This is one of a series of letters I wrote to the voice actors of my favourite Transformers characters and were originally posted to DA on March 22, 2011. Some of you may agree with what I have written here, others may not. I thought I would offer these up to whoever would like to read them. I wish I could give these to whom they were written for, but sadly so many of them are gone and the likelihood of me meeting the remaining ones are slim to none.
I wish I could go to Botcon, even just once, though I know that more than likely, even given the opportunity to meet Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, I'll be far too shy to approach them, wanting to let them have their space and not be bothered by some random nobody coming up and invading their day. >.< I swear I'm far too reserved and polite for my own good.
Perhaps eventually I will find a way to get the picture "Voice of Optimus Prime" to Peter Cullen, and maybe even the letter above with it. Something spur-of-the-moment inspired me to write this letter despite having no way to send it to him, and I thought I would share it with those who are Transformers fans like me. Maybe you'll agree with what I've written, maybe you won't. Everyone has their own views on things. I think this letter was probably written as much to all the other actors from the show as it was to Peter. There's a lot there that I would say to all of them really.
The drawing I did, titled "Voice of Optimus Prime" can be found HERE --> [link] And proof that Peter Cullen really is Optimus Prime can be found HERE --> [link] The rest of the letters I have written can be found HERE --> [link]
Sadly, some of these great voices will never get to read these letters and they died never knowing just how well loved their characters were. They never got to see the letters that poured in from children who wrote to their characters saying how much Transformers meant to them. This fact both angers and saddens me; I wish they could have been given even some of those letters, just so they could know how much they are missed. Below is a list showing who's still here and those who have gone. I'm thinking of creating an expansive list of all the voices from the G1 series and movie to show who voiced what characters and whether they're still here with us or if they've gone to where all are one. I think they should all be remembered for what they gave us, and the legacy they leave behind for generations of Transformers fans to come.
Peter Cullen (Ironhide, Optimus Prime, Nightstick, Wingspan, Slugslinger): born July 28th, 1941.
Frank Welker (Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Lazerbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Buzzsaw, Trailbreaker, Mirage, the Dinobot Sludge, Mixmaster, Blades, Groove, Galvatron - series only, Wheelie, Sharkticon, and Teletaan II): born March 12th, 1946.
Chris Latta (Starscream, Wheeljack, and Sparkplug Witwicky): born August 30th, 1949; died June 12th, 1994 from a Cerebral Hemorrhage.
Scatman Crothers (Jazz): born May 23rd, 1910; died November 22th, 1986 from Lung Cancer and Pneumonia.
Don Messick (Ratchet, Gears, and Scavenger): born September 7th, 1926; died October 24th, 1997 from a Stroke.
Lionel Stander (Kup - 1986 movie only): born January 11th, 1908; died November 30th, 1994 from Lung Cancer.
John Stephenson (Thundercracker, Huffer, Windcharger, Kup - series only, and Alpha Trion): born August 9th, 1923.
IF YOU FAVE, POST A REPLY! I would actually like to read your thoughts and views on these.
For The Visually Impaired Only: Since I know text-to-speech programs do not yet translate words from image files to audio, I am willing to offer a text-to-speech friendly version of certain files to those who are interested. Just send me a note. Please understand that you need to show evidence that you are in fact visually impaired (unless I know you personally) and that reposting any of my work in whole or in part is expressly forbidden. At some point in the future I will be creating audio files of some of my work, particularly stories, and providing links to them in the description so you won't have to ask me for a text-to-speech friendly version of my stories.
NOTE: These letters are very personal and I will not grant permission for their use on DA or elsewhere nor will I grant permission for these images to be reposted anywhere for any reason. If you wish to have letters like these, write your own. Do not steal mine and claim them for yourself.
These are so cool
Can you do one for sumalee montano or josh keaton
(T-T) There are no words that can describe how sweet and touching tis letter is.
I got a little misty eyed reading this and I loved it. I may not have been born when the Generation 1 Transformers cartoon aired but I'm glad that I've watched the episodes on YouTube (and now have the 1st two seasons on DVD and The Transformers: the movie on VHS) and I definitely agree with a lot of what you wrote their. I know Peter Cullen may never see this but it is nice that you wrote it anyways.
Awww... **hugs** Thank you hon. **smiles** Well, it seems there is a very good chance a friend of mine will be able to give these letters to him at Botcon this year. We'll see what happens, though.