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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Cliffjumper with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Aug 28 2009, 52 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, Cypo, UltimateCharm for additional sound clips.
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Transformers (1984)
CliffjumperCasey Kasem
Casey Kasem
Transformers Energon (2004)
CliffjumperDoron Bell Jr
Doron Bell Jr
Transformers Animated (2007)
CliffjumperDavid Kaye
David Kaye
Transformers: Prime (2010)
CliffjumperDwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson
Transformers: Prime (2010)
CliffjumperBilly Brown
Billy Brown
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012)
CliffjumperNolan North
Nolan North

EDITOR'S OPINION

Ah Cliffjumper, the often Bright Red little Autobot will be our next subject for the Voice Compare. In the original series he was voiced by VA Casey Kasem. G1 Cliffjumper is a bit of a fan-favorite and with his energetic ready for battle persona its not hard to see why. Sure he was one of the smallest cybertronians in the show but lets just say he did not care about that whatsoever. In an interesting contrast to a certain known role Casey Kasem has had in Scooby Doo Casey's handiwork as Cliffjumper was quite possibly one of his best performances in his career.

In Transformers Energon he was voiced by Ocean Group VA Doron Bell Jr., and all I can say its decent. Doron might not have been the best choice for this role all things considered but he wasn't the worst but then again this was another case of a Transformers character with the same name as an older series but are different characters altogether. (Not the worst case but still...)

In Transformers Animated this Cliffjumper definitely looked more like his G1 counterpart and is not all that different personality-wise. TFA Cliffjumper was voiced by David Kaye and to be honest it actually kind of sounds like Casey Kasem's Cliffjumper (except that Kaye's Cliffjumper sounds a bit lower), its no TFA Grimlock but its not too shabby either.

Overall I will clearly go with Casey Kasem here and have David Kaye as a close second with Doron Bell as a slightly distant third.

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Polyester Funk
said at 12:13 AM on Mon Oct 13 2014
I like Casey Kasem the best. He's just the version I think of. Dwayne Johnson and Billy Brown were good for the big, brawny Cliffjumper.

David Kaye seems good and Nolan North is alright, but it's just his regular voice and doesn't seem to leave much of an impact on me. Not that there's anything wrong with his normal voice, but as I said it just doesn't say "Yeah, that's Cliffjumper."
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:41 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Casey Kasem
2) Billy Brown
3) Dwayne Johnson
4) Nolan North
5) Steve Blum (WFC DS Game)
RabidSonicFan
said at 5:06 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Casey Kasem - Not much to say; it was Casey as his usual, likable self.

Doron Bell Jr - It's fine, I guess.

David Kaye - A solid performance; he did a good job at differentiating it from his other voices on the show.

"The Rock" - He did a good job and he was likable, even though he was only around for one episode.

Billy Brown - He was good; though I don't think he sounded that much like Dwayne.

Nolan North - Nolan's good, as usual; but he's kind of just using the typical Nathan Drake-type voice that he got typecast with.
30Rockefeller
said at 11:34 AM on Tue Mar 11 2014
Do you guys think Roger Rose or Scott McNeil would make a good Cliffjumper?
Finister2
said at 1:16 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
I wonder of Henry Rollins would make a good Cliffjumper?
30Rockefeller
said at 11:13 AM on Sat Aug 2 2014
@Finister2 I think Henry Rollins would make great Cliffjumper in the Movies, If Cliffjumper ever appears in one of them.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 2:26 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
"And the award for 'Best Celebrity Cameo in an Animated Movie/TV Show' goes to Mr. Dwayne Johnson!"

While I'm not one for big-name celebrities doing voiceover work (Bayformers films for example), I have to say that The Rock was more than perfect for Cliffjumper, ESPECIALLY for TFP. It was just a great pleasure hearing him speak, even if it was only for 5 minutes.

Brown I think did a great job replicating the voice while still sounding natural, bringing him for a very close 2nd.

Kasem's performance I loved, and falls right in 2nd as well.

North I thought did spectacular, too. Having a slightly younger age/equally reckless personality gave that rendition its edge.

The other two I haven't seen/heard much of, so I can't really say much about them.

So in reality, The Rock 'rocks' it out of the park.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:57 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@DreamMaster08X "...While I'm not one for big-name celebrities doing voiceover work (Bayformers films for example)..."

You *do* realize that the Bayformers films are some of the BEST examples of NOT relying too heavily on celebrity voice actors, right?

Hugo Weaving, Leonard Nimoy and Tony Todd

VS.

Peter Cullen, Jess Harnell, Frank Welker, Charlie Adler, Mark Ryan, Grey DeLisle, Tom Kenny, Kevin Michael Richardson, Robin Atkin Downes, Greg Berg, John DiMaggio, Keith Szarabajka and Andre Sogliuzzo

So please, tell me more about how the Bayformers films rely heavily on celebrity voice-over work.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 7:22 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@TylerMirage That was a self-nullifying comment. I highly resent my statement. I certainly should've been more clear.

