When not doing voice work for such video games as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Crispin Freeman makes time to do voice over work for animated features and television shows. You can catch his latest work this weekend on The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.
â€œItâ€™s a lark to do animated voices for super hero shows because you basically get to be a Greek god,â€ Freeman said. â€œYouâ€™re running around with your name on your chest. Itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s inspiring, itâ€™s enabling. Itâ€™s just a trip to be the voice of cartoons that I used to watch.â€
Freeman’s interpretation of Electro will appear in the second half of the hour long premiere of Spider-Man in the episode entitled Interactions (10:30 AM EST).
In “Interactions,” Peter Parker and Spider-Man both try to make connections. Nerdy Pete attempts to tutor the popular Liz Allan, while Spidey reaches out to stop a new menace: Electro. Alanna Ubach (“Legally Blonde,” “Waiting”) provides the voice of Liz Allan. Actor/musician Josh Keaton is Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Troy Adomitis directed the script by Kevin Hopps.
Because of the electrifying nature of Electro, Freeman had to approach the character a bit differently than other voice work he has done.
â€œWhatâ€™s different about the voice of Electro is that I try to incorporate the psychological effect of his electrical powers on his sanity,â€ Freeman said. â€œIt never occurred to me before how that would have an effect on his character â€“ to be dealing with that curse and blessing. And when you think about it, thatâ€™s also Peter Parkerâ€™s core issue.â€
The premiere episode of â€œThe Spectacular Spider-Manâ€ is entitled “Survival of the Fittest” (10:00 a.m. ET/PT). In the episode, summer is over for Peter Parker and school’s ready to start — both literally (it’s his junior year of high school), and in the real world of crime-fighting — as Spider-Man faces his first real challenge (The Enforcers) and his first real super-villain (Vulture). Victor Cook directed the script, which was written by Greg Weisman.