We are elated to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2016: Veteran voice and character actor Alan Oppenheimer!
Alan has been in the entertainment business for more than 50 years, with live-action parts in such hit movies and series as The Untouchables, I Spy, Get Smart, Hogan’s Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, Bewitched, Bonanza, The Six Million Dollar Man, Westworld, Happy Days, What’s Happening!!, Trapper John M.D., Knight Rider, Night Court, Moving, Who’s the Boss, Married With Children, and Star Trek Voyager.
But if you grew up in the 80’s, you will most definitely recognize Alan as the voice of some of the decade’s most iconic characters!
His most famous voice role is probably that of the poster child of evil: Skeletor! *wicked laughter*
Alan portrayed the sinister (yet lovable) villain in over 70 episodes of the He-man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series by Filmation, and the character would go on to have appearances on the follow-up She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon. Though surrounded by incompetent minions and thwarted time and again by He-man and friends, Skeletor would never stop trying to conquer Eternia and capture Castle Grayskull!
In addition to Skeletor, Alan also provided the voice for Prince Adam’s mentor Man-At-Arms, Skeletor’s gurgling henchman Mer-Man, as well as Prince Adam’s “fearless friend” Cringer!
“Never give up, and good luck will find you.”
And in a role completely opposite of Skeletor, Alan also voiced another favorite character from the 80’s: The flying luck dragon Falkor!
A wise and benevolent being from the land of Fantasia, Falkor would give encouraging advice to those in need and could always be relied on in a crisis. This gentle giant is widely considered to be the most popular character from The NeverEnding Story, and is also one of Alan’s personal favorite roles.
In addition to Falkor, Alan also gave voice to the gargantuan Rock Biter and the devious G’mork, and was also the lighthearted narrator of the film!
Mr. Oppenheimer also worked on Marvel Sunbow’s Transformers cartoon, where he voiced three notable season 2 Autobots: The boisterous Warpath, the mellow pacifist Beachcomber, and the ocean-faring Seaspray!
Other characters Alan voiced include Prime Evil from Filmation’s Ghostbusters, as well as Vanity on the wildly popular Smurfs cartoon series!
Skeletor may be irredeemable evil, but we can assure you Alan has a heart of gold! He wants to donate 100% of his autograph sales from the show directly to children’s charities! So please come out to meet him at Retro Con! You’ll not only be meeting an amazing talent, you’ll also be helping some very worthy causes!!
If you’re an 80’s cartoon aficionado, you won’t want to miss Retro Con’s charity auction this year! Voice actor (and Retro Con 2013 guest) Neil Ross has generously donated his remaining scripts from his voice-over work from back in the day. We have sorted through these and put together a catalog of them to be auctioned off at the show!
These are genuine dialogue scripts used by Neil in the recording studio while working on such classic shows as Transformers, GI Joe, and Voltron! Some include the call sheets, and many have hand-written notes in the sidebars and even the occasional doodle or other artifact. Many of these scripts also have differences to what made it into the final episodes, such as alternate lines of dialogue, and some instances where lines (and even scenes) were removed altogether from the finished shows! As huge fans of these shows ourselves, these scripts have made for most interesting reading!
And to make the scripts even more interesting, we have sent them out to several other voice actors that worked on these series, who have kindly autographed them for us! A special thanks to Neil Ross, Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Sue Blu, Alan Oppenheimer, Gregg Berger, Paul Eiding, Zack Hoffman, Morgan Lofting, John Moschitta, BJ Ward, Jack Angel, and Frank Welker for their assistance on this charity project!
The event will be held on Saturday afternoon at the show, and our auctioneer will be none other than America’s favorite fast talker himself: John Moschitta Jr!
100% of proceeds earned will be donated amongst a few different charities. These include Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Cat Angel Network (a no-kill cat rescue in southeast PA), and other charities that will be selected by our 2015 guests who have participated in this auction project.
Our friend Kevin Jones from SEO Toy Review has created this awesome stop-motion commercial to help us promote Retro Con 2015! It includes voice acting by Retro Con guests John Moschitta Jr, Larry, Kenney, and Doug Stone!
A huge thanks to them all for lending their talent to this promo!!
Check out a cool Retro Con 2015 commercial created by Randall Ng of NGSMOOV, with voices by John Moschitta Jr., Michael McConnohie, and Larry Kenney! A big thanks to them all for lending their talent!!
We’d like to welcome the venerable Michael Bell to Retro Con 2015!
With nearly 60 years of professional acting experience (over 40 of them as a voice actor), Michael is a true legend in the industry! Though widely known for his voice work, you may also have seen Michael in character parts in such classic TV shows as Get Smart, The Monkees, CHiPs, Three’s Company, Charlie’s Angels, and Star Trek. Michael also ran his own voice acting workshop, which he used to train well-known voice actors such as Cam Clarke and Corey Burton, and he also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. He is married to actress Victoria Carroll, and you may also know of their daughter, actress Ashley Bell!
