peter cullen interview

Voice actor Peter Cullen has been playing Optimus Prime, the righteous leader of the Autobots, for over 30 years. After originating the character in 1984 with the original Transformers animated series, he has returned him countless times in the decades since, playing Optimus in TV shows, video games, and even Michael Bay’s live-action movies. While he’s played plenty of other characters over the years, Cullen is forever tied to this iconic warrior robot.

And if you talk to him, he seems perfectly okay with that. Cullen is back as Optimus Prime in Transformers: Titans Return, an animated internet web series that acts as a sequel to the Transformers: Combiner Wars series. You can watch the show on go90 right now. But first, why not join us for a little chat with Cullen, where he talks about his personal connection with Optimus, the state of the voice over industry, and the passion project he’s working on with NASA.

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optimus prime bumblebee

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in Michael Bay‘s monstrous Transformers franchise, may be one of the worst-reviewed films of 2017, but you can’t keep those Autobots down. Bumblebee, the first in a probably endless series of Transformers spin-offs, is currently in production. And it looks like a familiar character is following Bumblebee into the spin-off: Optimus Prime will be bringing his big, bulky body along for the ride. See the details involving the Optimus Prime Bumblebee spin-off news below.

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Taken 3

After the jump:

  • Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage
  • Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer
  • Seth Grahame-Smith teases Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie
  • Duncan Jones addresses the possibility of Warcraft sequels
  • James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
  • Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot

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Jurassic Park

The good, the bad and the ugly, it’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Jeff Goldblum was not asked to return for Jurassic World.
  • Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will be out this summer.
  • See some new character posters from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Will Packer and Tim Story offer up some hints on Ride Along 2.
  • Listen to Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen, voicing new Transformers toys.

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Later tonight we’ll have a new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, but in the meantime we’ve got two new images. Neither tells us anything at all new, but you can see one above (click to enlarge) and the other one below. Also after the break,

  • Colin Trevorrow issues his first statement about Jurassic Park 4. (It’s not much, but scientists might take issue.)
  • We’ve got a featurette and ninja-filled clip from G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Peter Cullen talks about Transformers 4
  • Fast and Furious 6 gets an IMAX release

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Transformers 2 Video Game Teaser Trailer

IGN has premiered a teaser trailer for Activision’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game, which will be released for the Nintendo Wii, PS3, XBox 360, PC, PS2, Nintendo DX and PSP. The trailer doesn’t show much, but does feature a voice over from Optimus Prime himself — Peter Cullen. No release date has been announced, but one would assumed it would hit store shelves around the same time as the film hits theaters on June 26th 2009. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

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