Corey Burton

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Corey Burton
Born
Corey Gregg Weinberg

(1955-08-03) August 3, 1955 (age 64)
Other namesCory Burton
Corey Weinman
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1972–present
Known forBrainiac
Captain Hook
Count Dooku
Hugo Strange
Shockwave
AwardsAnnie Award for Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for Disney's House of Mouse
Websitecoreyburton.com

Corey Gregg Weinberg (born August 3, 1955), known professionally as Corey Burton, is an American voice actor, known as the current voice of Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook and others for The Walt Disney Company, Brainiac in the DC animated universe, Count Dooku and Cad Bane in multiple Star Wars projects, Shockwave in The Transformers, Hugo Strange in Batman: Arkham City and Zeus in the God of War series.

Early career[edit]

Burton began his career at age 17 under the name Corey Weinman, with an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conried for Disney. He studied radio acting with Daws Butler (Time for Beany, Merrie Melodies, Yogi Bear) for four years and went on to work with nearly all of the original Hollywood radio actors in classic-style radio dramas. He was unsure at first about pursuing voice-work, due to his shy demeanor and Asperger syndrome, but credits the diverse world and character design of Disney's The Haunted Mansion attraction as his inspiration to move forward.[1]

Disney[edit]

Burton has done extensive voice-work for Disney, including animated features and theme park attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disney Resort. He provides the "Feature Presentation" voice on direct-to-video video releases and can be heard as the narration voice at Disneyland. He provided the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Return to Never Land and dubbed the voice of Deems Taylor in Fantasia for the film's 2000 and 2010 re-releases.

Burton has voiced sound-alikes and original characters for over 50 Disney Storyteller records. His roles include:

Paul Frees[edit]

Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voice actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction. He also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.

Burton was approached to record a new safety spiel for the intro to the original Haunted Mansion ride. He declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy.

Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland Park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (like the "Pooped Pirate" and the pirate voice that guides you on and off the boat), Grumpy on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[citation needed]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Volume Two.[3]

Burton performed a Frees imitation as the voice of the announcer in the 1999 film Dudley Do-Right.

Fantasia[edit]

In the 60th Anniversary Edition and the 2010 special edition of Disney's Fantasia, Burton re-recorded Deems Taylor's commentaries.

Animation[edit]

Transformers[edit]

Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn and Spike Witwicky in the original Transformers cartoon by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions. He would later voice Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Brawn, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky and Longarm Prime / Shockwave in Transformers: Animated by Cartoon Network.

Burton stated in an interview that Shockwave was by far his favorite character to perform in the original series. Despite this, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon,[4] so the part was given to Frank Welker, the voice of Megatron / Galvatron.

Star Wars[edit]

For Star Wars, Burton voiced Count Dooku and Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and several video games.[5]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

For the Kingdom Hearts series, Burton voiced Ansem the Wise in Chain of Memories, Birth by Sleep and Dream Drop Distance due to Christopher Lee's health problems. For the cinematic version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, he re-dubbed Lee's lines for the Nintendo DS version. He reprised his role as Ansem the Wise for Kingdom Hearts III.

Brainiac[edit]

Burton has portrayed the supervillain Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as the character in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited. Although not set within the DCAU, he also reprised his role in Legion of Super Heroes, DC Universe Online and Lego DC Super-Villains.

Other television highlights[edit]

