Happy Birthday Talking Ginger + Interview with Maria Bamford

Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series Talking Ginger

Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series Talking GingerDid you know that today is Talking Ginger’s birthday? Talking Ginger is one of the rambunctious friends on the new Talking Tom and Friends show. He is the cutest, most mischievous kitten you’ll ever meet.  He’s a boy, played by girl Maria Bamford.  Maria, who grew up in Minnesota, but now calls Los Angeles home, is a comedian and animation voice-overachiever known for her quirky style and vocal impressions. She is also a well-known voice actress for animated series like “Adventure Time,” “Word Girl,” “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,” and as mentioned Outfit7’s hit YouTube series “Talking Tom and Friends:  The Animated Series.”  You can find Ginger causing a ruckus each week on the Talking Tom and Friends YouTube channel.

Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series Talking GingerGinger celebrates his birthday on April 8th. Maria took a break from squawking into a mic to tell us about playing Ginger on The Animated Series.

Q:  What does Ginger do on his birthday?
A: He loves to do anything with his friends (who have candy.)

Q:  What’s your favorite thing to do on your birthday?
A:  I’m more of a hot fudge sundae lady – go Fosters Freeze!

Q:  We see that practical jokes are a part of Ginger’s every day routine.  Do you like to play practical jokes, and if so, what’s the best one you’ve ever played?
A:  I’m very gullible and I will walk into a banana cream pie without hesitation, if asked.

Q:  How old is Ginger?
A:  He is 6 years old. I am 45, but have not changed discernibly since infancy on an emotional level.

Q:  As a kid, did you ever envision you’d do voice overs?
A: I did voices but it I didn’t think it was a job possibility. I was terrified after high school ended.

Q:  What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A doctor dancer.

Q:  You are one of the busiest people in animation.  What else are you doing these days?
A:   “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” on Netflix, “Adventure Time” on Cartoon Network, “Pig Goat Banana Cricket” on Nickelodeon, and of course “Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series” for Outfit7 on YouTube and YouTube Kids App..and constantly auditioning for more.

Q:  What would you like to see Ginger do in his next app release?
A:  Give up sugar!

Q:  Are you a dog or cat person?
A:  I love them both a little old and overweight.

Q: What’s it like to play a boy character?  Do you think you’d play Ginger differently if he was a girl?
A:  Gender is very fluid in society today and certain “traits” identified as male or female can be limiting to people – when you feel like you have to choose one over the other. I mean our dogs Bert (boy) loves romance novels, and Betty (girl) is a karate aficionado. So, I guess my l answer is maybe. Depends.

Q:  Ginger’s an Aries.  What’s your sign?
A:   Virgo!

Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series Talking Ginger
Photo Credit: Outfit7 Limited (used with permission)

Next on the horizon for Bamford is her Netflix Original Series “Lady Dynamite” which premieres May 20, 2016. The series draws inspiration from Bamford’s life and tells the story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her s—t. Guest stars include many of Bamford’s friends, such as Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, June Diane Raphael, Adam Pally, Tig Notaro, Mira Sorino, Brandon Routh and Dean Cain.

Maria Bamford’s portrayal of TALKING GINGER has been described as obnoxiously-adorable. You can find her/him (Ginger’s a boy) causing a ruckus each week on the Talking Tom and Friends YouTube channel.

Ginger celebrates his birthday today and Maria extends her best to the bratty feline tike saying “For your birthday, Tom and I got you candy. But first let me teach you how to eat candy with YOUR candy.  GIVE ME YOUR CANDY! Chomp, chomp, crunch, clabbi, burdi, glom. Burp!”


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