Kid Goku
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Kid Goku

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kid Goku with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Kid Goku is the protagonist of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT anime series.

Kid Goku was strong as a child who hadn't reached godlike powers as his adult self, but was still pretty darn powerful. Kid Goku trained under his grandpa Gohan, Master Roshi, Master Korin and Mr. Popo.

Kid Goku has had many English dub voice actors so here we go.

Kid Goku was first in English voiced back in the late 1980's in an English dub of Dragon Ball by Harmony Gold. The series had several changes including the names of the characters. Goku in this dub was called Zero. He was voiced by Barbara Goodson for five presumed episodes (before cancellation) and the anime films Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies and Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure which were edited into a special.

Kid Goku in 1995 was voiced in a second slightly more successful attempt at releasing the Dragon Ball anime in America by the Funimation Entertainment and BLT Productions (using Vancouver-based voice talent). Kid Goku was voiced by Saffron Henderson for a redub of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, and in an English dub of the Dragon Ball series on FoxKids, which lasted 13 episodes before being canceled.

Kid Goku was later voiced in the video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout by Brianne Siddall.

Kid Goku was voiced by Zoe Slusar in an alternate dub from AB Groupe and Blue Water Studios of both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT for European and Canadian broadcast in the early-mid 2000s. 

Ceyli Delgadillo was the first voice actor from the Funimation talent pool to voice Kid Goku. She voiced him for two of the Dragon Ball anime films dubbed early on in 1998 and 2000 which were Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle and Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Kid Goku was finally voiced by Stephanie Nadolny for the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT anime series by Funimation, as well as flashbacks in Dragon Ball Z. She also voiced him for the anime film Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, and in several video games as well from 2001-2009.

For the alternate AB Groupe/Ocean Group dub of the second half of Dragon Ball Z for EuroCanadian broadcast, Peter Kelamis voiced Kid Goku in a few flashback scenes.

Kid Goku was also voiced in an AB Groupe dub of all the Dragon Ball movies for European markets by Jodi Forrest.

Colleen Clinkenbeard voiced Kid Goku in the uncut Funimation re-dub of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, as well as flashback scenes in Dragon Ball Z: Kai in 2010. 
Created by Jackson_H on Nov 16 2009
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, PurpleWarrior13, Satoshi for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1989)
Goku SonColleen Clinkenbeard
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku SonStephanie Nadolny
Stephanie Nadolny
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku SonPeter Kelamis
Peter Kelamis
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku SonBarbara Goodson
Barbara Goodson
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku SonZoe Slusar
Zoe Slusar
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku SonSaffron Henderson
Saffron Henderson
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
Goku SonBrianne Siddall
Brianne Siddall
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (1998)
Goku SonCeyli Juliann Delgadillo
Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (1998)
Goku SonJodi Forrest
Jodi Forrest

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Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Apr 11 2016
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Having seen the Blue Water Dragon Ball dub in full I'm actually changing to Zoe Slusar.

It takes her a while to get there, but she settles into a tone of voice that is much more natural and less loud and obnoxious than even the better few Goku voices.(Stephanie, Barbara, Saffron) It also helps that she sounds like a teenager instead of a little kid. Despite the video games constantly pushing the Kid Goku moniker he was a teenager for almost the entirety of the original series.
GreenGoblin75
said at 6:04 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
1. Colleen (Xenoverse; but she was awful in Blood Rubies IMO)
2. Stephanie
3. Zoe
4. Saffron
WittyUsername
said at 6:47 PM on Thu Feb 18 2016
I'd go with Nadolny. I think she did the best job of making Goku sound like a wild and naive goofball. Henderson and Clinkenbeard both sounded a bit too passive for Goku. Their voices work fine for Gohan, but for Goku, it's missing something.
Dr.Who
said at 3:18 PM on Mon Jan 25 2016
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Definitely with the majority on this one, Stephanie Nadolny was a perfect fit for Kid Goku in the dub, she sounded like a boy with a wild side and her performance was cute and charming to me. It's admittedly a little raspy, but I think that actually made it stand it out more in a good way, it was unique and it completed Kid Goku rather well.

My second favorite is Saffron Henderson, she was a little too polite in tone for a rowdy kid like Kid Goku, but it still sounded smooth, nice, and like a genuine boy, I can't complain much.

