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

Created by Pokejedservo on Mon Jul 6 2009, 89 Comments, Add Comment
Pokemon (1998)
JamesTed Lewis
Ted Lewis
Pokemon (1998)
JamesEric Stuart
Eric Stuart
Pokemon (1998)
JamesJames Carter Cathcart
James Carter Cathcart


All hail one of the original Kings of the "Ambiguous" Comedy, today we have James from Pokemon's Team Rocket.

First of all we have Ted Lewis whom was the first voice for James whom voices James in episodes 2 to 9. What made him noteworthy is this is when James (alongside Jesse and Meowth) were actually seen as competent villains than the jokes we know them as. (But to be fair Ted did get to have some of James' more infamous material. Such as that infamous "Straight" though probably unintentional double entendre.)

And of course Eric Stuart's famously camp portrayal of James here which is QUITE the fan favorite in more ways than one.

And last but not least is Jimmy Zoppi whom surprisingly sounds very similar to Eric here. Both Ted Lewis and Eric Stuart/Jimmy Zoppi work rather well but in somewhat different ways. (Though Ted does get some points on how the 2nd episode of the series does give us a nice clue on what if those three weren't complete joke villains but I suppose thats another story.)

But all three of them are good, and I will at least say that.


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Han Solo Fan
said at 7:17 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
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Eric Stuart is the best English James: he managed to make James sound his age, and he also made James hilarious when he needed to be, but he also brought out James' humanity in serious scenes as well.

Ted Lewis was okay as James, but his take just sounded like an eviler version of his Tracey: it was tolerable, though.

James Carter Cathcart is the worst James: he's just obnoxious and grating in the role. He's not funny when he needs to be, and in serious scenes nowadays, it's hard not to laugh at how goofy James sounds, in a bad way. The voice he uses for the character doesn't fit him, either: he always sounds like he has a perpetually stuffy nose and like a grandpa for some reason in XY, and he's easily the weakest of the group.
said at 7:52 AM on Wed Nov 12 2014
@Han Solo Fan Y'know, not to be all nitpicky, but that's the sort of thing I'd imagine a certain user would say.
Mai Valentine
said at 11:22 AM on Thu Oct 16 2014
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Okay, the Eric Stuart clip here does not give him any justice when it comes to how he voices the character since this is not James' regular voice. There needs to be a replacement audio track here when James is not "acting out" and sounds like himself.
said at 3:10 AM on Wed Oct 15 2014
Since X and Y I will bring Eric and James to a tie in second
said at 2:11 PM on Mon Sep 29 2014
I'm voting for James. He sounds the best.
said at 3:03 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014
Ted sounds close to Shinichiro Miki whose voice I really like for that he gets my vote if only he stayed around longer

Eric sounds okay at first but eventually he just sounds way too campy and lame like in this clip (I AM A FLAMING MOLTRESS WAHAHAHA) if he stayed longer with that voice I would be annoyed

James oh jees when he tries to be funny it's even worse than Eric but when he's serious he sounds almost Ted Lewis like
said at 9:47 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
#1) Eric Stuart (OS > AG) - Great voice, and pretty good voice acting. Whether
it be his emotional scenes, comedic scenes, or serious scenes, Eric generally did a great job with the character. Not to mention that classic horse-whinnying laugh,
or those "OOOOHHH" or "EHEEEE!" screams as well. He gave James a lot of personality, and his performance was very entertaining to listen to. 9/10

#2) Ted Lewis (EP001- EP008) - Good voice, but really bad voice acting. His performance worked for the more serious, competent James, but was miserable in any scenes with emotion and his delivery of lines was bland, generic, and very flat. To put it one way, "Now I know what it feels like to be all WASHHHHHHEEED up!" 6.5/10

