Hello, everyone! To celebrate the release of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot today, we're going to take a look at the great Ox-King!
Dave 'Squatch' Ward is the first English voice actor for Ox-King. While he gets his oafish, hammy and warm nature down, I don't really think it really resonates with me. It's a good voice and a decent performance, but I dunno.
Mark Britten replaces Dave Ward in the original 1999 Funimation broadcast, and the voice sounds really nasty to listen to. Even if Ox-King doesn't drink beer, he should not sound like a chain smoker. The performance here is pretty bad too, sad to say.
Kyle Hebert replaces him in the remastered DBZ dub, Dragon Ball, and so forth to this day. I have no idea what happened here. I know he can do deep voices, but he does this deep guttural voice that makes me think less of what Ox-King could sound like, and more like Muscle Man
and even Yajirobe
himself. It just doesn't fit.
Dave Pettit is honestly my favorite of the voice actors. His performance doesn't disappoint, and his voice is really natural for this sort of character, a boisterous large family man. No forced deepness here, just someone who lives in the mountains and has a daughter he cares for.
David Gasman does a guttural thing like Kyle, but his voice is naturally deep enough that he doesn't have to put on as fake a voice.
Paul Bandey does Ox-King in the Trunks special, and it's perfectly adequate to what an aged Ox-King sounds like. I just wish it could be more heavy, but for an old Ox-King it's fine.