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  • - I think he could go very far into the depths of Otto's

  • voice coming up with more Otto.

  • You Otto be in pictures.

  • [laughs]

  • Yeah, that was a funny comedy joke.

  • - Beware! - Nerf!

  • - It's me, Yakko. - What is on your mind?

  • Hi, Rob Paulson here better known to you as Yakko Warner

  • from the Animaniacs, hello Vanity Fair.

  • Other characters from the Animaniacs include

  • Dr. Otto van Scratchandsniff, yeah that is me too,

  • Pinky, from Pinky and the Brain.

  • Nerf!

  • From Jimmy Neutron boy genius Carl Wheezer.

  • Are you gonna finish that croissant?

  • I was also the box ghost.

  • Beware!

  • A couple of Ninja Turtles,

  • Raphael from the original show and then Donatello

  • from a later iteration, 50% of the Ninja Turtles

  • in one old guy from Michigan and by the way,

  • thank you all you parents who bought

  • action figures because as a result of your largess,

  • my kids' teeth are straight today.

  • Today, I, that is Pinky, is going to review some impressions

  • of Rob Paulson's characters, let's see what happens.

  • Poit!

  • [bright animated music]

  • - They give me that saucy librarian look!

  • - Ooh, they give me that saucy librarian look!

  • You know uh, bookish,

  • then take them off and let your head down.

  • Oh oh, Las Vegas, uhm roller skates, crash,

  • hurt, hippies, park, oh, no no, help, firemans, carry,

  • drop, oops, pick up, lab, put them over there.

  • Let's dress them up, funny there was a face paint.

  • Narf!

  • Poit!

  • - Wow, that was quite excellent.

  • Although I didn't quite understand a lot of what you said.

  • Part of the trick is being able to speak in a way in which

  • conveys the character and the sensibilities of the character

  • but also you do have to be able to be relatively

  • understandable so even though Pinky can go

  • la la la la, fun fun, silly willy, nerf.

  • He still has to go say, I god brain, I think so,

  • but if they call them sad meals, no one would buy them.

  • Enunciate because we have to understand your stupidity.

  • Poit!

  • But that certainly wasn't for lack of energy.

  • You did a really great job and you said,

  • Narf and Poit quite well.

  • A really great job of moving around.

  • A lot of actors jesticulate a lot.

  • We jesticulate right in front of God and everybody,

  • so all of that stuff is great,

  • but you know what the bottom line is, man,

  • you were having a great time and that's what this is about.

  • Continue to embrace your silliness.

  • - I think so Brain,

  • but where are gonna find a duck and a hose at this hour?

  • - I think so Brain, but if they called them sad meals,

  • no one would buy them.

  • I think so Brain,

  • but it'd be Snow White and the Seventh Samurai.

  • I think so Brain, but Burleigh cheeps be so.

  • I think so, but where will we find an open tattoo

  • parlor at this time of night?

  • - Oh, really nice, excellent responses,

  • non sequiturs, those are called.

  • My friend, just raise your head,

  • you should be talking into the mic.

  • I understand that that's a technical thing

  • 'cause you're reading from down here but easily fixed,

  • bring it up here.

  • We could hear more of your fabulous Pinkyness,

  • if you let us hear it,

  • but your tone and your temperament on the 'I think so Brain,

  • but if they called them sad meals no one would buy them'

  • was spot on, well done.

  • - Just act natural Pinky.

  • - Right Brain, La la la la la, Zort!

  • [laughs]

  • Narf! Poit!

  • - Ready to go, Brain?

  • Yes!

  • Okay, we're going to run the picture and you read the copy.

  • Animaniacs 406-859 take one.

  • - You did both characters.

  • I got no business doing that.

  • You're way better than I am at the Brain.

  • For our porpoises, our porpoises.

  • We're here to discuss your Pinkyness and it was quite good.

  • In fact, right at the beginning,

  • you got that sort of soft 'a',

  • because Pinky had this overbite in which he had trouble

  • producing the sound of 'a', 'really Brain',

  • 'I god Brain' and you got that right away.

  • I think Pat Warburton said something very important

  • on an earlier version of this and he said, just like any

  • other acting choice, make your choices decisive and clear.

  • Even if it's wrong in the audition, it shows the producers

  • you're thinking, you're making clear, thoughtful choices,

  • you commit to that choice and that's what I did in Pinky.

  • Often, you can have a dialect,

  • either add or subtract one and it changes everything.

  • I can do a thing like this for me,

  • having a broken voice,

  • but then when I take the dialect off and I just talk

  • like this, I'm all of a sudden, a little different.

  • My voice is still cracking in the same way but if

  • I add a southern thing to it,

  • now all of a sudden I'm Pat Bertram.

  • I've gone from being this guy here,

  • to this guy and that's got three different

  • characters man and people think I'm a goddamn genius.

  • Well I ain't, I'm just not afraid to look like a idiot.

  • - I'll conjugate with you.

  • - Goodnight everybody!

  • - Hi, it's me Yakko!

  • Yeah, I was born in a water tower, but you know,

  • a lot of people are, I like to think that it's a good thing.

  • - Wow, that's pretty good because he did the whole helium

  • thing without any chemical inducement, that we know of.

  • He was actually improvising lines and you know what,

  • that's when you know you got something because I can talk

  • like Yakko Warner all damn day and I don't know

  • if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it certainly

  • makes for the authenticity of the character.

