Interview with voice actor Dee Bradley Baker

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When you see him, he does look familiar. His voice can transform in just about ANY character you could imagine. His talent for the strange voices to the hilarious dictatorship voices are spot on. Dee Bradley Baker is – as his German character Klaus from American Dad would say – Über talented. We were able to chat with Baker at the Hub Network Press Tour about his character on Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters.

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NR: Hello! We’re NERD REACTOR.

Baker: Nerd Reactor! I like you guys already!

NR: And we like you!!! Your character is the reef prince – what inspired his voice?

Baker: The character of Glu-urrgle had to sound not human and almost watery. I think there was almost a robotic sound to it too [demonstrates gargling sound with eerie voice]. Almost like there’s circuit breakers tripping. So I tried to factor that in as well in the voice. It’s a very odd voice.

NR: Do you need to prepare beforehand in your voices?

Baker: No, I just walk in there and that’s the thing that came in my mind and started performing it [does it more].

NR: Tell me more about your other shows.

Baker: I’m Klaus on American Dad, I’m a clone on Clone Wars, and a lot of characters on Adventure Time – Cinnamon Bun.

NR: I love Klaus on American Dad! That fish! I love him.

Baker: I love him too. You have very good taste. He loves Francine, but he’s a metabolically maniac fish.

NR: Where did you draw inspiration for that character’s voice?

Baker: I studied German in college and I liked the language – German. So when they had me audition as the fish – they originally had it as a French fish, I read it with a German because I thought that would be funnier. That’s why he’s German. He was originally a French fish with French things sprinkled into him. I read him as a German fish with Germanisms sprinkled in him. They liked it.

NR: Who has been your favorite voice to portray?

Baker: You know, I like there weirder they are, they better. Either extremely weird or extremely normal. I particularly like doing Momo and Appa in the Airbender series and Legend of Korra for Nickelodeon. There’s a real heart and expression to those characters that the fans connect into that I really love. I love playing the clones because I love Star Wars and I also love playing Tarrlok in Legend of Korra which is a straight ahead villainous character that I play with Steve Blum. That I particularly love. I’ll give you those three or four. It’s hard to narrow it down. I like everything I do very much.

NR: Where do you draw inspiration for the characters you play?

Baker: I draw inspiration from having watched a lot of cartoons as a kid and a lot of monster movies. I think kids should follow what they’re interested in and what they love – no matter how weird or odd it seems. Those are things that I loved that frightened me or that excited me as a kid, but I had no idea that would lead to something in my grown-up life. I like something nonhuman. I like animals. I studied biology in classes. I liked biology classes. I loved monster movies and creatures. My favorite movie was in the 80s – John Carpenter, David Cronenberg – you know my heroes were Rick Baker and Rob Bottin. Those that made the creatures and the critters. That’s what I love. That’s why I connect into that more.

NR: What is your favorite monster that you haven’t done?

Baker: My favorite monster that I haven’t done… I really love – I’ll give you two answers and I don’t know if that’s the right answer but one, I have to refer to John Carpenter’s The Thing because that’s a movie about something and it’s really interesting. There’s a real depth to what’s going on with that monster. More recently, I really love Pan’s Labyrinth and the Fawn. That’s a really terrific movie.

NR: That is a terrific movie! You would be so great in it! Thank you so much for talking with me!

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