Rockland Resident Relishes Roles In Anime Star Wars: Vision –

PEARL RIVER, NY — The Star Wars universe has expanded again with a new angle — anime — and a Hudson River resident is in on the fun.
Actor Adam Sietz is one of the voices of “Star Wars: Vision” — an original series that’s a collaboration between DisneyPlus and seven top Japanese animation studios bringing new perspectives in a series of short films.
It’s just out, and the reviews are better than good. “Most of the spin-offs, sequels, and reboots that have become de rigueur in modern pop culture have failed to distinguish themselves as anything but capitalizations on nostalgia. Star Wars: Visions, on the other hand, blows any and all expectations out of the water,” Karen Han wrote on Slate.
Sietz, who worked on four of the nine episodes, is an actor, award-winning writer, coach, consultant and speaker. His website is Patch sat down (virtually) with the Blauvelt resident for an email Q&A. Warning — the last question contains a spoiler.
Patch: Is this your first Star Wars venture?
Sietz: I have been in the Star Wars family since 2011 where I voiced a few fun characters on the Star Wars: Old Republic video game. I also did a fun mockumentary back in 2002 called “Star Wars: Behind the Lines.”
Patch: You’ve done a lot of voice-over in your career, from Dora the Explorer to DisneyPlus — What’s that like?
Sietz: It has been a blessing. As a child I wanted to be a cartoon. Then I found out I couldn’t be animated LOL. Now, I still can’t believe someone was willing to pay me to bark into a microphone as Clifford the Big Red Dog (before they decided he would actually talk and John Ritter took over the role). Or a relaxing breath of relief as the “Ahhhh” for Nestea’s plunge.
I’ve been fortunate to voice both the voices of the lord above and the devil below. It has been so much fun to do cartoons my kids watch and work on some of the top video games like Grand Theft Auto 3,4 & 5, and Bioshock. Becoming cool commercial icon characters like Mr. Mini Wheat for Kelloggs or Mr. Potatohead for Lays was a true highlight.
I am also a live-action actor. I have not only voiced, but I have also been in over 100 commercials, films and television shows and had the great fortune to have been on Broadway three times. In fact, I even performed on stage and under the stage doing voice-over call-in for the Tony Nominated Broadway run of “Talk Radio” with Liev Schrieber back in 2007.
Patch: Have you seen “Vision” yet?
Sietz: I have seen the four I’m in and one that has a good friend in the cast. I cannot say much other than they are so different from each other. Each award-winning anime studio created their own “Vision” short to suit their own vision (you see what I did there).
The Black and White hand-drawn style of the Duel is very artsy. And ending up as a cool little droid was a bonus! I knew I was a droid as during my additional dialogue recording work, I gave a lot of random whistles and push/pull efforts. I just didn’t know I would become the droid Dug.
My friend’s episode is about a rock band trying to save a friend from Jabba after Bobba Fett captured him.
Each has its own unique animation flavor.
I also had the opportunity to play a minor character named Musha in the episode Akakiri and did quite a bit of ADR work on two other episodes. (The Village Bride and The Duel). In these two, I cover the background voices of random Jedi, bandits, guards, villagers, etc. So, I did get to enjoy a few flavors.
Patch: What do you think it does for Star Wars to bring in the Japanese anime sensibility?
Sietz: It seems the world had already embraced the Star Wars universe decades ago. I believe these stories were already written and distributed to the top anime production studios to allow for their unique styles to shine. You will see, each episode is very different from the next.
Patch: Tell me more about being part of the vast Star Wars performing “family.”
Sietz: I grew up in the 70s. I saw the movie three times. I had the toys and the Star Wars lunch box. So when I was first asked to be involved, it was a dream come true. I had already played two fun characters in the past named Mekks and Targen in a video game for Lucas Arts. It is called “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”
Another fun tidbit: In 2002, I did a very funny trailer with Jerry Seinfeld for his brilliant documentary film “Comedian.” One day out of nowhere, the director called and asked if I could do a Chewy. I did it over the phone and he directly cast me in a fun hidden camera/gorilla-filmed mockumentary he was doing. I think it was called “StarWars: Behind the lines”. I played a fanatical fan dressed as a low-budget Chewbacca. Other than one line, I only spoke Wookie, wore khakis, a fuzzy brown vest and a Tina Turner wig. We pretended to camp out for days with the actual people that were really camped out in front of the Zigfield movie theater waiting for Episode II to premiere. It’s extremely hard to find, but a fun watch.
Patch: I know it’s anime, but don’t you want a tentacle-faced Sith costume? I mean, man.
Sietz: Who wouldn’t?
Editor’s Note: Mr. Sietz’s name was misspelled in the original version of this report. Patch regrets the error.