Eric Vale as Phoenix is interesting: he sounds like a cross between his Trunks and Sanji right now, but sans the gruffness. It's not the most fitting to me right now, but it is an interesting spin on things. go to »
Excellent: he sounds smug, intelligent, but also pretty rugged, clever, and good at sounding wise like his best friend, Max. He even sort of looks like the character, too, when you think about it- pretty subtle casting, but it worked quite well.
2. Rob Paulsen
He's good, but almost a bit feeble sounding when trying to pull off the more somber, downcast, and pessimistic rendition of Phil in Omniverse, though it does work for the rendition of Phil this incarnation of the show was going for here.
3. John DiMaggio
A more subtle and intelligent portrayal of Phil in general, but John managed to demonstrate a lot of range and versatility in the role when compared to his usual roster of voices, which is indeed impressive and worthy of praise to me as well. go to »
I'm in agreement: Jamieson Price's Archie has the same issue both main Series dub's respective James had in later years- screaming and shouting almost every line for no apparent reason at all (though even Stuart's worst is better than Cathcart's XY to SM take at this point for said character as you said in that VC). It just comes across as extremely unnatural: "The WORLD's DISORDERED and BROKEN...are all SUFFFFEEEERRRRRIIIING!"
Sean Schemmel may not have been perfect, but at least he could emote using more than staying locked in that one emotion, and didn't scream almost all his lines- only when Archie got mad. Subtlety goes a long way in terms of making a performance come across as more than one-note: Schemmel's take had that, whereas Price's take lacked it to me. go to »
Makes me wonder how this could've been if they did that, actually: Andrew Rannells certainly makes for a better voice actor than voice director. Michael Haigney did do some work on it at first, but he was focused more on Pokemon & Kirby back then from what I heard. go to »
Fair enough, though I'm not entirely sure of Tom Wayland's innocence on those accusations he got back then as I heard his wife unfollowed him on his Facebook and various social media from someone. Wayland may well have been innocent, but the possibility also existed he was bailed out or reached some agreement with the (supposed) victim legally, plus he's not been back to Pokemon since that controversy arose (though has done other dub work at 3Beep last I heard), so I'm unsure of that man's guilt or innocence there. go to »
There's nothing wrong with David Kaufman's portrayal here, other than (if I had to nitpick) it being just a bit higher: just so much right with Michael J. Fox's take. Fox could make Stuart Little sound humble, sweet, and caring, but also angry, upset, and captured his characterization to a tee.
I honestly never knew Marty McFly had the same voice actors as Stuart Little, though, will always find it fascinating how that worked out.
So, I heard he's become a new Tom Wayland (not sure how he's back on Twitter though)/Scott Freeman/Illich Guardiola of sorts, etc. How disappointing, to say the least, consider me not a fan anymore. go to »
Since someone brought up a musical, I find it fitting I only highlight a real problem with the Pokemon dub in general with "music" as of late, after learning about this from fans of the Series, who watched this Movie itself dubbed.
Fans have stated that TPCi replaced 98% of the OST from the Japanese Version of M20 here, with dub exclusive music: only a single (yes, just 1) piece of OST of the 55 in the Original Japanese Version was kept by the English dub here from the Japanese Version, that being the World of Pokemon Theme- in literally the the last minute of the Movie, no less.
The other 54 pieces of music that composer Shinji Miyazaki worked hard on to celebrate this occasion? Gone. Removed. Sayonara.
To put this in perspective, even pieces of OST that 4Kids kept in all 8 years they dubbed the Pokemon Anime, in their original forms...were replaced by TPCi in Movie 20's dub: the remixed versions of those specific pieces of OST the old 4Kids dub kept in both OS & AG many times being called "Spearow Attacks," "Team Rocket Appears," "Pikachu vs Piplup," "Stop It! Onix," "Do Your Best, Butterfree," "A Flaming Confrontation," and "To Their Own Ways" as well.
In addition, TPCi have now put mostly dub music in the last 4 Movies they produced, and 4Kids only did that to the first 3 dub Movies they produced. I'd comment on the voice acting, writing, OP, etc. as well here, but that's beating a dead horse since nothing I can say will change anyone's mind on that, but this dub music situation, is just ridiculous.
Even KaiserNeko from TFS recently said even Bruce Faulconer was a better composer for the old DBZ dub than Ed Goldfarb is for Pokemon's current dub, after seeing this Movie dubbed, and sadly, I have to concur with his sentiment on that- his compositions just don't fit well here. go to »
He has a very endearing, intelligent, but also ambitious and adventurous sort of delivery and tone to his acting, while also being able to vary his emotions as Cody fairly well in this show- perfect fit, really.
2. Oliver Vaquer:
He does a great job of capturing the spirit of Elan Garfias' take on younger Cody with the older Cody, and many of the same aspects of the character's nature come across in the delivery of his performance.
3. Angela Galuppo:
Something about this performance has very stilted and forced delivery imo, almost like the voice is a bit hoarse as well, and this take overall feels the most strained of the group to me. go to »
Certainly, but I feel he was somewhat being directed to sound like Drummond a bit later.
At any rate, I can say Griffith did get a little better as Sonic in his last few games, so I suppose he does have that going for him (and I do like some of his work, just not too much with Sonic). go to »
Brian Drummond just has this sinister and sly delivery to his Ryuk that truly encompasses the character, not to mention the classic cackle he gives him that's too much to pass up.
Willem Dafoe's performance is the best thing about a pretty underwhelming adaptation to me, so he was also pretty good, but I just find Drummond to be a little bit more distinctive and charismatic. go to »
Yup. I find it really, really sad that a lot of music that 4Kids kept from the Japanese Version originally that was remixed by Shinji Miyazaki in Kanto-Hoenn dubs in the Anime, for Movie 20 (along with some of his own new compositions exclusive to this Movie) will be replaced by TPCi again, for Mr. Goldfarb's in house music here. I know Mr. Goldfarb is a nice man despite my frustration with his compositions, but I can't say I approve of TPCi's decision making here on that front (or well, on several other things over the years, but I digress).
I saw a fascinating video from a Pokemon fan on YouTube (the place of flame wars) that I think really puts into perspective how things are right now- TPCi's dub is going down a very dark road at this point on the whole imo, one that I can't say I fault some fans for being upset with:
Regardless, while I see this as being a popular Movie regardless, that doesn't necessarily mean the quality won't be very questionable- I feel like this could be dub Movies 1 and 2 all over again in that regard: history repeating itself, per se. go to »
I've got some real respect for Derek Stephen Prince for being so humble about his work and respecting Chris Ayres' performance: that humility makes me very willing to give him a chance right there.
That being said, I think he is pretty good in that video for the most part when it comes to his actual Frieza performance, but it could use a little work imo too. go to »
AnnaSophia Robb is pretty enthusiastic as Violet Beauregarde and comes across as energetic, whereas Dallas Lovato comes across as kind of nondescript and bland in comparison, but still alright. go to »
Honestly I think he was the best dub VA possible for Morty & Harley in Pokemon in English, really, but I also liked his roles as Archie Andrews, Noah Kaiba, Mako, and his most recent role as Andrei too: glad to see him back in some form in voice over. go to »
I...actually like JTR's take a little more now? I do hear what you're saying, that's exactly how I'd describe it in fact, but I'm happy he's not screaming every line and overacting now: it's a more...subtle take compared to before to me, I suppose. Although, yes, he did sound more intimidating before so I too do regret that much being lost, but the overacting diminishing is good to me at the same time. go to »
I actually found that to be the case, too: whoever it was, I was very impressed with their take in hindsight, I actually liked it more than the Generations take (not a shock, I know). Jessica Calvello/Jayne Grand/whoever's take that was felt really mysterious, calm, and intelligent. go to »
1. Maurice LaMarche
2. John Paul Karliak
3. James Arnold Taylor
LaMarche's performance is the most similar to Wilder's very charming, classic, and sincere take, so I'm going with him.
Karliak, yeah, he lacks that enthusiasm Wilder had, but he's good too otherwise.
Taylor's spot on to Depp...which sadly puts him last here for me, not that his performance was bad because it's great since that's what he is going for, but I find the Johnny Depp Wonka kind of creepy so...it's more my personal bias here than anything. go to »
Emily O'Brien's emoting is much better and fits the "spoiled brat" nature of Veruca Salt a lot more, imo. The only criticism I can really give is it may be a bit overplayed at times, but I think it fits the character's personality more of the two overall.
Julia Winter's delivery and acting are rather stiff and flat, despite the voice fitting, very average fare to me. go to »
Changing my vote to Yuki Matsuzaki: I don't think anyone but Jim Cummings was off base here (even then, I just felt it was more generic than anything else, but it doesn't feel all that appropriate for a Japanese Rabbit Samurai type character), but Yuki's performance seems the most...authentic...for some reason to me? It has this sense of authority and wisdom to it, while also sounding natural in terms of delivery and acting, imo.
Jason Griffith, fitting voice, but the emoting and delivery is off and stilted.
Townsend Coleman, see above, except a bit breathy rather than having delivery problems- Griffith and Coleman tie for me at second.
Jim Cummings is just...so generic here...really, he may not be the worst in terms of delivery or anything, but I don't picture Usagi hearing that voice at all. go to »
>Andrew Rannells out of retirement in voice over after over a decade
>Veronica Taylor lands a cool recurring role and sounds pretty distinct in it, different from her prior roles
>Darren Dunstan directing the NYC VAs, Sam Riegel directing the LA VAs
I like this casting a lot, it's pretty cool. Veronica Taylor seemed really happy about being a part of this on Twitter, so I'm glad she got a part in this. go to »
When I say #14, I am referring to the aforementioned Victini Movie dub, and I do not recall the particular two days it was in theaters on that note, nor did I see it in them so I wouldn't be aware of that myself. go to »
Rest in peace, Ms. Foray. Your contributions to the world of voice acting will forever be remembered, breathing such life and warmth to various Hanna Barbera characters like Granny, but also showcasing a versatile range in doing countless roles also involving the exact opposite inflection in the form of Magica DeSpell from Ducktales, even in later years of your career.
Chuck Jones is reported to have once said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray," and I can say without any doubt, both yourself, Mel, Daws, and countless others set a standard for voice acting that was very high, also one that many still strive to be achieved to this day because of how well you all did. The impact you left as such, is one that is timeless and will continue to age well. go to »
Not sure just yet: apparently, fans have to contact AnchorBay to get the corrected subs on the Bluray, but I'd say in a few months (as a guess, again, no definitive date has been provided just yet). go to »
I liked her very much as Misty, Jessie, Jessiebelle, Beautifly, Ralts' speaking voice, Jigglypuff, Utena Tenjo, and Mito Freecss: she has a pretty versatile vocal range and it was very cool to see her adjust her pitch properly to various roles and situations. I also actually enjoyed her take on the Pokedex, made for a good female equivalent to Eric Stuart/Nicholas James Tate's male take on it. go to »
[and sorry, I meant continent, not country, but to clarify there are specific countries in the Asian continent nowadays that have to switch to using the dub score for bizarre reasons lately, TPCi has gained some control over a little bit of the region now, too] go to »
Depends on location, really: in most of Asia, TPC Japan still controls the license in those countries. If you live outside of (most of) Asia, then TPCi (and 4Kids before them up until 2001, which is when the former name TPCi went by, PUSA, came into existence then managing all the merchandising etc. thereafter before then dropping Wizards of the Coast for the TCG & 4Kids then TAJ as the dubbing studio later on, then changing their name to TPCi after Pokemon USA merged with Pokemon UK in 2008) have/had jurisdiction on all dubs produced outside the country in terms of the music, edits, and such. In particular, it is almost nearly impossible to find English subbed episodes of OS, AG, or several early DP in Japanese in the Western World (as well as several European countries), and there are zero legal alternatives to the English dub over here for any saga in general of the Anime/Chronicles/Mega Evolution Specials/you get the point (partially because the Pokemon Series in general is targeted towards kids in the end, partially because they don't see a demand for it from the older audience, although there is actually one but they see no need to do so).
Just thought I'd explain what huzaifa's getting at, since as I'm from the Western World, that's more or less how it's been outside of most of Asia for the most part. go to »
I don't always agree with you when it comes to the voice acting in this franchise, but I do agree with you on this one. This is probably my favorite moment from the late Maddie Blaustein as Sabrina's Father: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw94wA5KMvg&t=8m14s
People always say "Oh, she was Meowth!" in the Pokemon franchise, but Maddie had many, many good roles in the Series besides him (albeit he's my favorite from her, too)- she gave Sabrina's Father a very warm, sincere delivery and intelligence in tone. go to »
Excellent as Usopp from One Piece's FUNimation English dub, Krillin as well as Bardock in their Dragonball related material, and Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist's dubs. His performance as Krillin really improved a lot over the years, and over time, he ended up making it his own. go to »
It's no secret I'm not a big fan of the first Movie's English dub, but Goede's performance alone helped make it redeemable due to his extremely professional voice over work as Mewtwo, really encapsulated the character's angst and determination to find his own purpose in life as well as being confused about being superior/inferior to others.
He was also great as Dr. Fuji, really bringing a great wisdom and intelligence to the part.
Really is a pity he didn't try to do more voice over work, he definitely had the acting chops for it and (as usual, when it comes to Pokemon) I agree with the majority of voters on the site that his Mewtwo performance was the best English dub one to date. go to »
It's okay, I can understand your opinion as well, I just don't think Ted is THAT bad as Eusine like some (not just you) are making him out to be, I feel it's more raspy than nasal, but something about his actually emoting is what sells the actual performance, it feels very sincere & genuine to me.
How you feel about Ted's Eusine, is how I feel about Kyle's Eusine, he's one of my favorite performers from Los Angeles pool (I happen to agree with you on Ted Lewis & Eric Stuart being some of my favorite New York performers, we actually have that shared opinion), but Kyle's Eusine take here doesn't do anything for me because the intonation/emoting on his part just...feels so lifeless and stiff, although Generations' portrayal of Eusine in general is just...so off from his game portrayal in dialogue as well, the way he was characterized there just irritates me in general (this video may elaborate on where I'm coming from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv55slTud-0&t=2m48s).
Green is a nice medium between the two, but I don't know, the way Eusine was characterized in Legend of Thunder is by far one of the worst things 4Kids (who I actually think did a fairly good job on the whole with Pokemon, I'll comment on the dub in a few months) ever did with the dub in terms of the writing and direction, plus I've never been one to be very keen on 4Kids giving random British accents to people (it works for Ryo Bakura imo, but I'm really glad they didn't do that with Ted's take in the Anime, as raspy as it can be, although I don't hear a nasal tone at all, but again different people hear things differently & I respect that nonetheless).
Each to their own as it were, thanks for at least being polite here, I can appreciate your opinion now that you elaborated a bit more on your stance. go to »
Erica's impression of Kayzie Rogers is hit-or-miss for me in the Sun & Moon dub as well, he does sound like he has a cold now sometimes, but sometimes he sounds okay as well. JJM, on the other hand...I have nothing good to say, so as they say, when you can't say something nice, don't say it at all. go to »
The man has a great vocal range and versatility, it can't be denied, and generally he puts out pretty solid voice over work for the majority of roles he's portrayed- like Johnny Yong Bosch, I think he's one of the best voice actors in the LA talent pool, imo. I find it very cool how he actually got his start in the Radio Disney industry as a disk jockey before he began his voice over career in Texas with FUNimation- humble beginnings to becoming one of the most renowned voice artists in the industry, for good reason.
My favorite roles from him would have to be:
1) Gohan (Dragonball Z Kai)
2) Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
3) Kiba Inuzuka (Naruto)
4) Ryu (Street Fighter)
5) Atomic Samurai (One Punch Man)
6) Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
7) Pikkon (Dragonball Z)
8) Fritz Vardemann (Monster)
9) Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies- Spirit of Justice)
10) Godfrey (Sword Art Online) go to »
True, but I guess I should've clarified that I meant that KMR didn't just use his standard voice for many roles he plays for this one, and tried to distinguish it/vary it up, my mistake. go to »
RIP, Adam West: he was the original Batman in Animation, and while it's true that he was classic in the role bringing lots of fun to it, his performance is often not credited for the sheer love & passion he brought to it, either- he set a really good standard for his successors.
I also thought he was pretty funny as the narrator of Johnny Bravo, great as Thomas Wayne, and his Mayor of Quahog performance in Family Guy was always full of personality with the character's eccentric, yet quirky personality. go to »
They didn't mess around as much with Kaiba's dialogue in this Movie as often as they normally do, thankfully. He still has sarcastic quips like in the old 4Kids dub, but they're a lot more limited in scope. Your theory checks out, though, imo. go to »
As for my actual thoughts on the dub through all its years, I'm waiting until conditions are favorable for me to speak my mind on what I believe is the truth, and is starting to appear to me was a completely valid opinion of mine even when I was just a child, all along. go to »
But in all seriousness, the music replacement has gotten pretty ridiculous these days, there's like 85% of the OST replaced on average, and at times >90% is changed per episode. I wouldn't mind that much if the dub music was listenable, but it's really poorly placed and goofy most of the time imo. go to »
A friend of mine plays Duel Links and she managed to get a screenshot of the credits, so it appears it is Sam Riegel (according to her he used a pseudonym "Sam Regal" here) as well as Eric Stuart as Para & Dox.
Here's confirmation from the credits list:
It'd be great if whoever manages this page can add these two characters to the roster whenever it's possible. Thanks in advance, if so! go to »
It sounds like Eric's rendition of the character in Yu-Gi-Oh GX to me a bit, just a bit more polished up and less forced here, imo (one of his gruffer registrar voices). But, again I could be wrong on both his and Sam's cases, I'd just would like to see Para & Dox added to the roster if it's possible in the future. :) go to »
It appears the Paradox Brothers make a return in this game at some point: I believe it's Sam Riegel reprising as Para, while Eric Stuart is reprising as Dox- feel free to check, and I could be completely wrong, but just felt like sharing this so they could be added to the character roster. go to »
I agree on Maddie & Nathan, but very much disagree on Cathcart: in fact, I think he started out better than the terrible performance he puts on now. The "Dig it," "Lugs," "Oy vey," "Mugs," "Word up," and various other pieces of his (frankly horrid) dialogue for the character certainly make my issues with his take worse (this all began during DP's dub, hasn't gone away since then either), but his voice has gotten increasingly gruff, raspy, and overly deep with time, making for an extremely sharp contrast between the other two English VAs, as well as his often high-pitched, scratchy seiyu- the vocal dissonance is too extreme to not note, imo. At least when he began, we didn't have this slang issue with his dialogue & his impersonation of Blaustein was a bit higher as well as closer in pitch than it is now. go to »
Frankly, I agree with you, and this isn't even my favorite Movie dub (or dub in general) from 4Kids/4KMedia- the last 5 Pokemon Movie dubs in a row they did, had better treatment than this Movie's dub did (and kept the Japanese OST tracks, to boot).
That isn't to say I disliked this Movie's dub, I felt it was an average effort to a slightly above average effort (and I think Eric Stuart really redeemed himself as Kaiba here) which is fantastic for Yu-Gi-Oh dub standards, but it absolutely could've been much better. go to »
He nails Eusine's characterization to me- his performance showcased a confused, agitated, intelligent yet obsessive person who longs to catch Suicune at any cost, but one who is also wise beyond his years, well versed, and captures both the arrogant and sincere parts of the character: incredibly well rounded and complex take, one I feel, isn't given enough credit at all lately (to be fair, the clip doesn't do his performance justice). While his voice was a bit raspy, I think that made it sound unique & I'm honestly glad he didn't use Ryo Bakura's dub voice, which frankly would've made me laugh at how overly polite & soft it would've been.
2. Dan Green
It's cool that Dan used a different voice from his usual repertoire here, and to his credit, I agree he does capture the elegant, regal gentleman part of the actual voice best, but I feel his acting, while good, makes Eusine come off as rather snooty and holier than thou at times. While Eusine can be arrogant, it's only because he has a code of honor he abides by to catch Suicune, but here he sounds like he's getting prissy over someone merely touching his cape/dress.
3. Kyle Hebert
I normally love his work, but I found myself underwhelmed with his rendition of Eusine: his acting is honestly the most stiff and monotone of the group, but to be fair, I can understand a more solemn take on this serious character. My primary issue with his take is how generic and nondescript the voice itself is- nothing about it is distinct at all, and it sounds like Aizen is narrating a story to me, rather than Eusine reflecting on the legendary beasts' plight. go to »
I'm just amazed how forced he sounds in the part, honestly: Matthew Mercer is a great voice actor, but I feel like the direction wasn't on his side here- it could very well be the lack of material, but I felt he could do better here. go to »
I'm not really ecstatic over Erica's Mai Valentine either, so that might be the case why I'm not amazed by it: again, I don't hate it, but nothing that I feel truly fits the character, if that makes sense. go to »
I'll admit 4Kids and rice balls gets a laugh out of me to this day, and this is no exception:
They had such a love-hate relationship with them in a lot of their dubs: sometimes, they'd keep them, and other times they'd do this. Ironically, Pokemon & One Piece were the only two English dubs 4Kids did to ever name rice balls correctly (Pokemon at several points, despite the jelly donuts/eclairs/rolling sandwiches incidents as well- One Piece, Usopp & Luffy were playing with them, even if the latter dub always makes me cringe). go to »
Out of all the old Saban dub voices in their Digimon Adventure 01 Series dub, I always thought his Joe was one of the strongest performances, and I think I missed his presence most in the Digimon Tri dub (not to say Robbie Daymond was bad per se in the role, but I didn't find it as fitting, so to speak).
But my favorite role from him was definitely Kisuke Urahara from Bleach: I never expected he could make such a sly, but cunning shop owner and former Soul Society Soul Reaper Leader character so memorable: he made him sound like a wise but lazy mentor to Ichigo, was very cool.
I also find it humorously ironic that he voiced a character named Shinichiro, since Kisuke Urahara's seiyu in Japanese is also Kojiro's (James') seiyu in Pokemon, Shinichiro Miki, but he was good in that role as well. go to »
My favorite role from him is Pegasus, personally: I always found his performance very close to the Japanese seiyu's and the slight flamboyance in sillier moments with his take reminded me a lot of Eric Stuart's James performance (which I've found people often confuse the two VAs for each other on YouTube due to the vocal similarities between their renditions of the respective characters).
My second favorite was actually Mr. Sukizo: for a character who was a man of few words, he really made the character entertaining with his wise, yet goofy, delivery and tone. Someone else said it before, but I thought his performance was quite "remarkable" in the part.
I also thought he did a pretty good job as Ash's Swellow during 4Kids' run with Pokemon AG, too. go to »
They could recast that part to Erica Schroeder too, but who knows, or they may get Michele Knotz to do it (she filled in for her as Mime Jr during Kayzie's Season 10's interim period of absence, IIRC). I really have no clue, honestly.
Erica Schroeder's take is okay, but I find her Wobbuffet voice is a bit deeper than Kayzie Rogers' take, so I preferred the former's take. That being said, Kayzie left of her own volition here, so this isn't like previous recasts in the franchise where many people were very coldly tossed out of the Series, for keeps, so I'm not too bothered by this. go to »
I can't stand the Arc V dub, and even I agree with this, his performance really stands out to me as the character- it's the only dub voice I generally liked (save for recurring characters from previous Yu-Gi-Oh Series) in what little I've seen of it. go to »
I'm also surprised 4KMedia/Konami got Karen Neill back as Ishizu, she hasn't done voice over work in a while, but it's nice they did that as well. Amy Birnbaum hasn't done work in a while, either, save for the recent Movie dub either, so also cool to see her back here.
I do sort of wish Megan Hollingshead got to reprise Mai (but I don't dislike Erica Schroeder's take, she's a pretty good substitute here like she was for Nurse Joy in Pokemon), but hey, they got most of the original English dub team back.
As for Weevil and Mako, well, Andrew Rannells retired a while back but I will say he did a good job as the latter & as for the former, while I thought Weevil was one of JCC's better roles (not really a fan of his current work since he jettisoned from 4KMedia more than a decade ago), I'm really impressed with BBT's performance here.
I'm most happy about Dan Green & Eric Stuart being back, the former has had a pretty tragic last several years with losing his wife, with the latter essentially having a complete drought of work since he lost two of his most major roles in his career a decade ago (glad he got to reprise Gourry, though, I find that his most underrated role). Wayne Grayson, he still got plenty of work the last several years, but it's nice to see him back as Joey regardless. go to »
Michel Rosenbaum really captured Wally's personality to a tee, in how Flash often likes to joke around, flirt with girls, but he's also a very loyal person to his comrades and will fight for what's right in the end: Michael makes him sound fairly witty, too.
Save for Chris Edgerly, everyone else is fairly serviceable, too. go to »
Jason Douglas best captures King Cold's very regal, yet authoritative, and back stabbing nature: it's nice to be able to take King Cold seriously in the dub while hearing a pleasant voice coming out of the character.
Brad M Jackson...is much better as Oolong than as King Cold...for its time, it was at least hilariously entertainment, but in hindsight he's very flamboyant and goofy in the part for my taste.
Michael Dobson is...very generic thug like as King Cold, bad direction here for him- seems miscast. go to »
Steven Susskind's performance seemed to be more well rounded to me: he sounds...well, kind in the clip, but in the Series, he demonstrated a very manic edge to his take later on, actually.
Phil LaMarr sounds very elegant, menacing, and very booming as Maxie, but he sounds a bit forced.
Both work, but I actually find the late Steve to be more fitting as his putting on of a kind facade only to then show his true colors as the character shortly afterwards demonstrated more of a subtlety to his performance. go to »
Not only does his take on Ace the Bat hound has the same kind of straight edge, calm delivery that his owner Batman does, but also makes Ace full of energy & personality at the same time- very entertaining.
2. Diedrich Bader
He's serviceable, but his performance is...just a variation of his Batman again, really, a tad generic in comparison. go to »
It really depends on whether you're looking for a more menacing performance for Sportsmaster, which is what Nick Chinlund's rendition seems to go for, or a more fun-loving and cocky take on Sportsmaster, which is Thomas F Wilson's rendition of the take.
I'll call it a tie since they both work very well for their respective takes on the character. go to »
1. Billy West
2. J Shannon Weaver
3. Roger Craig Smith
4. Ross Douglas
Billy West's performance is a bit similar to his Philip J Fry in terms of the pitch used, but the inflection is very different in making Skeets sound very endearing, goofy, yet also consoling at the same time, with a more robotic tone used here, which fits Skeets nicely.
I think J Shannon Weaver gives Skeets a good dose of personality and encouraging tone here, really, solid fit for the part in the end.
Roger Craig Smith is good as Skeets, making him sound very enthusiastic and fun, but it's a bit overplayed at times.
Ross is okay, decent fit, but I feel he's a bit generic in comparison to the others at times. go to »
My ideal Flint would be Eric's deeper voice with Ted's natural acting, but we don't have that, sadly.
Still, I liked both of them in different ways, but I totally respect your opinion nonetheless- I appreciate that you elaborated on your thoughts, though, really helps me appreciate your stance on things. go to »
Trevor has a bit more charisma with his slightly more energetic take on Ikaris for me, but Wally Wingert does make him sound intelligent at the same time...I'll go with Trevor here, but it's close. go to »
I'm sticking with Ted Lewis, really, he makes Giovanni sound very eloquent, dignified, but yet also very merciless and cunning all at the same time. Here's a better example of his performance, though, I must say it's impressive how boss-like he sounds:
Of the other three, Jamieson Price is the only one who I feel doesn't come off as either completely wooden or stiff in the part (context or no context, I feel Richard Epcar frankly can do much better than this rather rigid take- his Myotismon voice would've absolutely fit the part more, as it's also considerably less gruff/more smooth) or an almost caricatured hit and miss impression of Lewis' performance (Craig Blair), but I just find the accent Ted's has to make him stand out a bit more from the crowd. Price would be my second favorite, though, it's a close call between Price & Lewis in the end to me. go to »
I can see your point, but I think Eric has the right idea in making Flint sound a bit older with a gruffer, deeper voice while on the other hand, Ted has a natural tone, sure, but I feel like he sounds a bit too young to match the design & build for the part. Either way, I'm fine with either of them, it's just Rodger that stands out to me as having a weak performance here. go to »
Sean Donnellan's take on Elongated Man fits the professional detective and heroic aspects more, but Jeremy Piven's has more of an interesting attitude at the same time...I sort of prefer Sean Donnellan's, though. go to »
I feel like the surfer dude accent Gregg does in this case actually makes Hunter sound pretty friendly, to be honest, but that's just me. Jess does have better delivery, to be fair, but the voice doesn't click with me as much. go to »
I prefer David Sobolov's more deep and subtle, intelligent take on Blackheart.
Jaimz Woolvett's take is hard to hear under all those sound effects, but he does sound really intimidating and scary for what little I can make out of his take, so I find him decent in the part. go to »
Pretty cool and intimidating voice from Steve Blum here, but I actually really like Liam O'Brien's more sympathetic take here...it's a tie for me since both of them have strengths & weaknesses here. go to »
His performance is a lot more subtlety dark and mysterious as Taurus, almost chilling at times.
2. Roger Craig Smith
His take is decent, playing up the more manic and unhinged aspect of Taurus, but I oddly feel his take is a bit too high pitched for a character of this build (still, it's a unique voice from Roger, so I give him credit for that). go to »
Wally Wingert sounds a lot more natural and laid back as Yellow Jacket to me, but I do think Sam Vincent has a really cool voice here that is unique to come from him at the same time, so I like both actor's perfromance as the character.
I'd have to get the edge to Wally, but Sam's also pretty good, nonetheless. go to »
While Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is the most distinctive in the role as Motoko Kusanagi really capturing the character's nature...I would also say Elizabeth Maxwell really humanized the role as PurpleWarrior13 put it, so she'd be my second favorite of the group.
The other three didn't really leave much of an impression on me...in particular, Mimi Woods, who was a bit too flat and lifeless at times & while Andrea Kwan's take has more energy, the quality of the audio recording makes her take reverb a bit too much.
As for Alison Mathews' take, I felt it was okay, but a bit too low at times. go to »
Crispin Freeman's got a very mysterious, whispery like delivery to his take on Togusa and really gives the role such a presence and weight to his intelligent nature.
2. Trevor Devall
Very similar to Crispin Freeman's take in delivery as well as timbre, but a bit lower toned and deeper- still, very good take.
3. Christopher Joyce
He was decent as Togusa, but just a bit too plain and generic at times.
4. Darren Pleavin
I thought his performance was shockingly tolerable for an Animax English dub as Togusa, but I felt he sounded a bit too normal in comparison to the other three, and the quality of the audio recording made his performance reverb/echo a bit much. go to »
His more quiet, whispery like delivery for The Laughing Man really fits the character's antagonism nicely: it's a bit similar to some of his other performances, sure, but his inflections sell the mysterious nature of the character nicely.
2. Michael Adamthwaite
I felt his take on The Laughing Man was decent, but just a bit plainly voiced and stiff at times, in comparison. go to »
While it's true that the voice has some similarities to the one he used for King Muscle in the Ultimate Muscle dub, the performance he did really does match the character's eccentric yet kind nature most, overall. Flint, by this point in the Series, is basically a father like figure to Brock & his siblings who has become more laid back and wants his wife Lola's affection, more than anyone else's.
Eric managed to instill Flint here with a great range of emotions, being silly, serious, stern, and so forth, but also brought out the character's very determined and passionate nature nicely: it has a lot of character to it. He also sounds like a middle aged Brock here for the most part, so it's really a pretty fitting performance for Brock's father, in the end (Flint's seiyu also happens to have a very deep voice, so here's an example of 4Kids getting a casting choice right).
2. Ted Lewis
I liked this performance because it gives some humanity & depth to Flint, but I must say in hindsight, he really sounds a bit raspy and strained at times in terms of the voice he used. His performance is still good, though, Ted did convey wisdom with his performance and made Flint a memorable character, but I didn't find him sounding nearly as age appropriate as Eric, and his "a-ha-ha" laugh comes off as somewhat fake (funny, yes, but I don't find it genuine).
3. Rodger Parsons
I didn't like this performance, because not only was his delivery extremely forced and stilted at times, but Rodger seemed to struggle to emote without coming off as stiff at times. To me, it proves decent casting means nothing, if you can't direct an actor properly: he was easily the weakest of the three in the part, no questions asked, for me. go to »
I wouldn't know because I haven't kept up with Martin's Yu-Gi-Oh TAS parody or his friends' parody of Dragonball via TFS in a while, but that's cool, although that wasn't really my point.
Yup, and also true for TFS- they're supposed to be for intentional comedic purposes and entertainment. KaiserNeko in the Dragonball fandom also frowned on some Abridged fans disregarding the Ocean/FUNi dub casts for the Series. go to »
To be fair, JCC's acting is good as Weevil, but the voice is what I find grating to listen to at times (although I think it's one of his better roles in his career). I still preferred it to what Brian Zimmerman ended up going with, though.
On the other subject, Martin Billany aka LK, his Weevil & Rex takes are pretty much Beavis & Butthead parody like vocal renditions for intentional humor, but I can't even begin to express how inappropriate it is to compare his Abridged parody voices to the actual English dub VAs here, so I agree with that. Even LK had this to say recently on the subject:
https://twitter.com/yugiohtas/status/827987354832891905 go to »
If I had to pick a weak link in the old 4Kids Yu-Gi-Oh casting, it's gotta be JCC's Weevil: having said that, I will admit that I do find his take still fits more than the Odex equivalent in Brian Zimmerman for me, and I much prefer it to his TPCi Pokemon-related work (save for Gary). go to »
I actually find JCC to be very annoying as Weevil in hindsight: it's screechy, raspy and just all around extremely forced to me, IMO (I voted for him because of the two, I find his the lesser evil, but in no way do I think it's an "A" level performance, more like a "C" for me). Brian Zimmerman's Igor like take manages to be even more ill fitting, though, I don't like either of these performances- a rare case where both 4Kids & Odex misfired entirely on a character, IMO.
Billy Bob Thompson's take on Weevil in Duel Links is like a clearer, less screechy, less raspy & less forced JCC like take, so like I said, I'd change votes to him if he's added in the future (doubtful). But if anyone is "THE voice" of Weevil/Haga to me, it's Urara Takano, not JCC. go to »
I actually really liked her Nurse Joy, too, easily the best substitute for Megan Hollingshead 4Kids could've chosen at the time in the Hoenn/Early BF Seasons (and probably my second favorite English VA for that character, too).
I guess my favorite role from her is ironically Blaze the Cat, though, strange considering how low an opinion I have of that Era of Sonic personally. go to »
Christina Lange has the most age appropriate voice for a little girl and her delivery is the most consistent as well, really, strongest performance here (to me).
Tajja Isen's acting is good, but she makes Sister Bear sound too old, while Garbiela Glatzer has an age appropriate voice, but she has very strained and forced deliveries at times, pros/cons to both of their takes. go to »
Neil Flynn has/had a much bigger range than I'd have given him credit for in the past: XR in Buzz Lightyear of Starcommand, Skid McMarx & WaterWorker/Plumber in Ratchet & Clank, etc. His voices were always really cool to listen to, IMO. go to »
That's actually really cool. While I didn't think too highly of her performance here (although to be fair, I was very underwhelmed & disappointed with a majority of the voice acting in Generations' dub, save for a few standout performances), it is nice that Beau's granddaughter landed a role for herself. go to »
Well, that's up to opinion, of course: I can somewhat see that point, but I guess I just feel Kelsey Grammer's rendition is easier to take more seriously when the character becomes threatening. go to »
1. David Mendenhall
2. Michael Cera
3. Knowl Johnson
4. Jonathan Lewis
Jonathan Lewis and Knowl Johnson are a bit too effeminate at times, but at least they're putting forth genuine efforts and are decent enough for Brother Bear: between the two, Knowl Johnson is a bit more consistent with his performance.
David Mendenhall fits Brother Bear pretty much perfectly, really, I don't have anything bad to sound about his performance: it's age appropriate in pitch, it's well acted & performed, etc.
Michael Cera's take is masculine enough, but he sounds a bit forced whenever Brother Bear has to emote: still, a pretty good fit for the part. go to »
"When do you think a person dies? When a bullet from a pistol pierces his heart? No. When he's attacked by an incurable disease? No. When he eats a soup of deadly poisonous mushrooms? No! A man...dies when people forget him."
Love that quote, the clip couldn't have been chosen any better for him here, and needless to say, my vote goes to Mark Stoddard: he infused such a warmth, wisdom, and life into Dr. Hiriluk that made him both a father figure to Chopper as well as a wise elder teaching his pupil the harsh reality of life.
Frank Guida's voice is actually surprisingly good for the part, but he talks far too slowly in terms of his delivery, although I think he did a solid performance overall (especially considering the production it's coming from): additionally, considering how terribly written the script was in the 4Kids dub of One Piece most of the time, they actually wrote the dialogue decently here, without any stupid lines at all (I'm taking pity here, really, it's still not entirely the right message but at least there's nothing inherently dumb in that clip that's being said).
Paul Pistore's delivery is far too fast paced, and his performance seems a bit forced...a distant third here, to me, just okay. go to »
Tracy W Bush has a pretty cool raspy voice, and he does sound like a criminal mastermind, but something about his tone is overdone to me and is a bit loud. His performance is average/decent in my eyes, but it's nothing that stands out to me.
I really like Jason Spisak and Armin Shimerman's performances, though, they both handle the criminal mastermind aspect well, but in a more subtle and discreet manner. Jason sounds more sadistic and suave in terms of his timbre, while Armin Shimerman sounds clever, calm, and pretty smooth in the role.
Between those two, I slightly prefer Armin Shimerman's performance, though: something about his performance is very naturally acted to me. go to »
1. Robbie Daymond
2. Vincent Corazza
3. Rino Romano
4. Toby Proctor
No issue with Rino Romano or Vincent Corazza's performances, they're both pretty good (between those two, I prefer Vincent's take since it's more consistent in both forms), but Robbie Daymond has really grown on me for some reason- I agree with Autovolt that he has a really heroic, passionate, intelligent vibe to both of his performances as Tuxedo Mask and Mamoru Chiba, easily one of the strongest performances in the recent Viz dub of the Series.
Toby Proctor sounds like a completely obnoxious dork to me in Mamoru form, unfortunately, easily the weakest of the group- he sounded decent as Tuxedo Mask, though, for what it's worth. go to »
I genuinely like all three of them, actually, but in different ways:
Treat Williams has an intelligent delivery to his Dr. Achilles Milo's performance, coming off as very knowledgeable, but his sadism is hidden underneath, evidenced by the end of the clip.
Dee Bradley Baker has the most unhinged, sadistic performance with his Dr. Achilles Milo's take, sounding very vengeful and delighted to be excited with his madness.
Armin Shimerman's performance has something that falls in between the other two actor's takes, and I feel he has the most well rounded take here encapsulating the character's sadistic madness but also his rather intelligent, calm demeanor on the surface, so my vote goes to him. go to »
It will forever blow my mind Phil LaMarr here, played both the shy Virgil Hawkins, rather laid back Static Shock incarnation of that role, and the boisterous, courageous John Stewart Green Lantern as well: it goes to show just how good Phil is at inflection- not only can he change the timbre of his voice to suit the age of a role appropriately, but his deliveries are completely different to boot. Needless to say, his reputation as one of the best modern day voice actors in the industry, is very well warranted.
Anyway, my vote's going to Phil LaMarr on this one, but I do like how Kevin Michael Richardson sounds the polar opposite extreme of his Drek performance from Ratchet & Clank, despite using a similar voice, but inflecting that performance in a heroic, positive vibe, rather than an evil, villainous one.
Michael Jai White's a bit lighter than the other two in timbre, but he's just as effective in giving off the same intelligent, calm vibe with his John Stewart Green Lantern portrayal at the same time: very impressive.
Ken Thomas' voice is decent, but his delivery lacks enthusiasm and energy, not quite enough presence to it.
