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

Created by Pokejedservo on Mon Feb 22 2010, 9 Comments, Add Comment
My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
Satsuki KusakabeLisa Michelson
Lisa Michelson
My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
Satsuki KusakabeDakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning

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said at 5:52 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
Does it look like that the sound clip of Dakota Fanning's voicing of Satsuki has both Satsuki and Mei saying "Please continue to look after us." simultaneously?
said at 12:39 PM on Sun Jan 20 2013
1. Dakota Fanning - Yes I know many people prefer the Streamline dub but Fanning sounds more natural
2. Lisa Michelson - She had some potential but it sounds like Kiki's voice only an octave higher
said at 12:49 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
The votes are obviously tied here. But as I said, I personally think both Lisa and Dakota are fine. Dakota tends to holds back a bit in the more emotionally intense scenes toward the end, but her chemistry with Elle is still believable, and even if Lisa's take was iconic, it's in no way an excuse to dismiss Dakota's work on this film. Is it on par with her performance as Coraline? No. But it's far from abysmal.
said at 9:58 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
Lisa no question! Fox dubbed it better. I just can't get used to the Disney version.
said at 6:56 PM on Mon Sep 10 2012
@rephead FOX was the distributor for home video
Streamline dubbed the film and with the help of Troma Films it debuted in theaters in 1993
FOX was never the dubbers
said at 4:34 PM on Sat Jun 2 2012
I grew up with the FOX/Streamline version and Lisa's voice just fits Satsuki perfectly. I like Dakota but its hard to really accept her version.
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Aug 3 2011
I'm going with Dakota Fanning she sounds so natural
Lisa Michelson sounds too much like her Kiki voice
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said at 2:53 PM on Sun Feb 28 2010
This is a toughie for me, because I am one of the few people out there who likes both the FOX/Streamline AND the Disney dubs of this movie. It is interesting to note how different yet similar the two are, particularly in the case of the lead character Satsuki. She's voiced by Lisa Michelson in the previous version and she brings a lot of exuberance and emotion to the role, putting in a solid performance that holds up pretty well.

But that's not to discredit Dakota Fanning. In fact, I find the casting of her and her real-life sister Mei to be one of the strongest points of the new dub. It brings a deeper dynamic to their relationship, and it shows in their bubbly performances. Dakota is less hyper, though, than Lisa's, notably in the dramatic scenes toward the end, but otherwise her performance is nothing to snear at. It's not as outstanding as her later turn in CORALINE, but she still manages to convey the feeling of being a little girl on the verge of adulthood with a touch of vulnerability. Some have noted that Dakota has a tendency to sound "older than she looks", but this actually works in favor of the character.

So for me, it's a draw for this character. Both Lisa and Dakota do fine jobs overall, but neither are better or worse; they're only, well, different.
said at 10:13 PM on Mon Feb 22 2010
I liked Lisa Michelson a bit better.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Satsuki Kusakabe voice actors?
Lisa Michelson
Dakota Fanning