NOTE! This is just a opinion list on who I think is better at dubbing the English version of the Pokémon television show. if you think something differently than what I think that perfectly fine. This won't be judged by nostalgia mainly because I started watching the anime at season 11 (Battle Dimension) so I didn't grow up with the ORIGINAL voice actors also because back in September 2012 to August 2013 I started watching all the anime episodes (Season 1 to 16) so I've really been able to calculate & see who's better (in my opinion)
BTW this will be a VERY long list so sorry if you can't or don't want to read it all.
But anyways time to start! =)
4Kids Entertainment Pros! =)
1. Voice Acting
Now I know that many people were pretty upset when TPCI (formerly known as Pokémon USA) replaced the dubbing production 4Kids in 2006 because they wanted a cheaper rate dubbing the anime which IMO was pretty low of them. Going back & looking at the older episodes made me realize that 4kids was superior in terms voice actors. People like Veronica Taylor (Former voice actor for Ash Ketchum) & Eric Stuart (Former voice actor for Brock Harrison) seem to put more effort into their performances than Bill Roger or Sarah Natochenny. (Current Voice Actors for Ash Ketchum & Brock Harrison) despite me actually liking them better =]
4Kids definitely nailed down making intros for the anime my favorite being "This Dream" used in 7th season of the anime Advanced Challenge.
The Lyrics & beats more memorable & just the length of the intros were longer than what TPCI did NOT NO DAMN 30 SECONDS!!!...sorry.
4Kids just cared about the show more than TPCi did. Now I'm not trying to make TPCI seem like they're just money whores only dubbing the show for a profit but its obvious (to me at least ) that 4kids wanted to continue dubbing the anime the voice actors loved playing the characters assigned to them whereas TPCI only replaced 4Kids in the first place because of money after 4kids contract expired if I'm fully correct.
4Kids Entertainment Cons! =(
Something 4Kids is notorious for in Pokémon (Other than One Piece) is editing & changing food like rice balls into crackers or submarine sandwiches to "Americanize" it since young children in 4Kids's eyes probably wouldn't recognize what rice balls or ramen noodles would be. -_-
Also pointless paint edits over words & signs which were just.....blah! irritating! :(
2. Background Music
The BGM that 4Kids uses never irritated me in the slightest but was too generic IMO whereas the music in the RAW version was more diverse & better But I may remind you that 4Kids would have to pay for that music that the RAW version uses (IF IM CORRECT!)
3. Script Changes/Dialogue
I'm not sure but I think 4Kids makes slight changes the dialogue or is poorly translated. anyways sometimes 4Kids can make the dialogue within the anime seem a bit wacky, with too many puns, or just change it altogether.
The Pokémon Company International Pros! =)
1. Voice Acting
Yes! I do like the TPCi dub I assume many old school Pokémon fans loathe the TPCI dub because of the voice actors especially liking Veronica Taylor over Sarah Natochenny but I enjoy both in fact I like Sarah Natochenny's performance more because she makes Ash sound older despite her laugh sounding weird for Ash & her performance being terrible in season 9 but started getting good in season 11 IMO. I also like Bill Rogers as Brock more too for making him sound older as well. :)
2. Sticking to the original Dialogue/Script
I would assume that TPCI sticks to the original script more not putting as many rhymes, puns or changes in it despite Team Rocket's constant rhyming.
3. No Edits =D
Despite TPCI editing parts out of a Black & White Series episode that leads into the Team Plasma vs Team Rocket two parter that never aired in Japan or USA to keep the season consistent & changing the BGM TPCI never really edits any scenes out or remove letters like 4Kids so that cool! :)
The Pokèmon Company International Cons! =(
As I said before 4Kids in my opinion was superior in terms of making openings But I wonder why TPCI's intros irk me? I think because they're too F***ING short! Only 30 seconds really? The lyrics & beats are bland & tasteless but I bet CN (CartoonNetwork) limits how long they can be :(
2. BGM is lower?
I think DuArt has something to do with it but ever since the BW series started the background music seems lower than how it seems in the original Japanese version which irritates me. :(
3. Less Love for the show?
I do think that TPCI doesn't care about the show as much as 4kids did also they probably care about money more too. I'm not trying to make them seem like money whores but I think they dub the anime mostly for a profit sadly. :(
That's it. that's all I can think of in terms of who's better
And my answer IS.........( drum roll).........TPCI!
Reason? it's because despite TPCI's VA's not being as great as 4Kids's VA's I still like Sarah as Ash & Bill as Brock more I'm also just more used to the current voice actors. ALSO! despite in openings being shorter & less awesome they're decent enough for me to not hate on them a lot.
Also at least TPCI sticks to the original JAPANESE script more & doesn't do any pointless paint edits. =D
if you're opinion is different than mine that's perfectly ok.
Have a nice day! Hooray! =)