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TIL the lion roar sound effects used in The Lion King are not actual lions, but voice actor Frank Welker growling and screaming into a metal trash can.

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1.7k points · 6 months ago

Frank Welker is some kind of voice acting/foley artist genius. If you hear a non-human voice or animal noise in a movie, it's probably Frank Welker.

He was the Gremlins in Gremlins. The Basilisk in Harry Potter. The whale in Finding Nemo. He's everywhere and he's so good at what he does. There's no one like him.

407 points · 6 months ago

How do we know he's even human?

He's not human, he is a robot. (He voices a bunch of characters in G1 Transformers, including Megatron and Soundwave)

BTW, his Soundwave voice is the same voice he uses for Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, just run through a synthesizer.

Not just G1. He voiced Megatron in Transformers Prime, Megatron/Galvatron/Soundwave in those shit movies, and Soundwave in Robots in Disguise.

True. However the first movie was voiced by Elrond/Agent Smith (can't remember the name right now), as they felt Frank's voice had aged too much, yet it seemed fine enough for all the games and movies since then.

Hugo Weaving is the name

Holy fucking shit, how did I not realize that Elrond and Smith were the same person...

Is it a good time to tell you about V

Kinda funny that he fights against a fascist regime in that movie, because he fights to create one as the Red Skull.

Seriously, he alternates saving or destroying humanity every few years. And yet he's amazing either way.

Fuck he’s the red skull too!?!?!?

Let's not mention Rex the dog from babe.

My life is a lie. I don’t know anything anymore.

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2 points · 6 months ago

Probably the hair and lack of sunglasses.

And V

That is true. I was refering to Megatron in Last Knight. Forgot to mention he also voiced Devastator and Shockwave in the movies as well

Megatron/Galvatron/Soundwave in those shit movies

Megatron was Hugo Weaving in the Bay films.

Until the most recent, Weller was Megatron in The Last Knight

Hadn't seen it. I would have assumed it was still Galvatron.

In Age of Extinction, the humans built bots out of plans from old Megatron's head, but named the new model Galvatron.

Oh no, he turned bad! Then changed his name back to Megatron.

He's been Frank since Galvatron.

Holy shit Dr Claw was terrifying back in the day!

He's also the original (and current voice of Freddy Jones of Scooby Doo. Dudes a beast!

It must be a fun job just trying to emulate to robot speech and getting paid for it

I was thinking he was actually a kenku or a similar bird monster

If it's not Frank, it's Dee Bradley Baker.

Or Jim Cummings. Jim is the reason that playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the handicap of "only animated films" isn't a handicap at all.

19 points · 6 months ago

I mean Jim is in a ton of stuff but he always sounds like him. He's got a very distinctive voice. Frank is some kind of vocal chameleon.

Jim does good at masking his voice. He took over for Jeremy Irons at the end of "Be Prepared" and most people have no idea that happened.

But once you know, you can totally tell

Yup. It's Tigger all day.

Right... You're trying to tell me Darkwing Duck, Pete (from Disney stuff like Goofy Movie), Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh sound like the same person?

I just imagined Tigger saying “cmon now goof”

Yeah. Its him.

I don't know, they do to me.

Pooh has a very kind softness in his voice, whereas Tiggwr gets gruff at times.

Pete goes deeper with a rasp and more gutteral sounds.

Then there's Ray the Firefly which is the same way he did the lawn flamingo.

Dee Bradley Baker was also Olmec in Legends of the Hidden Temple, as well as Perry the Platypus. He's a legend.

And all the animal noises in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

And every single clone trooper in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Except Steve.

Fuckin' Steve.

Oh i dont think so

There's a great Phineas and Ferb story where Dee begs Dan and Swampy to have him voice mechanical bull noises instead of having a sound effect. He doesn't win, but it's cool nonetheless.

It's really cool listening to him do the Perry the Platypus noise. He just seems like such a cool guy.

Dumb bird

Or before the 80s, it’s Don Messick (May his soul Rest In Peace).

85 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Megatron and an assortment of other decepticons

Fred from Scooby-Doo

Wonder Dog

Nibbler from Futurama

Ralph from both Tiny Toons and Animaniacs

Pepe le Pewe (in some looney tunes)

Abu fro Aladdin

Garfield (after the original voice actor died)

Several smurfs

Baby Kermit (Muppet babies)

A bunch of Snorks

A bunch of GI Joes

Slimer in the Ghostbusters cartoon

A bunch of Gummibears

Several Ducktails side characters

The dude was about 35% of my favorite childhood cartoon voices.

