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Interview: Voice Actor Billy West

September 13, 2013 2:19 a.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with voice actor Billy West, who will be at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted festival of Animation continues this weekend. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says you’ll be able to meet talented voice actor Billy West of Futurama.

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Earlier this month, the animated series Futurama ended after seven seasons and we had to say goodbye to Fry played by voice actor Billy West.

FRY: We’re gonna be like pow pow pow and they are going to be like aaahhh! And then we’ll have pancakes to celebrate. Yum yum.

West created dozens of voices for the series, and explains that unlike a celebrity who voices a single character in a Disney film, a voice actor doesn’t have the luxury of just being himself and doing one voice.

BILLY WEST: We spend our lives being artists and crafting a voice of any nature whether it’s genderless, or one gender or the other to do it all. And you could create monstrous voices you could do little pixies whatever you were assigned to do you could carry it off and then some.

And someone like West can convey so much with just his voice.

FRY: And look you don’t need an electric can opener to feed yourself all you need is a Swiss army knife… groans… ow… I’m hungry.

Even without images you know exactly what’s going on.

BILLY WEST: I never played it small, I always came on like a barnstormer, because if you play it small you do no service to the universe you need to play it big so that you can inspire other people.

West hopes to inspire people this weekend at the Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.