- Corey Burton
Corey Burton Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
August 3, 1955
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Other names Cory Burton Occupation Voice Actor Years active 1972-present Awards Annie Award
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
2003 for House of Mouse
Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955) is an American voice actor, perhaps best known as Count Dooku, Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Brainiac in the DC animated universe and Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Transformers universe. Burton has worked on numerous cartoon series for major networks such as Cartoon Network and has also worked extensively with The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland theme parks.
Corey Burton began his career at age 17 with an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conreid for Disney. He studied radio acting with Daws Butler (Time for Beany, Merrie Melodies, Yogi Bear) for four years and went on to work with nearly all of the original Hollywood radio actors in classic-style radio dramas.
Burton has done extensive voice work for Disney including feature animations and interactive sections of the company, as well as many attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort. He provides the "Feature Presentation" voice on numerous Disney home video releases and can be heard as the tram narration voice at Disneyland park. He provided the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Return to Never Land and overdubbed the voice of Deems Taylor, the Master of Ceremonies in Fantasia, for the film's 2000 and 2010 video releases, as some of Taylor's original soundtracks had been lost.
Burton has voiced sound-alikes and original characters for over 50 Disney Storyteller records. His roles include:
- Additional voices in Dinosaur (Activity Center CD Rom)
- Ludwig Von Drake in DuckTales, Raw Toonage, Bonkers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Quack Pack, Mickey Mouse Works, Disney's House of Mouse
- Dale in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
- Gruffi Gummi and Toadwart in Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (following the death of Bill Scott)
- Sigmund Brock in American Dragon: Jake Long
- Zeus in Hercules: The Animated Series
- Mole in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return
- Onus in Treasure Planet
- Captain Hook in Return to Never Land, Disney's House of Mouse, Disney's Villains' Revenge, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates
- Dale, Yen Sid, Captain Hook, Sark, MCP, and the White Rabbit in the Kingdom Hearts series.
- The Narrator in Goofy appearances (1992–present)
- The opening Radio Voice in Kiki's Delivery Service (Walt Disney Studios dub)
- Professor Owl in Disney Sing Along Songs and the House of Mouse series
- King Stefan in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
- Mr. Smee in Disney's Villains' Revenge
- The White Rabbit in Disney's Villains' Revenge and Disney's House of Mouse
- The Ringmaster from Dumbo in Disney's Villains' Revenge
- Mr. Harvey Fenner in The Princess and the Frog
- Buzz Lightyear and other additional voices in the Disney On Ice adaptation of Toy Story 3
- Yen Sid and Captain Hook (the latter through vocal effects) in Epic Mickey
- Doc Hudson in the Cars video games, replacing the deceased Paul Newman
Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voiceover actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, as well as providing the same voice for Walt Disney World's HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event. Burton also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.
Burton was also approached to record a new safety spiel for the beginning of the original Haunted Mansion ride. He agreed to do this under the condition that it was only an addition and did not replace any of Frees' original dialogue. Since this was not the case, he declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy. Petitions are now being drawn to either have Frees' spiel reinstated or have Burton re-record it.
Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (like the "Pooped Pirate" and the pirate voice that guides you on and off the boat) and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volume Two. He also impersonated Frees as the voice of the alien foreheads in Larry Blamire's period science fiction spoof Trail of the Screaming Forehead.
Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn and Spike Witwicky in the 1984-86 Transformers cartoon series by Sunbow Productions & Marvel Productions. He later appeared as Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky, Megatron and Longarm Prime/Shockwave in the Transformers Animated series by Cartoon Network.
Burton stated in an interview that Shockwave was by far his favorite character to perform in the original show. However, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, so the part was given to Frank Welker, who also voiced Soundwave.
Corey Burton is known to Star Wars fans as the audio double for Christopher Lee as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Clone Wars and several Star Wars video games. He appears in various roles in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series, including (but not limited to) Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt. Along with his character of Count Dooku, Corey Burton reprised his role as Cad Bane in the video game: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes.
Burton has portrayed Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as Brainiac in six episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, two episodes of Static Shock, two episodes of Justice League and five episodes of Justice League Unlimited. Burton also voiced Brainiac in three episodes of Legion of Super Heroes, although this show is not set within the DCAU. Burton reprises his role of Brainiac in an online game, DC Universe Online.
