9, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = BEST BUY CUSTOMER SERVICE

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Stat: Only 10% of Americans have access to HD quality TV service *and* subscribe to the service to get the picture quality.<BR><BR> DVD > HD and BR

  • June 9, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = McDONALDS MADE YOU FAT

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    When I watched the trailer to TF before Pirates 3, there was a row of high school kids who were looking down on the movie (as high schoolers do) saying it was for kids cause its from a toyline. So basically this movie is targeting the youngest of young?<BR><BR> I like how toy stores are flooded with TF movie toys now. I almost bought Jazz...but the toy looked so cheap in quality...cheap looking plastic (like the inside of a Chrysler Sebring)...and I wanna see if he's cool in the movie 1st.

  • June 9, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Great Interview

    by Mad-Maximus

    After reading that interview you can tell that Cullen is one classy guy and that most of Hollywood should act the same way.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = SPIDERMAN 6 GREENLIT.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Mr. Nice Gaius, sure you are going to find examples where aesthetically the (comic) movie was pretty close to the source material but the movie as a whole sucked. So what? What's your point? That respect for the source material aesthetically is undesireable?

  • June 9, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Return Of Voice Actors.

    by Mad-Maximus

    Voice acting is going to come back big, I predict in about 10 years that there will be more or as much of a demand for voice actors vs regular actors. Since CGI and blue screen technology is getting better and more cost effective ala Moore's Law, there will not be as much of a demand for an actor for their looks but more for their voice. Pretty soon we will not be able to tell the difference between a real actor and a CGI character and thats where voice acting will come in. Just imagine bringing back classic actors like John Wayne and Marlon Brando.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Quint...

    by Nexus-6

    I don't have the time or patience to read through an AICN Transformers talkback, so someone may have asked... but where the hell is the dirty joke question? Is Cullen somehow above this?

  • June 9, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = WOMAN ON CELLPHONE IN GMC YUKON

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Mad-Maximus, they've been talking about that since Jurassic Park came out. CG replacing actors is a billion years away. The new generation of kids growing up today don't watch much TV and are not brand sensitive at all. They dont give a shit about "star names" as much as the previous gens. So the value of having a star voice actor will go down in the future. However, as CG movies become more cost effective, studios will continue to use them like crazy into the foreseeable future.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Peter Cullen speaks!!

    by kuguy3000

    Hey guys...here's the video interview to Peter Cullen actually SPEAKING THESE LINES!! What more do I have to say? Check it out!<BR> <BR> http://popzart.com/?page=view&topic=743

  • June 9, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Who voices Starscream

    by Colonel Activity

    He's easily the best thing about Transformers.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Hey Messi...

    by Boober

    You grade out an "F" for charm and wit. Without those, your vulgarities are simply annoying. Stay informed! Big Smile. BIG SMILE! Good boy...now SHHHHHhhhhhhh.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    People picking on messi???

    by MrJJonz

    I wonder why?<p>Surely not the use and mispelling of the word cunt (or some other vulgarity) whenever someone has a different opinion??

  • June 9, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I like the quote from Blade to describe messi

    by MrJJonz

    Some motherfuckers are always trying to iceskate uphill

  • June 9, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    True dat, the man's got the perfect voice

    by SlickyVonBoner

    for Optimus. So glad they brought him back for the movie. Too bad they couldn't do the same for starscream or megatron, but I could not see anyone else doing the voice of Prime.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    These Pretzels are Making me Thirsty!

    by Jack Gladney

    Did that line win the internet vote contest? When I read that interview, I imagined Cullen talking like Optimus Prime the whole time. That guy is awesome, and deserves to benefit the most from the 80's nostalgia kick of the last six or seven years.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST

    messi

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Oh, I understand Drive Like Jehu. I used to listen to them for crying out loud. But there comes a point when you get a little older, your tastes change, and you move on and away from stuff that no longer speaks to you.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Are you trying to beat BSB's post quota for the day? Heh.<P>And I'm not entirely sure I understand your question. Is the aesthetic of the source material undesirable? In most cases, certainly not. It all depends on the subject and its possible application within the film. But I'll say it again, duplicating a certain aesthetic is not a guarantee of success.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    MNG

    by MrJJonz

    You talked about growing up. That is the point where you would have lost messi

  • June 9, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS PRIME =

    by Loosejerk

    VEINS IN ELI ROTH'S STUNT COCK! Quint, wtf?