#3) James Carter Cathcart (BF > BW > DP > XY)- Bad voice, and extremely bad voice acting. He's the worst of the group at this point...he's not funny at all in the role, and I can't take him seriously, either. In BF, he was okay, despite doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in OS, but now with a nasally, snooty tone. In DP, he was pretty bad, doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in AG with an even more nasally as well as goofy tone. In BW, he was better than in DP but worse than in BF, dropping that goofy tone but now the nasally tone was still there and it was annoying to listen to-- mediocre. In XY, he has somehow taken his DP performance but made it even worse, and has hit a new low as James: JCC's James at present sounds like a fat, nasally man in his mid 40s doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in AG with
a constant head cold, and is goofy as well as extremely nasally to the extreme. One
only needs to watch "Mega Mega Meowth's Madness" to see how abysmal JCC is in the role nowadays.
said at 8:32 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
1. Carter.
2. Stuart
3. Lewis
said at 10:10 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
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Eric Stuart!! :D
Ted did good
Ew not Carter.
Element Riser
said at 7:07 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
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Overall: Eric Stuart > Ted Lewis > Jimmy Zoppi
Element Riser
said at 6:50 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
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Ted Lewis: Great voice, but that's all it is.
Eric Stuart (OS): His James is funny, but he can also give a convincing serious performance when needed. As well as that, he fits the character more than Ted Lewis did.
Eric Stuart (AG): A step down from how he was in OS, the goofy aspect almost completely took over (see: A Poached Ego), but then again, that's how the character himself was. I didn't hate the voice, but it's not nearly as good as his OS voice, either. As bad as people think this might be, it's got nothing on...
Jimmy Zoppi: In BF, he's just imitating Eric Stuart, though at least it's not bad. In DP, it's like Eric's Stuart's James in AG, but replace "goofy" with "nasally". It got better in BW, but it still had a nasally and snooty tone to it that never quite went away. In the beginning of XY, he sounded okay, but then sometime later in that series' dub, it fell to a new low: He now sounds like Eric Stuart's goofy James and his own nasally James rolled into one package, and it's not a good voice for him.
said at 9:48 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@Element Riser
^This is too spot on: 100% agreed.^
Shiny Raticate
said at 8:05 PM on Thu Apr 3 2014
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After hearing what a friend had to say, Darren Dunstan could have been the fill in for Eric Stuart, it would have been perfect.
said at 3:31 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
@Shiny Raticate I agree, in fact I used to think Pegasus and James had the same actor.
Shiny Raticate
said at 10:11 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
@Metabad I know, right?
Oh man, now that I think about all the potential actors TPCi could have hired, it makes me a little upset. I know it's been done with, but still.
said at 8:52 PM on Fri Mar 7 2014
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Ted Lewis just sounds okay in the role, but it more so just sounds like his Bakura without the British voice, and he didn't really have enough episodes to really go off of to leave a massive impact. 6.5/10

Eric Stuart. Oh...Where do I begin with Eric? Erics performance as James is not only one of the most entertaining performances in the show, it's one of the most entertaining performances in animation history IMO. Eric is hamming it up so much in this role, and is so hilariously flamboyant, down to that horse like whinny of a scream that he has. He cracked me up as a kid and he still cracks me up now. 10/10

With the recast like what I said on Ash's compare, I was extremely confused and mad when they changed the cast since I thought none of the actors they got even came close to the energy that any of the original actors had, and it took me a long time to really think the roles were better. And I will admit James is one of the few that is better than average in the role. He does have some of the energy that Eric had, just not NEARLY as much, but he did have the flamboyance down pretty well and could differentiate it well enough from his Meowth. 7/10

1. Eric
2. James
3. Ted
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
I used to feel the same way, but now...well, just check out Carter in XY's dub: ugh, I even prefer Ted now over him. -_-
said at 6:44 PM on Sat Jan 18 2014
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James Carter Cathcart's portrayal of James sounds a little bit like Big the Cat.
said at 10:20 PM on Wed Jan 8 2014
I'm surprised Carter beaten Lewis

Though he is better than Stuart's take on the end of the clip

Keeping Lewis anyway prefer him and Meowth's earlier episodes voice than later ones during the 4Kids run
said at 8:33 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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Oh and Eric Stuart all the way! ^_^
said at 8:32 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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Lol what? Carter Cathcart is beating Ted Lewis? ~:-/
said at 4:18 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
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Eric Stuart > Ted Lewis > Carter

It's pretty clear who's having the most fun here. You can really tell that Stuart had a blast playing his character. Dat laugh. He manages to sound slimy and campy, but his performance also really brought out James' humanity. It's obvious that Lewis had a more sinister interpretation of the character, but he did a nice job in his own way. Carter sounds like he's doing a bad impression of Stuart.
said at 6:47 PM on Wed Oct 23 2013
No one can beat Eric Stuart.
This is actually one of Carters better roles.
Don't reallly mind Ted though.
said at 1:17 PM on Wed Oct 23 2013
Wow, Carter is actually ahead of Ted now.
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
Shame that Carter faltered here.
said at 3:17 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
Ted Lewis and Eric Stuart come very close to each other.
said at 12:54 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Eric Stuart, from Kanto through Johto, played the best James. The clip doesn't really do him justice since it's from a moment where he's hamming it up, but usually Stuart's James had the perfect balance of rich boy classiness and comedic villainous camp. Until Hoenn, where Stuart made the voice deeper and the performance got even campier, to the point where he was shouting every other line in a very stilted tone. It may be an unpopular opinion, but if Stuart was insistent on voicing James that way, then he deserved to get replaced.

