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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Max with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Pokemon

Created by Pokejedservo on Oct 15 2009
Pokemon (1998)
MaxKayzie Rogers
Kayzie Rogers
Pokemon (1998)
MaxAmy Birnbaum
Amy Birnbaum


Max is May's younger brother whom is known as a bit of a bratty half pint to put it REALLY mildly lets just say.

Max's original English VA was VA Amy "Scarlet/Tea Gardner" Birnbaum in which her voice is a fairly high cutesy tone that did fit Max and her performance did indeed fit Max's rather "know it all persona" well.

And as for Max's current English voice in PUSA which was done by Kayzie "Professor Ivy" Rogers, while her Max voices was pretty high and cutesy it was also considerably more nasal as well. (But to be honest all things considered about Max and his normally not-so endearing persona it actually does work.) Many of the voices in the PUSA dub really try to be sound-a-likes to their 4Kids counterparts (some more successful than others) this doesn't feel to be one (at least as much as the others) not that I am saying its a bad thing.

But still Kayzie Roger's work as Max was also genuinely fitting for the role but overall I like them both and I am not sure who to pick exactly.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 12:39 PM on Tue Apr 17 2018
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Amy Birnbaum - Rogers' take is too annoying.
said at 10:03 PM on Sat Mar 24 2018
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Amy Birnbaum did great. I don't mind about Kayzie's Max, but I think they should have gone with Lisa Ortiz.
said at 3:22 AM on Fri Feb 3 2017
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Amy Birnbaum brought more character and personality to the role I'd say.

Kayzie Rogers isn't really bad here I guess, but her "Tuff" voice just doesn't work for the character that much unfortunately.
said at 3:00 AM on Thu Jan 26 2017
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1. Amy Birnbaum
She sounds convincing for a seven year old boy who happens to be smart, but has an actual personality outside of that. One of the most beautiful moments of her as Max would be the episode where May and Max had a fight and ended up in a house "haunted" by a Shuppet. Amy really brought out Max's emotional dilemma very well.
2. Kayzie Rogers
Sounds like a nasal Tiff (from the Kirby anime) and her delivery is occasionally very awkward. Again, same problem as every of James Carter Cathcart's roles that he took over in the TPCi dub and Bill Rogers' Drew: she focuses too much on Max's intellect and forgets that he's still a kid with a personality outside of being smart. Not the worst character in the TPCi dub, but disappointing nonetheless.
EPA Deane
said at 1:21 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
@heartbeat45 I think Amy Birnbaum really got to shine as Max in 'Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker'.

While that film is not very good, I think that has some of Max's best moments as a Character.
said at 10:00 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
@EPA Deane
I think "Jirachi Wish Maker" is a good Movie compared to the "Ash meets new legendary, then he fights with them at first, then they become friends, then the villain comes out and gets mad so fight ensues, cheerful resolution, repeat" formula the films have had for the last several years, but that's just me.
EPA Deane
said at 7:09 AM on Fri Feb 3 2017
@WrightWay Very true. Mind you, I don't hate 'Jirachi Wishmaker', as there are good elements in it (especially with regards to the subtle character building scenes and the "Get Rid of the Problem" scene).

I just found the main plot to be bland and aimless.

Pokémon 4Ever is my least favorite of the Pokémon films (that 4Kids Dubbed).
said at 10:44 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
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Amy Birnbaum nuff said.
said at 1:10 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
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Amy was much more bearable for me, as she actually sounded like a clever 7 year old boy, and made Max sound kind of cute. Her performance had some genuine emotion in it as well, as shown in the clip.

Kayzie was, by contrast, too nasally, and sometimes couldn't even deliver lines properly, as show in the clip, where she says "Maybe you should exchange your idea COOL with mine," rather than "idea pool." It's not terrible relative to a lot of the other changes to me, but it's far from good, either.
said at 11:39 PM on Mon Aug 22 2016
Honestly, the performances sound pretty on par with one another, near identical to me.
said at 8:12 PM on Wed Apr 20 2016
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1. Amy Birnbaum: Amy provides not only a boyish voice but a very cute and lifelike one as well. Her best work as Max in movie six and RS109: Do I Hear a Ralts? She is so believable and makes Max sound very smart without adding the nerdy stereotype.
2. Kayzie Rogers: Umm. I'm not sure her natural voice which was also used for Tuff in "Kirby Right Back at Ya!" and Coby in "One Piece" works for Max, she adds a very nasal and nerdy stereotype and at times her script makes Max sound like he doesn't know what he's talking about.
said at 7:44 PM on Mon Mar 14 2016
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1) Amy of course. She give's him a young child like voice and fit's the character well in the series. She makes him sound smart, cool and many more. Amy will alway's be Max

