In the spring of 1984 Dan Gilvezan walked into an audition for a half-hour animated TV series and walked out an hour later with a role in a show that would change the landscape of television in the late ’80s: A show called The Transformers. As the voice of Bumblebee, the little yellow Volkswagen, Gilvezan was there from the very beginning, witness to the birth of an entertainment industry phenomenon that continues to surprise and delight audiences to this very day.
Bumblebee & Me takes you behind the scenes of the original Transformers television series for a first-hand look at the making of a classic. Experience the controlled chaos of the recording sessions, learn the secrets behind creating a character voice, get to know the members of the cast close up and personal. Chock full of stories, reminiscences, anecdotes and never-before-seen photographs, Bumblebee & Me is sure to satisfy even the most knowledgeable and discerning Transformers fan.
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I didnt read the print version but it was great to hear that voice and think about the old days as a kid.
That Dan provided the voice.
An amusing and honnest look at the ups and downs of voice acting in the 80s.
How Dan described the way the actors all had to leave the booth when takes were made that included the character of Seaspray.
Dan has an amazing voice and the fact he wrote the book means that he knows where to emphasize. This feels like you're sitting with him around a campfire listening to his life experience. It's amazing to hear the magic and emotion behind the words he wrote.
I'd say that the most emotional moment is when Dan talks of his experience with Chris Latta. He is very honnest about what that was like, and from what I know of Dan, this is very likely to be close to the real deal. He doesn't alter what the facts were, and it presents a large level of melancholia about Chris Latta that most others would probably not have had the honnesty to say.
Get this audiobook, really, it'll beat the crap out of any TV show you might waste your time on. It's great for that 2 hour car drive to see grandma, and the kids will enjoy it just as much as the nostalgic adult.
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