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Old 04-03-2017   #31
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Hi GreenGoblin75,

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Hey, The Luminous One,

Next time you're here, I was hoping you could answer a question I had.

Was BOTP recorded similar to anime titles of today, with the actors matching the lip flaps while looking at the Japanese version?

Because it seems like that must've been something different than what those actors were normally used to doing.
No, unfortunately the Battle actors didn’t have that luxury. I’m sure they would have loved it! They got timed scripts and had to perform their dialogue to a stopwatch operated by the voice director. They had to hit their exact timings with no visual cues at all. A few mentioned to me that it was a bit difficult at first but once they got used to the process, it went very smoothly.

For ease of production, they also recorded the original US animated sequences the same way.

Let me know if I can answer more thoroughly, or if you have any other questions.

Jason
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Old 04-03-2017   #32
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Hi GreenGoblin75,



No, unfortunately the Battle actors didnít have that luxury. Iím sure they would have loved it! They got timed scripts and had to perform their dialogue to a stopwatch operated by the voice director. They had to hit their exact timings with no visual cues at all. A few mentioned to me that it was a bit difficult at first but once they got used to the process, it went very smoothly.

For ease of production, they also recorded the original US animated sequences the same way.

Let me know if I can answer more thoroughly, or if you have any other questions.

Jason
www.battleoftheplanets.info
Ok that took some real skill and precision, way trickier yet a clever idea.

Props.
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Old 07-30-2017   #33
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The stopwatch must have been quite a learning curve, but I think it really helped out especially considering the limitations there were back then.

It's neat to hear that John Stephenson was involved in the dubbing too, that's something I should try to listen for whenever I get the chance as well. Wendy Young and Takayo Fischer's involvement has always interested me, since I could hear Waldo as voicing plenty of the women and children as talented as she was, but have also wondered at times on some roles and if they were still within her range.
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The stopwatch must have been quite a learning curve, but I think it really helped out especially considering the limitations there were back then.

It's neat to hear that John Stephenson was involved in the dubbing too, that's something I should try to listen for whenever I get the chance as well. Wendy Young and Takayo Fischer's involvement has always interested me, since I could hear Waldo as voicing plenty of the women and children as talented as she was, but have also wondered at times on some roles and if they were still within her range.
I have a small update you may be interested in. I recently completed interviews with some of the voice actors I mentioned earlier in the thread, including Takayo Fischer. She kept records of times, dates and in most cases, names of the characters she played. She came in fairly late into the production of Battle of the Planets, approximately Week 12 (of 17) in the production order. She played characters whom I'd assumed to be Janet Waldo reading in a lower register. Agent S-9 in the ďCurse of the CuttlefishĒ episodes and Ms. Ostric in "Giant Gila Monster" were two examples.

I also spoke with David Jolliffe and he confirmed he was Jason in the pilot. He was unavailable for the role months later when the show was given the go-ahead. But he remained on-call to come in to play various roles when he was in town. Thatís that mystery finally solved!

Wendy Young was very cool to talk with, but could not recall which episodes she was in. She thought something like six or seven of them.

Unfortunately none of the actors could recall any additional personnel involved. Iím still looking! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Old 10-18-2017   #35
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Hi LichaRose,



I have a small update you may be interested in. I recently completed interviews with some of the voice actors I mentioned earlier in the thread, including Takayo Fischer. She kept records of times, dates and in most cases, names of the characters she played. She came in fairly late into the production of Battle of the Planets, approximately Week 12 (of 17) in the production order. She played characters whom I'd assumed to be Janet Waldo reading in a lower register. Agent S-9 in the ďCurse of the CuttlefishĒ episodes and Ms. Ostric in "Giant Gila Monster" were two examples.

I also spoke with David Jolliffe and he confirmed he was Jason in the pilot. He was unavailable for the role months later when the show was given the go-ahead. But he remained on-call to come in to play various roles when he was in town. Thatís that mystery finally solved!

Wendy Young was very cool to talk with, but could not recall which episodes she was in. She thought something like six or seven of them.

Unfortunately none of the actors could recall any additional personnel involved. Iím still looking! Let me know if you have any more questions.

Jason
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That's pretty cool. I was kinda wondering if some of the Spectra agents were played by Takayo, and turns out it was true.

That's pretty cool. Would have been nice to hear Jolliffe play Jason more, but then again, we wouldn't have gotten Ronnie Schell's great performance. Still, he was a solid early voice for Jason.

Heh, Wendy Young seems like a pretty cool person.

