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Emerald City Comicon announces voice talent guests

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm with No Comments »
November 17, 2011 4:17 pm

Emerald City Comicon announced today the addition of three voice actors – Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong and Jesse Harnell – to the lineup of media guests at the pop culture extravaganza.

ECCC runs March 30-April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

From the press release:

Rob Paulsen is one of the true veteran voice actors of our time. Having worked on such nostalgic Saturday morning fare as The Smurfs and The Snorks, he would later lend his talents to one of the most cherished animated series in recent years, providing the voice of “Pinky” in Warner Brothers’ Pinky and the Brain. Other notable credits include Disney favorites Darkwing Duck and Goof Troop, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Jimmy Neutron and Tiny Toon Adventures. Fans of Jim Henson will know Paulsen’s work on the beloved children’s series Fraggle Rock where we provided the voices for “Boober Fraggle”, “Marjory the Trash Heap” and “Sprocket.”

Tara Strong has a voice acting resume that literally is a zoo, having voiced four-legged characters on such mainstays as Care Bears, Babar the Elephant, Disney’s 101 Dalmations, and Fox’s Ice Age. Her most recent success sees the animal theme continue with her turn as “Twilight Sparkle” in the hugely popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Strong also hit paydirt as “Bubbles” in Cartoon Network’s breakout series The Powerpuff Girls. Other credits include Ben 10, Teen Titans, Family Guy and Rugrats.

Jesse Harnell has one of the most diverse and recognizable list of voice acting credits to his name. He provided voices for the two most successful series of films ever about talking automobiles: Pixar’s Cars as well as the voice of “Ironhide” in all three theatrical Transformers features. Harnell’s two biggest claims to fame might be the role of “Wakko Warner” on the smash hit Animaniacs and “Secret Squirrel” on 2 Stupid Dogs. Other credits include Toy Story 2, Duck Dodgers and Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. When not lending his voice to animated characters, he is using it as lead singer for the Pop/Metal band Rock Sugar and as the announcer for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

All three guests will be taking part in special panels that focus on this intriguing and unique aspect of the entertainment industry. They will also be meeting fans, both young and young at heart, and signing autographs and posing for pictures…..all at no charge to attendees of Emerald City Comicon!

Rounding things out is the addition of four time Emmy-winning writer and producer Alan Burnett, particularly associated with DC Comics and Walt Disney television animation. He has had a hand in virtually every DC animated project since the latter years of the 80’s incarnations of Super Friends. Burnett’s contributions for Disney were largely a part of the 1990s Disney Afternoon, where he was attached to the Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears and various projects set in the Scrooge McDuck universe. He currently enjoys success as the man behind such current favorites as Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Batman: Year One and the upcoming Justice League: Doom.

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