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Is Stripe a Transformer?!

I have gotten a few emails recently regarding the upcoming Transformers movie, and the voice talent being used to bring life to the robots of yesteryear and today.

One of the original voice actors from the Transformers Cartoon series, Peter Cullen, is reprising his role as the leader of the valiant Autobots, Optimus Prime. This was revealed last year sometime to the general public, and it was quickly assumed that Frank Welker would be returning as well for the voice of Megatron. (Nerd Trivia Note: The original voice of Megatron was performed by Earl Hammond, but most people remember Frank Welker’s later work as Megatron’s voice, though both did a spectacular job.) Unfortunately, the studio decided that Frank was “too old” for the role, and instead cast venerable elf-lord and machine agent, Hugo Weaving as the Decipticons’ first-in-command.

How does this relate to our green reptilian creatures of the nocturnal persuasion? Well, Frank Welker was the memorable voice that brought Stripe to life in Gremlins, as well as various gremlins in the film and also Mohawk in Gremlins 2. (and most likely random background gremlins in the sequel.)

So is Stripe a Transformer this time around? Yes and no. Frank Welker was Megatron in the cartoon series, but will not be in the feature film….However, Frank will be returning to the role of Megatron in the Transformers video game coming out this summer that is based on the 2007 film.

I have to admit that having the original voices of Megatron and Optimus Prime together again in the video game does lend an appeal to a movie tie-in game that I would normally avoid, so we shall see if the movie warrants the game’s rental.

Now let’s see Frank return for GREMLINS 3! Hell, let’s just see them make a Gremlins 3!

As the summer is slow with news, don’t expect very frequent updates, but they will pop up here and there.

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7 responses to “Is Stripe a Transformer?!

  1. Gizmo "BIG GEE" Mogwai September 4, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    NO WAY! two of the most badest dudes are the same guy?!?
    -BIG GEE

  2. mega madness August 23, 2007 at 1:44 am

    let’s see i think optimus is better then gizmo and stripe is better then megatron why cuz well optimus is my fav from transformers and no matter what prime will always stop evil! now 4 megatron & stripe that’s up 2 u everyone vote 4 megatron or stripe by puting in “i vote stripe” or “i vote megatron” it will make me very happy if you vote!

  3. mega madness August 21, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    i got know something whos the badest bad guy! megatron or stripe?
    and whos the goodest hero! optimus or gizmo?

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  5. jazz the mogwhi/gremlin July 30, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    p.s favorite mogwhi is mohawk and my favorite gremlin is stripe, so thats cool that frank [aka megatron] does both !!

  6. jazz the mogwhi/gremlin July 30, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    i hope i spelled mogwhi the right way,any how i know already that frank did stripe, cuz i’m not just a grem-fan i’m a big transformers fan as well !!

  7. Arch July 13, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Was Frank Welker the voice of Frenzy? The Decepticon that transformed into a boom-box certainly sounded (and acted) like Stripe?

    Secondly, does anyone else think that when the Furby truck is upended and destroyed that that is a nod to Frank Welker and the Furby v. Gremlins controversy? Or, do I just like Gremlins too much?

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