Roger Cross is...okay...but somewhat generic and bland, though. go to »
I had always thought he had done a remarkable job as Sengoku in the FUNimation One Piece dub, King Bradley in the Fullmetal Alchemist dub, and I even found his bit part as Mr. Iwamoto in FUNimation's Yu-Yu Hakusho dub fun to listen to. go to »
1) Kazuma Kuwabara (Yu Yu Hakusho)
2) Vegeta (Dragonball Z Kai)
3) Piccolo (Dragonball Z Kai)
4) Alex Louis Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist)
5) All Might (My Hero Academia)
6) Elfmann Strauss (Fairy Tail)
7) Raizen (Yu Yu Hakusho)
8) King Piccolo (Dragonball)
9) Rome (Hetalia)
10) Shinogi Kosho (Baki The Grappler)
It's rather impressive how far Chris Sabat came over the years, starting out as a fledgling voice actor with practically nothing to his name, to one of the most renowned Anime voice actors in the industry. His voice acting has generally come a long way from his older Dragonball Z days- he sounds far more natural and less forced than he did back then, and considerably less gravelly with his deeper registrar roles (Piccolo being a perfect example of this).
Keep up the great work, Mr. Sabat, it's been a pleasure to watch your VO career grow over the years & evolve over time. go to »
While I must concede I was honestly not big on her doing little boy voices for the most part, it cannot be denied that Kayzie did have a very broad vocal range, and a lot of people (myself included) did enjoy her Wobbuffet performance for the 16 years she did the role in the English dub (from EP146/mid-Johto to XY140/XYZ).
Beyond that, however, I was impressed to learn the same voice actress voiced Pokemon like Cyndaquil, Totodile, Axew, Mime Jr. etc. at the same time, and she was pretty good at voicing elderly women & a good Professor Ivy during the Orange Archipelago Arc of the Anime (Orange Islands).
Regardless of whether her retirement is permanent or not this time, I will still pay my respects to her, and thank her for her years of service in the Pokemon Series. Thanks for the work you did, Kayzie Rogers. go to »
From Pokemon, specifically the Sun & Moon dub, Kayzie apparently retired after voicing "Mimey" (Delia's Mr. Mime) one last time in the first episode of it. Her successor is Erica Schroeder as Wobbuffet in the English dub, as a result of this.
She also sort of retired back during DP Season 1's dub (Season 10) after Max left the Series during Season 9 (Battle Frontier), and then came back in DP Season 2's dub (Season 11/Battle Dimension), so I'm not sure if it's for keeps, but still...during that time, TAJ Productions used stock Archive audio of her performance for Wobbuffet, but since DuArt Film & Video does the dub now, it's unlikely that will occur again. go to »
That's fine, and I don't intend to sway anyone's opinion, everyone has one that's worth respecting in the end- appreciate that you explained your reasoning for your choice, though. go to »
Well, the thing is, often times a more distinct, unique voice from an actor/actress can often help make their performance stand out a bit more from the crowd, whereas when you hear a similar portrayal from other roles the actor has done for another character, it can get a bit distracting because it's hard to picture one character as another character, at times. And this is absolutely not limited to JYB at all, that being said, but I can absolutely see where the criticism comes from in this regard.
I think your analysis is on point, really, that's what I've been observing as well. go to »
I found a pretty interesting comparison video someone made between the 2002 Ratchet & Clank Game and the 2016 Ratchet & Clank Reboot here:
I don't agree with all their points, but some are pretty valid, especially the ones about the music not being as memorable, and the nonstop taking in the game in particular, wasn't quite as effective as the silence in combat mode in the old game.
Still, I thought it was a cool plot twist they did at the end with Dr. Nefarious turning Drek into a sheep betraying him here, actually, and the whole Galactic Rangers thing was somewhat interesting. It's not a bad reboot to me, I've seen other franchises handle it far worse, but it could've been better. go to »
I tend to agree with you when it comes to this franchise, and I have to agree, this is also the best R&C game overall so far to me as well- really nice way to wrap up the Future Trilogy ("Into the Nexus" served as more of an Epilogue, although I would've rather seen that continued than a reboot, but alas). go to »
I actually strongly preferred Kevin Michael Richardson as Drek, despite it being a similar voice to Gantu's, because his delivery really sold the performance of a crazed businessman trying to make himself rich by any means necessary, even it it meant destroying other planets in the process.
Paul Giamatti was alright, but it just felt like he was a tad light and generic in comparison. go to »
I actually agree with the comments here, really, Chad Einbinder fits the laid back, cool resort owner Felton Razz's personality & character a lot more.
Fred Tatasciore's take is a bit gruff and deep in comparison, as well as rather plain: I do like that Ratchet 2016 did something new with Felton by changing him up a bit as a character, but Fred's performance doesn't stand out to me as much as Chad's did. go to »
David Kaye's performance definitely fits the nerdy, more intelligent, reserved scientist design, and personality, of the Blarg Scientist here. It's also a good example of how much range Kaye has as an actor, as well.
Scott Whyte's take is...pretty generic and bland in comparison, really, it doesn't stand out nearly as much, although I guess it's decent enough on its own. go to »
If we were going off just the "Going Commando" game clip here, I would've instantly picked Kelley, as Taylor sounded generic and plain at the start, whereas Kelley gave Ratchet a voice more befitting the uncommon hero with a self-centered behavior streak turned more caring as the first game progressed, but...
James Arnold Taylor really grew into the role over time and made it his own as time passed, and he manages to make Ratchet seem considerably nicer and more humble, which fits well with his portrayal in later games- the voice also became less generic, and turned into a much more wise, experienced hero sort of rendition of Ratchet, with goofy moments at times. Taylor's later Ratchet portrayal works perfectly for the more mature, less self-centered Ratchet that's emerged in later incarnations of the character.
So I'm voting for James Arnold Taylor here since I think he's managed to capture Ratchet's personality best with his portrayal, but I thought Mikey Kelley was decent as well, if a bit more forced & abrasive at times. go to »
I would've actually gone with Dan Green, oddly enough, baffles me they had him & didn't use him for the role (but then, this is the same company who has made plenty of other questionable decisions, none of which were for the better at this point IMHO). That's a good choice, though. go to »
She had to have been the perfect English dub voice actress to voice Max/Masato in Pokemon: was really glad that she didn't stereotype on his appearance, and 4Kids gave him a voice that was age appropriate, as well as perfectly fitting of his character. Even Dogasu (famous Pokemon dub critic) said he actually liked Max's 4Kids dub voice better than his seiyu's voice in the Original Japanese Version (personally, I actually found Amy Birnbaum and Yamada Fushigi's performances as the character both to be on even ground & very, very similar).
Amy was also very good as Tea/Anzu in the Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters dub, too, really captured the character's caring/compassionate and feisty nature very well.
As for the other performances I found to be very solid from her, well, CelestialOuroboros' list says it all, but the former two come to mind the most, when I think of her. go to »
Mayo Suzukaze fits Kenshin perfectly in the Original Japanese Version, but when it comes to the English dub, Richard Cansino is probably the best male equivalent they could've gone with- like Sean Schemmel proved with (Son) Goku, Richard Cansino also proved an equally valid but different performance could work well for Kenshin Himura.
Richard could make Kenshin sound comedic, laid back, reserved, funny, but also serious, warrior-like, cold, distant, etc. A very well rounded performance, all in all, and one that suits the role very well- he was good to begin with in the Sony dub, only improving even further in the Bang Zoom dub.
J Shannon Weaver did alright, but he has points where his acting is extremely flat and stiff, in comparison.
I will say it would've been interesting to see a female actress do the role in the dub, though. go to »
I don't like to bash 4Kids since they're defunct and all now, plus they don't dub anything save for the Yu-Gi-Oh Series at this point as "4KMedia" under Konami, but...I feel Sonic X was one of the worst dubs the company ever did, and I also think the voice cast was also one of the poorer ones to come from the company, as well. If it weren't for One Piece, this would be my least favorite dub to come from the company, bar none.
My opinion on the dub is the following...
The dub intro is pretty catchy, actually, I was perfectly fine with that much- not great, but not terrible, either.
The script, however...is an absolute mess, really, so much was mistranslated, there's heavy editing as with the Yu-Gi-Oh dubs as well, OST is changed, etc.
At the time, Jason Griffith was just a fledgling voice actor, and his acting skills were honestly pretty poor- he couldn't emote well, with a very stilted and over-the-top delivery to boot, more or less imitating Ryan Drummond to varying degrees of success and failure. This is most evident in his Sonic performance. However, I do think his Shadow was less awkward to listen to, though he had the opposite issue there, where he was too flat at times. I do think his Sonic is better here than in Sonic '06, though, although that applies to every cast member.
Kathleen Delaney's Rouge is both age inappropriate as well as monotone in terms of acting, Lisa Ortiz's Amy voice is somewhat akin to her Lina Inverse voice, but made considerably more nasal, Dan Green's Knuckles is far too deep and gruff for my taste here, and really, I could complain all day, but you get the point. The acting was a notable step down here from what the Adventures Sonic cast had done prior to this cast's work, to me.
There are two dub voices I did like, however: Suzanne Goldish's Chris was well done, as was Mike Pollock's Eggman, both delivered pretty good and solid performances, so it's not entirely without some decency....but Sonic X is an Anime that should be watched in Japanese overall, although I won't lie, Chris Thorndyke is somewhat of a jerk at times in that Version as well, so it also has its issues. go to »
I have...rather mixed feelings about the Kirby dub...many conflicting negative & positive thoughts...definitely not one of the better dubs 4Kids did, but it's not one of the worse ones, either, falls firmly in the "So OK, it's meh" bin for me.
In all seriousness, I think Andrew Rannells was (and is) a much, much better voice actor and stage/live action TV performer than he is a voice director- I didn't like his direction in the Sonic X dub at all, and I didn't like it here, either. Andrew has talent, but it sure wasn't shown here, if you ask me.
Well, to address my criticisms:
- I don't like that Meta Knight has a random Spanish accent, although I will admit it's a unique voice to come from Stuart compared to his usual repertoire, but it screams Antonio Banderas' imitation to me way too much.
- I don't like that Dedede has a random Texan accent, either (though to be fair to Lewis, like with Stuart before him, it is a unique voice so I do like that much about it).
- I don't like Tuff's elderly woman with a cold imitates a child voiceover (later reused for Max in a certain other Series, was just as completely unfitting there to me- easily the poorest dub voice in the whole cast for me here).
- I don't like Knuckle Joe's punk-y dub voice (however, this was perhaps the best role I've heard from Kevin Kolack in his career, so I will cut him a break here).
- I don't like that the OST was all replaced (the norm for the majority of 4Kids, Saban, DiC, Nelvana, TPCi etc. dubs, so that's not a surprise).
- I don't like that they cut a few scenes out, either (though they were mainly fan service, so I can understand that much, I tend to be more forgiving than most on the censorship side of things).
- Chef Kawasaki is by far the weirdest, completely out of there voice I've heard from the late (and great) Maddie Blaustein, it's humorous, but I do not feel the performance can be taken seriously most of the time.
That being said...
- I do like that 4Kids kept a few of the Japanese voices intact from the Original Version, and when they didn't use Amy Birnbaum's Kirby voice (which I do think is good, actually), the seiyu's voice was retained.
- I do like Ted Lewis' rendition of Escargoo and I think Kerry Williams' Tiff is the strongest dub voice in the cast, very close to her seiyu's rendition.
- Dan Green's voice for Customer Service is pretty good, even though it's a bit too similar to other roles he's done in his career at times.
- I do like Maddie Blaustein's Waddle Doo voice & Eric Stuart's Blade Knight voices, actually, much better than their Chef Kawasaki and Meta Knight voices, if you ask me.
- Since the show is over the top in the source material, wacky, zany, you name it, it worked quite well for 4Kids' hammy nature, in that the scripting was average fare- some times, it went way off base, but other times it was decent.
- The dub does capture the spirit of the original's wacky nature to a certain extent.
Overall, I don't have a high opinion of the dub, or a low opinion either- honestly, the same can be said of the show itself, really. go to »
4Kids actually did a good job dubbing Dinosaur King, surprisingly, it was one of their most faithful adaptations- I'd say it was their second best dub objectively speaking, really.
They left a lot of silent moments intact (the only other dubs the company has produced that don't have wall-to-wall music in them were Pokemon Movies 4-8, ironically Pokemon Chronicles did at points despite how questionable that particular dub's quality is, and the three Yu-Gi-Oh! Movies that got releases) and some of the OST was kept as well consistently. The script was mostly faithfully translated, though there's the usual random rewrites in there nonetheless at times, and the voice cast was pretty good at their parts (it was nice to hear Veronica Taylor's AG Ash voice for the main protagonist Max Taylor again, too).
The show itself has pretty bad CGI, though, but at least 4Kids didn't do their usual bad-awful job handling it like most of the dubs they produce. go to »
In terms of acting, Kelly Sheridan's performance seems a lot less stiff & more natural to me, almost gentle as well as sweet at times, but the voice has somewhat of a valley girl inflection to it at points.
In terms of the voice used, Brett Walter's take seems to lend itself well to sounding more like a serious fighter and stern depiction of Sersi, but her acting is rather rigid and flat at points.
It's really tough like Starscreamsfan said to pick one here so I'd call it a tie overall, but if I had to pick one of them...Kelly Sheridan slightly edges out here for me, as Sersi is a character who likes to entertain and avoid combat more often. go to »
I think it goes without saying you were hilarious & entertaining with your portrayal of Mr. Potato Head ("I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud!"), but I also had a great deal of respect for your comedic talents. Thanks for everything, sir. go to »
I'd have to say my favorite performances from her are in Pokemon, because I think she had a incredibly strong understanding of the personality of the characters she voiced in that Series, and she gave each one of the three major roles she played (Ash Ketchum, Delia, and May) very age appropriate, fitting voices as well.
I believe your Ash managed to have the same enthusiasm as energy as Rica Matsumoto's Satoshi does in the Japanese Version, all while giving him a unique, distinct 10 year old boy like voice, demonstrating a tremendous amount of range & personality in the part.
Your Delia had a very warm, motherly tone to it with a lot of enthusiasm as well, in addition to your May, which had a really energetic, as well as 10 year old girl like performance to it.
Needless to say, much of my respect for Veronica Taylor comes from the voice over work she did in the old 4Kids dub of Pokemon.
She was also pretty good as April O'Neil in the TMNT 2003 cartoon, Amelia in Slayers, and I'm pretty happy she landed a famous role for herself as Sailor Pluto in the Viz English dub of Sailor Moon.
Now to get sentimental on my part for a moment, since I find it fitting, as it is her birthday and all...
I have a great deal of respect for the work yourself, your co-stars, and generally your entire crew did in the old 4Kids dub of Pokemon. I personally think it's very disrespectful as well as shameful how TPCi treated all of you, when they decided not to approach any of you (with the exception of only two individuals, whose names I will not mention for the sake of not detracting from the intent of my post here) to continue onward with the Series that all of you put so much of your time, effort, care, as well as concern into making very popular and famous for all of the first 8 years of the franchise's run. For a made-for-TV dub targeted at children, it was probably the best one of its Era, only "Ronin Warriors" in contention.
It's very sad that, over a decade plus later since that event transpired, TPCi refuses to let many of you return to the franchise that you generally helped make a name for, with your sheer hard work and determination, or reprise the roles that you made a household name.
You once said on your Twitter that it was a "team effort" that helped make the original Pokemon English dub as good as it could be, and I believe that to be true.
For me, you will always be the best English dub Ash, May, and Delia we were lucky to have for as long as we did, and the same applies to your co-stars- for me, there is no better dub Brock & James than Eric Stuart, there is no better dub Jessie & Misty than Rachael Lillis, no better dub Meowth than Maddie Blaustein...the list goes on & on. When you and your fellow voice artists portrayed the characters you once did, it was very evident to me that you all invested yourselves in those parts, trying to bring out each character's true personality to light, with lots of enthusiasm in your work- you folks brought a great deal of zeal and passion to a vast majority of the performances you did in the Series, and I think it reflects in the quality of the work you all did.
On top of all of this, I generally believe the script writing team you worked with for Pokemon did a very good job of adapting the dialogue, while also staying very true to the original intent (it was mostly spot-on, save for a few annoying rewrites, but it doesn't take away from it being good the vast majority of the time), and I appreciate that Pokemon was one of only two dubs 4Kids did (on a consistent basis) that left quite a bit of the Japanese music from the original version of the Series intact (as well as having dub music that blended in fairly well on its own merit, mixed in with it, which I thought was very pleasant on the ears to listen to most of the time).
All in all, thank you very, very much for what you all did for the Pokemon franchise, Veronica- in my eyes, if no one else's, your team was by far the one that cared most about the Pokemon Series in English, doing a consistently good job (with very few exceptions, which are those that were already brought up in the voice compares) of handling the property from 1998-2006. go to »
They apparently thought kids would know what jelly donuts were more than rice balls when they made that vocal edit, from what he said in an Interview I read with him here- said it was something about 4Kids trying to make the dub have some universal appeal: https://journeyofafrontman.com/2015/10/28/on-the-line-with-eric-stuart/.
Although to be fair, 4Kids did call them rice balls roughly 20 or so episodes later, so I'm not really bothered by it because of that (that being said, I'll never understand the whole food thing with both them, and currently TPCi who call apples "berries" & peas/carrots "veggies," either):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NINhKtf7Z2A go to »
Jack Merluzzi has a pretty wide vocal range: I would never have guessed he was Raven, Black Shadow, Master Albert, Starscream, Bumblebee, or Zero at all. He can go low-pitched, medium-pitched, high-pitched, etc. Impressive stuff, IMO. go to »
I like Jack's acting more in terms of how much energy he has behind his performance, but I like Eric's deeper and raspier voice more...pretty tough comparison since each one has a strength the other lacks (Jack having more natural and less stiff acting, with Eric having a less plain & more fitting voice).
So yeah, tie it is for me, for now: I'll listen to more of their respective performances as Black Shadow, before I decide on one here. go to »
I decided to make a "Dark Side Of Dimensions" English Dub vs. Japanese Original (English Sub) Comparison now that both versions are watchable to the general public- if you're interested, feel free to check it out:
ANN gave the English Dub a B+ rating, but it's pretty obvious to me they didn't watch the Japanese Version to me, reading their review: after comparing them side by side, though, I'd give the dub a B- rating in terms of its overall quality. The only things really holding the dub back are the music replacing, some jokes tossed in for the sake of it and/or minor rewrites, plus Kudaragi/Scud's dub voice (the bully) is unfitting to me, but aside from that...the dub did fairly well for itself in the larger scope of things.
About 80% of the script is the same in English as in Japanese, so it's surprisingly a mostly faithful adaptation script wise, the voice cast is all around pretty good with proper vocal direction for the most part, and they left the Japanese sound effects for the Life Point counter, blowing up lights etc. the same despite the BGM changes. There's no visual editing, so the Movie is 2 hrs. 10 minutes in total for both the dub & Japanese Version, so 4KMedia/Konami kept true to their promise on that much, and that's about it. go to »
Wishing you a belated happy birthday, Mr. Zagnit, you'll always be the best English dub Professor Oak to me! No one managed to capture the character's wisdom or kindness quite like you did to me, sir! go to »
It's a shame about her passing on, but Maddie was one of NY's finest VAs to me as well- one of the largest vocal ranges of any voice actor to come from the region, really, she had a level of talent that is not easily replicated. Considering 4Kids' pretty questionable handling of the GX dub, her Saiou "Sartorious" was one of the standouts. go to »
Andrew Rannells kind of sounds like a sadistic version of his Harley performance from Pokemon as Nightmare, and I actually really love his take on the role: it's got such a creepy, yet hammy factor to it, like he's enjoying chewing up the scenery.
Michael Sinterniklaas is a pretty good replacement, all things considered, and does the role of Nightmare justice in his own right- an almost seamless impression, if a bit more reserved. go to »
I still don't feel Bill was a good fit for Lucario, personally, his rendition of the role is just to gravelly and monster-like for me to connect with it, in any way. As for his yells, they sound a lot more rough and gruff than Sean's ever did to me, but I can see your point in receiving better direction, would've led to a more tolerable performance from him.
For me, though, this is Sean Schemmel's best role in the Pokemon franchise, and he brought a depth and sincerity that Bill Rogers' simply failed to deliver in his portrayal. go to »
Eileen Stevens has more of an actual characterization in her performance: while she can be a bit shrill at times, admittedly, at least she gives Iris the wild, often tomboyish flare in her personality, the character often has in general.
Cherami Leigh...her voice fits for the character, but something in her delivery here is a bit slow at times (ex. "We are gonna stop 'em"), and a tad strained. It's not a bad performance, per se, but the inflections could've used a bit of polish. go to »
I agree, mainly because they often have to deal with some of the worst vocal direction I've ever heard in recent years (no matter which company is in charge), are often forced to read stupid (incredibly stupid) lines of dialogue, and it's not their fault the companies like changing the music, editing scenes, etc. There are many factors hindering their potential, if you ask me.
I mean, I honestly have strong criticisms myself of the recent VO work I've heard from NY, due to the utterly incompetent vocal direction I feel has been given to many of its actors/actresses, as of late (save for perhaps NYAV Post that seems to take itself more seriously than the others), but that doesn't mean I hate the actors/actresses necessarily: it's important to separate performances we dislike, from the actual individuals that do them. One actor may be poor in one role, but phenomenal in another, for instance. go to »
Yeah, it is, "soccer moms" at work for you. I don't think the company (4Kids) was all that bad in its earlier years in general, really, they were just like every other kids dubber of the time period (Saban, DiC, Nelvana, etc.): it's once their dub of Sonic X started up that I began seeing a noticeable decline in the quality of work produced from them (VA included), and One Piece...well, that speaks for itself, doesn't it?
That being said, I was actually content with 4Kids' take on some of their other dubs both during & after the same time period- I think they were different teams allotted to their various dubs, because the quality of them varies quite noticeably imo (though people are quick to throw them all in the same trash bin due to their infamous censorship habits, of course). go to »
That's perfectly fine, and I respect that fully, but I felt *extremely* bad for Ted since I feel his performance is underrated as of late due to the poor choice of clips by the uploader. I'm sorry for being defensive for him, but I just felt I had to stick up for Ted on this one.
To be honest, while it may not fit the flamboyance all that well, I feel a deeper characterization with Ted's take than I do the other two, nailing Eusine's conflicting emotions & unwavering resolve to catch Suicine no matter what stands in his path.
I do like Dan's performance, that being said, and I see the appeal in it for many. go to »
I find it amusing how my favorite roles from Edmund here are his most divisive ones on the site: Eusine & Giovanni- not sure why, but the way he emotes in both parts just captures my attention a lot. I liked his Ryo Bakura, Yami Bakura, Tracey, and Flint as well, though, don't get wrong- Ted's quite a vocal chameleon like Huzaifa said to me as well. go to »
I'm actually changing my vote to Ted Lewis- I agree fully with Janey4319's words on his performance, although I also see a great emotional range & sincerity to the way he speaks that sells his performance. Is it the ideal voice, per se? Maybe not, could've been less scratchy at times (though I honestly do not hear any congestion), but Ted's acting & delivery give off the wisdom of someone who is knowledgeable far beyond his years, but is also youthful & energetic. If anyone's admirable here to me, it's certainly his Eusine.
A better representation of his performance than shown in the clip, because yes, it bothers me that much: https://vid.me/i12J go to »
I'm actually really pleased with the voice actor they chose for Prof. Poopypants, and Captain Underpants/Mr.Krupp's "Tra la la!" is exactly how I imagined it sounding when I read the books as a child, but I have to express the same hesitation with George & Harold VERY obviously being voiced by grown man- seems like they're miscast.
Still, I'm somewhat excited: this was a fun Series to read as a boy, so seeing it get any form of Movie adaptation is nice to me. go to »
Thank you: I don't mind what they like, or not, but there was absolutely no need to bring up the whole dub's quality on their part on Eusine's VC here (and I'm honestly beginning to want to change my vote to Ted here, now that I heard his true performance in the episode, yet again I feel the clip didn't do it justice, IMO), but that's what bugged me & why I felt the need to respond. But I'm glad that someone feels the same, nonetheless, so I'm on your wavelength. go to »
I doubt that, considering they cast Lucien Dodge as Silver when he was Blue in Origins, personally.
And I disagree vehemently with his thoughts on Ted, which would describe mine on Kyle, if anyone's, here- a lot of these clips, I feel, don't do the 4Kids voices any justice.
P.S. The 4Kids dub was doing fine in quality, in fact, they were improving in dubbing the Movies & shorts coming with it in their later run compared to the nonsense done to them in their earlier run- Chronicles is just a series of random Sunday Specials that had a weak dub later, although I'd take that over not dubbing a majority the Sunday Specials at all and still dubbing the ones they do just as badly, which is what TPCi is doing (and I'd argue TPCi's dubs are the ones "plummeting in quality," but we can save that debate for another day). go to »
This character has perhaps the absolute weirdest, strangest performances I've heard from both Maddie Blaustein and Ted Lewis in my life...but still, they managed to make this Chef pretty funny, so I couldn't hate them (especially after what happened to poor Maddie, may she RIP). go to »
Not that it's liable to change your thoughts on Ted Lewis' performance, but my thinking is on the director's behalf (IIRC Michael Haigney), he may have been going for a young scholar approach here, similar to Kyle Hebert's take- I'm sort of glad the director didn't have him reuse Ryo Bakura's dub voice, though, I feel it would've been too soft & gentle for a character like Eusine (British accent would've been fitting, however- had his Ryo been tweaked or modified, then I can see your point, though).
I would also say I feel Ted has the "factual delivery" Kyle has as well in his performance: there are some very notable similarities in what the two went for, now that I listen to both takes again (in the actual episode his take comes from, Ted also does modulate his emotions to a greater degree than represented in this clip: Eusine gets furious at Ash when Morty tells him he saw Ho-Oh & he also gets a bit smug when he talks about his Alakazam being his partner in a search for legends, like Suicune). I think towards the end of said episode in Ted's case, the performance also drops the scratchiness a bit voice-wise, so there is a bit of improvement in his take there.
As things stand, though, Dan is also my pick here for all the reasons you stated- even though I'd argue Legend of Thunder is by far the lowest point of the 4Kids dub (along with Movies 1-2), he still managed to shine though it with this unique elegant, gentlemanly, refined performance here, that captures the character's nature best. go to »
I really don't get that- a faithful script is what should be done for any dub adaptation, IMO, sticking to what was said originally is key in a good translation- rephrasing words, however, is welcome so long as the same meaning is carried across.
You'll have to blame the Japanese Version for the environmental themes since it created them, but I didn't feel it was patronizing myself, just trying to teach some kind of lesson.
I thought "Celeb-rate" was OK, not my favorite song either, but after the "DP Rap," "Stand Tall," "XY Remix," and "Under the Alolan Sun" I'm really fine with it- still, this isn't my favorite Movie or my favorite dub to come from the Series, it's a bit down the line. go to »
To be fair, Richard's acting did get better in his second appearance, but I feel like Ted & Jamieson just had more to work with in the end, and offered two pretty equally valid takes, that work well in very different ways (still have a soft spot for Ted's myself, though).
At any rate, I feel Richard's take is a better fit than Craig's was, if that helps- at least he wasn't doing a hit-or-miss impression of another VA, and tried to make the role his own of sorts. go to »
1. Paul Winchell
2. Hank Azaria
3. Andre Sogliuzzo
The late, great Paul Winchell sounds the most like a smug, comic-relief villain with a higher-pitched timbre that's very appropriate for Gargamel- he could also be generally wacky, funny, just very amusing and interesting to listen to.
Hank Azaria does fairly good himself, but he has a lower pitched tone for the part...and while he does capture Gargamel's insanity, he doesn't quite capture the wackiness of the role in the same way Paul Winchell did.
Andre Sogliuzzo is just...okay: his voice is a little deepeer than Winchell's, but something about his delivery is inconsistent, and almost caricatured at points when he gets mad. go to »
Don's high-pitched raspiness is just really endearing to me for some reason or another- it's a unique voice that you don't often hear, yet one that genuinely works well for the fatherly and kind Papa Smurf.
Jack's take has many of the same qualities as Don's, but his actual voice is quite a bit deeper and smoother.
Jonathan is okay, sounds appropriately elderly, but at the same time I feel he's a bit generic at times.
Unknown Voice Actor is trying WAY too hard to be posh and elegant rather than down to Earth, so he's a bit distracting in the role and I feel was miscast here.
Out of the four clips provided here, I feel that Don works the most, with Jack as a good second. Jonathan is average for me, and the less said about the UVA, the better. go to »
Eric's got more charm here with his delivery as Captain Falcon with his energy & enthusiasm, while David's got a smooth, deeper voice, but his acting is devoid of the trademark energy Captain Falcon's known for having.
I'd say the best is Erik Kelso, though, he has more depth in his overall performance. go to »
1. Mako Iwamatsu
2. Greg Baldwin
3. Fred Tatasciore
The late, great Mako Iwamatsu just had the ability to make characters shine through under the proper vocal direction: would you ever guess the kindly, gentle, yet tea-loving Uncle Iroh would share the same voice actor as the evil, malicious, devious Aku? Mako was great here, too, he could sound threatening, intimidating, comedic, chilling, you name it (the clip used to represent his performance showcasing how funny he could be in particular)- just a memorable performance by & large that still holds up very well today.
As for the others...Greg Baldwin's impression, like with Iroh, is very good and just a slightly bit lighter in tone & delivery, but he still does his predecessor justice, and I'm sure he will (and has already) in the new season of Samurai Jack, too.
Fred Tatasciore's take is really the only weak one in the bunch here- he sounds very off from Aku's menacing performance and makes him sound a bit too goofy, as well as like a Caucasian male trying to imitate a Japanese man's performance, at several points. go to »
I still prefer Dan for having the appropriate regal gentleman voice- just a shame the script he has to work with is less than ideal.
I will say Ted was...at least trying to emote with a degree of intelligence & wisdom. Oh sure, it may not be ideal or anything, but Ted always has something about his performances that really grab my attention for some reason.
Kyle is...not bad voice-wise, but he sounds kind of monotone and stiff here: just really dry at times for my liking, acting and delivery wise. go to »
Personally, I still think Ted is the best, myself- there's just something very interesting about his Mafia Boss like portrayal with the cultured accents he used that seems to fit Giovanni so perfectly to me. I don't think it sounds fake at all, either, it just sounds so...menacing and intelligent, personally. Although honestly, I think Lewis peaked with his Giovanni in "Mewtwo Returns," so I feel the clip he has now doesn't show him at his best.
As for the others, I understand the appeal of Jamieson as a man of authority with a suave, deep voice for his take on Giovanni, and I would argue his take on the character is easily the strongest performance in the English dub of Pokemon Origins for characters with previous English voices, but I just feel like it's not as...interesting to listen to as Ted- something about it is lacking distinctiveness to me.
Richard Epcar...rather stiff acting and delivery here in his first episode with Giovanni, and even though the acting improves in his second appearance as the character, I still feel the voice is just too deep as well as gruff for the part, he was a bit off here.
Craig Blair...in this clip from DP002, he was okay at impersonating Lewis, but in the actual show...he was very, very off, sometimes sounding very growly, rough, and almost agitated at times.
In the end, I still have to side with the majority here, but again my ranking is:
1. Ted Lewis
2. Jamieson Price
3. Richard Epcar
4. Craig Blair go to »
I prefer Lucien Dodge's performance, as I feel it does a better job of making Blue (aka Green) seem not just smug or cocky, but also well-rounded like the editor stated, in terms of making him also seem like a sympathetic yet contemplative rival and foil to Red, as far as Pokemon Origins goes for that particular dub- to be fair, Lucien was given more to work with, such as when Red defeats Blue and Blue reflects on his loss, as well as when Red holds him up against the wall asking him if his principles really correspond with being a true Pokemon trainer. I also feel Lucien's voice is a bit more youthful in comparison and a bit lighter, which really meshes well with his design to me.
Having said this, Erik Kimerer is still a decent Blue/Green to me, and considering the rather questionable VA work in Pokemon Generations' dub (at least, as far as I'm concerned), he did fine with the role in his own way, in terms of making the character sound pretty smug and snarky, without losing the smoothness of the voice itself.
So while neither take is bad here, my preference leans towards Lucien Dodge's portrayal. go to »
Julia Yermakov has a sweet and cheerful tone & voice for Jody Summer, decent fit, but her performance is overall a bit too back and reserved for my liking.
I feel Veronica Taylor had a certain air of authority in her performance as Jody Summer that really makes it easier to take Jody seriously, and a sincerity in her delivery that imparts wisdom as well- not often is she cast in this kind of role, and I think her performance is very fitting & great here.
Overall, I'm giving this one to Veronica Taylor, but I think Julia was decent on her own merit as well. go to »
Actually, Ted's accent in the later seasons was English (including his TPCi Era stuff), initially it was Italian in earlier seasons (either way, he's more unique and distinctive so that gives him the edge for me over Jamieson, too). go to »
Since he's the only actor I'm even familiar with in this game, I'll comment on his performance saying I'm...fairly mixed on Bill Rogers' take on King Hyrule.
His voice is fitting for King Hyrule, but his delivery and acting are very inconsistent: his performance alternates between an American & pseudo-British accent quite often at times- could've definitely used a bit more polish, but I don't hate it, either. go to »
I know nothing about the character here as usual, but just based off these clips I think Roger Rose has a bit more warmth & character in his performance, personally, although I think Michael Sinterniklaas manages to make Takumi his own rather than palely imitate his predecessor like SNaG said, which is really nice to see happen. go to »
Kevin Kolack sounds like a rowdy New York punk from the Bronx with a nasally timbre, but consider Knuckle Joe IS a typical punky fighter, I'd say that works for the role. I do wish he sounded more like he did when he said, "I told ya Meta Knight, I'm not a monster" though than he did in the rest of that clip, it was actually pleasant to listen to compared to the rest of it, which could get jarring.
Alesia Glidewell sounds overly high pitched & cutesy to the point of annoyance, but "AI-YA-YA-YA-YA" was pretty energetic so it was fitting for a fighter character like Knuckle Joe as well.
Neither performance is really perfect to me, but I'd say Kevin edges out here- a tad more memorable in the end. go to »
To be fair, I believe Robert Buchholz's vocal direction was superior to Ellyn Stern's, and the Origins team had better scripts to work with as well when compared to the Generations team, so these may be contributing factors (although I have to agree Eusine is his dullest role for me as well), but nonetheless I agree- to be honest, I kind of chuckled reading Galactic_Cyrus' comment a few comments below with this video in mind.
Fair enough: I totally agree on the best one here with you as usual, regardless. go to »
Agreed on Stan Hart/Stuart Zagnit, he WAS (and still IS) Professor Oak in the dub, perfect fit- nobody could put that warm grandfatherly tone yet wisdom in his voice like he could.
Between the other two...I think JCC started out okay (if a bit too mad scientist-like as we've all said before) like you said, but as time passed...oh boy, I honestly think he sounds like a younger man with some sinus issues now trying to impersonate the Professor these days, sadly. Again, the supremely underwhelming direction is to blame here, but he sounds fairly put on to me.
Kyle Hebert, to his credit he did attempt to do his research before he dubbed Prof. Oak in Origins, but the problem is he thought Oak was his in his 40s and not an older man in his 50s, so he said he ended up going with his natural voice...personally, I heard Aizen from Bleach more from him, but slightly aged.
Source on Kyle's take so everyone knows I'm not making this up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UqQK1yR4RU
Overall, I prefer Kyle's Oak to JCC's Oak because it was a more consistent performance, and I honestly buy it more as an elderly man nonetheless: I'll "take the boring Oak over the annoying one" as I read somewhere else. I also feel Kyle's Oak is actually better than his Eusine performance, personally, at least he sounded wise & knowledgeable here. go to »
Perfectly understandable: I see where you're coming from as well, because I also think Eric set such a high bar here, that it's pretty much impossible to top him.
But I would say for me, Yuji Ueda is Takeshi & Eric Stuart is Brock, I can't really pick one over the other since I think both were perfectly cast for their parts- too memorable & classic to be forgotten. go to »
For what it's worth...I can sort of see your point of view...had Bill kept his Battle Frontier voice, I'd have actually ranked him above Johnny too (although even there he has this sort of deepness/gruffness in common with JCC's Meowth when his Brock flirts with women or yells that's fairly unpleasant to listen to), but where he took the role in DP where it started out very gruff trucker like (IMO) & worsened each successive season to the culmination of the "60 year old bodybuilder" voice in DP Season 4 & BW116 flashback...I can't in good conscience or faith support his current...performance, to put it mildly.
I find Bill was a bit of a miscast here: he works for fighter characters like Urien or Majitani, way more than someone like Brock.
I mean no offense to him, but Johnny's Brock was just bland as they come to me: Johnny sounded intelligent & wise as Brock, he's decent in the part, but...he doesn't have much of a personality, & same goes for Sugita's Takeshi, although I know Origins didn't allow for that (however, his voice is not distinct at all, either, it's the same exact voice Johnny uses for many characters- Zero, Yu Narukami, Ichigo, the list goes on...but I think you get my point, could've been more unique).
It's a shame Eric Stuart is given a lousy clip here, because when you hear his actual performance in the show, I thought it was perfect for Brock since it's (a) distinct from his other roles because while it starts out Gourry-like, his take evolves into its own unique voice come late Kanto, (b) age appropriate like Johnny's take here, plus (c) he has a genuine personality: he was consistent with it all 8 years as well he did the part (can't quite say the same about his James, even though he's also my favorite dub VA for him like you)- for me, Eric WAS (and IS still) Brock.
But I still stand by my opinion Eric first, Johnny second, and Bill last for this VC- having said this, there is no such thing as a "wrong" opinion & as long as no one tosses the "nostalgia" card around, I don't mind differing stances- THAT kind of thing has zero logical basis for discussion, as far as I'm concerned. go to »
I can see why they kept JCC in the parts as changing the voices again would only lead to further confusion and inconsistency (unless it was back to the 4Kids cast, but they're never going to do that, so to me that doesn't count), but surely, TPCi could've at least directed him better & had someone else write the script as time passed by, sure.
I agree with your stance, though, it makes sense to me. go to »
I've said this before, but he was OK as Meowth when he started out- there was an episode called "Odd Pokemon Out" in BF where his impression of Maddie was passable-- still not as good as the other two, but passable, but nowadays? I don't even have words to describe how negative my feelings are on his Meowth performance, honestly, the disparity between his take and even Nathan's take is shocking for me these days.
His James, I'm really not keen on it either, but if he dropped the overly goofy 24/7 nasally take he does now, it'd be the lesser of the two evils for me- still, I see your point, however.
I'll say this in JCC's defense: I hold his VA in higher regard than his writing, because I don't think he's ever been a good script adapter for this show. go to »
I think his Meowth is worse than his James, personally, he has this very harsh gravelly and rough tone in his performance, and it doesn't match the character at all to me- he was just plain miscast here from my vantage point (although the script does him no favors, but he writes it, so I don't know how I should feel about it). go to »
Happy Birthday, Nathan Price (aka Matthew Sussmann).
He was a pretty good Meowth in hindsight, and he laid out a good foundation for the late Maddie Blaustein to build on (his performance was certainly much better than James Carter Cathcart's portrayal if you ask me, at any rate). He was also pretty good as Slowking, Westwood the V, and Prof. Elm, nice vocal range there from the man.
Shame he retired from VA work, but I heard he does photography now as his true passion/calling, so that's pretty cool. go to »
Maddie Blaustein's voice itself is more appropriate and her delivery is more prim & proper, so it meshes very well with being Eric Stuart's James dad, since this is James' Father....Marc Thompson, on the other hand, makes him sound like James' Grandfather, but the issue is Maddie's acting is a bit goofy on this one...whereas Marc's a little more natural.
I'll have to give the edge to Maddie though, since her performance is more fitting in the end, but the delivery could've been better. go to »
To me...not really, they just used the best possible clip for him in the Giovanni VC, IMO- in the actual show...well, Galactic_Cyrus said it best on my opinion on his Giovanni in that compare.
Blair was better suited for people like Roark, if you ask me, I thought his performance as the character was good (and believe me, I do not have positive feelings on the DP dub). go to »
Again, probably have no clue what I'm talking about here, but...