Jimmy Zoppi was actually a decent James when he started (as shown at the end of his clip) and was better than Eric Stuart had been in Hoenn. But like the rest of the main cast, his voice changed for the worse in Sinnoh, where he started sounding overly stuffy, whiny, and nasally. Thankfully the voice changed again in Unova. Zoppi plays James with both menace and fey flamboyance in a voice that sounds smoother and more natural.

Ted Lewis was a perfect dub equivalent to Shinichiro Miki, but I can't see that voice as being long lasting, especially once Lewis also started voicing Team Rocket's boss. Thankfully, they changed to Eric Stuart after the first 9 episodes.
said at 12:08 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
I always loved Eric Stuart as Brock, but I sadly agree with you about his James. Don't get me wrong, I loved Eric Stuart's James: it was AMAZING in Kanto up until the end of Johto. He made him sound so classy, witty, and campy in a good way. Very debonair and suave voice for James in a way.

In Hoenn, though, Eric's James was indeed poor in quality. He was shouting way too much, and James sound more like Timmy Turner's Dad than anything else. I mean, it was beyond hilarious to listen to, but I couldn't take James seriously at all.

To be fair, I think Eric did turn things around near the end of the run as James in the first few episodes of the Battle Frontier Saga right before the dub switch. He stopped shouting and overacting, and he really sounded great as James again, IMO. It's a shame, because he was getting better again, right before he was replaced.

Jimmy Zoppi/Carter Cathcart was an improvement over Eric at the time, and was awesome as James in Battle Frontier, but then like you said, he got extremely irritating, whiny, and nasally as James in Sinnoh. I feel he slightly improved in Unova from Sinnoh, but he's still a bit...IDK...too nasally to me: his James is great in serious scenes in Unova, but is miserable in comedic scenes. Really, kind of the opposite of how Eric's James in Hoenn.

Ted is just too generic for me. I like the voice a lot, and it is basically how James sounds in Japanese, but it felt really devoid of emotion at times.

Basically Eric is my favorite overall, though. :)
said at 7:10 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus you're wrong about Eric Stuart. He never deserved to get replaced unless he quit the role of James on his own terms. I imagine Eric having Ted Lewis as his angel and Jimmy Zoppi as his devil. Ted gave Eric the chance to become a popular character while Jimmy made James a weak sounding chump.
said at 6:51 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman I said IF STUART WAS INSISTENT ON VOICING JAMES THAT WAY, he deserved to get replaced. If he were to change his voice back to how he used to do it, he'd be perfect. Seriously, the voice I hear him use in the "Double Trouble" song would fit the more competent James of the BW seasons very well. But there's no way I'd want to hear his extra campy and cartoonish late Johto-Hoenn performance coming out of James' mouth again. I guess it depends on the voice direction.
said at 6:54 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@OldSchoolFTW He DID kind of sound like Daran Norris' Mr. Turner voice. It was the campiest, most forced over-the-top thing ever in the show. And it hurt the character in episodes like "A Poached Ego" and "Training Days" where he was being portrayed seriously. That's why I shudder to think about that voice coming from BW James. If he'd gone back to his original James voice, BW James would sound even better than Zoppi's take on him.

Yeah, I agree Zoppi's just not very funny as James. He's more forced than funny.
said at 10:39 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
I think it really lies in the vocal direction. Michael Haigney directed the first 5 seasons of the 4Kids dub, while Darren Dunstan directed the latter 3 seasons. I'm sure that if Eric Stuart had better direction, he would've been as perfect as used to be as James.

Zoppi just doesn't make me laugh, especially with how he writes Ash and Team Rocket. I always groan hearing his alliterations/assonance/"Dig it, jack"/"Primo Pokemon"/"O'course"/"'kay" stuff and so on. That's a big issue I have with TPCi's dub itself, though, not the voice acting, so I'll save it for another day.
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
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what is that atrocious end voice on there.. that cant really be who is playing james now can it?!
said at 9:24 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@sosoubi unfortionately, that is who's playing James now. Eric Stuart didn't deserve that fate. He still wants to voice James again. I know from his page on the Pokemon Wikia website.
said at 6:56 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
This is a very tough voice compare. All three actors are actually very well cast in this role.

I'm going to have to say Eric Stuart best fits James. I have to say I liked him a lot better in his first 5 seasons of the OS than his latter 3 in AG. He started getting pretty fruity there, and hinting that he was batting for the other team if you know what I mean. As much as he was funny in AG, it was irritating to hear him in the serious scenes like that. Regardless, Eric's range and versatility were unparalled, and he really brought the most life and energy into the character. Overall, Eric Stuart is my favorite.