26 points · 6 months ago

He's also Iceman in the old Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends TV series. In addition to Fred from Scooby Doo, he's also Scooby after he took over for... someone. I forget who was doing it before Welker. He was Darkseid in various Superfriends series and more or less sounds like Dr. Claw in them.

He's also one of the highest grossing movie actors of all time because he does animal sounds in so many different movies. It's crazy to think someone in the top 5 (maybe even top 3) highest grossing actors is almost completely unknown to the public. Reading his list of credits on imdb is an all day activity. I'm not even kidding. Go look sometime.

As an aside, I'm mildly annoyed they picked Hugo Weaving over Welker for Megatron in the Transformers movies. Then again, all those movies suck, so who cares? Welker is Soundwave in the movies though and also is Megatron in the video game versions of the movies.

Last I saw the top two earners were him and Samuel L Jackson, though I can't remember which order.

And it was Don Messick that did Scooby's original voice. He also did Ratchet in the Transformers cartoon.

When Megatron dies and is brought back to life as Galvatron, Welker replaces Hugo Weaving. Unfortunately, it's just like you said; those movies suck and there's really no saving them.

no when megatron dies and is brought back to life as galvatron, leonard nimoy replaces welker.

Here, have some of these: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Someone should make a take-a-comma, leave-a- comma bot. Like, start with 10,000 commas and see how long they last. Add excess commas from run-on sentences.

4 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Have you heard of commas? EDIT: Much better!

Don't forget Ray Stanz from the Ghostbusters cartoon too.

I've heard that the design for cartoon Ray was actually based on Frank Welker.

Oh that's cool, and I can totally see it now.

He played Nibbler?!

I mean look at his imdb page, it's mostly specialized animal noises Also this.

out of context the end of that video is utterly hilarious.

Nibbler from Futurama too!

19 points · 6 months ago

Both speaking voice and critter noises, even, which is pretty cool.

He also did Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II on The Simpsons.

10 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Well there is someone like him. Dee Bradely Baker, I think. He did all the animal noises in Avatar the last Airbender, plus several characters

And the singing voice of Mr Krabs in one episode of Spongebob.

Mike Patton is pretty insane as well, tho he specializes in screams. He's the voice of the creatures from I am Legend. He voiced in a couple of video games too - the anger core from Portal, lots of the infected sounds (smoker and hunter iirc) in left 4 dead and the voice actor of the darkness from... The darkness.

I was shocked to hear he did the Darkness voice with no modulation or tricks. That's just his fucking voice.

I mean, when you hear him sing it's not really that shocking!

You talking about "Faith No More" and "Mr. Bungle" Mike Patton?

Also the guy with the largest vocal range of any singer.

Yes, that Mike Patton.

He's everywhere

Used to be that if you ranked actors by the box office gross of all the films they've ever had an acting credit in Welker was at the very top of the list. Then Samuel L. Jackson and Stan Lee started showing up in every Marvel movie and finally knocked him out of the top slot.

There was a great bit during an interview I was watching on YouTube with several VO Artists and Peter Cullen said he was watching Frank Welker recording lines in a studio and the Foley mixer stopped him, because he was getting walk-over from the lines (two people saying their lines at the same time) but Frank was alone in the booth. I can believe it.

So he is possessed by demons that he occasionally lets out. Mmm.

No no no - that he occasionally lets speak... BIG difference.

So Frank Welker is the Gary Oldman of sound?

Keep in mind foley artists also digitally manipulate recorded sounds. It's not like Frank is some sort of mutant able to make inhuman noises.

You would be surprised what the human voice can do.

It's absolutely baffling how much Welker is in. He's got a stronghold on voice acting sound effects and foley.

He sounds more like a dog than my dog.

The anaconda from anaconda, the knife thing from the shadow etc.

Talk about finding yourself a niche.

2 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Also a dog. He voiced a non speaking dog in I believe Space Jam

Edit:Space Jam for sure but also Max the dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The other person being Dee Bradley Baker. How the hell does he do the Perry the Platypus noise?

Bro he is Megatron first.

I read this as 'the basket in Harry Potter' and I really really impressed for a second. How do you voice act a basket?!

Frank Welker probably can!

i mean it’s not too hard to have that many voices when they are edited the way they are.

Talk about obscure choices. Some of those seem sort of random, but...

He was also:

  • Freddy from Scooby-Doo

  • Ray in The Real Ghostbusters, as well as Slimer

  • Abu from Aladdin

  • Megatron from OG Transforms, Transformers Prime, and Age of Extinction (okay, Galvatron)

  • Nibbler from Futurama

  • Monkey from Dexter's Lab

300 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Fun fact: Frank Welker is also the voice of Megatron. Dude has range.

edit: am dumb, other cybernetic being.

