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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Pazu with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Mar 18 2010, 30 Comments, Add Comment
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Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
PazuBarbara Goodson
Barbara Goodson
Laputa: The Castle in the Sky (1996)
PazuJames Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek

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HienFan
said at 10:24 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
Barbara

James sounds too old for a character in his early teens
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
JTurner
said at 11:31 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
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.
Aussieroth
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.
JTurner
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.
ConfusedPhantom
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.
Fulgore2005
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.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:54 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
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.
JTurner
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.
PurpleWarrior13
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.
MatthewC17
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
JTurner
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.
Porchops
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.
Porchops
said at 7:07 PM on Tue May 8 2012
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.
JTurner
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.
NCZ (Admin)
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.
JTurner
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.
whitly (Guest)
said at 8:30 PM on Thu Oct 14 2010
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This is where I get up and sit down in the Disney camp. Berk wins hands-down. I know he makes Pazu sound much older, but I happen to like his mature take on a boy trying to find his place in life than Goodson's "I'm a precocious child" stance. Then again, the Disney dub was my introduction to this movie (although I doubt that Pazu is any less than 12 years old, and I know people whose voices were that deep at age 12.) On top of that, Goodson sounds wooden and lifeless here, which is a shame considering her resume.

However, I'd also like to add some controversy to the mix and state that I'm not too fond of the Japanese voice for Pazu either. I'm sure Miyazaki had his reasons for picking the person, but I can't help finding her voice too shrill at times. Pazu seems like someone who'd sound like he's just entering puberty to me, and having a high-pitched whine come out of his mouth when he calls out for Sheeta in the fortress scene just makes me wince. I'll admit that it's probably just the version I was introduced through, but it doesn't sit right with me. Berk's not the most ideal, but he sounds the most organic of the three to me.

So, sorry everyone, but I'm sticking with Berk as the ideal choice for Pazu.
jont (Guest)
said at 5:41 PM on Tue Oct 12 2010
Either way, we're gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. I personally thought James was OK overall, but Barbara could've done much better.
mvx248 (Guest)
said at 12:14 PM on Tue Oct 12 2010
I don't mind the fact that James sounds like a teenager. I mind the fact that his tone is inappropriate for the character.
jont (Guest)
said at 1:15 AM on Tue Sep 28 2010
No emotion? Got worse? Sorry, but that argument does not ring with me. Barbara was just all over the place and didn't put enough emotion at all. She was the weaker Pazu. Disagree with me if you wish, but my argument stands that James does the better job all around, and even though he sounds like a teenager, his later scenes impressed me--I thought he did a GREAT job at the climax, not overacting, but still enough enthusiasm.
mvx248 (Guest)
said at 11:06 PM on Wed Sep 15 2010
As the show went on, Van Der Beek just got worse. He put no emotion into the final scenes. And his voice is completely unfitting of the character. Pazu is a miner, Van Der Beek sounds way too clean.
jont (Guest)
said at 9:50 PM on Wed Sep 1 2010
Underwhelming? I think not; I felt that only in the first few scenes he started off as a bit stiff, but he got more and more into character as the show went on. Goodson has done far far far better in other roles, and this is not one of her best.
mvx248 (Guest)
said at 6:47 PM on Sat Aug 28 2010
Aside from sounding too old, Van Der Beek's performance is really underwhelming. He sounded like he had a cold in his emotional scenes.
ghiblidubfan (Guest)
said at 6:46 PM on Fri Aug 20 2010
I also feel James' take is underrated. He may sound too old, but he does a good job overall; Barbara, well, she's a good actress, but her Pazu just isn't up to par with her better work.
shadee88 (Guest)
said at 2:57 PM on Fri Jun 18 2010
I go with Barbara Goodson. James Van Der Beek makes a 10 year old boy sound much older!!!!!!

I HATE JAMES!!!!!!!
satoshi
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
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
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.
jont (Guest)
said at 10:27 AM on Fri Mar 19 2010
This is the toughest role for me to evaluate because neither James nor Barbara are particularly ideal choiceis for this character. As many reviewers have noted, James does make the character sound considerably more mature than his Japanese counterpart, but that doesn't mean Barbara's version is better; on the contrary. Goodson is a fine actress, but Pazu isn't one of her best roles; her take falls into the obvious trap of a woman trying to sound like a boy, and I personally found that more distracting than a considerably more mature-sounding voice. What really killed her take for me, though, was her "acting", or rather, lack thereof; due to the circumstances that the older dub was produced under (produced very hastily with no retakes), her performance comes across as very stale and robotic--any attempts at emoting feel very forced and not as genuine as they should be.

So as controversial as this is going to sound, I have to say that I prefer James' take. Mature though he may be, he still manages to bring an exuberance that works in favor of the character and there are never once any moments when he comes across as stale. Not my favorite voice in the "Castle in the Sky" dub, but nowhere nearly as unlistenable as many of its detractors declare, James just edges Barbara out.


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