(previously in this series: 5 Questions with Alan Muraoka from Sesame Street)
Welcome to another installment of 5 Questions with a 5-Year-Old. This time, Zoey had the opportunity to sit with Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche–the voices behind Pinky and The Brain–at this year’s Awesome Con in Washington, DC!
Of course, they’re also the voices of hundreds of other characters, and their filmographies read like an exhaustive list of animation from the 80s through today (including Transformers, GI Joe, Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10, The Tick, and on and on and on…).
Zoey, however, knows them best from Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Rescue Bots (where Maurice LaMarche is the voice of Chief Burns).
When my kids first became obsessed with the younger, much more kid-friendly version of the Transformers–Rescue Bots–I started to poke around in stores to see what toys were available.
Turns out there are a couple different ones. There are small PVC characters that aren’t poseable and, frankly, really not that much fun. Sam (2-year-old Roarbot) has a few of these. Aside from the availability of the human characters on the show, there’s really not much to them.
However, the larger transforming toys are a different matter entirely. Made by Hasbro under the Playskool Heroes line, there are (currently) 6 different vehicles: the 4 Rescue Bots themselves–Heatwave, Chase, Boulder, Blades–and Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.