2) Kayzie, well I gotta say. She's still a great voice actress. But her voice just doesn't really fit that well for Max, she kinda makes him sound a little too old and makes him sound like a 20 year old kid.
said at 3:11 PM on Sat Jan 2 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I was never much of a fan of Max but Amy Birnbaum was pretty good at voicing him. I mean Tea from Yu-Gi-Oh! as a young boy...she had some fantastic range. I'm glad that the clip they used for Max here is from The Jirachi Wish Maker movie, I thought Max really shined in that film.

Kayzie Rogers is one of the better replacement voices. I'll give her that but I prefer Amy.
said at 8:06 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
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Amy really made the character endearing and cute, while also sounding like a young boy doing it. This was easily one of her best roles, and definitely one I found really memorable. She avoided the nerdy stereotype inflection and based her performance more on the character Max was.

Kayzie made Max sound too old, was too nasally, and too forced, sucking the life out of the character, and truly rendered Max a shell of his former self in Battle Frontier.
said at 10:28 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@Dr.Who Birnbaum was great in every scene and she fit the character perfectly.
Rogers sounds like her Coby voice from "One Piece" but she is surprisingly good in the snarky smart-aleck scenes.
said at 9:33 AM on Sat Sep 19 2015
Agreed on Birnbaum: very underrated performance from her.
Rogers just sounds too old to me, and not the right sex: acting was okay, voice wasn't. She showed more potential as Ash than Max.
Skeeter Mania
said at 5:59 PM on Tue Mar 22 2016
@Dr.Who Speaking on the topic of Kayzie Rogers, are there any roles of hers you do like?
said at 9:18 PM on Tue Mar 22 2016
@Skeeter Mania
Probably Luana and any elderly women voices, as well as some of her Pokemon voices. I got nothing otherwise.
Skeeter Mania
said at 12:50 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@Dr.Who What about Professor Ivy?
said at 12:52 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@Skeeter Mania
That was okay, I suppose. Nothing special, but it fit.
said at 9:17 AM on Mon Jul 20 2015
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Amy- Cute nerdy little boy voice
Kayzie- Old lady nerd voice impression

Amy best Max
said at 12:52 PM on Sun Apr 19 2015
Amy Birnbaum sounded more like a young nerdy boy while also bringing out the characters' better aspects really well.

Kayzie Rogers sounds like her Coby from One Piece or her Tuff from Kirby but worse-- Kayzie's take on Max just sounds like an elderly woman doing a stereotypical nerdy voice. I think Kayzie was better cast as Ash than as Max, really.
said at 1:18 PM on Sat Jan 17 2015
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I prefer Amy, though it's pretty funny that that was the exact voice she used for Chip from Cubix. He and Max must have been separated at birth.

I don't really care for Kayzie's performance. All I hear is Tuff from Kirby, which I don't think fits Max too well.
said at 10:54 PM on Fri Nov 14 2014
To be honest both are okay even though I pick Amy, Kayzie was at least more fitting as Max than she was as Ash
said at 9:45 PM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@HienFan I changed my mind, Kayzie got that snarky smartypants voice better even if she sounded like Bart Simpson
said at 11:18 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
#1) Amy Birnbaum- Excellent. She really nailed the character and did not stereotype with the character: her Max actually sounded like an 8 y/o boy, was actually able to be taken seriously as well as in comedic scenes, and she just fit Max so well: just watch "Do I Hear a Ralts?" to see how awesome she was. 9.5/10