113 points · 6 months ago

He's Megatron, not Optimus. Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime.

Dang that's what I meant, thank you stranger!

Peter Cullen is a god. He and Steve Blum are the entire reason Toonami was so popular, he could literally make anything sound awesome

:| I thought Liam Neeson was Optimus i'm dumb

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He also did Soundwave, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Laserbeak, and a bunch of others.

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1 point · 6 months ago

His Megatron on Prime is the most amazing bit of villain work he's done

A selection of his career. This is a pretty old video so its missing a lot of his newer work, but its a huge list nonetheless.

https://youtu.be/jnF5gpn8k5Y

What the hell, how is this even humanly possible!

I always thought there was a certain style to these voices and sound effects. Now I know that's because it's actually all just one person.

frank welker was also Abu in Aladdin. this dude is one of the many voices of childhood.

Dude he's Fred from Scooby Doo. Has been since the 60s. Hes STILL fred.

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21 points · 6 months ago

He’s Nibbler from Futurama too.

He's also been Scooby for a while now.

He does most of the random animals in the series too, such as the lion in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.

oh yes. he's also scooby too!

It's pretty close to his normal speaking voice, so not much wear and tear on the vocal cords for him on that. Imagine if Dr. Claw had been around since the 60's and had the longevity that Scooby Doo has...

158 points · 6 months ago

[Link for the lazy of Frank roaring into a bin] (https://youtu.be/Orv9OJDUnWM)

69 points · 6 months ago

How the hell does a human make that noise

41 points · 6 months ago

By roaring into a metal trash can, duh.

I taught myself to do a similar roar when I was younger when I used to play with my friends and pretend to be lions/ dragons. Fun times

32 points · 6 months ago

Oh you were that guy.

A lot of it is sinus control.

The guys at the console totally playing it cool. "Yeah, that's good" should have been "Holy shit you're amazing!"

11 points · 6 months ago

My first thought was just him doing this in an alley outside the studio, the video is disappointing

3 points · 6 months ago

Is that throat bass?

36 points · 6 months ago

Frank Welker is a voice acting God. Generally, when people talk about the best voice actor, they tend to say it's Mel Blanc. While Blanc is amazingly amazing and Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies couldn't have existed without him, I think Welker wins just on variety and longevity.

You have to see the famous clip of Mel doing Elmer Fudd doing a Bugs Bunny and Bugs Bunny doing an Elmer Fudd in the same scene. I butchered that explanation but hopefully you catch my drift

Thank you!

Also a great documentary! Didn't know I would like it so much.

I've always thought Mel Blanc's voices all sound pretty similar.

I mean when you look at Jim Cummings, or Billy West for example, their voices (while they do have some that are comparable to one another) can sound utterly different.

Mel Blanc did Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Porky Pig. Those seem pretty different to me.

Billy West is pretty talented, though. And I'm actually not sure who Jim Cummings voices, so I don't have an opinion there.

Darkwing Duck, Pete (Goof Troop), Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Tasmanian Devil are the ones off the top of my head. Oh and Razoul from Aladdin, one of tbe guards.

(As another fun fact, Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, has been the voice of Eeyore since the 80s)

1 point · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I thought Elmer Fudd was someone different, at least the old original cartoons, but in any case listen to Daffy compared to Bugs though. It's subjective in any case, I just think when he's described as the man of a thousand voices, a lot of them are similar with either an accent of a vocal tic, like a lisp or something, added on.

Jim Cummings voiced for example Ed in the lion king, the nuts laughing hyena, he voiced the main guard in Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh after Sterling Holloway died (so since the eighties basically), as well as tons of other bits and pieces, TV and movie work.

I think it was on the Futurama commentaries, but they mention working with Frank Welker. In one scene they told him they needed him to make the sound of some ducks quacking for background and he asked, "How many?"

45 points · 6 months ago

As a person who lives in a country with quite a few lions, it's pretty clear that very few people (even here!) know what their roar sounds like. It's pretty weird. Super eerie. I think we probably have a species memory. But it's not a roar the way people imagine. And I'm guessing the film producers don't like that much.

It's a sort of bassy "HEEEE-YEUGH" with a decending pitch on the second part. And it's used to communicate. Not in anger. Lions snarl and growl when angry.

Example https://youtu.be/1e0_4dwF9A4

They sound closer to Jurassic Park Dino’s than any movie lion.

I camped a night at a zoo with my 5th grade class. Lions made those noises all night probably no more than 30 meters away from our camp site in the park. It was a surreal night to say the least.

To be honest, this sound makes so much more sense for them than the movie lion sound. It seems to fit them.