In second, suprisingly, James Carter Cathcart. *gasp* Yes, actually he's pretty decent for this character. He may be pretty nasally and irritating at times, but he can act pretty well. I'm not a big fan of his work but I will admit his voice for James does suit the character. It's not my favorite by any means but it still fits James' goofy personality and he's very good in the emotional moments (like Eric Stuart before him).

Lastly, Ted Lewis. Actually he's the best at serious James, but I seriously doubt his ability to do the comedic scenes well. He was rather dull in that facet and as much as I think he does fit James, he's my least favorite. Still good, though.
said at 12:38 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
There's no doubt Eric Stuart would like nothing more than to do James again. I miss his voice being heard on Pokemon. Fact is Cathcart isn't best suited for James and he never will be. Eric, if you're reading this, I know nobody does James better than you. You're all tops.
said at 6:06 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
Well put Shiny Raticate. I couldn't have said it better myself. Eric Stuart fits James better then any ammeture could. Jimmy Zoppi should be better off sticking with Gary Oak and Ted Lewis made the right call to do Giovanni instead.
Shiny Raticate
said at 3:26 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
Ted Lewis did great, and I cannot believe that TPCi didn't hire him since they had to get rid of Eric Stuart.
Eric Stuart fit the role like Cinderella and her glass slipper. No other actor could reach the higher octaves like Eric could. Fantastic voice.
Jimmy... I just don't like it.
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@Shiny Raticate I couldn't have said it any better. Because of Jimmy Zoppi, James sounds like a wuss. Eric Stuart doesn't deserve to be replaced like that. He deserves better than this.
said at 3:33 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
I did like Ted Lewis- his portrayal was pretty cool and sounded a bit like James' Japanese voice. But he lacked range and I don't think he dealt with comedy moments so well. I can't even image him doing a cross dressing James voice.

Eric Stuart is my favourite, hands down. I don't think he sounded camp necessarily- he just had a plummy voice which was totally appropriate given James' rich background. His high pitched giggle was hilarious and yet his voice could also be quite sultry and sexy at times.

Jimmy Zoppi... urgh. I struggled to watch the dub when he took over. I'm looking at James, and yet all I hear is a fat man with a bad head cold. He has got better though, and he can now at least sound like Eric Stuart at his worst, which is something I suppose.
said at 12:20 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Ah James/Kojiro, the token bishounen of TRio, where would be without this guy?

Here goes:

1) Shinchiro Miki- Phenomenal. Not much else to say.

2) Eric Stuart- Pretty much perfect from Kanto-the end of Johto: bonus points for the horse-whinning laugh too ("EEEUGHUGH!"). In Hoenn and Battle Frontier, a bit divergent from Shinchiro Miki, but nonetheless excellent and actually makes James who was already incompetent seem like a bigger joker. Gave me plenty of laughs in the 4Kids English dub of the series.

3) James Cathcart- Good performance. Actually, he's gotten a lot better as James over the years. Yes, he's nasally in the role and it is annoying, but it's also one of the less jarring voices in TPCi English to me. It fits the character these days, although it's not the best but easily one of the better voices in TPCi English over the years.

4) Ted Lewis- Now, it sounds most like Shinchiro of any of them (Eric did from mid Kanto-end of Johto) overall, but it's rather...generic-sounding. Like a standard voice for a villain. A good performance nonetheless.
said at 9:40 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
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Eric, once again
said at 9:47 AM on Sun Jul 29 2012
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Eric Stuart- You just can't go wrong with Eric's sneaky and sly voice. And like Brock, Eric's James is hilarious too. Although that clip doesn't do Eric's James any justice at all.

Ted Lewis- Very suitable replacement. Ted's performance works for a more serious James.

