Archive for June, 2014
Bill was quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse for the last 28 years!
I don’t know anybody in the world who is as lucky as I am,” said Taylor, who has a splash of pink in her whitish-blond hair. “I work with the best people.”
Her co-workers return the feeling.
“Russi has the tendency to get the giggles,” said Bill Farmer, a longtime friend who is the voices of Goofy and Pluto. “When she starts laughing sometimes it’s very difficult for her to stop. It is a blast.
“She embodies Minnie. What she adds is a large part of her personality to the character.”
When she was a young girl, Russi Taylor and her family visited Disneyland, where she had a close and remarkable encounter with Walt Disney himself.
“It was night time and we had just gotten off of the Mark Twain” boat ride. “There was a man sitting on the bench. We went past him to get popcorn.”
Taylor, who was a big fan of Disney’s TV series, knew the man sitting alone was Disney, but her mother didn’t believe her. “She said, ‘Honey, it couldn’t be.’” So her mother walked over and asked him if he was Uncle Walt. He told her he was. “My mother sat down and they started talking.”
Cruise: Bill Farmer appearing on the Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Castaway Cay, August 20-24, 2014
Bill will be making an appearance on this cruise August 20-24, 2014. For more information on Disney Cruises, visit the Disney Cruise Line Web Site.
Here is an interview with Bill from a previous cruise in 2013.
Bill Farmer appears at Florida Supercon -July 3-6, Miami
Bill Farmer is best known as the voice of Goofy, Pluto and Horace Horsecollar for Disney, as well as the voices of Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn in Space Jam.
Bill is one of the busiest Voice Actors in the business. Just this year Bill received an Emmy Nomination for his work on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The Friz Freiling Lifetime Achievement Award (the first time the honor has been given to a voice talent) and in 2009 was honored with Disney’s highest award when he became a Disney Legend. Bill is best known for his work as Disney’s Goofy and Pluto. He has also played in The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987), Goof Troop (1992), Mickey Mouse Works (1999), House of the Mouse (2001), the Mickey Mouse Club House (2006), and over 3000 other Disney projects. He is now recording the fourth season of the #1 rated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse seen on the Disney Channel. Other major Disney films include Prince and the Pauper, A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie, The Three Musketeers, and Once Upon a Christmas. Disney/Pixar projects include work on Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, and Cars.
Farmer voiced Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn for the movie Space Jam. Bill worked with Warner Brothers doing the voices of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck on an episode of Robot Chicken last season. Farmer voiced Astro Boy in 2004 and a character in Shrek 2. He has also voiced numerous characters for video games.
Ever since he was a kid, he was enamored with cartoons. He grew up in a small town in Kansas without much to do, so Saturday mornings were always fun because it was a time for cartoons. He learned he had a knack for doing voices of all the characters he liked. Goofy was a favorite. He never dreamed that one day he would actually become the voice of Goofy.
Bill believes that cartoon voices are not just about funny voices. He took acting classes when he moved to California. His mentor was the late Daws Butler, the voice behind many of the Hanna-Barbera characters. Daws got Bill to realize that when doing cartoon voices, you’re not merely doing a funny voice, you’re an actor. You have to think like the character you’re doing and convey the action in your voice.
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