ELEVEN ARTS and TMS Entertainment have teamed up with Fathom Events to present Hayao Miyazaki's classic Lupin the 3rd - The Castle of Cagliostro in time for the 50th anniversary of Monkey Punch's thief-adventure caper. These U.S screenings on September 14 (English dubbed) and 19 (English subtitled). The voice of the evil Count of Cagliostro is renowned voice actor Michael McConnohie, and in preparation for tomorrow's screenings, he has offered his thoughts on voicing the classic anime villain.
Michael McConnohie is introduced
By all accounts, he has had an amazing career – and has worked in nearly all aspects of voice performance for entertainment, from original animation, through the birth of anime, film and TV looping, and on into today's biggest video games. Finding a favorite one is very difficult for him because they’ve all been so different.
“The original Transformers series had me as a blue Corvette (Tracks) and a green flying saucer (Cosmos). There was my character Cross Country in GI Joe. In video games some top faves are the Lich King and Kel' Thuzad in World of Warcraft, the voice of the Agency in Crackdown, Kano in Mortal Kombat, and many others,” McConnohie reminisces.
“And in anime, primarily due to Carl Macek's Streamline Pictures and Intersound, I was there when the first seeds were planted for the phenomenon we know today. In series I've been Captain Harlock, and Rolf Emerson in Robotech. In films everything from "D" in Vampire Hunter D, to Van Buskirk in the Lensman features ... and of course Cagliostro in Castle of Cagliostro.’”
McConnohie was part of Macek’s arsenal of voice actors and didn’t even have to audition- Macek, who knew the strengths and weaknesses of all his actors, chose him to play the role.
Lupin, the hero of the film is a jewel thief and a flawed hero, so there were obvious challenges for McConnohie playing the true villain of the story. “Oh, it's a very important distinction -- he was a "villain," not a "bad guy." Cagliostro was a classic villain, educated, urbane, wealthy ... and pretty much a sociopath, as all truly successful villains are. Never saw himself as evil; just someone who deserved to get what he wanted.”
Amazingly, quite a few people at conventions do remember the Streamline dubs, and Cagliostro is usually right up there. "I've autographed many, many of the original 1991 release on VHS, and of course the first DVD releases too. Quite popular collector items."