In general, movies usually add celeb voices in animated films (or celebs infor the sake of having them trying to cash in on their popularity rather then for their being the ideal casting choice (which can be the case about half the time), and I've grown a HUGE disdain for that certain factor. I mostly grind on the fact that Bay dismissed Welker as the voice of Megatron for the movies because he wasn't right for the part. I understand that, but to me, that seemed a bit distasteful, as Welker would later prove his worth to the 'Prime' series. Plus, excluding the VAs for the Transformers (mind you, I really did like Nimoy's 'Sentinel' voice, and voted him as the best voice in the VC), by the third movie, there seemed to be a LOT of big-name/critically-praised actors (Turturro, Malkovich, McDormand, etc) who seem to be cast because of their popularity and become the butt of too many sub-par jokes (especially poor Turturro).

But I digress.

The original G1 movie had celebrities as well, I know. However, I do give that movie credit for using them to great potential (ESPECIALLY Welles as Unicron).

So I realize my childish-sounding mistake and recant it. I let too much of my bias get a hold of me this time. My apologies.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:04 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@DreamMaster08X No need to apologize, DM. :) I had to try and remember where I made this comment because I thought I might've come off as being too rude myself and might have to apologize for it. You're sorry, I'm sorry, we're both sorry for something that's not worth being sorry about. ;)

Bay had his vision of what he wanted for Megatron, and as the director, he had the final say and whether we like it or not, he didn't feel that Frank fit his version of Megs. But hey, at least he cast him as other characters.

I think we can both agree that there are times when movies rely on celebrity VAs and they work quite well (Welles, Nimoy, Johnson^), and times when they don't.

And as for casting well-known live-action actors, well, what high-profile, big-budget movie ISN'T guilty of that? ;)
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 7:30 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@TylerMirage I thought the best out of the celebrities (apart from Nimoy) was Todd as the Fallen. Definitely a casting choice of the right kind. I mean, you could never go wrong with a voice like that! XD

Though, to be honest, I still prefer him as Dreadwing in TFP. :)
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:02 PM on Wed Jul 24 2013
I actually like David Kaye the best, just going by these clips. Cliff is an okay character in Prime, but his voice and personality isn't very memorable in my opinion. He was just this funny/nice guy who was, well, nice... Yeah, he was a little cocky like the other versions of Cliffjumper, but he just sounds like a nice-guy who's a bit of a hot-shot. He sounds a little too domesticated and less funny.

I think the smokier, throaty voice and extremely cocky attitude makes him more memorable, and Casey Kasem's performance in G1 really reflects that, but I feel David Kaye does just a little better at getting that cocky, itchy-trigger-finger hot-shot sound than Casey Kasem. Although Casey Kasem originated the role and was pretty memorable too, I feel David Kaye does the same thing I like about Casey Kasem's Cliffjumper just a hair better.

Voting for David Kaye. :)
Scooby-Dooby-Doo
said at 9:10 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
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Casey, Nolan and Dwayne get my votes.

Casey was great for his G1 incarnation, and fit the role of a soldier always energetic and ready for battle.

Nolan is perfect for a younger version of Cliffjumper, one that is more reckless yet still gets the job done.

Dwayne fits perfectly for the Prime incorporation. His cocky and brassy nature really fits Prime Cliff. Billy Brown did exceptionally well, but I would have preferred if they got The Rock to come voice him once more for that one episode.
Fulgore2005
said at 4:55 AM on Tue Jun 18 2013
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I'm sad that Dwayne's was for a small cameo. I thought he was a lot better than Brown IMO.
Darklion
said at 12:55 AM on Sat Apr 20 2013
nolan is good for a young cliffjumper, but the rock gots my vote to bad he was replaced by brown

oh well browns good too
VctrBnsn
said at 11:21 AM on Wed Apr 3 2013
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The Rock was a cool celebrity cameo that actually worked. Still gotta give this one to Billy Brown.
bumblebeebug
said at 9:54 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
Has anyone noticed that David Kaye's Cliffjumper sounds slightly different every time he appears in Animated? He sounded slightly more high pitched the first time he spoke (transwarped), then he sounded like a very deep voiced Casey Casem (see the clip above), and then sounded as if he were talking through clenched teeth (Decepticon air). It's still David Kaye, but I can't help but wonder why he sounded different in all three of his speaking parts.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:58 AM on Thu Jan 3 2013
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Let's see, a 5 minute cameo vs. a full-episode appearance where I got a better grasp of who he is?