#2) Kayzie Rogers- Her Max just sounds like an old lady doing an imitation of a nerdy kid. It works in a sarcastic sense, but it doesn't fit Max's age at all and only complements the nerdy side of him...too stereotyped on his appearance and not his character. 2.5/10
said at 10:02 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
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Definitely Amy. She gave him a character, and didn't sound annoying.
Element Riser
said at 2:03 PM on Sat Jun 7 2014
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Amy Birnbaum's voice was more focused on his traits and age than his outer appearance, Kayzie Rogers is the opposite. Kayzie Rogers could have been great, as she's done great kid voices before, but Armen Mazlumian just didn't direct her properly.
said at 2:45 AM on Fri Apr 18 2014
I dunno why but his voice reminds me of Nancy Cartwright's Chuckie
said at 7:04 AM on Mon Jan 13 2014
I always sayd that there was some kind of premonition of the voice cast change with the name max. After pokemon USA Took over pokemon the entire 4kids cast ended up in what i called the final 4kids show Dinosaur King were Veronica Taylor Voiced an Ash look alike kid named Max. Now everytime i hear Veronica Taylor's Ash talk to max it feels weird.
said at 6:29 PM on Wed Dec 18 2013
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Hold on was Kayzie Ash and Max in Mystery Of Mirage Pokemon?
said at 2:52 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
In the first dub of MoMP, yes: in the redub, it was Sarah Natochenny who voiced Ash and Kayzie kept Max.
said at 5:47 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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amy birnbuam is sooooooooo much better than kayzie rogers
said at 1:19 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Amy Birnbaum captures Max's dweeby, immature, know-it-all yet still naive nature perfectly, making him a more likable and endearing character than he might have been otherwise. Kayzie Rogers sounds like Bart Simpson with a cold, which is more of what I imagine Wally from the Gen 3 games to sound like. So not a bad voice, but the wrong character for it.
said at 7:56 AM on Sat Sep 14 2013
Rogers is just plain perfect.
said at 2:01 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
I thought Kayzie was okay/satisfactory as Max myself, but I feel like Amy really made Max unique and sweet sounding.

I feel like Amy made Max's nerdiness more charming, and was very funny in the role. Kayzie was also good at the nerdy aspect of Max, but she really fell flat in making him cute and energetic the way Amy did. I respect your opinion, though.
said at 7:25 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@OldSchoolFTW To me, Birnbaum is more nerdy and charming as you said, but Rogers was great in a more sarcastic manner.
said at 7:39 PM on Tue Oct 15 2013
Agreed. I prefer Amy overall, though. :)
said at 11:06 AM on Thu Oct 24 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I salute you!
said at 10:03 PM on Sat Nov 2 2013
@Zekewars010 Am I alone in thinking Birnbaum's Max sounds almost exactly like Pamela Hayden while Roger's Max sounds almost exactly like Nancy Carthwright?
said at 6:04 AM on Mon Nov 4 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus You are not alone on that. I've always noticed that Rogers does sound like Cartwright.
said at 12:58 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
@Zekewars010 So one voice sounds like Bart, the other sounds like Bart's friend. That's so weird.
said at 7:23 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
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Amy Birnbaum was pretty incredible as Max. I never thought much of Max at first, but Amy really made the kid likeable, funny, energetic, and really all-around interesting in my eyes. Were it no for Amy, I would've hated Max and thought of him as irritating and an annoying brat like much of the fandom does.

Amy put her heart into the role and she really nailed it. Her performance in "Jirachi: Wish Maker!" was spectacular. Not a voice you hear every day.

Kayzie Rogers, on the other hand, was pretty irritating in the role. She did fit Max's persona, but then the voice she used was fairly generic, a very obvious stereotype of a nerd, and really made Max much less likeable. I suppose she was okay, but Amy was so much better, and so Amy will always be Max to me.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:18 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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Amy, no doubt about it. Max was a love/hate character, and she brought out the love a lot more.
said at 5:24 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Shiny Raticate, I agree with you on that one. Amy Birnbaum is perfect for the role of Max. As for Kayzie Rogers, I have no idea what she was thinking for Max. Amy shouldn't have been replaced like that. None of the original actors deserved that fate. It wasn't meant to be.
said at 1:18 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Shiny Raticate I never hated Max. Probably 'cause Amy made him so funny.
said at 1:33 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
Same here. I actually liked Max more than May at first. xD.
said at 6:56 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I liked May and Max equally at first. I grew to love May later on, while Max just stayed okay.
said at 2:58 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
Pretty much have the same thoughts here.
Shiny Raticate
said at 11:06 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@Legacyman I agree. I miss all of the old voice cast.
Though whoever was voicing Jessie (I forgot, so I'm looking it up right after I post this) is improving in stellar amounts. Kudos to her.
Shiny Raticate
said at 11:07 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Oh yeah. I love Amy's Max voice, and her Charmy voice as well. Just such a distinct voice that really brings out a lot.
said at 11:17 PM on Sun Mar 3 2013
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Amy, hands down. Amy breathed life into this role. She made Max lovable, witty and just genuinely funny. Her performance in the 6th movie was astounding. Amy completely avoided the stereotypical nerdy little boy voice and gave him an entirely different inflection that was unique and perfect.

