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Emily S. Whitten: Randy Rogel, the Music of Animaniacs & More!

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If you’re any sort of regular reader of my columns, you’ll already know that I’m a big fan of Animaniacs. I’ve also had the privilege of interviewing several of the main voices for the show; including Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Maurice Lamarche. One of these days I hope to meet the amazing Tress MacNeille as well!

One thing I’ve noted before as a favorite component of the show is the well-composed and clever song segments that are woven throughout the episodes – songs such as Yakko’s World; I’m Mad; Variety Speak; Noel; and There’s Only One of You. The songs are catchy, they’re fun, and they’re often educational to boot. And as it turns out, a great many of them were written by one man – Randy Rogel. That would be amazing enough on its own; but the cool thing about
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Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing The Caped Crusader to the Screen (Part Two)

Gary Collinson traces the many screen incarnations of The Dark Knight in the second of a three-part feature... read part one here.

Just as Superman's comic-book debut had led to the creation of Batman almost forty years earlier, the success of Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978) helped plant the seed that would ultimately bring The Dark Knight back to movie screens. Acquiring the Batman film rights in 1979, former comic-book writer Michael E. Uslan and his producing partner Benjamin Melniker hired uncredited Superman scribe Tom Mankiewicz to provide a script far removed from the campy 1960s TV series, which had by that time become synonymous with the character, in an attempt to take The Caped Crusader back to his roots.

Budgeted at $15m and initially set for release in 1981, the film languished in development hell for a number of years with the likes of Ivan Reitman, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis
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Sdcc: Hamill, Conroy Lead DC Universe Online Voice Cast

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And check out the rest of the cast members!

Sony Online Entertainment announced today the voice cast for "DC Universe Online":

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (Soe) announced today that two of animation's most well-known talents lead a triple-a cast of voice actors in providing their skills for the upcoming online action game, DC Universe™ Online. Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: The Animated Series) will once again voice The Joker, while Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Arkham Asylum) will bring to life everyone's favorite dark knight, Batman.

"We're excited that not only will Mark and Kevin bring their talent back to the DC Universe as part of DC Universe Online, but we've hit the jackpot with a full cast that are veterans of movies, TV shows and games that our fans are crazy about," said Sony Online Entertainment Vice President of Development,
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Interview: Bob Hastings

Actor Bob Hastings is a television veteran. Yet, you are more likely to know his voice than his face. He has worked in many genres and featured in several innovative radio and television science fiction shows. His career took in the earliest days of TV entertainment and playing a regular character in acclaimed superhero cartoons from the 1990s. But it all began with a song.

"I think it was about 1935 or the beginning of 1936," Hastings said. "A teacher heard me sing in school at an assembly and he thought I sang well enough that I should be on radio. So I started singing radio shows and from there... There was a newspaper called 'The Daily Mirror' and they had a children's show on Wmca in New York and I sang on that...for maybe a couple of years. Then I went over to NBC and that was before the networks
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