  • You got that and you've got already got the placement down,

  • sadly for you, I've already done it and I'm still doing it.

  • So now you take all that wonderful skill you have and create

  • your own characters, that's how it starts.

  • - What does this remind you of?

  • - Girls.

  • - What does this remind you of?

  • - Girls.

  • - Hello nurse!

  • Uh, uh, girls!

  • Girls?

  • Uh, girls!

  • [laughs]

  • - Girls!

  • - Hey you're the one showing me all the sexy pictures.

  • Good night, everybody.

  • - Good night, everybody.

  • Well done my young friend, you did a pretty good job.

  • He's got the tone of Yakko, so the past two victim,

  • I mean talented actors,

  • they've done a really good job at being able to squeeze

  • their voice and by the way,

  • when I auditioned for Yakko, that's exactly how I did it.

  • You see like he was a little bit nervous or self conscious,

  • which is utterly understandable, you know,

  • had trouble coming up with things to say,

  • but when you did, it was very good and also remember,

  • you're gonna have a script.

  • When you're in a circumstance like Animaniacs,

  • we already knew we're gonna have fantastic writers,

  • so it was up to me as an actor to raise my level and so I

  • would improvise and try something where,

  • when Yakko is coming up with an answer,

  • maybe he goes, I don't think so.

  • Well, that turned out to be a thing,

  • so now there are like 100 examples of Yakko going.

  • Just because it was something I threw in it wasn't genius.

  • It was inspired because I already knew

  • what we had was great.

  • My body of work is a great example of how other people

  • made me look and sound way better.

  • - We paint ceilings, ceilings and only ceilings.

  • We don't paint floors 'cause they're beneath us.

  • - Look at that handsome guy with pants.

  • - That's 29.95 right?

  • How do we do it?

  • No overhead!

  • In fact, when we get through,

  • you'll have nothing overhead and if you hire us,

  • you'll have nothing in your head.

  • We paint ceilings, ceilings and only ceilings.

  • We don't paint floors 'cause they're beneath us.

  • - Because they're beneath us.

  • In that case, I could understand you but you didn't give it

  • nearly the range, okay,

  • you got a such a places to go up and down,

  • so it was a little bit flat.

  • Often, you'll hear somebody that will say,

  • push it a little more.

  • It's sometimes easier to pull an actor back,

  • than to get him to push it more.

  • I know this now because I've not only done this a zillion

  • times but now I direct.

  • The latest incarnation of Ninja Turtles at Nickelodeon

  • is called Rise of the TMNT and I'm the Voice Director.

  • I often get people who are on camera actors,

  • who come in and do the show.

  • John Cena plays a bad guy and it's interesting to hear me

  • say to John, okay, John,

  • we hear that, but you push it a little bit more.

  • Occasionally John would think, wow, I really pushed it big,

  • but it's not even close to how big you could go.

  • You kind of said, we paint ceilings, ceilings and nothing

  • but ceilings, we don't paint floors

  • because they're beneath us.

  • If I were to say to you,

  • gimme a lot of, a few more ups and downs,

  • I would want you to say we paint ceilings,

  • ceilings, ceilings and nothing but ceilings.

  • We don't paint floors because they're beneath us.

  • Lots of room to play,

  • so swing for the fences.

  • - Let's see yours Yakko.

  • - It's a cartoon.

  • - There's nothing there, that's not a cartoon!

  • - I take umbarge to that.

  • Oh, sure, take the umbarge.

  • No, I mean, I take offense, and now you want our fence too?

  • - Oh, okay, you take umbrage.

  • You switched a couple of letters around you said umbarge.

  • Now there could be um barge, but that's something that

  • carries garbage down the East River, um barge.

  • If you don't understand a word, or if you mispronounce it,

  • make sure you get that right, especially in an audition.

  • We don't want to give producers a reason not to hire

  • you and that is not an aspersion on your intellect.

  • I mispronounce words all the time,

  • so don't be afraid to ask if you have a question, okay?

  • You did a pretty good job of going from

  • Otto von Scratchansniff to Yakko bum bum bum like that.

  • It was quite good, exactly.

  • I've done many scenes where Yakko interacts with

  • Doctor Scratchandsniff, just because it's fun.

  • I like to act opposite myself,

  • so Yakko what are you saying, hey, scratchy,

  • you ever seen a pair of pants as brown as mine?

  • I know Yakko I don't think I have but you are

  • the only one of the two of you who wears pants,

  • so that alone is something for which I'm quite grateful.

  • The great thing about this gig is that you can act with

  • yourself but you don't have to.

  • We can stop and rerecord,

  • you do Scratchandsniff from top to bottom and then Yakko

  • from top to bottom.

  • So he did a great job of bouncing off the characters,

  • but it's not necessary, technically.

  • It's an awful lot of fun to watch though.

  • - You're not paying attention!

  • You didn't hear any of that!

  • You're not listening to anything I say!

  • - It is I Doctor Scratchandsniff from the Animaniacs.

  • Make sure you click the subscribe button there,

  • to help me keep up with the patient here.

  • As you can see, he has a lot of issues.

  • Now, let's hear from the others.

  • - Make sure that you punch the button.

  • It's a plug, we have to make a living here.

  • This guy's terrific, I think I've seen him before.

  • In this case, without the Otto it was still sounded a little

  • bit like there was more to go.

  • He could commit deeper.