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19 items from 2014


Tim's Toons: Some voice actors you should know

11 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. Earlier today, we posted our Team Top 10 for the best voice performances in the movies, focusing on ten individual performances that impressed us the most. But as good as those vocal performances all are, I wanted to follow that post up by singing the praises of a different sort of voice acting. As great as any one performance in a single feature film can be, there’s also something truly exceptional about those people who have created entire careers out of voice acting without necessarily having the kind of showcase roles we were talking about today. With that in mind, I’d like to share this list of some of the most important contemporary voice actors that you should know about. 

Jim Cummings

Why you know him: He’s the current voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for Disney. 

Where else you’ve heard him: An astonishingly prolific Disney workhorse, »

- Tim Brayton

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First look at The Simpsons / Futurama crossover episode ‘Simpsorama’

9 September 2014 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Simpsons and Family Guy are set to share the small screen this month with the Family Guy season premiere ‘The Simpsons Guy’, but that’s not the only crossover in store for the inhabitants of Springfield in their 25th anniversary year. In November, The Simpsons will also team up with Futurama’s Fry, Leela, Bender and company for ‘Simpsorama’, and Entertainment Weekly has the first still…

‘Simpsorama’ will feature Futurama cast members Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche and tells a “complex, Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.”

‘Simpsorama’ will air on November 9th. »

- Gary Collinson

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Details On "Simpsons"/"Futurama" Crossover

7 September 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first photo and details are out from "Simpsorama," an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the various characters from creator Matt Groening's other famous and now finished animated series "Futurama".

"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tells EW: "We're always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what's more compatible?' We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer's hair."

The crossover episode will include all the core members of the "Futurama" cast: Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarch. There's also a storyline:

"A complex, ‘Terminator'-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel »

- Garth Franklin

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First Look at The Simpsons/Futurama Cross-Over Episode, Plot Details Revealed

6 September 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

During last year's Comic-Con, it was revealed that "The Simpsons" will do a cross-over episode with "Futurama." That episode will air on November 9th, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at that episode. Check it out below. Matt Groening created both shows, which is why "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" referenced each other all the time. Here's what we know about the cross-over episode: * The opening credits will feature a tagline: "a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes" * The episode will bring back "Futurama" voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche * The plot will be a Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, »

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First Image of The Simpsons and Futurama Crossover

5 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Homer and Bender face-off in the first image that has been released for The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode. Futurama was cancelled last year, but it will be brought back to life at least one more time.

Creator of both series, Matt Groening, had this to say in a statement to EW, "That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself." Simpsons executive producer Al Jean added, 

"They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters. We’re always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what’s more compatible?’ We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer’s hair."

According to the report, the episode is called "Simpsorama," and it's a "Terminator-esque story that »

- Joey Paur

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See the first image from the 'Futurama'-'Simpsons' crossover episode

4 September 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Good—no, great—news, everyone: Springfield will be the site of another crossover episode besides the invasion of the Griffins from Family Guy when the Simpsons encounter a familiar pack of now-homeless space adventurers. Futurama, the 31st-century animated comedy that was canceled (again) last year, will return to life—or at least Fry, Leela & Co. will—in a special episode of The Simpsons airing Nov. 9.

“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening, creator of, well, both shows.“Simpsorama” is taglined in the opening credits as “a show out of »

- Dan Snierson

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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

6 August 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.

The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »

- Marc Eastman

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The Simpsons - Futurama Crossover and Character Death Planned This Season

2 August 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I haven’t watched a full season of The Simpsons for quite a few years now, but my I’ll dip my toe in every now and then to see if it’s worth taking the plunge and keeping up with the show again. Unfortunately, I just haven't felt the magic of seasons past when I tune in to watch new episodes. The show has piqued my interest recently, though, with the 5-minutes of footage Fox released for their upcoming Family Guy crossover. And there is yet another crossover coming this season that is too irresistible to pass up.

The Wrap reports that this November The Simpsons will have a Futurama crossover that will feature voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice Lamarche, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom, and Tress MacNeille. There’s no word on how their characters will cross paths with the Simpson clan, but we’re »

- Eli Reyes

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10 Cartoon Voices That Are Actually Impressions of Other Actors

24 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.

Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) - Walter Matthau

Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable »

- Eli Reyes

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TV News: Sleepy, Cuckoo, Westworld, Simpsons

21 July 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sleepy Hollow

Speaking at the TCA's this week, the producers of Fox's supernatural procedural hit "Sleepy Hollow" say they don't plan to shake-up the successful formula anytime soon. For starters, the Abbie and Crane relationship won't devolve into flirting/underlying sexual tension for a good while as yet.