Kim Sevier's performance sounds a lot less...artificial and way more true to Caeda's character to me- fits the hotheadedness and gentle nature of the role more from what little I read up on this character.
Cherami Leigh's acting is good, but her voice is a bit too overly cutesy & high for me at times, although it's pleasant enough to listen to I suppose. go to »
I'm honestly in no position to really comment here, since I have absolutely zero knowledge of this franchise, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt & it may be total nonsense, but...
I think Lani Minella's take on Lyn is a little too old sounding and rather low pitched, but I also think she does have a rather regal and tough delivery to her acting that make her performance...interesting.
Wendee Lee's take on Lyn sounds a lot more age appropriate to me, and her voice is kind of soothing to listen to with her cheerful delivery, but she also sounds a little overly cutesy and kind of breathy at times.
I guess I'm going to go with Wendee Lee overall, but I see pros & cons to both takes here. go to »
I think Maddie's Bruno performance is one of her most underrated voice over takes: I was watching the late portion of Kanto dub the other day & there was so much weight + depth to her take- a real presence, wisdom, and sincerity was in that performance of hers to me. go to »
Yeah, Veronica's a natural when it comes to motherly type of roles.
I like to think that Veronica Taylor is kind of Susan Aceron's spiritual successor of sorts as Sailor Pluto, due to the latter sadly passing away (to be honest, I'm tempted to change my vote out of pity, but I always go with who I feel has the best performance). go to »
Yeah, I guess that's definitely part of it, but Sarah's take for me just lacks that warmth & motherly charm Veronica has (to be honest, I like Veronica's Delia even more than her Ash...which is saying a lot since I hold her Ash take in an extremely high regard, VT's take here is exactly how I wanted Hanako/Delia to sound in the dub...and I think it's just as good as Masami Toyoshima's motherly voice in the Japanese Version).
But your opinion is perfectly understandable, and I can see your point of view here, too. go to »
I feel that Veronica's take was more consistent, and it stayed very similar each time Delia showed up as a recurring character- I agree she made Delia really endearing & lovable, though.
Sarah's take is honestly all over the place in the show, and even here the delivery is rather stiff at times despite the impression being better than it is nowadays, so for me, this one isn't really a compare. go to »
Jerry is definitely the best Jimmy (Shinichi) Kudo- his smooth and calm delivery & voice perfectly match a fledgling detective who wants to make a name for & prove himself who is very invested in mysteries.
All things considered, Joseph fits the part well, too, but he has a little rasp in his voice in comparison. go to »
Each to their own. I feel like Diantha as a champion herself has a sense of wisdom and intelligence (despite her blandess), and Laura Post did not convey that for me- I just felt a femme fatale style of delivery from the latter's take. Vanessa Gardner's delivery is very off, I will admit that, but her actual voice matched the role more to me.
(Believe me, I'm kind of heartbroken seeing where the main Anime/Movie dub is right now as a whole, but I'm not above giving it credit when I feel it does do something well.) go to »
I never said it didn't, but TPCi's dub bothers me a great deal more at this stage, since (IMO) its flaws are the same as the 4Kids' dub when you examine both, but I feel it's come greatly at the cost of lacking any of the good points the 4Kids dub itself had, but again we shouldn't be debating the Anime/Movie dub quality on the Pokemon Generations page (although I think the dub for Generations here was also lacking when compared to its Origins counterpart, and both dubs were done by TPCi with LA voice-over talent pools). The directing is what's getting to me here- I've heard a lot of both sets of actors/actresses elsewhere, and they seem okay, but when it comes to Pokemon many of them falter in comparison.
I don't hate them because they're new (if that were true, why would I prefer the Origins dub voices over both the current dub Anime/Movie voices, when those debuted earlier?), and I don't hate the actors either: it's the vocal direction they're given in this particular Series (particularly what Tom Wayland was going for with the Anime Series during his tenure), with the poor dialogue they're given to read to boot (also a problem with Generations dub here), that makes me dislike their performances. Making a character seem genuine out of this kind of environment would be a difficult task for any actor or actress, make no mistake, I'm not saying it's easy at all.
I would feel somewhat bad, sure, but rather than ignoring it, I would take that criticism and better my performance as a result of it- see where my faults are and try to improve it. And yeah, I know that, I'm more upset with the behind-the-scenes people than I am with any of the actors involved, I know they're just doing their jobs, Sarah included. go to »
Yes, that's about right, although I'll give it a chance as long as either they don't diverge too far from the source material or make a new path without stepping on the toes of the older writing done by the late Takeshi Shudo.
P.S. On the topic of the dub, "nostalgia" has nothing to do with why I dislike Sarah's take on Ash, or for that matter, the current Anime/Movie dub as a whole- I find it has VERY grave issues it suffers from (this goes beyond the voice cast, although I think they also have to deal with pretty abysmal vocal direction no matter who it's been in charge) that have caused me to abandon the dub entirely at this point. I enjoy Pokemon in Japanese a lot more these days, really, and I frankly don't see any reason for me to return to the dub any time soon given its current state (again, many factors led to me disliking the dub more & more over time, although to highlight the other issues I have with it nowadays, music in all forms & shoddy writing/script adapting sum it up).
But, if you like the current dub, I can't stop you either- just know I don't care for it much, nor should I be forced to sit through it at all. go to »
Even though I liked Loren Lester's take on Robin as well, despite his version being an older incarnation, I also think he's a better fit for Nightwing here than he is as Robin- his performance as Nightwing really comes across this slick guy whose delivery comes off as really smooth and clever.
Jerry O'Connell's a pretty close second for me: has the same smooth kind of voice and delivery, but his acting is a bit flatter when compared to Loren Lester's.
NPH is surprisingly pretty good in the role of Nightwing, too, his take gives off this really wise mentor sort of tone while also an intelligent vibe to it- I think he's a bit deep, though.
Jesse McCartney's pretty good as Nightwing for the most part, fitting voice & solid acting, although sometimes his delivery gets forced when he tries to force out orders.
Scott Porter's actually pretty good as well, although I feel like I'd need to hear more of a comedic side as well to get a better grasp of his performance.
Troy Baker's performance is decent, but I think his voice is a little bit too deep at times for comfort.
Joey Hood's acting & delivery are okay, although his voice is a little deep and old-sounding for me at times.
Will Friedle's take on Nightwing certainly has a certain kind of charisma and charm to it, but I hear a bit of Terry McGinnis in his performance & it's a little distracting at times.
Josh Keaton's voice works for Nightwing, but the performance itself really only works for that game that has a more lighthearted tone for the most part. I'd have to hear him go for a more serious or well rounded portrayal in general to get a good grasp of how he could do as a whole.
Sean Maher's delivery is a little flat, and his voice is a bit generic, although his performance does work for Nightwing's overall personality.
Scott Menville's take is odd because he sounds a bit light and young as Nightwing, despite his acting itself being pretty solid, whereas he works very well for Robin in contrast- he kind of has the opposite issue for me that Loren Lester, does.
While Crawford Wilson's take isn't bad, something about his delivery is almost too upbeat, cheerful, and his voice is a tad light as well- at least his acting's solid, though.
Overall, Loren Lester's got my vote for the best Nightwing, hands down- still, no one here really did a bad job at all & everyone seemed to get the same general impression of the character down, so I have to commend this group for that much. go to »
Well, I guess I'll say there is a positive note to this, and that's Veronica Taylor etc. have posted on Twitter they want to return for the 20th Movie dub...but, of course, seeing as TPCi is in charge I have no doubt Sarah Natochenny etc. will be doing the dub's voice acting here unless by some fluke they hear the fans' pleas out (additionally, Mr. Goldfarb will probably be back to make more dub-only music for the Movie, too, and Mr. Cathcart will probably be in charge of the script adaptation, which these two alone raise my fears of the dub's quality being questionable off the bat).
But sorry, I can't help but be negative in general on Movie 20: I may have had my problems with the random legendary appears --> Ash meets it & resolves conflict with villain of the day setup the Movies have had for years now, but rebooting what was already done, even in Japanese, raises some issues for me. The dub is my real fear, though, I'm not happy with it at *all* right now & this could very well turn out the way I'm expecting. go to »
The Ocean test dub voice was also pretty bad, but I agree, Eric Vale did not fit Luffy & neither did Andrew Francis- I can't believe both companies completely miscast those actors back then. This is why I'm glad the infamous 4Kids dub (as much as I think its hatred is deserved in every form in this particular case) came about first because whether I like it or not, Bella Hudson/Erica Schroeder's performance there allowed Colleen Clinkenbeard's to eventually show up with the rest of the current FUNi dub cast in 2007. go to »
That's one thing I will defend GX's dub on: at least it knew it wasn't supposed to be taken seriously, so it works well for parody-like material. Is it a good dub? NO. Is it entertaining? Yes! go to »
I agree with you on that, and you didn't at all, I was just trying to explain how I feel about each Season and that (I) don't view the dub here as "someone can only like this because of nostalgia because I said so" or "This is the best 4Kids dub 'cuz I like it! No other reason!" I'm personally so painfully neutral on the whole thing, it hurts.
Although I will say DSOD's dub is heads & shoulders above the Anime dub here from the same production team: Kaiba in particular is better than he's ever been handled in English, both script & voice wise (IMO). go to »
Thanks, I appreciate that! It's a shame H.D. Quinn didn't get proper vocal direction- the guy had a really cool, deep, baritone kind of voice that fit the eloquent speaker turned menacing dick type of character Lysandre is, and this is coming from someone who considers the XY(Z) dub the lowest point of the Pokemon dub & who thinks the XY Series is very overrated. go to »
I completely agree: I only found it funny because it was like the GX dub was self-depreciating its dialogue, kind of like that "Leo Burnett and 4Kids are the devil, Leo Burnett!" joke 4Kids shoved in sometime in one of those early Johto fillers in their Pokemon dub. go to »
Yeah, it's just the half-hearted vocal direction in these recent Pokemon dubs (not specific to the Anime at all, because I noticed that despite Generations being the veteran LA pool, there were some weak performances there as well) manages to bring pretty much everyone down at some point, unfortunately. go to »
I agree with your analysis on Dan & Greg pretty much word for word, although regarding Wayne Grayson (if that's even him), I feel he sounds *very* strained and hoarse- he sounds almost middle aged in that clip as Yami: it makes Dan's gruffer take sound youthful in comparison. As for Chuck, like with regular Yugi, he sounds like he has some asthmatic issues like he's gasping for air at the end of the clip used for his performance as well, IMO. go to »
Season 3: Battle City in the dub is Battle City, what's there to say- edits, puns, the works, it's just a mess. At least the second half here is way better than what happened in Season 2 in terms of the script adapting, I'll give it that, the script writers actually let Joey say the words "You really kill me, you know that?" which was surprising, and they didn't do too bad overall, minus the "Shadow Realm" this and "Heart of the Cards" that stuff. Dub music is bland, but it's not offensive, won't comment on that.
Season 4: Basically, it's the season when everyone who watched the dub stopped watching the show because people thought no one could be a better villain than Yami Marik and these reject biker gang guys were lame, but actually, the dub's script was accurate here- the whole soul losing thing is in both Versions, there were less puns, less insults, the script was adapted properly here. The acting is what sucks in this Season's dub because basically you have dub Yami & Kaiba shouting at each other yelling out everything in over-the-top ways, but dub Joey, Tea, and Tristan were well voiced, Yugi's kind of in this weird place where he has a higher-pitched voice than he usually does, but he wasn't bad either. Wayne Grayson's Dartz is pretty spot on to the Japanese seiyu, even if the villain is kinda lame with his utopia Atlantis stuff, too.
KC Grand Prix is the third Filler Arc in the Series: dub Kaiba still screams his lines out for no reason, dub Yami still sounds at least 20 years older than he should, Sigfried (sp?) has a questionable accent choice, Mokuba's dub voice is changed into a hoarse & raspier one, but they didn't do much editing at all here & the script is adapted well, minus Kaiba still insulting people in the dub, because why not?
Season 5: Memory World is hit-or-miss in the dub. On the acting front, finally, dub Kaiba stops shouting his lines and talks like an actual person, glad Eric stopped that here. Yami's voice is still too gruff and deep for his age in the dub, but at least Dan's also acting the part much better and not shouting, another good point. Yugi's voice is kinda squeakier, but he's 14, it works- he's shy, after all, matches his personality. Everyone else is fine acting wise, but Ted Lewis steals the show as Yami Bakura though, IMO.
Script wise, the first half is laden with rewrites and the whole Evil Thief thing isn't made up by the dub, but they change other stuff for no reason because they can and script-wise, Kaiba is still too dense to tell he's in Egypt pretending he's in a hologram projection (what?).
The second half including the Ceremonial Duel is...surprisingly handled decently by the dub, the only changes were visual edits to moves in the duels, and dub Kaiba is finally not a jerk for the first time since Season 1, acknowledging that "I see now Yugi is the King of Games," which was nice to see. The only issue is the ending where dub Joey randomly asks dub Yugi to make up a friendship speech to summarize what happened (again, what?), and they cut the credits out, but at least the rest of the last portion of Season 5 was done decently.
And yeah, I just reviewed an edited dub about a show involving children's card games, but it was fun.
Overall, I'd say the edited 4Kids dub is OK, average fare: nothing to write home about at all, but it served its purpose, it's watchable enough- the voice cast is the best thing about it like others have said, IMO, despite their inconsistency. go to »
I believe the edited 4Kids Duel Monsters dub varies in quality GREATLY in each of the five seasons, IMO: reading the comments, my impression is that people have either said it's "nostalgia" without any reasoning for why it could be liked and/or should be hated, or praise it wildly because "I like the acting & the dub exclusive music, therefore, the dub is fine because of that, even if it has many problems that I'm ignoring because I don't want to admit how seriously flawed it is at times" here.
Myself, though? I'm pretty neutral on the edited 4Kids dub of Duel Monsters here- I can acknowledge it *does* have its strengths, but there are notable weaknesses as well, so without further ado, here's what I think of it going from Season 1 to Season 5.
Season 1: Duelist Kingdom's dub...is actually pretty decently handled, average fare. There's a few lame puns about "Dino demolition," dub Joey being a dumbed down idiot at points for humor purposes, music replacement score is annoying sometimes but at least it's not obtrusive like what FUNi did to DBZ/DBGT early on, but other than that...the voice acting is very good, dub Yami/Atem especially sounds better here than he does for the rest of the (Anime) Series, like a 16 year old teen (which is how old he is), rather than some 35 year old gruff sexy deep-voiced man some dub fans want him to be, because it makes him sound badass! Dub Kaiba's script is surprisingly adapted well (and probably than it is for the rest of the Series) making him the same antihero he is rather than some snarky jerk like the dub will love to make him out to be later, but we'll get to that soon, and the script writers for the dub got Tea (Anzu) and Tristan (Honda)'s characters right across all 5 seasons, so there's that much going for them. Of course, you have the "finger gun" edits, but that doesn't take away from the show in any way, so it's pretty much nitpicking.
The only real issue? Japanese music gets replaced with dub music- the dub music score isn't offensive, Joel Douek at least had experience with composing music in the past and he's even gone on to win some awards in the field, so *obviously* the man had talent, but removing Passionate Duelist style OST is NOT a good thing, IMO.
Dungeon Dice Monsters has a passable dub as well, Duke (Otogi)'s dub voice is very good on Marc Thompson's part: http://www.animecauldron.com/ygouncensored/episode76.html.
Season 2: Battle City is just...a wreck in the dub, an absolute DISASTER, which unfortunately some seem to think is the best Arc in the dub...but it's the opposite. The whole plot is destroyed by the script writers: Marik is turned into some cliche "I want to conquer the world mwahahaha MIND SLAVE" token villain in the dub whereas in Japanese, he wants revenge of the Pharaoh for believing he killed his father so he wants to steal his power as such, dub Kaiba becomes a one-note jerk script-wise whereas his Japanese counterpart begins to become nicer, Kaiba in the dub being the most dense idiot as well to any real threats passing them off as "Hologram" garbage, dub Joey is his same dumbed down self script-wise meaning he loves lame puns, etc. Hell is turned into "The Shadow Realm," "Dark Energy Discs" that will send you to this "Shadow Realm" happen to cut your limbs off and kill you in the Japanese Version, all kinds of censorship/cuts, I just...don't even know what to say, if there's ONE Season you should watch in Japanese more than any, it's this one. The *one* bright spot in this mess? The mind-controlled Joey and Yugi duel is the same script wise in the dub & Japanese Version, so 4Kids got that right, even if there's still dub music playing over it.
Virtual World Filler is something I will praise dub Kaiba on for once script-wise, he's right, "Let's forget that happened" because it just took away from the plot in general, not that the story with Noah & Kaiba's adoptive father is bad, it's good, but it was misplaced here in both Versions IMO- dub did better with this than Battle City, though, I'll give it that.
(Season 3-5 edited dub review continued after this post...) go to »
They're both pretty amazing in different ways, actually, I think I can see what Starscreamsfan's points are now on the subject in those two's cases with their performances. By the way, thank you so much for the clips, I really appreciate it. go to »
It's currently looking like a reboot, really, Ash/Satoshi's hat design is an awkward fusion of his OS, XY, and SM designs, his outfit just a retread of the OS one. I'm already very fearful on Movie 20, and the prospects of it are looking very grim for me: even in Japanese, I don't feel retreading something older with the same characters is respectful to the late Takeshi Shudo's work on the franchise...although the dub, well, I have nothing good to say about its current state & based on the last three films as well as the handling of the Anime Series lately, I...will probably have a "MUST AVOID" thought process on it in that nonetheless. go to »
Eric Stuart...I thought his voice acting was absolutely top notch in this Movie as Seto Kaiba, he just...understood his character perfectly, definitely now more than he ever did before.
In spite of the (few) jokes I'm confident the dub's script writers shoved in just to be funny (e.g. "His perfectly quaffed/coiffed hair," and "You fight me with fruit? Don't mock me!"), you still managed to carry this role with so much depth & weight to your performance here, so I must say I was very impressed with how Eric captured every facet of Seto Kaiba's character to a tee.
Well done, Eric: well done.
As I said earlier with Shunsuke Kazama for Yugi, I also can't comment on Kenjiro Tsuda's performance in the Japanese Version as I did not hear it yet, but I'm sure he did an amazing job as well...so I'm looking forward to hearing him in the part later.
I did read a fascinating interview on Mr. Tsuda's thoughts on the Movie, though:
http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2016/09/08/210040 go to »
Dan Green's Yugi VO performance was excellent in this Movie's dub: he capture all aspects of the character's reticent, shy, polite nature while also letting his true courage shine through in emotional moments. Well done, Dan, well done.
I'm sure Shunsuke Kazama did a brilliant job, too, but I haven't seen the Japanese Version so I won't be able to comment on his take just yet here. go to »
I can't comment on the English dub's quality itself after seeing it, since that's a whole issue all its own, and until I see the Japanese Version in its entirety, I cannot tell you guys how much (or how little) was altered script wise: the OST is also replaced because Michael Brady (aka bacondevil on that AMA he had on Reddit) needs work in 4K's music department, apparently, which is *sort of* understandable (though as I've said countless times, the actual practice of changing OST is really not okay with me in 2017, but Pokemon, Pretty Cure (aka "Glitter Force") and other dubs aside from Yu-Gi-Oh here still do it to this day, while pretty much even kids' Anime that keeps the OST itself like Beyblade Burst & Yokai Watch, still end up making dub-exclusive OPs & EDs replacing the Japanese ones even now for whatever reason).
I cannot really comment on the Movie itself either, since I do not know what the dub did or did not do to the overall plot as well, unfortunately, I have to wait on that as well- the only thing I can say for certain is Joey/Jounouchi (along with Tea/Anzu & Tristan/Honda) being background fodder was also the case in the Japanese Version based on what TV Tropes' article on the Movie has stated, so that much is definitely not the dub's fault.
However, for now, I will comment on what I thought of the voice acting in the dub: I thought it was pretty good. The three standout performances for me from the dub in this aspect were Eric Stuart (Kaiba), Dan Green (Yugi), and Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami): Stuart manages to capture Kaiba's desperation and lust to be the greatest very well here, Green manages to capture Yugi's growth as a character as well as his resolve to never give up nicely, while Edwards manages to capture Aigami's (Deeva/sp?) sinister as well as tragic nature very nicely.
Wayne performs to his usual standard as Joey, and the same can be said of Greg when it comes to Tristan, they were both pretty good, while Amy (it's been a decade since we heard from her, wow) does a pretty good job as Tea, sounding slightly older in the role. Bakura still sounds pretty much the same as well, and I think Serah (sp?) had a pretty mysterious but good voice done by Laurie Hymes, a relatively newcomer to the NYC voice-over pool, who also voices Lillie in the Pokemon: Sun & Moon dub right now.
I felt Marc's take on Duke was average/passable, but he sounded a little off, though it's still fairly similar to his original performance and I can't complain for the most part: the only voice in the dub that annoyed me was this (one-note, doesn't show up again in the Movie, period) bully character who tries to beat Aigami up before Joey stops him, but that's it, the dub does good in the voice acting aspect.
The dub also has at least seven scenes, where there's no music playing at all with complete silence other than the voices, which is a relief from a company that usually likes to blast music wall-to-wall blaring it everywhere: I have heard there were no visual edits or cuts made as well, but again, I cannot confirm this until I see the Japanese Version so I will reserve judgment on that for now. I did, however, manage to see the first minute of the Japanese version in trailer form, and thank god the dub didn't add in any rap intro like the Digimon Tri dub did for its debut (although the cons in this dub's case will probably be greater nonetheless). go to »
Not sure what the issue some fans have with Maile as Naruto is, honestly: I actually find her take very accurate to how he's portrayed in Japanese by Junko Takeuchi (the laugh in particular is nearly identical), plus Naruto was a loud-mouthed knucklehead with a big heart who fights without thinking at first, who turned into a character with the same heart who is more calm when he battles and strategies more often, and I think Maile pulled off that transition just as well as Junko did.
I'm actually she got the role, because IMO it's nice to hear a fresh face assuming a newly made role without pre-established voices, with some acting credentials to boot- it's a unique voice that isn't rehashed everywhere in Anime dubbing, so for me, that's a good thing when it comes to making it distinct & memorable. go to »
Richard McGonagle's performance suited Carmine Falcone very well, IMO: he has this smug Mafia boss timbre to his voice and this natural acting as well as delivery that make Falcone come across as a sinister figure not to be trifled with unless you'd like to "sleep with the fishes," permanently. I think he sounded age appropriate as well, really, I have nothing else to say other than he was one of the standouts from the Telltale Series to me- it can be a little gravelly when Falcone gets mad, though, but that's about the only fault I can find in an otherwise remarkable performance from Richard here.
Alex Rocco's performance is pretty good, though, I think I sold it short earlier: he can sound intimidating, smug, sinister, cold-hearted, the works, his voice acting & delivery are very on point for Falcone: the only issue I have is he sounds a bit too old for the age of the character, but still, at least his acting & delivery make up for it to make a solid performance in the end of it.
Tom Wilkinson's acting is fairly solid, and he sounds appropriately flustered as well as leader/boss-like, but other than that I feel his voice is a bit too high pitched in comparison to the others, as well as a bit generic by comparison.
I have not heard Jason J. Lewis or the late Jon Polito's takes on this role, but if someone has a link to hear them, or some small clips of their respective performances, I would be interested in hearing them- for now, though, this would be my current opinion. go to »
Michael Sorich's performance does sound a bit like he's channeling Jim Cummings, so I agree with Galactic_Cyrus' opinion on the his performance, but I think Michael's take has a certain air of authority and leadership that made Gamabunta stand out.
Nothing bad about Skip Stellrecht's performance, per se, but it's fairly generic and bland in comparison. go to »
I always thought Dan Green was a perfect fit for Yugi Muto, but I'll have to agree with EPA Deane, "Dark Side of Dimensions" probably had his strongest performance as the character in the dub- he could make Yugi sound shy, reserved, sincere, but also courageous/fierce and commanding at times as well. go to »
I understand what you're saying: I happen to agree with every point you made on Eric's take on dub Kaiba in DSOD, it is excellent, but I just feel like the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh DM Second Series is incredibly underrated on this site, as is Kenjiro Tsuda's performance as the character- he's also amazing in the part.
Yeah, I see what you mean, it is hard to understand it if it's not your native tongue, but IMO it's well worth the watch nonetheless. go to »
The reason why I called it a mediocre dub is because it changes all the music (albeit the dub replacement score isn't bad at least) and they punch up the script too often: the acting is good (minus Len), it's the other stuff that brings it down too much. Had the Uncut dub continued, I could've given it more credit- still, I'm surprised the edited dub had Len pretty much coated in blood kept, that was impressive for 4Kids' standards given their love of censoring things. go to »
Yami Yugi/Atem only really spoke in a duel simulation type scenario in the Dark Side of Dimensions dub, but I'd say Dan Green sounded better there and more appropriate for a 16 year old's voice than he did in later Seasons, and he's also not shouting or yelling out his lines either, just reading it naturally & calmly. Either way, Dan's still the best of the group here from my viewpoint, no doubt about it. go to »
No, you're fine, you weren't rude at all- I happen to agree with you on that point: I still think Johnny's a really good voice actor despite that like you, but I honestly find it hard to believe he's the *best* on many of these VCs, because I feel like there were other actors who provided much more unique, distinct performances than he did for some roles. This is a case where I feel Loren Lester stood out and did that, for example.
Johnny tends to show more range as children like Nathan Adams and Nobita than he does for anyone who is a teenager or adult, IMO, in those cases I can always tells it's him & it distracts me at times. go to »
Now that I've seen the Dark Side of Dimensions dub...I can say that I think Eric Stuart has really proven himself to be the definitive English dub Seto Kaiba, from my viewpoint. I'd even go as far as saying it's the best vocal performance in the entire dub Movie, IMO.
His performance in this Movie has a very calm, intelligent vibe to it, and he doesn't shout words or overact when the character gets angry: he just lets the emotions come out completely naturally now, without forcing it. Eric can also sound compassionate, bossy, arrogant, snarky, yet also like an excellent public speaker who rallies people as Kaiba now: it's such a well rounded performance, giving the character so much weight and depth- he certainly redeemed himself here, in my book.
I do think it's an exaggeration to say "he's better than Kenjiro Tsuda," but I will say this is probably the closest Eric's come to matching the tone of the Original seiyu in this role, which is a good thing. go to »
Yup. I found the acting a *little* off in the Uncut dub of Yu-Gi-Oh vs. the edited one as well, but it was still good in both cases, so the pros outweighted the cons vs. the longer-running edited dubs, IMO. Yeah, he did: I think Rio's accent worked, but Len's was terrible.
I mean, I still think their voice acting for those two franchises was completely incompetent regardless of that, but it would've been a lot less grating if they'd done so. Still, Shaman King's dub is far from 4Kids' best dub, imo: it's pretty mediocre. go to »
Final reply I'll need to make here (to myself) but the dub's opening is "Under The Alolan Sun" and no, it's not a minute long despite the dub being on Disney XD, but still 29-30 seconds like the last several years have had the length stay at. I do not like it at all, but your mileage may vary.
As for the OST, apparently it's been replaced, so it was just as expected for SM's dub: honestly, I'll be going back to the Japanese Version- no offense to anyone who likes the dub, but it's not to my liking anymore. go to »
I'd also actually be interested in hearing Sean Schemmel as Iron Fist: if his Nail performance in Dragonball Z Kai is any indication of his talent with warrior-like roles outside of lighthearted ones, I think he could pull off this role pretty well. go to »
Going from the top left to the bottom left, I think...
Jon Rubinow's too growly and too gravelly here when he shouts, but his speaking voice is okay.
Mikey Kelley sounds like a muscle bound thug like character, meh, he's done better before.
Peter Dobson sounds intelligent, but way too plain & generic.
I'll have to agree with the popular vote here: I think Loren Lester's performance can sound intelligent, smooth, courageous, fearless, he's got it all in his take, while sounding well rounded.
Yuri Lowenthal just sounds far too regal and fancy for Iron Fist, it's pretty awkward to listen to at times.
Impressive take from Greg Cipes here: instead of lapsing into the usual stock Beast Boy voice he does for many roles, he does something very different here, sounding pretty wise and intelligent beyond his years as Iron Fist.
John Paul Karliak sounds a bit too old, but his performance isn't half-bad, with some polish it could work for Iron Fist.
As much as I like Johnny Yong Bosch (in fact I think he's one of the best VAs in the LA talent pool, I have a great respect for him), as Iron Fist I feel he just sounds like a wise variation of his Ichigo/Yu Narukami/various other roles he's done, and I don't find anything unique about his take at all- I know he's a trained martial artist, so it fits, but it just gets a *little* annoying hearing him everywhere at times, because it lacks distinction from his other roles. He's not bad at all, but his take is just not my thing here.
As for Brian Drummond, I like that he showed some range as Iron Fist, can't hear any Vegeta or Ryuk there at all, but he sounds a bit too cool in the role for comfort. Not bad, but just not what I had in mind for the part, though.
Overall, I have to say Loren Lester has my vote on this one: he just nails every aspect of Iron Fist to a tee for me. go to »
I'll give Anthony this much, though: he had a pretty epic Joker laugh, if nothing else. I think his Joker performance was fairly interesting- in hindsight, it may not have been the right character for it, but there's something very subdued, yet subtle & menacing, about it that could work on another character fairly well. go to »
To his credit, Andrew Francis sounds like a pretty cool and reserved guy as Yukimura, but he's sadly also too Surfer like with his tone for comfort to match the character's personality overall.
Johnny Yong Bosch sounds MUCH more like a hot-blooded energetic, determined warrior, although it's pretty recognizably him, but nonetheless in this particular case it works very well for the character's personality: I can definitely take him more seriously as well, so I prefer this take. go to »
It's funny how the often maligned (and now defunct) 4Kids actually managed to produced a very faithful adaptation of the TMNT Series' comic book stories in cartoon form: they seemed to be more lenient on their infamous censorship with cartoons they produced in general for the most part, and this was one such case (I can't believe they showed someone getting disfigured on screen at one point). This was pretty edgy and dark for their standards, and most of the performances here are pretty solid for the most part as well (although some worked better than others for the most part, Wayne stood out as far as the Turtles went to me while Lord Simultaneous was my favorite villain they tackled, mainly due to the humor upon his reveal). I'd actually say 4Kids did an overall good job for their work on TMNT 2003, honestly- they should've stuck to cartoons instead of Anime dubs (although there is one Anime dub they did I actually have good things to say about that they handled for the most part, so there is an exception), IMO. go to »
I think they did better with a few other properties they handled, but I also think this is one of 4Kids' less mangled properties and better acted stuff, although some accents were misplaced (Len's in particular), music got replaced (predictable), and the script was a mediocre barrel of hit-or-miss dialogue (sometimes they stayed faithful, while other times they made up nonsense). Shaman King's 4Kids dub reminds me of a Saban style dub, honestly. This is another case where had 4Kids continued the Uncut dub release of this instead, it could've been pretty good however- similar to Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters.
I do wish 4Kids handled One Piece and Sonic X (or Sonic in general, games included) in particular even close to this decently, though, because the edited Shaman King dub honestly looks like a FUNimation dub post-DBZ in comparison to those two from the same company, IMO. go to »
Kirk Thornton's performance was a perfect fit for Hajime Saito: his medium timbre of voice, and his very snarky yet often wise-sounding delivery, matched the character's personality to a tee.
Daniel Woren's acting is fine for Saito, having a pretty brooding & dark atmosphere with it, but his voice is a bit higher pitched, and his delivery is a bit too reserved at times.
On the other hand, Ken Webster's voice is a bit too deep for Saito, and his acting is a bit stiff & wooden at times, but his performance is still interesting to listen to, having some degree of wisdom with it. go to »
Janet Waldo had the most energy and cheeriness in her performance that suited Judy's personality pretty well for the most part- a classic.
B.J. Ward has a good singing voice, but there's not much else I can say on that front.
As for Tiffany Darwish...well, I thought she was pretty slow-sounding with her delivery at times, and had a fairly generic low-toned voice for the most part, although I guess she did...OK, since her actual emoting was surprisingly alright, but it doesn't really compare to the others here. go to »
Alexander Martella is perfect for the younger Jason Todd as well as Robin, full of energy and an upbeat attitude, not much to say on that front.
For the older Jason Todd, Vincent Martella's performance fits more than Troy Baker's does here, Vincent having a much sharper and commanding delivery, whereas Troy sounds a bit too deep as well as feeble (at least in this clip, I agree with GreenGoblin75 that he sounded better as Robin). go to »
David Kaye has the most heroic as well as intelligent sounding voice for Proto Man, Scott McNeil has the most smug sounding as well confident-sounding Proto Man, and Jonathan Love has the most leader-like quality for his Proto Man performance: I'd say all three do the role well in different ways, honestly.
As for the other three...each of them falters in notable ways for me.
Jack Evans' voice acting is laughably deadpan, flat, and rushed: it sounds so unnatural as well as forced that it's "so bad, it's good" for me. Sure, the voice is OK, but the acting is frankly abysmal.
Tommy Jones' performance seems more like a refined version of Jack Evans' take in terms of the voice he used (even though from what I can imagine he was trying to emulate David Kaye), but his acting is still fairly flat.
Kaj Erik Eriksen's voice is far too young-sounding and light for Proto Man for me, but his acting is pretty good & his delivery is solid, so I guess it has that much going for it. go to »
For the Caucasian Baxter Stockman, Patrick Fraley is much better than Sam Riegel, Patrick sounding much more like a brilliant scientist turned mad villain in fly form & shows off his spineless personality well in human form, too.
Sam Riegel almost sounds TOO bug-like to the point where, as others have said, he sounds "like a fly." Having said that, though, I can make out what he's saying as "Terminate the turtles, oh rats...whoa, hahahaha!" so I guess I can make out what he's saying if nothing else, but it can be really annoying as well as high-pitched, though.
For African-American Baxter Stockman, Scott Williams...definitely gave the role such a weight and memorability that makes his performance pretty well renowned, and it's easy to see why as it perfectly demonstrates how Baxter slowly loses his grip on reality more & more until he descends into absolute madness. Easily one of the standout performances from the 2003 TMNT Series, IMO, Scott was just great as Baxter.
Phil LaMarr's performance is similar to Scott Williams when he's trying to be serious, except a bit more shout-y and like he's stuttering at points, but it works better when he's comedic and trying to be lighthearted, pretty amusing & works for that side very well.
Dave Carter's take really doesn't sound like any sort of scientist, and more like some generic guy trying to sound intelligent and energetic, rather than truly coming into the character altogether.
So overall, Patrick Fraley for Caucasian Baxter & Scott Williams for African-American Baxter for me. I liked Phil LaMarr's take as well for the latter's case, while I don't really care for Sam Riegel or Dave Carter's takes much for their respective forms. go to »
Ted Knight's take on the Mad Hatter was a lot of fun: I usually enjoy hammy, over-the-top, and campy performances provided they are properly executed with the right direction, and this is no exception- he's clearly having fun with the role, and did quite well with the comedic bits he had to work with.
Roddy McDowall's performance as the Mad Hatter captures his sheer insanity and tragic personality in Batman: TAS very well, seeking love with someone who he could never get with, taking out vengeance on those who the Mad Hatter feels wronged him, starting with Batman who he feels is driving him away from here. Paul Dini in general was very good at making villains sympathetic, and this is no exception- Roddy was also quite good at the comedic side of the character for what brief instances B:TAS allowed him to showcase that, so I think the late Roddy had a very well rounded performance for the Mad Hatter, that showcased all aspects of his personality.
Matt Hislope's voice for the Mad Hatter is alright/fitting, but his delivery & acting are very strained and forced- he puts emphasis on words like "You're ruining EVERYTHING" or "You'll be sorry you did THAT" or "Pick on someone your own SIZE" to list a few examples of where I feel his take falters in places.
Peter MacNicol's voice is pretty fitting for the maniacal, insane personality the Mad Hatter has, giving off a very creepy yet sadistic vibe as well, although it's true his performance is more attuned towards focusing on the creepy and lost sanity aspect of the Mad Hatter than it could be all around, but I feel it's still quite fitting here due to that being pertinent in representing how much the Mad Hatter is deranged.
Robin Atkin Downes' take on the Mad Hatter is more subdued and sneaky than the others, yet it works just as effectively as many others, so I'd like to hear more from him in the future since it seems like has great potential in the part.
Unknown Voice Actor's take on the Mad Hatter just sounds overly goofy, silly, and high-pitched, to the point where he seems either miscast or misdirected altogether.
Overall, the late, great Roddy McDowall's performance gets my vote, but I was also very impressed with Peter MacNicol, Ted Knight, and Robin Atkin Downes' performances as well. Matt Hislope is listenable at the very least, I suppose, but the UVA is by far the weakest of the group for me. go to »
My favorite of Birnbaum's "friendship speeches" is probably the one where Tea tells Kaiba that, "[Yugi] spared you: he showed you compassion, which is more than you deserve...the game? Yugi may have lost one lousy Duel Monsters game, but at least he hasn't lost his heart, unlike you, Seto Kaiba. Not like you, Seto Kaiba, you've spent so much time with machines that you've forgotten what being human is about."
Although the old 4Kids dub actually was surprisingly faithful with those, since Anzu is pretty much just like Tea in the Japanese Version with the friendship stuff, so they were actually very true to her character, far more so than certain others (looking at you, script writers for ultra dense dub Kaiba & dumbed down comedic relief dub Joey). go to »
1. Don Brown
2. Michael McConnohie
3. Dean Galloway
4. Paul Bandey
5. Ed Marcus
6. Sean Schemmel (Sorry, I usually love Sean, but this is perhaps his worst role & I hate that it was never recast)
7. Unknown Voice Actor go to »
I'm not sure: I think it would depend on whether Kazuki Takahashi & TV Tokyo, NAS, Studio Gallop etc. would like to see it happen or not. I honestly think it's good that they're leaving it alone & going onward with new protagonists & stories, though, often times revisiting the same people's tales & rehashing them endlessly can end up milking the memory of something to the point where a Series becomes unrecognizable as what it once was entirely, IMO. go to »
Since the other two's performances have been covered already fairly well by others, regarding Jeff Bergman, his performance is a bit too low-pitched & gravelly, and it sounds like he's forcing his take on Astro: he seems either miscast in the part, or misdirected. go to »
1. Penny Singleton
2. Lauri Fraser (Dove)
3. Diane Michelle
4. Lauri Fraser (The Jetsons)
Penny Singleton was the perfect Jane Jetson, no doubt about it: she could sound motherly, sweet, intelligent, caring, and also pretty reserved & polite at the same time, and it matches the character very well. A classic, really, not much else to say.
Lauri Fraser's take in Dove commercials is actually fairly good: it's noticeably a little deeper than Penny Singleton's take, but other than that, it sounds pretty good- the laugh is a bit stiff and awkward to listen to, though, you can tell it's forced a bit.
Diane Michelle's performance is inconsistent: the latter portion of the clip has her sounding fairly closer to Penny, and if she had that kind of consistency throughout her take, I'd rank her above Lauri in the Dove commercials, but the former portion of the clip has her doing a pretty generic stock woman voice, and sounding a bit overly aggressive.
Lauri Fraser's delivery is WAY too harsh and unpleasant, almost screechy & shout-y, in that clip from "The Jetsons" Spumco shorts- vocal imitation of Penny Singleton falls pretty flat as well for the most part, outside of that "Oh, George" bit that was *somewhat* passable. go to »
Micheal Rye has the right guttural and rough voice you'd imagine someone like Joe Chill to have, not much else to say, he captured Joe's personality fairly well & he has a solid performance here.
Kevin Conroy...well, I also think his voice is too light & high pitched for someone like Joe Chill so he's out of place here, but I will say I think that casting choice may have been made to show Conroy's range as an actor going from his iconic, famous rendition of The Dark Knight himself with a lower-pitched & brooding registar of tone to the reverse with Joe here...as well as to also kind of make Batman come full circle as a Series in a way to show that regardless of someone's voice, anyone's capable of making good & bad decisions to shape others', as well as their own, lives (I'm being fairly preachy/philosophical here, but that's my theory on the ironic casting decision made here- it does help that the JLU episode in particular was meant to show Terry McGinnis' own succession to the role of Batman in earnest with the realization Bruce is his genetic father, as questionable as that retcon of sorts is as well).
