Cowabunga Corner #127: Barry Gordon Interview

In this episode I get to interview Barry Gordon, the voice of Donatello for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.  Barry also did the voice of Bebop.  He was kind enough to share his memories of working on TMNT with us here.

The original cartoon series is the first version of Ninja Turtles to have a voice.  For a lot of TMNT fans, these are the voices that we listen for when hearing voice actors take on the role.  What a lot of fans did not realize is that Barry used his own voice for Donatello, there was no change to his voice.  While other actors have played with their voices to give it that sound, Barry just spoke for us.  You can hear this all through the interview.  The voice that he did create for us is his Bebop voice, which is one of my favorite voices to hear him perform.

It truly was an honor to get to interview Barry.  As the cast of the original cartoon series has been appearing through Cowabunga Corner with Townsend Coleman, Rob Paulsen, Renae Jacobs and Pat Fraley.  In Season 6 we will be bringing Cam Clarke to the mix.  Sadly we never got the chance to interview James Avery.  He was a wonderful actor and is missed deeply by many.  We will work to keep bringing the stories from those amazing people who worked together to bring us one of the most epic cartoons of all time.


Do you have questions for Barry Gordon? If we could do a follow up interview, what would you like us to ask?  Please leave comments and questions below!


Thanks for watching and reading!  


Guest: Barry Gordon

Host: Michele Ivey

Camera: Miki

Editing: Phoenix

Music: “Pink Day” by Voranski

Sponsor: Weird Review


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