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Editorial Reviews


A must read for any Transformers fan! - Ryan Yzquierdo, Seibertron.com - The Ultimate Transformers Resource

Dan's memories from that over-heated, oxygen-deprived recording room are a riot! - Jesse Wittenrich, Transformers fansite Allspark.com.

What I love most about "Bumblebee and Me" is that it is like going to a panel at a convention.  But it's better, because you get to take it home with you. - Lewis M. Brooks III, Aworldtransformed.com

The book is a must read for fans of the series...I highly recommend it. - Randy Pence, Examiner.com

About the Author

DAN GILVEZAN has been a working actor in Los Angeles for over thirty years. He currently resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Joselle, his daughter, Allison, and several houseplants. In addition to Bumblebee & Me, Dan is also the author of Drowned in the Grenadine, a novel based on his experiences working as an actor in Hollywood. Both are also available in ebook and audiobook formats
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467929565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467929561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While a little bit on the short side, it is an informative and enjoyable read for anyone who grew up watching the show "Transformers: The Complete Series".

Dan Gilvezan is famous for doing a few voices in various 80's cartoons. Amongst those are Cooler from Pound Puppies and Spiderman From Spiderman and His Amazing Friends. He has a very sweet, defined and recognizable voice that comes across with all the major characters he has done in these various cartoons. Of course most who are going to be reading this book will be doing so due to his providing the voice of the little yellow VW Bug Autobot Transformer from the series, that being fan favorite Bumblebee.

Dan takes you on a walk from his start in 1984 to first getting the part of voicing the iconic character, to what the people in charge of the voice studio were like, the experience itself and most importantly the other voice actors he worked with, all the way to the conclusion of the show. He gives a nice little piece on each of the main voices he had interactions with trying to let us readers see what it truly was like during one of these voice sessions.

The book is a bit on the short side as lets face it, a show that lasted from 1984-1987, with said character he is voicing getting less and less time on the screen as the show progressed, there is only so much you can say. But for such an affordable price, it is more than worth getting to read. Of course I wish there were more stories and experiences and opinions on his part. As some of the areas in the book do just seem like filler,(Like did he really have to name every character that was voiced on the show suddenly?
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Learning the "making-of" and "behind-the-scenes" stories of my favorite films and shows has always fascinated me. I love to learn the stories behind the story, as it were, and learn what influenced the creators, the funny and interesting antics that took place behind the cameras, and the hows and whys of what we see onscreen. So "The Art Of..." and "The Making Of..." books are always fun reads for me, as are other behind-the-scenes books such as Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back.

So when I learned that one of the voice actors of the original Transformers cartoon had written a book about his experiences, I knew I had to give it a look.

Dan Gilvezan's book is NOT a biography, nor is it an all-inclusive book about his experiences in show business. It focuses primarily on his work in the sound studio, providing the voice of Transformers icon Bumblebee. He describes some of the perils of the voice-acting business, the challenges and rewards of his work, and his experiences with other voice actors -- including such iconic names as Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Scatman Crothers, and Chris Latta. And of course, he shares some of the funny and crazy behind-the-scenes moments that one has to expect when they cram half-a-dozen madmen into a cramped studio and turn them loose.

This book is a short read, padded in length somewhat with a complete cast list and episode guide in the back -- though these are handy references, so I don't deduct stars for their inclusion. But it's a must-have for anyone who is a fan of the original Transformers cartoon, or for anyone who's interested in the process of bringing cartoon characters to life.
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Being a big fan of the Transformers, especially the classic series from the 80s, I was interested to find out that Dan Gilvezan, the voice of Bumblebee, wrote a book about his experiences while making the show. After checking it out, I can safely say this is a MUST read book for anyone who either likes TFs, and/or wants to get into the business of voice acting. He talks all about his time on the show, relating both sad AND funny stories, like the actors joking around on the set, up to the inevidable sad day that the show is finally cancelled. But he retains a pleasent and honest attitude throughout; explaining how to create voices with character, as well as the ups and downs of being in show business. Included is some pictures of him and his family and friends, and a G1 TF episode guide, as well as some fan art (some of which I recognized from following the artists on deviantArt).

My only nitpick is that I wish the book were longer. But who knows; hopefully the success of his book will inspire the other voice actors to write books of their own. I'd sure be interested to read them!
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There were a lot of larger-than-life characters in The Transformers as it appeared in the mid-eighties. Bumblebee was not one of them. He was just life-sized and that made him more accessible to me than any of the other Transformers. I was not a kid who spent a lot of time lost in imagination, but I distinctly remember fantasizing about what it would be like to be Bumblebee's friend in real life. I'm in my 30's now, and as I re-watch old episodes on DVD, it's clear that Dan's performance of the character went above and beyond just speaking the lines. He brought the character to life, and made Bumblebee someone I wanted to be friends with. I honestly don't think most voice actors understand the profound effect they can have on kids. Everyone's childhood has its ups and downs, and as cheesy as it is to say, Bumblebee helped me through some of the downs, and I can't thank Dan enough for giving a six-year-old little boy someone to relate to when he felt like he didn't have a friend in the world. For me, Bumblebee always has been and always will be Dan Gilvezan.

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Gilvezan gives a very rare insight into the voice acting process in general, and a fresh perspective on the early days of The Transformers before word had spread to the world just how awesome they were. Some of the memories he shares about the sessions and the other actors are truly hilarious. For example, I could tell by watching his smile in interviews that Frank Welker could be a mischievous guy, but that didn't prepare me for one story in particular about him that made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading for a minute. But these guys were also so dedicated, it's amazing what they put up with to bring their characters to life.
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