Kayzie, on the other hand, fell right into the stereotype pit. Her attempt to imitate Amy's performance fell massively short, and it's the type of voice that grates your nerves, if you listen too long. Kayzie gave Max the voice everyone probably expected (and feared) from the character, and it sucked the life out of Max.

Seriously... Just watching the 6th movie is the ultimate testament to how incredibly talented Amy was as Max. She was truly meant to play this character.
said at 9:35 AM on Tue Aug 20 2013
Couldn't agree more with ya here.
said at 12:36 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Max/Masato, May/Haruka's little brother.

1) Fushigi Yamada- It has a lot of heart to it. Like Max is just this kid who wants to travel and see all the Pokemon he can, all the battles and stuff, for the excitement and the thrill of it. Phenomenal.

2) Amy Birnbaum- Excellent. Resembles Yamada's own work very well. Captures all aspects of Max quite well. It was also quite funny at times as well, especially when Max seemed to be distraught about something.

3) Kayzie Rogers- Good performance. It's too nasally for me and sound forced, but it's not a bad voice for the character. Not too unique or distinct though.
said at 10:03 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
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No offense to Kayzie but Amy seems better as Max. Birnbaum maybe working broadway but I think she could still be up for a new Pokemon role since Max is no longer with Ash.
said at 7:01 PM on Tue Oct 16 2012
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Why is it pointless? Veronica & Eric, as I've stated earlier, have said at many cons that they'd love to return. As for tpci, it's a mystery to everyone what goes on in their head.

Why should someone quit on something they want? If you paid any attention to the anime you would've learnt this lesson about not giving up long ago.

Whether the campaign is unsuccessful, doesn't make it a waste of time. Those VA's are exceptional, a long with the writers, what they did, the entertainment they provided was legendary. I would gladly give up my time to campaign for them, and to attempt to restore what used to be an amazing series.
said at 12:21 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
@Nikky No offence, but that's just a subjective point of view. There are people who don't mind the current dub now.
said at 10:52 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
@Nikky And like it's been said many times before, the voice switch is 6+ years old. Whining about it now won't do any good, especially since everyone, both fans and VAs, have moved on since, and don't intend on restarting any flame wars. Also, can we please stop discussing this matter? It's getting really old.
said at 9:01 AM on Thu Oct 18 2012
@pokemastanumba1 You bought this topic back up and now you're asking to stop because it's old? No one is starting any flame wars, and if you read what I previously said, both VA's have stated they would love to come back. Whilst they aren't holding their breath, given the chance they would definitely return to the series. I wouldn't say that is moving on completely and disregarding the prospect of going back.

Whining? That's an interesting word used to describe a group of people who are just asking tpci to consider VA/writer switches. Providing feedback to a company isn't whining. But again, nice definition. There are no flame wars, I have no idea where you got that from.
said at 9:03 AM on Thu Oct 18 2012
@Fulgore2005 Of course it's subjective, there are many who don't mind it now, and there are many who do. But these polls will tell you the majority still prefer the old cast, if you paid attention to these polls, you'd know that.
said at 2:52 PM on Thu Oct 18 2012
@Nikky I already know that the 4kids VAs are highly favoured. But that's not always to say the majority vote will automatically be taken. I doubt they would just fire/replace the current cast just because people want them to.
said at 8:05 PM on Mon Oct 22 2012
The original voice actors deserve a shot to return, and I totally go with Nikky here.
said at 8:09 PM on Mon Oct 22 2012
Let me get this straight: you think you can generalize a poor decision that's adversely affected a franchise and dismiss the return of the original voice actors altogether? That's not right. Hey, many people do not like the current voice actors, some do, and some love them. Everyone has different opinions on the matter.
said at 7:29 AM on Wed Oct 24 2012
@DaFattyOne What's not right about it? I'm sure they wanted to get the old Vas but couldn't in order to dave money.
said at 7:44 AM on Wed Oct 24 2012
@Fulgore2005 *VAs
said at 9:37 AM on Sat Oct 27 2012
@Fulgore2005 *save
said at 4:24 AM on Mon Oct 8 2012
Hold on, you mean SOVA is still campaigning? Seems a bit dragged out now.

