Friday, February 7, 2014

NGoN #155: Cynthia Leake

Part of the problem with this feature is that you often find people interesting enough to do a feature on, for one reason or another, and then discover you can find almost nothing out about them. That is the cross we bear when we take the fringe entertainment path.

Some of you may know our honoree, Cynthia Leake, from Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi's 1983 film Fire & Ice. "But Darius," I hear you say, "Fire & Ice was animated. So, she's a voice actress?" Actually, Teegra's voice work was done by Maggie Roswell, who voiced Maude Flanders on The Simpsons, beside other voice work. Fire & Ice was a rotoscope animated film. A much maligned (wrongfully, in my book) technique that involves filming/photographing live action and animating from those images. Cynthia Leake portrays "Princess Teegra" as the animators' template. Certainly there was some embellishment on the animators' part, but to be fair it is hard to stack up to a Frazetta image.

Ms Leake also did quite a bit of television, including an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Dynasty, Dallas, CHiPs, and others. About the only thing I could find from any show was from the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode, "Space Rockers". See her IMDb entry here.

Sadly, that is about all I've got. Enjoy a few images.

Cynthia Leake, Ralph Bakshi and Randy Norton, behind the scenes of Fire & Ice

And for reference, Princess Teegra, animated

Cynthia Leake and Jeff Harlan in "Space Rockers" from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

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