Jimmy Zoppi- "I'd rather die." Fitting line for such a terrible performance. Way too over-the-top and sounds very obnoxious.
said at 12:02 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
1- Shinchiro Miki
2 Ted Lewis-Nice voice, sad it was less than ten episodes long
3 Eric-Stuart-Started out fine but got rather irritating after a while
4 Jimmy Zoppi-Yegad now that is IRRITATING
said at 3:03 AM on Fri Jul 13 2012
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James in my opinion
1. Eric Stuart - Hilarious performances throughout 4Kids' dub. The scenes with Victreebel and Cacnea are priceless.
2. Ted Lewis - Not bad for a minor performance. It was quite tolerable and suited James when Team Rocket was more of a threat than a joke. I'd be happy if Ted Lewis voiced James again
3. James Carter Cathcart - Doesn't even sound like Eric Stuart very forced and grating and he over-exaggerates when James gets all worked up.
said at 1:36 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
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Probably Jimmy...no Eric...no jimmy - I can't decide. But I don't really think Ted's voice is appropriate.
said at 6:49 PM on Thu May 24 2012
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I honestly think they gave him the role of James because his first name is James
said at 5:09 AM on Fri Apr 27 2012
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Jimmy Zoppi's voice is very bad!!! I sure miss Eric's voice. Ted's was pretty good, he should voice James now!
said at 8:24 AM on Sun Apr 29 2012
@cayuga I agree too. Eric's was hilarious. Ted is the only VA who was closest to Stuart's performance.
said at 11:26 PM on Fri Mar 16 2012
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IMO, Ted should voice James again
said at 10:49 PM on Fri Feb 17 2012
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Eric Stuart!
Ted sounds like a modified version of Tracey
James Carter Cathcart sounds constipated 24-7
said at 2:56 AM on Tue Nov 22 2011
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None of the clips really do any of them justice (except maybe Ted's). But I'll always prefer Eric as James since his performance is the most classic. Ted was okay as the more serious James at the beginning of the series and contrasts with Eric very well. Jimmy is just doing a bad imitation of Eric. He's not funny at all, and I feel he was severely miscast in the role. He's easily one of the worst voices of the new cast (though his other voices are generally pretty good). I don't know why he had to take over so many roles. Were they really THAT short on voice actors?
said at 1:40 AM on Sat Sep 3 2011
I like Jimmy's voice for the simple fact that the other voices sound the same. :(
said at 12:07 PM on Wed May 25 2011
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Jimmy's is cool and until I compare I always forget how similar it can be. But it sounds a bit like Eric's with a cold to me and I loved Eric's James, it could serious when it needed to be but incredibly funny when needed too.
said at 11:21 PM on Fri May 6 2011
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#1 Eric Stuart
Even though the clip of him here doesn't show it, Eric nailed the character's personality and demonstrated broad range. It's a real shame that he gave up voice acting, as he's definitely one of the best 4Kids VAs, and he probably could've made his return sooner or later.

#2 Ted Lewis
Though he was a good first, I have to agree that Ted is much better as Giovanni than he was as James. Still, he certainly would've potential if James had remained a serious villain as opposed to a total joke we know him as.

#3 Jimmy Zoppi
I'll admit that, even though he's last place (at least as I rank him), he IS making improvement. He retained a bit of Eric's satire and persona, and his performance is quite entertaining. However, he sounds a bit nasally and doesn't emote very well (though I suppose that's due to how much the series itself has changed since the cast switch, but still). He's worked with the show for the longest time, so I would say that at least he understands the role pretty well.
said at 12:58 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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While funny, I don't think the "Flaming Moltres" clip does Eric Stuart's James enough justice. From when he started up until mid-Johto, he was perfect in the role.

But then for some reason he started overacting 24/7 and it was for the best that Jimmy Zoppi took over. While a bit nasally, his voice is second best for James.

Ted Lewis was good for his earliest apperances but he makes a much better Giovanni than he does James.
said at 4:56 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
Eric Stuart I heard that team rocket has become ore serious in Best Wishes and if so I will probably not watch too much of that season. Maybe it would be good though.
said at 12:44 AM on Tue Mar 22 2011
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I love Eric Stuart as James!
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said at 11:54 PM on Thu Mar 17 2011
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Ted Lewis was good back when Team Rocket was more serious. I'll have to say that Eric Stuart is the best. When I was a kid, I couldn't believe he did Brock and James, because they sounded so different. However, I feel our current clip doesn't quite do him justice.
said at 7:45 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
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Well, for me, because I grew up with Eric's voice, I naturally like him better. He was a VERY talented voice actor. HOWEVER, after watching some of the japanese pokemon episodes....They probably should have went with Ted. It's closest to the original.....Oh and as for Zoppi....HE MAKES ME WANNA THROW UP! BLECH! :(
said at 7:05 PM on Fri Jun 11 2010
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I'm not really a big fan of Eric Stuart at all (I do agree with Eusine though he did start off pretty good as James), and his James could get really annoying. Jimmy's manages to be even more annoying than Eric's. I'm going to go with Ted
said at 5:24 PM on Sun Jun 17 2012
@satoshi So out of curiosity, why aren't you a big fan of Eric Stuart? I think his voice work in general is pretty good and versatile TBH.

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