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View Poll Results: Best Splinter voice performance
Original cartoon 7 20.59%
First two live action films 9 26.47%
Turtles 3 0 0%
Next Mutation 0 0%
2003 cartoon 2 5.88%
2007 film 3 8.82%
2012 Cartoon 13 38.24%
Rise 0 0%
PD films 0 0%
Other 0 0%
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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Which Splinter had the most epic voice?

For me personally, its the Splinter from the Original Live Action films.
Listening to him narrating the turtles' origins to April, as well as his own story to Danny, still gives me chills to this day.

Original Cartoon Splinter comes a close second for me, having a pretty powerful voice that is both deep and booming.
I personally prefer Original Cartoon Splinter to the Nickelodeon one, when looking at both of the "deep voiced" Splinters.
Both had pretty great voice performances though, and really sold me as wise senseis.

Never heard Next Mutation Splinter so can't comment.

2003 Splinter's voice was pretty serviceable, but nothing too special in my opinion, much preferred the 2007 take on him which was pretty great.

PD Splinter is pretty meh.

Finally, Rise Splinter has a good voice but I keep on feeling distracted while listening to him because I keep on hearing Tiger Claw.

Honourable mention goes to Splinter from Turtles 3 for being pretty hilarious (and I'm pretty sure he's not voiced by the same guy as the first two films):
"Just like Elvis from New Hawaii!"
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The biggest villains were the censors.
What they could do without being held back is my question.
Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building.
I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue.
Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.

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Old 04-11-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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the most epic splinter voice in my opinion is Hoon Lee's Splinter. His voice commanded respect when it needed too and general love and caring for his sons.

Kevin Clash a close second
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #3
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For me personally, its the Splinter from the Original Live Action films.
Listening to him narrating the turtles' origins to April, as well as his own story to Danny, still gives me chills to this day.

Original Cartoon Splinter comes a close second for me, having a pretty powerful voice that is both deep and booming.
I personally prefer Original Cartoon Splinter to the Nickelodeon one, when looking at both of the "deep voiced" Splinters.
Both had pretty great voice performances though, and really sold me as wise senseis.

Never heard Next Mutation Splinter so can't comment.

2003 Splinter's voice was pretty serviceable, but nothing too special in my opinion, much preferred the 2007 take on him which was pretty great.
Splinter in the 2007 TMNT movie had legendary voice actor Mako voice splinter. The 2007 movie had a surprising amount of stars in there voice class.

As to the question its really hard to choose.....
My top 3 are (in no particular order)
-2k7 splinter
-1990 live action splinter
-2003
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:03 AM   #4
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For me it's a tie between Mako and Hoon Lee
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:05 AM   #5
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You forgot the 1994 Christmas video film, We Wish You a Turtle Christmas.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:11 AM   #6
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Agreed with Autbot-Benz on Hoon Lee's voice, this was favourite for me too. The voice had strength, authority and compassion. That being said, this Splinter was young so his voice style (right word?) was different to those playing an older Splinter, among those I can't really choose without re-watching, I liked a few of them though.

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Old 04-12-2019, 04:21 AM   #7
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You forgot the 1994 Christmas video film, We Wish You a Turtle Christmas.
Oh yeah, my bad

He wasn't too bad in that, but I can't see his voice being anyone's favourite.
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The biggest villains were the censors.
What they could do without being held back is my question.
Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building.
I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue.
Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:17 AM   #8
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Definitely Nick 2012 Splinter, the voice acting was phenomenal. He felt like both a caring father and strict teacher.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:17 AM   #9
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1990/1991 live action Kevin Clash had the most impact probably bc imo the film was pretty heartfelt especially with Splinter's interactions with Raph and Danny. He had a Jpn accent but it wasnt distracting.

Though I love Peter Renaday's voice (1987 OT show). His voice sounded wise and I always liked it when he faced off with Shredder. Avery and he had the most chemistry in the OT. The only fault is that for most of the episode duration he only offered advice /help during briefly and most times rarely participated in whatever battle that TMNT were having. If he had been written to be more of their father than solely a master, he would be my favorite. I dont think he ever referred to them as "my sons"
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I dont think he ever referred to them as "my sons"
He did refer to them as his sons in the OT, but pretty less compared to other versions.
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What they could do without being held back is my question.
Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building.
I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue.
Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:25 PM   #11
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Haven't checked all of his different versions so I'd rather not vote.

I have a soft spot for the 2k3 Splinter however.

EDIT: Wait, this is about voice acting LOL. Eh... I think FW Splinter had a pretty memorable voice.
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Old 04-12-2019, 02:29 PM   #12
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. I dont think he ever referred to them as "my sons"
He did in a few episodes, but it was rare.
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:12 PM   #13
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... OK, I'm gonna hate myself for saying this but in terms of taking it seriously, it's probably Tony Shaloub's voice. Splinter tends to have a raspy voice with a cartoonish accent. Shaloub, even though I'd still prefer hints of a Japanese accent, does manage pull off an old master voice without sounding raspy. That's not to say the PD movies had good casting (and I really hated the waste of Will Arnett and Gary Anthony Williams) but that one was fine.

Hoon Lee probably comes in second. He has a genuine accent, admittedly a Korean one but I doubt I'd know the diffrence, so it does work. I have to admit that he does sound a bit too young.

Then in third place comes Mako. Out of the raspy ones with a thick accent, he's probably the one. It doesn't bother me so much knowing that's his actual speaking voice, meaning that he could just focus on the acting.

In fourth place... Peter Renaday? He sounds like a wheezing middle aged white American when doing Splinter's voice. He failed at what he tried to do but then again, had he succeeded then it'd just be another raspy fake japanese accent.

BTW, I'm not voting because I don't actually consider Tony Shaloub to be the "best" Splinter, just the one I can take the most seriously as "epic", as it's kind of hard describe a raspy fake accent as "epic". If I were to pick an actual best Splinter, then I'd pick Mako.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:51 PM   #14
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I'm trying to remember the Splinters voice in the half shell tour. Think I liked one of his songs if i remember correctly. I know there was a song about skipping rocks.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:34 AM   #15
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Hard to choose imo. Never read the comics and donít care much for the newer stuff (2012, Rise, etc.), but I think most voices were equally great. 2003 Splinter is probably my favourite of them all, though I might be biased, as the 2003 series is my fav version of TMNT.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:17 AM   #16
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Kevin Clash has a warm spot in my heart since the 90s film is a great part of my childhood and I always hear his voice when I read Splinter

And then there's that scene with Raph in that film...pure gold.
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I went 2003 Splinter, partly because it's my favourite version of him and the voice suited him. Really liked Kevin Clash voice too
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:10 AM   #18
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Splinter's voice is good in the 2003, I can agree with that. But it's true that the character is memorable in the 1990 movie, and I 'm not sure it's all about the quality of the voice. The french voice was not deep, it was rather frail. But I really liked it. It was a bit moving, and I love the idea of that old rheumatic rat capable in the end of getting rid of that big mean Shredder with a Ö trip ? The action is still a bit unclear to me, he's using Michelangelo's nunchaku, isn't he ?
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:38 AM   #19
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I'm trying to remember the Splinters voice in the half shell tour. Think I liked one of his songs if i remember correctly. I know there was a song about skipping rocks.
I seem to recall that Peter Reneday (Fred Wolf cartoon) did the voice there, not sure if he also did the singing.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:46 AM   #20
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Such a difficult one to answer. Kevin Clash is probably the best in terms of fitting the material the best yet Peter Renaday brought more warmth and a more approachable manner to the role yet still had all of Splinter's traits. But it's such a slight difference in choosing which.
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