Peter Onorati was honestly phenomenal as Joe Chill: he had the right sort of low-pitched timbre that Michael Rye established for the part, yet was able to add a sort of depth to this often thought of as one-note villain with his performance due to the material he was given from an otherwise fairly lighthearted Series like "Brave & the Bold" showing that despite Bruce thinking Joe was nothing but a cold-blooded killer who had no humanity at all, he was as feeble & weak as any other person could be: Peter also managed to make Joe's death at the end of the episode tragic, because he told Bruce that "Those other mugs made me pay, so I guess you got me, after all," showing he realized karma came back to get him in the end & he was as human as anyone else was.
Glenn Wrage's take on Joe Chill is very intimidating, gravelly, raspy & overall fits Joe Chill's murderous low-life thug tendencies at the time he cold-blooded(ly) murdered Bruce's parents in front of his eyes very well, although there's not much depth behind his performance, other than that, to go on here.
Jarion Monroe's delivery & acting work pretty well for Joe Chill, but his voice is also a bit higher-pitched and light for the part, so nothing really stood out about his performance to me here.
Overall, Peter Onorati receives my vote when all is said & done, his performance as Joe Chill was one of the standout showings from "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" in general, IMO. I think Michael Rye & Glenn Wrage were pretty good, two, while Jarion & Kevin don't really leave much of an impression on me. go to »
1. Mel Blanc
2. Frank Welker (Child)
3. Jeff Bergman
4. Frank Welker (Teen)
Mel Blanc was a perfect fit for Cosmo Spacely: he sounded just like a disgruntled rich boss trying to make the best of his company, who feels his employees are incompetent at times, and his delivery of "You're fired" in the clip is both hilarious & entertaining- I wonder if he gargled water at the same time he did those bits when attempting to do that catchphrase of Mr. Spacely, to get into character, but either way Mel was phenomenal & classic in the role.
Frank Welker definitely did better as a kid/child Cosmo than he did a teen Cosmo- in his teenage rendition of the role, he sounds pretty much like Fred from Scooby Doo, so he seemed miscast or misdirected there, but in the child rendition he did of Mr. Spacely as a kid, he sounds exactly like you'd expect Mel Blanc's Cosmo to sound at that young age with his bossy and miserly ways.
Jeff Bergman's impression of Mel Blanc is overall a mixed bag: he could sometimes be a decent imitator, but he lacked consistency, and you can hear a fairly raspy, yet oddly light tone, and stilted delivery seep through in his performance. go to »
I agree after giving it some thought, and I think the script kind of hinders Michael's take as well: it's actually on the opposite extreme end of what I tend to detest with many dubs, where it's almost a sort of one-to-one translation of the dialogue, so it forces a lot of the actors in general from the Bang Zoom to rush out the dialogue quickly- don't get me wrong, faithfulness is very much appreciated by me in any case rather than interjecting nonsensical "punched up" dialogue in for the sake of it, but I will say rephrasing words to still carry the same overall meaning is welcome as well- makes things more fluid in the larger scope of things.
Don Brown simply managed to capture King Kai's warmth and wisdom, while also selling the comedic joking side of the character, so I'd have to say my vote is also staying with him (for now)- as mediocre as the dialogue was in the Saban dub most of the time, he was still able to sell the corniness of it, in a clever way. go to »
I have a theory it's because he also voiced King Kai who has a lisp-y sort of delivery in the same episode, so therefore he's doing double duty here & his King Kai take may have slipped in a bit there, but yeah, Sean's screams are very loud, epic, & powerful nonetheless. go to »
Thanks! I'm surprised, since I honestly don't care for anything else Sarah has done in this franchise, but I liked her Elesa the most of the dub portrayals- I guess it makes sense, since she's a fashion model in real life as well, so it fits. go to »
I usually tend to very much agree with the majority of voters' thoughts, but this is an exception: I'm failing to see what people see in Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox altogether- maybe it's just a bad clip used for his performance here, but he sounds pretty monotone and his delivery seems kinda stilted...I don't know, maybe it's just me...? Don't get me wrong, Morgan Freeman has an epic Narrator voice & I like him as a actor in general, but...not feeling it here at *all* from him.
I do, however, really enjoy the performances of Brock Peters, Mel Winkler, Dave Fennoy, and Louis Gosset Jr. of the group. Each of them imparts this really wise, intelligent figure who is quite knowledgeable, and can also be fatherly as well as caring- in each of their performances, I got the feeling I was listening to the CEO of Wayne Enterprises who helps Bruce no matter what the circumstances are, as well. It's pretty hard to choose between them for me, honestly.
As for Kevin Michael Richardson, I'm glad he at least adjusted his timbre to match Lucius' age more, but for me he's too recognizable here, and thus a little bland as a result of that. I like Ernie Hudson's acting itself a lot, but his voice sounds a little young for me for that incarnation of Lucius, and EJ Knight is just really generic, and his delivery is off a bit. go to »
I think it's a little inconsistent right now as well vs. Kai/BoG/RoF, but it should probably get back to that standard in a few episodes. Something's up with Sean Schemmel's Goku voice in Super Saiyan 3 form at times as well- it sounds like he's imitating Daffy Duck at points here. Amusing, though, really entertaining.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoIuk66ZWKY&t=3m47s go to »
Happy Birthday, Bill Townsley! I think think he was pretty great at playing the cold, vengeful, & sadistic Elder Brother Toguro, the lackey henchman of Frieza's named Cui, and his Guldo was one of the standouts from the rather poor Orange Bricks DBZ Remastered release. go to »
Happy belated birthday, Dan, you were just awesome as Entei, Mewtwo, Yugi Muto, Yami Yugi/Atem, Tetsu Trudge, Prof. Birch, Eusine, etc. I hope you're doing better with your kids now, and are finding more work: you really deserve it, IMO. go to »
Matthew Mercer's take performance gives off more of an outspoken young rebel anarchist vibe to me who seeks to unite the people against what he perceives to be corrupt forces in power & control of Gotham, which really suits Anarchy's characterization nicely.
Wallace Langham's take gives off more of a mysterious, calm, and sadistic vibe, which works, but I feel like his delivery of "You remember!" is a little forced & his performance doesn't suit the role in the way Matthew does- I do like the bit about "Power, upheaval, infamy" and his delivery seems better towards the end of the clip, though.
I think Matthew's performance suits Anarky's overall characterization more, so I'm going with him here. go to »
I'm honestly not sure who to vote for here, since for the most part their performances are very similar, and it seems like everyone was attempting to go for the same thing here- I guess I'll just go down the list, and state my opinion on each performance.
Tress MacNeille's take on Martha Kent is very sweet and caring: a solid fit for Martha Kent, not much else to say.
Shelley Fabares also sounds pretty motherly, and her performance is great as well, no issues here either.
Jennifer Hale's take is pretty bland and generic to me- not bad, but pretty uninspired.
Swoosie Kurtz sounds a little feeble at times at the start of the clip, but sounds much better towards the end of it.
Frances Conroy's take is great: she has that caring aspect down, yet some wisdom in her performance, that fits Martha's character very well.
Erica Luttrell sounds a bit forced to me for some reason- something's off there with her delivery towards the end, too.
So of the group, I guess the strongest for me are MacNeille, Fabares & Conroy, while the weakest are Hale, Kurtz & Luttrell- going to have to abstain from voting until I see what others' thoughts are in depth, then making a judgment for myself. go to »
Does anyone else think Sean Schemmel's Goku is sounding better than ever in the Buu episodes for Kai? If you listen to the second half here, I feel like it sounds like Sean's managed to perfectly capture the enthusiasm, sincerity, and warmth of Masako Nozawa in the Original Version, while also melding it with his own, unique voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBKw_re2QqQ go to »
The fans pretty much swoon over his Yami Yugi/Atem voice, but if anything's impressive from him to me in Yu-Gi-Oh, it's his Yugi Muto voice to me- an actor known for such a deep and baritone registrar for most of his roles, nailing a higher-pitched teenager's voice, that's talent:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZio8LNhyKM go to »
While he was an excellent Mewtwo, I was honestly also impressed by his performance as Dr. Fuji- he had more range than people give him credit for: for just two roles, I think Goede should be acting more often, he had a real aptitude for it. go to »
While Dan Green may not have been Jay Goede-level as Mewtwo, I certainly think he was a better fill in than Miriam Pultro, just saying- the difference in performances between the former two is rather negligible, when compared to the wide gulf of quality between the two's performances and the latest one. go to »
I feel like Dan Green at least had something called emotion in his performance that is something Miriam Pultro lacked entirely- at least at some points Green was able to convey a reformed Mewtwo whose goal was to just live in peace, and it helps he had much better dialogue to work with than Jay Goede did to boot, although honestly I couldn't even tell there was a voice change as a child in "Mewtwo Returns" until I picked up on traces of Yami Yugi about three-quarters into the Special's dub.
Miriam Pultro is obviously not mimicking anyone to me, and made the role her own of sorts, which is fine, but compared to both Green & Goede's portrayal, her performance is flat consistently throughout the Genesect Movie & as such, I found myself unable to care for it. Although having said, Pultro had the disadvantage of literally nonexistent vocal direction and a subpar script to work with, so those may have been contributing factors to it.
As for Jay Goede, he had to work with the worst script of the original dub Era for Pokemon (Movie wise), so that hindered his performance from standing out as much as it could, but as you said I think he still managed to shine through like you said and delivered a one-of-kind, unique, memorable performance: though having said that, I'm find the claim that he was better than this franchise deserves pretty nonsensical from people, because there were a lot of other *very* strong performances to come from it. In the end, though, I agree, Jay Goede is the best dub Mewtwo. go to »
I think it's best that Yu-Gi-Oh is trying new things for its newer shows, and tried to resolve Yugi & Kaiba's rivalry here building upon what was presented in the Anime, rather than soullessly rebooting what was already presented beforehand, but that's my take on it. go to »
Even though Marc may not be the most well known NY voice actor, you have to admit, he has a pretty epic and commanding voice in his roles. I think his performance as "Zolo" (Zoro) was the sole redeeming factor of the otherwise terrible 4Kids dub of One Piece: in terms of the main cast's acting, he really stood out among the performers there as trying to make the best of a bad situation, and I also really liked his performance as Tyson in Pokemon...but my favorite role of his is DEFINITELY Guts, he's perfect in that part, IMO! go to »
Wow, Laura Bailey really improved her performance in the Telltale Series over the Lego Series, although she was actually good as Catwoman to begin with in the Lego Series, so I guess that's pretty impressive on her part.
Anyway, my top two are Grey DeLisle and then followed by Adrienne Barbeau, I share the opinion of the popular vote on this one. go to »
Yup, not kidding, quoting this right from the fan page 4KMedia/Konami set up on Facebook when someone asked when the Movie will be available on DVD:
"Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page Donnell C Coleman Jr. That is in Japan. The US/CA release will be later this year, date still be finalized. It will include both versions of the movie (English and Japanese with English Subs)
6 Â· February 2 at 5:44pm"
So in this case, no one loses out in the end, it could be much worse- just wish the music replacing & unnecessary script changes would stop for the Yu-Gi-Oh Movie dubs since the voice acting, silence & lack of editing were all fine from what I've heard- I don't know to what extent the script was altered in the dub, though, some say it's very minimal with most of the script left intact & just dumb one-liners here/there, while others say whole plot points got changed, so I'll have to wait until I can compare the two in earnest before I can gauge the dub's quality overall (imo). go to »
To be fair, James Cathcart's Weevil is better than his Meowth performance at any rate, I'll give him that much, but I didn't care for it either- you should hear Billy Bob Thompson's take on it: it's like Cathcart's take, but way less forced and clearer to listen to. go to »
While I think Wayne would've been a better successor than James ended up being for this particular role (mainly because I have such an incredibly low opinion of his performance as Meowth, to be blunt), I don't see him doing well as Meowth at all- should've brought Nathan back, if anything, in my opinion.
If I had to pick someone to succeed Maddie ignoring him, it'd be Charles Martinet making a few adjustments to his Mouser voice, it would've been very similar to her take (IMO). go to »
Regarding Lex Lang's portrayal of Goku, I'd put him on par with Kirby Morrow's performance right now: his yells are pretty flat & reserved so that's a similarity, but I think if Lex tweaks his performance going a bit higher, he could top Kirby- don't see him matching what Sean, Ian, or Peter have done with the role, though, but he's not a bad Goku by any means to me. go to »
Maddie Blaustein's take on Torkoal was pretty cute & endearing, I liked it a lot: just amazes me how much sheer range & versatility she has, never would've expected this was the same VA who did Meowth's dub voice for so long.
JCC...he started out OK in Battle Frontier but the voice he used was of a rougher and weaker-sounding registrar, and when Torkoal came back in the Sinnoh League, it sounded terrible & like an older man, sadly (then again, Diamond & Pearl is when the Pokemon dub starts losing my attention fast in general, not specific to JCC at all). go to »
Good news (again, thanks to 1dbad, they've been a lifesaver on the updates): the Dark Side of Dimensions English-release will be Dual Audio so we get the English and Japanese Versions released together, so everyone gets to be happy in the end. go to »
I agree, and I'd say it's the best English dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh Movie of the three as well based on what I've heard, though there are still two particular issues holding it back from being as well dubbed as it could've been (both of which shouldn't have been issues since this same studio has handled multiple films' dubs better in the past in both departments, when handling a certain other show they used to dub before the rights were taken away & even some Uncut releases of its other properties, this one included).
I'll give them major props for retaining the silence and improved acting, kudos to them for those important steps in the right direction. go to »
Andrew had some great vocal performances in Pokemon (Morty & Harley in particular) & Yu-Gi-Oh (Noah Kaiba) before going on to his now famous career in The Book of Mormon and live theater: definitely one of the underrated VAs to come out of the New York talent pool, good on him for making something out of himself like he has. go to »
It's fascinating how the English dub of the main Series & Movies of Pokemon has always made an attempt to Pikachu's voice intact, in spite of several recasts of roles, over the years: that's a testament to how well Ikue Otani fits the role.
The only times the dub replaced its voices are a few instances in Episodes 1, 9, and 11 where 4Kids/TAJ couldn't salvage Otani's audio so they had to resort to having Rachael Lillis fill in a few times (she did a decent impression, although you could hear the Jigglypuff tone she's later use seep in there), and a few instances where DuArt/TPCi changed it in Black & White Ep. 142, XY Ep. 1 (both times), as well as Sun & Moon Ep. 2 (sneak peek, the actual dub run's probably going to be different) at times possibly for the same reason- Kayzie Rogers filled in (presumably) so the end result was sometimes you can clearly hear an elderly woman's tone in her take. go to »
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. go to »
The deeper and rough-sounding voice Kenjiro Tsuda does for Kaiba matches his frankly bossy and snarky attitude pretty well, actually: at times, Eric Stuart also made his voice gruffer & deeper in the show, as well, he's quite capable of doing a rougher sounding voice- thankfully, I'm glad his approach to Kaiba has smoothed back out as of late, since I tend to enjoy smoother-sounding voices over really guttural & rough ones.
Having said that, I like how Eric Stuart did Kaiba's voice most in the first two dub seasons & from what clips I've seen in sneak peeks of, the recent DSOD Movie, where I'd say GreenGoblin75 has described how it sounds fairly well.
All in all, they're both fine to me, no need to compare them since they both work in different ways. If you want the man's performance I have an issue with here, it would be Christian J. Lee's (although I think it's still better than Lee's take on Mokuba Kaiba). go to »
It's the exception in this case, rather than the reality, but at least through some fluke that much managed to happen.
Either way, I like both Eric Stuart & Kenjiro Tsuda's voices for Seto Kaiba, so I won't take one over the other since to be they're both equally excellent in the role (for me, not stating it as a fact, since I realize it's just my opinion). go to »
I'm pretty even on Kenjiro Tsuda and Eric Stuart's performances as Kaiba, can go either way, but I'm glad to hear the forced yelling has stopped in Stuart's case: it's the script changes to Kaiba's character in the dub (this Movie included) I don't approve of, not Eric, his voice acting is excellent in this role (even though like heartbeat45, it's also not my favorite role he's done).
Although having said that on the script, apparently there was one instance in the Movie where the dub made Kaiba less of a jerk than in the Original, so it must've been opposite day or something- it was about dub Kaiba saying "you're not worthy" whereas Japanese Kaiba said "you're too poor" instead to Joey. So at least the dub writers got it right once there, from what some people who have seen the Movie dubbed have said. go to »
If he gets added to the poll, I'll be changing my vote to Billy Bob Thompson because I heard clips of his take, and it's way less grating than JCC's take is for me, too- Weevil's dub voice is one of the few that actually bothered me in the old 4Kids dub (not that I like the choice Odex's dub made here, either).
On another note, Mako Tsunami (Ryota Kajiki) got a new dub voice in the Duel Links/Terminal game since Andrew Rannells moved on to make his career in live acting/theater, and Daniel J. Edwards does the role now. In that case, however, I prefer Andrew's take, but just an interesting situation. go to »
I'm going to have to watch the 20th Movie in Japanese with English subtitles myself, because the dub would be too hard for me to sit through (for many reasons) if it's going to be the Kanto-Anime reboot people are speculating will be, but I hope it's not just a nostalgia grab & it tells a story different from the source material in general. go to »
Same thoughts, although I think (most, not all) of the voice acting & some of the dub dialogue as far as Generations goes wasn't up to par, personally- Origins was the closer of the two for what I'm looking for in those aspects compared to Generations (but in general, it's shame it's only 4 episodes & spans just 1 generation, though, it had so much potential). go to »
I'm not a fan of the Anime either these days, and I think it's pretty predictable & repetitive after you see the same thing over & over again, plus the dub of it...has gone very downhill, imo (and I never expected Ash to win the Kalos League, either, because there's no way they were going to break the "Status Quo is God" trope with him since it's clear Ash is never going to go until the games stop being released as he's more or less a poster child for the Series by now).
I can sympathize with your feelings of wanting something closer to the games like Generations here than the Anime, but sadly, I wish it was a bit longer in length & we had more backstory as well to things. It has the potential, but they're not exploring it, is what I mean. go to »
I actually think even the main Series Anime has been more heartwarming than this at points, albeit I felt it's gone downhill as well, and I was honestly not very impressed by the voice acting here (standard for what I've come to expect from Pokemon in the last several years, that being said), but again, that's your opinion & I respect it, even if I can't share your sentiments at all. go to »
Peter Kelamis has some real range & versatility people often don't give him credit for: who would have imagined he could go from doing the silly "Ed boys!" Rolf and the lighthearted Goku to the insane and chilling Whiplash here, sounding nothing like he did in those parts.
From what I heard, they didn't do any visual cuts or edits, they kept silent moments, and the voice acting was up to par, so those aspects turned out alright. The real issues to me lie in the music changing nonsense, although this dub music is listenable enough compared to what it could've been (still, it shouldn't be a thing in 2017, but Pokemon & Saban's Glitter Force are still doing this along with Yu-Gi-Oh here, unfortunately, even Beyblade finally got its act together with Burst on that front despite the opening being changed), and the script is supposedly 70% accurate, 30% nonsense one liners, with character motivation alterations tossed in.
I haven't got to compare them yet or seen them, though, this is just word of mouth from what the fandom is saying who saw both the dub & sub. go to »
I think that'd be a good choice: I've got to say it's nice to have intelligent discussions on here where people respect each others tastes even if we don't share the same opinions, unlike on YouTube where the wars are intense in pretty much any fandom nowadays. go to »
It's a little amusing to me how Sterling Holloway and Jim Cummings sound like demented, evil, slithery versions of their Winnie the Pooh takes as Kaa here, but they both really well with the role- this time around, though, I'm going to give the edge to Holloway since he sounded a little more distinct here.
Sam Elliot does a decent job, but is quite a bit deeper than I would've expected Kaa to sound like.
Scarlet Johansson sounds incredibly monotone, flat, and dull as Kaa- there's honestly nothing special about her performance here to me. go to »
I think David to his credit got more emotional and less dull in Adventure 2 & Heroes, but fair enough. And I think Ryan actually had superior vocal direction from Lani Minella and he did remarkably well, but I guess I can see your point. I feel the way you do on Jason about Ryan for Sonic, actually, lol- there is some stuff I thought 4Kids directed decently when they were actually not dead, but Sonic isn't one of those franchises for me.
Yeah, for classic Sonic, my favorite is Jaleel but I admit those were some issues, but it still wasn't as poor as those two or Sam Vincent's singing voice for him (though yeah, it does sound a bit like Urkel, I concede that's true). go to »
I sort of feel the reverse in that I feel Jason Griffith had a rough start as Shadow sounding a bit monotone and flat, but I admit he improved later. Sonic...J. Griffith never quite managed to win me over in the way some like Jaleel White (as nasally as it was, I found it cute) & Ryan Drummond did, but like his Shadow, it did get better over time.
I prefer David Humphrey's take here, but I admit I can see your stance as well. go to »
That's understandable, so I can see your point- to be fair on my end, I actually thought JCC's Meowth was okay at first, but it's in these later seasons that my opinion of it has fallen rather dramatically (the script is just the worst, imo), if that makes sense. And yeah, I also think it was for the best that Maddie Blaustein got to take over around Episode 32 during the middle of Kanto, she really got to take Meowth's character in a good & positive direction. go to »
Actually, James Carter Cathcart is also the dub's script writer since PUSA/TPCi took over the dub, but I agree that if he dropped that slang-y speech pattern he's given Meowth since around the middle of Diamond & Pearl to the present day, his Meowth would be a LOT more tolerable for me (not sure why he started this, but I agree it does not fit right for his character).
Regardless, I agree with you that Maddie Blaustein is how I see the character most, but I have a higher opinion of Nathan Price's performance than most seem to as of late (but that's just me). go to »
While I respect your opinion, I feel like Price could channel Meowth's kindness fairly well as well as his mannerisms in a way that James Carter Cathcart does not really do so, and his higher pitch is closer to the Japanese than JCC's deeper, gruffer take.
What I mean is, Meowth may act mean at times, but he actually has a kind & gentle side, something I feel has been lost with JCC's portrayal entirely. However, what makes it worse is the "Bang zoom, yo," "Lugs off" dialogue he has to say, so part of my issue lies with the script writer's take (although he himself does the adaptation)- neither one of 4Kids' Meowth said this kind of stuff, nor does Inuko Inuyama's, so I'm a little puzzled by it.
But this is just my two cents, and you have the right to your opinion. go to »
I'm impressed with Andrew Stanton's versatility and range: he could do such a deep voiced Darth Vader impression for Zurg, yet a pretty great impression of John with Hamm here as well. Very cool, to say the least.
John Ratzenberger simply nails the sarcasm and wit Hamm has, though, so needless to say I'm going with him on this one. go to »
No problem, you're fine, sorry for not clarifying what I meant earlier. I also agree with you: that's probably a big factor as well.
Same here! This is at least a big step up from the usual fare we've come to expect from Yu-Gi-Oh dubs by now. And apart from Kaiba and Aigami's motivation script changes, it appears nothing else of importance was altered with the script outside of the one-liners based on the review ANN did, so it seems mostly solid based on that.
Side note: I find it rather amusing how Eric Stuart actually seems to understand Kaiba's character more than the script writers for the dub do based on this. As for Kenjiro Tsuda, I honestly don't disagree with his conclusion either.
http://real-life-pine-tree.tumblr.com/post/154383447976/how-kaibas-voice-actor-sees-him go to »
I found a review of it on ANN if you're interested (thanks to 1dbad for the information regarding that who informed me about it), but I'm planning to see it in a few weeks: dub got a "B+" rating so it seems at least average enough at worst, to be watchable nonetheless.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions/.111557 go to »
Maya Rosewood's performance is actually from the TAJ/PUSA dub during the Battle Frontier Saga (from the episode "The Green Guardian"), so...actually, that's not the 4Kids dub's fault unless you meant in general, which is understandable. go to »
Andrew Stanton's Darth Vader impression voice is pretty average fare for Emperor Zurg, but he showed a lot of potential when he got lighthearted moments when the character was trying to hang out with his son (the other Buzz Lightyear in the Movie), I think he could've done great with more time.
Wayne Knight's performance in the Series is pretty good, giving Zurg a lot of personality & charisma along with enjoyable hammy-ness, it works for the role, but at the same time it's a pretty stereotypical hammy performance at times. Nonetheless, it's a good one.
Bob Amaral's impression of Wayne Knight is serviceable, if a little flat and generic- adequate enough.
I guess I'll be the odd man out here and give the edge to Andrew on this one. go to »
Fair enough, but they could be handling those at a more professional level, to put it lightly: at least they're offering the Japanese Version with English subtitles for DM-5D's & some of Zexal so far, so I can forgive that, it could be worse in that aspect.
Oh dear...I see there are still script changes, I feared this...I hope there's more good to come out of the Movie than bad, though (based on what you're saying, there's hope otherwise). go to »
I think he (sort) of slightly has the Irish accent when he says "I wish" before the "we'd go home" in his clip among the rest of the bodacious-ness there, but I agree regardless. go to »
Frank Welker definitely gets Torch's pyromaniac tendencies down best of the group with a really believable Australian accent to boot.
Ted Lewis' impression is decent enough, if a bit generic, and Matthew Yang King's take seems like he's going for a Southern accent, which is a little strange for Torch but it works in its own way with the different design for him. go to »
1. Alan Young
2. Bill Thompson
3. John Kassir
4. Will Ryan
Alan Young's performance is pretty much a classic for Scrooge: he was able to make him sound like a greedy, stingy miser when it was needed, but he could also vary his performance to make Scrooge seem pretty sympathetic and less selfish as well at other times.
Bill Thompson seems like he had a lot of fun as Scrooge trilling his "r" sound like skeletonking1234 said, and his performance had a lot of warmth and intelligence to it.
John Kassir's performance is pretty similar to Alan Young's take (it's clear he was trying to emulate Young's performance), although it's just a bit forced at times, but he did a good job.
While there's nothing bad about Will Ryan's take at all, it feels rather generic and one-note greedy miser for the most part.
David Tennant has a pretty high standard set for him by his predecessors here, so I do hope he's up for the challenge (but then, this is the very talented David Tennant, so I think he should be capable of doing so). go to »
Ocean's dub of this Movie is a lot more memorable than FUNimation's redub was, honestly: I think this Movie had Scott McNeil & Peter Kelamis putting out some of their finest work as Piccolo as well as Goku in particular, respectively.
The AB Group(e) dub is extremely funny in a "So bad, it's good" kind of way, I guess. go to »
John Gremillion's got the most authoritative tone and intensity in his acting of the group that matches Mihawk's very reserved yet commanding nature quite well.
Surprisingly, Chuck Powers can do a pretty good French (?) accent as Mihawk and the performance is fitting as well.
Andrew Paull's accent is very thick and his performance is overdone, sadly, although if he had any proper vocal direction & a better script he could've done better. He's had much better roles (i.e. Steven Stone, Combusken, & Johnson). go to »
I have to say Michael McConnohie is just unbelievably talented.
I find his King Kai performance in the Dragonball Super Bang Zoom dub to be the standout showing from it so far, and his performance as Drayden in Pokemon Generations dub is one of the few I felt was actually good in that. go to »
I'm going with Tom Everett Scott here: his performance fit Booster Gold's more show off, braggart personality in public, but also the person longing to be recognized as someone important on the inside persona the most.
Travis Willingham would be my second favorite, although I feel like he overdoes the showing off personality just a little bit and the lighter tone doesn't mesh quite as well as Tom Everett Scott's take did.
Diedrich Bader's take is fairly similar to Travis Willingham's, except it's a little deeper and lower toned rather than higher pitched, but it works as well.
Tracy W. Bush's voice is decent, but his delivery and acting are incredibly dull and flat- I don't get a strong impression from this take: it sounds more like he's narrating most of the time. go to »
Eric Bauza's take fits the whole technopath and invention making personality more with his tone and his snarkier delivery than Cathy Cavadini's slightly effeminate toned take does, although I do like that Cathy made him sound a little more gentle and less arrogant in turn, even if that's not really the character in general.
So yeah, going with Eric Bauza's performance as well here. go to »
Autovolt's right that they're all a bit mannish, but I guess Vanessa's most fitting to me in terms of her overall performance, Tara's got the most natural delivery despite the voice being a little generic, and Ashley's delivery is pretty inconsistent at times going higher and then lower again.
So I'd go with Vanessa first, Tara second, and Ashley in third on this one, honestly. go to »
Fred Tatasciore has the most well balanced take on Ben 10,000: he's able to sound pretty much like you'd imagine an older Ben 10 would sound, fittingly gruff in pitch but also well balanced in personality traits.
Between the other two performances, I think Judd Nelson has a more intelligent and wise delivery in his performance than Sean Donnellan, who is a little too generic & dull with his voice & sarcastic in his delivery. go to »
1. Charlie Schlatter
2. Michael Reisz
3. Greg Cipes
Michael Reisz's voice is most age appropriate for the younger Kevin Levin of the group, but Charlie Schlatter managed to have so much more in terms of a diabolically wicked personality in terms of his acting, so I think I prefer the latter.
As for Greg Cipes, well, his take here is pretty generic to me, and he sounds like he's forcing himself to sound younger rather than emote naturally. go to »
1. Christopher Lee
2. Corey Burton
3. Jeff Bennett
4. Michael Donovan
The late (Sir) Christopher Lee's performance as Count Dooku (and portrayal of the character in the Movies in general) is honestly one of most redeemable aspects of the poorly received Prequel Trilogy for me whether it's in voice over form or on the big screen: he was able to sound pretty brooding, smug, cautious, and calculating all at the same time, also with a slightly gruff voice as well as intimidating delivery that made Dooku seem like a force to be reckoned with.
Corey Burton channels Christopher Lee's performance pretty well, but he does a bit of a deeper and smoother voice in terms of his timbre, and his delivery is pretty good as well.
Jeff Bennett makes Dooku sound pretty arrogant and yet intelligent at the same time, really, his performance is also good.
Michael Donovan sounds a bit too rough and forced at times: he has the smugness down well for Dooku, but he overdoes it a little bit with the "I'm TERRified" and "NOOO!" bits. go to »
TC Carson's performance had the most weight and depth, despite not being the Original, strange how that worked out.
Samuel L. Jackson is a great actor in general, but his Mace Windu has always been rather stoic. Granted, that works fairly well for the wise, calm character Mace is supposed to be, but his delivery is a little flat.
Kevin Michael Richardson does have the wisdom down, but his performance is a little generic and he's pretty recognizable here compared to the former two.
Adrian Holmes is really the only one who is downright miscast here: there's no real calm temperament or wisdom in his performance at all. He sounds like he's trying too hard to be cool & epic here, unfortunately. go to »
1. Doug Pries
2. Arthur Anderson
3. Daniel Ross
4. Eric Bauza
Doug's take managed to serve as a worthy successor to Arthur's and he captured the qualities of his predecessor's take pretty well, but I feel like he just adds a little more energy to the role which makes him stand out just a bit more here.
Arthur's take is pretty endearing and warm in terms of his delivery while simultaneously pulling off the Irish accent pretty flawlessly, although he's a bit soft at times.
Daniel's performance works, but he sounds a little forced in terms of the upbeat delivery he's trying to convey making Lucky sound a bit too cheery, but at least he has the right idea.
Eric's performance...doesn't sound like a Leprechaun to me at all...to put it lightly, his take on Lucky sounds like a bodacious skateboarding dude trying to sound really cool & hip. Miscast. go to »
Frank Oz originated the voice and made the character sound both wise as well as knowledgeable at the same time as a mentor of sorts, Tom Kane channels his performance well but is slightly deeper, and Greg Berg's performance is pretty much a silly, parody like rendition of the character. go to »
Frank Welker, Bud Cort, Corey Burton, and Ken Jeong seem to have the strongest Toyman performances here- in different ways, each of their takes has its own degree of menace without going overboard into silly territory.
All the others, to me, either go into an over the top line of delivery trying to be goofy rather than having their words come out naturally, or have this really dull and flat delivery that doesn't go with the character being a manic and disturbed person.
The weakest of the bunch for me would be Calvin Tran, who has a good voice but it seems like it's on the wrong character & has a slight accent slipping through, Tom Gibis who has the over the top delivery I mentioned in other performances but also has a strange cackle as well as a high pitched lisp that sounds too forced, and Matt Hislope who has a rather generic delivery and tone. go to »
Well, except Yugi's Grandfather, but that sadly can't be helped due to the late Maddie Blaustein passing away, of course. Wayne Grayson's performance in the part is getting better than it was before, thankfully.
Duke is still Marc Thompson in the dub, yup- he just sounds a little off compared to his previous performance: probably a bit rusty since he hasn't voiced that part in years, so he might be getting acclimated to it again or trying something new as you said. go to »
I'd go with Colleen Clinkenbeard for the Android 18 that's present in the Cell Saga since the character is younger there and the voice works best for that (it sounded a bit femme fatale at times, that being said), but from the Buu Saga onwards (especially in Super), I feel like Meredith McCoy is a better fit- the older voice works once time has passed in the Series.
Overall, I think Meredith actually had the stronger performance here, a standout from the old FUNi dub of Z & I'm glad she got to reprise the role for Battle of Gods as well as Super since the character has aged a little by that point.
Colleen Clinkenbeard still did a good job in Kai, though, nothing bad about it at all- it fits well enough, the casting makes sense.
Enuka Okama is alright, but a little bland and too gentle sounding at times.
Considering how infamous terribly acted the AB Groupe dub is, Sharon Mann's Android 18 is possibly the best performance from it- that laugh is grating, though.
Jennifer Bain's delivery is so incredibly monotone and flat- just like she's reading lines off the script page: I mean, it's an upgrade over her take on Frieza, but that's not saying much to me. go to »
I'm honestly going to change my vote to Travis Willingham after some serious consideration- I never expected he could give such a deep, meaningful performance as Two Face and Harvey Dent...capturing both the malicious, evil intentions of Two Face, while simultaneously bringing out the humanity and sadness of Harvey Dent longing to do good for the town of Gotham he calls home, despite all its faults.
Regardless, I still have a great respect for many of the performances here, and I can see why Richard Moll is so well regarded nonetheless. go to »
There's audio of it on Kanzenshuu if you're interested- requires a download, but it was uploaded by user "SuperKrillin" here: http://www.kanzenshuu.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=36442&start=560
I may be over-exaggerating a little bit right now just because of how impressed I am with it, but I can assure you it definitely fits more than Sean Schemmel's performance in terms of sounding elderly. go to »
Based on what I'm hearing of King Kai in the Dragonball Super dub, I feel that Michael McConnohie's performance not only actually sounds like a wise, elderly man, but the pitch he's using is sort of a cross between Don Brown and Joji Yanami's performances. Needless to say, I'm fairly pleased with it.
Also, apparently Sean Schemmel has taken back the lead, but I have to say this is one of the few times I'm genuinely not siding with the winner of the popular vote- for now, my vote remains with Don Brown, but that could change to Michael McConnohie if he's added- it's nice to hear a King Kai that sounds age appropriate with a tone of wisdom yet gentelessness, all things I feel Schemmel unfortunately lacks entirely in his performance. go to »
I hate to (keep) replying to myself here, but it was just a rerun of the sneak peek on the 22nd- a moderator on the Bulbagarden Forums has said Ed Goldfarb & Akhil Gopal will be coming back in the SM dub's proper run to compose the dub music who asked & confirmed it with him themselves, though, so it seems my fear of this happening again was justified after all.
I just hope he does a better job with Sun & Moon than he did with XY(Z)'s scoring, really, though I'm expecting something like synthesized ukulele, heavy metal, and/or beating drums wildly myself. I wish the music wasn't going to being changed in general and they'd stop making everything (even the Movies) wall-to-wall music lately, but that'll probably never happen. go to »
The dub of the Mega Evolution Specials is *very* similar to the dub of Chronicles, only this time around, TPCi repeats similar mistakes 4Kids made there (except in these 4 episodes, there is no Japanese music kept whatsoever). That being said, considering how much I really dislike Ed Goldfarb's music scoring, his theme for Alain was probably his best work thus far on the Series- has a mysterious, yet subtle atmosphere.
Jonathan Silver actually did a good job as Alain here in terms of using an appropriate voice with solid acting here, though for some reason, his performance declined in quality in the main Anime dub, when the character cameo-ed with this OTT "MEGA EVOOOOOOLVVE" goofiness- most likely a directing issue, though honesty, that's nothing new for Pokemon dubs in general in their current state.
Meredith Zeitlin's voice sounded a little too old for Mairin, but her acting itself is pretty good, so I won't say more than that.
Ironic that Andrew Paull would be one of literally a handful of actors or actresses to get a chance to reprise a role in the TPCi dub, they did in the 4Kids dub, as Steven Stone- personally, I prefer how he did the role during AG over XY here, but that's most likely due to Darren Dunstan being the director as opposed to Tom Wayland for this Series. Still, his Steven performance was decent nonetheless.
Jake Paque is excellent as Professor Sycamore, no complaints there, I really like how wise yet young-sounding he makes him sound.
People often give Mike Pollock (to me, undeserved) flak for his narration, yet I'd listen to it over H.D. Quinn's rather monotone narrating here that sounds like he's reading a storybook to children. His Lysandre performance, however, is considerably more natural in contrast here and he acts the part pretty well in these Specials compared to the main Anime (see Alain).
I prefer how Malva sounded in Pokemon Generations, sadly, this performance was just too condescending for me to enjoy fully. I'm sure her actress tried, but it didn't work out to well due to inept vocal direction.
And of course, kanji is still evil in Pokemon land as it's been for the last 19 years, so we must erase it! Joking, but the dub still does this even now. go to »
I'll be honest: I'll *still* take Movie 1's dub music over Movies 17-19's dub music any day of the week myself (most of the fandom on other sites would agree with this sentiment of mine, it's a long story, but suffice it to say we think the score is *very* unfitting for the Series since the composer's approach to the score is that of an opera & ballet), but even so, Movie 1's dub scoring really conflicts badly in this case, because the rewriting of the script in conjunction with the music changes, alter almost all the atmosphere in this film in question.
There is one bright side to the dub's music here, that being said, I did once read that the "Tears of Life" piece of dub music was praised by the Japanese producers as "moving them to tears" at one point in time- I'm not sure if there's any truth to this rumor, but I heard it was said on the first Movie's commentary on the DVD release as well. go to »
The 4Kids dub's handling of Pokemon Heroes is interesting here: it's not quite as excellent as Movie 4 dub in this regard, yet...it's much better than Movie 1-3's, no doubt about that.
The two things that bring it below Movie 4's dub in terms of quality are that (a) the 1 min. 20 seconds legend story gets cut out at the start, for some reason despite everything else being left intact, and (b) while the script translation is mostly accurate in this dub's case (roughly 90% of the dialogue is the same in Japanese), the only fault lies in, for some reason, Annie & Oakley now being Team Rocket agents. While in the dub they're called "spies for Giovanni," in the Japanese version they're identified merely as the number one thieves. Being a thief doesn't mean that one's a member of Team Rocket.
In all fairness, I don't really blame 4Kids for doing this. Fansites across the Internet reported that they were members of the Rocket-Dan long before the script was being worked out, so it's not too unlikely that 4Kids heard the same thing all the fansites heard.
The Japanese background music is kept, no problems there- the acting is good, again, no issues there, either.
Overall, the dub did a pretty good job handling Movie 5 in English- and yeah, I'd agree with Shadowjac this is one of the better Pokemon Movies in general- really did like that we didn't have the obligatory talking Pokemon here, too.
Also, dub aside, apparently on-screen kisses were okay back in Johto- first Chikorita, and then Latias/Bianca (the girl?) kissing Ash here: funny how now in Kalos (both versions, the current TPCi dub is guilty of a lot of messing around in that particular Series' Arc, but this isn't one of its faults outside of the music changing in it) a kiss has to be off-screen rather than shown now. go to »
Going off of this statement, I'm going to say this was the best English dubbed Movie in all of the Original Series as a whole- faithful script writing adaptation (TR included), the Japanese BGM was kept (as I said, for the first time in the Movie dubs), the voice acting was good as usual, etc.
