Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Voice Behind 'Star Wars' Clones Speaks Out

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Voice Behind 'Star Wars' Clones Speaks Out

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ORLANDO, Fla. --

Who is Dee Bradley Baker?

If you've turned into "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," then you've heard him many times, slightly differently each time, and never seen him once.

He's the voice actor behind the numerous Clone Troopers on "The Clone Wars," the fifth season of which starts Sept. 29 on Cartoon Network.

"A lot of the fan base is not just middle-age guys like me who love 'Star Wars,' but you also get families and their kids now, and a fair amount of folks in the military," Mr. Baker, 50, says. "I've had officers from Afghanistan say, 'I love this show.' "

"They love the Clones. They like the sense of honor and humanity and intelligence, and the sense of dealing with peril having to work their way through situations where it's not really clear what they're supposed to do."

Mr. Baker, whose mother made him a "Star Wars" Jawa costume in 1977 when the movie first came out says, the series "is very straight ahead. It takes place in a universe where there is right and wrong, there is good and bad, and there is grappling with the grey in between."

Mr. Baker knows that families deal with these issues on a personal level as they raise their children. He realized when he talked with people at media conventions that, "They look to these iconic characters in the situations, they go through as they teach their kids about life, and how they want things to go."

"To me, it makes sense that people flock to superhero iconic story lines such as 'Star Wars,' 'Harry Potter' and others. There are a lot of variations of that these days, but I think it comes to people's core desire to want to have some heroic way of good triumphing over evil, of the world actually being able to correct itself."

And the world is changing faster and faster. "It's an interesting world with Twitter and social media. …

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