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

Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 18 2010
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
PazuJames Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
PazuBarbara Goodson
Barbara Goodson


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said at 2:59 AM on Tue Apr 10 2018
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Barbara Goodson sounded way too feminine as Pazu making her quite miscast. At least she got better in terms of boy voices over the years.

James Van Der Beek although a bit old for the role is much more better in the end.
said at 6:25 PM on Sat Mar 17 2018
James Van Der Beek does not sound the right age...BUT at least he sounds like a boy. Barbara Goodson just can't pull that off.
said at 12:06 AM on Mon Apr 2 2018
@Boss_Giovanni The real problem with Barbara Goodson was that she wasn't directed very well when she did Pazu. Her voice has an obviously distracting feminine tone that doesn't come across as convincing enough, but her performance was mediocre at best. While there are still some people who object to the casting of James in the Disney dub, at least he does bring something of a lively and energetic turn. And he was better directed. That's more than can be said for anybody else in the 80s dub.
said at 7:33 PM on Mon Apr 9 2018
@JTurner Yeah, it was probably partly the direction and partly Barbara's relative inexperience with voicing a boy character at the time. By the time of FLCL, she actually does a perfectly good job at voicing a boy character.
EPA Deane
said at 10:10 AM on Thu Jun 8 2017
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There's a genuine heart and Passion behind Van Der Beek's performance that makes his Pazu voice more Lovable and Sincere.....

Barbara needed both a better Voice Director and a Sharper Adapted Script.......

James Van Der Beek gets my Vote.
EPA Deane
said at 2:05 AM on Sat Jun 10 2017
@EPA Deane Does Anyone else get a Vic Mignogna vibe from Van Der Beek's Pazu Voice?
said at 5:56 PM on Wed Dec 2 2015
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This is a really hard choice, because IMO, both of these performances are very flawed.

While Barbara Goodson at least sounds the right age, her voice is kind of abrasive, and her performance suffers from the weak voice direction that the Tokuma dub had.

As for James Van Der Beek, while his performance was decent, he was just horribly miscast. He simply sounds too old for the part; whenever I hear his voice in the dub, I feel like it's just being dubbed over Pazu's lip flaps, as opposed to actually coming from his mouth.

So, tough call, but I'm going with Barbara, but only because she actually sounded the right age. Mayumi Tanaka will always be Pazu to me.
said at 2:00 PM on Thu Dec 3 2015
Barbara may sound younger, but unfortunately her voice doesn't sound convincing enough to my ears; to me I have the impression that I'm listening to a woman PRETENDING to be a boy, not a genuine boy. Plus her acting at best was mediocre and she misses far more often than not, at least to me. I'm not saying James was a better choice, but I think he acted the part much better overall. I have nothing against the Japanese version, but the Tokuma dub I really can't stand at all.
said at 6:33 PM on Fri Sep 25 2015
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,1. James Van Der Beek: James had better vocal direction and lines. Albeit Disney's dub having Pazu sound older than he really is. It's a good voice.
2. Barbara Goodson: While the voice itself is good the emotions needed work, also the script from Streamline leaves a great deal to be desired.
said at 11:54 PM on Wed Aug 5 2015
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I think both voices work in their own way, but I think I slightly prefer James over Barbara, it's mainly because I'm more familiar with him.

Also is it just me or does Barbara's take sound a lot like Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls?
said at 8:21 PM on Sat Aug 15 2015
@Ad23 To me James gives the better performance and is much more energetic by far. Barbara isn't BAD, but her Pazu sounds both unconvincing and emotionless. I think she could have done a good job if the 80s dub wasn't rushed, but as it is, while James may not have been my first choice to play this character, he's certainly the livelier of the two.
said at 10:24 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
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James sounds too old for a character in his early teens
said at 12:52 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
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Neither are ideal, but I go for Barbara Goodson 'cause I know she had potential. James' acting is solid, but I just cannot buy that voice as a young boy.
said at 1:01 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
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The Barbara Goodson I know from Fooly Cooly is very capable of playing this character. However, she sounds a little strained and annoying here. Despite not sounding Pazu's age, James Van Der Beek's acting was very good. He made Pazu a very likable protagonist.

Sure, he made Pazu sound a little more mature and older than he was intended to be, but he really did a good-job making him sound like an earnest, honest, and likable main-character and because of that it works.

Barbara Goodson could have done better, but her voice here doesn't sound convincingly boyish enough, and strained on top of that. So I'm going with James.
said at 11:31 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
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I'm not really a fan of Mayumi Tanaka's Pazu, to be honest. No offense, but I didn't really care for her shrieks or screams; it sounded to shrill to my ears. So honestly, to me, it's a debatable choice. In English, though, James is my choice. Vocally mature though he is, he at least does a better job than Barbara Goodson, who sounds neither convincing nor emotional.
said at 1:16 AM on Thu Jun 20 2013
@JTurner I agree, but it's more the director's fault in Barbara's case. James... performs it very well and I know some 14 or 15 year olds can have a voice quite low (my bass voice really came out when I was 15) but even then you can still SOUND like that age.

