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Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan Atomu, lit. The Mighty Atom) is a remake of the original 1960's anime series of the same name, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

An English dub coordinated by Tezuka Productions and Nippon TV was produced in 1982. The dub was recorded using acting majors and graduate students out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison during August of 1982. According to voice actor Bob Gonzalez, he's unsure why they came to UW Wisconsin for dubbing, though surmises it's likely because of the relatively low flat fee they accepted to do the job.

The dub was lightly edited, cutting various scenes; most notably merging Episodes 1 and 2 together. According to Jay Rath, they had dubbed the first two episodes as an hour-long episode uncut, but apparently it was decided to cut it down. The dub aired in Australia from 1983 to 1998, though it had a very limited release in the U.S., where broadcasts were limited to syndication in a few markets.

An alternate dub was produced for Canadian audiences to fill the legal Canadian-content quota (a statute requiring Canadian TV Stations to air a certain amount of Canadian-made content. Anime dubbed in Canada counts). The dub was produced in 1985, and recorded at Cinélume in Montreal; featuring a then 12-year old Steven Bednarski as Astro Boy. The opening and ending themes recorded for the previous dub were still used, however.

While the Nippon dub featured light editing, the Canadian version was highly edited for violence, with entire sequences being re-edited. The edits are identical to the French dub, Astro le Petit Robot, which was also recorded in Montreal. With the exception of Astro and Atlas, most of the characters names were changed (Dr. Elefun was renamed "Professor Peabody", Uran was renamed "Sarah", etc.). The Canadian dub also featured a pre-title sequence which recapped Astro's origin, and an epilogue where Astro would give a brief report about each episode's adventure to a computer named Geronimo. Astro's report would always contain a minor error about the story, and a narrator would encourage the viewers to find Astro's mistake, and compare answers with their friends.

CastEdit

Nippon/UW-Wisconsin DubEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Main Characters
Astro Boy Mari Shimizu Patricia Kugler Whitley
Dr. Elefun
(Professor Ochanomizu)
Hisashi Katsuta Brian Parry
Secondary Characters
Uran Masako Sugaya Becky Wilenski
Atlas Katsuji Mori Paul Nelson
Inspector Gumshoe
(Inspector Tawashi)
Ichirō Nagai
Chief McLaw Yūsaku Yara Greg Zerkle
Daddy Walrus
(Shunsaku Ban)
Kazuo Kumakura Bob Gonzalez
Livian Keiko Yokozawa Becky Wilenski
Skunk Kusai Seizō Katō Jay Rath
Pilat Shigeru Chiba Dave Miller
Dad Takeshi Kuwabara Richard Ganoung
Mom Misako Hibino Kahlei Slick
Kenneth
(Kenichi)
Kumiko Takizawa Dave Miller
Alvin Gordon
(Shibugaki)
Kazuya Tatekabe Richard Ganoung
Theodore
(Tamao)
Yōko Matsuoka Debbie Holmes
Mindy
(Midori)
Saeko Shimazu Becky Wilenski