Other television highlights
- The Scarecrow, The Russian and Marshall in Batman: Gotham Knight
- V.V. Argost and Van Rook in The Secret Saturdays
- James Bond, Jr. in the animated series of the same name
- The Pupununu in Tak and the Power of Juju
- Invisibo in Freakazoid.
- Captain Marvel in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.
- Red Tornado, Silver Cyclone, Doctor Mid-Nite, Doc Magnus, Mercury and Thomas Wayne in Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Tomax in G.I. Joe
- The evil antagonist Kanawk in the cult 1980s cartoon Robotix, as well as the roles of Goon and Tauron
- Law in G.I. Joe: Renegades
- Brain, Uncle Marvel in Young Justice
- Burton has done work for the Universal Studios - Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida in addition to the Universal Studios Japan theme park.
- Burton does voice-overs for many commercials and promos; for instance, Burton's voice is featured in some Old Navy commercials, a role he inherited after the death of Bill Wendell. He recently provided his voice for the Final Fantasy XII TV promo.
- In the WWE, Burton provided voice overs for the WrestleMania XXV Recap segments.
- Almost all character roles in the 1980 Cult Classic Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind.
- In the Critters film series, he provided the voices for the Crites, but he was only credited for the first one, and he also developed their language (as revealed on his website).
- The swordfish in the live-action film Elf
- The narrator for the video game Brütal Legend.
- Trommel Guado and Maester Kelk Ronso in the PlayStation 2 video game Final Fantasy X.
- Volteer the Electric Guardian Dragon in The Legend of Spyro Trilogy.
- Zeus in the video game God of War II for the PlayStation 2, and God of War III for the PlayStation 3.
- Cheester in Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9.
- The Footman, Bricabrac, Goggles, the Fluffy Show Announcer and the WACME Quiz Master in the 1996 adventure game Toonstruck.
- Numerous supporting roles on Focus on the Family's radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, most notably Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare, Cryin' Bryan Dern, and The Great Wishy Woz.
- Doctor N. Gin and Dr. Nefarious Tropy in the PlayStation video game Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.
- Jack the animated pumpkin that narrates the haunted attraction The House at Haunted Hill.
- Narrator of The A-Team.
- Hugo Strange in the videogame Batman: Arkham City.
- John Grey (Jean Grey's father) for two episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men
Year Film Role 1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice 1982 Water Engine Mag-Lev Man
The Sword and the Sorcerer Additional voices 1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Voice overs 1985 Robotix Voice 1986 Critters Critters Transformers: The Movie Shockwave, Spike Witwicky Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane (uncredited) 1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Tomax Amazon Women on the Moon Anchorman (segment: "Murray in Videoland")
TV Announcer (segment: "Amazon Women on the Moon")
Announcer (segment: "Silly Pete")
1988 Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien voice 1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Stanley Tummy Trouble Orderly Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer 1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit' Droopy Dog 1991 Uncle Elephant Additional voices 1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Narrator Porco Rosso Additional voices Aladdin Additional voices 1994 King of the 'B's Additional voices 1995 A Goofy Movie Wendell
Whisper of the Heart Additional voices 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional voices Black Mask Commissioner 1997 Hercules Titans
Tour Bus Guide
Princess Mononoke Additional voices 1998 Mulan Additional voice Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus 1999 Dudley Do-Right Voice of the Announcer Toy Story 2 Woody's Roundup Announcer Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale 2000 Bob's Video Klaxon Gen 13 Additional voices 2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaetan "The Mole" Molière 2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus Treasure Planet Onus 2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional voices Atlantis: Milo's Return Gaetan "The Mole" Molière Stitch! The Movie Additional voices 2004 The Lion King 1 1/2 Grumpy
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Elf #4 2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Martian Scientist
Eyes at Gate
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Doublehelix 2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus Planet Terror Narrator Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Narrator 2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Abin Sur Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice Star Wars: The Clone Wars General Loathsom
Ziro the Hutt
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster
Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
The A-Team Narrator
- ^ "Disneyland voice credits at burnsland.com". http://www.burnsland.com/voices/dl.shtml.
- ^ "Credits for Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volume Two". http://www.discogs.com/Stan-Freberg-The-United-States-Of-America-Vol-1-The-Early-Years-And-Vol-2-The-Middle-Years/release/1447027.
- ^ "seibertron.com Interview with Cory Burton". http://www.seibertron.com/energonpub/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=41857&p=742393#p742393.
- ^ http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/corey-burton-uninterested-in-reprising-shockwave-for-transformers-3-david-warner-is-rumored-171124/
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