Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - Hey, it's me, Bender, yeah, that's right. You got these guys who are gonna try and do Bender impressions. Yeah, you can bite my shiny metal ass. Give it a shot. I'll give you an one in 10 chance. [giggles] - I'm Bender. - What are you doing here? - Be calmed by my saliva. - I used to have a nemesis called Kim Possible. - Hey everybody, I'm John DiMaggio. You may know me as the voice of Bender, the robot on "Futurama". Jake the Dog, from "Adventure Time". Totally math, dude. Marcus Fenix from the "Gears of War" franchise. He's a real tough guy, nice. And then King Zog from "Disenchantment". If anybody looks at my daughter, [groans] I'll cut their head off. Today, I'm gonna be looking at people doing impressions of my characters. So let's check them out. I'm dying to see what you guys have done. - B-E-N-D-E-R, Bender! - I'm Bender, and you, you can bite my shiny metal ass. Dear God, I need a beer. Man, I'm having a crazy day today. Welp, I'm boned. [John laughs] - All right, he's placed it in the right spot. He's got it way deep. He's got it almost where it sounded like in beginning of the series. What you don't understand is, if you do a character long enough in a series the voice will eventually tweak and change as you go along. And his sounds pretty close to, Welp, we're boned. I mean a lot of stuff that we did when the show first started. I really placed him in the way back of my voice. So he's kind of got that. Yeah, if he's doing an impression of the first season of "Futurama", I'd give him a B minus. A B minus, minus. Inside "Futurama" joke. Bender is three different voices blended together into one. One is Slim Pickens, who is was an actor who did a lot of westerns and he was in a lot of really cool movies. What in the hell, in the wide, wide world of sports is going on? And then you add, people that are at a bar, and they're drunk, and they've had too much to drink. And then a friend of mine from college, named Ralph Colombino, he used to do this character named Charlie the sausage lover. Yeah, sausage. Sausages are fun to have, fun to hold, you can have all kinds of sausages. There's Italian sausage, Italian hot sausage, Italian sweet sausage, Soppressata. You also German wurst, the wurst sausage is in Germany. And so you take those three voices together and put them in a blender, and then you get Bender. Yeah, all right. - Precocious little scamp, ain't I? [Blender blows] - Ah yeah, baby, I know it. Hey, Fry. Hey, Fry, I'm Bender, baby. It's not spot on, but that is the Bender impression. - Yeah, see, this is the thing. The best part about people doing impressions of that voice is that they find they really can't do it for too long. It's the magic that happens right in here. And not a lot of people know how the magic works in there. He did have the sort of, swallowed, sort of, [grunting] he had it back there, but he gets an E for effort. [laughs] It's a tough voice, it's a tough voice. Listen, if Maurice Lamarche can't do it, and Billy West can't do it, and they're on the show, then I don't expect other people to be able to do it. So that's called job security, folks. That's what I'm looking it. Kind of had a pitch there, kind of had me going for two seconds, and then, yeah, no. - Bite my colossal metal ass. - Bite my shiny metal ass. [laughs] [John whistles] - Okay, all right, he comes at it, it's okay. It's kind of all right. Play that thing again, I wanna see it again, hold on a second. - Bite my shiny metal ass. [laughs] - Now the second thing that he did right there, I think that's him doing the impression of me as Bender using electricity. But when I did that, something that I do and Tom Kenny does. [vocalizing] So when Bender gets off on the electricity. Oh, yeah. It doesn't feel comfortable at all, but it makes for a really funny sound. So that's why it doesn't sound as sharp, because he's not... [vocalizing] You know, that kind of thing. It's all right. He gets a pass, he gets a pass, this guy gets a pass. - It's Fahz, right? - Yes, sir. - Shut the [beep] up, Fahz. - Tom, Baird, you stay here and guard the centaur. Cole, you're coming with me. Anya, berserker, satellite. What are you doing here? You could get into a lot of trouble for doing this. What about the other prisoners? - I liked what he did when he spoke to Anya. That was as close as he got. The other stuff just sounds like he's kind of constipated. [laughs] Again, a tough voice to do. Kudos for trying, because it's placed very low, and very, very in the throat. So when you have to scream, Tom, Baird! You know, it really changes. This is kind of just like, it's like okay, he's got a deep voice, but there's something missing. There's a constant gravel. There's like a buzz, there's like a hum. [humming] It's almost like throat singing. That's where it's placed. When we came up with the voice, they just wanted a badass. Just calm, his demeanor, just straight up, just doesn't take anything from anybody, and is tough as nails. I really wanted him to be calm and cool. Tom, Baird, you two take left, Cole, you come with me. I give this kid a C minus. C, C minus, he's average, it's all right. It's good, but I don't think he could keep that up. This is the whole thing about impressions of voices and if you would like to pursue that voice, you have to be able to do it all day. None of these dudes seem like they could do it all day. Which again, job security, yeah. - I need you to think about what you saw in that vision, every detail. - Tom, Reavers, take out the locust captain. Take out the lambent. - He didn't even get the voice, he was just yelling. He was just yelling with an American accent. But I do respect the fact, he's got a pretty good American accent, okay? People think being loud is intense, it's not always the thing. You can be intense and have a low... We've gotta get him, look out, Reavers. You know, you can do it without as much volume. This kid's just screaming. I get it, and we do have to, in the game, yell over a lot of action and stuff like that, but there's also very intimate moments, and this, he's missing the whole thing. The other thing about doing a voice specifically for video games is it just tears you up. You have to fill the space of a video game. You know, you two take left, you two take right, you two go straight, you two go behind. You gotta go in every direction, you gotta scream soft, little bits of pain, more pain, loud pain, death blows, death breath. There's so much stuff that you have to fill. You have to fill that world out with sound. And so there's so much more that you have to do for a video game than you would say, an episode of a cartoon. - Thank you for your application. Rejected again! - What up, home skillets, it's your old pal, Dr. D. How's it going? I used to have a nemesis called Kim Possible. We must have duked it at least 79 different times. Shego! [grunting] Shego! - All right, listen, here's the thing. See, Dr. Drakken is kind of like, my tribute to Harvey Korman. Harvey Korman did, once again, "Blazing Saddles", would come up and he did that sort of thing where you know, how will get such a man? Why am I asking you? And when this came about, the voice, it was perfect. Yes, Shego, I'll get you. I'll get that Kim Possible. But there's not the manic, I'm gonna take over the world sort of thing that Dr. Drakken has. I need Shego. Where did Shego go? Shego! Shego! And so it's gotta be really loud. And he just kind of whispered Shego, he didn't really... I don't know. It was all right though. I mean, you know, listen, Dr. Drakken is a weird sort of guy. If I had to give him a grade, I'd give him a C. - Dude, be calmed by my saliva. - [laughing] This party's getting hotter. It's so hot, it's stupid. Finn, dude, be calmed by my saliva. Get me out of this cave. - I didn't hear anything similar to what I do in the cartoon. It's basically my voice, but with a hug around it. So basically it's me, but I just kind of, aw gee, come on, man. Hey, dude, let's go have some lunch of something. Oh, I love you, everything burrito. When I auditioned for Jake he basically kind of wanted my regular voice, but like, tweaked. And so you know, I just kind of did him like this. They said, you know, he's like this guy's bigger brother. Well, if I'm talking to kid, I'm gonna try and treat him with kid gloves. And be a cool big brother. And the kind of warmth that the voice conveys, I thought that it was right up the alley of this character. It's gotta be really hard to do an impression of my voice but with a hug around it. To just be like, okay, can you do a John DiMaggio impression? Okay, now do an impression of him with a hug around.