North American VA Sightings March 2009 – Part 2!

A few more sightings for you this last Friday in March! Sadly, it looks like Part 3 is going to come sometime in April.

Sug Makes Triumphant Return to Animation!

This is a sighting you have to hear to believe – Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) appeared on a recent episode of Fox’s King of the Hill entitled “Uncool Customer”. She played Michael Savage, the daughter of a trendy mom, and Bobby’s main interest in his Cotillion class. Yes, even we thought that the name Michael was weird for a girl – we wondered if this was a play on Michael Jackson’s daughter (Paris Michael Katherine Jackson), but we later learned that it was a play on a conservative radio talk show host. This was a major role, and initially her voice didn’t sound anything like the characters she usually voices. This one reminded us of a more refined version of the older Rini she did in SuperS episode “Pegasus Revealed”. However, at the end of the episode when Bobby freaked out her character with what he was wearing at her very classy birthday party, her screaming was very much like the Rini we have all come to know and love! The episode would have been that much sweeter had we seen a scene where Nancy Hicks-Gribble called Michael “Sug”. Her infamous moniker for anyone and everyone would have had a special meaning with us Sailor Moon fans! This episode is currently being streamed for US viewers at Fox on Demand, however Canwest Global has no episodes of the show online for viewers in Canada. We suggest Canadians check their local listings to see when this episode will be repeated!

Roland Parliament Teaching in New Program in Niagara College!

I told you a really long time ago that Roland Parliament (Melvin, 1st Voice Director) had plans to teach at Niagara College, in the small town of Welland, Ontario (half an hour from Niagara Falls). The College’s Acting for Film and Video Program officially launched last Fall, and Roland is just one of many renowned greats teaching students. Others on staff include Second City alumnus Robin McCulloch, singer Barbara Mantini, and Ving Tsun Kung Fu Master Sifu Chris Hader. Roland has always had a special passion for teaching acting, and I have had the privilege to attend one of his sessions in 2004. He has a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry and has a very dynamic way of sharing these in a form that students can learn from and expand their acting horizons. ACTRA has even sent him around to different parts of Canada to teach workshops. For more information on the program, click here!

Linda Ballantyne is a Parrot!

Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon #3) has a new cartoon role – as a feathered friend! She plays Tulip the Parrot in the National Geographic Kids Entertainment cartoon, Toot & Puddle. This show is named for two pigs, who are best friend. Toot likes to travel the world and learn about different cultures, and send a postcard to Puddle who likes to stay at home. Tulip, is their pet. This cartoon is based on the popular book series by author Holly Hobbie. The show currently airs on Treehouse (Canada) and Noggin (USA).

Robert Tinkler Can Be Heard Soon in A New Cartoon and Video Game!

Currently in production is Kung Fu Magoo – an updated version of Mr. Magoo featuring the bumbling character and his 12-year-old nephew Justin, as they “dodge giant robotic spiders, ninjas on jet skis and the mutant ‘Beasteens,’ which are half animal and half teenage girl, all before the Evil-lympics even begin”. This is definitely a lot different than the Mr. Magoo we all grew up watching! You know your old when….. tangents aside, Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) can be heard as various characters in the series. The show also stars Olsen Twins successors Cole and Dylan Sprouse. Robert will also have various roles in the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion video game. Once again, Marvel heroes unite to save New York City from Latveria and Lucia Von Bardas.

More coming soon – we’ve saved the best for last!

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