The only thing the dub did was add in some extra footage (so they didn't edit anything, in fact, they added stuff) to drive home the fact that Sammy (the boy) is actually Professor Oak (his name is Samuel Oak, yeah)- you're watching the same exact Movie in any Language, and that's a great thing. go to »
I guess my opinion on this one's dub in general would be...
Faithfully translated script unlike the last 2 Movies, from the 4Kids dub, outside of some Team Rocket (admittedly humorous) quips? Check.
I actually liked this line James said in the dub- I feel it was *genuinely* funny, and not just some random alliteration, rhyme, pun, slang, gibberish, you name it, and that is...
"I haven't seen this many strange letters since the last time I placed that personal ad."
Solid dub intro? Check.
Silent moments at times? Check.
Voice acting is good? Check.
Dan Green showing some actual range here? Check.
Only issue? Dub music is still a thing, and this is the last time it is a thing for 4Kids' run with Pokemon in general- that being said, at least the dub music is honestly well composed, so it's tolerable.
Dub aside? I have to agree this is probably one of the best Movies in the entire franchise's run in general. Unlike many Movies in this Series, it has some form of a story & plot that are unique and that don't only focus on Ash, but also his friends & the antagonist of the Movie...really isn't an antagonist at all in many ways, so it's interesting. go to »
4Kids did a better job dubbing Pokemon Movie 2 than they did Movie 1, so that's some progress, I suppose...
The voice acting's good as usual in their dub, so I had no problems with that at all, but then again I never had this particular issue for several years with the dub until...well, I'll get to that sooner or later, I suppose.
4Kids also bothered leaving in one piece of Japanese BGM for Team Rocket, so that's another step up, considering the previous Movie's dub kept all of zero pieces of it intact, and the dub music they composed for this Movie's dub sounds like they at least *tried* to replicate the Japanese BGM in certain instances, unlike Movie 1.
Props to John Loeffler for this in particular, his take on "Lugia's Song" is very similar to the Japanese music- we certainly haven't gotten this kind of quality in the dub music scoring since TPCi took over the dub when they do it, at least from my perspective.
Instead of almost all the script being rewritten like last time, only about a quarter of it is faithfully translated, while the other three-quarters is changed entirely- this, again, is a problem because you end up hearing two different stories in some ways. I'd rather not go into it because it'd take a while to explain it all, though.
It's a good thing 4Kids began taking the Movie dubs seriously after this one, though. go to »
The dub of this Movie happens to be 4Kids' worst dub of anything Pokemon-related in their entire run (on par with some of their Chronicles episodes), so how people can applaud it and say this is the best Movie (in terms of the dub), while ignoring a lot of the other Movies (4Kids' others included), really does bother me.
The sole redeeming factors of this Movie's dub for me are (a) the casting of Jay Goede as Mewtwo, I believe 4Kids made a wise decision there, and (b) I think their voice cast was always giving it their best efforts at their roles- I never felt like they weren't at least *trying* to put out good voice work.
Other than that...where do I begin? The script is severely rewritten, which is something *very* unlike 4Kids' crew that worked on this Series in general (this is something I'd expect from their Yu-Gi-Oh dub staff), so that's a wonderful start, but the dub music is pretty bland and uninspired here- still not as intolerable as the dub music we've had to endure during the last few years, but it's pretty snore-inducing nonetheless. "Brother My Brother" in particular is cheesy from start to finish, come on: they composed surprisingly decent to good music for the Series in general when they were around, so why did this turn out so corny? Oh, and the moral about "Fighting is wrong" doesn't work entirely here in the dub, since this franchise is centered around that for the most part, as nice as the idea behind writing that was.
I'll say that the one thing that I liked about the dub script, though, is that line from Mewtwo saying "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant, it's what you do with the gift of life that determines what you are," it works pretty well for his character.
At least they eventually included the Amber Backstory they cut out in this film's theatrical release later on in 2001 with Mewtwo Returns' DVD, though, and oddly it had a much better dub from 4Kids than the first Movie here itself did...strange how this worked out, isn't it?
This is only one of two Movies during the 4Kids dub Era I would recommend watching in Japanese over the English Version, because there is a stark difference between the two in these cases (the other, being the following film). go to »
"Gotta Dance" was my favorite short the Series has done so far: the late Maddie Blaustein really seemed to get a chance to enjoy herself doing Polka O Dolka as Meowth, and the dub actually translated the lyrics faithfully. The dub actually bothered to keep the OST for it, too, though it started doing that since the "Pikachu & Pichu" Short that was with Movie 3 (odd that the Movie 3 short kept the OST, but Movie 3 didn't, in the dub).
Recently, I feel it's pretty disappointing the "Pikachu, What's This Key?" had only dub music in it instead of the OST & the "Pikachu and the Pokemon Movie Squad" one rewrote the script despite keeping some silence it: this was, again, something that stopped in the middle-later 4Kids run with the shorts here, that has returned in the later TPCi run with the shorts (in other words, a similar fate as the Movies/Films have had lately). go to »
I'd say Hynden Walch would be my favorite replacement voice- Tara Strong would've been my second favorite if her performance wasn't so inconsistent and annoying here, but due to that, she's third for me. go to »
I'll give it a chance before I write this off, but I think I'll always prefer the 1987-1990 DuckTales Series more myself. I heard some of the cast singing, and it was surprisingly good, but I have my doubts on some of the voice casting choices (especially the triplets). go to »
Agreed- I like how seriously Eric Stuart is taking the role this time, and based on his statements here, he seems to have understood how Kaiba is in this Movie & the character in general.
Here's one for Aigami's dub VA, too, nice to see Daniel J. Edwards get a really high-profile sort of role here. He's one of the newer VAs in the NYC talent pool, and I think he really seems to care about his work as this character and appreciates the opportunity he's been given.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWc6DLjJr0M go to »
While his performance as Vegeta isn't my favorite, I will say do think Brian deserved another chance to play Vegeta again- I've said this before, but I would've been really interested to see him try his luck at it again, under better direction than the AB Groupe dub gave him- I think he could've really done well with that opportunity.
I guess Kaiji Tang will get a shot at it now, though, so for those who didn't find Chris Sabat's take to their liking as much as Brian Drummond's, you will at least get some sort of alternative there. go to »
In my opinion, Lisa Adams was an excellent fit for Vivian Meridian: she had the energy, enthusiasm, and intelligence in her delivery & acting that really suited the character's personality well. go to »
I'm also posting a lot here (sorry if that's annoying people here), but check it out, there's ACTUAL...COMPLETE...SILENCE IN THIS SCENE. No wall-to-wall music here- just pure silence! I haven't heard this in any English dub 4KMedia has produced from their studio, post Pokemon Movie 8!
Honestly, I feel Dan sounds just great as Yugi Muto, too, it's really awesome to see the dub showing such promise, in spite of my apprehension before, to viewing it. Sure, there's still the issue about dub music that hinders it a little, but everything else seems really solid here!
I also have to give Wayne Grayson some credit here, his Sugoroku (in the dub, Solomon, I still don't mind the name changes) Muto is sounding less forced than I felt it did in the previous trailer and in the Bonds Beyond Time Film, good for him.
This makes me wonder why Arc V's dub can't be handled even close to this decently? go to »
If it makes you feel better, though, I currently have a higher opinion of the SM dub than I did the XY(Z) dub, but that can change depending on what happens on the 22nd.
For me, the dub's poorest quality was in XY(Z), though: never before had the Pokemon English dub changed the music in both the Anime & Movies simultaneously in its whole run, it cycled through 3 voice directors with one of them admitting he didn't care how bad the dub got at point-blank range to a fan who has ranted on the subject, the intros were fairly poor, and JCC's scripting of TRio & Ash still leaves much to be desired in terms of faithfulness. go to »
Well, for me anyway, Arc-V dub has fairly poor music replacement scoring (at least it's not "UFO"/"circus"/ballet/opera dub music unlike a certain other composer whose name I'm not mentioning because you know who I mean), Michael Liscio Jr. sort of struggles to emote as Yuya at times, Gong's dub voice in general is one of the worst stereotypes 4KMedia has ever done, scripting is so-so (sometimes fine, other times lame dub-isms like "Dueltainer" sneak in), Yuto's voice is way too deep for a kid his age, etc.
Not that you don't have the right to like the Arc V dub, but for me, it's the poorest dubbed saga in all of Yu-Gi-Oh in English. go to »
Pokemon Chronicles is a mixed bag at best in terms of its English dubbing. It's fairly clear it's not the main Series team from 4Kids' Pokemon dub who worked on the dubbing here, and it really shows- some have said it was the One Piece team- I wouldn't go THAT far at all, but it's clearly a step down: Legend of Thunder's dub in particular is a complete mess from start to finish, although if I have to give it any credit at all, it still kept 3 Japanese BGM pieces intact (which is still better than I can say for any of 4Kids' other dubs, outside of Dinosaur King, the short-lived Uncut DVDs of Yu-Gi-Oh DM/Shaman King, & the main Pokemon Anime/Movies). Additionally, there was a creepy line about Professor Oak loving Delia or whatever...Ted Lewis' script adaptation was not very good, to put it lightly.
Having said all of this, there are a *few* bright spots in the dubbing, notably the fact 4Kids actually left silent moments in at points- as we all know, wall-to-wall music is their and many other kids' dubbers specialty, so to hear even a few seconds of that from them was a pleasant surprise. I also think Andi Whaley made for a better Cassidy than Megan Hollingshead did, and Andy Rannells' Forrest performance was surprisingly pretty solid. Eric Stuart's Butch was also getting less raspy here, which was nice. Additionally, 4Kids' take on Team Rocket was still fine, "We're No Angels" being one of the few episodes to escape Chronicles-level treatment, and be dubbed as well as the main Series was. "Celebi and Joy" was another good one where the script was actually accurate, involving Ritchie.
And I'll say this much- at least 4Kids bothered to actually dub most of the Sunday Specials into English, something TPCi didn't even do for 90% of them since they took over (both of Brock's DP & BW Specials never saw the light of day in English, in particular). A lackluster dub with some degree of effort put into it shows more dedication to me than not doing any dub at all & skipping over episodes entirely, personally. go to »
Andrew Rannells was the better Forrest to me: the way his acting & delivery came across was very natural, and his performance as the character is one of the few redeeming qualities I can say I found in the Chronicles dub. I also think he has a medium-pitched voice, which I feel was actually fairly appropriate for Forrest's age- not too high, but not too low, either.
I will say this about Joanna Burns' Forrest, though: as extremely forced as I believe her delivery and acting were, at least she sort of had the right idea with the voice. The problem is, I felt her performance was inconsistent: it could even be effeminate when she was yelling, so that's why I can't quite get behind it entirely. go to »
Gary Mack did a decent Shark, and I think Marc Thompson's Astral is similar to his PokeDex voice, but with actual subtleties and emotions in it unlike the former- a standout showing from the Zexal dub.
I couldn't, either, though I will say Zexal in Japanese was a lot more enjoyable to me. I'll give the Zexal dub that it's not the Arc V dub, though, I find the latter intolerable altogether. go to »
It's just a shame the Zexal dub has such subpar voice over acting & direction when compared to its predecessors- brings the quality of the whole production down several notches for me to the point where it's not enjoyable, despite not altering *quite* as much. go to »
Yeah, it's kind of far off from the source material in terms of the pitch chosen- I'm no purist to the Japanese Version when it comes to the actual voice used, but I do think the general tone should be retained of the character in pitch: it's really nice when a unique voice is used that captures the character, without veering too far from the source material, as far as I see it.
I will say they got Yusei pegged down pretty well, though, 5D's dub has some real hits among the misses as well in terms of the vocal direction. go to »
For once, I can genuinely get behind your opinion on this one: Sean gave such a weight & sheer presence to Lucario, and I feel that was lost entirely in Bill's performance- they're both similarly gruff, but Sean could emote in a way that didn't make him sound angry all the time or agitated: namely, in a sincere way. go to »
Again, I have to disagree with your opinion here: I think Eric could be taken seriously when reading his entries & could also give it personality- you're selling his performance short. As for Bill, I also don't think he's goofy in any form, but I do think his delivery is inconsistent. Regarding Marc, I feel he reads some entries flatly without any energy.
I will say it's interesting to read a different opinion, though. go to »
I have to disagree as I don't see Maddie as being "cartoony" at all (in fact, I found her performance very endearing). JCC's portrayal is genuinely the furthest from the Japanese in terms of dialogue/scripting as well (Japanese Meowth doesn't say "Dig it, lugs," "Oy vey," or any of this stuff)- this particular statement is not an opinion, but a fact. On a subjective note, I feel JCC's performance too gravelly & hoarse for the part- still respect your opinion, you're entitled to it like anyone else, but just thought I'd explain why exactly I disagree myself. go to »
I always found the regular Yugi to be a more interesting character than Atem/Yami Yugi: his shyness/timidness is very odd for your typical Shonen Anime as opposed to the brash hot-heads we often get. It's also nice than Dan Green was able to find a voice that suited that reticent nature pretty well in the dub. go to »
What I like about Kaiba is that no matter how arrogant or selfish he appears on the exterior, he's actually a nice person deep down who does care for others more than he appears to, especially his little brother Mokuba.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-R5H5KvkUs go to »
Happy Birthday, Ryan Drummond: thanks for bringing Sonic and your other roles to life- to me, you're the best Sonic! You and the Adventures Cast deserve credit for being the ones to lead to Sonic's initial success in video game form in general, too!
I also like how Ryan is pretty much a stand up guy, and said that he respects both Jason and Roger's performances: you have to love his attitude towards the Sonic franchise. It's a shame he hasn't been asked to return again, honestly. go to »
Pokemon Movies 4 & 6-8, imo: they are easily the most faithful adaptations 4Kids/4KMedia did of any of the productions they put out, in terms of acting, scripting, keeping the Japanese OST, etc, easily their finest works. go to »
I'll be honest: I think Susan Aceron brought a certain something to this role, but Veronica Taylor was a worthy successor, and I like how Taylor has *genuine* respect for the DiC and Cloverway' casts work despite working on the Viz dub. go to »
A new sneak peek for everyone: call me crazy, but I now genuinely have a really good feeling about this dub. It's definitely not going to be the best dub 4KMedia has produced in their tenure with dubbing (yes, I'm serious, they have actually done better than this before), but it's probably the best I've seen the Yu-Gi-Oh property handled in English (other than the short-lived Uncut dub of DM back in 2004).
My only regret? Well, that the two biggest stars of the Movie are being saved for last, and same applies to their English VAs, who I have a feeling will pretty much knock it out of the park. :) go to »
I know what you mean: I just hope that the trailer and sneak peek are indicative of the actual Movie's dub quality and not a big old cocktease (apologies to anyone who reads this if that wording is inappropriate, not sure how else to phrase it properly). I am very grateful for the use of silence, the scripting being on point in these previews, and the voice cast's talent, at least, so that alone gives me some real hope for this to be tolerable. go to »
Me too: trust me, you're not alone on that account. I'll be honest in saying my main reason for watching the dub of this is because I have a great respect for the dub voice cast's talents, even if I don't feel things could potentially pan out too well in the dubbing department (so far, it seems decent, but like you I'm a little hesitant right now). go to »
Michael Ansara will always be Mr. Freeze to me: he's the one who set the standard for how many of his successors (Maurice LaMarche in particular) would do the role.
Michael just gave the role so much weight and presence- his performance gave off the vibe of feeling like a real person who had undergone a tragedy just trying to escape from it all after taking vengeance on those who wronged him and his wife. He actually did modulate his voice acting later on like LaMarche did in later Batman: TAS episodes & in Batman Beyond before the character passed on for the final time, too, but sadly the clip doesn't reflect that.
That being said, I did really enjoy Clancy Brown & Maurice LaMarche's performances almost as much as well. go to »
Rebecca Honig's Maria was fairly good given the circumstances, although I feel her delivery lapses at times and is a bit forced: I think Moriah Angeline's delivery was more natural, so my vote's for her. go to »
I don't think there are going to be any visual edits since they weren't in Bonds Beyond Time's dub and the page said there wouldn't be twice now (let's hope they're not trolling), but what I am fearful of is the scripting (though so far it's surprisingly accurate, which I can only hope is the case in the actual Movie). Voice cast is actually very competent, too, so that works for me. Silence is something 4KMedia/Konami (along with Saban, DuArt/TPCi, Nelvana, you know the rest, etc.) normally has an aversion to, so it's nice to hear that as well.
There is only one issue I have right now with the dubbing, and one alone: the music re-scoring. While the dub score is actually mostly well composed based off the sneak peek and the trailer (except that "beach" theme), that's what bothers me more than anything. Having said this, I've had to put up with a lot worse in terms of dub music than this (e.g.) Mark Menza's DBGT score, Nathan Johnson's DBZ Remastered score, Ed Goldfarb's Pokemon XY(Z) score, so I have a high tolerance for it by now. go to »
That's one of the two, with the other being Dinosaur King: I was surprised to see them keep so much of the Japanese OST intact in both & actually adapt the scripts faithfully (most) of the time. Oddly enough, both were comprised of the same teams working on them, so I guess that might've been a factor. go to »
Sure, hope this helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvP9EAI3wNs. It's...not nearly as good as what we ended up getting in any shape or form to me (also, who is Corby?).
I actually agree- things worked out for the best in this case, at least from my point of view as well. As far as 4Kids goes, I think there are two Series they surprisingly dubbed fairly well, so I don't entirely hate everything they did like most seem to, but yes, all of what you said is true regardless. go to »
In my opinion, you made the right decision: the dub is honestly a parody of itself these days. Fans are making things like this out of it now, and I can't say I disagree:
I don't like how they replaced a majority of the script writers along with the voice actors, because to me, that's also had an adverse effect on the dub of the main Series, but that's another story for another day. go to »
Doug Parker's Mega Man sounds a lot like Popeye- what a miscast.
Christopher Gray is appropriately boyish, and he has a good performance here.
Gregory Smith's performance is very similar to Christopher Gray's take, except higher pitched.
Ian James Corlett is great as the older Mega Man. Also, I can't help but laugh knowing the later Ocean/AB Groupe of Dragonball Z used the same music score as in the old Mega Man cartoon.
Ruth Shiraishi is too girly and high pitched- another miscast.
Cole Howard's performance strikes a good balance between not sounding too deep or too high pitched as Mega Man, also giving a pretty solid rendition of Mega Man in terms of his acting, so my vote goes to him. go to »
Fun fact: This was the late Maddie Blaustein's favorite Pokemon Movie. I can say I completely agree with both of you, myself, I think it's the strongest installment in the Series so far (Movie 3 would be my runner up).
The OST was some of the best I've ever heard Shinji Miyazaki compose in the entire Series, too (I was happy the dub had the decency to leave it intact), and it's an excellent ending to the 4Kids Era of the dub.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YTkZGGPkHc go to »
True. I guess it's just that I didn't like how little screen time they gave Takeshi in the Arc: I think he deserved better, although admittedly most of my problems stem from the English dub's handling of him during that Series both in voice & dialogue. Yuji, on the other hand, still made Takeshi a lovable and earnest guy during DP, regardless. :) go to »
Alison LaPlaca's performance fits Baby Doll's woman-trapped-in-a-child's-body personality very well and she was able to shift the tone in her rendition of the character to reflect changes in Baby Doll's emotions really well.
Laraine Newman's performance is decent, but it doesn't carry the same weight or depth that Alison LaPlaca's did. go to »
- Aigami's dub voice is good.
- Tea's dub voice is good, I like how she sounds a little older.
- Kaiba's dub voice is good, and I really like how he's not shouting all his lines.
- Yugi's dub voice is good, and I like that it's not too deep.
- The dub score is actually listenable and not poorly made.
- Duke sounds a little off, but his dub voice is still decent.
- Script is accurate, except for that second line of Kaiba's, which isn't written in a stupid way, so I can give it a pass.
- Bakura's dub voice is good.
I can only hope the actual dub is handled this well. go to »
I liked Matthew Valencia and Eli Marienthal the most for the younger Robin/Tim Drake, and for the older Robin/Tim Drake, I'd go with Matthew Mercer. In terms of being the most well rounded, I feel that would be Cameron Bowen.
Troy Baker's really generic and low-pitched here, Wil Wheaton's way too deep for comfort, Charlie Schlatter is good but something's a little stiff with his delivery, Jonathan Roumie's performance is similar to Charlie Schlatter's, and Shane Sweet's voice is a bit low for the young Robin. go to »
That "Hunkalicious" line of dialogue aside (Really, Cloverway?), I actually think Emilie Barlow did better with Sailor Venus' voice out of these two performances. To me, she sounds really intelligent, warm, and her delivery comes across as more natural.
Stephanie Morgenstern still did a decent job, though, but I feel her performance is just a little bit older sounding, and her delivery gets forced when she has to yell (examples in the clip being "Up here, guys!" and "Smash!").
I haven't heard Cherami Leigh's take, so I cannot comment on her performance. go to »
He has the most age appropriate voice for Alucard and is also capable of emoting in a very sinister, smug, yet also intelligent way.
2. Robert Belgrade:
He also did a pretty good job as Alucard, making him sound really sinister and smug, but his voice is a little bit more adult sounding than that of a teenager.
3. Richard Madden:
He has a pretty cool and intelligent sounding timbre for Alucard (and the accent is a nice touch), but I feel his delivery is a bit too soft at times & he also sounds a little too old to me.
4. Ian James Corlett:
To be fair, at least it's entertaining, and it works for Captain N The Game Master's portrayal of Alucard, but it's not very fitting for anything outside of that- he sounds too much like a chilled out skateboarder otherwise. go to »
Batman Beyond really doesn't get the credit it deserves. Yes, I know, Bruce Wayne isn't Batman in this Series, but I think that's part of what makes it so unique- it takes a new approach and tries something different, rather than retelling a similar story with the same protagonist, and I like that it wasn't afraid to explore a new horizon like that.
It starts out with a futuristic Gotham, which is a tech wasteland and the youth have run amok, and Terry McGinnis (our main protagonist) is a former juvenile delinquent turned reformed teenager at the start of the Series. During a fight with Jokerz, Terry was saved by Bruce Wayne, who was the former Batman. Then, Terry seem an opportunity to avenge his father Warren's death, who was killed trying to reveal the truth behind Derek Powers' nerve gas, that could kill people with enough exposure to it. Upon Terry successful avenging his father's death, the former batman Bruce Wayne eventually comes to see McGinnis as a worthy successor, and he becomes the new Batman.
This show, from that point on, manages to maintain a meaningful, yet dark, atmosphere (the return of Mr. Freeze/Victor Fries before his final death, being able to redeem himself by doing some good before he meets his end), while also not shying away from incorporating comedy at times (a good example being the Bum on the train the Stalker confuses for Terry while trying to challenge him in a later episode): the Series never beats around the bush, and that's what makes it stand out to me. go to »
Scott Menville works best for the younger Robin, and Loren Lester works best for the older Robin.
Jesse McCartney, Josh Keaton, and JYB are also all pretty good as Robin. Nothing's bad about most of these performances, though, although Grey DeLisle and Brianne Siddall are a bit too effeminate to me in the part. go to »
Same here. I find it interesting how he can do that really smooth and intelligent sounding voice for Takeshi and then do something like the silly Sonans- Ueda has a really wide vocal range. go to »
I'm really glad Butch Hartman ended this Series when he did in hindsight, actually, it could've been strung out for too long and lost some of itself like Fairy OddParents did as time passed (in my opinion). go to »
It stars getting more mean-spirited later on and there are over 100 whip cracks in one episode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hxIi8j3QR0), sadly, but I think the first season before they switched to Flash Animation was decent/average. go to »
I don't like how James sounds like a goofy guy shouting his lines all the time who has a cold or stuffy nose now in the dub: it's aggravating, and really stood out to me whenever the character appeared in this Movie. Even Ted Lewis' stiff, flatly delivered performance and AG Eric Stuart's shouting goofiness were better, and that's saying a lot, imo.
Everyone has said what I think of Arceus' voice in this, enough said. go to »
@Jacob M. Keene
I think he'd make a pretty good Professor Oak with his warm and dulcet timbre, but I don't think the dub would have a high enough budget under any company for his talents, personally. go to »
All these performances fit the Peddler in different ways, but I think Bruce Adler's performance is a little more memorable than the others in terms of uniqueness- the late Robin Williams' performance is still very good, but his take is a little too similar to his Genie performance at times, and Corey Burton is a bit forced when compared to the others to me. go to »
Why must you unnecessarily accent, 4Kids? At least the dub didn't change her dialogue, though, she was still the same character in both versions in that aspect.
I'm surprised with Lisa Ortiz, though: at least she tried to do a different voice here for one of the many COTDs she voiced over the years- it's clearly her trying to do a British accent, but it's actually fairly good and fitting in this case, and unique. go to »
Debi Derryberry's take is more of what I had in mind here- sounds like an intelligent younger sister: Hynden Walch's take is pretty good second, but is a little soft, and Vicki Winters is sort of...err...old sounding at times. go to »
I actually sort of prefer Todd's performance here, actually, it seems really intelligent sounding and fitting for Grey Matter without being annoying: I do like Richard's take, but it's a little too high-pitched at times, Carlos...something's off, honestly, he sounds a little whispery and goofy, and Eric sounds nasally and too forced to me. go to »
It all makes sense now: Maddie must've been referring to this guy she voiced in Cubix when she was doing her Kureha performance in that One Piece dub (though to be honest, this was much better than her Kureha was to me). go to »
Tara Strong did well in her earlier seasons, but I think I prefer her take in the middle seasons the most- it wasn't too high, but it wasn't too low, either. In the later seasons, though, it's gotten really high pitched and it no longer really sounds like a 10 year old boy (more like a 6-8 year old boy). Her acting's always been fairly solid, though.
The late Mary Kay Bergman only had those "Oh Yeah! Cartoons" shorts to work with, but still, she had a really good boyish voice for the part- it's just her delivery could get sort of mean-spirited at times, but at least it's preferable (imo) to where Tara is with the role nowadays, so I have to credit her for that. go to »
The late Alan Reed was the perfect Fred Flintstone, honestly, I can't say anything about his performance....other than his voice was a perfect fit for the bumbling working man who was just trying to get through the day- he made him really entertaining, too, just a memorable performance all around.
Henry Corden managed to make the role of Fred his own, but I don't feel it's quite as energetic and distictive as Alan Reed's performance was, though at least it's entertaining and true to Fred's personality as a character.
Daws Butler wasn't bad, per se, but he's really generic and forgettable here- too plain at times, but at least it sounds like an actual person.
Scott Innes is often a great VA when it comes to trying to get a close match for the most iconic VA at times: I have to give him kudos for this- he was great as Shaggy in Scooby Doo, and his Fred was pretty decent here as well, despite that "Heavy duty!" line delivery of his being pretty forced.
James Arnold Taylor has the voice down pretty well, but his delivery is way too forced, and all he says is "Yabba dabba" with added gibberish to boot, rather than coming off as a real person.
I agree with Voiceactorfan1 that Jeff Bergman's initial performance sounded more like Alan Reed's take did than Henry Corden's does, but his performance later on was definitely too hoarse.
Maurice LaMarche sounds incredibly monotone and flat here- too dull, although it works for that mob boss incarnation they were going for there.
In terms of pitch, Scott Menville's boy voice is actually more believable than Lennie Weinrib's, but sadly he's miscast because it doesn't mesh well with the Adult voices for the character. On the other hand, Lennie Weinrib's take definitely sounds more like a younger version of Alan Reed's Fred, so I prefer it as it matches the character more in the end. go to »
True, although as early as Season 2 the dub's parody level dialogue started up- Season 3 is when it went full blast like you said: I admit I laughed at a few of the bad lines, but I'd have liked to see a more serious take on it as well.
(I find it interesting how 4Kids had their dub ending say he's "up there, among the stars," which basically implies he died in their canon- they were known for censoring that sort of thing in most of their dubs, so it's amusing they let that slide.) go to »
Well, that's fair, I guess I should say slower to grasp concepts or less...fast on the uptake, Big is sort of dim at times (there are characters like this from other ranchises like Recoome from Dragonball, I didn't mean to imply he's mentally disabled, sorry). go to »
True, I won't deny that, although I'm hoping Kaio gets a better dub voice in the alternate dub (sorry about using his dub name, but I don't find it offensive myself- I mean, Master Roshi isn't Kamesennin in the dub, for example). go to »
Same, though I'm glad he didn't cast himself here: Brian Maillard did a really convicing elderly man voice & it was nice to not have one of those stock Jimmy Zoppi elderly man voices for the role.
I also like how the dub wasn't afraid of the word "God" during Hoenn, something it has feared mentioning in every other saga before & after for some reason. go to »
The first game with 4Kids' cast in it, since Sega decided they wanted to put the Sonic X Anime voices in the games (not a good decision, in my opinion), and it's a mixed bag at best.
Shadow's voice is probably the most tolerable change of the main cast (thankfully since he's the main character), but it still lacked the emotion David Humphrey had, and is too stoic when it needs emotion. Amy's is decent, but too nasally at times. Maria's is good, actually, surprisingly solid coming from Rebecca Honig. Black Doom sounds like Sean is straining his throat to do the voice: it's a good performance, though. Knuckles' voice is better than I remember it being: I sort of wish Dan Green had stuck with this voice, rather than deepening it later, though Scott Dreier still fit the role more to me. GUN Commander is obviously Marc Thompson, but it works. Espio's voice is probably the only one I'd argue is an improvement, but still, Bill Corkery was improving his performance by Heroes so it's hard to say that for certain here. Charmy's voice is OK, but it's way too similar to 4Kids' Max's from Pokemon, only higher pitched and more forced. E-123 Omega's voice is good, but Jon St. Jon fit the part better.
Everyone else...jarring changes. J. Griff's Sonic does his trademark overemphasis on words so it's impossible to take anything he says seriously, Tails goes from sounding like a boy to sounding like a girl with a sore throat, Gerald Robotnik's voice is better than in Sonic X but still doesn't hold a candle to Marc Biagi, and Vector's voice change is so downright terrible, it makes Charmy & Espio sound alright in comparison. Rouge is perhaps the worst of the group- way too seductive and sultry, also sounding too old to boot, though a lot of people have said what I think of it on the voice compare: this portrayal also helped devolve the character into fan service as time passed, too. Most people liked Mike Pollock as Eggman from the start, but I'm hearing that weird overemphasis on words J. Griff's Sonic often gets criticized for having (which it does): at this time, I think Deem Bristow's take outclassed his take. go to »
Having an actor put on an accent is something you'd normally expect 4Kids to do, but in this case, TPCi did it: the results of it were...strange. To quote Dogasu, "The guy's accent is all over the place in the episode as the voice actor can't seem to figure out which country he wants this guy to be from. Ireland? Spain? Who knows?"
I do like that they kept Nando's polite speaking pattern, though, it's the sort of thing TPCi usually tends to remove entirely. go to »
I've heard worse performances in the Pokemon English dub (several Sinnoh & Kalos COTDs usurp this for me in terms of annoyance and that mustached guy in Battle Frontier), although this is easily my least favorite voice from an incidental character in terms of the 4Kids Era. Also, his line about a battle being "sweeter than a candy cane," nope. go to »
As much as I loathe Sean Schemmel's take on King Kai, I find the similar voice he used here a lot more fitting for Morrison here for some reason- maybe it's just because the character isn't a wisened sagely figure in this case, but instead a goofy trainer trying to work his way up through the ranks. Additionally, his delivery is a lot clearer at times here rather than garbled, especially in sad moments. go to »
Thomas McHugh's tone and delivery are way too wimpy for Doug: I can tell he's trying to go for a boy's voice, but it's a little bit high.
Billy West is a classic as Doug: his performance was really true to his normally quiet, shy personality, but he was able to bring out more emotions than that without making the character sound weak. go to »
I hate to say this, but neither VA did it for me here: both takes are too jarring, for different reasons. Sarah's laughing and delivery was just too forced and a little obnoxious to me in this particular role, and the Generations VA was a little too high and nasally in the part. go to »
I hate the fact Cheryl was more or less reduced to a fan service character in Generations, but in spite of this, I'm going to have say after giving it some thought, I prefer Stephanie Sheh's performance over Sarah Natochenny's for the character.
Sheh is a little young sounding at times, admittedly, but at least her delivery and acting are pretty solid & the pitch of her voice does settle into a medium pitch later on.
Natochenny...to be blunt, she was not a very experienced voice actress at the time of the DP dub, and it really shows after re-watching her portrayal of the character in the Anime- the acting is incredibly stilted and awkward, and her pitch wildly fluctuates from high to low to somewhere in between (the episode I re-watched was "An Angry Combeenation!"). go to »
"You see, though it makes me slightly ill to admit it, Jaden is absolutely right! I can beat you! I can 'throw down' and I can 'get my game on!' Blegh, I suddenly feel the need to rinse my mouth out." go to »
It's really impressive that Shinichiro Miki can do such a convincing lizard-like voice for the Pokemon while also doing the very suave, intelligent, yet goofy Kojiro (James), props to him for a display of his wide vocal range. go to »
I don't really like the character, and I don't like his voice in either Language (no fault of Julian or Kiyotaka's, respectively, but no 11 year old sounds like Paul/Shinji does), though I did find the fan theories on him being Brandon's son due to his appearance hilarious. go to »
I think Aki (Akiza in the dub) is one of the better performances in Erica's VO career. Initially, I felt she started out a bit deep/gruff for Akiza and sometimes she almost sounded like her take on Rally to me, but gradually, she found a decent medium pitch, and sounded especially solid when the character's calm and not dueling. go to »
I never knew Wayne Grayson could pitch his voice this high, but he did a pretty good take on Syrus, I enjoyed it. As bad as the dub dialogue is during GX, he had some of the funniest material to work with as well. go to »
A victim of 4Kids' stereotyping here, unfortunately, Southern hillbilly is not what the character is supposed to sound like at all. I mean, David Wills' performance is hilariously entertaining to listen to, but the "Sarge!" dialogue etc. don't work well for him. go to »
Jason Griffith was not bad as Atticus, but his voice reminded me way too much of a Surfer dude, and was eerily close to his Brawly voice from Pokemon (it worked for that character, but didn't work for this). go to »
I feel bad for Matt Charles: his voice acting was really fitting for Jaden, but he had to read some really bad dialogue, since the GX dub is almost parody level at times. Still, he was enjoyable in the role. go to »
Greg Abbey as Yusei surprisingly worked very well, despite my gripes with the 5D's dub: at first, he sounded too much like his Tristan from Duel Monsters, but his performance eventually evolves into a voice similar to Yuya Miyashita's take in the Japanese Version as seasons pass. go to »
Ted Lewis as Jack is sort of a mixed bag: I could understand what 4Kids was going for with Yami Bakura's dub voice in Duel Monsters since he had a polite nature in the Japanese Version, but nothing about Jack suggests an Australian accent to me at all.
Still, his acting and delivery were good, so it's not an irredemiable performance, but I think the voice they chose could've been better. go to »
I do prefer Junko Takeuchi's Red, and I think it seemed more fitting to cast a woman to voice a boy after all, but I won't discount that Bryce Papenbrook pulled off a surprisingly convincingly pre-pubescent boy voice for Red- he did a really great job, despite the casting choice not being ideal for the role. go to »
Jamieson Price was an excellent Giovanni: easily the best casting choice I've seen TPCi make in the decade they've had the dub license to the Pokemon Series (as far as characters from Generations 1-3 are concerned), though I still have a soft spot for Ted Lewis' portrayal in the main Anime (glad he got to come back, too)- just found his take was a little bit more unique, but I like both portrayals and I find it fortunate Giovanni seems to be one of the better handled characters in the English dubs of Pokemon.
(I wish Price got to be Giovanni in Generations, though...) go to »
Johnny Yong Bosch did a decent job as Brock, but it was too recognizably him for me to get anything substantive out of the performance. I would've cast Lex Lang as Brock myself, seems like a closer match to Eric Stuart than JYB is.
Like I said with Kyle Hebert's take on Professor Oak, though, it's a pleasant upgrade from Bill Rogers' take on the role, so I'm still satisfied in the end with JYB's performance. go to »
Kyle Hebert did a decent take on Professor Oak (I saw an Interview with PokePress on YouTube where he describes how he ended up picking the voice he ended up using for the role), but I would've chosen Kirk Thornton or Steve Staley to do his voice in the Origins dub, myself.
At any rate, it was a pleasant upgrade from JCC's take on the role, so I was grateful for that much. go to »
Maddie Blaustein's take on Rex Goodwin had this really refined, intelligent, gentlemanly like delivery & tone: it worked fairly well for the role, too, arguably the best performance in the 5D's dub as whole.
Oliver Wyman's performance is a near spot on imitation to Maddie Blaustein's, pretty good as well, but the timbre is slightly deeper, so the edge goes to the late Maddie Blaustein for me on this one. go to »
Paul Eiding's performance as Grandpa Max was very unique and memorable: he was able to sound like a genuinely wise and intelligent elderly figure, while also managing to make the character very lovable with his gentle and smooth delivery. He was a perfect fit for the role in every possible way, honestly.
David Kaye's performance is okay, but he definitely sounds more middle aged than elderly, and his take doesn't carry quite the same amount of depth Paul Eiding's take did. go to »
To me, Pokemon Generations is honestly pretty average as a whole: I don't think it's bad, per se, but I also don't think it's good in any objective sense. Pokemon Origins was more along the lines of something that could leave a long-lasting impact on you (despite having only one Generation's worth of material to work with), and I also believe its English dub, utilized the LA talent to a stronger degree than this Series did, to be honest.
To begin with, I'll discuss my thoughts on its English dub to get that out of the way, first...one thing I noticed is there was inconsistency in the pronunciation of some terms. This is a minor thing, nothing serious, but about half the characters would say "Pok-ay-mon" (which is how the franchise's English name of Pokemon is correctly pronounced), while the other half of the characters would say "Pok-uh-mon" as well (the incorrect pronunciation): consistency with this would've been nice to hear, because it was a little distracting at times.
Another thing was Suicune's English name is supposed to be pronounced "Swee-coon," not "Soo-ee-cune," like it was in Episode 6 of the dub- I only bring this up because people held the Chronicles dub to that standard with Raikou's pronunciation (that is to say, "Rai-koo" when it's supposed to be "Rai-koh" like the Anime dub said it), so I figure I should do the same for the Generations dub, since it too fell prey to making a similar error in this regard.
Now, the actual issue I found with the English dub...was, as CelestialOuroboros mentioned earlier, the spotty voice acting. On the one hand, I feel there's some pretty good voice acting from certain characters (to name the performances I felt were the strongest- Cyrus, Ghetsis, N, Burgh, Looker, and Drayden), but there's also some below average voice acting from other characters (to name the performances I felt were the weakest- Lance, Agatha, Courtney, Maxie, Archie (sorry, guys), Giovanni, Mars, Jupiter, and Skyla). The performances I didn't list, for the most part, fall squarely in the "forgettable, average" bin for me, so that's all I have to say about this aspect.
To be fair, this was Ellyn Stern's first attempt at voice directing a cast in the Pokemon franchise: for what it's worth, I think she did a decent job when all is said and done, but I also do think it could've been better than it was, at the same time.
Now for Pokemon Generations (not the dub) in general, the Series is comprised of shorts that cover select events from the main Series video games: it works well for that, but when you get down to it...at its core, I feel there's a real lack of creativity and depth to a lot of the characters. Some episodes tend to have better focus than others, but ultimately, you're getting a, "I've seen this before and/or done that already" feeling from the entire thing if you played the video games, prior to watching it.
There was some very strange dialogue/script writing in the Series, an issue I feel could possibly be derived from the source material in Japan itself (there are no English subtitles for the 12 Japanese episodes that are out just yet, so I'm not going to fault the dub for this): some of the phrasing comes off as strange and eccentric, things people (or kids, depending on the situation) would never say in real life, like "I'll smash your ice into a million pieces," "I'll freeze him right into place," "Dude, we gotta get outta here, dude," and so on.