  • June 9, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I missed the Thundercats movie article

    by Napoleon Park

    http://tinyurl.com/33cwr5<p> See what happens when I stay away from AICN for a few days. the long awaited THUNDERCATS movie gets announced and I totally missed the article and talkback about it. <p> I mean, I assume AICn covered this already - no way "Pink Is The New Blog" beat them on major '80s animation related sci-fi fantasy movie news by three days, right?

  • June 9, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    YOU'VE GOT THE TOUCH, PETER!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by wackybantha

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Cullen Podcast

    by manicmidwife

    Other interviewers aren't afraid to be geeked out: http://aboutheroes.com/content/2006/12/about_heroes_episode_38.php

  • June 9, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck it if Cullen say it's ok, then

    by SylarTheCylon

    it's OK... it's just a flick. It's just toys, fucking plastic stuff they sold to you. It's always been about you handing your money over to someone else, so why give a fuck if the robots look different. Come on, grow the hell up. Take your girlfriend to see it, or something. try to enjoy your fucking lives before you croak, life is too fucking short for this shit. Fuck it, i'm never coming back here. It's just too fucking depressing.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    M, O, O, N that spells cullen

    by FrodoFraggins

    Oh, wrong cullen.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Cullen has done a lot of good work.

    by superninja

    Love the guy.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Maybe Cullen can share the sage advise with Bay:

    by superninja

    "Hey if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!" Cullen is catering to the fans and being respectful of the filmmakers.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Great Interview

    by corvette63

    Thanks for posting. Wish it could have been longer.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Peter Motherfucking Cullen is RIGHT!!

    by mrmgp

    Peter Cullen may just look like an average joe, but that man has a VOICE! If I had never seen pictures of Cullen, and someone told me that he was a serious badass who rode a big fucking Harley and had arms the size of tree trunks, I'd have believed them just from the sound of Cullen's Optimus Prime voice. I'll go see Transformers just to hear Cullen's voice in the role again.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Venure/Eeyore/Admiral Grimmace rocks

    by chiahead

    Wow. Peter effin Cullen. God bless him. If he can endorse flames on Optimus and still have a shred of integrity, I'll totally buy it. This was such a great interview! I feel so much better...

  • June 10, 2007, 2:36 a.m. CST

    TINO II will involve the Dinobots

    by RokurGepta

    .

  • June 10, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Eli Roth has chosen Betamax and here's why

    by RokurGepta

    because Hostel Part II effing sucks

  • June 10, 2007, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Cullen lost me when he said Bay is "Brilliant."

    by lost.rules

    "Absolutely brillant." WTF?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • June 10, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Chris Latta was the voice of Starscream

    by PacmanFever

    And Cobra Commander on G.I. Joe (or "Action Force" to us limeys). Sadly he died about 12 years ago. But before that he got to appear in "Road House"!

  • June 10, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Cullen sold out

    by Toby___Wong

    He should not have been in this sorry excuse for a Transformers movie. He could have sent out a message by not participating in the movie. Transformers G1 rules and fuck Michael Bay in his thoroughly fucked ass for making a joke out of Transformers. I will boycot the motherfucking film and I won't even download it. If the Transformers movie makes big bucks the world in the movie Idiocracy is not far behind.

  • June 10, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by photoboy

    This is the first time I've heard him say anything on the designs. But if you re-read his comment he doesn't say he likes it, he just goes on about how things change and that you can justify the change if you look at it in a certain way, and then quickly changes the subject to the writing and the character. He can't outright dump on the film, because he'd get in trouble. But that's a very lukewarm piece of "praise" IMHO.

  • June 10, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Actors are always kissing ass...

    by Judge Briggs

    Working with so and so was like walking in a spring garden... when Mr. Bay farted, it was like a breath of fresh air off an airplane... Mr. Bay, he poops out rose buds... refreshing amounts of turds... So stupid. Get over themselves. No way people like their co-workers that much.

  • June 10, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    (both laugh)

    by WolfmanNards

    how cute, you fags

  • June 10, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    photoboy

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    There are several interviews with him available on the web. Past and present.

  • June 10, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by photoboy

    I wasn't disputing that there were any interviews, I just haven't been looking for them (what with the film being shit and all there's no point spending time reading about it).