I think Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo has quite a good and smooth boy voice, but her acting is way too subdued and lacking energy, doesn't match this character much.

I guess Barbara Goodson sounds the most like Masako Nozawa to me, but that's not everything to me, could care less what the seiyu sounds like if the dub voice actor/actress manages to keep the spirit of their take and offer something different and unique. I do agree the clip doesn't do her much justice, though, but that can be said for all but Peter Kelamis and Jodi Forrest here to me.

I sort of like Zoe Slusar, but her tone is a little heavy. It's still good, though.

I grew to like Colleen Clinkenbeard as Kid Gohan, but I never managed to do the same for Kid Goku, it just sounds too forced and unnatural to me, especially like Nightmare Crusher said in Xenoverse. It's just so weird it's hard to describe.

Brianne Siddall sounds like a surfer dude imitating a kid here. I don't like it.

Jodi Forrest speaks like a robot at the start, and "ooooohwwoooooo" didn't help much, it's beyond irritating, the voice works, but the delivery and acting are grating.

I don't mind Peter Kelamis as Adult Goku, but this is obnoxious, though I can see they were trying to have him voice both forms of Goku like Nozawa did in this casting choice. Kirby Morrow is the same as Peter Kelamis here, if only a fraction better from what I saw online.
Miscast
said at 10:52 PM on Sun Jan 24 2016
1. Barbara Goodson - The most balanced performance for me. The clip used isn't particularly flattering though.

2. Zoe Slusar - A rather good performance in a dub plagued by bad acting. My only complaint is that she makes Goku sound too stereotypically Canadian at times.

3. Saffron Henderson - Serviceable, but not perfect. She's best at playing up the innocence of the character.

4. Stephanie Nadolny - Meh, i always viewed her as an average imitation of Henderson (same applies with her Kid Gohan performance), and i didn't really grow up watching FUNi's DB dub, so there's little nostalgia attached to her performance.

5. Brianne Siddall - The most masculine sounding voice for sure. A little too generic for my liking.

6. Jodi Forrest - Decent voice, bad acting.

7. Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo - See below.

8. Colleen Clinkenbeard - Sounds WAY too feminine. It's so obvious he's being voiced by a grown woman.

9. Peter Kelamis - I love Peter Kelamis, but he is out of his depth in this role. This is like the equivalent of getting Saffron Henderson to play Adult Goku.
Autovolt
said at 1:31 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
For Kid Goku, I've got to go with Stephanie Nadolny as she just has the most amount of charm and heart for Goku and does give a slight southern accent which Goku actually had in the original Japanese version.

My second favourite would actually be Zoe Slusar since she sounds really identical to Nadolny even if her acting isn't that strong....I did grow up with some of the Blue Water dubs and I feel Zoe is one of the better VA's in those dubs.

Saffron Henderson is wonderful however I prefer her as Gohan instead.

Barbara Goodson does sound really cute in the role and Brianne Siddall is an effective typecast for a role like Goku.

Colleen Clinkenbeard is pretty annoying in the re-dub and much like Henderson is better as Gohan than Goku.

Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo showed some potential in the role.

Jodi Forrest sounds off in the role and at times annoying.

Peter Kelamis and Kirby Morrow were no doubt horrifically miscast as Kid Goku, sounding too high pitch and squeaky in the role. A grown adult really shouldn't voice a young boy as Goku. I'm baffled they didn't just have Jillian Michaels do Goku there? as at that point in the dub she took over for Gohan and later Goten. Oh well.
Zillah
said at 2:37 PM on Sun Jan 10 2016
@Autovolt Wait a minute, when did Kirby play kid Goku?
Kioea
said at 2:57 PM on Sun Jan 10 2016
@Zillah In flashbacks after Peter Kelamis left, notably for Chichi's first date. It was only marginally better than Peter's.
whyofbladez
said at 7:12 PM on Sat Nov 14 2015
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Peter Kelamis as child Goku is just too... cartoony. Well it is an anime cartoon, but whatever....
Kioea
said at 8:15 AM on Sun Oct 18 2015
Full ranking:

1. Saffron Henderson
2. Stephanie Nadolny
3. Barbara Goodson
4. Zoe Slusar
5. Colleen Clinkenbeard
6. Brianne Siddall
7. Ceyli Delgadillo
8. Jodi Forrest
9. Kirby Morrow
10. Peter Kelamis
Shaun Ince
said at 7:30 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
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1. Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo
2. Saffron Henderson
3. Colleen Clinkenbeard
4.Stepahnie Nadolny
5. Barbara Goodson
6. Zoe Slusar
7.Brianne Siddall
8. Peter Kelamis
9. Jodi Forrest
kidgoku
said at 11:39 AM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@NCZ Do you think the unknown person voicing Kid Goku from the clip from "Dragonball Movie 2: Sleeping Princess In Devil's Castle" was a young boy who was voicing Kid Goku, or a girl who was voicing Kid Goku? Please tell me what you think, and explain why. Thank you for reading this comment.

-Justin
Kioea
said at 3:18 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@kidgoku Definitely a girl. They didn't have kids in that dub. In fact, as far as we can tell, there were only 6 people involved. And it's almost certainly the same person who played Gohan later on, and we now know who that was.
Dr.Who
said at 1:11 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
Stephanie and Saffron are the best, though Barbara had a lot of potential.
Silly Sally
said at 3:54 PM on Mon Jul 27 2015
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Almost no one is done justice.

Stephanie Nadolny and Saffron Henderson would be my picks.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:11 PM on Mon Jun 1 2015
 7 Shout Outs!
I can't believe I never gave a detailed comment on this. Time to change that.

1. Stephanie Nadolny: I can't deny how good she is as Goku. The voice is very fun and energetic. It fits Goku like a glove. Definitrly Stephanie's finest role. Not to mention it's so much better than her Gohan.

2. Barbara Goodson: That isn't the best of samples, but she is actually really good. Especially when you consider it's the Harmony Gold dub.If Dragon Ball was ever given a proper dub in California then it would have been great to have Barbara reprise.

3. Saffron Henderson: A little too nasally and she didn't have much to do, but I think Saffron had a good voice for Goku and it would have been interesting to hear more from her.

4. Zoe Slusar: Her voice is decent, although sometimes she lacked a certain energy that Goku needs. Still a good voice overall, she just probably needed better direction.

5. Brianne Siddall: She's really just doing a generic kid hero voice. It feels like a very middle of the road performance. I guess it's fitting she ended up in the middle of my ranking.

6. Ceyli Juliann Delgadilo: Not so good. She sounds too girly and her acting is kind of weak.

7. Colleen Clinkenbeard: I will defend most of the recent Dragon Ball recasts to the death, but not this one. Colleen is so loud and annoying as Goku and I can't stand it. Her acting is really weird too, especially in Xenoverse. I don't even know how to describe it.

8. Peter Kelamis: Are you serious? I don't even know how to comment on this. Did the director even realize he was dealing with a much younger Goku. Wow.

9. Unknown: Oh God why? She's so annoying. Listen to that ooooo noise, my God. And at the very start of the clip she sounds like a robot. Ugh.

I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that Kirby Morrow also played Kid Goku in another flashback. Part of me is morbidly curious while another part of me is afraid of what he might sound like after Peter's take on Kid Goku.
Kioea
said at 3:27 AM on Tue Jun 2 2015
@Nightmare Crusher It's true, and unfortunately, it just sounds like a higher-pitched version of his adult Goku. I'd say maybe a fraction more believable than Peter Kelamis. Just a fraction.
Kioea
said at 4:42 AM on Sun Apr 26 2015
I recently found some old DVDs of the '95 broadcast, and I have to say, Saffron has completely sold me. I can fully buy her as this naive little boy from the middle of nowhere who knows nothing beyond eating and fighting. Plus, her comic timing was fantastic!
Kioea
said at 7:11 AM on Tue May 5 2015
@Kioea Top 5:

1. Saffron Henderson
2. Stephanie Nadolny
3. Barbara Goodson
4. Zoe Slusar
5. Colleen Clinkenbeard
Truesonic
said at 6:44 PM on Fri Apr 24 2015
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Definitely Stephanie. She nails the role here. The voice is lighter, care free and goofy which brought out the innocent nature of the character and it was a perfect fit. Her Kid Goku voice was definitely a lot better than her Gohan voice.
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 5:32 PM on Sun Mar 15 2015
i like all of them, including the UVA. well i dont really count Peter...
HienFan
said at 2:40 AM on Tue Feb 24 2015
1 Stephanie
2 Saffron
3 Ceyli
4 Zoe
5 Colleen
6 Brianne
7 Barbara
8 Peter
9 Unknown
Savate
said at 9:43 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
#1) Stephanie Nadolny- Awesome. This is where Stephanie really got to shine under better VA direction, and you'll notice this is where she uses a much lighter pitch of voice, but with a bit of a goofy wild side that Kid Goku needs. Additionally, her voice is cute sounding for the character, charming, and she put a lot of emotion, enthusiasm, and energy into the role. It's a shame she couldn't reprise the role in future VGs or in Kai flashbacks: Kid Goku will never be the same without her. 9.5/10

#2) Saffron Henderson- Great: kind of like Nadolny's take, but a bit rougher and scratchier. I do like how well she capture's Goku's polite side and his cute side was nicely done as well. 8.5/10

#3) Barbara Goodson- Pretty good, but some of the acting was awkward and the delivery was a mixed bag. 8/10

#4) Ceyli Delgadillo- Good, but as others have said, a bit too soft for Kid Goku (strangely enough, this would have worked perfectly for Kid Gohan, IMO), but she does a great job capturing Kid Goku's cuter, innocent side. 7.5/10

#5) Zoe Slusar- Average. A little too rough and kind of like she's attempting to emulate Stephanie Nadolny's Kid Goku, but doing a mediocre job of it. It's not bad, but it's not good, either. 7/10

#6) Colleen Clinkenbeard- Below average: this was way too forced, despite the pitch of voice being nice, and it didn't seem to fit Kid Goku much. It was subpar to me, but not awful, at least. 6/10

#7) UVA- Not a chance. That bad dialogue didn't help, either. The acting, as others have said, is very laughable-- so awkward. 2.5/10

#8) Peter Kelamis- Awful. Clearly the worst here...Peter did a very good job with Adult Goku, but this just sounds beyond ridiculous. 1/10
HienFan
said at 3:16 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
Nadolny's voice for kid Goku is really good, reminds me of Colleen's Luffy and it's better than her Gohan
munsonx4
said at 10:45 PM on Tue Mar 11 2014
So if Peter Kelamis was still Kid Goku he'd basically be using his Rolf Voice... (Dies Laughing) Guess Ocean was trying to be like Japan since Masako voiced both Kid and Adult Goku.
But in all seriousness the top 5 ones for me are:
1. Saffron Henderson
2. Stephanie Nadolny
3. Barbara Goodson
4. Colleen Clinkenbeard
5. Ceyli Delgado
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:11 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
I guess I'll update/expand on my thoughts, as they've changed in three and a half years:

1. STEPHANIE NADOLNY - She's perfect getting the innocent, cheerful, carefree, and even polite sides of the character out, but she also sounds pretty tough when need-be, as well as fairly natural, and surprisingly not as forced as she could've sounded.
2. SAFFRON HENDERSON - Very close to Stephanie. They both sound so similar, and cover basically the same ground. However, Saffron does sound a bit lighter, and a bit more annoying, but overall, I really enjoy her voice too.
3. BARBARA GOODSON - She sounds great for an energetic little boy, and I overall enjoy her performance. You can tell she was having a lot of fun. Sometimes she sounded a little too cutesy, and not quite natural enough, but she got the job done.
4. COLLEEN CLINKENBEARD - Again, not bad, but her voice was a tad inconsistent, and it annoyed me by the end of that movie. There were times when she sounded pretty natural and others when she sounded forced. Over time, I think she would have gotten better, but as it stands, her performance is fairly mediocre.
5. BRIANNE SIDDALL - She sounded a bit too deep and forced, but she managed to put forth some good energy. Would like to hear more, and like Colleen, perhaps she would be good with more material to work with.
6. ZOE SLUSAR - Her voice is pretty stiff and hollow-sounding, it lacks energy, sounds pretty forced, and her acting wasn't the best, but it's not horrible. I do like how she captured Goku's rough side at least.
7. CEYLI DELGADILLO - Bad miscast here. It sounded like she was whispering every line. Scenes with Goku screaming or shouting were very awkward. She had no energy whatsoever. I like how she captured Goku's innocence, but overall, it was clear that she just wasn't working out.
8. Unknown - Well the VOICE isn't bad, it actually works well, but her acting is laughable at best. It doesn't help that she had such amazingly bad dialogue to work with.
9. PETER KELAMIS - Oh dear. Even for flashbacks, this sounded bizarre. He wasn't that bad as adult Goku, but he sounded just ridiculous here.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:44 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Stephanie Nadolny - OldSchoolFTW is right. She IS Kid Goku. Much more so than she ever was Gohan.
2. Zoe Slusar - Second best. It's no Stephanie, but it gets the essential qualities down and is a great, fitting, authentic voice for Kid Goku.
3. Saffron Henderson - A very good take, but I prefer her as Gohan.
4. Barbara Goodson - Apparently able to match Saffron and Zoe at least, though the clip doesn't reflect that.
5. Colleen Clinkenbeard - She forced this one way too much.
6. Brianne Sidall - The direction kills her performance, of course. Under better direction, she'd have a good voice for the character and the delivery less "cool dude."
6. Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo - Sounds way too soft for Kid Goku.
7. UVA - The voice is fine, but the delivery is notably off.
8. Peter Kelamis - Sounds just like Masako Noazawa's voice... for ADULT Goku. It's NOT how a young kid should sound like at all!
ConfusedPhantom
said at 5:53 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
Changing my vote to Barbara Goodson now that I've seen a bit of the Harmony Gold dub. It wasn't an accurate dub for sure, but boy what she did was fantastic.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 12:05 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Stephanie Nadolny is Kid Goku. Her performance in the Dragonball dub is absolutely fantastic and one of the best performances in any of the English dubs. She's THAT good in this role. From his tears to his laughter to his mannerisms, Stephanie absolutely nailed this role and she sounded very child-like and cute while doing it. Colleen isn't even close on this one. Saffron, as good as she is, isn't either. Seriously, watch the FUNimation Dragonball dub, you will see just how well Stephanie grew into this role. I can't associate another voice with the character.
Ringworm128
said at 9:17 AM on Fri Jun 14 2013
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I actually like pretty much all the recasts that were done during 2010. Sure I miss the old voices but the new voice actors do just as good a job, but if there's one exception it's Kid Goku. I actually liked Coleen Clinkenbeard's Goku at first but it grew on me less and less. Stephanie Nadolny's performance might not have been perfect but she gave Goku a cute tone with a naive, carefree innocence put into the performance. Coleen Clinkenbeard's Goku however sounds like a generic "ruff and tumble boy" voice with the only aspect of her performance being "Goku is wild" with an obnoxious delivery. If anything I could describe it as the love child of Saffron Henderson's Goku and Tiffany Grant's Asuka Langley Soryu.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:16 PM on Mon Jun 17 2013
@Ringworm128 Saffon's Goku and Asuka? That's an interesting comparison. It's somewhat fitting tough. XD
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:56 PM on Tue May 28 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
This is Stephanie Nadolny's all time best role and the fact that FUNimation got rid of her just blows my mind. Oh, and I've read a few people claim that Stephanie "wasn't available for Gohan" but she's said in an interview with 91.8 The Fan that FUNimation didn't even offer her the part. So, either FUNimation or Stephanie aren't telling the truth about the situation. But it seems to me that Stephanie would have gladly reprised the role and they decided to just kick her out of the franchise from now on in favor of Colleen's painfully generic and annoying take on the character. *sigh*

Recasting Gohan with Colleen and her annoying, squeaky voice was one thing, but replacing Stephanie as Goku is just sick. I'm sorry, but Stephanie Nadolny is a great talent and gave life to Gohan and Kid Goku, (which means Dragon Ball's success is owed just about as much to her as Chris Sabat and Sean Schemmel) and the fact that FUNimation has gotten rid of her for the whole franchise is disgusting in my eyes.