There were three moments in particular in the Series that I couldn't help but question while watching it, namely Archie droning on about, "As long as I have the Blue Orb, Kyogre will do my bidding," in Episode 8, then tossing it away anyway like a complete idiot in spite of his grunt Shelly telling him, "Archie, don't do it," the whole thing with Cheryl eating at the table while they emphasized...well, her mouth...while eating in Episode 10 (fan service?), and when Emma kicked the Espurr for no real reason at all in Episode 17, in spite of it doing nothing to her at all.
Despite my issues with it, on the whole, Generations is likable enough for what it's trying to be...but on the whole, it's honestly nothing I'm going to think *extremely* highly of, in a long term sense. It did a good job of trying to capture the spirit of the games, I liked the ending with AZ being a pretty sweet one, and I can see what merit people find in it, but I also think it isn't this "savior" from the Anime people were claiming it would be on YouTube etc. go to »
I admit Nyasu's voice is a little reminiscent of Marge Simpson at times and it was a bit of an acquired taste of me, but Inuko gives him a lot of character and it helps that his dialogue isn't chock full of unfunny slang like "Dig it," "lugs," etc. in the Japanese version, so I like her take on the role and I will take it any day over JCC's portrayal. go to »
Frankie Muniz's voice is more fitting despite it being generic, while Jason Marsden's acting/delivery is better despite the voice being a little irritating: it's honestly a tie, though I'm voting for Muniz, since his take is more unique, while Marsden just recycled Tino's voice from The Weekenders, but made the delivery sharper. go to »
I prefer the older episodes of this Series back when it seemed a little more unique, although regarding its dubs:
The FUNimation One Piece dub isn't perfect by any means, but it's a pretty good dub that translates reasonably faithfully from the Original without the script coming off as wooden (although it takes a few liberties here & there in terms of inserting in cursing or adding in jokes where it's unneeded, but nothing of significance otherwise). The English voice cast is also very competent in their roles, and the music is all kept, along with some of the Japanese intros being dubbed into English (not all, but most were). I'm actually glad they got it after 4Kids did, though, mainly because Eric Vale was initially going to be Luffy and that casting is (imo) all wrong for the part- Andrew Chandler also made Zoro sound too evil at times and Chris Sabat was not unique as Helmeppo at all, so I'm really glad Colleen Clinkenbeard got Luffy, Chris Sabat got Zoro, and Troy Baker got Helmeppo when FUNimation took over dub rights.
The 4Kids One Piece dub was (frankly) a disaster of epic proportions, combining the companies' worst practices in any of their other dubs, all into one single dub, which many have argued over the years is the worst dub ever made: it replaces all the music with a score that is languid and dull, has pretty bad voice acting (especially from Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp's VAs of the main cast, to name a few), a bad rap intro, terrible script writing (count how many puns there were every episode, and some words were gibberish, "a gazzilion miles," "Tracheon toymonger," etc.), numerous edits everywhere ("super soakers," Laboon the iceberg, etc.). It not only single-handedly manage to destroy their reputation outright, but it also curses any remotely decent dub 4Kids elsewhere did of being lumped in with this one, and thus all their dubs are labeled as garbage by default, regardless of their differing quality. Even 4Kids admitted they didn't want the license to this Series and were holding onto it in desperation until they could drop it because they got One Piece in a package deal with Shaman King and Ultimate Muscle back in 2004. I'd even go as far as to say this is one of two reasons 4Kids ended up going bankrupt later on and going out of business: as for the second reason, I'll keep it to myself, I'd rather not disclose that one for now. To say I have a low opinion of this dub is an understatement, to put it mildly.
(However, I will concede that Diraison's Zoro and Jayne's Kaya were my lone comforts of sitting through a little of it, but it's very painful regardless.)
The Odex One Piece dub is actually a more faithful translation of the Series script-wise than either the 4Kids or FUNimation dubs, and yet, therein lies the problem: it's literally woodenly translated, and many of the dialogue sounds like it's been verbatim Google Translated from the Original. In addition, the voice acting is so poor all around that it makes the 4Kids' dub's acting seem tolerable in comparison, so to say the least, I feel it's not good. go to »
Easily the best dubbed saga of Dragonball by FUNimation pre-Kai, and for the most part, their dub is still pretty good- it takes a few liberties with the script writing at times, but it's a lot better in that regard than Z or GT's dubs were. The voice acting is also fitting, too, and the Japanese score is intact as well (except for one insert song during the Red Ribbon Saga, but that's purely nitpicking anyway).
I can't say anything about the Blue Water dub since I haven't seen much of it, although from what I've heard, it seems pretty good as well. go to »
Blue Water's GT dub has a more accurate script translation, while FUNimation's GT dub has better voice over work, to me: pros and cons to both dubs. FUNimation included the Japanese score for GT on their DVD releases, so I can't hold that against their dub now, although I will say as much as we like to rag on Bruce Faulconer/Scott Morgan, that score was tolerable compared to Mark Menza's score for this Series. go to »
A surprisingly underwhelming performance from Tara Jayne here- maybe it's just the lack of enough dialogue, but I didn't care for it at all (although it's at least nice to hear from her again). I prefer her as Ritchie & Jasmine over Cynthia, honestly.
Emily Bauer fits more with what I imagined Cynthia would sound like (and believe me, I don't have good things to say about the DP dub at all). go to »
I don't really like his dub voice, but Eric Stuart's performance was considerably more natural and less forced than JCC's, and he had less stupid dialogue to work with as well, so I prefer it as the lesser of two evils here. go to »
Eric Stuart's performance as Bonsly was a lot more endearing and cute despite him only getting once chance at it in the 8th Movie: Bill Rogers' take on it didn't really do it for me- too nasally. go to »
Bill Rogers is a pretty good Bruno (still not a fan of his at all, though, but this performance shows that casting him in a role that actually suits his vocal timbre & directing him well can lead to a good performance in the Series from him), but I still think Maddie Blaustein brought far more character, warmth, and sincerity to her portrayal of Bruno and she'll always be my definitive voice for the character. go to »
Oh, the standard has sunk dramatically for the Pokemon's voices to me, sadly- it started around the BW dub: you have the high pitched voice for centipede like Scolipede, a Cookie monster voice for the alien like Beheeyem, and Eelektross sounds muffled and garbled at the same time in English.
It's gotten intolerable in XY(Z) and SM's English dubs, though, Ash's Talonflame sounds like a jock-like person screaming in the mic in the dub, his Noivern sounds like a vampire that got hit trying to expel fluids, Greninja sounds like Gollum/Stitch, Alolan Sharpedo sounds creepily deep, and Alolan Exeggutor sounds drunk and stupor like. go to »
A significant improvement all around from FUNimation's original take on DBZ in terms of the English dub of Kai: the voice cast sounds a lot more natural and less forced in the roles, and the dialogue/script writing is significantly more faithful than back then, which was a nice surprise- keeping the Japanese score was much appreciated, too. The Dragonball FUNimation Kai dub is all around very professional now, and mostly competent, so a lot of my gripes with previous dubs of Dragonball were alleviated with this one. Doc Morgan's narration also seems a lot more fitting to me than Kyle Hebert's style was, although I didn't mind Kyle's take on it much, either.
That said, I do wish J. Michael Tatum had done a little less "Shakespearean" type dialogue for Zarbon & Vegeta during the Namek Saga dub (and I'm still not pleased with Schemmel's King Kai at all, I can forgive Recoome since he doesn't show up later anyway), but I really liked the voice acting from Schemmel's Goku/Nail, Sabat's Vegeta/Piccolo, Rial came into her own with Bulma by the Cell Saga dub (although I honestly found her Namek Saga dub performance in Kai very annoying), etc. a lot. Kyle Hebert's Gohan has also begun to sound a lot younger and more natural than he did back in the old DBZ dub, so that's nice to hear. go to »
When it comes to Dragonball Z, even though I think none of the dubs are "good" from an objective standpoint, I think the Ocean dub of the first 53 episodes & 3 Movies was a more professional production than the initial FUNimation dub or later AB Groupe/Ocean dub was.
Now the old Saban/Ocean dub still suffered from edits, cuts, script rewrites (the one about Bardock being a "brilliant scientist" being unintentionally hilarious in hindsight, though, and the "other dimension" thing while dumb, is amusing), you name it, but it had a professional voice over cast with experience in the industry & Shuki Levy/Ron Wasserman's dub score was adequate enough/fitting in the main Series, and they treated the first 3 Movies with a surprising degree of care & respect (no dub music, only a few marginal second cuts, only a few script changes, and Peter Kelamis' yell as Goku was almost near identical to Masako Nozawa's).
FUNimation's initial dub here has not aged well: in fact, I'd say this is by far the worst dub the company has ever done. Seasons 3-4 of this dub in particular had more stupid dialogue than Seasons 1-2 ever did, especially anything that came out of Frieza's mouth (so many bad lines that I'm not sure where to begin, so I won't), Piccolo's "More like burnt toast," Krillin's "I'm locked on and ready to kick butt," Goku's "It must be my diet," Captain Ginyu's "I hope you're wearing clean underwear because you're about to take a trip to the emergency ward," Yamcha's "Cat loves food, yeah, yeah, yeah," or Vegeta's "This is going to be easier than coloring inside the lines," etc. That's not to say the old FUNimation dub is entirely without its decent moments, and by the Buu Saga, it improved notably in the voice acting & script translation departments, but Bruce Faulconer/Scott Morgan etc's music score was incredibly jarring throughout with the techno rock thing it seems like he was going for, and it never shuts up, droning constantly throughout episodes (though I liked some of their themes, the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and Ginyu Transformation ones are great in particular) and many of the VAs had incredibly rocky starts as their characters.
As for the AB Groupe/Ocean dub of later seasons, a lot of the performances from the talented Vancouver cast actually got significantly worse due to cycling through different voice over talent, directors, etc, and it seemed rushed, so I don't have a high opinion of it, although at least Matt Smith improved his Tien voice a bit.
Though, I'll say this, I'd rather watch any of the old DBZ dubs than the Big Green/AB Groupe or Speedy Company/Malaysian dubs because at least the voice-over performances are nowhere near that grating. go to »
Samara Naeymi's delivery is a bit too snobbish for me and her accent is a little forced, so I'm going to have to say I prefer Kira Buckland's performance for Malva, it sounded more natural and less...eccentric?
Also, Samara had to work with the half-hearted directing and scripting of the current Anime dub, and we ended up getting "Dog pulse, go" from it lately, so that kind of sours the pot for me on her Malva. go to »
I prefer H.D. Quinn's deeper timbre in terms of the voice he used for Lysandre, but I think both himself and the Generations VA had some very forced and eccentric line deliveries that threw me completely off at times, so I can't say I have any real preference here. go to »
Sticking with Kevin Conroy, but I will say that Troy Baker would now be tied with him for my favorite rendition of the character, at least in the Telltale Series (not here, I can't stand him in this clip). go to »
This Series had a pretty interesting conclusion, although I'm curious if Telltale will make a Telltale Series 2 given the way it ended. Troy Baker's Batman performance was truly remarkable in this game (as opposed to his previous attempt at it), and he managed to bring a lot in the way of depth and character to his portrayal, also differentiating between the billionaire playboy persona of Bruce Wayne to the dark, brooding Batman very nicely and almost seamlessly.
The rest of the voice acting was extremely on point, too, at least as far as the main cast goes: Travis Willingham made Two Face seem like such a tragic character struggling to grip with reality, Laura Bailey did a surprisingly great Catwoman/Selina Kyle performance full of subtleties in her delivery, and Jason Spisak's performance as Penguin is deliciously smug and the accent is a nice touch. I also really loved Enn Reitel's intelligent yet warm sounding performance as Alfred, and Dave Fennoy was just great as Lucius. Anthony Ingruber's performance as Joker was fairly average, although I feel that he showed a lot of potential in the role, particular with his laugh.
I must say that, for the first time, I'm torn between Kevin Conroy and Troy Baker's take in the Telltale Series here, for my favorite English voice over performance as Batman in general. If there was ever someone I'd want to be Conroy's successor, though, it would definitely be Baker under this kind of vocal direction.
All in all, this was a great new take on the franchise, and well worth checking out. go to »
No, I don't think it's just you, although I personally am very glad the Japanese voices were retained for the Pokemon, since if it were NYC based...well, I don't know if you've heard the latest dub voices for Pokemon, but...well, listen to this...http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_nr5d60hQcs1r2en1ko1.mp3
(This is Goodra's actual dub voice, not joking.) go to »
The thing is the dub didn't even try to translate most of Samson Oak's puns...the Solrock and Porygon ones were the only ones to make it through, while the rest were entirely omitted for generic dialogue, with the exception of the "Hey, look at them Rapidash!" one I mentioned earlier, which in fact, was dub-only (in the original, he said "They seem to be feeling happy" instead).
Not to mention the fact TPCi erased the Z Move kanji text both times it was on screen (once in each episode, respectively), and Sophocles' Togedemaru gets a dub voice, which makes it the first electric rodent to not keep its Japanese voice..and unlike Kapu-Kokeko, Tapu Koko in the dub is simply referred to as a guardian...he's not a deity like in the original.
There's a lot of differences I didn't touch on between SM's dub and sub so far in general, but these are the gist of it...for now. go to »
I think Dan sounds notably different (and better) in the Duelist Kingdom Arc than in successive Arcs with his Yami voice- it's considerably smoother and less gruff, matching the age a lot better, after re-watching the dub.
Still, GreenGoblin75's point stands as well, I can see why they made it gruffer since he is an ages old pharaoh so it still works, but I know you're referring to his physical age. go to »
True, but honestly, I feel Jamieson overacted even more than Sean did as Archie upon re-watching their respective performances again, and was twice as forced. Sean actually sounded really natural when he was talking to Maxie as Archie in the Anime like a smug boss of henchman- it's when Archie's possessed by the Blue Orb that the shouting/overacting starts in Sean's case, whereas with Jameison, it's constant overacting to me.
And as I've said before, I prefer Anime Archie in general because at least he held on to his blue orb, but I'll elaborate on my stance if a VC ever gets made. go to »
To me, the Pokemon VO is fine to me, I don't have a problem with that (and I'm very happy their dub voices from the Anime & Movies weren't used), but the human VO is very poor, especially Nia, Elinn, and Travis' performances. Additionally, some of the dialogue said by humans is awkwardly phrased & written.
I'll admit, however, this doesn't really matter, though, at least the game is fun and they at least attempted to do something new rather than endlessly rehash the same thing here. go to »
You raise a good point, but I feel like a lot of the side characters that appeared didn't get enough time to be fleshed out enough to leave a strong impact. Origins was good, but it's not perfect, IMO. go to »
I honestly agree with you and Torak on this one after giving it some thought, really. Eli was more unique than the others, Chris did well but wasn't quite as memorable, and Sean was too recognizable here. go to »
BW Anime: Bill Rogers sounded villainous, but he was kind of croaky and raspy as Ghetsis, so I didn't really care for his performance.
Generations: Patrick Seitz really got the character's nature down very well- he was able to make Ghetsis sounds very regal, authoritative, and also intelligent yet smug at the same time: definitely one of the standouts from this Series, to say the least. go to »
Obviously Andrew Chandler has the most amount of presence and smugness in his performance, but it's really funny how Ed Marcus used pretty much the exact same voice for many of his roles, whether it be Daiz, Turles, Cooler, etc. Also, he always takes awkward pauses between some of his words, it's too funny. go to »
Not them, but I don't think it matches the new design well, personally. I say this because the Animators in Japan made Ash look younger in SM, so the performance is even stranger to listen to coming out of him now to me. I'd rather listen to Rica Matsumoto's Satoshi at this point- just seems to fit him a lot more. go to »
I honestly really like how Wayne voiced Lance, especially in those infamous Team Magma & Aqua 2-episode special episodes: he gave him a lot of character and warmth in his performance, especially when he was reassuring Ash that Pikachu would be okay & when he was telling Maxie how wrong he believed his beliefs were. go to »
Greg Abbey definitely fit Tabitha more than the Generations VA: my opinion really hasn't changed here after re-watching both performances. Granted, I still dislike the design ORAS Tabitha regardless compared to RSE Tabitha, but I still think the voice was way too high and snooty to me regardless vs. Greg Abbey. go to »
BW Anime: Nicholas DiMichele actually did a really good job, which I feel is pretty rare for the dub these days, so I actually prefer his performance out of anyone else who did the role. His take was pretty well rounded, and he was able to change his inflections to suit N's emotions nicely.
BW2 Trailer: Tom Wayland sounded too dreary and he sounded too old- definitely not what I had imagined N would sound like.
Generations: Supposedly, Grant George does the part, and I can say I liked his acting, but I didn't really think the voice was all that fitting- like Torak mentioned, he sounds a bit old at times. OK, though, it could've been much worse considering how the acting in this Series has been as a whole. go to »
I'm amazed how much more likable Maxie & Archie were in the Anime than in Generations: they both had actual motivations and reasons for doing what they wanted to do, and their dub voices were also a lot more fitting, IMO.
Marc Thompson's performance here is one reason for this, though, he really brought a smug yet snooty tone to Maxie, but was also able to make the character sound intelligent, without coming off as bland or flat. go to »
Jeff Bennett gets to do something a bit different from his usual range as Hamsterviel, and honestly, I think his performance here is very fitting and unique. I mean, yes, it can get a bit over the top, but it really matches the mad scientist like nature of the character nicely.
Kirk Thornton is alright, but he sounds more forced and a bit generic. go to »
As for Team Rocket, well...I don't honestly care for them in SM, either, so far. Many dislike Jessie's new design for the Arc, and I can say I'm included in that group- she looks like a stereotype of a witch now, not kidding, but beyond that she's still a silly goofball. James is also still being a goofball making silly faces as well- the only time he was tolerable was when he talked about Mimikyu giving them help, but aside from that, nothing has changed. Meowth is oddly the most tolerable, and has the most personality without going into 100% flanderized territory, but still, he lacks a lot of depth he used to have.
On the subject of Mimikyu, I don't honestly like how the Anime has handled it: it's just supposed to be a lonely creature that dresses up as Pikachu in the hopes it can get friends, but the Anime makes it into this evil creature that wants revenge on Pikachu and will do anything to get it because...it does? Lame, honestly. go to »
Super started off great, with a really lighthearted yet funny atmosphere, and as Shaun Ince said, it came off as more like Dragonball at the start, then it hit its low point IMO so far with the rehashing of the events of Battle of Gods (though even then, there's some really funny moments, notably anything involving Vegeta), and as of late we got a great arc with Future Trunks and Black Goku that's recaptured my interest again in the Series, though it's more akin to Dragonball Z now- it seems to be picking up on the slack, though, and I'm glad about that much.
There's been some infamous QUALITY animation in it, though, but at least it was good for a laugh, if nothing else. go to »
The thing is Takeshi Kusao's Trunks voice is very smooth, so that's my issue with Vale's current portrayal: if he goes back to his older one with the Kai acting for Super's dub, then I'll have no issue with it, that being said. I agree the acting's better, but the voice itself I don't find nearly as fitting as the one he used initially.
Both Joe Alaskey and David Doyle did very well as Lou Pickles: not going to vote out of respect for the both of these men- may they both RIP. Truly great performances as the wise and kindly, elderly Lou Pickles. go to »
Eric Stuart did, apparently: kind of wish they went with this intro, Dan as the narrator, and Eric as Gol D. Roger instead of what 4Kids ended up doing (which as we all know was a disaster beyond anything else they did), but I digress. go to »
Excellent. He manages to make Hercule sound like an everyday guy who's just struggling to get through it all with all those Saiyans and crazy powered up guys around him with their "light tricks" and "fancy mirrors" as far as he knows, but also the braggart who believes he's unmatched and tries to sound tough to make himself look good in front of others. The gruffness and comedy in his tone & delivery are highly entertaining, yet, he's also able to make the character seem pretty down to Earth and serious at other points. Easily one of FUNimation's best casting choices in their Dragonball dubs, IMO, it couldn't be more spot on.
2. Jamieson Price:
He's pretty good as usual, giving the character a commanding and powerful sort of voice, but so far I don't think he quite has the same kind of gruffness, energy, and comedy in his tone that Chris Rager brings to the role. I'm interested in hearing more from him, though, he already shows a lot of potential in the role.
3. Paul Bandey:
Surprisingly good, he manages to channel Chris Rager at points, while also making the role his own. That being said, his delivery is often stilted and he struggles to emote properly at times.
4. Don Brown:
I don't think he's bad at all, but I feel that he gets a bit too high pitched at times where it's not called for when compared to the others- still, it's OK, certainly better than...
5. Dave Pettitt:
At least Don Brown attempted to get the character down in his own way, so he deserves credit for that. This performance, on the other hand...is way too plain and generic for the role. Nothing about this screams the bumbling yet braggart "Mr. Satan" to me at all. go to »
I see nothing has actually changed as usual, unfortunately: I at least hope the script isn't altered this time around- if they handled like they did for Duel Monsters during Duelist Kingdom & DOMA's Arcs and don't mess around like with Battle City or Memory World, I'll be fine with it, though.
And great, another Series that won't stopped re-scoring Movies with dub music, as if Pokemon isn't bad enough about this nowadays. I mean, I don't think Joel D. is nearly as bad a composer as whoever does the Arc V dub's stuff or Ed Goldfarb from the current Pokemon dub, but still, dub scoring is frankly unacceptable to me in 2016, no matter who does it.
The only reason I'll be watching this dubbed is for Dan Green, Eric Stuart, and Wayne Grayson, honestly, it's been too long since I've heard anything major from them, and I think they're legitimately good VAs put under such constraints, it sucks. go to »
Jason Spisak is a fine VA: he has some great range, and he always gives the characters he portrays depth. I think his recent performance as Penguin is one of his best roles, too, he really makes the character seem intimidating and brooding, but also pretty smug and self satisfied at the same time. go to »
Travis Willingham's actually pretty great as Two Face: easily one of the better voices the character's had, IMO. It doesn't top Richard Moll's portrayal for me, but it definitely does it justice. go to »
I'm going to have this one to Don Messick: he's the one who set the standard for how Scooby Doo would be voiced by many of his successors, who are simply attempting to emulate what came before them in this case to me. Of them, Frank Welker probably does the best impression, with Hadley Kay being the most off base. go to »
Out of his three dub voices...honestly, I think I prefer Wayne Grayson's performance the most from the Anime. It's definitely true that he sounds a bit ordinary, but there was a certain earnestness and humility to his delivery, and warmth in his performance, that really made me think of Lance as a true Champion who was able to be humble at times, despite his grand position. The Anime sort of characterized Lance this way as well in general, as opposed to a fierce battler msot of the time, so Wayne's take worked pretty well for that incarnation.
I like the Origins' VA's performance too, and he matches the elegant design most, but something about it just felt a bit bland at times. Granted the character barely got anything to say, ironically, something Generations in general suffers from with most of its characters...yet wasn't the case for Lance, oddly enough.
Benjamin Diskin is a great VA, I liked his performances as Stitch in the Anime and Niger Uno from CKND a lot, but he fell flat for me as Lance: he sounded a bit too young, and his delivery was monotone at times. Still, he's not terrible or anything, I can see merit to his performance and why some would like it. go to »
I get what you're saying: honestly, I wish Dan was the Anime Eusine working with that dub script instead of the Chronicles one & the correct pronunciation Lewis was directed to have- would've been my ideal English portrayal of Eusine, honestly. All three have their pros & cons as it stands, though, IMO. go to »
I can see your logic, though for me, I feel like Ted's Eusine got better as the episode with him progressed and got less scratchy (I also feel he had the best quality dialogue & script of the three to work with, and he got the pronunciation of "Rai-koh" correct), while with Dan Green, thought the accent is obviously forced, I still felt he had a very regal & elegant quality to his portrayal- it matches how I expected Eusine to sound pretty well.
Kyle Hebert just sounded like he completely sleepwalked through his performance for me here- it just came off as flat and I couldn't get his role of Aizen out of my head here: also where Dan had "Rai-kou-uu," Kyle had "Soo-i-cune," so that speaks for itself. go to »
Well, there is Mr. Wayland kind of being rude to this guy at another convention he was at in person, if it helps (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EuH-5Fv87g, it's somewhere at the beginning of the video where he says, "Are you gonna answer how I got into this for me?"), though this guy's rant I linked was done after he met him at a Midwest Media Expo Con- shame he didn't record it, though.
However, after his...well, you know, allegations...I'm honestly inclined to believe the guy who was ranting on the subject, myself. go to »
1) You can't stop people from preferring Nadolny if that's how they feel: they have the right to an opinion. While it's debatable on any poll on the site whether the winner is the best or not, if people end up choosing one performance as the best, then I think we should respect that.
2) The people who prefer Nadolny may prefer it out of genuine preference without nostalgia, as well, I have seen some comments here that offer a good case for why that is. Just because I don't think Nadolny is the best Gohan, that doesn't mean everyone who disagrees is wrong, or didn't give Clinkenbeard etc. a chance. go to »
Understandable, though I actually prefer Eileen Stevens myself- still too screechy and overacted at times admittedly, but I felt there was more energy and a deeper character there for some reason. go to »
Yeah, I can see where you're coming from: I think Anthony's Joker is decent myself, though- it's nothing special, definitely, but he still has some moments of sounding menacing and smug at times, and at least it's not the worst Joker by any means. He sounds a bit like Sonny Strait from the Texas voice over talent at times, IMO. go to »
@Smash The Oni
I'd agree, but the performance declines in BW116's dub, and considering what happened to both Brock as well as Team Rocket later on in general...maybe it was for the best Misty left when she did. go to »
I'll let that go, then, but no way am I letting the other issues the dub has go, personally: still it's Pinap, not Pine-ap, regardless, so it threw me off- one fansub had her say "Pineapple juice" so I guess it was wrong in this case. go to »
I honestly really like the concept this was going for, not retelling the same story over & over again but instead trying to expand it, but its execution was lacking. Still, Rino Romano got to make a name for himself as Spiderman at the time, so I found it cool for that alone. go to »
I honestly really like the concept this was going for, not retelling the same story over & over again but instead trying to expand it, but its execution was lacking. Still, Rino Romano got to make a name for himself as Spiderman at the time, so I found it cool for that alone. go to »
I'M SO PSYCHED
KEEP MOVIN' AHEAD AND YA CAN'T GO WRONG, BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY WE ROLL
TIME TO STEP/PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE GAS
DIG IT, JACK! LUGS! FEVERISHLY FINDING THE RARE REPTILE BEFORE BEDTIME! PILFERING US UP A BUNCH OF PRIMO POKEMON PRIMO PERPS! PINEAP JUICE? CHEEYAH! I'M NOT A NOOB! IT'S FUN TO MUG WHILE YOU'RE CUTTIN' A RUG! MORE NAMES THAN YOU CAN FIND IN A BABY BOOK!
And who can forget this gem?
THIS IS THE WAY WE MAKE THE ANTENNA, MAKE THE ANTENNA, MAKE THE ANTENNA, THIS IS THE WAY ME MAKE THE ANTENNA SO EARLY IN THE MORNING!
(To answer your question, yes, unfortunately.) go to »
She had the most character in her performance, sounding pretty dignified, courageous, natural, and spunky of the English dub VAs Mai got, and it worked very well for the character.
2. Kathleen Delaney:
I found her intolerable as Rouge, but she's actually pretty good as Mai, though is a bit snootier and condescending when compared to Erica Schroeder. Shame that Uncut release didn't go on longer: I would've loved to hear more of this performance & that dub in general.
3. Erica Schroeder:
It wasn't bad by any means, though she was a bit too flat and stiff in the role when compared to the other two. Okay, but not great.
4. Alison Lester:
Pretty forced performance, along with stilted delivery at times: she sadly manages to sound even more dazed and confused than Erica Schroeder did in the role, so I find this a miscast. go to »
The weak points of the Sun & Moon dub (a) are mainly the characters' voices that were recast from the 4Kids Era still being unfitting for the roles, (b) Lana, Mallow, Sycamore's dub voices aren't fitting, they need a lot of work, & (c) the script writing/dialogue can get fairly jarring at points, so far.
I would honestly rather watch the 4Kids dub of Kanto, Johto, & AG over this, along with TPCi's dub of Unova, over their SM dub, myself. On the plus side, at least it's nowhere near as painful as TPCi's dubs of BF, DP, or XY-XYZ, though, and I'm honestly pretty happy about that much.
Still, I'm going to watch SM in Japanese way more than the dub, because the English dub mostly has some really annoying vocal performances and stupid dialogue that put me off it.
P.S. In case you're wondering why I haven't offered an opinion on the dub's intro, that's because no one has put it online yet. go to »
So I just saw the two English dub episodes of Sun & Moon thanks to the UK users, who were kind enough to share it with the rest of us, and I have a LOT to say about it...here goes!
- As usual, the sneak peek leaves the Japanese OST alone: I have a feeling 90% of it will be replaced retroactively later on like it was the case for XY & XYZ's dub episodes (as well as all 3 Movies), but hey, better enjoy it while it lasts if that is the case! I hope I'm wrong about this, but considering how the concurrently dubbed XY-XYZ saga has fared so far, I don't have any reason to doubt this will be the case in its Series Proper run...since it was also the case for the sneak peek of XY's first 2 dub episodes they only left it alone temporarily, too.
- Mr. Mime's dub voice is very good, but it's always been voiced by Kayzie Rogers since Season 1, so that comes as no surprise here.
- Samson Oak's dub voice is WAY better than I was expecting: thank GOD they didn't go with JCC for him like I feared! He not only actually sounds like an old man, but one that is also goofy & fun loving. I really like this VA, surprisingly.
- I actually like Sophocles' dub voice...he was a character I feared TPCi was going to mess up, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. He sounds more like a boy than Ash does in this dub! Out of the four newer characters, I think he actually received the best dub voice!
- Bewear and Tapu Koko's dub voices are actually okay, if a bit too squeal-y and rough at points, respectively.
- Is it just me, or is dub Lillie sounding a lot like Haven Paschall's Serena voice? I'm not sure how to feel about this at all so I'm staying "meh" on it right now. Not the most original casting choice at all if it is her...although, I admit if it is her, she sounds more natural as Lillie than she ever did as Serena. Regardless, whoever dub Lillie is, she does a decent job- not unique at all, but it's alright, just needs some fine tuning and it'll work.
- Kiawe's dub voice is decent, although the actor's acting is a bit TOO toned down and lax at times where it requires energy in the performance. If he puts more energy in his performance, he could be good, though.
- Ash's dub VA (Sarah Natochenny) is miscast now more than ever before: for one thing, she makes a 10 year old boy, sound like a 20+ year old woman doing a raspy, deep voice, which you could've argued would still fit for the older looking XY Ash, but it does not fit at ALL for the SM Ash. Some people say it makes him sound more "mature" than Rica Matsumoto on YouTube, but I find that argument stupid because (a) Ash is a 10 year old boy so therefore giving him a deeper voice than he should have makes no sense whatsoever, and (b) Rica Matsumoto can actually laugh and yell properly, unlike Sarah Natochenny, who still goes "ahahahaha" and "wuh-wha-whaaa" to this day doing both, respectively.
I still miss Veronica Taylor as dub Ash: she was honestly much better!
- Delia's dub VA (see above) isn't fitting- not as terrible as Ash, but sadly, her delivery is still very forced & stilted, and the voice slips into her BW Ash voice often like it did towards the end of the saga's episodes at some points & her Johanna voice at others- Masami Toyoshima's mom voice is considerably more natural & less forced upon viewing the Japanese Version.
However, not helping the performance is JCC/TPCi giving Delia lines like, "This delicious PINEAP juice" instead of "Pineapple juice" because he's trying to make characters sound TOTALLY RADICAL as usual in the dub, and needless to say, I dislike it.
Again, Veronica Taylor is still missed by me in terms of the dub.
- Professor Oak's VA (JCC) is as terrible as usual in the dub- he sounds far too young and nasally, as well as mad scientist-y as usual.
Stuart Zagnit/Stan Hart, I miss you so much for the dub: even Kyle Hebert's take in Origins is preferable to what JCC's Oak has devolved into, really.
- Lana's dub voice is way too nasally and lispy: miscast.
- Mallow's dub voice makes her sound more like a young woman than a girl: again, miscast.
- Prof. Sycamore's dub voice...WAY too plain and dull...in the Japanese Version, he sounds so laid-back and cool, but here? Beyond generic.
- Was it really necessary to have the Team Skull grunt say "CHEE-YAH" to try to sound COOL in the dub when he didn't do that in the Japanese Version, TPCi? Also, what was with that "RAPID-ASH" pun you had Samson Oak say? Not funny at all, honestly. go to »
That would've been wonderful (although since Linda is in Texas I don't see that happening), but Allyson Johnson as it stands was great in the part, so I'm satisfied with her take. Ellyn Stern, on the other hand...not so much. go to »
I believe they mean that contest rival of Johanna's in the Anime during Sinnoh who Dawn faced off against as well, though we really don't know who voiced her in the dub regardless.
I can't say I like Natochenny's voice acting for the most part, although I do actually agree she probably had the most fitting voice for Elesa out of the three dub VAs she had, though it's not perfect either in my book. go to »
I honestly disagree on this one, but that's just me- I do respect your opinion, because I do think Price was very fitting for Giovanni: it's just that to me, Schemmel's performance seemed more unique, and it was the first time he did a villain voice as well in the Series- I won't deny it's still forced and a little raspy, but I could say the same of Price's performance, in which he also does little to differentiate his voice from his various others, and he sort of has a lisp when he says "bw-idding" at one point.
That, and Generations Archie is also one of the worst characters in the franchise to me for being a complete idiot, though that's more the character's fault than any fault of Jamieson's- I'll take Anime Archie over him. go to »
Terry Klassen and Sam Vincent still work well enough, considering the character is Ice Man and all, but I think Zoe Slusar is able to sound pretty commanding without going into overly gruff territory, so I'll go with her on this one. go to »
Call me crazy, but I actually prefer whoever voiced her in the Anime: seemed to bring more of a presence to the role. The Generations voice actress didn't really get to do that: it felt a bit bland. go to »
Clay's Generations voice actor was really, really good: he sounded naturally smooth and also like he was doing a really intelligent Southern accent for the role that was very appropriate. Another standout from this Series- kudos to the VA.
Sean Schemmel has had some very good roles in the franchise (Lucario being my favorite of his, Grings Kodai as second best), but I feel he was overly raspy & gruff in this one. go to »
Alright, so my opinion on her three English voices...
Anime: It was Eileen Stevens, and it got a bit too high pitched at times for comfort.
BW2: It was Sarah Natochenny, and she actually sounded pretty fittingly smug and confident here...that is, until the end where she slipped right into her BW Ash voice and said "Let's see whose star shines BRIGHTEST" and that took me right out of it.
Generations: Apparently, it was Mela Lee here...is it just me, or did anyone else feel the voice was a bit too seductive sounding? I get what she was going for, and based off her appearance I would come to a similar conclusion myself, but I was kind of hoping for something a bit more...toned down and intelligent sounding myself? go to »
That's true, but honestly, I found 4Kids' voice acting for One Piece exceptionally bad for the most part (Don Krieg, Kaya, Zoro & Gol D. Roger being the few standouts), and I feel it was glaringly their most poorly voice acted dub, even ignoring all the other serious issues it had. I can understand wanting to hear more of the NY talent, but I feel this was not the dub that really helped demonstrate their actual skills. I feel that Jason Griffith in particular was absolutely terrible in the One Piece dub as Usopp, yet he's actually proven himself to be a good actor past his Sonic days, because he's had competent and proper vocal direction from NYAV Post. That said, I'll admit that at least the voice acting is still better than the Odex dub, so I guess it has that going for it, if nothing else.
It's really strange to me, because I actually think 4Kids had relatively solid voice acting for both Pokemon & Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters when they existed early on (well, either that, or it's just because I feel the alternatives are just that poorly acted that it makes them look good in the forms of TPCi & Odex, respectively), so I don't understand why their voice acting was so incredibly poor with One Piece- I feel like a good vocal director is key in bringing out good performances, IMO. go to »
Also...unless this is the finest trolling possible on their part, CN's officially stopped airing the Pokemon dub in the States (https://twitter.com/Pokemon/status/799301709675671552)...no, this is not a joke, it's going to be on Disney XD now. Funny how Kids WB had it for eight years here & then CN had it for ten years...then dropped it (I don't know how it's been for the rest of you in Canada & the UK). go to »
So I just saw the Sun & Moon Anime's premiere (in Japanese, because the dub's going to do its usual sneak peak thing on the 19th) and...it's something else, really.
Well, to begin, positives:
I really love that Team Rocket weren't in it so far in it, because that really helps make the show a lot more bearable without their childish antics for me- they've been annoying for a while now, IMO. That was the best thing about BW to me, so to see them not shoved into almost every episode like in XY, is a definite plus for SM.
Professor Kukui is a pretty cool and chill guy.
Kiawe's pretty smug at times, so I enjoy his presence.
Ash...he's regressed back to a goofball who does silly things and acts like a doofus in terms of his personality (he's most similar to his BW incarnation out of any of his previous incarnations in this aspect), but he can still battle semi-competently unlike in BW, so I'm pretty mixed on him as a whole. His design is also really...going to take some getting used to, since he looks even younger now.
Mallow...is pretty much the new Brock/Cilan/Clemont in terms of cooking of the group, but otherwise there's not much else to say. I'd say more, but she barely has any distinct personality so far, so I can't say much about her. The same applies for Lillie, Lana, and Sophocles, they all meld into this sameness so far. The only differentiating factors being that Lana tends to be shier, however, and Lillie gets freaked out easily...but that's about all I can say right now.
Delia comes to the region for only one episode, only to go away by the next one: what was the point, exactly?
Team Skull are oddly more like Team Rocket were in the early episodes of OS than Team Rocket themselves are nowadays...very strange.
I'm really glad they changed the "get 8 badges, lose League, dump Pokemon at Oak's, recycle indefinitely" formula, sure, but I'm also not all that pleased with what it's doing in place of that: so far, it's like Pokemon is trying to imitate Yokai Watch & rehashing Orange Islands at the same time, so I'm pretty "meh" on it.
Problem is, I'm worried Team Rocket are still going to be their flanderized goofy selves 24/7 like they were in the DP & XY sagas again when they do show up after these 2 episodes based off the trailer, so my fears aren't entirely quelled on that front.
Samson Oak is an even bigger goofball than Professor Oak. He makes goofy faces for the sake of being silly, too. It's just kind of obnoxious at times, honestly.
The dub is not looking to fare well, but that was to be expected these days...I say this because I saw a trailer via a fan who linked the UK trailer, and as usual, it seems TPCi & DuArt are putting little to no effort into it- TPCi are trying to make this pretty easygoing and lighthearted SM Series so far look EPIC in the trailer for whatever reason, which doesn't really make much sense (for those curious, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ognbgUqb09g).
Ash's current dub voice unfortunately clashes very badly with the newer design, because since Ash looks even YOUNGER now, he sounds even older than he already did with the previous design (and still pretty effeminate), so it sadly seems even more unfitting than usual to me. The Team Skull grunt's VA struggles with his delivery even more than Ash's VA does, too..."If you beatus,MAY-BE we'll let you walk away" is how he talks, so...it's really unnatural. Mallow's dub voice seems OK, though- not all that natural, but it's tolerable so far, for what little we had to go on. I won't comment on anything else about it, since we haven't gotten more, but I don't have very high hopes for it- at least I won't have to listen to TR for the preview, though, so that's a blessing as far as I'm concerned for the dub.
So yeah, that's about it so far: your mileage may vary with Sun & Moon's Anime, is what I can say- it has a mixed reception on YouTube: some hate it, but some like it. go to »
RIP Iwata. I'll always remember him as the man who saw himself as a gamer first, but a game developer second. It's pretty cool he was the one responsible for allowing Kanto to be in the GSC Pokemon games (Generation 2), too, it was so awesome to have two regions to go through in one game. go to »
I'm probably the only person who was actually satisfied with the ending of Adventure 02 and didn't see a need for Digimon Tri in the first place (even though I'm okay with it), but that's just me. go to »
I'll say this much: the dub has very good voice acting for the most part, and it was actually fairly faithful to the Japanese Version during the Duelist Kingdom, DOMA (Season 4), and KC Grand Prix Arcs in terms of its script writing/dialogue. It's Battle City and the Memory World Arc the dub really messed up with, IMO: those two Arcs where the dub is at its most rewrite and censor happy, and it can get really annoying.
