Bill Farmer

Event: Bill Farmer at DragonCon 2014 – August 29 – September 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia

by on Jul.01, 2014, under Events

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Bill will be part of DragonCon 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia from August 29, 2014 through September 1, 2014 over the US Labor Day Weekend Holiday.

What is DragonCon?

Dragon Con is an annual Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention held in Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend. Dragon Con started in 1987 as an outgrowth of a local SF and gaming group, the Dragon Alliance of Gamers and Role-Players. Over Dragon*Con Logo from official Press Kitthe years, the convention has grown to cover more than just Science Fiction, Fantasy, and gaming. Besides those original programming tracks, Dragon Con now covers over 30 additional areas of interest. This essentially makes Dragon Con 30+ conventions in one! Key events at Dragon Con include several Costuming Contests, including the Masquerade, Independent films, 3 dealer rooms, art show, and of course, the famous Dragon*Con Parade. Growing in size from the 1,400 people attending the inaugural 1987 event to over 46,000 at recent events, Dragon Con has a long history of being the greatest Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention. — DragonCon Wiki

From the DragonCon web site…

Bill Farmer 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 and the Friz Freiling Lifetime Achievement Award, the first time the honor has been given to a voice talent. In 2009, Farmer was honored with Disney’s highest award when he became a Disney Legend.

Farmer 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), Mickey Mouse Club House (2006), and over 3,000 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 and 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, Farmer 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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