Other work[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator Short film
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer Additional Voices
The Adventures of Curious George The Man in the Yellow Hat, Additional Voices
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Additional Voices
1986 Critters Critters (voices)
The Transformers: The Movie Brawn, Shockwave, Spike Witwicky (voices)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane Uncredited
Flight of the Navigator R.A.L.F. (voice)
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
I Am Joe's Ear Joe's Ear (voice)
Castle in the Sky Additional Voices 2003 English dub
1987 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Heigh-Ho Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
G.I. Joe: The Movie Tomax (voice)
Spaceballs Dinks (voices) Uncredited
Amazon Women on the Moon Anchorman
Disney Sing-Along Songs: The Bare Necessities Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain, Jiminy Cricket (voices) Direct-to-video
1988 Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien Voice
Disney Sing-Along Songs: You Can Fly! Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane Uncredited
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer (voice) 1998 English dub
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Fun with Music Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
Goofy About Health Narrator
Wonders of Life General Knowledge, Chicken (voices)
Stanley and the Dinosaurs Stanley (voice)
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit Droopy (voice) Short film
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Under the Sea Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Professor Owl, White Rabbit, Dale, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Uncredited
Direct-to-video
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
1992 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Be Our Guest Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices)
Aladdin Prince Achmed, Necklace Merchant (voices)
1993 Trail Mix-Up Droopy (voice) Short film
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Friend Like Me Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
1994 Mickey's Fun Songs: Campout at Walt Disney World Dale (voice)
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Circle of Life Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices)
The Lion King Hyenas (voice)
1995 A Goofy Movie Wendall (voice)
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Colors of the Wind Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World Dale, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee (voices)
1996 The Best of Roger Rabbit Droopy (voice) Short film
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard (voice)
Black Mask Commissioner (voice)
Disney's Greatest Video, Volume 1 Dale the Chipmunk, Ludwig Von Drake (voices) Direct-to-video
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional Voices
1997 Hercules Additional Voices
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Zero to Hero Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
1998 Mulan Male Ancestor (voice)
The Spirit of Mickey Ludwig Von Drake (voice)
Disney Sing-Along Songs: Honor to Us All Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain (voices) Direct-to-video
Skating the Half Pipe Narrator
Paracycling Narrator
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus (voice) Direct-to-video
Dudley Do-Right The Announcer
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale (voice) Direct-to-video
Toy Story 2 Woody's Roundup Announcer (voice)
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator (voice)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaëtan "Mole" Molière (voice)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, Gus, Grumpy, Captain Hook, Mad Hatter (voices) Direct-to-video
2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook (voice)
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Additional Voices Direct-to-video
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus, Stable Hand, Mert (voices)
Mickey's House of Villains Captain Hook, Chernabog, "How to" Narrator, Chief O'Hara (voices)
Treasure Planet Onus (voice)
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour Narrator Direct-to-video
Atlantis: Milo's Return Gaëtan "Mole" Molière (voice)
Stitch! The Movie Additional Voices
2004 The Lion King 1½ Grumpy (voice)
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Elf #4 (voice)
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Additional Voices
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Doublehelix (voice) English dub
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus (voice) Direct-to-video
Planet Terror Additional Narrator
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan (voice) Direct-to-video
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Narrator
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Abin Sur, Ray Palmer (voices) Direct-to-video
Batman: Gotham Knight The Scarecrow, Ronald Marshall, Yuri Dimitrov (voices)
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Whorm Loathsom, Ziro the Hutt, Kronos-327 (voices)
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Captain Marvel, Solomon Grundy (voices) Direct-to-video
The Princess and the Frog Mr. Harvey Fenner (voice)
2010 The A-Team Narrator
2012 Hotel Transylvania Mr. Bigfoot (voice)
Goodnight Mr. Foot Mr. Bigfoot (voice) Short film
Partysaurus Rex Captain Suds (voice)
2013 Zambezia Neville (voice)
Machete Kills Trailer Voice Guy
I Know That Voice Himself Documentary[6]
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Captain Cold, Time Trapper (voices) Direct-to-video
