Michael Haigney was the original voice director on Pokémon from the first season through the third season, and was also one of the original voice actors, originally providing fill-in voices for Pokémon that had not been cast; under this capacity, he went under the alias Roger Kay.
During the sixth season, Haigney left the series. After his departure, stock footage was used to voice Ash’s Snorlax in Wheel Of Frontier, as well as Brock’s Geodude in Grating Spaces!.
In the DVD commentary for Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, Haigney explained that he didn’t realize Charmander would become a major character, believing it to only be a character of the day.
In 2022, Haigney started a Podcast series called Original Pokéman where he would share memories, mysteries, and behind-the-scenes stories on the episodes that he adapted and directed.