Corey Burton

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Corey Burton
Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
(1955-08-03) August 3, 1955 (age 60)
Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Cory Burton, Corey Weinman
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1972–present
Known for Ludwig Von Drake (voice), Brainiac (voice), Captain Hook (voice), Shockwave (voice), Hugo Strange (voice)
Awards Annie Award
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
2003 for Disney's House of Mouse
Website coreyburton.com

Corey Burton (born Corey Gregg Weinberg; August 3, 1955) is an American voice actor perhaps best known as the current voice of Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook and many other characters for numerous Disney projects, Brainiac in the DC animated universe, several central characters (Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt) for numerous Star Wars projects, and Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Transformers universe. He has worked on numerous cartoon series for major networks such as Cartoon Network and has worked extensively with The Walt Disney Company and Disney theme parks.

Early career[edit]

Corey Burton began his career at age 17 under the name Corey Weinman, with an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conried 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.

Disney[edit]

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 and DVD 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:

Paul Frees[edit]

Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voice actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction. 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 declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy.

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), Grumpy on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[citation needed]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Volume Two.[1]

Burton performed a Frees imitation as the voice of the announcer in the 1999 film Dudley Do-Right.

Fantasia[edit]

In the 60th Anniversary Edition and the 2010 special edition of Disney's Fantasia, Corey Burton voiced all of Deems Taylor's voice-over work. The original audio elements for Deems Taylor's commentaries were getting so deteriorated that they could not be used anymore. Disney decided to have Corey Burton re-record all of Deems Taylor's commentaries for consistency.

Animation[edit]

Transformers[edit]

Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn and Spike Witwicky in the 1984-87 Transformers cartoon series by Sunbow Productions & Marvel Productions. He later appeared as Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Brawn, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky 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.[citation needed] However, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon,[2] so the part was given to Frank Welker, the voice of Soundwave.

Star Wars[edit]

For Star Wars, Burton voiced Count Dooku in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and several Star Wars video games.[3]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

For the Kingdom Hearts series, Burton voiced Ansem the Wise/DiZ in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Brainiac[edit]

Burton has portrayed Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as Brainiac in eight episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, two episodes of Justice League, two episodes of Static Shock, and five episodes of Justice League Unlimited. Although not set within the DCAU, he also voiced Brainiac in three episodes of Legion of Super Heroes and reprised his role in the online game DC Universe Online.

Other television highlights[edit]

Other work[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note(s)
1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer Additional Voices
Water Engine Mag-Lev Man, Farmer
The Adventures of Curious George The Man in the Yellow Hat, Additional voices
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Additional Voices
Horizons Futureport 'Brava Centauri' Announcer
1986 Critters Critters
The Transformers: The Movie Brawn, Shockwave, Spike Witwicky
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1987 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Heigh-Ho Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
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 Pate")
Disney Sing-Along Songs: The Bare Necessities Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1988 Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien voice
Disney Sing-Along Songs: You Can Fly Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain
Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane
1989 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Fun with Music Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain
Goofy About Health Narrator
Cranium Command General Knowledge, Chicken
Stanley and the Dinosaurs Stanley
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit Droopy
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Under the Sea Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Professor Owl, White Rabbit, Dale, Bertie Birdbrain
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain
1992 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Be Our Guest Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1993 Trail Mix-Up Droopy
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Friend Like Me Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1994 Mickey's Fun Songs: Campout at Walt Disney World Dale
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Circle of Life Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1995 Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World Dale
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Colors of the Wind Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain
1996 The Best of Roger Rabbit Droopy Dog (segments "Roller Coaster Rabbit" and "Trail Mix-Up)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard
Black Mask Commissioner
Disney's Greatest Video Volume 1 Dale the Chipmunk, Ludwig Von Drake
1997 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Zero to Hero Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
1998 Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer English dub
The Spirit of Mickey Ludwig Von Drake
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Honor to Us All Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain
Skating the Half Pipe Narrator
Paracycling Narrator
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus
Dudley Do-Right The Announcer
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaëtan "Mole" Molière
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, Gus, Grumpy, Captain Hook, Mad Hatter
2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Bug, Mob Man #1
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus, Stable Hand, Merv
Mickey's House of Villains Captain Hook, Chernabog, 'How to' Narrator, Chief O'Hara
Treasure Planet Onus
2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return Mole
2004 The Lion King 1½ Grumpy
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Doublehelix English dub
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus
Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Albin Sur, Ray Palmer
Batman: Gotham Knight The Russian, Ronald Marshall, The Scarecrow
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Whorm Loathsom, Ziro the Hutt, Kronos-327
2009 Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Captain Marvel, Solomon Grundy
The Princess and the Frog Mr. Harvey Fenner
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2010 The A-Team Narrator
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2013 Zambezia Neville the Lilian's lovebird
Machete Kills Trailer Voice Guy
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Captain Cold, Time Trapper
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Bayard, Announcer
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Baron Basil, Ghost of the Baron

