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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of DiZ with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Kingdom Hearts

Created by Pokejedservo on Jun 21 2010
Kingdom Hearts II (2006)
Ansem the Wise / DiZChristopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (2008)
Ansem the Wise / DiZCorey Burton
Corey Burton


DiZ, a genuinely enigmatic individual and while I am sure there are plenty of KH fans in here who know otherwise I will keep this brief just to prevent spoilers. (So to make a long story short this will be one of my shorter reviews.)

In the Kingdom Hearts series namely starting with the 2nd game in the series he is voiced by highly renowned classic actor Christopher Lee. While Christopher Lee is very recognizable in this role (not that I am complaining) but while the idea of casting Christopher Lee in this role felt a little strange at first but lets just say makes a bit more sense once you get to know this role more. Christopher Lee did a nice more somber performance for this role (but as you can notice here not flat out stoic either) which is overall a good example of how the quality of the Kingdom Hearts series can be.

While DiZ was for the most part voiced by Christopher Lee in Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories he is voiced by VA Corey Burton. And anyone whom is familiar with Corey Burton's handiwork (especially those whom are familiar with Star Wars) know on how Corey Burton is the "Go-to Guy" in mimicking Christopher Lee and is known for doing it well and this time is no exception. While Corey has once again did a great imitation of Lee's voice and Corey's performance was also nice and somber and fitting for the role.

Overall to make a long story short both have done well for this role so I am going for a tie here.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 4:16 PM on Fri Apr 13 2018
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It's Christopher Lee, the legend himself. How can I not vote for him?
said at 6:07 AM on Fri Mar 16 2018
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Christopher Lee was one of the best parts of KHII's voice acting and he was just knock out brilliant in the role.

Corey Burton although he gets the voice down well misses the mannerisms that Christopher had not too mention it sounds very Yen Sid too.
said at 4:15 PM on Wed Nov 2 2016
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Based on these two comparisons, Lee wins no doubt. I just wish they had Corey Burton voice just the additional lines the 1.5 Days cinematics rather than redub all of Lee's dialogue with his own..

and I agree, Burton's Yen Sid sounds too similar to his DiZ at times.
said at 1:53 PM on Tue May 24 2016
If you go toe-to-toe with Sir Christopher Lee when it comes to voice, you're definitely outclassed. C'mon, it's Christopher Lee, of course he'd dominate in that department. R.I.P, Sir Christopher Lee. You will forever be missed in the eyes of many many fans.´╗┐
said at 8:24 PM on Tue Apr 26 2016
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1. Christopher Lee
2. Corey Burton
said at 7:15 PM on Mon Apr 25 2016
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I must say I loved Lee's performance in KH II ("King Mickey, my friend!", "I FORBIT IT!" and "HAHAHA! I'm a fool!" are the best ones), but Burton has done a great job too. I cry everytime I heard his dialogue with Aqua in Birth by Sleep. :')

"...they birth by sleep. Even you... and even me."
said at 8:25 PM on Tue Aug 25 2015
Lee wins this ,,of course.

