Dragon Ball Z Interview: Chris Sabat, Justin Cook and Sean Schemmel

Posted by Dawn Bryant
Tags: Dragon Ball

The 2011 New York Comic Con (NYCC) has come and gone and it played host to many of the great people in the anime industry. Three of those people are the legends behind the legendary North American adaptation of Dragon Ball Z! We’re talking about Chris Sabat (Vegeta), Justin Cook (Raditz) and Sean Schemmel (Goku) and they were recently interviewed by the team over at the Big Shiny Robot at NYCC. The interview is pretty good watch as it covers some of the history of FUNimation’s Dragon Ball Z from the viewpoints of Sabat, Cook, and Schemmel.

Information about the three cast members via bios from NYCC and FUNimation:

Chris Sabat: “Christopher R. Sabat has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z as well as the actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and countless others, you could possibly say he is the voice of Dragonball Z. Christopher currently owns Okratron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas.”

Justin Cook: “Justin Cook has been working in the world of anime exclusively for FUNimation since the beginning of 2000. Beginning as an ADR engineer and Production Assistant then Voice Director, Line Producer, Production Manager, and currently he is the Director of Production. He has voiced a number of characters including, Raditz and Super Buu from Dragon Ball Z; Yusuke in Yu Yu Hakusho, Chiba in Mongolian Chop Squad; Hatsuhara Soma in Fruits Basket and Capt. Bellamy in One Piece. He has voice directed episodes from the series Fruits Basket, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball and Kiddy Grade.”

Sean Schemmel: ”Sean Schemmel gets paid to stand in a sound proof padded room and make wacky voices all day with good reason. He’s good at it. Ever since he was discovered doing so at an undisclosed mental institution (read Marionette Theatre) Sean has been gainfully employed as a voice actor for some of the most popular titles in Anime history. He is best known as the voices of Goku, King Kai and Nail in the internationally acclaimed anime series, Dragonball Z Dragonball Z Kai, and Dragonball GT. Other notable roles include, Amidamaru, and Rio inShaman King, Constable Biggles, Sh’Okanabo, Master Kahn (and many others) in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Onsokumaru in Ninja Nonsense, about 12 different thumbs in Thumb Wrestling Federation and Gonard in Kappa Mikey. In addition to Dragonball Z Kai Sean can currently be heard as Paradox in the feature film, Yu-Gi-Oh 5d’s Bonds Beyond Time and as Grings Kodai in (Pokemon) Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

  • Anonymous

    FIRST, AMAZING INTERVIEW, The way Christopher Sabat Recoome voice REALLY AMAZING but it must’ve been real hard for him to voice anyway EPICCCCC, I wish I was there to see them soo I can praise them and tear of hapiness at the same time,  for AMAZING Voice actors they are, and when Sean Schemmel said KAIO KEN WAS EPICCCC and I can’t wait for DBZ Blu Level 1.1.

  • http://twitter.com/samael789 samael789

     Voice actors are always so insane. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    Super 17: I have to admire your ability to stand up after that.
    Vegeta: And I admire your ability to DIE, FINAL SHINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNE

    Vegata’s BEST COMEBACK LINE EVER!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CWNXNH62NDVG65IYQWQCYAXXQE Hakim Hasan

    Chris Sabat  is awesome by default

  • http://www.ninjamanager.com/teams/16145 Kira

    fifth!! Awsome INTERVIEW ^^

  • Anonymous

    WTF i went to comic con for the past 3 years just because sean was at the first one i went to…nd now that im like “oh we he hasnt come back in awhile so maybe ill miss this one” THEY ALL DECIDE TO SHOW UP?!??! WTFFFF

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116755538 Femi Adams

    lol at “I wanted to be captain ginyu. I wasn’t even thinking about Goku” “Then we got to the studio and they were like goku is the lead character and I like OH!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7727AOX2QSTFCT3FTHZ3YPRJFE Thesageforlife K

     lol stop moving your legs

  • Anonymous

    Goku has a potty mouth

  • Anonymous

    i want that wall scroll in the back

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CWNXNH62NDVG65IYQWQCYAXXQE Hakim Hasan

    17:I have to admire your ability to stand up after that.


    17:that doesn’t even make any sense….


  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.castline Michael Castline

    definalty getting the blu-ray. and 5-6 days until UT WOOOOOO

  • http://twitter.com/Ciaralover Ciaralover

    i want a new season of Dragon ball 1 or GT whatever i just want new episode :( *cries to grave*

  • Anonymous

    AMAZING dream, In my dream I bought the game, normal version collector’s edition didn’t come out yet, I was creating a character, and it shows you can create an actual Super Saiyan 3 transformation not just longer hair, a real Super Saiyan 3 creation, then I woke up of EPICNESS, few more days.

  • Anonymous


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CWNXNH62NDVG65IYQWQCYAXXQE Hakim Hasan

    umm….don’t we all have it? I got it the day it  came out. I also got Naruto impact and batman ^^

  • Anonymous

     When did you buy it, I bought it yesterday

  • Anonymous

    I got it.

  • Anonymous

    I bought Ultimate Tenkaichi, I am not lying, when I come back check my trophy list

  • Darran Wells

    OMG the female in the video has a nice body :)  

  • Ian James Corlett

    wow… hearing these dude pontificate about voice “acting” is… wow.