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Summary

In the spring of 1984 Dan Gilvezan walked into an audition for a half-hour animated TV series and walked out an hour later with a role in a show that would change the landscape of television in the late ’80s: A show called The Transformers. As the voice of Bumblebee, the little yellow Volkswagen, Gilvezan was there from the very beginning, witness to the birth of an entertainment industry phenomenon that continues to surprise and delight audiences to this very day.

Bumblebee & Me takes you behind the scenes of the original Transformers television series for a first-hand look at the making of a classic. Experience the controlled chaos of the recording sessions, learn the secrets behind creating a character voice, get to know the members of the cast close up and personal. Chock full of stories, reminiscences, anecdotes and never-before-seen photographs, Bumblebee & Me is sure to satisfy even the most knowledgeable and discerning Transformers fan.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Dan Gilvezan (P)2011 Dan Gilvezan

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  • 01-11-21

Very Short

Much shorter than I expected, only about 90 minutes, and not a lot really to hear that hasn't been heard before.

I would have liked more anecdotes and less facts and figures about Transformers which most fans, i.e. the target audience of this book, will already have a fair idea on.

Saying that, it's nice to hear how fond Dan's memories of that time are - I was just left wanting more.

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Great for any transformers fan

Amazing book, it’s amazing with all the memories of the old cast it makes you feel weird and wonder where transformers went wrong! It’s a shame he didn’t give us a bumblebee impression, I understand why but still it would be nice!

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More than meets the eye

Excellent AUDIOBOOK. I keep replaying it. Author has a very pleasant and relaxing. The anecdotal comments are funny. Recommended for all old fans of G1 and any modern fans keen to hear how the original voice actor of Bumblebee viewed the series that started a phenomenon. TRANSFORM AND ROLL OUT!

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the book was amazing and was amazing to hear the author read his views about the events that happened.

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An honest book from an honest man.

This is one I'll be reading again, Dan's recollection of his time on the original Transformers cartoon were interesting to hear and made me appreciate him more than I already do. Short but definitely worth the time.

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3rd listen and I still love it.

This is written by someone who was there. If you love G1 Transformers then this little snippet of life during the production of the series in the mid 80s will be a great addition to your knowledge base. I wish it was a few hours longer, but it is short and sweet and very enjoyable.

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Excellent account of a classic series.

What did you like most about Bumblebee & Me?

It is an honest account of a kids show that was based on a popular toy line, full of anecdotes and reverence for the characters and people who worked on the show. The actors working on the show clearly respected their characters and their audience so it's understandable that any changes to the show just to sell more toys would irritate the cast. Dan Gilvezan shares his views openly about what worked and what didn't but doesn't comes across as critical which is refreshing.

The short run time makes you wonder if there are more stories that could be told about the G1 television show but it is a fun audiobook that makes the listener want more.

This audiobook comes highly recommended.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The audiobook is full of interesting moments as Dan recalls personality traits and fun moments of his co-stars and their antics which makes their stories just as enjoyable as the stories they performed. Clearly, the voice actors of the G1 show were a great team to be a part of and the listener will get as much enjoyment hearing about them as Dan obviously gets as he narrates his story.

The anecdote regarding Peter Cullen and Frank Welker at his birthday party was particularly good!

Any additional comments?

Overall, a fun audiobook that is worth the money, do purchase this audiobook!

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  • Christine Klunder
  • 23-02-15

Bumblebee...In His Own Words :)

I listen to it quite often. Dan Gilvezan's voice is normally pleasant to the ear, but hearing the emotion and *joy* he clearly has for having been so lucky to be a part of something that's meant so much to me and thousands of others just gets me RIGHT in the feels. :) :) :)

There is more than Transformers in the book, mostly about the business of voice acting and what has happened to voice acting in the years since, but I cannot lie, I bought it because of being a Transformers fan. Everything else - icing! :)

I also have the Kindle book, and as far as content there's no difference. But if you want the FULL experience, GET THE AUDIO!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-18

funny and we'll read.

loved it was funny and fact filed !! ! ! !! ! ! ! !

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  • Shooki
  • 21-03-18

Heartfelt and insightful!

I wish we had first hand accounts like this from all the cast!

To say I loved this would be a severe understatement. I’m a huge transformers fangirl and G1 is hands down, no question, my favorite and most cherished iteration. Listening to Dan in this audiobook (which felt more like a podcast or interview) was like listening to a slightly older, more mature but still lovably sweet and enthusiastic Bumblebee.

It’s a short listen that I wished would have continued longer; I just can’t express into words the smile on my face throughout the majority of it. Dan painted vivid pictures of his memories of the auditions, recording booths, fellow cast and his entire experience working on The Transformers.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who has ever felt the joy of the original G1 series and beyond.

Thank you Dan, and thank you Bumblebee!

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  • Nichole Springer
  • 23-06-17

Can I have a 10 hour version please?

I really enjoyed hearing this behind the scenes look at one of my favorite animated shows. I only wish it were longer!!! Very soothing to listen to as well.

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  • Julie
  • 27-07-16

A must for any fan of early 1980's cartoons

If you could sum up Bumblebee & Me in three words, what would they be?

Informative, Clever, Highly Entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

"No bars held" feel

What does Dan Gilvezan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

First hand experience. Hearing his story in his own voice brings with it a greater understanding.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Near the end of the book when Mr. Gilvezan talks about the last Transformer episode.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this read to not only Transformer fans but anyone who considers themselves a fan of the early 1980's cartoons. It would also benefit anyone interested in becoming a voice over actor as the story is part of the history of voice over acting

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  • Alan
  • 03-06-21

To The Point

Even though Dan Gilvezan is best known as the voice of Bumblebee, to me he will always be my favorite voice of Spider-Man, from the early '80s cartoon "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends". To me, nobody even comes close. I had this book in Kindle format and bought it again on Audible just to hear Dan read it. It's short and to the point: he doesn't talk about his childhood or anything like that. He knows you bought it because you want to hear about Transformers. I'd have loved a little bit about Spidey too. :) Recommended!

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  • Oddball
  • 03-03-20

A great read by the voice of G1 Bumblebee!

This story provides an interesting behind the scenes look into the making of G1, especially the voice acting. Dan Gilvezan does a great job reading, and wrote this book well.

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  • Jenn & Anthony
  • 14-01-19

A real treat for G1 Transformers fans

I grew up watching the original Transformers cartoon and it continued to be my favorite cartoon of all time. This was awesome, a walk down memory lane with the actor who played one of the iconic characters telling the story of how the whole show came together and telling stories about the other actors who all made it happen. If you are a Transformers fan of the original series, definitely download this, it is much better listening to Dan tell the stories than if you read them on your own. Not too long either, you can listen to it in a few hours.

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  • Mark
  • 04-10-14

delightfully cute

Where does Bumblebee & Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it was an absolute joy

What about Dan Gilvezan’s performance did you like?

as a voice I've enjoyed hearing since I was a child (starting with Spiderman and friends) it was delightful to hear him telling his own story. It brought back a lot of nostalgia

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

more than meets the eye

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  • Chip Brooks
  • 10-09-12

Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Bumblebee & Me to be better than the print version?

I didnt read the print version but it was great to hear that voice and think about the old days as a kid.

What did you like best about this story?

That Dan provided the voice.

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