Sparkplug Witwicky
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Sparkplug Witwicky

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sparkplug Witwicky with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Transformers

Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 30 2009
Special thanks to TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
Sparkplug WitwickyChris Latta
Chris Latta
Transformers Animated (2007)
Sparkplug WitwickyJohn Mariano
John Mariano
Transformers Animated (2007)
Sparkplug WitwickyJeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
Transformers Animated (2007)
Sparkplug WitwickyDavid Kaye
David Kaye


Yes believe it or not I am actually going to do a Transformers Voice Compare with one of the human characters. And I shall start that off with the father of Samuel "Spike" Witwicky, Sparkplug Witwicky.

In the original series he was voiced by the late great Chris Latta and it is by all means good. Chris definitely did a nice fairly gruff middle aged tone of voice to fit Sparkplug's Fatherly nature that's a fairly interesting contrast to Chris' infamously higher pitched voices in the show.

A TF character by the name of Sparkplug didn't get a speaking role until Transformers Animated in which I will tell you now is pretty much "Cameo Fodder". Now granted this would naturally give TFA a rather bit of a disadvantage but that doesn't necessarily mean the voices will be bad. While its not fully confirmed whether if this Sparkplug is even related to the Witwicky family that we saw in TFA (but to be fair they are "Cameo Fodder" as well). But still while he had a couple of brief speaking roles, in the episode "Nature Calls" he is voiced by Jeff Bennett. While Jeff's Sparkplug voice is kind of generic but its not too bad and its overall a decent fit (at least its better than the 2nd one).

In Sparkplug's second appearance "Sari, No One's Home" he is voiced by VA David Kaye, sounds pretty good at first but how the slag did THIS happen?! Now I am no "G1 Elitist" but even when you view it completely by its own merits its mindbogglingly unfitting, I mean who picked THIS for a fairly big normal middle aged construction worker? Though to be honest I put all the blame on the voice direction on this one cause I like David Kaye and I am considerably familiar with his work and I have a good feeling he can do a Sparkplug voice more fitting than this.

(Sadly this is one of the few cases in which having a certain character only making a brief cameo might be a good thing.)

So overall I am going with Chris Latta here with Jeff Bennett at second and David Kaye at a grossly misdirected distant third.

(Update: John Mariano voiced Sparkplug in Transformers Animated as well while the accent is a little strange it does work with the role fairly well so basically Jeff and John tie for second but other than that nothing has changed.)



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said at 11:18 PM on Sat Jul 2 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Yikes, three voices in Animated, and none of them could come even close to Latta.
said at 9:33 AM on Sun Jul 3 2016
@Metabad And it doesn't help that Sparkplug was treated as some random background character in TFA. Still, I'd say Jeff sounds the most fitting of the three.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:13 PM on Mon Jul 4 2016
@Zillah It's not so much that *Sparkplug himself* was treated as a background character. It's just that, as a nice reference to the fans, a random character was given Sparkplug's design.
If that makes sense, ha ha.

Less "treating beloved Sparkplug Witwicky as a background bit-part" and more "let's design this random character to look like Sparkplug Witwicky as a wink to the fans".
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Jul 4 2016
@TylerMirage Oh yeah I'm well aware that it was a cameo, and I personally enjoyed it, as well as the many other cameos the show had. It's just that David, John and Jeff didn't really get a chance to make the role their own, at least not compared to Chris who had MUCH more to work with.
said at 8:45 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Chris Latta
2. Jeff Bennett
3. John Mariano
4. David Kaye (what happened there?)
said at 11:54 AM on Sun Feb 28 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Chris Latta by far. Sure he does basically sound like a less raspy Wheeljack but it works really well for Sparkplug.

All of his appearances in Animated were just minor cameos but I guess Jeff Bennett is the most fitting sounding.

John Mariano sounds like a hick and David Kaye sounds like a teenager.

Definitely giving this one to Chris.

BONUS: I can't help but think Neil Flynn would make an excellent Sparkplug.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:53 PM on Sat Apr 25 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Chris Latta. Jeff Bennett is OK, but I'm not feeling David Kaye or John Mariano.
Mark Johnson
said at 6:03 PM on Wed Apr 1 2015
1) Christopher Collins
2. Jeff Bennett
3. David Kaye
4. John Mariano
said at 7:05 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) Christopher Collins
2) John Mariano
3) David Kaye
4) Jeff Bennett
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:04 AM on Thu Jul 18 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
Animated had three attempts and they couldn't get it right (Jeff was okay though)
virtual revenger
said at 1:25 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Latta made Sparkplug sound fatherly.
said at 10:41 PM on Mon Feb 25 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm going with Chris. Jeff was good. I normally like David Kaye's work but this role was just bad.
said at 1:50 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Chris Latta
said at 10:50 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Chris Latta (R.I.P.) for Sparkplug.
said at 3:50 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
 1 Shout Out!
O_O What in the heck was going on in David Kaye's clip?! Was, as Pokejedservo suggested, the voice director at fault? As it the writer for writing the line? Whoever did the animation/storyboards for choosing the Sparkplug model for that scene? Either way, it was a bad fit and I agree Pokejedservo that David Kaye could've done a more conventional Sparkplug voice.

Yeah, I'm going with Chris Latta for Sparkplug.
said at 1:49 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013

Dunno what the accent John Mariano is trying to go for, but it's still an improvment over whatever David Kaye did. Sticking with Latta, though.
said at 7:23 PM on Fri Sep 4 2009
Because that's what I heard from the sites where I got the info on how I made this VC. But I will try to see how to get this fixed.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Sparkplug Witwicky voice actors?
Chris Latta
Jeff Bennett
David Kaye
John Mariano