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.