Billy Brown wins.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:02 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Why does it have to be someone from TFP??
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:35 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@OptimusSolo Because obviously no other Transformers series is worthy of consideration :P
coolgeek176
said at 6:03 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@OptimusSolo Maybe he likes Cliffjumper's characterization in Prime. Or maybe he just likes Billy Brown's the most.
coolgeek176
said at 6:04 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@CatsTuxedo What do you mean by this?
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:14 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@OptimusSolo @CatsTuxedo -_- *facepalm*
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:00 PM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@OptimusSolo @CatsTuxedo And that's all I'm going to say on this matter.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:45 AM on Mon Jan 7 2013
@coolgeek176 I was commenting because his comment made it seem like the only two options were Billy Brown or The Rock and no one else was even being considered...
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:32 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
@OptimusSolo Well forgive me if my opinion doesn't sync with yours. -_-
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:47 PM on Wed Jan 9 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight yea, i still don't think you understand what I was saying but ok lol
Scooby-Dooby-Doo
said at 12:29 PM on Thu Jul 11 2013
@OptimusSolo Because Prime did way better than any other series at giving him an actual personality and delivering some intense character development.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:56 PM on Thu Jul 11 2013
@Scooby-Dooby-Doo Characterization is for the most part irrelevant to the actual voice and acting. We are comparing the voice acting itself, not the character or the shows.
Scooby-Dooby-Doo
said at 6:34 PM on Thu Jul 11 2013
@NCZ However, the personality and characterization are two of the elements that drive the voice actor or actress to do the voice they're performing. On some characters, the personalities help you narrow the choices down.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:08 PM on Thu Jul 11 2013
@Scooby-Dooby-Doo While true, someone's favourite voice for a character doesn't have to be the same as their favourite version of the character. For example, even if I prefer the DoTM incarnation of Sentinel Prime and love Leonard Nimoy's performance, I voted for Townsend Coleman there because he was the most memorable and fun to listen to.
Scooby-Dooby-Doo
said at 8:55 PM on Thu Jul 11 2013
@NCZ True, true. It's similar to me liking the WFC personality of Frenzy but thinking that Frank Welker's voice from G1 is the better choice.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:41 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@Scooby-Dooby-Doo I haven't seen any of the other Transformers series to give a substantial opinion on this, but I find it funny how you say Prime gave him the most character development and personality when he was killed off in the first episode, and then appeared later briefly in flashbacks.

Honestly, I love TF Prime, but it seemed like the writers didn't care much about him from what I saw, and that kind of annoyed me. I thought killing off Cliffjumper as early as they was a bit of a waste.
MrParadox
said at 1:46 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
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I'm actually pleasantly surprised about The Rock's performance. They should really find a way to make him do Cliffjumper more often.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:57 AM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@MrParadox well, if he shows up in TF4, maybe Michael Bay will ask Dwayne to voice him, given Bay just directed him in Pain and Gain.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:38 AM on Thu Jan 24 2013
@Foxwolf I'm throwing my money at the screen to make that happen, but it's not working...
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:34 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
:( I'm sad to say that Nolan is the weakest. It's not bad but too light for Cliffjumper
partymonster411
said at 8:42 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@Music Meister he's better then doron
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:50 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@partymonster411 Not really
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:59 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
Billy Brown is actually a pretty darn good replacement for Rock-jumper. I had first thought it was going to be Nolan North using a gruff voice (based on the previews I saw).
AustinTheVoiceKing
said at 11:44 PM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@TylerMirage Agreed!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:59 AM on Wed Aug 15 2012
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I'm definitely going to go with Dwayne on this one. With any luck he can reprise the role if TFP decides to do a flashback episode or something. *sigh* Hopefully...

Psst, Michael Bay! I think you should have Cliffjumper in "Transformers 4" and you should totally get Dwayne to voice him. ;)
pete
said at 11:39 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
@TylerMirage Gunny ho you posted that right before the episode aired and it didn't happen.
pete
said at 11:47 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
@pete *funny
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:59 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
@pete Funny... or sad *cries in a corner* ;)
Rooblakas013
said at 11:05 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
Casey Kasem.
Anicomicgeek
said at 5:46 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
They're all good, but I'm gonna go with Dwayne Johnson for Cliffjumper.
Anicomicgeek
said at 10:25 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@Anicomicgeek

Billy Brown was a pretty good replacement for Dwayne Johnson and Nolan North doen't sound too bad as Cliff, but I'm gonna stick with Dwayne.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:08 PM on Sat Nov 27 2010
I'd rank them like so:
1. Casey Kasem
2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
3. Doron Bell Jr.
4. David Kaye
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:42 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
@NCZ Updated ranking:

1. Casey Kasem
2. Nolan North
3. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
4. Billy Brown
5. Doron Bell Jr.
6. David Kaye

This compare is difficult because all these interpretations of Cliffjumper are so different (we've got two "antsy little guy" versions, two "energetic go-getters", and two "big, square-jawed heroic" types). That being said, I'd say that the original and Animated "short fuse" versions are the ones that most define Cliff for me.
jakob997 (Guest)
said at 5:11 PM on Sun Nov 7 2010
Casey Kasem.
guillermo (Guest)
said at 11:26 AM on Sat Nov 6 2010
My Top 3:

1) Casey Kasem
2) David Kaye
3) Doron Bell Jr.


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