Emily S. Whitten: Bill Farmer Is Goofy!
Bill Farmer, possibly best known to most of us as the voice of Disney’s Goofy for the past twenty-seven years, is an amazing talent, a hilarious person and an all-around nice guy. Bill, who was named a Disney Legend in 2009, and in 2011 was the first voice actor to receive the prestigious Friz Freleng Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Animation, began his career as a radio DJ and stand-up comedian before landing the role of Goofy in 1987. He has gone on to voice a myriad of other well-known characters as well, including Disney characters such as Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, and Doc.
Bill’s also voiced Looney Tunes characters such as Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn, and other fun and memorable roles such as Secret Squirrel in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, Willie Bear in Horton Hears a Who!, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Robot Chicken, Captain Wedgewood and Frill Lizard in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, and many video game characters, including in Everquest II and Dead Rising. He is currently the voice of Doc in Disney’s 2014 cartoon The 7D.
I was lucky enough to get to sit down for a one-on-one chat with Bill at this year’s Dragon Con, and let me tell you, it was a blast. We talked about everything from how he got started in the voice acting industry, to what his experiences have been like working with everyone from established voice actors to newbies in the business, to his favorite voices and impressions.
We discussed his current work as Doc on The 7D, how he approaches new characters and legacy voices, his take on celebrities in the voice acting business, the differences between working in cartoons and in video games, and his experience at Dragon Con. It was a joy to speak with him, and lucky for you, I can share the experience with you now!
To see the interview, check out the video on YouTube. Hope you have as much fun watching as I had interviewing!
And until next time, Servo Lectio!