This Sac Anime, we stopped by the tables where the guests were signing autographs to see if they would be willing to lend us a minute for a few questions. Irene Bedard, voice of Disney’s Pocahontas, and Steve Cardenas, who played Rocky in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo, were both willing to answer three questions each, and we have their thoughts to share with you.
While we do not have any video footage from Steve, I’ve transcribed the conversation for you to enjoy. Read on to see his thoughts!
G33k-HQ: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me.
Steve Cardenas: Sure!
G33k-HQ: Now it’s been over twenty years since Power Rangers was on the air, you were one of the earliest Rangers, and the show is still going strong – what do you believe is in part responsible for that longevity?
Steve: Well, I believe it’s a combination of things. I mean, the show itself had all these really cool elements to it; they did karate, they were all in these bright colors, they had explosions, they had monsters, aliens, robots – just all this stuff combined together with all that cool rock music and everything. I mean, it was just such overstimulation for the kids, so I think it was just really a lot of the factors that made it such a good show. Plus there was the really good message and all the diversity of all the different races of people that were all friends. So I think all those things combined did that.
G33k-HQ: And you’ve seen the fandom grow from those little children to people who are my age who are still saying “hi” and thanking you for all the great memories you brought them. How has the fandom been for you over all these years?
Steve: Oh man, I’m blessed, you know? I mean, it’s such a good feeling to know that people are still out there and they still care, it’s a really good feeling.
G33k-HQ: And for any children [reading] this who might one day want to be on the Power Rangers show, what do you have to say to them?
Steve: Well, I think having a good background in martial arts would be helpful, and just basically knowing that if you’re going to be on a show like that, that you’ve gotta generally be a good person.
G33k-HQ: Great! Thank you very much for your time and for being here!
Later that weekend, we also had the opportunity to speak with Irene Bedard, best known for her role as Pocahontas in the Disney animated classic. You can check out the video below, but I’ve also transcribed it underneath that for your reading pleasure.
G33k-HQ: So, how are you doing today?
Irene Bedard: I am doing great – great way to start out the new year!
G33k-HQ: Awesome! So, I guess let’s just kick this off with a question about your most famous role of Pocahontas. What do you think she really brings to the viewers, and to Disney, and to the whole animated princess mythos?
Irene: Well, I think that for one, she’s a Disney princess who wasn’t waiting for a prince to come and save her – she actually saved John Smith, which is where the whole story surrounds that moment, when she throws herself upon him to stop the war from happening. But it’s a wonderful legacy of Disney and the Disney Princess series, so I’m really glad to be a part of it.
G33k-HQ: And aside from Pocahontas, what roles have you done that you’re particularly proud of or hold a place in your heart?
Irene: You know, a lot of people ask “What are your favorite roles?” and it’s so hard, because there’s so many things about each character that really means a lot. I really loved playing Margaret Light Shines in Into The West, which was a Steven Spielberg mini-series, I loved Suzy Song from Smoke Signals, right now I’m May Stillwater on Longmire, so that living, breathing life that I’m a part of right at the moment is a lot of fun and meaningful. In Lakota Woman I portray Mary Crow Dog in the film based on the same book, and that’s about the siege at Wounded Knee in 1973, and it was really awesome to be a part of that.
G33k-HQ: Awesome. And, third and final question: just how many colors does the wind have, and how are we supposed to paint with those?
Irene: (laughs) Well, let’s see… there’s pink and purple and red and yellow, and look, ana.
G33k-HQ: Alright, I may or may not be able to work with those. Thank you very much for your time, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here at Sac Anime!
Irene: Thank you!