Marvel Studios is bringing to life two classic confrontations on DVD and Blu-ray. The Hulk Vs animated films (Hulk Vs. Wolverine and Hulk Vs. Thor) are two distinct stories retelling the classic confrontations between these characters. Fan boys have long debated these battles and circumstances have always tipped the scales to one side or the other. On January 27th, 2009 a whole new generation will participate in the debate of who is mightier; the Hulk, Wolverine or Thor?
Breathing life into the Hulk is a man you may not have heard of before. If you have spent any time glued to the TV watching cartoons (and you know you have) then you have probably heard Fred Tatasciore’s incredible voice. Tatasciore has not only been the voice of the Hulk before (Ultimate Avengers and Next Avengers) but also voiced a wide variety of Marvel characters on the small screen. His affiliation with Marvel doesn’t end with the Hulk Vs as he will step into the more civilized role of the X-Men’s Beast in Wolverine and the X-Men (on Nicktoons).
Mania: What is like to play the Hulk?
Fred Tatasciore: First of all it is an honor. I really love doing it. It is one of the most challenging voices and I would say one of the most gratifying to see, in the end, up on screen.
Mania: Do you perform the role alone or do you and Steve [Blum voice of Wolverine] perform together?
Fred Tatasciore: It is fifty fifty. Often times we get to act off each other, which is great and so much fun to do that. Often times you are by yourself but a lot of the time you are seeing the action on the screen too, depending on what you are doing.
Mania: Is this Hulk different than the Hulk in the Ultimate Avengers?
Fred Tatasciore: Deep down he is the same soul. There are different aspects of it. For me it is how much more is he struggling inside with something or how much is he absolutely ready to tear some ass (laughs). Those things exist but at different levels.
Mania: What is your favorite part of Hulk Vs. Wolverine?
Fred Tatasciore: Actually, I love when he is not turning into the Hulk. I know what is going to happen but I sit there and say come on, turn into the Hulk! I also love the moment when he has that look saying “it’s on”. Of course Deadpool, what Nolan [North] brought to it, and my god the humor, it’s just killing me. Overall with this film there is the terror, the extreme energy with humor and the insane design animation. It is such a different blend of things. I love everything.
Frank Paur is one of the producers and lead director of the Hulk Vs. Having been in the animation business for over twenty five years (starting on Thundarr the Barbarian) Paur has directed multiple episodes of Batman the Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution. More recently Paur directed The Invincible Iron Man and Doctor Strange animated films for Marvel.
Mania: Did you have any hand in bringing Deadpool to Hulk Vs?
Frank Paur: I never planned on it. Deadpool was brought in by Craig [Kyle] and Chris [Yost] (Co-Writers) so I thought I’d better do my research on the character.
Mania: Was it hard to find a voice for the Hulk?
Frank Paur: It is very hard. It is a very demanding thing to try and do. Physically it is demanding, I was joking around with Fred [Tatasciore] a little while ago that we feel like a bunch of sadists torturing the poor guy. We need you [Fred] to scream out, it has to be loud. It has to be really loud, more emotional! What he can do with his voice. Well, I don’t know how he does it and most people cannot do that. They don’t have the voice training and if even they do it is very difficult. Fred is just able to do it.
Mania: How different is Hulk Vs. Thor in relation to Hulk Vs. Wolverine?
Frank Paur: Think of Hulk Vs. Thor as six issues in an eight issue version. That’s how I see it in my mind. You have everything in between but you don’t have the epilogue or prologue. It definitely has a more feature-esque film structure to it than Hulk Vs. Wolverine. We had a little bit more time to play with it. We had a lot more characters to deal with and bigger issues.
Mania: Will the Thor story have a different animation style than Wolverine?
Frank Paur: They’ll look radically different. We explored [Jack] Kirby, Walt Simonson… just a lot of different styles. I used those people extensively for the very reason that to me the golden age of Thor was when Jack Kirby was doing it. The stories were just so epic in their tone that they always riveted in my mind as a child when I was introduced to these characters. So that is the spirit I tried to bring into this feature. As artists go there is definitely a Simonson influence and as many of the Kirby poses as we could do. It is very graphic, fluid and the comic which is what we wanted.
Mania: Can you drop any names as to which characters we will see?
Frank Paur: When we say the gods of Asgard (Smiles) you’ll see a good portion of the gods of Asgard.
Mania: When the smoke clears is there a definite winner in Hulk Vs. Thor?
Frank Paur: Yes.
There are still plenty of behind the scene details around the Hulk Vs. DVD. Check out my interview with Co-Writer Chris Yost that took place at the San Diego Comic Con. He dropped a bomb on us about what he wants in a Planet Hulk cartoon and what his dream project at Marvel Studios would be (an animated version of the Dark Phoenix Saga). Check out that interview here.
Hulk Vs will be released on DVD and Blu-ray January 27, 2009 featuring two completely different tales featuring Wolverine, the Weapon X program, Thor and all of Asgard. Visit the official Marvel Hulk Vs website for more details.