Burton did good...but then we heard the exact same voice for 3 different characters
said at 9:33 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Joker123 Yen Sid, Frollo, and Ansem all have somewhat different voices, so it's not "the exact same voice", just voices that sound too similar to one another featured all in one game.
said at 10:40 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Galactic_Cyrus I wish Corey would go back to using his Kh 2 voice for Yen Sid, that one actually sounded distict from his Ansem Imo.
said at 8:59 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
@HylianBelmont I know, right? He had something different in his pitch and tone for Yen Sid in KH2 that he somehow lacked in subsequent performances in the role.
said at 1:54 PM on Tue May 24 2016
@Galactic_Cyrus I don't agree. We can hear that he used the same voice for Ansem, Frollo and Yen Sid.
said at 7:03 PM on Sat Nov 26 2016
@Francesco92e Not ENTIRELY the same voice.
said at 9:05 AM on Thu Jun 11 2015
Rest in peace, "Ansem the Wise" (2006).
Songbird Rebel
said at 8:36 AM on Wed Mar 18 2015
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I am with the editor and believed that both Burton and Lee have done a phenomenal job with this role.
said at 9:37 PM on Fri Sep 26 2014
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They sound literally the exact same. I don't really lean one way or the other, so it's a tie.
said at 5:18 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@chaosincarnate Uh no. Not much people, if any, can sound the exact same as Christopher Lee.
said at 7:00 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Ok, maybe not the EXACT same, but Corey Burton delivers a good enough performance that emulates Lee, which he does very well. Thus I don't have a preference, as they both do well with the role.
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Jan 3 2015
@chaosincarnate Corey's using his Christopher Lee impression that he does well with Count Dooku too. His Hugo Strange voice still sounds the most like Christopher Lee, however. xd
said at 6:11 PM on Mon Jun 15 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Which I consider pure irony.
said at 9:31 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Aussieroth I think Corey did real good in Re:CoM and 3D, but his impression was very notably off in Birth By Sleep (he sounded almost exactly like Yen Side there!) and the 358/2 Days movie feature in the 1.5 Remix (where his performance was horribly wooden.) If he's doing the voice in KH3, I hope he does well again.
said at 6:51 PM on Tue Feb 25 2014
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Christopher Lee is the only person in the world that could make the sentence, "We could always buy some seasalt ice cream." sound legit
said at 9:34 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
@skeletonking1234 Morgan Freeman?
Jacob M. Keene
said at 9:14 PM on Fri Dec 19 2014
@skeletonking1234 I personally would think that others like James Earl Jones, Keith David, Sam Elliott, and more could also make it sound "legit," but you're entitled to your opinion of course.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:23 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
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The problem I have with Corey Burton's Christopher Lee impression is that he captures Christopher's voice pretty well, but not his mannerisms. Christopher Lee has a very unique rhythm to his speech and Corey just doesn't show that to me.
said at 5:58 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Exactly this. Also, it sounds like his Yen Sid far too often.
said at 9:47 AM on Mon Sep 23 2013
Christopher cause he's a living legend though Corey sounds just like him only with a lighter tone.
said at 11:18 AM on Sat Sep 21 2013
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Corey Burton's voice itself does sound a bit more mysterious, but it's too devoid of personality for me to give him the vote. Christopher Lee's voice works very well; it has a hint of mystery to it, a sense of humor, and it's just a more well-rounded performance in general.

For me, I'm easily going with Christopher Lee on this one.
said at 12:20 AM on Sat Jun 15 2013
Christopher´╗┐ Lee. Hands down. however, Corey Burton is good too.
said at 3:07 AM on Tue Aug 14 2012
I'll be the odd man out here & vote for Corey Burton.

I like his deeper, raspier take on DiZ.
said at 6:00 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 How is it possible to have a take that's "deeper" than Christopher Lee, the master of the baritone voice?
said at 6:18 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus To me, Corey Burton's voice sounds deeper & raspier than Sir Christopher Lee's.

It might just be my ears playing tricks on me, but Lee has a lot more "peaks" (high registers) & "valleys" (low registers) to his voice than Burton does.
said at 7:21 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Well yeah, he's a theatrically trained actor. Whereas Burton is one of THE veteran voice actors, but while he can do voice acting well, different peaks are more difficult to pull off.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Nov 17 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Christopher Lee has a Bass voice, not Baritone, I notice that it's common for people to confuse Baritone with Bass, most male voices that are deep and booming such as James Earl Jones, Tony Jay, Roscoe Lee Browne, Christopher Lee and many others are Bass voices, I don't see how people confuse the two of them.
said at 10:13 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@Jacob M. Keene Bass voice, that's it.

