Kw-logo-smaller

Townsend Coleman Interview

By: Sindy

Sindy:: Hi Townsend, I have to tell you—I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so the six-year-old version of me is pretty excited that I get to talk to you now.


Townsend: (laughs) I’m glad to hear that, that’s sweet. It’s been an awesome ride doing the show—I’m one of the luckiest guys on the planet.


Sindy:: I feel like you voiced my childhood! You did ProStars!


Townsend:: No way, you remember that? Nobody remembers that! What else did you watch?


Sindy:: Hrm, there was Jem and Fraggle Rock.


Townsend: I wish they’d come out with the animated version of the Fraggles because we only did the one season. We had to do voice matches from the original muppet version so that was wild—actually that’s how I heard about Ninja Turtles! The guy who was voice directing Fraggle Rock was casting Ninja Turtles and he showed up one day with a copy of the comic book and we all rolled our eyes thinking “how long is that going to last?” It was way out there—we didn’t even think it would get as far as the casting. Then when it went as far as it did, we all just shook our heads—how lucky were we?


Sindy:: Would you say you have anything in common with Michelangelo? Do you identify with his crazy personality??


Townsend: Well yeah, I can be pretty goofy at times, especially if I’m in a mood. I can get going and yeah, I like pizza! But I’m not a surfer dude and I’m not the surfer/skater type but yeah, I can definitely be a little goofy.


Sindy:: Were you channeling anyone for the voice?


Townsend: People have asked me that before but the only influence I had back at the time—because I only moved here (California) from Ohio—was Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicoli character from Fast Times at Ridgmont High. I wasn’t too familiar with the surfer lifestyle and surfer/skater kind of Valley dude thing. I didn’t want to make Michelangelo sound too stupid or too out of it, so he’s just really positive all the time and likes to have fun.


Sindy:: Did you ever have any input on the writing?


Townsend: Not really, no. From time to time we’d do some ad libs but on a show like TMNT there’s a whole group of people working on it and the script has to go through multiple approval processes with the network and the toy companies. The creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird had approval over everything whether it was design feature for the action figures or the script so I think that tended to keep consistency with the writing.


Sindy:: For sure. What about episodes—which was your favorite to record?


Townsend:: Gosh, that’s a hard question to answer because we did close to 200 episodes and at the time I was doing a lot of other series, so the way my brain works—I just don’t retain it well. I saw some episodes recently that I liked—some on youtube actually—that made me laugh out loud. Rob Paulsen as Raphael really cracks me up—he’s such a quick wit. There were a couple lines of his that had me laughing right out loud.


Sindy:: Would you record alone or with the other Turtles?


Townsend:: We’d almost always record ensemble in a studio. There may be eight or ten of us in the studio at the same time, so the chairs are set up in a semi circle with mic stands and mics and we all record together. It’s way better that way because you can play off each other and there’s more energy and spontaneity. Voice actors who do animation tend to be very funny people—not including myself—and they’re so brilliant and witty. Most of them are comedians or have done stand-up, or just have a great comedic sense.


Sindy:: If you didn’t do comedy, how did you get into voice acting then?


Townsend::I just lucked out—I was on the radio as a Rock Jock but I left because I felt like I’d sucked Cleveland dry so I wanted to make a break for either New York or Los Angeles to try my hand at acting. I came out here to Los Angeles to do on-camera acting and pursued that for 2 or 3 years, just beating my head against the wall, getting nowhere and hating the process, but in the mean time I got a voice-over manager almost immediately and I started booking stuff right away. I auditioned for Corporal Capeman on Inspector Gadget and got it, and from there I just started booking shows. I gave up this idea of being an actor actor and boy it was like letting a hundred pound weight go and really freed me up to do more of the voice-over stuff and it really took off. Had I known what was entailed in voice-over work and the high caliber and level of talent of people I’d be working with and competing against, I probably never would’ve tried!


Sindy:: Sometimes ignorance is bliss!


Townsend:: Definitely and in this case it certainly has been bliss.


Sindy:: Awesome, thanks so much for the chat, Townsend.


Townsend:: Thanks Kidzworld!


Related Links:

  • Peter Laird Interview
  • TMNT TV Show Facts
  • TMNT Season 7 DVD Review
  • 0 Comments

    latest videos

    Teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-poll

    Favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?

    • Raphael
    • Donatello
    • Michaelangelo
    • Leonardo

    related stories

    Entertainment in the forums

    -TrueMorality-
    How I Met Your Mother
    reply 23 minutes
    catonio
    catonio posted in Movies:
    Phát sóng đầu tiên vào năm 2011, đã phim hoạt hình 3D 'Larva', ngay từ đầu, tạo ra một lượng fan hâm mộ lớn của cả trẻ em và người lớn một phần nhờ vào sự độc đáo, ngoại hài hước của hai nhân vật chính của nó, và cho vở hài kịch vui nhộn mà tiếp tục mà không có đường. Hiện nay, nó Đáng gây ra một cơn sốt không chỉ ở thị trường trong nước mà còn ra khỏi thị trường nước ngoài, với khoảng 1.000 mặt hàng của sản phẩm nhân vật có liên quan sẵn luôn luôn có và các phim hoạt hình của chính nó đang được phát sóng tại 97 quốc gia trên thế giới. Các tem Larva được ban hành dưới hình thức dán sẽ :. Hoàng vô độ và ngu ngốc chưa đa dạng Red, một đầu tham lam nóng giận và liệt nhưng khéo Léo. hồng, với khuôn mặt quyến rũ ẩn một sức mạnh rất lớn; Brown, một bọ hung độc đáo, quan tâm đến việc thu decimal quý giá của mình; Black, một con bọ của sức mạnh siêu nhân cho lực chết người và đấm; và Phổ, một con vẹt đó, nhìn từ trên cao xuống, lên vỗ của một sân, lực lượng Hach dịch. Ngoài ra, bao gồm bên lề của tem là các loại giấy dán tường, bạn có thể được sử dụng kết hợp với những con tem.      
    reply about 14 hours
    Greenlily96
    Greenlily96 posted in Celebs:
    Ok soooo this might not be a celeb but to me, he is......its PEWDIEPIEEEEE. I also like logan Lerman. And Niall Horan.
    reply about 15 hours
    Greenlily96
    Greenlily96 posted in Celebs:
    Okay first of all, to all those Swifties out there, Tay's got bad blood, and I knew she was trouble when she walked in. Ariana's got one less problem without her, because she broke free. And Taylor has to shake it off.  :) :) :) :) :) :) ;)
    reply about 15 hours
    -Gwen9--
    -Gwen9-- posted in TV Shows:
    The Simpsons
    reply about 15 hours

    play online games