  • June 10, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Soundwave is too unrealistic

    by Energoncube

    Scorpinok makes WAY more sense *sarcasm off*. Sorry, this movie will disappoint on every level. People will only go for the neat-o special effects. Nothing will be memorable.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    TomBodet

    by DocPazuzu

    Kudos to you for your awesome memory and good taste when it comes to 1970s Saturday morning entertainment! "Doc-tor Shrin-ker, doctorshrinker, he's a madman with an evil miiiind!"

  • June 10, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    What do intellectuals think?

    by Johnno

    http://tinyurl.com/228e7h

  • June 10, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    What? Cullen shouldn't accept work because

    by superninja

    it's not faithful to the cartoon? They got him because the fans complained in the first place. Don't fault Cullen, he's not Tom Cruise, sheesh.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Transformers

    by JaggedSac

    If all you fucking Transformer fanboys made the movie completely faithful to the cartoon, you would get the lamest dumbest looking fucking movie ever made. Hell even make the animation shitty, include that shitty theme song, and make a fucking giant tape fly out of a robot's chest. Sounds awesome. It would be low budget too since you would only have to blue screen some old fucking toys and there you have it. Keep the shitty dialog as well. Sounds like a grade A movie to me.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Get over the flames already. He's a robot from space!

    by Bronx Cheer

    This is not about realism. This is not about fidelity to sacred texts. The cartoons will still be there. Clutch onto that if it makes you feel better. But for the love of everything venomy, give up the bitching about the flames! Thank you.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Apologies to Peter Cullen, if he read past the fourth

    by CreasyBear

    juvenile, pointless post. Some talkbackers do poor jobs of picking when to be jokingly stupid, and when to make a cogent comment.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    But has cullen chosen HD DVD?

    by knifeandfork

    The world must know !

  • June 10, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Enough about the cartoon

    by Immortal_Fish

    Any of you bitching about the shitty cartoon ever read the superior comic?

  • June 10, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    But who voiced the PUSSY ON OPTIMUS?

    by PUSSY ON OPTIMUS

    I mean, Cullen is talented, but this isn't the 80's anymore. Things are less blocky and more realistic these days, and aren't designed just to sell toys. I can't see him being up to it, and if they cast the wrong voice for the PUSSY ON OPTIMUS, this film will bomb.

  • June 10, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay Raped My Adulthood

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    ...

  • June 10, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    He was only 28 when he did Prime?

    by manicmidwife

    What the subject said.

  • June 10, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    UK/Ireland release

    by Vadakin

    I just realisied that Transformers is coming out the same week as the Simpsons over here...possibly even the same day. Somebody really screwed up bad at Paramount because the Simpsons is gonna destroy Transformers in a box-office head to head. <p> This has nothing to do with how bad the Transformers script is, it's about the Simpsons and how popular they are over here. <p> If you also take into account that Transformers will have a month to be pirated before that release date given that its not a same-day release worldwide then I think it could really sufer at the box office outside of the US. <p> There's been a lot of talk about Transformers breaking records but when you consider piracy and put it head to head against the Simpsons, there's only gonna be one winner and that's the guys in yellow...and no I'm not talking about Bumblebee.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Why Bumblebee is not a beatle.

    by Alkeoholic77

    Anyone else think it's funny that VW won't let any of their cars be used in anything "war like?" This coming from a company founded by Hitler.

  • June 11, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST

    If Peter Cullen WAS annoyed by anything on this movie..

    by TheGreenStyle

    Judging from this interview, it was the fact that he had to audition for a role he DEFINED. That would be like Spielberg auditioning Harrison Ford for the new Indiana Jones movie, with the lame excuse, "I just wanna see if you can still do it!"<br> <br> That's what he was annoyed about. No indication he's that upset about the designs.

  • June 11, 2007, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Odd...

    by TheGreenStyle

    low post count for a Transformers talk back. Are people just tired of talking about this thing?<br> <br> Or is this... gulp... a sign this movie is getting geek acceptance?

  • June 11, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Optimus had the most charismatic voice in cartoon.

    by Zombie Vig

    I still think Optimus Prime(as voiced by Mr.Cullen had the most charismatic voice for a cartoon leader character.

  • June 11, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    the movie will be

    by ominus

    the movie will be awesome,but still the 30 years old virgins wont go to see it because they have read the script and it is shitty. couldnt beat their arguement.

