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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.

Crispin_Freeman.jpgThe way Freeman describes it, one would think voicing characters, like Electro, is the best thing in the world.

“It’s a lark to do animated voices for super hero shows because you basically get to be a Greek god,” Freeman said. “You’re running around with your name on your chest. It’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s enabling. It’s just a trip to be the voice of cartoons that I used to watch.”

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.

“What’s different about the voice of Electro is that I try to incorporate the psychological effect of his electrical powers on his sanity,” Freeman said. “It never occurred to me before how that would have an effect on his character – to be dealing with that curse and blessing. And when you think about it, that’s also Peter Parker’s core issue.”

The premiere episode of “The Spectacular Spider-Man” 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.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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