Producer Len Wiseman says: "[Abbie and Ichabod] have a respect for each other. We're really not playing their relationship on the romantic side". The expanded second season will also boast new villains including the Pied Piper, a Succubus and a Wendigo. Timothy Busfield will guest star as Benjamin Franklin, while Sakina Jaffrey will play no-nonsense Sheriff Leena Reyes. [Source: The Live Feed]

Cuckoo

"Twilight" hunk Taylor Lautner tries something very different in the upcoming second season of BBC3's comedy series "Cuckoo". Lautner takes on the role of the hippie son of Andy Samberg's character from the first season, and the network has just launched the first trailer today. »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Simpsons'-'Futurama’ Crossover to Air in November

20 July 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Good news, everyone! And woo hoo! The crossover between Matt Groening series “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” is coming in just a few months. The crossover episode of the two series will air on Fox as an episode of “The Simpsons” in November, “Simpsons” producer Al Jean said during a panel at the Television Critics Association on Sunday. Also read: ‘Simpsons’ Vet Hank Azaria to Voice Fox's ‘Bordertown’ The crossover episode will feature “Futurama” voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice Lamarche, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille. After originally running on Fox before getting picked up by Comedy Central, »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Simpsons' character will die in season 26 premiere; 'Futurama' crossover to air in November

20 July 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

If you think the next new episode of The Simpsons will be casualty-free, you’ve made a grave mistake: The anticipated installment that features the death of a familiar face has been slated as the season 26 premiere. Speaking to EW last fall, executive producer Al Jean promised viewers “an emotional story” and dropped just a few hints about who will wind up pushing daisies. One, the actor who voiced this character claimed an Emmy for his/her performance in the role, and two, the character has appeared in more than two episodes. (Update: During a Fox panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, »

- Dan Snierson

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"The Simpsons: Pay Pal"

12 May 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Simpsons" episode "Pay Pal":

"...'Marge' swears off befriending any more couples when 'Homer' offends their charming new British neighbors. But when 'Lisa' declares that she, too, doesn’t need friends, Marge reconsiders..."

Guest voices include Peter Sagal as himself, Carl Kasell as himself and John Oliver as 'Booth Wilkes-John'.

Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo' and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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"The Simpsons: Married To The Blob"

21 April 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from "The Simpsons" episode "Married To The Blob", airing April 20, 2014 on Fox, with guest voices Stan Lee, author Harlan Ellison and Hank Azaria as 'Comic Book Guy':

"...'Comic Book Guy' realizes his comics are nothing if he can’t share them with anyone.

"Then he meets 'Kumiko', a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga...

"... and he seeks out Homer’s advice on how to date her, ending happily for everyone..."

Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson' and Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson'.

Yeardley Smith voices 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo' and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Pom Poko Blu-ray Review

9 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Isao Takahata

Starring: Shincho Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki, Maurice Lamarche, J.K. Simmons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Tress MacNeille, Clancy Brown,

Running Time: 119 minutes

Certificate: PG

Pom Poko has the distinction of being my least favourite Studio Ghibli film by a large margin. That is to say, I really don’t like it at all. It’s the story of a group of tanuki (mistakenly or simply named raccoons in the dub) who fight off humans from taken over their land. A very simple set-up for sure, but what follows is an awkward and confused film which mixes adorable animation with darker elements and a message as subtle as a kick to the groin.

The main objection to the film is that it mixes so many tones that it is hard to know how to take the film. The comedy is broad and slapstick, but never actually funny. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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"The Simpsons: Luca$"

8 April 2014 4:49 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from "The Simpsons" episode "Luca$", plus a new 'couch gag' featuring David Letterman, with guest voice Zach Galifianakis:

"...'Marge' is concerned that 'Lisa' is dating below her station when she brings home competitive eater-in-training 'Lucas Bortner' (Galifianakis) enlisting 'Homer' to help Lisa explore other options.

"Meanwhile, 'Bart' is thrilled to receive free gifts from 'Snake Jailbird' after he helps the convict escape from a jam, but when a betrayal from 'Milhouse' puts Snake back in jail, Bart must forge a plan to set him free..."

Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo' and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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"The Simpsons: You Don't Have To Live Like A Referee"

30 March 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek images from the new episode of "The Simpsons", titled "You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee", airing March 30, 2014 on Fox:

"...'Homer' is recruited as a 'World Cup' referee after 'Lisa' extolls his integrity on the youth soccer field in a 'Springfield Elementary' speech contest. But when the Simpsons travel to Brazil, Homer finds his honesty tested by one of South America’s slickest gangsters in the soccer match-bribing business..."

Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo' and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Footage From "The Simpsons: The War Of Art"

24 March 2014 6:22 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from "The Simpsons" episode "The War of Art", that aired March 23, 2014 on Fox :

"...after a pet guinea pig owned by 'Lisa' destroys the Simpsons’ living room art, 'Marge' falls in love with a beautiful painting at the 'Van Houten' yard sale, which 'Homer' snaps up for 20 bucks.

"But, when Lisa reveals it's by a famous early 20th century painter and could be worth $100,000, Marge and Homer face a dilemma: split the money with the Van Houtens, or keep the cash as a cushion for their kids ..."

Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo' and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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"The Simpsons: Married To The Blob"

12 January 2014 8:01 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

"The Simpsons" episode "Married To The Blob", written by Tim Long, airs January 12, 2014 on Fox, with guest voices Stan Lee and author Harlan Ellison:

"...'Comic Book Guy' realizes his comics are nothing if he can’t share them with anyone.

"Then he meets 'Kumiko', a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga...

"... and he seeks out Homer’s advice on how to date her, ending happily for everyone..."

Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson' and Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson'.

Yeardley Smith voices 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Hank Azaria as 'Comic Book Guy'.

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- Michael Stevens

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