The sad thing is that Burton has pulled off a tone and rhythm closer to Christopher Lee's when voicing Hugo Strange in the Batman Arkham series. Why the voice directors for KH and Star Wars couldn't bring that out of him, I'll never know.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:59 PM on Tue Jan 20 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Hmm, I don't know why either.
said at 12:15 PM on Thu Jan 22 2015
@Jacob M. Keene KH, like Final Fantasy spin-offs, could use some better voice direction in general.
EPA Deane
said at 3:45 AM on Thu Nov 24 2016
@Galactic_Cyrus They probably need someone like Jack Fletcher or Michael Sinterniklaas to do ADR duties .
said at 8:20 AM on Thu Nov 24 2016
@EPA Deane Or maybe Robert Bucholz could team up with Kirk Thornton, and give us something awesome again like they did with World of Final Fantasy!
said at 6:34 PM on Sun Jan 29 2017
@Jacob M. Keene Baritone I've noticed is between folks like Roger Craig Smith & Fred Tatasciore, although I'm confused as to whether David Sobolov is baritone or bass. I've also heard Quinton Flynn be called a baritone, & his voice is lighter than RCS's. This stuff is all difficult to pinpoint.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:53 AM on Mon Jan 30 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Hmm, I see. I always thought that if there was even a slight hint of that lower booming quality in a guys voice that it must've been bass. For example, Hart Bochner as the voice of Arthur Reeves in "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm," Most of the time his voice sounds like it could be tenor or baritone, but then in the scene where he meets The Joker and says "You're no friend of mine," his voice goes really low and sounds bassy. Then again, that could just be the case for him when he talks in a lower tone, but maybe I need to see more of his work? Or another example I can think of is Christopher Niosi, it seems like he has a very light higher bass voice, and I guess the same can be said for Benedict Cumberbatch. As for whoever is baritone, one voice that comes to mind is Jay Goedes Mewtwo voice, but yeah I guess it can be difficult to pinpoint at times like you said.
said at 2:28 PM on Mon Jan 30 2017
@Jacob M. Keene Timbre is based on the size of one's voice, not the quality or how they speak. Steve Blum's voice has awesome texture, but for sheer size/weight it's not anything like say KMR, MCD, Barry White, Christopher Lee, etc. John Dimaggio has done very low notes, but he doesnt have that natural weight either. i could do a decent Optimus impression, but that doesnt mean I have a voice like Peter Cullen.

"Having bass" to your voice, is not the same thing as "having a bass voice". Basses are the deepest human voices. Chris Niosi isn't anywhere near that; actually he sounds a lot like RCS, a baritone but a pretty light one. The average male voice type is generally in the lighter baritone ranges, & broadly speaking it covers most men. As an analogy - baritones are WASPs, tenors are ethnic minorities, & basses are "the 1%" richest voices. It's a tad silly, but i think the point gets across.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:06 PM on Mon Jan 30 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Huh, that does make sense. Thanks for the clarification.
said at 12:37 PM on Tue Jan 31 2017
@Jacob M. Keene np, I love discussing these things.
said at 12:53 AM on Sun Jan 15 2012
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There's really no contest here. It's Count Dooku from the "Clone Wars" spin-offs versus the REAL Count Dooku. Christopher Lee wins hands down.
said at 7:42 PM on Mon Sep 19 2011
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Christopher Lee all the way, though Corey Burton does do a good Lee impersonation, if anyone were to replace Christopher Lee's roles, Burton would be my ideal choice.
said at 4:27 PM on Wed Sep 7 2011
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Gonna go with Lee. I'm not a fan of Corey Burton's Christopher Lee impersonations (though I love his work), and he sounds too much like Yen Sid.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 11:38 PM on Fri Sep 2 2011
I'll have to go with Mr. Lee, but Corey sounds amazing as well!
said at 2:33 AM on Fri Jun 24 2011
Corey Burton's clip sounds almost like an impersonation of Tony Jay!
That's why he will probably voice Shere Khan in Kingdom Hearts III
said at 11:28 PM on Mon Jun 21 2010
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Christopher Lee definitely has the upper hand here. Though Corey Burton did a fine job as well, I can't help but think of Zeus from "God of War" when I listen to him :|
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