Well, that and the Japanese music is much better, but the dub music score is pretty acceptable and listenable, so I don't mind, but the OST has a much more passionate feeling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL2qx8VqQpA go to »
Dameon Clarke's performance has the most smug, self-confident, and somewhat hammy performance here, and it fits Perfect Cell...well, perfectly.
Travis Willingham sounds like he's forcing himself to imitate Dameon Clarke's performance, and is a bit too hammy at times, but otherwise he's a suitable alternative in the role.
In the clip, Dale Wilson sounds pretty decent, if a little generic and plain: in the actual show, however, he often struggles to emote, and sometimes it sounds like he's doing Opera at points. At least it's funny, if nothing else, so that counts for something.
Jonathan Cook sounds smug, but he also sounds really generic at the same time.
Ben Jeffrey is too gruff and honestly seems miscast as Perfect Cell. go to »
That's exactly what I was thinking: the casting director has been pretty hit-or-miss in general for Generations, IMO. You get some great performances like Tang's Looker, Dodge's Silver, and Cyrus' VA's performance, but on the other hand, you also get voices that don't fit the characters at all to me like Agatha, Courtney, Mars, Jupiter, and Cheryl's, to name a few (the rest fall firmly in the subpar-average tier for me).
I personally think they're just cranking them out as fast as possible, though- they seem rushed to me. go to »
I prefer Lucien's Blue myself: Erik is okay, but I feel like he sounded a bit nasally. Well, that and lot of the lines he was given were really awkward. The "I'll smash your ice into a million pieces" one in particular had me shaking my head. go to »
He created the distinctive voice Eeyore's famous for having, so needless to say, I find that he was excellent in the role. He sounded appropriately glum and in the dumps, but was also able to make Eeyore seem really endearing at the same time.
2. Peter Cullen:
His performance seemed like it was inspired by Ralph Wright's, yet is a bit lower pitched, but not enough to really detract from the take- he's pretty great, though isn't quite as endearing as Ralph Wright could be.
3. Gregg Berger:
He's pretty good in the role- channeling a lot of Peter Cullen's performance, while making the role his own.
4. Bud Luckey
He sounds a bit too old in the part, and flat at times. He's okay, though, at least he gets the character's gloomy nature down well in his acting.
5. Ron Feinberg
His voice is a bit too low pitched and deep to me, despite having the right inflection in his acting.
6. Ron Gans
He's a bit too croaky, and sounds too slow at times.
7. Bill Baird
Something's really off about his performance. It feels like he's trying to sound like he's glum, but he ends up sounding upbeat and goofy instead. go to »
Light is such a tragic character: his original intention is only to use the Death Note to make criminals pay for all the crimes they committed against innocent people, but gradually, with power he goes crazy, and views himself as a literal God, and it's at that point he loses his humanity and becomes the very villain he wanted to eradicate altogether.
Oh, and Brad Swaile is just as good as Mamoru Miyano is in the role, if not even better. go to »
The Movie that started the practice of the English dub keeping the Japanese background music in the Movies...until Movies 17 (Diancie), 18 (Hoopa) & now 19 (Volcanion) went back to replacing it and square one, that is, but still, it was awesome to hear the OST kept while it lasted.
Also, the remixed intro was awesome in the dub:
Veronica Taylor said on her Twitter she actually cried when doing the Celebi death scene as Ash, too, definitely one of the more poignant films. go to »
True, poor (and/or nonexistent in the case of Tom Wayland & most of DuArt's tenure) vocal direction, unfunny as well as excessive script rewrites, lazy, shortened intros, as well as excessive music replacement pretty much describe TPCi's Pokemon dub in general to me at this point. You'd think after a decade, it would be tolerable, but the dub is actually worse than ever lately. Thank god for the Japanese Version with English subtitles, is all I can say: unlike the current dub, I think they still put legitimate effort into their work. go to »
In no particular order, but just going off the performances, my thoughts are that:
Scottie Ray was great at the start of the 2003 TMNT series, but his performance got raspier and gruffer as it went on...until the Turtles Forever Movie in 2009, which he sounded great in again, and it redeemed his take. He was great, though, but he's not my favorite here.
James Avery is the most classic Shredder performance, and he was really funny and snarky in the part. His delivery is spot on, too, not much else to add.
David McCharen sounds pretty intimidating in the part and foreboding, so I think he fits Shredder pretty well.
Kevin Michael Richardson honestly sounds like a cross between his Gantu from Lilo & Stitch and his Skulker from Danny Phantom...not too unique, sure, but I think his delivery is a lot more subtle and as a result, the change in inflection does give him some range to his performance...that said, I do wish the voice was a bit more distinct.
Matthew Yang King's accent is very fitting, but something about his delivery is a little flat at times and his performance comes off a bit bland at points.
Nolan North is great as Shredder, and I'm surprised how well he can pull off the accent- not much else to say, really, it's a solid performance.
David Wills...nothing bad about it, per se, but I think of a generic evil guy when I hear his performance, rather than Shredder.
Load Williams sounds smug enough, but unfortunately, he sounds nothing like what I imagined Shredder would- it just comes across as too forced and unnatural at points.
Kwasi Songui is good, but can be a little TOO flat at times.
Doug Parker...is really miscast here...he sounds more like some other kind of villain as opposed to one like Shredder...easily the weakest performance of the group, sadly.
Jim Cummings is pretty great, so no complaints there, though you can easily tell it's him, so it's not that distinct from his usual performances. He falls in the same boat as KMR does for me here, really.
Dorian Harewood's delivery is pretty sharp & his voice fitting, though something about his performance doesn't fit as well as the other 1987 performances to me...with the exception of Townsend Coleman, who is good, but it's clear he's forcing the voice at times.
The one I haven't mentioned yet would actually be my favorite performance for Shredder, though, and he is none other than...Bill Martin. I find his performance underrated: he can sound really intelligent at times, but also smug- angry, yet also emphasized his words with a lot of conviction, and he played off of 1987 Krang very well with lots of chemistry to boot. Overall, I'm going with Bill here, though most of the performances for Shredder are very fitting, and I can see why Scottie's take is well regarded by many. go to »
Renae Jacobs, who has the most energy, enthusiasm, and spunk in her portrayal, but is also able to sound intelligent.
Veronica Taylor, who has a really intelligent delivery, and some wit to her performance.
Mae Whitman, who does really well in spite of the character being de-aged.
I'm neutral on:
Rebecca Soler's imitation of Renae Jacobs is...really just average. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other here, but it's a pretty generic imitation of the latter, and falls a bit flat at times.
I don't like:
Catherine Taber, who is really bland and generic in the part.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who sounds a bit too old at times, and can get a little stiff in her delivery at times.
Ashly Burch, who is somehow even more flat and dull than the former two...eh.
I'll have to side with the original, though, Renae Jacobs is really how I pictured April O'Neil sounding. That said, I do like Veronica & Mae's portrayals as well. go to »
Patrick Fraley is pretty enjoyable: he can be really silly, but you also get the feeling of a guy seething and longing for vengeance with his take.
Marc Thompson, however...I think he captures the character best: yeah, the Brooklyn accent can be a little distracting at first, but he has the most epic feeling to his performance, and the character IS from New York, so it honestly works for that much. He sounds pretty smug and clever, too, I think it fits.
Chris Evans is OK, but is a bit too dull and bland times. The more grounded take works, but it could've used a bit more of a wiseguy like delivery.
Josh Peck is better than Chris Evans to me, and he gets the smug part of the character down, but sometimes I'm reminded that it's Josh more with his performance, than Casey Jones, at times.
So I'm going with Marc Thompson here, though I think all four of them fit the role in some form. go to »
Nolan North, Sean Astin, Greg Abbey, and Rob Paulsen's performances are the ones I liked the most for Raphael. I can't really pick a favorite since the time frame is so different for each performance, and Raphael has been characterized a little differently depending on the Series he's in, other than being the headstrong leader of the group, but I like a lot of them here. go to »
I like Patrick Fraley the most: he sounds very extra-terrestrial like without sounding over-the-top or obnoxious while doing it. Townsend Coleman can get a bit too high pitched at times, so while his performance works, it's not as strong as Patrick's is.
Wayne Grayson's performance is more distinct in the 2003 Series, but he sounds more like Fraley in the 2009 game, though far too screechy at points with the latter take.
Bradford Cameron is actually pretty fitting, but a bit too generic evil mad scientist like at times.
Rachel Butera is incredibly flat and wooden. Roseanne Barr is better, but sounds a bit too much like a granny at times.
Keith Szarabajka sounds fairly intelligent in the role, but not much like what I'd picture an alien would sound like.
Brad Garrett sounds pretty burly and intimidating, and is pretty good, but something's a bit off about his delivery at times.
Steve Blum sounds really smug and dark, but it's not really what I pictured Krang sounding like. go to »
Keith Silverstein was okay as Charon, but he sounded a bit too much like a generic evil scientist to me.
I strongly dislike the DP dub, and it's at that point that I began watching the Anime in its Original Japanese format with English subtitles more often than the dub, but Mike Pollock's Charon is exactly what I imagined the character would sound like. Props to him for delivering such a great performance, especially under Tom Wayland's "Go in the booth and do whatever you like" style of directing. go to »
Seriously, though, neither Bryce Papenbrook nor Bryan Tyler's takes are what I imagined Buck sounding like at all. I prefer Bryce's performance between the two, but it still sounds a bit forced and unnatural at times. go to »
Sometimes I wish they would remix the theme for Objection 2001 in later Phoenix Wright games instead of the same Objection 2004 rehashes, and Unlimited Corners is a great piece of music as well. go to »
Looks like Rica is saying goodbye to Yuji yet again: first with Takeshi (Brock) and now Greninja (Gekkouga)- her acting's in top form as usual, too. The music score and dialogue definitely add to the scene.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5PiD8ho7A go to »
I'll never understand how Dale Wilson did such a good job here with Imperfect Cell, but with each successive form, his performances got weaker and weaker. Typical AB Group(e) direction, I suppose, but I have to credit him for doing fine with this form, if nothing else. go to »
It absolutely stuns me that Veronica Taylor got less time in the role, and yet, her performance as Ash was much better than both of her successors. I can say that about Team Rocket as well, though, it really does amaze me.
It goes to show putting genuine effort into something, and taking your directing seriously > not caring about what you're doing and just letting actors do whatever they want, IMO. go to »
I'll be honest: I wasn't that keen on Troy Baker being chosen to voice Batman at first but...wow, after seeing the first 3 episodes of this, I think he's absolutely deserving of the praise he's been getting lately, there's so much depth & weight to his performance and he really sells the emotion very well.
Same goes for Travis Willingham as Two-Face, too: he brought a lot of realism to the role that I was expecting from him, either.
Regarding the Series itself, I actually love the direction it went in so far, it's different from the usual Batman Series, but in a good way- shows that not everything is as black and white as it appears, and that there's always a gray area, IMO. go to »
I prefer his Archie over his Cyrus myself since it was a bit more unique to me, but I can see your standpoint as well.
I'd agree with you on the Generations VA, though: I haven't liked a majority of the performances in its dub so far, but his (some say it's Michael Sorich?) is easily one of the standouts from it. go to »
Olan Soule is much better than I thought he was based on the clip, it doesn't do him justice: he actually sounds excellent in the part and very wise & intelligent. I'd rank him 5th best now for me. go to »
True, I don't think I even finished the 4th grade game here as a kid: it scared me at the time. Especially the Repsac ghost and the labyrinth parts, geez, that was nightmare fuel at the time. go to »
Huh, I actually prefer Emily Bauer's performance as Cynthia over whoever did her voice in Generations. Emily managed to give the character the mysterious, subtle, as well as calm delivery & tone, without sounding really plain and dull in the part. go to »
Sean Schemmel was a bit too forced and over the top at times here: I preferred him as Archie over Cyrus, honestly.
His Generations VA is probably the only one I've preferred over an Anime and/or Origins VA so far in that Series, aside from Looker: his performance was more natural, and unlike many others so far, he gave actual weight to his performance, as well as a mysterious, intimidating feeling. go to »
The only one who managed to sound like a woman throughout her performance, and was able to convey emotion in her delivery without sounding forced.
2. Kerry Williams:
She definitely sounded too young at first, like in the clip (in fact, she sounded a lot like her Rebecca Hawkins voice from the 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh dub), but sounded a little older & better (unlike most of the rest of the cast of the 4Kids' One Piece dub) later on, though her delivery was still pretty stiff & flat.
3. Cindy Creekmore:
The better Odex voice of the group, but she sounds a bit too soft & young in the part, and unlike Kerry Williams, her delivery is off, too.
4. Alison Lester:
She sounds too old, and her delivery is pretty stiff, to say the least.
5. Chio Su-Ping:
Not only does she sound too old, but her acting is also wooden, and her delivery is forced on top of that. Miscast. go to »
Since the XY(Z) Series is pretty much over now (in Japanese), I think Mariya Ise was the better Japanese voice for the character between her and Mika Kanai (who took over the role for a few episodes due to Ise's Maternity Leave), who was a bit too bland & soft in comparison.
Sadly, I'm not a fan of her dub voice, though: it can get really nasally and snooty when it comes to any scenes requiring a change in emotions, and the laugh is a bit grating. go to »
Matthew Broderick did a fine job, really, I'll give him the vote since I feel his performance was the most well rounded one. Cam Clarke is pretty good, too, though I wish he had more material to go on. Joseph Williams does well for the singing voice, as well.
I haven't heard Robe Lowe's performance, but from what I'm hearing, it's probably not good. go to »
Roberto Costanzo is good, but I prefer Danny DeVito's performance as I feel generally had more emotion and presence in it- it had depth, weight, as well as overall presence.
I personally disagree with the notion that simply because someone voiced a character longer than another person, that makes it the superior take, but that's just me- I do not think that's always the case, myself. go to »
Eric gave the most unique performance with the gruffer voice, Ted did a pretty good job, but the voice is a little young sounding at times, and Rodger was badly miscast and directed, clearing standing out as the weakest performance here.
1. Eric Stuart
2. Ted Lewis
3. Rodger Parsons go to »
said at 6:44 AM on Wed Nov 2 2016
Chris Latta was pretty good, but I have to give this one to Hank Azaria. go to »
Steve Olson's deep, booming voice and sharp delivery are far more appropriate for Judgement Boy Gold, making him stand out as the powerful leader of the others.
Sean Broadhurst's take is just as goofy and forced as his regular Judgement Boy performance- in no way does it make Judgement Boy Gold stand out from the others, and unfortunately, it makes him seem more like a joker, than a force to be reckoned with. go to »
Overall, he manages to sound fairly wise, intelligent, friendly, and yet authoritative all at the same time as Death in the Series, and I generally think this is one of the better performances in his career.
2. Jonathan Love:
I think he sounds a bit too goofy and forced in his delivery, and his attempt at a New York/Brooklyn style accent is fairly out of place for the character, to say the least. It's at least entertaining to listen to, if nothing else, but I feel he was misdirected in the part. go to »
He established Tigger's iconic voice, and made it sound endearing, energetic, and also charming all at the same time.
2. Jim Cummings:
The closest of the others to replicating Paul Winchell's performance, and for the most part, he does a pretty good job of it, but he can get a bit too lisp-y at times and isn't as consistent as Paul Winchell was.
3. Will Ryan:
Decent, but not only does his performance get a bit lisp-y at times, but can also be a bit nasally as well.
4. Carl Harms:
Too gruff and deep in pitch, and hard on the ears compared to the others, though I suppose he's alright for the medium in which he portrayed Tigger. go to »
While she could stand to lose a bit of the rasp in her performance, all things considered, she does come much closer to what I'd imagine the female Devil Dog would sound like, sounding very malicious, snarky, and villainous in the role.
2. Kris Simms:
Her performance as the character sounds more like a mother trying to put on an evil voice, than a female Devil Dog, really.
This time around, I'm going with Jennifer Bain here. go to »
Laura Bailey was too gruff and raspy in the Z dub, but she sounded a lot more convincingly boyish in the Battle of Gods Movie lately, so I'm going to give it to her for that improved performance. I don't think it's perfect, though, but it's definitely much better than what she started out with in the role.
Cathy Weseluck is pretty decent, though, and she did have the more natural voice at first, though her delivery got a bit flat at times.
Starting from the top right and going down the list, my opinions would be:
- Matthew Mercer's actually pretty good as Superman: I'd like to hear more from him in the role, but he doesn't leave much of a lasting impression with his performance.
- Patrick Warburton is way too goofy and hard to take seriously as Superman, enough said: definitely a miscast.
- Bud Collyer was a pretty solid fit for the character, but came off as a little flat at times.
- Armin Shimerman sounds way too old in the role.
- Keith Ferguson's take is a bit too bland and generic here.
- Danny Dark is also pretty good, emoting well to boot, though his screams got a bit forced at times.
- Beau Weaver is in a similar boat to Danny Dark, only a bit more flat, but his screams are also much stronger.
- For the most part, Tim Daly was excellent, really bringing out Superman's character with his performance, if a bit limited in expressing emotion at times.
- Christopher McDonald worked well enough for the elderly Superman, but his delivery got a bit too flat at times.
- Jeff Kramer is okay, if a bit bland at times.
- George Newbern is also excellent, even managing to emote a little better than Tim Daly, so I'm probably going with him.
- Michael Daingerfield is actually pretty good, if a bit different from the others.
- Brandon Routh's voice is fitting, but his delivery is very flat and poor at times.
- Yuri Lowenthal sounds like a more positive Sasuke from Naruto as Superman: the voice is a bit awkward to listen to on Superman, but his acting's really natural, if nothing else.
- Crispin Freeman is pretty generic in this role.
- Adam Baldwin's a bit too deep and flat.
- Roger Rose is OK, if a bit bland and generic.
- Joseph May is good, if a bit rough at times.
- Kyle MacLachan is pretty solid, but a little dull.
- Christopher Corey Smith sounds a bit too old in the part & his delivery seems a bit forced.
- David Lodge sounds a lot like Jiraiya from Naruto with a Russian accent as Superman, so I can't say I entirely agree with the voice he went with, but I do think he brings a certain depth and presence to the role, so I'm OK with it.
- Nolan North is pretty good, though I feel he sounds fairly generic and bland at times.
- Mark Harmon's voice is a bit rough, but his acting's very good.
- I can barely hear David Kaye in that clip, but he seems pretty decent, if a little dull.
- James Denton is really, really great, bringing a lot of presence and warmth to the part: I really like his take.
- Mark Silk is incredibly generic and sounds too smug for Superman.
- Travis Willingham is funny, but is very hard to take seriously as the character.
- Mark Valley is a bit too low pitched and slightly gruff, but his acting's good.
- Matt Bomer's good, but a bit generic.
- Sam Daly's OK, but a bit low pitched.
- Channing Tatum's too loud and shout-y in the role.
- Peter Jessop's pretty good, but is a bit flat.
- Alan Tudyk sounds a bit too aggressive and ruthless.
- Troy Baker is a bit too smug and flat in the part for me.
- Jerry O'Connell is OK, but a bit too low and gruff at times.
Overall, My Top 5 would be:
1. George Newbern
2. Tim Daly
3. James Denton
4. Nolan North
5. Beau Weaver go to »
I may not like her take on the roles she took over, and some of her others in the franchise, but I will say that Sarah Natochenny's voice was actually a good fit for Cheryl, but her acting & delivery were pretty flat and awkward at times.
Stephanie Sheh's voice is a bit too high pitched for me, on the other hand, yet her acting & delivery are pretty natural in contrast.
Not sure which take I prefer of the two, really, both takes have their pros and cons. go to »
I was honestly pretty unsure how Colleen would do as Kid Gohan at first, and I didn't agree with the casting choice FUNimation made at the time, but after viewing it in full, I can really say Colleen managed to make Kid Gohan her own. She manages to receive proper direction in the role that allows her to pull off the very calm, shy, and polite mannerisms of the character, while also making him endearing to listen to: my only gripe are the screams can get a bit effeminate, but other than that, she's an excellent fit for the character.
2. Saffron Henderson:
Honestly, other than her acting being a little flat at times, Saffron was a pretty good Kid Gohan, and I really do wish she got another shot in Kai, but sadly, it seems like it wasn't meant to be the case. It's really a testament to her talent that she could pull off such good voices for Kid Goku & Gohan, under the direction Ocean/FUNi/Saban & AB Groupe went with in their earlier takes on them, and do them fairly well for the most part.
3. Stephanie Nadolny:
I have definitely heard worse boy voices before than this one, to be honest, and to credit Nadolny, she did at least sound pretty masculine in the role...but it's sadly to a fault of making Kid Gohan sound a bit too old for the part, and she was considerably more hoarse & raspy here than she ever was as Kid Goku. I don't really hate this performance, but I don't really like it, either: it's OK.
4. Jillian Michaels:
No offense to the great Jillian Michaels, but she sounded far too effeminate and soft as Kid Gohan. Then again, it's an AB Groupe dub, so I can hardly fault her for working with that lackluster direction when she has done better work in her career elsewhere in these kinds of roles.
5. Jodi Forrest:
Yet, Jillian Michaels' performance sounds great compared to this take, which is all over the place. Sometimes, she actually sounds like a little boy, but other times she sounds like a grown woman doing a really screechy and forced voice. go to »
Her performance as Kid Goku had the most energy & emotion in it, and her take really fit Kid Goku's wild child and rambunctious nature very well, which is how the character is in general in his teenage years (he starts off as a 12 year old in the Series, but spends most of Dragonball as a young teen, oddly enough).
2. Saffron Henderson:
She was similar to Stephanie Nadolny in the role, only a bit softer played, and a bit too polite and well mannered in her delivery at times.
3. Barbara Goodson:
Very different from the rest, but she does manage to do a pretty bang on English equivalent to Masako Nozawa's take in the Japanese Version, so I have to credit Barbara for this (especially for doing so in the infamous Harmony Gold dub).
4. Zoe Slusar:
Honestly, I just hear a gruffer Stephanie Nadolny impression with this performance. It's fine, but I don't have a strong feeling with her performance one way or the other here.
5. Ceyli Juliann Delgadillo:
She had a good voice for the character, but like Saffron Henderson, is far too polite and mild mannered in the part, and overplays that aspects even more than Saffron ever did.
6. Colleen Clinkenbeard:
She's decent, but can get too raspy and forced at times, especially in Xenoverse. She wasn't so bad in Blood Rubies, but now, her performance comes off as very forced and awkward. Colleen is a much better fit for Kid Gohan, to say the least, kind of the opposite of Stephanie in that regard.
7. Brianne Siddall:
She is just too flat and sounds like she's trying too hard to be cool in the part.
8/9. Peter Kelamis and Kirby Morrow:
Kirby's not here, but both are both sadly terrible in the role (which is sad since they were some of the better English voices for Adult Goku himself), as they both come off as grown men trying to do high pitched voice, and it frankly doesn't work at all.
Morrow was slightly less grating than Kelamis was, IMO, but it still hurts to listen to either of them in the role. go to »
- Carol Anne Day ironically sounds an awful lot like a younger version of Cynthia Cranz, despite the former coming from Blue Water and the latter FUNimation, but that being said, she has moments where her voice gets too high pitched even for the Chi Chi of that time period & her delivery can be flat at points.
- Laara Sadiq has the right delivery and acting, but she sounds quite a bit older than Chi Chi really is, and sounds a bit too sullen at times.
- Lisa Ann Beley has the right voice for Chi Chi's age and her acting's fine, too, but her delivery falls flat very often, and she struggles to yell.
- Debbie Munro is incredibly bland & generic, despite her voice fitting the older Chi Chi, and her shouting scenes are very forced & awkward to listen to.
- Like with Krillin, Sharon Mann is sadly horrible in this role, sounding not only too old, but her shouting is also incredibly forced, almost like she squeals at points.
- Then, we arrive at fan favorite, Cynthia Cranz, who actually sounds really nice in her acting & sounds age appropriate, when it comes to casual scenes when Chi Chi is wondering about her husband or son or what to make for dinner etc., but unfortunately sounds very grating and screechy whenever she shouts or gets mad (to be fair, it's not as bad as it was in Z, but it still happens on occasion even in Kai). That said, it's probably the most well rounded performance of the bunch, but I still feel Cynthia needs to work on her angry scenes take.
1. Cynthia Cranz
2. Carol Anne Day
3. Lisa Ann Beley
4. Laara Sadiq
5. Debbie Munro
6. Sharon Mann go to »
She has the most energy and spunk in her performance, and the Irish accent actually adds a nice tough in making her take sound very unique as well as standing out from the other characters in the dub of the Series. I've always thought her Botan is far more natural sounding than her Chi Chi is, to be honest.
2. Veronica Taylor:
Too squeaky when shouting, but does really well with the softer moments in the middle of that clip. She's pretty good as a whole, though.
3. Lia Sargent:
Sounds a bit old and stuffy at points with her voice, but her acting is pretty solid and she has the energy down.
4. Sarah Hauser:
The voice fits, but her acting is incredibly stiff and falls pretty flat at times. go to »
Tough call here: Mike Thiessen's performance is a lot more unique and memorable, yet sounds a bit too old, while Brett Bauer sounds more like a boy would, yet does little to differentiate this performance from his others.
Either performance works, though, in the end. go to »
I can't deny the man has some incredible voice acting range & is incredibly talented, even if I don't really care for these later seasons of Family Guy. I think American Dad is pretty good, and the Cleveland Show was OK. go to »
I have to say Gregory has to be one of the finest performances in Dave Pettitt's career: he manages to sound very sinister yet high pitched at the same time, and his delivery of the line "My friend...you can't truly escape from here" is bloodcurdling. go to »
Honestly, I've always his voice acting, and consider him to be one of FUNimation's more untapped hidden talents. I know some people don't care for it, but I feel like Kurama is one of the best performances in his career: he manages to sound really subtly cool, calm, yet also intelligent in the part, and his take on Tien has improved leaps & bounds in the Kai dub beyond his throaty voice in the old Z dub.
He's also pretty decent as Fullbody in the One Piece dub, too. go to »
It's really a shame Michael Dobson didn't get a better script to work with, because he's honestly exactly how I pictured Nappa would sound in English. The gruff, low toned pitch & the arrogant, smug delivery just seem so fitting for Nappa.
Phil Parsons in Kai technically has the best performance overall, but I just feel like the slight Southern drawl in his take isn't as fitting as what Michael Dobson gave him. He's still pretty great, though.
Chris Sabat really just voiced Nappa like a generic, thug-like henchman with shades of his older Piccolo voice seeping through. I suppose it's decent since in the end, Nappa is more or less a thug like henchman, but it's not that good. That being said, it's got nothing on...
Paul Bandey. He voices Nappa like a complete tool, like he's just a servant wanting to bow at the feet of his master, when in fact Nappa isn't like that and he defies authority quite often. go to »
Needless to say, he's responsible for making the role of Steven Universe iconic, and does an excellent job voicing him, but I'm also impressed to learn he voiced Teenage Tarlok in the Legend of Korra, because I thought that was a great performance from him as well (as short lived as it was). go to »
While I feel Linda Young's voice didn't fit Frieza well, I do think it was excellent on Genkai. Linda made Genkai sound like a really wise and aged mentor figure to Yusuke, and had the appropriate amount of sass in the part as well.
Caryl Marder sounds very throaty and strained. go to »
I miss hearing this guy, too, he was one of the better New York voice actors & I liked his performances as Raphael, Tristan, Yusei, Scott, Tabitha, etc. It's good that he'll most likely be reprising his role of Tristan in the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh film, though. go to »
Just going to comment on this one, since I don't feel like I can vote without actually hearing the performances in full, but based on the clips what I'm hearing is that:
Fred Tatasciore has a pretty loud, booming, intimidating voice for Metroplex.
Ron Hadler is pretty good: I like the sort of Scottish accent (?) he gives Metroplex, and his voice is appropriately low pitched as well.
Bud Davis can sound really deep, gruff, and intimidating at some points but completely gargled and forced at others.
Rick Thomas is fairly high pitched.
The Unknown Voice Actor performance is hands down the funniest of them all: the performance is so completely monotone and dull. It's like they just slapped an echo filter on it or something as well. His voice is appropriately low pitched, but the acting is anything but fitting. go to »
I'd agree with you for the most part: my only problem with that Movie's dub was the score being changed, personally, but I will say that I do think 4Kids' dub music for that Pokemon Movie (the last one before they began keeping the Japanese background music in the remainder of their Pokemon dub films) was a lot better than TPCi's dub music scores for Movies 17 and 18 lately. go to »
J. David Brimmer gave Odion the most depth and presence of the group: he managed to make him sound very intelligent, wise, but also calm & very subtle in tone.
Ted Lewis was a good fit for the younger Odion, though, I thought he fit the part well.
Brian Zimmerman sounds too gruff and deep in the part, as well as menacing: I can see what he's going for in the subtle delivery aspect, but I don't agree with the voice he went with, more or less. go to »
For some reason, it seems like both the Anime and Generations Archie love to shout and scream a lot in forced tones in English. Sean Schemmel is a little more memorable in the part, though (IMO), as Galactic_Cyrus said I did hear a bit of Clancy Brown in his take. go to »
One of the few anime series that didn't endlessly pad itself out until it no longer contained an ounce of uniqueness or went on repeating itself: the main characters were pretty well characterized and well rounded, the animation and artwork were for the most part great, the show could actually maintain a consistent tone and theme, and its premise was quite unique for its time (the idea of an afterlife being a complicated and chaotic bureaucracy). All in all, great show: doesn't matter if it's sub or dub, IMO. go to »
This show isn't one of my favorites by any means, but that being said, I do see the appeal for it & I can understand why it has the fans it does. I do find it pretty funny at times, though, the humor is pretty solid in my book. go to »
Richard Ian Cox fits Ranma's brash and stubborn personality the most, though initially the change to his performance was jarring coming off of Sarah Strange & it took him some time to distinguish his Ranma voice from his Inuyasha take, but he settled in by the latter seasons of the Series pretty well.
Sarah Strange was pretty awkward to listen to at first as well, but eventually she found her footing later, though she played up the tough guy aspect a bit too much.
Darren Pleavin is a bit too dull and too old sounding in the part. His acting's alright, but the voice & inflections could use some work. go to »
Chris Sabat is both hilarious and endearing as Kuwabara. The gruff Muscle Man voice really fits Kuwabara's character very well, and makes him stand out from the rest of the cast as being the punk who seeks to be a true man, and help out whenever he's needed to save people.
Russel Wait has a fitting voice, but his delivery is very bad, and the performance comes off as obnoxious, as a result.
Lex Lang doesn't sound like a heroic thug at all- he's incredibly generic. I mean, his performance is pleasant to listen to, but I don't think of Kuwabara at all when listening to him.
Cliff Lazenby is the most plain and generic voice of the group for him: he also sounds a bit too old- just a miscast. go to »
Sean Teague fits Koenma the most out of his dub voices. While I don't think it was a good idea to have him voice the infant form, at least he managed to make him sound child-like and somewhat infantile at times, but he was pretty much perfect for the teenage form of the character.
Out of the female voices for him, Brianne Siddall fits Koenma more than Candice Moore, the former sounding most like a child out of the dub's portrayal, if a bit too whiny at times, and the latter sounding alright, if a bit weird with an awkward accent thrown in.
Eric Stuart is incredibly miscast here. The only time I can ever see him fitting Koenma is in the teenage form, which he didn't voice anyway. A good voice actor, in the wrong role, more or less. go to »
Chuck Huber has the best performance here, making Hiei sound very devious, cunning, and intelligent, while giving him very subtle inflections in his acting.
Dave Bridges is a bit too low and gruff tone wise, but he gets Hiei's personality down pretty well.
James Staley is alright, but he's a bit too flat and dull at points where it's not needed.
Kirk Thornton makes Hiei sound like a stereotypical hero (which he is definitely not, far from it) and is a bit nasally at times. Odd, because this is the type of character he normally excels at voicing, but then the dub of the film he's in had poor direction in general, so it makes sense. go to »
It's a little interesting how Jack Merluzzi and Johnny Yong Bosch also both voiced Zero from Megaman at one point. Oddly enough, though, where Merluzzi was exceedingly deep voiced there, he's very high pitched and screechy here. I don't think he fits Bumblebee well, but I'll give the man that he has a fair bit of range.
Dan Gilverzan is pretty classic and his performance is fitting.
Bumper Robinson is a bit higher pitched.
Mark Ryan is a bit too low and deep.
Will Friedle has the most unique performance here.
Johnny is a good fit for Bumblebee but same as with Brock and Zero, it's just his take on Ichigo again and it's a little distracting.
I'll have to give this one to Will Friedle. go to »
Perhaps that's the idea, but the end result sounds very different to me- with Gekkouga, I can hear a deeper and more frog like registrar. With Greninja, all I hear is someone trying to impersonate Gollum or Stitch. It's a lot more noticeable in the Anime than in the game here, that being said, IMO.
To each their own, though, you hear one thing & I hear another, and that's the beauty of different opinions, I suppose. go to »
I'm already aware of that, but that doesn't mean I won't recognize the fact that without the Japanese Version, there would be no dub in the first place. I think Megumi's decent, personally, but to each their own. go to »
While I too prefer John Burgmeier as Kurama (and tbh I actually prefer it over his Tien unlike many on the site, his Kai take included, as I feel Kurama seemed like a good change of pace for John to voice such a quiet and cunning strategist like the character & I think he nailed it), I feel we have to give thanks to Megumi Ogata at the same time, because without her performance (regardless of whether we like it or not), we wouldn't even have gotten a dub take in the first place with John (or for that matter, Chris, David & Candice's, either). go to »
I did hear Oda picked the FUNimation English dub cast himself based on the recordings FUNi sent him of their voice talent & he had to approve of them, and on the whole like you, I also feel FUNimation has done a good job of handling the property (especially compared to the alternatives), so I really don't see the point of preferring the Japanese Version that much in this case myself, but the user is entitled to their opinion & we have to respect that (believe me, I disagree with some stuff a few people say/have said sometimes on here, but that doesn't mean it makes my opinion any more valid than their own).
The only performances I personally have a strong preference towards Japanese vs. English when it comes to One Piece are Mayumi Tanaka's Luffy & Kazuki Yao's Franky, but with the rest, I'm equally pleased with the Japanese and English takes on the roles (and by no means does that mean I don't like Clinkenbeard or Seitz, because I do, I just love the Japanese voices that much for the two characters). go to »
John DiMaggio was fairly fitting for the role, sounding very intimidating and also rather boisterous, but he's not too distinct in the part when compared to John Goodman, who gives Robot Santa a really unique performance. go to »
Mako Iwamatsu was truly phenomenal as Iroh. He managed to sound very wise, aged, and imparted knowledge with his smooth yet deep timbre, yet was also capable of sounding goofy and comedic when the time called for it as well: RIP, to a legend. He gets my vote, hands down.
Greg Baldwin was all things considered the best man to succeed him in the role, and did a pretty good job imitating Mako Iwamatsu, but he has a higher pitched registrar to work from. go to »
I'd say most of the Ace Attorney fandom would agree with your assessment (my favorite game in the Series is a mostly disliked one, however). I think Turnabout Revolution is one of the best cases the Series has ever seen, however: it's definitely on par with Bridge to the Turnabout. go to »
Ted Lewis seems like a pretty soft-spoken and polite person, I agree (I noticed his Ed Paul moniker there): it was pretty cool to see Dan Green (aka Jay Snyder) directing him there, too. go to »
This thing used to be funny back in Johto-mid Hoenn...after that, it really became unfunny and the butt of jokes...I still wonder why it's still around to this day, I was actually kind of glad it was gone for Unova. go to »
I think Maddie Blaustein was the best Meowth for the dub, but Nathan Price was pretty good, too: JCC's performance is very bad here, and stands out like a sore thumb in comparison to the other two. It doesn't help with all that "Dig it!" or "Lugs" stuff they have him say nowadays, either, it's not funny and comes off as abrasive rather than endearing to me. go to »
Ed Marcus has the most believable voice, but his delivery is very bad and just like with Kami, I can't take it seriously at all.
Chris Sabat just putting on a fake old man voice again here: I won't say it's downright terrible because I've heard a lot worse, but this sort of role isn't his forte, that's for sure.
Jonathan Love sounds far too young, and I don't really have much else to say about him.
Michael Donovan is the most likable performance here, but he goes into the wise elder take a bit too much, when Grandpa Gohan is like that but he can also be a goofy character at the same time. Then again, considering he had all of a few lines in a flashback scene to do the role, he did a pretty remarkable job for having that little to work with.
Terry Klassen...can't help but picture his Krillin as an elderly man when I hear this take. Not the worst performance he's done, but it's not very distinctive at all.
I guess I'll vote for Michael Donovan, since I feel he delivered the best rendition of the role here, though it still has its flaws. go to »
I prefer Karen Neill's more subtle and mysterious performance, but Alison Lester is one of the better Odex performances and that accent does work well for the role...however, I think she sounds a bit too old in the part. go to »
Lucien Dodge as Silver was a great casting choice, and I think Ellyn Stern actually directed this performance well: he really delivered in his performance in Generations. He was definitely one of the standouts from its dub to me, to say the least, and had some great chemistry with Kaiji Tang as Looker as well. go to »
While I still prefer Maddie Blaustein as Bruno and think she brought something unique to the role, I do think his Generations actor has done one of the better performances to come from that dub. go to »
Ted Lewis & Jamieson Price both worked very well for the role in different ways, and I think your preference really boils down to whether you prefer the accented and smug take, or the more evil boss turned good man take. I actually sort of prefer the former since it stood out more to me, but I can understand why people like the latter as well.
Richard Epcar is a great actor, but I feel he was sort of misdirected as Giovanni. The voice he did was really gruff and flat, and I don't think it worked well for the character. Still, at least he emoted somewhat better in his later take on him than the initial one, I'll credit him for that much.
Craig Blair is so forgettable, however, I didn't get much of any impression from his performance. He went from imitating Ted Lewis to doing this really weird, gruff voice as time passed, and needless to say I wasn't a fan of it. go to »
I had always liked Hey Arnold! as a cartoon, and he managed to make the show pretty entertaining and interesting to watch as well. I had no idea he voiced Uncle Earl, though, that performance was very funny! I'm glad it seems like he's going to be able to finish off what he started with this Jungle Movie after all these years, too! go to »
I think it's actually pretty cool how Eric Stuart & him share the same birth date, and they were both the first two English dub actors voices of James in Pokemon as well. It's always pretty cool to here him go from roles like the shy and quiet Tracey to the insane and smugly villainous Yami Bakura, and I also really like his performance as Giovanni as well.
He's also pretty funny (even though I don't care much for the show in general) as King DeDeDe in Kirby, and of his newer roles, I think Jack Atlas is probably his best one so far.
Definitely one of the better talents still working in NYC, at any rate, and it's always nice to hear from him. go to »
I'd have to agree with HylianBelmont that my favorite and best role from him was also Brock from Pokemon: he managed to make him a really down to Earth and earnest character in the English dub, and as far as I'm concerned, no one else has quite matched the passion & sheer effort he brought to that role. I also really enjoyed him as James, and I feel he was far superior to his successor in that role as well. I prefer how his Seto Kaiba sounded in the first two dub seasons & the Pyramid of Light Movie before it started getting more... shout-y, but to be fair, at any rate I preferred it over his Odex counterpart, and from what I'm hearing in the trailer for the upcoming film, it seems like he's going back to his older take, so I'm looking forward to that.
Even though his voice is somewhat recognizable, I have to say I've always been impressed by the sheer range of voice Eric could do. I'd never have guessed Meta Knight, Brock, James, Para, and Butch were done by the same person at all, actually, they sound very different from each other.
