How much would you pay for a new cartoon starring some of the nineties’ most talented voice actors? Would you believe it has a good chance of happening?
THR reports Rob Paulsen is assembling a team of close friends — all voice-acting veterans, like himself — to produce a proposed new animated series called The Gang’s All Here. And it certainly is — in addition to Paulsen, Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman) is on board, as is Cal Dodd (Wolverine in the 90’s X-Men cartoon). Even Andrea Romano is involved, who never promised she was retiring completely.
The Gang’s All Here is a semi-biographical cartoon series about a group of animal actors who deal with the pressures and pitfalls of working in Hollywood. The idea for the series was pitched by screenwriter Byron Burton to Paulsen during a fan convention. Paulsen was interested, but skeptical at first. “Byron was very persistent and said, ‘I’m going to get ahold of Kevin and I’m going to get ahold of Andrea,’ and he did.”
“This is so different than what we’ve been doing in terms of creating things with actors,” says Romano, who is also voicing a character — a cat named Meryl. “I think it speaks volumes that I’m willing to look at it when I’d just retired.” Conroy said “It’s certainly unique for me, because it’s getting involved with the creative people earlier as the package is being put together.”
Conroy will be voicing Frances, described by THR as “a sophisticated Frasier Crane-esque character,” as well as a superhero dog named Barkley. Romano’s Meryl happens to be his sidekick. Dodd will be lending his growly pipes to Sargent Snout, an action star reminiscent of 80s muscle men like Schwarzenegger and Stallone. And Paulsen’s doing Patches, a warthog that talks like Christopher Walken.
Paulsen and Burton are currently working on the scripts and looking for a buyer to pick up The Gang’s All Here. “Early on, when I was calling people and trying to get credits in the industry, I felt like they would be doing me my favor, and now I feel like it’s more of a mutually beneficial situation,” Burton says.