So yeah, Stephanie gets my vote for having one of those unforgettable voices that truly fit the character in a unique way. Saffron Henderson is good too, and Barbara Goodson had potential. Colleen... squeaky, annoying, and forced.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:45 AM on Fri Jun 7 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy According to Mike McFarland and Colleen herself, the "powers that be" wanted to go with someone who was more active in voice acting, and mentioned that Stephanie was "doing other things" (it's true. She has been focusing a lot on her singing career). However, Stephanie is still apparently auditioning for FUNimation every so often, and I'd LOVE to see her in more stuff. I personally don't agree with "the powers that be"'s decision to recast her roles, especially when Dameon Clarke returned (he's not exactly active in voice acting himself), and apparently even Meredith McCoy was offered the chance to reprise her role of Android 18 (it ultimately didn't work out, and Colleen filled in as a last minute substitute). For Kid Goku, Curse of the Blood Rubies was a very rushed production done at the last minute to appease fans who wanted an uncut dub. Although since Stephanie originally won the role through an online voice vote, I don't think it was fair to recast the role. They clearly put no effort in that production (that's a whole can of worms I can get into). For other voice actors like Tiffany Vollmer, Monika Antonelli, and (then) Brad Jackson, it made more sense, since they were no longer active in voice acting nor living in the area (in Monika's case, Brina Palencia had already taken over her roles a couple years before Kai). There was no reason to replace Stephanie, and I hope she returns to Dragon Ball one day. It would also be cool to hear her in new roles for FUNimation and Sentai/Seraphim (she's done work for ADV in the past, including some fairly large roles).
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:42 AM on Fri Jun 7 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I can't deny Colleen being more active, because she's thrown into almost every show FUNimation has. I remember reading on a forum where they were discussing FUNimation replacing Tabitha St. Germain and the rest of Ocean's cast for the anime Shakugan No Shana, and when one of the characters came up one person predicted that they would "cast Colleen as the character and go out to lunch". That's exactly what happened too. Essentially, she's become somewhat of a running gag with some parts of the anime fandom because of FUNimation's laziness when it comes to casting in recent years.

Anyway, yeah, I would absolutely love for Stephanie Nadolny to do more voice work. I thought she really captured Goku's naivety and toughness brilliantly, as well as Gohan's politeness and gentle nature. She was the only recast that I truly got upset (Dameon Clarke was disappointing for me too, thankfully they got him in the end.) about when I heard the news. Colleen got some of these aspects, but Stephanie really seemed to understand the hearts of both characters, easily as well as Masako Nozawa, in my opinion. She is one of my fondest memories of Dragon Ball... *sigh*
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:46 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I suppose they've gotten a little better with casting some new people, but around when DBZ Kai was being recorded, every cast list was pretty much a different combination of the last, and it didn't seem like FUNi made much of an effort in reassembling the original voice actors like they did in Slayers, Hellsing, and Tenchi. Stephanie herself did mention once a few years ago that FUNi had gotten political, and became overrun with friends and friends of friends. She also told me that she had been "out-of-the-loop" with FUNi, and that likely led to her not being contacted for any projects.

It was especially noticeable when Colleen filled in for Meredith McCoy as Android 18. Her filling in once in Shin Budokai seemed like a quick temporary thing, and when they couldn't work things out with Meredith McCoy for DBZ Kai, who do they call back? The whole thing could've worked out much better by casting someone like Lydia McKay, Kate Oxley, or Stephanie Young in the role. Colleen seemed like an obvious last-minute decision, especially when she was also voicing Gohan. Other than Stephanie's roles, I was pretty annoyed about Android 18's recast too, but will admit that Stephanie's made the least sense (other than maybe Laura Bailey being replaced as Dende when she still voiced Young Vegeta, a role she didn't originally voice).

