Kirby: Right Back at Ya! CREDITS

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Voice Director: Andrew Rannells

US Premiere: Sep 14, 2002
US Conclusion: 2006
Japan Premiere: Oct 06, 2001
Japan Conclusion: Sep 27, 2003

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 100

Popularity: 272nd All Time, 216th This Week

Franchise: Kirby
Characters on BTVA: 73
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said at 12:41 PM on Wed Dec 20 2017
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The highlight of this dub was easily Ted Lewis as King DeDeDe. His take was unique, bizarre and tons of fun. Heck whenever I try to come up with a fancasting for him it becomes impossible due to how hilarious was.
said at 8:09 PM on Thu Apr 13 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I have...rather mixed feelings about the Kirby dub...many conflicting negative & positive thoughts...definitely not one of the better dubs 4Kids did, but it's not one of the worse ones, either, falls firmly in the "So OK, it's meh" bin for me.

In all seriousness, I think Andrew Rannells was (and is) a much, much better voice actor and stage/live action TV performer than he is a voice director- I didn't like his direction in the Sonic X dub at all, and I didn't like it here, either. Andrew has talent, but it sure wasn't shown here, if you ask me.

Well, to address my criticisms:

- I don't like that Meta Knight has a random Spanish accent, although I will admit it's a unique voice to come from Stuart compared to his usual repertoire, but it screams Antonio Banderas' imitation to me way too much.

- I don't like that Dedede has a random Texan accent, either (though to be fair to Lewis, like with Stuart before him, it is a unique voice so I do like that much about it).

- I don't like Tuff's elderly woman with a cold imitates a child voiceover (later reused for Max in a certain other Series, was just as completely unfitting there to me- easily the poorest dub voice in the whole cast for me here).

- I don't like Knuckle Joe's punk-y dub voice (however, this was perhaps the best role I've heard from Kevin Kolack in his career, so I will cut him a break here).

- I don't like that the OST was all replaced (the norm for the majority of 4Kids, Saban, DiC, Nelvana, TPCi etc. dubs, so that's not a surprise).

- I don't like that they cut a few scenes out, either (though they were mainly fan service, so I can understand that much, I tend to be more forgiving than most on the censorship side of things).

- Chef Kawasaki is by far the weirdest, completely out of there voice I've heard from the late (and great) Maddie Blaustein, it's humorous, but I do not feel the performance can be taken seriously most of the time.

That being said...

- I do like that 4Kids kept a few of the Japanese voices intact from the Original Version, and when they didn't use Amy Birnbaum's Kirby voice (which I do think is good, actually), the seiyu's voice was retained.

- I do like Ted Lewis' rendition of Escargoo and I think Kerry Williams' Tiff is the strongest dub voice in the cast, very close to her seiyu's rendition.

- Dan Green's voice for Customer Service is pretty good, even though it's a bit too similar to other roles he's done in his career at times.

- I do like Maddie Blaustein's Waddle Doo voice & Eric Stuart's Blade Knight voices, actually, much better than their Chef Kawasaki and Meta Knight voices, if you ask me.

- Since the show is over the top in the source material, wacky, zany, you name it, it worked quite well for 4Kids' hammy nature, in that the scripting was average fare- some times, it went way off base, but other times it was decent.

- The dub does capture the spirit of the original's wacky nature to a certain extent.

Overall, I don't have a high opinion of the dub, or a low opinion either- honestly, the same can be said of the show itself, really.
said at 4:01 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
If this show got another season, I would not complain at all. This definitely is the best video game animated series.

.. cept if Nintendo wanted New Yoak to dub that season, a ton of the characters are probably gonna be recast (evidenced with Maddie's, Zoppi's, and Rannells' lot).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Really was one of the best game cartoons. It captured the feeling of Kirby perfectly and was really whimsical, genuinely funny, and enjoyable. The new characters like Escargoon, Customer Service, Tiff and Tuff all fit into the Kirby universe effortlessly. The perfect comfort food series. I always wished Animal Crossing got a series in this style.
said at 3:34 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017
@NCZ Well there was the Animal Crossing movie, but I know what you mean. Thinking a bit more, an Animal Crossing cartoon/anime would be awesome.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:36 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017

The Animal Crossing movie was really cute. I loved it.

I just remember when it was first announced, I was SUPER into Wild World, and at the time it wasn't clear to me if the anime was going to be a movie or a full series. I just spent so much time fantasizing about how perfectly AC would lend itself to an episodic format. It's really one of the most natural fits in Nintendo's entire wheelhouse.
said at 1:50 AM on Fri May 5 2017
@NCZ Some of the interactions between King DeDeDe and Escargoon alone made the series worth watching honestly.
said at 6:44 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
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said at 9:10 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
@CelestialOuroboros That's what we do best at NME!
said at 2:03 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017
@HylianBelmont You better get it with a money back guarantee!
said at 5:28 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
If there's something this says it's that Andrew Rannell is a darn good voice director(though I also like his voice direction in Sonic X as well)
said at 10:56 AM on Mon Apr 17 2017
@HienFan I think his voice direction on Kirby was way better than Sonic X, it definitely is one of the Best 4Kids dub, the voices are a perfect match!!!!
said at 6:02 PM on Sun Jun 5 2016
 10 Shout Outs!
4Kids' over the top style made this cartoon amazing.
said at 4:59 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
@GreenGoblin75 Their over-the-top style also worked quite well for Ultimate Muscle and Shaman King IMO!
said at 4:54 PM on Tue Jun 7 2016
Joel the Pokekid
said at 2:57 PM on Mon May 2 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Call me whatever you want, but I just can't watch this show in the original Japanese. I have to watch it dubbed! The dub is just more entertaining and more memorable to me.
Joel the Pokekid
said at 9:23 PM on Sat Dec 26 2015
 1 Shout Out!
This show is great for kids! It has small nice morals to teach to toddlers and a very good about of action to entertain older kids. It's the perfect show for kids Grades K-6th.
said at 8:44 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
 8 Shout Outs!
Remember when Meta Knight had a spanish accent?

Pepperidge Farms Remembers
said at 9:44 PM on Sat Dec 26 2015
You forgot Texan Dedede.
said at 9:07 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Kirby is awesome!
said at 3:06 PM on Mon May 28 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I used to watch this show all the time on saturdays! After they showed the "Kirby Movie" on 4kids they took it off. That go me really upset beacuse Kirby was one of my favorite shows on 4kids. I'm glad I recorded some of the episodes on tape! n_n!
said at 9:51 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
 1 Shout Out!
This was the last dub 4kids got right!
said at 9:44 PM on Sat Dec 26 2015
What about Dinosaur King?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:23 PM on Sun Jul 4 2010
Anyone who can offer some valid VA information, we will appreciate your work. A lot of these guys have an "Unknown Voice Actor".
said at 12:45 AM on Tue Sep 27 2011
@NCZ I remember hearing before that Nightmare was voiced by Andrew Rannels. You can probably find some samples of his voice in the movie.
said at 12:57 AM on Tue Sep 27 2011
@Metabad *Rannells, sorry for the typo.
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