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Bayard, Announcer (voices)
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Baron Basil, Ghost of the Baron (voices)
Rocky and Bullwinkle Snidely Whiplash, Mayor (voices) Short film
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Grumpy (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Spider-Man The Lizard
1984–87 The Transformers Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Spike Witwicky, Wideload, Additional Voices
1985 Robotix Tauron, Goon, Kanawk
1985–86 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Tomax, Lt. Clay Moore, Owen Van Mark, Gerky Potemkin
1986 DTV Valentine Gruffi Gummi
1986–91 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Gruffi Gummi, Toadwart, Additional Voices Replacing Bill Scott
1987–89 DuckTales Ludwig Von Drake, Phil Barker, Additional Voices
1989–90 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Dale, Zipper, Mole, Snout, Additional Voices
1990 The Magical World of Disney Ludwig Von Drake Ep. "A DuckTales Valentine"
1991 James Bond Jr. James Bond Jr.
1992 Goof Troop "How to" Narrator, Circus Ringmaster
Raw Toonage Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook
Darkwing Duck Rubber Chicken Ep. "Mutantcy on the Bouncy"
1993–94 Bonkers Ludwig Von Drake, Mad Hatter, Additional Voices
Mighty Max Felix, Osiris
1995–99 The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa Quint, Speedy the Snail, Fronk, Creepy Fortune Teller
1995–96 Phantom 2040 Kit Walker, 23rd Phantom, Biot, Security Biot, 20th Phantom, Thin Man
1996 Quack Pack Ludwig Von Drake
Dexter's Laboratory The Narrator Ep. "The Lab of Tomorrow"
1996–98 Superman: The Animated Series Brainiac, Binko, Additional Voices
1997 Freakazoid! Invisibo Ep. "Normadeus"
1998–99 Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series Zeus
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Istivan Hegedesh, Vilmos Egans, Barge Captain, Captain, Kobra Op #1
Mickey Mouse Works Ludwig Von Drake, J. Audubon Woodlore, Chief O'Hara, Narrator
1999 Boo Boo Runs Wild Ranger Smith, Moose
A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith Ranger Smith
2000 Poochini's Yard Additional Voices
2001–02 Disney's House of Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, J. Audubon Woodlore, Grumpy, Timothy Q. Mouse, Cards,
Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook, Maurice,
Zeus, Chernabog, Female Von Drake, Doorknob, Santa Claus, Caterpillar
2001–03 Justice League Brainiac, Forager, Metallo, Toyman, Weather Wizard, Dr. Blizzard
2002, 2017 Samurai Jack Monk #1, Goatman, The Murder of Crows
2003 Static Shock Brainiac
2003–05 Star Wars: Clone Wars Count Dooku, San Hill, Warrior #2
2004 ChalkZone King Mumbo Jumbo, Stick Figure Baker Ep. "The Big Blow Up"
2005 Duck Dodgers Martian Commander Z-9
2005–06 Justice League Unlimited Brainiac, Key, Sonar, Toyman, Weather Wizard
2006–14 The Boondocks Eli Gorbinsky, Director Banes, Additional Voices
2006–16 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2007–09 Transformers: Animated Ratchet, Megatron, Shockwave, Ironhide, Spike Witwicky, Additional Voices
2007–08 Legion of Super Heroes Brainiac
2008–19 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku, Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt, Additional Voices
2008–10 The Secret Saturdays V.V. Argost, Leonidas Van Rook
2008–11 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Red Tornado, Silver Cyclone, Thomas Wayne, False Face, Doctor Mid-Nite,
Dr. William Milton Magnus, Mercury, Chancellor Gor-Zonn, General Zahl,
Batman (Bat-Manga), Joker (Scooby-Doo), Killer Moth, Alan Scott
2008–15 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices
2009 Disney's Haunted Holidays: Tales of Two Cities Hatbox Ghost
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster, Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
2010–11 Sym-Bionic Titan Galalunian Commander, Combat Instructor, Academy Administrator
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Law, Granger, Crippled Convict
2011–16 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Hook
2011–12 ThunderCats Jaga, Tygus, Jorma
2011–14 Black Dynamite Dennis Flynn, Mr. Rogers, Phil Drummond
2011–12 Young Justice Brain, Dudley H. Dudley, Hamilton Hill, Wizard, James Gordon
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Cleric Loran, Leph
2012–14 Ben 10: Omniverse Malware, Mr. Baumann, Brainstorm, Seebik, Fiskerton, V.V. Argost,
Albedo Brainstorm, Kane North / Kangaroo Kommando
2012–15 Gravity Falls Additional Voices
2013–18 Avengers Assemble Dracula, Mystery Man, Agamotto
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Dracula
2014–15 Wander Over Yonder Captain, Additional Voices
2014–present Mickey Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2014–15 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. High Evolutionary, Dracula
2015–17 Clarence Hank
Niko and the Sword of Light Jackal
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Joust Joust Revolution Announcer, Monster Arm
The 7D Lord Grudgemunger Ep. "The Rock of Sages"
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Additional Voices
2015–17 Harvey Beaks Title Card Narrator
2015–16 Star Wars Rebels Gobi Glie, Quarrie, Eesh Fahm, Argin Relik, Rake Gahree, Additional Voices
2016 Uncle Grandpa Additional Voices Ep. "Chill Out"
2016–18 Future-Worm! Narrator
2017 The Loud House Judge
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Quarrie, Awan Zek, Additional Voices
2017–present Mickey and the Roadster Racers Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2018 DuckTales B.U.D.D.Y., The Liquidator, Ludwig Von Drake