And yes, Stephanie is essentially the female Chris Sabat as far as Dragon Ball goes, with how important her role was, and for voicing several characters (though not as much as Sabat). She was (and still is) the most prominent (English-speaking) female voice actress in the whole Dragon Ball franchise.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:12 PM on Wed Jul 31 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy You know what I find interesting? I often hear a lot about how Goku is meant to sound like a bit of a hick in the Japanese version, and right here in this clip it sounds like Stephanie Nadolny has just a hint of a southern-drawl. I find that pretty cool and fitting. It's not so noticeable that it's distracting, but it adds just a little more charm and authenticity to the performance.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 12:08 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy
Stephanie really nailed this role. I mean, it's to the point I was horrified FUNimation let her go in place of Colleen here. Even though I prefer Colleen as Kid Gohan, I must admit even there I felt Stephanie really improved her performance as the character. Stephanie was one of FUNimation's best actors, even back in the TERRIBLE DBZ Season 3 dub. What a shame FUNi let her go like that.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:18 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Agreed. Stephanie's voice is just so iconic to me, one of the defining voices of my childhood. Colleen's Goku is in my opinion a step down in terms of distinctiveness, acting quality, and charm in just about every conceivable way to me. I really hope Stephanie gets more voice-work sometime in the future.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 12:38 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy
Agreed on all accounts. She really deserves some more roles in my eyes. Her voice is very comforting to listen to, and was a huge part of my childhood as well.
Regomania
said at 2:19 AM on Sat Nov 23 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I'm cutting/joining into this conversation and saying that both Steph And Colly were both fantastic as Kid Goku.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:04 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
@Regomania Well, I respect your opinion, and Colleen's acting is at least passable, but her voice for the character grates on my nerves. It's too shrill and obviously feminine to the point where it's almost like nails on a chalkboard to me, and I feel she overacts like crazy in the role.

Sorry. If you enjoy it, then more power to you.
PusoPimp
said at 3:49 AM on Sat Apr 6 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
This isn't a knock on the others, but other than Colleen Clinkenbeard, none of these are close to Stephanie Nadolny. Colleen Clinkenbeard is a pretty close second, but still Nadolny portrayed the light hearted and goofy Kid Goku a bit better. His son on the other hand is another story.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:20 AM on Mon Mar 11 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
I always thought that Stephanie was much better for Goku than Gohan.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:33 PM on Thu Dec 27 2012
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Well I do like Stephanie(and wish she was in the redub of COTBR and Kai) the best I do like Colleen. Better than her Kid Gohan and not too bad though Saffron does sound better than her. Next is Zoe then Ceyli. So to make this short. 5. Ceyli 4. Zoe 3. Colleen 2. Saffron 1. Stephanie
coolgeek176
said at 10:28 AM on Sun Dec 16 2012
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I'm going with Stephanie Nadolny.
reeve2
said at 3:31 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
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The best had to be Stephanie, her voice suits Goku well, unlike Colleen, when I heard her voice as Goku in the 2010 version of the movie, the first word she said made me want to rip my ears off.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Nov 14 2012
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Final Bout sounds like Ash Ketchum.
Manch
said at 1:44 AM on Thu Oct 25 2012
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Went with Stephanie Nadolny, even though it is just her Gohan voice. I think it suits Kid Goku more.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 10:02 PM on Wed Dec 26 2012
@Manch Well realistically it makes sense since a son can inherit hisfather's voice/sound like him.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:25 PM on Thu Dec 27 2012
@pete *his father's
NikkolasKing
said at 8:15 PM on Sun Apr 7 2013
@Manch I actually think her Goku has much less of the infamous "Gohan rasp" that irritates so many people. It definitely isn't nearly as rough as Gohan's. I think that's a key reason why I and so many others love her Kid Goku compared to her Gohan. Her Goku just has a much lighter and more charismatic tone.
dbret12
said at 8:34 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
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Stephanie all the way for Kid Goku.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 3:44 PM on Sun Sep 18 2011
1. Saffron
2. Colleen
3. Stephanie
4. Ceyli
5. Zoe
6. Brianne
7. Barbara
8. Unknown
9. Peter
SmartyBoyboy
said at 9:42 AM on Wed Sep 16 2015
1. Colleen
2. Saffron
3. Stephanie
4. Brianne
5. Ceyli
6. Zoe
7. Barbara
8. Peter
9. Sharon
SmartyBoyboy
said at 7:30 PM on Sat Oct 17 2015
1. Colleen
2. Saffron
3. Stephanie
4. Ceyli
5. Brianne
6. Zoe
7. Barbara
8. Peter
9. Jodi
SmartyBoyboy
said at 6:06 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
1. Colleen Clinkenbeard
2. Saffron Henderson
3. Stephanie Nadolny
4. Ceyli Delgadillo
5. Brianne Siddall
6. Zoe Slusar
7. Barbara
8. Kirby Morrow
9. Jodi Forrest
10. Peter Kelamis
SmartyBoyboy
said at 1:54 PM on Sun Nov 22 2015
1. Masako Nozawa (Japanese version)
2. Saffron Henderson
3. Colleen Clinkenbeard
4. Stephanie Nadolny
5. Ceyli Delgadillo
6. Brianne Siddall
7. Zoe Slusar
8. Barbara Goodson
9. Kirby Morrow
10. Jodi Forrest
11. Peter Kelamis
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:11 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
Gonna go with Colleen. She has the most energy, and...honestly, it's kinda cute sounding. Kinda like Nozawa's performance, really.

