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ToonBarn at SDCC: Day 1 Recap

Day 1 at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is in the books and Marc Morrell, ToonBarn’s reporter on-the-scene, has several interviews and panels to share with you. We’ll be able to give summaries of each of these for now, and a few pictures and quotes, but the full video and roundtable audio interviews will come later, within the next few weeks, after they have been edited.

To see the rest of our Daily Recaps for SDCC, catch these stories:

Panel: Voice Over Celebration with Beloved Cartoon, Video Game, and Film VO Actors

From zero to sixty, a voice actor must convey a plethora of emotions, often impromptu. In this panel we received an in-depth look into how voice actors approach the art, beauty, and challenges of performing on the spot. Susan Eisenberg, Rob Paulsen, Caitlin Glass, Anthony Bowling, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal from beloved titles including Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Diablo, Pinky and the Brain, League of Legends, Full Metal Alchemist, Call of Duty, Samurai 7, Attack on Titan, The Devil is a Part Timer, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil discussed this pivotal topic, led by Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG).


Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman) told us that in most of the voice acting jobs where you are playing a character for the first time, you are given a picture of the character, along with some context about that character from the voice director. You have to use your imagination from there to create the unique voice of that character.

Rob Paulsen‘s (Pinky, Yakko, Donatello) challenge is to find something that makes him interesting to the producers, in order to get the job from an audition.


Caitlin Glass (Tsubaki – Attack on Titan) says you need to work from the inside out or look in from the outside to see what the environment provides and create an attachment to the character.

Yuri Lowenthal (Ben Tennyson), who says his favorite character to play was Ben Tennyson, thinks that imagination is his most important tool. It holds an immense amount of power and it’s where he draws strength from as an actor.

Scooby Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Interviews, Panel, and World Premiere Screening

Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Several KISS songs, including “Rock and Roll All Night”, “Shout it Out Loud”, “I Was Made for Loving You”, “Detroit Rock City”, and “Modern Day Delilah” were featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. I don’t think they’ll be releasing it as a single. Just my opinion, but you’ll see why after you see this film.

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We were part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, and stayed for a panel featuring the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), as well as directors/producers Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and Spike Brandt, and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken). The panel was moderated by Kevin Smith, a famous director/actor/writer who also has a role in the film (Worker 2) along with Jason Mewes (Worker 1).

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We have interviews with all of the people from the panel that we will be sharing with you in the next week or two. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD July 10 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD July 21.


Crackle, the television streaming network, made its San Diego Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 9, with the first-ever panel for “SuperMansion,” featuring series’ voice talent Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, Jillian Bell, Matthew Senreich, Zeb Wells, Heidi Lynn Gardner, Tom Root and Tucker Gilmore. During the panel, Crackle premiered a never-before-seen trailer for the stop-motion animated comedy series from award-winning Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which debuts this fall exclusively on Crackle. One of the highlights from the panel was when Matt Senreich admitted that he finds violence in animation is very funny. Upon which, Seth Green joked, “OK Matt, we’ll post that on Twitter, #ViolenceIsFunny”, which brought a roar of laughter from the crowd. We recorded roundtable audio interviews with all of these people, except for Seth Green, who only attended the panel. These audio-only interviews will be provided in an article on ToonBarn within a week or two.


SuperMansion” follows the adventures of Titanium Rex (voiced by Cranston, who’s also the series’ executive producer) as he struggles to live with and fight alongside the Millennial-aged, often lackadaisical members of The League of Freedom. During the Comic-Con panel, Crackle revealed the series’ brand-new characters and voice cast, led by Titanium Rex and featuring Black Saturn (voiced by Gilmore), American Ranger (Keegan-Michael Key), Brad (Root), Cooch (Gardner) and Robobot/The Groaner (Wells).


We also learned that “SuperMansion” will feature an extraordinary roster of guest stars, including Chris Pine, Ron Perlman, Donald Faison, Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, Anton Yelchin, Famke Janssen, Breckin Meyer – and more surprises to be announced in coming months.

That concludes our Day 1 Recap of ToonBarn’s coverage of SDCC. Overall, we’d say that the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2015 was a real blast! We’ll be back tomorrow to tell you all about Day 2!

Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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