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984–1987 The Transformers Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Spike Witwicky, Alpha Trion, Quintesson Scientist Mara Al Utha, Wideload, Dion, Additional Voices
1985 Robotix Tauron, Goon, Kanawk
1985–1986 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Tomax, Lt. Clay Moore, Owen Van Mark, Gerky Potemkin
1986 DTV Valentine Gruffi Gummi
1986–1991 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Gruffi Gummi, Toadwart, Additional Voices Replaced Bill Scott in Season 2
1987–1989 DuckTales Ludwig Von Drake, Phil Barker, Additional Voices Episode: "The Golden Fleecing"
Episode: "Dime Enough for Luck"
Episode: "Yuppy Ducks"
1989–1990 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Dale, Zipper, Mole, Snout, Additional Voices
1990 The Magical World of Disney Ludwig Von Drake Episode: "A DuckTales Valentine"
1991 James Bond Jr. James Bond Jr.
1992 Goof Troop 'How to' Narrator, Circus Ringmaster
Raw Toonage Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook Episode: "Spatula Party/Doggie Schnauzer/Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein"
Episode: "Sheerluck Bonkers/All Potato Network/The Puck Stops Here"
Darkwing Duck Rubber Chicken Episode: "Mutantcy on the Bouncy"
1993–1994 Bonkers Ludwig Von Drake, Mad Hatter, Additional Voices
1993–1994 Mighty Max Felix, Osiris
1995–1999 The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa Quint, Speedy the Snail, Fronk, Creepy Fortune Teller
1995–1996 Phantom 2040 Kit Walker, 23rd Phantom, Biot, Security Biot, 20th Phantom, Thin Man
1996 Quack Pack Ludwig Von Drake
1996–1998 Superman: The Animated Series Brainiac, Binko, Stand Owner, Tribunal, Additional Voices
1997 Freakazoid! Invisibo Episode: "Normadeus"
1998–1999 Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series Zeus
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Istivan Hegedesh, Vilmos Egans, Barge Captain, Captain, Kobra Op 1
1999–2001 Mickey Mouse Works Ludwig Von Drake, J. Audubon Woodlore, Chief O'Hara, Narrator
1999 Boo Boo Runs Wild Ranger Smith, Moose
A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith Ranger Smith
2001–2002 Disney's House of Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, J. Audubon Woodlore, Grumpy, Timothy Mouse, Cards, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook, Maurice, Zeus, Chernabog, Female Von Drake, Doorknob, Santa Claus, Caterpillar
2001–2003 Justice League Brainiac, Forager, Metallo, Toyman, Weather Wizard
2002 Samurai Jack Monk #1, Goatman Episode: "Jack and the Monks"
2003 Static Shock Brainiac Episode: "A League of Their Own: Part 1"
Episode: "A League of Their Own: Part 2"
2003–2005 Star Wars: Clone Wars Count Dooku, San Hill, Warrior 2
2004 ChalkZone King Mumbo Jumbo, Stick Figure Baker Episode: "The Big Blow Up"
2005 Duck Dodgers Martian Commander Z-9 Episode: "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part 1"
Episode: "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part 2"
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Brainiac, Key, Sonar (Bito Wladon) ,Toyman (Winslow Percival Schott), Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon)
2006–2015 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2007–2009 Transformers: Animated Ratchet, Megatron, Shockwave, Ironhide, Spike Witwicky, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Cyclonus, Brawn
2007–2008 Legion of Super Heroes Brainiac
2008–2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt, Chairman Papanoida, Additional voices
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays V.V. Argost, Leonidas Van Rook
2008–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Red Tornado, Silver Cyclone, Thomas Wayne (in "Invasion of the Secret Santas!"), False-Face, Doctor Mid-Nite, Dr. William Milton Magnus, Mercury, Chancellor Gor-Zonn, General Zahl, Killer Moth, Batman (Bat-Manga version), Joker (Scooby-Doo version), Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
2009 Disney's Haunted Holidays: Tales of Two Cities Hatbox Ghost
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster, Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Law, Granger, Crippled Convict Episode: "Busted"
Episode: "Fire Fight"
2011–2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Hook
2011–2012 ThunderCats Jaga, Tygus,
2011–2012 Young Justice Brain, Dudley H Dudley, Hamilton Hill, Wizard, Commissioner James Gordon Episode: "Alpha Male"
Episode: "Misplaced"
2012 Black Dynamite Dennis Flynn Episode: "Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes"
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Cleric Loran, Leph, Bleez Episode: "Reckoning"
Episode: "Fear Itself"
2012–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Malware, Mr. Baumann, Brainstorm, Seebik, Fiskerton, V.V. Argost, Albedo Brainstorm, Kane North/Kangaroo Kommando
2014–2015 Wander Over Yonder Captain, Additional Voices
2015 Star Wars Rebels Quarrie, Eesh Fahm, Imperial Officer Episode: "Wings of the Master"

Video games[edit]

Theme parks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evanier, Mark (2015-04-10). "Freberg Stories #2". News from Me. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  2. ^ Tfw2005.com
  3. ^ Krome Studios (October 6, 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent. 
  4. ^ MacDonald, Brady (July 28, 2015). "Disney voice-over actors bring theme park rides to life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 

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