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Disney's Cartoon Arcade Ludwig Von Drake
1996/1998 The Walt Disney World Explorer Narrator[2]
1998 Rocky & Bullwinkle's Know-It-All Quiz Game Narrator, Snidely Whiplash
1999 Superman: The New Adventures Brainiac
Disney's Villains' Revenge Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, White Rabbit, Ringmaster
2000 Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour Dale, Moe Whiplash, Bruno Biggs
Mickey's Speedway USA Professor Ludwig Von Drake
Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers Merlock, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaëtan "Mole" Molière
Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Yen Sid
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Doctor N. Gin, Doctor Nefarious Tropy
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Count Dooku, Jedi Starfighter Pilot, General Tal Ashen
2002 Kingdom Hearts Captain Hook, White Rabbit, The Doorknob, Floatsam, Jetsam
Disney Golf Ludwig Von Drake
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Battle Droid Scout, Count Dooku
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Count Dooku, Prison Guard #1
2003 Metal Arms: Glitch in the System Colonel Alloy
2004 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge Santa Claus
EverQuest II Wizard, Merchant Ihean, Ambassador T'Kirr, Vladiminn
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Captain Hook Archive sound
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Count Dooku, Rune Haako, Additional Voices
Star Wars: Battlefront II Count Dooku, Imperial Officer #2, Ki Adi Mundi
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Dale, MCP, Santa Claus, Sark, Shan-Yu, The Peddler, Yen Sid
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Volteer, Exhumor
2007 God of War II Zeus
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Yen Sid, Dale, Sark, MCP, Santa Claus, Shan-Yu, The Peddler
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Volteer, Exhumor
Cars Mater-National Championship Doc Hudson
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Gus, Grumpy
2008 The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Volteer, Mason
Grand Chase Dungeon of Monsters
Transformers Animated: The Game Megatron, Ratchet, Shockwave
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories DiZ, Captain Hook
2009 Brütal Legend Narrator
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes Count Dooku, Cad Bane
Cars Race-O-Rama Doc Hudson
2010 God of War III Zeus
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ansem the Wise, Captain Hook, Magic Mirror, Yen Sid, Dale, Grumpy
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Red Tornado, Museum Guide, Weather Wizard
Epic Mickey Yen Sid, Captain Hook
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Dale, Yen Sid
DC Universe Online Brainiac
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Count Dooku
Batman: Arkham City Hugo Strange
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Dale, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook, Ghost Host
Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Hugo Strange
Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Serevin, Jedi Master Jun Seros, Supreme Commander Rans,
Bas-Ton, Doctor Meln, Donal Kraay, Lord Varos, Mar-Da, Master Ostar-Gal,
Palawa Leader, Slam Streever, Vendor, Vicebaron Heitor, Yuleph Phan
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ansem the Wise, Yen Sid, Claude Frollo
Kinect Star Wars Count Dooku, Darth Ror, Red 7
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Yen Sid
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Captain Hook
Ben 10: Omniverse Malware
2013 God of War: Ascension Zeus
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Captain Hook, The White Rabbit, The Doorknob, Floatsam, Jetsam, DiZ Archived footage
2014 Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life Dale, Grumpy, Yen Sid, The Doorknob, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Various Archived footage
Fantasia: Music Evolved Yen Sid
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Cad Bane
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Ansem the Wise, Yen Sid, Claude Frollo Archived footage
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Doctor N. Gin, Doctor Nefarious Tropy, Baby Cortex
Star Wars Battlefront II Count Dooku
2018 God of War Zeus
Lego DC Super-Villains Hugo Strange, Virman Vundabar, Brainiac, The Spectre, Kanto, Toyman
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Ansem the Wise, Yen Sid, Dale, Zeus
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Doctor N. Gin, Nitros Oxide, Doctor Nefarious Tropy

Theme parks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corey Burton - Voices of the Disney Parks #D23Expo 2017, mouseinfo/YouTube, July 18, 2017, retrieved January 27, 2019
  2. ^ a b Mindsai Productions; Disney Interactive (1996). The Walt Disney World Explorer. Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh. Disney Interactive. Scene: Cranium Command - Trivia slideshow. General Knowledge: "The voice of General Knowledge (begins to change to Burton's natural voice) was played by Corey Burton." / Burton: "(chuckles) That's me."
  3. ^ Evanier, Mark (April 10, 2015). "Freberg Stories #2". News from Me. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Corey Burton Uninterested In Reprising Shockwave For Transformers 3, David Warner Is Rumored - Transformers News - TFW2005". tfw2005.com. December 19, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Krome Studios (October 6, 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent.
  6. ^ "I Know That Voice, A Documentary About the World of Voice Acting". Laughing Squid. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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