All in all, to me he was one of the best talents to come from NYC, and he's also a fairly nice guy from what I saw of him raising money to help his band member with cancer online & talking to children at his local library about how the acting process worked. go to »
I'll never get why they had to redesign Tabitha in ORAS in the first place, but I preferred his RSE design myself.
Similarly, I much prefer Greg Abbey as Tabitha over whoever did his voice in Generations- while both actors both sounded cunning, Abbey was able to sound intelligent without veering into a stereotypical slimy evil henchman voice, IMO. go to »
Great character with a lot of growth over the course of the Series: goes from rebel punk teen with a heart of gold, to a mature character who accepts his responsibilities still retaining the jerk with a heart of gold aspect of his personality.
One of my favorite moments with him was this:
"No!" - Yusuke
"What are you doing?" - Kurama
"Hey, Mirror Guy, can you hear me? I want you to take my life instea! That way, Kurama can live and he can still get his wish, isn't that right?" - Yusuke
"This doesn't make sense, it's my wish!" - Kurama
"Yeah, well it doesn't make sense rescuing your mom so she can spend her whole life mourning the death of her son! I've seen that once before, and I don't want to see it again." - Yusuke go to »
Justin Cook gave Yusuke the most character of the group, and matches his punkish and arrogant exterior, but also inner kind nature despite the front the character puts on, very well. He's able to also sound like a jerk at times, but turn right back around to sounding very heroic when the time calls for it. He effortless wins this comparison in my book.
Rik Nagel is probably the closest to being the next most suitable, but his delivery can get flak pretty fast and his delivery is off + on at times.
Agreed. I was actually really looking forward to seeing Brian Drummond approach Vegeta again & same goes for Scott McNeil as Piccolo with more years of experience under their belt and having the chance to work with better material, but it doesn't seem like it'll happen. :( go to »
I love him as Beavis and Boomhauer (I can't stop laughing when I hear the latter talk in particular), but I have to say he does his best work as the man who "sell propane and propane accessories," Hank Hill! He's classic in the role, and really brought a lot to him. go to »
FWIW, I think Crispin Freeman was one of the best writers to work on the Pokemon English Anime dub: he actually managed to write dialogue in a witty way, but also in a way that wasn't obnoxious and avoided pitfalls like slang, alliteration, rhymes, etc (a very notable problem with the current dub's script writing, IMO). go to »
Has the most iconic voice, being gruff yet intelligent sounding as well as commanding, and delivered the best overall performance of the group acting wise as well, with lots of subtle emotion in his performance.
2. Jason Marsden:
While it's very recognizably him, he channels a lot of Michael Bell's performance in his take but a little higher pitched. He acts the role very well, though.
3. Greg Abbey:
Definitely the better Sigma 6 dub voice for Duke, and he manages to capture the character's commanding and intelligent personality really well without
4. Roger Craig Smith:
Pretty good fit, all things considered, and one of RCS' best roles: he's a little flat at times, but other than that, he fits Duke pretty well.
5. Steve Blum:
Very recognizably Blum, but he fits Duke for the most part, though he doesn't have the smug air the character tends to have at times.
6. David Wills:
Not terrible, but he's really generic, bland, and plain at best.
7. Jake Minton:
On another character, this voice would've been pretty good. On Duke, though, it comes off a bit too nerdy and bland at times. His "NOOOO!" yell at the end of the clip sounds like John Burgmeier's Tien from the FUNimation dubs of Dragonball
8. John Payne:
He kind of reminds me of a higher pitched Sam Riegel's take on Rex Raptor from Yu-Gi-Oh's English dub, and that...doesn't fit Duke at all, really. go to »
Started out having promise, but gradually proved to be really annoying and unfunny: GreenGoblin75's right, IMO.
Ironically, the only thing I liked about this show was the voice acting, but the material itself was poor to work with. I did like the Dorkus character, though, he was the most interesting part of the show for me.
Not the greatest adaptation, it was rushed, but it had a few really good episodes now and then- the supposed finale was at least decent. I did think the episode where they diverged from the games a bit and showed Phoenix, Edgeworth & Larry as kids and how they came to be friends was surprisingly fantastic, though. go to »
Fits the character's fun loving personality, and yet otherwise serious nature, most, delivering a very fitting performance.
2. Christian J Lee:
Pretty good fit, and one of the best performances I've heard in an Odex dub, but his delivery is off at times.
3. Tom Souhrada:
I'll admit that this is one of his better line reads he had in that joke of a dub in the clip, but regardless, the accent given to him really didn't fit Shanks, and he was miscast in the part. The only good thing I can say about his performance is that it fit the fun-loving side of the character, but that's it, it didn't fit in any other form. He sounds too much like a stereotype of the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins here, honestly. go to »
I really don't mind either, since Sam only voiced him for the first 10 episodes before Greg took over for the other 234, and Greg Abbey got to re-dub 9 of the 10 Sam did anyway in the Uncut dub. go to »
1. Nick Stellate: Had the most fitting voice for a machine that records information on creatures and for some of the more sarcastic moments like when the PokeDex referred to Ash as stupid, he was really funny.
2. Eric Stuart: The best of the ones listed here, and the second best male variant voice for him, Stuart did a good job initially emulating Stellate to forming his own voice for the character, while still giving off the vibe of intelligence the machine is supposed to give off.
3. Marc Thompson: Too robotic and flat to a fault most of the time in not giving off much more than a "generic machine" vibe, and overly enthusiastic at other points- lacked balance in the portrayal, but probably the best of its newer voices since at least his acting was tolerable.
4. Bill Rogers: Not nearly as horrible as his Brock, Scott, or Lucario takes, but his delivery wildly fluctuated across the place, and really lacked consistency. Also, had some enunciation issues, namely "powerful bl-enemy" in the clip.
Female PokeDex (Dextette):
1. Rachael Lillis: The best female variant: initially a bit higher pitched like in the clip, but got better as time passed, and gave off an intelligent and wise vibe in delivery and tone when reading the entries.
2. Suzy Myers: Tolerable pitch, with bad delivery, namely, too enthusiastic at points it's not called for, and makes practically every creature sound like they're rare for no real reason.
3. Michele Knotz: Both exceedingly high pitched and poorly delivered in terms of acting, and easily the weakest of the female voices for it so far.
Overall, I think the best long running voice it had as a whole was Eric Stuart's take, but individually, the best voice it had altogether would be Nick Stellate's take (too bad he's not an option). go to »
While Ben Jeffrey fits the design more, I feel like Chris Sabat fits the actual smug and arrogant personality of the character more and acts with more energy: I also like the slight accent he gives Silver, it makes him stand out a lot more from the other Colonels in the Red Ribbon Army (well, except General White with his pseudo-Russian accent that Kyle Hebert did, but he's another story). go to »
I like Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, and Elijah Wood the most of the group, they give Spyro a more down to Earth and sincere tone in their delivery. Carlos is a little nasally at times, though, and Elijah can sounds a bit dull, so I go with Tom Kenny here, as he's able to nail the personality of the character without making Spyro come off as dull at the same time.
Josh Keaton's too forced as well as somewhat condescending here, Jess Harnell sounds very strained, and Matthew Mercer is tolerable, but his performance here doesn't stand out in any notable way here. go to »
I agree that Matt Mercer's a great actor, but I think an actor or actresses' performance in an individual role really depends on how good the voice director is, and how good the dialogue as well as material in general they're given to work with, is as well. There are great actors and actresses who can still give poor performances due to inept vocal direction or bad dialogue etc. to work with, so to speak. go to »
This game is strange in that it apparently uses the same engine as Battle for Bikini Bottom and a lot of the same attacks, but manages to improve on the game play with that in mind. Also, it was nice to see Clancy Brown back as Mr. Krabs instead of Joe Whyte (not that Whyte was actually that bad in this role unlike Mermaid Man, but obviously nothing beats Brown here).
The worst part was the racing levels, though, I can't tell you how annoying the ring and time challenges get at times. go to »
Same here, I hope the page was not trolling us, or I'll be disappointed. I'll still watch it to see the original dub cast back, though, they were/are a pretty good voice cast even if I don't care for the localization done in the actual dub. go to »
None of them are perfect, but if I had to choose one...I'd agree with the majority, and it'd be Liza Jacqueline.
Helena's too high pitched and can get irritating in long bursts.
Cindy has a weird accent thrown in and rushed delivery.
Molly's delivery is also rushed and forced, even though her performance is relatively okay.
Angela is too deep, but has a good performance acting-wise otherwise.
Liza fits the character best, but can veer into a sultry tone at times.
Haven plays her too sugary sweet all the time, not allowing for the character to express any other emotion all that well. At least it's better than her Serena voice from Pokemon, though, she actually puts some energy & emotion into her performance and sounds age appropriate here. go to »
I was surprised how enjoyable this Movie was and how much better it was than a lot of recent episodes (that being said, I don't think most of the newer ones are that bad, personally). go to »
I'd say so, yes, it goes more by a story mode type thing using logic to advance to stages, whereas the other versions go by a Battle for Bikini Bottom type game engine where you have fighting and more of a RPG-style game. go to »
I've been playing this recently, and I'll say that Joe Whyte is actually a better Mr. Krabs than I thought he was based of the clip in the voice compare for him, he actually does a fair job at imitating Clancy Brown at several points. My opinion on his take on Mermaid Man hasn't changed, though. go to »
This show used to be pretty solid in earlier years, and the characters were a lot less...arrogant & selfish, to say the least. It's gotten worse, though: Cosmo's voice got progressively higher & more wimpy as seasons passed, same goes for Timmy in the higher pitch registrar (though I can excuse that since Timmy is a boy, so that actually still works just fine), the seasons with Poof were actually alright with me, but then the quality did take a slight hit after the Series was revived post-hiatus, and ever since Sparky came alone, it's honestly been annoying to watch. He's easily the worst part of the newer seasons to me, offsetting what little good comes in newer episodes. go to »
While I do prefer Seasons 1-3 myself, the fact that people act like the newer episodes of this are that much worse, really doesn't make any sense to me at all. There are shows that have clearly suffered far more severe declines, yet I don't see them getting criticized as such for it at all, just saying. And no, I won't list them because it'll easily trigger some people for having a different opinion from them on the shows I have that opinion with.
At least Seasons 7-9 were a big step up from Seasons 5 & especially 6, to me that was the low point of everything in the Series. Season 4 was pretty good, though. Looking forward to Season 10 now that Hillenburg is back, too. go to »
And as for Doug Rand, yeah, he's all over the place in the role- sometimes he'll sound really gruff and deep, then really high pitched & whiny, it's just the weirdest thing to listen to... go to »
Eric Vale, though his performance is the anomaly of being better in the Z dub than in Kai's dub: I really don't like how he got gruffer & raspier with it.
Alistair Abell gets a better clip than he really deserves considering how bad he sounded most of the time in the role: easily one of the worst Ocean dub voices, but that said, he's good in the clip (which makes sense, since this is from the character's final appearance in Z).
Skip Stellrecht as Trunks is literally a higher pitched version of his Might Guy voice from Naruto. Talk about a miscast...
Matthew Erickson sounds like a fusion of Eric Vale's take on Trunks and Sonny Strait's take on Krillin, so needless to say, I find it very awkward to listen to... go to »
I'm going with David Wills on this one, actually: his soft, quiet ninja like voice really fit the role well to me. He was definitely one of the standouts from the mostly poor Sonic X & 2005-2010 Sonic game voice cast.
Troy Baker lacked consistency in his performance: I thought he was fine in Colors, but in Generations he did this incredibly forced preacher type voice, and it didn't work at all.
Bill Corkery lacks even more consistency than Troy Baker did: he goes from really gruff and deep to sounding intelligent and suave, all across the board. Having said that, he was alright when he adopted the latter pitched, and he's certainly not the weakest Espio.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Matt Mercer is the weakest of the group from what I listened to of his performance in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games version of the character. His "ONWARD" reminds me of some bully at a school's voice. go to »
Happy Birthday, David Kaye! He has some incredibly powerful range and he always seems to deliver a solid performance no matter what the case may be, though my personal favorites from him are Clank, Prof. Charles Xavier, Sesshomaru, and Recoome. go to »
I'm not familiar with much of his work, but that being said, I did a pretty good job as Apollo Justice in Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice, and from what I saw of the video of him on YouTube, he seems like a really earnest & nice guy. Frankly, that's the sort of person who voice acts who I respect: a person who is down to Earth like Orion seems to be.
At any rate, he's a talented guy, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from him soon! go to »
Michael Dobson did sound intelligent and appropriately calm as Nail, but he also sounded too old and weak at times.
Sean Schemmel was only a slight improvement when he took over in 1999 since he sounded more like a young warrior-like character would, but traces of his Goku slipped in very often into his Nail and vice versa, his performance got a little better in the Remastered dub, but still sounded really flat...and in Kai, he's finally got the right voice down for the role and sounds the most like a calm warrior would.
Overall, I'd say Sean Schemmel is the better Nail, though mainly for his Kai performance. go to »
1. Jon St. John
2. Vic Mignogna
3. Jeff Kramer
4. Maddie Blaustein
Jon St. John set the standard for the others to follow, and did it the best to boot. He gives E-123 Omega the most amount of personality, and his speech doesn't sound as slowed down as his successors do.
Vic Mignogna sounds like a deeper version of Jon St. John in the role, really.
Jeff Kramer is pretty good, but was a bit higher pitched than the other two.
Poor, poor Maddie Blaustein...one can only imagine how she would've sounded without that generic robotic voice tone, and lack of vocal processing. The worst part is that judging from her other roles, it's clear she had the range capable to perform the role well, but bad direction led to this weak performance from her. go to »
Aaron Dismuke fit Alphonse very well: his voice was not just age and gender appropriate, but he acted the part with a lot of genuine conviction & emotion, even as a boy. To tell you the truth, I preferred listening to him over Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric (he was good as well, though).
Maxey Whitehead was a good replacement, but her performance was not as fitting as Aaron Dismuke's was. go to »
"I want to teach others everything you've taught me about becoming a lawyer, Mr. Wright. Dhurke's roadmap for the future...and your teachings...I believe that these two things will save the people of this kingdom from further unrest. I want to do this...no, I have to do this!"
-- Apollo Justice
It really shows how far the character came over the course of the second trilogy of Ace Attorney. go to »
This game has a pretty great Investigation theme and Logic theme, even if they're played frequently. It was nice to see a female lawyer introduced as well like Athena, and to see Phoenix regain his badge etc. Apollo was also fleshed out a lot more compared to Apollo Justice.
The Nine Tales Vale case was pretty meh, though, but every game has a case like that, so it make sense. go to »
Yeah, I can see what you mean on Robbie, though I do hope he improves later on. Right now, though, I'm not too pleased with his portrayal. That being said, I've heard far worse performances in other Series, so I guess it's tolerable compared to those.
I liked Greymon & Metalgreymon's, I don't like Biyomon's at all, and I think Gatoman's is alright, though I prefer the original. go to »
Not that I'm defending their actions or anything, and I'd say you're right for the most part, but I think there was/is actually such a thing as an objectively average (arguably good) 4Kids-dubbed product that exists. Notably, the 6th-8th Pokemon Movies, the 9 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh they released Uncut, and the 13 or so episodes of Shaman King released Uncut: those are average enough in my book, since they don't alter anything outside of maybe two lines, and I guess the ending song in the latter two Movies case, but that's literally it. Criticizing them was definitely justified when they were around as they were doing damage then, but I feel it's gotten old now, since it's 2016...and they've been gone since 2011?
Here's another example of a 4Kids dub production that altered pretty much nothing, music included:
"Edit-wise, it's a boring Jouto episode. I mean, I never thought I'd say this, but I just wish there was some digital paint or cut or SOMETHING I could report. Even Miki (whose pants look really really form-fitting) keeps her Japanese name, which is something I never expected."
And with this example, only a third of the Japanese music was changed, but two thirds was kept, and nothing else was altered- the script was 100% accurate, no silly accents, etc.
Even then, there are other dub companies that still exist continuing their practices in the script rewriting, music changing, scene cutting, questionable acting etc. departments regard like Saban, Nelvana, 4KMedia (Konami) here, and TPCi, so it's not like 4Kids were/are the only ones guilty of this (DiC was as well, but they're gone now as well, so I see no need to bash on them, either).
All of this being said, I do hope 4KMedia/Konami enters the 21st century with this Movie in dubbing practices already (though I doubt it), but most kids' Anime dubbers in general still have this mindset that alterations still needs to be made to this day. I personally don't agree with it at all, but it can't be helped. go to »
The most age appropriate, and the one who sounds most like an elderly witch doctor without veering off into a caricatured rendition, delivering a genuine performance.
2. Maddie Blaustein:
All I'm hearing is her putting variation on her Meowth voice and then proceeding to do a stereotype of an old witch. Still, I guess it's alright, at least it's not as bad as one other performance here.
3. Emlyn Morinelli:
Sounds like a young woman with a nasally voice trying to sound elderly...the result is poor, to say the least. go to »
Captures the character best in terms of being able to shift from the butler like persona to the evil pirate in a flash, and can sound really intelligent and wicked while doing so at the same time.
2. Joseph Murray:
A bit surprising, but I actually think this Odex voice is pretty good. He sounds really intimidating and smug, as well as intelligent.
3. Gary Mack:
He sounds really snooty and prissy in the role, which I suppose fit the butler part of the character, but it really didn't fare well at all when it came to the pirate aspect of the character. It's hard to take him seriously, honestly. go to »
He was good, and I'd probably have gone with him, but his screams are pretty embarrassing to listen to.
3. Scott McNeil:
Disappointing, considering it's him of all people. The Westwood dub really suffered from poor vocal direction, and this is a good example of that- he sounds very generic as well as growly here. go to »
I liked their Pokemon dub, and their Dinosaur King dub, seeing as they left most of the Japanese music alone in both, and the voice acting as well as script translation were pretty solid as a whole.
The voice acting was pretty good in the Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters dub, really- if anything, that was my smallest issue with their dubbing of the Series as a whole, so I fail to see AntiSabat666's point on that particular statement. Regardless, I'm glad to see the old dub cast back, and I hope they get the chance to work with more than they did in the past. go to »
Jonathan Todd Ross works better for Yami Marik than he did the regular Marik, but that being said, the vocal filter did get overdone, though I still think he pulled off the whole diabolical evil madman part of the character pretty well.
Taaz Gill, however...this is a "so bad, it's good" thing for me, that's all I can say. He literally sounds like a woman trying to be evil, as a man. go to »
Happy Birthday, Kent Williams! It always amazes me how the man can do only a few tweaks to his voice & inflections, yet come out with completely different and distinct voices for the characters he plays. I always liked him as Supreme Kai, Kuro, George Saotome, and Dr. Gero/Android 20. go to »
Not sure if he took some inspiration for his take from Sean Schemmel's, but he sounds like a less flamboyant and more smug rendition of the character, which really fits the spoiled, bratty rich teen demeanor of Helmepoo nicely.
2. Sean Schemmel:
He was good, but sometimes he overdid it on the flamboyancy and the pansy behavior of the character.
3. Mike McFarland:
I get what FUNimation was trying to do, making him sound tougher since he was in the Navy training with Garp & all, but it comes off a bit too gruff at times compared to the other two. go to »
Lisa Ortiz tends to annoy me elsewhere very often, but Cynthia Martinez's screams and gruffer voice grate on me, and this is arguably Lisa Ortiz's best role where she gave the character a lot of spunk and energy, so I have to go with her. go to »
Pretty cool they left the Japanese OST alone, when usually the Digimon dubs constantly replace it in the Series proper, so a thumbs up to the dub team working on this for that. However, a big thumbs down to replacing Butterfly with that opening rap theme: that was just bad, and glaringly distracting.
Other than that, glad at least some of the original English cast got to return: it was great to see Joshua Seth returning as Tai Kamiya, and I think his voice actually fits even more now since Tai is more grown up, Mona Marshall was always great as Izzy, I always liked Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Sora, and Philece Sampler is still a good Mimi.
As for the recast roles, hit-or-miss across the board to me- I was able to at least tolerate three of the four, though:
- Robbie Daymond as Joe didn't really click with me at all, and I honestly still prefer Michael Lindsay in that part by far. Out of all the recasts, this was the weakest link for me.
- Vic Mignogna as Matt...not a big fan, honestly, Michael Reisz seemed to bring something to him that I feel was lost in his portrayal. Vic was OK, though: tolerable, but I felt was a bit too high pitched.
- Johnny Yong Bosch was an alright/average TK, though I had trouble adjusting to his performance at the beginning, and I really wish he'd stop approaching pretty much all his teenage-young adult roles with this voice, as much as I like him as an actor. Doug Erholtz's performance was more unique to me in Adventure 02, despite how forced it was.
- Tara Jayne was surprisingly a lot better than what I was expecting: I could tell she was channeling a lot of Lara Jill Miller's performance in her take, and that was a very pleasant surprise (still, you guessed it, I prefer Lara).
The script was mostly faithful, though they did slip in a few dub-isms from the Saban days, namely Izzy's "Prodigious!" Personally, I actually kind of liked that verbal tic they gave him, so I'm fine with that. go to »
I'd never, ever expect a performance that solid coming from him- he's really come a long way from his early days, where he was nigh intolerable for me in many of his roles. I can see a lot of depth in his take on 009, and he has a pretty fitting voice as well. In some ways, his take on the character reminds me of some Brad Swaile roles.
2. Joshua Seth:
He's still really, really great, and is really enjoyable in the role, with a fitting voice and good acting.
3. Derek Stephen Price:
A good voice actor miscast in a role that doesn't really suit him: not a bad performance, per se, but he's clearly miscast- too high and slightly nasal at points.
4. Walter Caroll:
He's a bit too deep and flat in voice and delivery for me. go to »
She was hands down the best English voice over performance Meowth has ever gotten, and she had a lot of passion for Pokemon: she even tried to imitate Inuyama Inuko's screams from what she said on the Serebii Forums, and it showed. Even now, her successor James Carter Cathcart does not do her any justice in the role in my eyes.
I also really liked her as Sartorius from the Yu-Gi-Oh GX dub back in the day, and Solomon Muto from Duel Monsters' dub. She was a great talent, and one of the best in NYC, hands down: R.I.P. go to »
He was a bit rough when he started out, but he got better over time, and he makes Krillin sound like this earnest, humble sort of person who keeps trying no matter how many times he's completely out of his league.
2. Mike Thiessen:
He's good, but is a little flat and generic in his delivery & toon.
3. Terry Klassen:
He's OK, but he gets really whiny and nasally sometimes.
4. Dan Gascon:
Imagine Terry Klassen's take, but far higher pitched and goofier, because that's what this is.
5. Sharon Mann:
Absolutely obnoxious and ridiculous beyond words: it's funny, but I cannot take this seriously at all. go to »
Also, Dan Green, Eric Stuart, and Tara Jayne are all reprising their roles (and I personally would rather take their portrayals over those Odex voices any day of the week).
Bad news: Even if that's true, they need to leave the Japanese music alone, unlike what they did in the Trailer- that's my only fear about this, honestly. And no, Konami/4KMedia shouldn't be doing this anymore, when 4KMedia were run by 4Kids back in the day, and dubbed Pokemon of all things, they actually left ALL the Japanese background music intact for Movies 4 to 8 of Pokemon. Heck, even when 4Kids did that Uncut dub for 9 episodes of Duel Monsters back in '04, so again, the OST shouldn't be touched since they HAVE left it alone before when dubbing other stuff.
Only TPCi/DuArt (current Pokemon dubbers) and Saban (IIRC) are still replacing almost all the Japanese music in the Movies & Anime to this day, apart from them, so 4KMedia/Konami should follow suit with pretty much every other dubber these days, and just keep the OST. And don't pull a Digimon Tri dub on us with the opening, please, no rap. go to »
Both of them are pretty good fits for the role, with each of them having their own strengths.
With JP Kellams, he built the foundation of the character's English voice, giving him the energy and kind of the "Chords of Steel" the character is said to have: he has a slight rasp, and it works very well with that in mind.
I was honestly a bit unsure about Orion Acaba at first, but he really settled in towards the end of Duel Destinies and in Spirit of Justice: now, I feel he really understands the character well. Orion has taken what JP brought to the role, and built on it, even giving him a smoother voice with the same kind of energy.
Overall, at this point I feel Orion Acaba has fleshed out the character most with his portrayal, having a lot more material given to work with, so I'll go with him. go to »
1. J. Michael Tatum: Finally, a voice that doesn't make Zarbon sound like a flaming stereotype or a crocodile hunter, but a somewhat elegant henchman with tendencies to be pompous and smug about himself, which is more or less how Zarbon really is.
2. Paul Dobson: While I get too much of an Australian accent in his take for comfort, at least he does sound menacing & intimidating.
3. Chris Sabat (1999 dub): Surprisingly, an almost near dead on impression of Paul Dobson.
4. Doug Rand: He sounds really generic and bland at best.
5. Chris Sabat (Remastered): He sounded like a complete pansy this time around. go to »
I guess I'm really just okay with Generations as a whole: it's nothing amazing like the YouTube comments section hypes it out to be, but it's nothing terrible like Twitter & Facebook says it is, either. It's like any other form of Pokemon Media, really, it has its pros & its cons. go to »
You could probably throw a picnic with all the food the Pokemon dubs have used to censor various fruits, vegetables, and rice balls over the years: donuts, veggies, berries, and sandwiches actually sounds like a pretty good lunch. go to »
When I look at Klavier Gavin, I imagine a guy with an "affected Euro-rock" accent (as Phoenix Wright himself put it) who tries to slip a bit of German into his words (what with all the "ya," "Fraulein," and "achtung baby" stuff he says).
Andrew Alfonso didn't have much to work with, but at least he comes much closer to what I'd imagine Klavier would sound like than Yuri Lowenthal, who I just feel is off base with the role. Lowenthal has the energy, granted, but he doesn't have the right voice & his "Objection" is pretty off.
After listening to the clips again, I'll move over to the Hebert camp for this comparison- he really does make Edgeworth sound intelligent, wise, and sophisticated, but without overdoing it to the point where it ventures into hammy territory. However, his "Objection" still needs work, it's a little off putting at times.
2. Seon King:
He is indeed classic, and I love the way he says the "Objection" command the most of the three. His others aren't too bad, either. That being said, I can now see this being a bit too flat at times. I'm a little puzzled how he's currently in last place, but we all have our different opinions, and they all deserve to be respected, after all.
3. Mark Healy:
For me, it's just like Nightmare Crusher said- he sounds a bit caricatured, and I think almost hammy at times: it just makes me laugh a bit. He sounds really swarmy and self-assured, though, so I suppose he's also fitting for the role in his own right: Edgeworth is actually like this quite often, after all.
All three are good fits for the character, though, just like Phoenix...I believe he has not had one truly bad portrayal yet. If there's one good thing I can say about Capcom's handling of Ace Attorney in general, it's that they generally know how to choose good voice actors for roles and also direct them well. go to »
Yeah, I agree with Galactic_Cyrus here, Andrew Rannells really was a great fit for Morty. I was just watching the episode with him & Anime Eusine again: he and Ted Lewis had a great dynamic going for them. go to »
Thanks: I know you guys are right, but I'm just in awe that some people are already saying this is the best thing to ever happen to the franchise in terms of Animation, just because there's no Ash or Red focus in it. I'm of the opinion that Generations is decent, but it's not really THAT different from what we're used to as usual when you get down to it (IMO, at least). go to »
I suppose you have a fair point, and that's true, but I'm just giving my two cents on the whole Series so far- some people are already saying "It's better than the Anime!" or "It's better than Origins!" without explaining why, so I'm kind of puzzled by that. It's just supposed to be fun, sure, but I feel like some of the Episodes are notably stronger than others. go to »
He sounds the most like an elegant gentlemen. While the Chronicles dub is vastly inferior to the Anime dub, his performance is one of the standouts from it.
2. Ted Lewis:
While he sounds a little young, I personally think he does a good job. Maybe it's just because I really like the dialogue he's given in the clip, but he seems to give Eusine some actual depth & presence.
3. Generations VA (Kyle Hebert?):
He's actually a good VA, but this was one of the flattest and most dull performances I've seen him do so far. He just sounds like he's reading his lines off a page, and doesn't put much emotion into the performance. Say what you will about Ted Lewis, but you could see he was at least trying to put some character into his performance. I don't get this feeling when I listen to this take. go to »
I'm going to bump Richard Epcar up a slot now, since I think he sounds better in Episode 5 than he did in Episode 2, but my vote stays with Ted Lewis (I'm not sure why I like the accented Giovanni most, but I do). Richard is still too gruff & deep relative to Ted & Jamieson, though, but at least he's not completely monotone like earlier.
My new opinion is now:
1. Ted Lewis
2. Jamieson Price
3. Richard Epcar
4. Craig Blair go to »
Two new episodes out today, and of them, I'd say Episode 5 was arguably the best installment in the Series yet, while Episode 6 is one of the weakest (though it's still better than 1 & 4 were in my book).
Episode 5- It more or less continues what Episode 2 was trying to do, surprisingly, so for once, one of these shorts has actually connected to another's story. It features the return of Looker trying to persuade Silver (in this continuity, like the games, he is Giovanni's son) to give him information on Giovanni's whereabouts. Silver then has a flashback to the Generations incarnation of Giovanni talking with him, and it was actually pretty interesting. Out of all the episodes so far, this has got to be the strongest so far.
The dubbing is also at its best here so far: in Episode 2, I felt Richard Epcar's Giovanni was completely wooden & lifeless, but here he seemed to put at least some form of emotion into his performance relative to that, so he was alright this time around. Kaiji Tang really gets into his take on Looker, so that was nice, and whoever voiced Silver is also pretty emotive- they did a good job.
I hope more Generations shorts take after what this one did, because it could genuinely have a long-lasting impression on its audience if they do more like this.
Episode 6- This was poor, on the other hand, and didn't leave any impression on me. It goes back to having no continuity with the other shorts, but on top of that, it's a verbatim rehash of a story the Anime already told in Johto (and actually did it better!) about Suicine. Eusine's voice actor in this is pretty stiff as well, and he sounds like some generic guy, as opposed to a legendary master. It's just a retread of what we've already seen before: that being said, it's at least got more depth than the laughable Episode 1 & weak Episode 4, so it's not the worst installment.
Side note: I haven't brought this up yet since I don't think it's THAT important in the long run, but has anyone noticed some pronunciation issues in this, for certain terms? I keep hearing "Pok-uh-mon" for whatever reason, and I don't get why Suicine is pronounced "Soo-e-cune" now? There was also the Viridian Gym being called the "Verdian" Gym back in Episode 2, but I guess it's the result of either faulty direction, or just not being too familiar with the source material since they're new to this Series? go to »
None of them really fit what he's supposed to sound like at all, with McNeil doing a Liverpool accent, Sabat doing an Australian accent, and Liebrecht doing an Irish accent, but considering Jeice is nothing more than a one-time character, I'm alright with that.
I guess my preference leans towards a combination of Liebrecht's acting with Sabat's voice, but this is one of those compares where no one truly outshines the others to me. go to »
Clancy Brown. The others don't even compare, but that being said, I prefer Joe's deeper timbre and Bob's delivery between the other two performances: Joe struggles to emote properly, while Bob's voice is too high pitched, IMO. go to »
That's a pretty fair & valid point, but I really wish Sean Schemmel had stopped (IMO, badly) imitating Don Brown's take by this point in Kai: at this point, they do have access to the Japanese audio, so the only reason I figure Schemmel is still stuck doing that voice is because he's accustomed to doing it, and doing another one would irritate the dub's fandom. go to »
I wish she'd cut that sultry tone out that Delaney started with the role, but her acting and actual performance works fairly well for the role: if she dropped the former aspect, it'd be a lot easier to enjoy her performance as a whole.
2. Lani Minella:
While I appreciate the fact she didn't go down the stereotype route of basing her performance on the character's appearance, her delivery really needed work, and could be flat quite often. Still, she certainly fit the Bounty Hunter aspect of the character the most.
3. Kathleen Delaney:
She sounded way too old, sultry, and monotone. And unlike the rest of the 4Kids cast, she exhibited absolutely zero improvement over time. She's like the predecessor to the Kirk Thornton take on Shadow of the Studiopolis cast in that particular regard, oddly enough. go to »
He started sounding a lot less Surfer like in Dragonball, and in Kai, he actually sounds like a genuinely goofy, fun loving guy like Yamcha is but has actual depth in his performance now.
2. Ted Cole:
While his delivery gets rather awkward at times, I actually really like his voice for the role- he sounds like your everyday goofy, cool guy like Yamcha to me.
3. Victor Atelevich:
He sounds pretty natural and his voice is fitting as well, but he lacks energy at times.
4. Chris Sabat (Z):
He sounded too much like a Surfer dude, and the dialogue he was given didn't help the performance much, like when he said "Man you da bomb!" and "Cat loves food, y-yeah, yeah, yeah," it was just...annoying.
5. Kerrigan Mahan:
I like his voice, but his delivery is pretty forced and awkward.
6. Douglas Rand:
He sounds pretty nasally and lispy at the same time at the beginning of his clip, and his delivery is silly: I can't take this seriously at all.
Steve Brodie sounded more elderly and wise in the role, though his delivery was very weak.
Oliver Wyman was trying too hard to me here: while I've definitely heard worse elderly man voices on the site before, the accent he uses is a little awkward, and his overacting is a little strange. go to »
I'm going to disagree completely with the last few comments, and pick Tara Jayne.
I'm disappointed with the clip used to represent Tara Jayne, that being said, but considering Jasmine is supposed to be intentionally sad and stoic in the scene used since Jasmine is worried Amphy (the Ampharos at the Lighthouse) may end up dying from illness, I think she did just fine. It's a shame a clip of her actual performance wasn't used when she was battling Ash or a casual conversation, since she was much more energetic and cheerful there as the Ampharos' health had been restored, but I digress.
Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, while not bad per se, is a little too high pitched for me, and her delivery struck me as odd at times. Tara Jayne had a lot more range in her performance to me, and was able to make Jasmine sound more than just happy all the time. go to »
It's basically a tossup between a silly clown voice from Jason Griffith, and a parrot like voice from Michael Yurchak, here: I'd say the better of the two is Michael Yurchak, but I can't say either leaves the best impression on me. go to »
David brought actual depth, character, and emotion to the role, and I'm of the opinion the slight accent he used actually added to his performance's appeal. He was able to sound menacing, but he was also able to sound cool at the same time, without sounding forced.
2. Jason Griffith:
While it was much better than his Sonic was, his delivery was often stilted and he struggled at times to get his acting balanced. Still, his voice was good as well as fitting for the role, and his acting got better later on.
3. Kirk Thornton:
Even now, he sounds very old, rough, as well as too gruff for association with Shadow, and struggles to emote without sounding strained in the part. While it's not the worst performance I've heard in the franchise, it's disappointing considering he's had so long to get used to the role. go to »
He sounds the most posh, dignified, smug, menacing, and overall has the best performance as Frieza of the group.
2. Pauline Newstone:
Has the posh, dignified delivery and menacing tone down, but sounded way too effeminate and old, often like Eartha Kitt, most of the time.
3. Kevin Seymour:
He sounds too nasally and nerdy in the part, but at least he sounded a bit sinister and smug at the same time.
4. Linda Young:
Sad to say, this performance hasn't aged well at all. Even when I was a boy, I always thought Frieza was a raspy-voiced woman because of this performance, and I could never, ever take him seriously because of it.
5. Ed Marcus:
I never thought a man could do such a horrible Frieza take, but this performance really showed it could happen. He sounds like a senile guy at an old folks home, especially when Planet Vegeta is blown up.
6. Jennifer Bain:
Imagine Linda Young's Frieza, but far more forced, raspier, throatier, and screechier all at the same time, because that's basically what this take is. go to »
Pokemon Generations is basically a Series of 3-5 minute shorts that are completely disconnected from each other, and it focuses on different main characters in each Episode. Your mileage may vary, but for me, it really does little, since it's pretty hard to invest in any of the characters due to such a lack of depth, and the time limit makes it hard to genuinely make an impression as a whole.
While I'd rather watch Generations than the current Anime & Movies, it really does pale badly in comparison to Origins, since it does little to build up on its characters. Heck, even the Anime had a more fleshed out Giovanni, Agatha, and Lance when the characters had appearances, which is saying a lot.
Regarding the Episodes that have been released so far, I'd say the following:
Episode 1- Really bad: it was just watching a silent Red battle with a squeaky voiced Pikachu against random Pokemon from each region.
Episode 2- Good: while I wish Giovanni wasn't such a boring character in this, Looker was really interesting and his commanding of his police was interesting.
Episode 3- Average: you're just watching Blue face off against the Elite Four of Kanto, and that's really it.
Episode 4- Poor: this time around, it's just Lance going into a Team Rocket headquarters and trying to beat them. Also, the grunts walking is the most awkwardly animated thing to watch in the Series so far, it's hilariously bad and unrealistic.
As for the English dubbing, well, it ranges from being mediocre at best, to below average at worst. A lot of the voice acting is hit-or-miss across the board (you have your hits with Blue, Bruno, & Looker, and your misses with Agatha, Giovanni, & Lance so far, respectively), and the dialogue is pretty awkward and unnatural at points, most notable in Episode 3 when Blue says "I'll smash your ice into a million pieces" and "See? I'm an incredible genius" among other lines, but overall, it's definitely better than the XY-XYZ dub in both aspects, and in one other regard: it also seems like, despite it being produced for us like Mastermind was rather than in Japan, it actually keeps the Japanese score since I'm hearing a lot of instrumentals from the games.
All of this being said, I'm interested in seeing what Episodes 5-18 are going to be like, and I really hope they get out of Kanto soon, and explore the other regions a bit. go to »
David Lodge has a much more convincing elderly man voice, but Ian James Corlett has more energy and spirit in his performance. They're both good in their own ways, but I guess I'm going with Ian just because rosebr10's comment below had me laughing hard. go to »
John was a little throaty in the old Z dub, but his voice got smoother and delivery have notably improved in the Kai dub: his Tien is very naturally acted now.
2. Brendan Hunter:
Brendan's take on Tien sounds pretty good, but he's a little raspy at times.
3. Eddie Frierson:
Eddie's Tien sounds okay, if a little generic and flat in delivery.
4. Matt Smith:
Matt's take on Tien is that awkward anomaly of a performance where he was actually worse in the earlier Saban dub where he sounds a bit whiny and Surfer-ish, but actually sounds better in the later Westwood Cell dub.
5. David Gasman:
David sounds like a reject from a B-list Kung Fu Movie as Tien, but at least it's better than what I was expecting when listening to an AB Groupe dub clip.
6. Chris Cason:
Chris was incredibly forced and grating as Tien: he was clearly trying to imitate Matt Smith, but failing at it.
7. Douglas Rand:
What the heck is this? I get Tien sort of looks like an Alien with his third eye, but he really stereotyped based on appearance and he sounds like a Muppet at the end of the clip, too. Hilarious, for all the wrong reasons. go to »
Andrew Rannells had the better script to work with, and a more well rounded performance, so I vote for him: I never would've expected him to go on to become such a famous actor, but good for him, he deserves it.
Bill Timoney was a bit too campy by comparison, but really, it was the script that held him back: TPCi excessively homosexual-ized Harley with lines like "May and her brood of boy toys" or talking about "Powdering his nose on the dance floor," and the like. The 4Kids and Japanese Versions didn't do this at all, and it brings Timoney down quite a bit- too silly to take seriously. go to »
I still prefer Seon King's voice when it comes to Edgeworth. Having said that, outside of his "Objection" which sounds off, Kyle Hebert's alright. Mark Healy's voice never worked for me, but I did find it funny. go to »
Andrew Alfonso fit this part better. Yuri Lowenthal seemed to have been missing the affected "Euro-rock" accent in his performance Klavier is supposed to have (though I can imagine his voice working better on another character). go to »
Oliver Wyman was initially a bit high pitched, but he improved as time went on, and got his voice to a medium pitch, while also sounding pretty swarmy, yet cool, in the part. He also had a lot of energy in his performance, too.
While he was not terrible in this role, Bill Rogers sounded a bit too old and nasally for me, and Drew sounded a lot less energetic with his take.