He sounds fed up and he just wants to get laid. I feel you buddy

Yeah, his lonely calls pretty much sum up how I feel right now. :(

3 points · 6 months ago

Wow, sounds like a bear

Okay, both of my cats are now worked up.

21 points · 6 months ago

Everyone talks about the characters he voices but that's not really his specialty. it's the random noises... like lions roaring that he does better than anyone else.

Here's the opening to the original scooby doo in 1969. Those bats that flyby before the song start's? that's him. In the age before synthesizers and you needed the sound of a flock of bats what does that sound like? and how do make that sound? You call Frank Welker.

Wow, I think I'm going to go get a bowl of cereal and watch some cartoons for a few hours. That really takes me back, haha.

I thought I remembered reading that they used tiger sound clips...

I read that somewhere on reddit too!

Cool

Oh sure, Frank Welker starts screaming into garbage cans they put him in the movies. I start screaming into garbage cans, they put me in an asylum.

Frank Welker will always amaze me. The guy who gave us Megatron and Uni.

Why am I not shocked that Frank was involved in this some how

6 points · 6 months ago

I've heard him a million times without realizing it. Here's a variety of clips of his voices. https://youtu.be/jnF5gpn8k5Y

He even did the sounds for Cujo.

M E G A T R O N

I'll add to this - if you IMDb him.....he has a prodigious work history. Probably my favorite ever VA

F R E D J O N E S

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17 points · 6 months ago

Also the voice of Fred on Scooby-Doo and Frank "Grimey" Grimes on The Simpsons. Dude is everywhere in that industry.

EDIT: Never mind - Grimey is Hank Azaria. My bad. I thought for sure it was Welker. Perhaps the shared first name.

12 points · 6 months ago

He is Santa's little helper.

Lol. Shared first name. "Hey Frank, wanna share that ANK?" "Sure Hank."

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8 points · 6 months ago

No, no...Frank Grimes and Frank Welker. Also, he was the voice of the Executive Dog in that episode, so I must've seen his name in the credits and made an incorrect assumption.

He's been Fred from the very beginning too. Just about every Scooby-Doo show, spin-off, and movie.

3 points · 6 months ago

More than meets the eye

On one of the Futurama commentaries, Billy West talks about how Frank Welker is the guy you call when you want a flock of geese in one take. He said that Frank knew Elvis, and Elvis'd be all, "Do a dog, Frank!"

Apparently he can do a flock of geese in one take.

Foley work is actual wizardry.

This is the best thing I've read all day 😂

My whole life is a lie!

it be your own voice actors!

Read the first half of that title just expecting it to say they used tiger roars instead, like how media generally uses red-tailed hawk cries for eagles.

Had to stop and rethink my life there for a second after reading the rest.

The man is a national treasure

What I do every morning

When I was a teen, a circus would stay near my house for a few day every year. On sunset and dawn, the lions would roar. It was nothing like the lion king. It was so much more. The only sound that ever had a similar effect on me was the final cry of the fantom of the opera in London. You can feel it resonate in your ribcage. I found it oddly soothing like laying in bed during a storm.

How it should be.

I recall Frank Welker also doing the animal sounds for safari style shows. They often filmed from far away, and needed to dub the animals.

Megatron. That is all.

Isn't that how real lions make their sound?

I'm friends with his cousin, but we live on the other side of the country :/

Another fun fact: the sounds of car engines in films is not a straight recording but actually a mix of engine sounds and a real lion's roar.

Holy moly that makes so much sense! I've always both loved that roar and thought it sounded nothing like a lion. Metal trash can! Ha!

Everyone keeps listing his Transformers exploits from the first season but forgetting Skywarp. Why is no one taking Skywarp?!

And Mixmaster and Mirage, but no one likes them.

His hand motions are priceless

Stealing jobs! #OscarsSoHuman

This happens a lot in movies and tv. They didn’t even use real wookies in Star Wars, it was a bear.

I can't believe George would be such a cheese steak!

Can confirm. My wife makes the same sounds after margarita night with her gaggle of teacher friends.

Some of them were this guy but other roars were tiger roars

Good for him

.

My reaction when he put the drawer in upside down "You Monster "

Sexy

But why!

I always herd they were tigers, cool

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That article is incorrect. That number is the added up gross of all movies those actors have been in, not how much the actors themselves actually made.

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How could Samuel L Jackson make 9.6 billion but not even be too 10 net worth of actors? Doesn’t sound right at all. Unless all Jackson does is spend on shit that has no value.

He hasn't made that much, it's the movies he's been in that earned that much.

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-12 points · 6 months ago(1 child)

Wah, that's amazing, a little Einstein zoo expert! great.

TIL some guy named Frank with a trash can has a more powerful roar than a lion.

-13 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

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