Brian Froud is best known for his voice work in animation and his live performances. He has been nominated for three Canadian Comedy Awards. Once in 2005 for his one-man show The Wizard of Coz and again in 2007 for his critically acclaimed one-man show Swiss Family Guy Robinson. Seth MacFarlane himself has called Brian's Stewie impression "Pretty damn good." Hank Azaria and Kevin Pollak have also given Brian high praise for his Christopher Walken impression on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. In 2011, Brian performed over fifty characters and celebrity impressions in less than an hour in his one-man show Brian Froud's One Man Celebrity Disaster Relief Charity Benefit Awareness Telethon... Show.
Brian's voice can be heard in several animated series including:
- Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action and Total Drama World Tour as Harold
- Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and Total Drama All Stars as Sam
- Jimmy Two-Shoes as Beezy
- Detentionaire as Lynch
- Sidekick as The Ringmaster and The Porcupine
- Grojband as Clete and Z’Orb
- Camp Lakebottom as Fleabiscuit
- OH NO! It's An Alien Invasion as Mister Crash
- Skatoony as Bradzilla
- The Adventures of Chuck & Friends as Uncle Vertie
- Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders (English version) as Hawktor
- Beyblade: Metal Fusion (English version) as Reiji
- BeyWarriors: BeyRaiderz (English version) as Flame and Kaiser
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For four and a half decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry, working on-screen with the likes of John Candy, William Shatner, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Wahlberg, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy and Gilda Radner, before sliding comfortably and melding seamlessly into the off-camera world.
As well as having been the voice of thousands of T.V. and radio commercials, John's animation performing life began with dozens of parts in Droids and Ewoks, and includes many iconic roles, like 'Beastly' in Care Bears, 'Toad' in Super Mario Brothers, 'Basil' in Babar, 'Longarm' in C.O.P.S., 'Ultron' in The Avengers, 'Creed' in X-Men, 'The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man' in The Real Ghostbusters, 'Thompson' in Tin Tin, 'Newton Gimmick' in Teddy Ruxpin, and 'Bugsy' in Dog City.
Still very active in the field, some of his more current works include 'Mayor Swifty' in Sidekick, 'Mr. Owl' in Franklin, 'Mission Control' in Rob the Robot, and both 'Naga' and 'King Zenoheld' in Bakugan.
Always diversifying, John's career has continued to expand throughout the years to include voice casting, voice coaching, demo production (animation and commercial) and the discipline that now keeps him busiest, voice directing. In that regard, John's been at the helm for many, many productions, including Totally Spies, Beyblade, Caillou, Redakai, Medabots, Pandalian, Mike the Knight, Ella the Elephant, and the one that started it all for him, Sailor Moon.
John is both delighted and honoured to be invited back to Anime North to be part of the 2014 festivities. Check out his website at www.johnstocker.ca.
Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor, and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Yoko on Team Galaxy, Zair on Redakai, as well as voicing Julie and Sellon on Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and Hikaru on Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper on Emmy award winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby, and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked, and The Dating Guy.
For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon, Mia and Me, Toot and Puddle, Will and Dewitt, Disney’s Yin Yang Yo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Meteor, Cyber Chase, Mischief City, Corduroy, Timothy Goes to School, Air Master, Bakugan, Beywheelz, and Animal Shelf, as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot, Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie and Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ with Ballantyne and St.John on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.
Splitting his time between his native Vancouver, and Los Angeles, Michael Benyaer started acting professionally in his teens, and has continued to act even while receiving a law degree.
Equally prolific on camera and in voice-over, Michael started acting in his teens. Known to animation fans for many shows such as BOB in the first ever CGI animated series ReBoot, Hadji in the 90’s Jonny Quest”, Mobile Suit Gundam, Hot Wheels, Exo-Squad, Hurricanes, and Robot Chicken to name a few. Video-games Michael has acted include Uncharted 2 & 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Elder Scrolls, Matrix: Path Of Neo, SOCOM 4, Quantum of Solace, and others.
Michael’s first feature film was Friday The 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan, and has been in many since, including Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, GI JOE: Rise Of COBRA, Chronicles of Riddick and Postal.
On TV Michael has guest starred on many series, including: NCIS, The Mentalist, 24, Intelligence, Castle, The Shield, The Last Ship, Perception, Sanctuary, Eureka, Smallville, L Word, MacGyver, and is currently filming a recurring role on Days of our Lives.
For Susan Roman, working in the wild and wacky world of animation for most of her adult life has been nothing short of a dream come true. Let's be frank, some of her projects didn't exactly go on to become household names. Piggsburg Pigs, with LA director Stu Rosen at the helm, comes to mind. But it was during that series (recorded ensemble, which hardly ever happens anymore) that Mr. Rosen introduced the concept of “the key phrase” - possibly the best tool ever invented to keep a voice actor on track, and something which she has never forgotten.
And there were projects that kept generations of kids tuned in: like the original Care Bears series – where she got to play a boy (Champ Bear) for the first time - and another Nelvana co-production, Tin Tin, in which she yipped and yapped her way through 43 episodes as a little white dog named Snowy. And how could she forget the joy of finding her inner princess (The Berry Princess in Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins)... not to mention her inner bird (Eddie Storkowitz in Birdz.) Then she got to play a little boy AND a little girl in the same series (Sara Lynn and Eddie in Fisher-Price's Little People.) But before that, she was cast in the gritty, totally-ahead-of-its-time major motion picture, Rock & Rule – where she played Angel, the speaking voice of rocker Debbie Harry. Then came the cult classic, Heavy Metal, in which she played 'The Girl in the Harry Canyon Sequence' – a character whose cup size magically ballooned to epic proportions by the time she got knocked off, but hey, the animator decided to be a little creative. (Check it out...)
And so it continued: Melissa in The Raccoons, James the Red Tank Engine in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Hannah Dundee in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Jess in Redwall, Miss BG's mom in Miss BG, Tika in Barbie as the Island Princess, Tinsel in The Miser Brother's Christmas...
But, after all of that, and hopefully many more to come, there is one part that will always remain at the top of Susan's list: Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon. When something is such a perfect fit, she says, you really have to thank your lucky stars – which she does, almost every day.