  • June 11, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Megatron

    by Dazzler69

    I still want to know why Frank Welker can't be Megatron. Does it have to be a big name celeb to get attention? It's bullshit he is not doing the voice. Agent Smith better have dug deep to get the voice right for this. I just imagine him sounding like peewee herman at this point. I might even walk out of the movie if the voice is not right for Megatron which I have never done. I don't care where the story goes or how the robots look but the voices were really key for me. I might have to upgrade my computer to play the video game since it has Frank Welker. I may even get a PS3/Xbox 360 just because of TF.

  • June 11, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget though...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    ...that we got the 'berg' sticking his nose in. He likes to add and change shit when producing eh. I've got high hopes for this.

  • June 11, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    well welker's voice isnt

    by ominus

    well welker's voice isnt what it used to be.i watched the video interview with him and cullen for the videogame,and he didnt sound at all like megatron.unfortunately his voice has aged very much,while cullen's is still solid. as far as weaving is concerned,he is a great actor and i am sure he' ll make a great megatron.the problem is that he is on the film for 20min only...

  • June 11, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    PLANT!

    by PwnedByStallone

    Just kidding. Not so sure about this "sense of humor" thing but I'm Michael Bay's bitch on this one unfortunately.

  • June 11, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Bumblebee is a ................?

    by liljuniorbrown

    I thought In the trailer he's a camero and then i see a Ford commercial and he's a new Mustang or something. I guess it's kind of like when they annouced LB as the voice of Galaticus,then it was Silver Surfer. What the fuck man with the bait and switch. Anyways I will see this and FF just because I want to see if they are good as I want them to be or sucktacular as the rumors are.I want to belive!!! I think a movie with Tyrese overacting all "Bring it" and shit wold ruin my Transformers experiance but I gotta give it a shot.

  • June 11, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Messi got banned

    by liljuniorbrown

    Whatever he said must have been bad cause all I seen was responses.

  • June 11, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    liljuniorbrown

    by Talkbacker with no name

    he was saying very derogatory things about the Paramount rep who sorted out the call to Quint. Good riddance! he was a fucking goof.

  • June 11, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Cullen was great as Ironhide too

    by Tacom

    It took me a while as a kid to realize Optimus and Ironhide were voiced by the same guy. Cullen not only played one of the best fictional leaders but he also played one of the best second-in-commands ever! I cried as much over his death as Optimus' in the TRANSFORMERS MOVIE.

  • June 11, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST

    He will be missed...

    by zelusfin

    man, messi really did it this time. although i kinda liked the guy, he was always a STANDOUT guy. get it? standout? nevermind... but i really wonder if he does this to voice his overly immature musings or just to mess with us? change is good man. They did a fantastic job on these designs here. i mean, did you really want to see the robots being blockier? I'd like to hear why. those were great when we were kids but now i think they needed to be completely revamped. any thoughts?

  • June 11, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Use logic to explain how this movie will "own".

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    TF looks to be a more kiddie War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise), and that movie doesn't touch Spiderman.<BR> The negative vibe for TF is all over, and it wasn't as massively appealing as Spiderman (or Pirates 3) to begin with. Godzilla is a more mainstream franchise than TF, with tons of hype, and it only made $136 million ($166 million with inflation).<BR> TF has done everything possible to alienate everybody, from nerds to casual TF fans.<BR><BR> So explain how TF will "own" Spiderman and Pirates 3.

  • June 12, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    BUMBLEBEE VOLKSWAGEN =

    by Strajder

    ... Unicronized Care Bear and ringdancing Junkions = Ewoks on crack. Michael Bay & Peter Cullen are so gonna PWN this summer. Can't wait LOL

  • June 12, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    How this movie will WTFPWN.

    by Strajder

    Because it is a *live-action movie* about *Transformers*. Because *The Peter OMFG Cullen* will be voicing the *Optimus Prime*. Because they actually are going to use the transformation sound from the cartoon series. Because the transformations are SO out-of-this-world! Because I would watch this movie if it were only for the moment when Prime transforms for the first time and speaks. Other than that, its GIANT ****** ROBOTS SMASHING THINGS UP! And I somehow think this movie will succeed in bringing it to the big screen. Happy? I didn't think so. ^_^