I understand they are trying hard to get the old VAs back, but now it just seems like a classic case of beating on a dead horse. And what if Pokemon is suddenly cancelled and the campaign is unsuccessful? It would seem like a waste of time to me.
said at 10:21 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
While SOVA is obviously not as active as they used to be, there's still some efforts they're making in order to negotiate trying to bring back some of the 4Kids VAs who still haven't returned:

Of course it's mostly pointless by now, but I guess some people just don't know when to quit...
said at 5:08 AM on Mon Oct 15 2012
@pokemastanumba1 I guess not.
said at 10:00 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012

SOVA is doing the best they can but the time has come for Pokemon to be revolutionized. It was going fine up until the voice switch that lasted for seven years. It surprisingly hurt the original voice actors. A true cartoon isn't built on greed like Pokemon is now. Even the Japanese wouldn't want something they love to go down in flames. The Pk Revolution is upon us.
said at 12:27 AM on Thu Sep 13 2012
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& even if he had actually told SOVA to stop campaigning, he can't speak for the rest of the 4kids cast. Discussion closed.kthx
said at 9:17 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
@Nikky This is true, but many 4Kids VAs have already returned to Pokemon anyway.
said at 12:25 AM on Thu Sep 13 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
@ pokemastanumba1

Eric hasn't told SOVA to stop campaigning, and he has stated at several recent anime cons within the last 2 years that he would love to return to the show. That's all the evidence needed.
said at 9:17 PM on Fri Sep 14 2012
@Nikky Do you have actual proof of that (video, interview, link, etc.)? He hasn't done any voice acting for several years now, much like Amy Birnbaum here. The chances of them coming back are slim to none.
said at 1:41 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Amy, you fit great. So genuine, so intelligent, so...perfect! Kayzie, you did an interesting Ash in Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon, but you didn't do well here.
said at 9:51 AM on Thu Jul 26 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
Really? It's so obvious that Amy is the winner. She was most in character and actually has a cute voice.
said at 12:55 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
 8 Shout Outs!
If I had to rank them
1. Amy Birnbaum - Interesting performance, so energetic and intelligent
2. Kayzie Rogers - Extremely forced, nasally as well as nerdy sounding
said at 6:40 AM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@MatthewC17 Completely agree. :)
said at 12:02 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Kayzie, she captured Max's nerdy character.
said at 7:01 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Amy Birnbaum is alway's Max! ;)
said at 4:14 PM on Sat Mar 10 2012
 7 Shout Outs!
I personally think Kayzie Rogers was stereotyping
said at 11:10 AM on Thu Aug 30 2012
@NappaSaiyajin Any proof of that statement?
said at 3:44 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@NappaSaiyajin Nathan Price hasn't done any voice acting in over a decade. It would be a little on the difficult-side to get him to return as a major character.
said at 10:15 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@NappaSaiyajin Eric Stuart retired from voice acting many years ago as well, and even told SOVA to stop campaigning. There's not a chance of him coming back.
said at 5:55 PM on Thu Jan 26 2012
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I like Amy Birnbaum but this is the question I have to ask why didn't they hire Leah Clark to voice Max after Season 8?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:14 PM on Thu Jan 26 2012
@MatthewC17 Leah Clark doesn't work in New York, where the dub is recorded.
said at 11:28 AM on Tue Feb 14 2012
@NCZ Yeah I know but they got Vic Mignogna to voice a character in Sinnoh League Victors
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:43 PM on Tue Feb 14 2012
@MatthewC17 The difference is that it was a guest spot. Vic was in NY at the time so they had him record a one-shot character. It's not as though he was voicing a regular.

Look at DBZ Kai for example. Sean Schemmel (who plays the main character) lives in NY and the dub was recorded in Texas. They had to pull some serious strings to get him to come back. It'd be too much effort.
said at 3:43 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@MatthewC17 Leah Clark has also voiced a couple characters in Pokemon, as has J Michael Tatum, Cristina Vee, and others. Those were only guest roles done when the voice actors were in New York. All of the main characters are still voiced by NY-based VAs.
said at 3:01 AM on Tue Nov 22 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
Kayzie was actually very good as Max. She's usually good at doing "nerdy" little boy voices, and it suits Max very well. But at the same time, her voice for Max has little variety from her other voices. It's good, but I felt Amy really gave Max a very unique voice while staying true to the character.
said at 7:55 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
 9 Shout Outs!
Amy. I always liked Max and the voice change is really different. Max was sometimes annoying but he was also a pretty realistic kid. Yep, thats my opinion.
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