Pokemon = Dragon Ball Z
by, 24th January 2010 at 11:55 PM (1017 Views)
Can you take this story about Dragon Ball Z and turn it into a story about Pokemon?
The History of the Dragon Ball Z anime in the U.S.
For the first two seasons, Dragon Ball Z was dubbed by FUNimation in conjunction with Saban. These initial seasons had a lot of rewrites, a replaced music score, and a countless number of edits. Despite these changes, the English version was many fans' first (and only) exposure to the series and became their preferred way to watch the show. After airing on early Saturday morning time slots for two seasons, Saban was taken out of the picture.
Eventually, it was decided that FUNimation would do the dubbing themselves using their in-house actors. By pulling from a pool of locals – many of whom had never acted in anything in their life – a cast of sound-alikes was assembled. The first testing ground for the new actors was the movie “Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle,” and the reactions were mixed. People liked the lack of editing and the original Japanese score, but they hated the replacement voice actors and the new theme songs.
After some time, a new season of 50 episodes premiered on Cartoon Network. This third season picked up where Saban had left off and finished out the Freeza saga. Season Three featured the same voice cast as the movie (minus Stephanie Nadolny, who had been replaced with Sean Schemmel as Goku), all-new music, and relaxed editing standards. Reactions to the new dub were generally negative, with many fans calling it amateurish and a cheap imitation.
Eventually, however, fans began to accept the new voice actors. These days, fans seem to have accepted the new cast and it's assumed that most people – including the voice actors themselves – have moved on.
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