If I was in charge... honestly: I'd pick either Vic Mignogna or Jesse McCartney for Pazu.
said at 3:08 PM on Thu Jun 20 2013
@Aussieroth Well the problem with Barbara's performance is that the older dub was rushed in the first place. That's why nobody involved with that turned in anything of the way of a good performance. As for James, I agree he isn't a perfect choice and I probably would've picked someone else, but for the energy and livelier performance he gives, I give him points.
said at 11:19 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
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James' voice keeps cracking. haha. Goodson is slightly better on the voice, but she could do a lot better than this. The winner is Mayumi Tanaka.
said at 7:48 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
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As much as I love Barbara as a voice actress, she doesn't sound natural at all. But that's most likely the fault of the voice direction and possibly the script.

James sounded very appropriate. Granted it sounds a little older, but I didn't mind. Pazu was very mature for his age, so the slightly older voice works fine. James it is.
said at 1:54 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
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Neither are perfect. Barbara sounds too rough, and James sounds too mature. This role would've worked better if they cast a real young-sounding male, no older than 14 or 15.
said at 12:47 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Agreed, but at least James doesn't sound like he's just reading from the script. Which is why I'll take him over Barbara any day.
said at 2:38 AM on Fri Feb 15 2013
@JTurner Yeah, I guess if I had to pick one, I would pick James, since while his voice sounds very mature, it still sounds like it has life to it. Barbara's performance isn't BAD per-say, she was just a part of a bad and rushed production with bad and rushed voice direction.
said at 2:20 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
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Barbara Goodson is atrociously wooden here
James while sounding old actually sounds like an actor
I could care less about all this controversy
James is my pick because he actually sounds like he's acting
said at 2:14 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
@MatthewC17 I don't know if I would say James sounds like an actor. Probably the better word would be "more in character" and energetic. Because, yes, it is true he IS a controversial choice to play the character, but does he deserve the backlash? No. He did a good job at conveying enthusiasm and was never flat throughout, plus there was still a touch of "teenagishness" in his voice that didn't make it that distracting. Barbara, although not as mature sounding, struck me as an even stranger casting choice, and yes, compared to her resume, her take as Pazu is neither convincing nor emotional. On the latter level, Van der Beek excels, although neither are particularly ideal choices for this role. Still, I'll take a good performance over an exact voice match any day.
said at 1:05 AM on Wed May 23 2012
Mayumi Tanaka was the most well-rounded Pazu. She was strong and passionate and sweet and endearing when she needed to be. She's the only one that portrays the character accurately. Barbara's too baby like, almost like Pazu is a five year old, she doesn't portray any of the character's genuine strengths. Pazu may be mature for his age, but he carried a youthful vibe that makes him especially endearing to me, James lacks that youthful quality and as a result, I find Pazu less endearing. Neither Barbara nor James have Mayumi's toughness, which stems from Pazu being raised by miners, both of them were too clean.
said at 7:07 PM on Tue May 8 2012
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I'm not particularity fond of either. James is miscast and Barbara's flat and emotionless. I'll give James the vote for his acting, but Mayumi Tanaka easily aces both of these two.
said at 11:56 AM on Sun May 13 2012
@Porchops I wasn't so crazy about Mayumi Tanaka's Pazu, but I do have to voice agreement that while James may sound older, at least he's nowhere nearly as emotionless as Barbara. I'm sure the latter could have done a better job if the production wasn't so rushed, but I'll take James any day. Mature though he may sound, the energy he puts into his character more than makes up for that.
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said at 4:45 PM on Tue Mar 1 2011
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James wins. Yeah, his voice is much older, but Barbara Goodson's sounds unnatural.
said at 10:48 PM on Fri Mar 4 2011
@NCZ Agreed. James probably was an eccentric choice to play this character, but I really liked the enthusiasm he brought to the role. There were a few missed lines, but not by much. He's not my favorite voice in the dub, but he's definitely underrated. I'm also with you about Barbara's take on Pazu; while she's a good actress, her performance just didn't strike me as particularly inspiring or compelling. It's a shame, because she's had much better roles.
said at 3:41 AM on Sun May 2 2010
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I'm gonna have to go with James. He wasn't a great cast, but his performance was great and he did his best. I love Barbara Goodson shes a great voice actress, but her Pazu just feels a bit wooden and boring.... by far her weakest performance
said at 6:53 PM on Wed Apr 7 2010
I'm definitely going with Goodson on this one. The mature take in the Disney dub just doesn't work for the character, especially since he was voiced by a woman in the original Japanese version.
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