Mr. Duffy / Boss
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Mr. Duffy / Boss

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mr. Duffy / Boss with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Laputa Castle in the Sky

Mr. Duffy is one of the supporting protagonists in classic Hayao Miyazaki film Laputa Castle in the Sky.  Mr. Duffy is known as Boss, he managed the boiler in the Mines and is the father figure of Pazu. Mr. Duffy is a firm and hard-working family man in which he may seem fairly strict but is genuinely caring to Pazu as he does help Pazu save Sheeta from her pursuers. Mr. Duffy is also a very brawny man as he is able to rip up his shirt with his pecs and while he is a supporting character overall in the movie he did have a prominent role in the first quarter of the movie.  
Created by Pokejedservo on Jun 25 2012
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
Mr. Duffy / BossJohn Hostetter
John Hostetter
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
Mr. Duffy / BossClifton Wells
Clifton Wells


Today on the Laputa VC Section we take a look at one of the manliest men in a Studio Ghibli film... MR. DUFFY THE BOSS! Let us begin...

Cliffton Wells- Cliffton's voice does have a good sense of gruffness to it as his performance does suit how the Boss is a gruff-mannered but genuinely caring father to Pazu and is a good example of the voice work in the '89 dub.

John Hostetter- John also has a suitably gruff voice for the role as well, his performance also suited Mr. Duffy's tough caring father figure role rather well and is a good example of the voice work in the Disney dub. (The only difference I can really note is that there was a bit more dialogue in the Disney dub but I certainly didn't mind though).

Overall both of these men did well so I am not sure who to go with here. 



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said at 8:52 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
Clifton sounds like Clancy Brown oftentimes.
said at 4:09 PM on Mon Dec 19 2016
Honestly, both sound so similar that isn't really worth comparing them. Hostetter does sound a little more natural, though, so I'm going with him.
said at 10:50 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
Don't like both so I'll just sit out
said at 10:31 PM on Wed Dec 5 2012
I don't really have a preference here. Wells has more gruff and is the tougher-sounding of the two, though he comes off as a bit forced. Hostetter sounds more natural and realistic, but he's also more generic. So it's a tie for me.
said at 11:10 AM on Wed Jun 27 2012
I've always liked John Hostetter's voice work (you can hear him in KIKI and MONONOKE, both of which, like CASTLE, were helmed by Jack Fletcher), and to hear him in this film was a treat. The gruff tone he uses for the character is very appropriate and I especially enjoyed the chemistry between him and James van der Beek (Pazu).

Cliffton Weils, unfortunately, doesn't fare anywhere nearly as well. While I can imagine the character having the tone of voice he uses (even then Mike Reynolds' General edges him out, although that isn't saying much at all), there just isn't any character or life to his actual performance. It simply sounds like a stilted, cold read, not a genuine character. But then again, that isn't the actor's fault. Like everyone else in the international dub, he was probably cast at the last moment and did his lines in one take, because that's what he sounds like.

So in the end, Hostetter wins this role by a landslide.
said at 5:11 PM on Mon Jun 25 2012
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Hostetter gets my vote. Something about his role as the character makes him very hilarious...
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Cliffton Wells
John Hostetter