Michael’s most notable role for retro fans is probably that of First Sergeant Conrad “Duke” Hauser in the Sunbow GI Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon series! He voiced the confident field leader of the Joe team in the two original miniseries, both seasons of the syndicated tv show, and in the GI Joe animated movie (1987). Though originally written to be killed off in the movie, a severe backlash over the death of Optimus Prime in the Transformers movie spurred producers to spare the character of Duke. So in lieu of dying in a battle with Serpentor, Duke would slip into a coma and later reawaken.
Mr. Bell is also popular for his work on G1 Transformers, with his most prominent role arguably being military strategist Prowl! A highly capable Autobot, Prowl was known for his straight-laced and logical personality. He also stood out with his unique police-themed robot and car design. Unfortunately, Prowl met his demise in the 1986 Transformers movie at the hands of a Decepticon raiding party while co-piloting an Autobot shuttle on its way to Earth. ☠
And just like GI Joe, Michael also provided voices for many other characters on Transformers as well! Among them were Dinobot Swoop, warrior Sideswipe, Insecticon Bombshell, and Constructicon leader Scrapper.
Other highlights in Mr. Bell’s voice acting career include: Zan of the Wonder Twins (along with space monkey Gleek), Lance and Sven on Voltron, Chas Finster on Rugrats, Handy, Grouchy, and Lazy Smurf, and Plastic Man!
Michael will be on hand all weekend to sign autographs for retro fanatics, so bring along your cartoon memorabilia! Michael is also a huge animal rights activist, so we will be donating part of the totals of the Retro Con 2015 charity auction to an animal foundation of his choice!
We are excited to announce the addition of Michael McConnohie to our 2015 guest list!
A veteran in the voice acting industry for over 30 years and still going strong, Michael has been part of hundreds of projects in the field, ranging from dubbing anime, to recording for western animation, to voicing characters in video games. In addition Michael also works as a voice director and writer.
Michael’s most popular role in the retro realm is arguably that of Autobot Tracks on the original G1 Transformers cartoon!
Introduced in season 2, Tracks with his sleek (flying!) car mode, warrior skills, and flamboyant and narcissistic personality, quickly made him a favorite among Transformer fans!
Michael was also voice of the quirky UFO character Cosmos on the show! Being one of the few Autobots able to fly into space, Cosmos would sometimes lament his lonely function on the team.
Michael also voiced Cross-Country on the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe cartoon. Usually a polite and jovial soldier, but don’t steal his tape deck or else you’ll see his angry side!!
Some of Michael’s notable roles in dubbing include D and Left Hand in Vampire Hunter D, the lead role in Captain Harlock and the Queen From a Thousand Years, General Rolf Emerson in Robotech, Ryuken Ishida on Bleach, as well as providing the voice for Tatsu in the first two live-action TMNT movies!
Michael has several popular roles in video games as well. In the World of Warcraft series, he can be heard as the voice of Kel’Thuzad, Uther the Lightbringer, and the Lich King!
He also voiced Zhanh Liao and Zhou Tai in installments of the Dynasty Warriors series!
And he can most recently be heard in the brand new Mortal Kombat X, where he provides the voices for both Kano and Ermac!
Michael will be at the show all weekend and will be signing for attendees free of charge! We politely request that you limit your free items signed to two. We thank Mr. McConnohie for agreeing to come to the show this year!!
In a rare convention appearance, we are pleased to announce that John Moschitta will be attending our 2015 show!
“America’s Favorite Fast Talker,” John has performed for eight US Presidents, recorded over 750 commercials (including his famous Federal Express ads), starred in four network television series, was featured in over a dozen movies, appeared on over 1,000 talk shows, released two best-selling audio books, and worked for over 500 corporations. He can most recently be heard on the animated series Adventure Time, Family Guy, and Robot Chicken!
“We’ve got Decepticons at the gates, Decepticons in the air, Decepticons outside the walls! Decepticons, Decepticons, Decepticons! If we beat them off the walls, they’re still in the air. If we shoot them out of the air, they’re still at the gate. So where does that leave us? Nowhere, that’s where!”
Transformers fans will of course remember John as voice of the kinetic fast-talking Autobot Blurr on the original Transformers cartoon series! Introduced in Transformers: The Movie (1986), the character continued into season 3 as a regular on the show. Though a capable and dedicated Autobot, Blurr’s effectiveness would sometimes be hampered by his incessant chatter. He was also extremely proud of his hyper speed abilities, and disappointed when he missed the opportunity to show them off.