Brianne Siddall would have been my favorite, though. But unfortunately she didn't play enough of Goku.
MatthewC17
said at 6:44 PM on Fri Aug 5 2011
Barbara Goodson sounds like Naota Nabada from Fooly Cooly a.k.a FLCL
Ninjaman15
said at 1:35 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
@MatthewC17 Interesting to note, she DOES voice Naota in the english version of FLCL... And also Laharl from Disgaea, but that's not important.
MatthewC17
said at 11:46 AM on Sat Aug 27 2011
@Ninjaman15 I know I watch FLCL I was just pointing out she's using her young boy voice like Kayzie Rogers does
MatthewC17
said at 6:43 PM on Fri Aug 5 2011
Colleen sounds like a young version of Luffy
which is why she has my vote
PurpleWarrior13
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Aug 22 2011
@MatthewC17 Is she sounds like another character, why vote for that person? I had the same problem with Colleen's Goku voice. It wasn't much of a stretch from her Luffy voice. It's one thing to sound like Gohan and Goku, but not LUFFY and Goku!
PerfectSe7en
said at 11:44 AM on Fri Jun 24 2011
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The Japanese voice will always be the "true" Kid Son Goku but Stephanie Naldony's potrayal is an excellent English voice for him. She really play the character well and was a treat listen to while I watched Dragon Ball.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:05 PM on Mon May 30 2011
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Stephanie Nadolny's rough but innocent voice works perfectly for Kid Goku. Much better than Colleen's voice.
EmmaCRB
said at 2:06 PM on Sun May 8 2011
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Barbara's voice for him sounds too young for a 12 year old whereas Peter's sound too old. Zoe and Stephanie sound the best to me.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:58 PM on Sun May 1 2011
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As much I love Collean, I hate her as Goku. Stephanie is my favorite.
Expect this exact post on Gohan's compare when Collean is added
PurpleWarrior13
said at 9:10 PM on Sun May 29 2011
@Music Meister Well said. I think I totally agree with this statement.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:29 PM on Sun Jul 10 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 Thanks
pokemastanumba1
said at 4:05 PM on Fri Aug 5 2011
@Music Meister I think so too.
satoshi
said at 10:24 AM on Sun May 1 2011
Woo-hoo I finally found it. Peter Kelamis' Goku from a flashback in the ocean dub. I saw clip of it like 3 years ago, but haven't been able to find one until recently
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:58 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
I really love Brianne Siddall's tone for Goku. It's a shame we don't hear more of it. But, there's really nothing I don't like. So....yeah. No vote here.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 8:37 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
I'm voting for Zoe Slusar she's my second favorite my 1st being Stephanie Naldony and other VA'S need appreciation too.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:21 AM on Tue Dec 14 2010
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Stephanie Nadolny easily. IMO Colleen Clinkenbeard's voice works for Gohan, but not for Goku.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 7:24 PM on Mon Dec 6 2010
@ tommy

If you upload them on megaupload you can send the links @ our contact us page

http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/contact/

Just have the sound clips in MP3 format

We would really like to add any Blue Water VAs we're missing

e.g. Jeffrey Watson (Teen Goku)

If you have Blue Water clips for any characters we haven't made a VC for yet (e.g. Tien) you can send the clips our way and then we can make the VCs faster.
satoshi
said at 5:00 PM on Fri Jun 18 2010
I like all of them actually. I do agree they weren't as cute or charming as Nozawa's, but none of them seemed bad for Goku. Personally I would have liked to hear more from Brianne, but I'll go with Stephanie because I feel the most energy from her Goku maybe not the cutest sounding voice, but it was energetic and goofy for Goku and it was fun to listen to. Everyone else is a close second for me
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 7:17 PM on Mon Nov 16 2009
it's a bug trying to get that fixed :P
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