Man, it kinda saddens me that Bill Woodson passed away some time after you posted that you had contacted him, but he was ill. Would have been cool if you had gotten another chance to talk with him.
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Hi LichaRose,



I have a small update you may be interested in. I recently completed interviews with some of the voice actors I mentioned earlier in the thread, including Takayo Fischer. She kept records of times, dates and in most cases, names of the characters she played. She came in fairly late into the production of Battle of the Planets, approximately Week 12 (of 17) in the production order. She played characters whom I'd assumed to be Janet Waldo reading in a lower register. Agent S-9 in the ďCurse of the CuttlefishĒ episodes and Ms. Ostric in "Giant Gila Monster" were two examples.

I also spoke with David Jolliffe and he confirmed he was Jason in the pilot. He was unavailable for the role months later when the show was given the go-ahead. But he remained on-call to come in to play various roles when he was in town. Thatís that mystery finally solved!

Wendy Young was very cool to talk with, but could not recall which episodes she was in. She thought something like six or seven of them.

Unfortunately none of the actors could recall any additional personnel involved. Iím still looking! Let me know if you have any more questions.

Jason
www.battleoftheplanets.info
Really cool to give us this update.
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Hi folks!

Wow, I canít believe itís been so long since Iíve checked in here. But I have a few more updates to pass along.

First, if anyone will be at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA at the end of March, there will be a Battle of the Planets discussion panel:

https://sched.co/MDLE

I will be there and will hope to see more fans!

Next concerns the voice actors. Starscreamsfan, I know this will probably break your hopes, but it seems that Michael Rye was not involved in the production of Battle. I was recently given the names of everyone who was involved as a voice actor on the series. It was from an official cast sheet. Unfortunately, Mr. Ryeís name did not appear.

The list did not break down what episodes people were in, nor what characters they played. But having the names has given a tremendous starting point to unlocking the question marks.

I will probably release the full list on my site when I am able to make better determinations. But I wanted to at least answer your longstanding question about Dr. Sweet. It seems he was played by actor Frank Maxwell.

A few Dr. Sweet lines:
https://youtu.be/Bhb9Q1Dv5pQ?t=373

Some lines from one of his General Hospital appearances:
https://youtu.be/YW8uB7NgH68?t=107

Or for something truly strange, here are the same three words spoken at the start of each following clip. First in the Battle episode, then in a Lowenbrau Beer commercial!

Episode:
https://youtu.be/Bhb9Q1Dv5pQ?t=758

Commercial:
https://youtu.be/ALjPCQl_-54?t=17

Mr. Young had recalled Frank Maxwell in an interview I did with him about twenty years ago. But the problem was he couldnít remember Mr. Maxwellís last name! All he knew was ďFrank somebody.Ē I was so glad to finally learn who it was.

I hope this helps. Please let me know what you think and if you have any other questions. Iíll do my best to answer them.

Jason
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Hi folks!

Wow, I canít believe itís been so long since Iíve checked in here. But I have a few more updates to pass along.

First, if anyone will be at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA at the end of March, there will be a Battle of the Planets discussion panel:

https://sched.co/MDLE

I will be there and will hope to see more fans!

Next concerns the voice actors. Starscreamsfan, I know this will probably break your hopes, but it seems that Michael Rye was not involved in the production of Battle. I was recently given the names of everyone who was involved as a voice actor on the series. It was from an official cast sheet. Unfortunately, Mr. Ryeís name did not appear.

The list did not break down what episodes people were in, nor what characters they played. But having the names has given a tremendous starting point to unlocking the question marks.

I will probably release the full list on my site when I am able to make better determinations. But I wanted to at least answer your longstanding question about Dr. Sweet. It seems he was played by actor Frank Maxwell.

A few Dr. Sweet lines:
https://youtu.be/Bhb9Q1Dv5pQ?t=373

Some lines from one of his General Hospital appearances:
https://youtu.be/YW8uB7NgH68?t=107

Or for something truly strange, here are the same three words spoken at the start of each following clip. First in the Battle episode, then in a Lowenbrau Beer commercial!

Episode:
https://youtu.be/Bhb9Q1Dv5pQ?t=758

Commercial:
https://youtu.be/ALjPCQl_-54?t=17

Mr. Young had recalled Frank Maxwell in an interview I did with him about twenty years ago. But the problem was he couldnít remember Mr. Maxwellís last name! All he knew was ďFrank somebody.Ē I was so glad to finally learn who it was.

I hope this helps. Please let me know what you think and if you have any other questions. Iíll do my best to answer them.

Jason
www.battleoftheplanets.info

Thank you so much for sharing! I do regret that decided not to go to WonderCon ;(
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