Episodic CharactersEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor Episodes
Professor Boyton
(Dr. Tenma)
Tamio Ōki Del Lewis 1-2
Ms. Ford
(Ms. Honda)
Gara Takashima Debbie Holmes 1, 19
Dr. Ushiyama Kenichi Ogata Richard Ganoung 1
Count Walpur Guiss
(Walpurgis)
Shūichirō Moriyama Jay Rath 1-2, 38
Hamegg Ichirō Nagai Greg Zerkle 2-3
Kathy Rihoko Yoshida Debbie Holmes 3
Tornado Yūji Mikimoto Paul Nelson
Billie
(Takashi)
Yoko Shibayama Jay Rath 4, 18, 21
Mayumi Tanaka 47
Mrs. Gordon
(Shibugaki's Mother)
Seiko Tomoe Del Lewis 4, 18
Mr. Gordon
(Shibugaki's Father)
Minoru Inaba Carl Batagglia 4, 7
Principal Atsushi Ii Greg Zerkle 4
Princess Odette Keiko Han Debbie Holmes 6
Prince Ziegfried Yū Mizushima Greg Zerkle
Devil King
(Saturn)
Shōzō Iizuka Paul Nelson
Professor Hyde Koichi Chiba Jay Rath
Dr. Leopold
(Professor Feline)
Junji Chiba 8
Director Watson Keaton Yamada Dave Miller
Construction Minister Hiroshi Masuoka Paul Nelson
Pecos Pete
(Drop-3)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Jay Rath 9
Black Devil Driver Ikuya Sawaki Paul Nelson
Konrad
(Koichi)
Junichi Takeoka Greg Zerkle 10
Mitzi
(Mitsuko)
Sakiko Tamagawa Kahlei Slick
Mr. Hamper Junkichi Yarita Dave Miller 11
President Ricci
(President Rag)
Noriko Ohara Becky Wilenski
Lord Dead Cross Mikio Terashima Richard Ganoung
Professor Maxim
(Dr. Makusun)
Minoru Yada Dave Miller 12
Goliath
(Dum-Dum)
Tesshō Genda Paul Nelson
Light Ray Robot Masako Sugaya Kahlei Slick 13
Hamill Rokurō Naya Greg Zerkle 14
Robot Kidnapper Boss Toshiro Ishii Dave Miller
Professor Donahue
(Haruzo Iijo)
Hiroshi Masuoka Jay Rath 15
Cruiser
(Rad)
Hidetoshi Nakamura Richard Ganoung
Ben
(Drill)
Masahiro Anzai Dave Miller
Robio Yū Mizushima Greg Zerkle
Robiette Run Sasaki Kahlei Slick
Kibalt Shojiro Kihara Paul Nelson
Ox Yūsaku Yara Brian Parry
Mosquito Atsushi Ii Jay Rath
Professor Cavoltet
(Natta Yani)
Ryūji Saikachi
Professor Moss Mahito Tsujimura Paul Nelson 16
Lieutenant Blackstone
(Lieutenant Ketchup)
Takeshi Aono Dave Miller
Carlena
(Cabette)
Mari Okamoto Kahlei Slick
Lieutenant William Nelson
(Orion 108 Captain)
Kenichi Ogata Paul Nelson 17
Robita Kiyoshi Komiyama Jay Rath
Neal
(Gen's Father)
Ryūji Nakagi Paul Nelson
Gene
(Gen)
Takako Sasuga Kahlei Slick
Ballast
(Daifuku)
Junkichi Yarita Bob Gonzalez 19
Buck
(Pook)
Yoshiko Yamamoto Debbie Holmes 20
Professor Terrapin
(Dr. Tozawa)
Michihiro Ikemizu Richard Ganoung
Mandrake IV
(Kin Sankaku)
Eken Mine Jay Rath 20
Junpei Takiguchi 36
Snare
(Shikakushimen)
Yūsaku Yara Paul Nelson 20
Cross Island Administrator Yasuo Muramatsu Bob Gonzalez
Announcer Akira Murayama Greg Zerkle 21
Mr. Morlock
(Narikane Nishiyama)
Saburo Kamei Dave Miller
Professor Mark Thompson
(Dr. Kanda)
Ichirō Murakoshi Richard Ganoung
Captain Shingo Kanemoto Bob Gonzalez
Banker
(Futoshi Tarui)
Fumio Matsuoka Jay Rath
Laura
(Noriko)
Kumiko Takizawa Becky Wilenski
Laura's Husband
(Kenji)
Takashi Taniguchi Dave Miller
Anthony
(Yoshio)
Yōko Matsuoka Becky Wilenski
Lieutenant Minor
(Minya Michilobna)
Kazuko Yanaga Kahlei Slick
Pearl
(Kazue)
Sanae Takagi Debbie Holmes 22
True Keiko Yamamoto Kahlei Slick
Professor Farrell
(Domoto)
Atsushi Ii Greg Zerkle
Violet
(Floret)
Mami Koyama Debbie Holmes 23
Sultan Shōzō Iizuka Dave Miller 24-25
Abra Hiroya Ishimaru Greg Zerkle
Bruton
(Pluto)
Kinya Morikawa Paul Nelson
Mont Blanc Shigezō Sasaoka Greg Zerkle 24
Molnar
(North #2)
Hirotaka Suzuoki Richard Ganoung
Dr. Castle Takkō Ishimori Jay Rath
Brawndo
(Brand)
Koshiro Tanaka Bob Gonzalez
Zeron
(Gesicht)
Keaton Yamada Jay Rath
Hercules Tesshō Genda 25
Photar
(Epsilon)
Hidetoshi Nakamura Bob Gonzalez
Veterinarian Fumio Matsuoka Jay Rath 26
Rock Yū Mizushima Dave Miller 27
Dr. Roget
(Black Jack)
Nachi Nozawa Brian Parry
Penny
(Pinoko)
Junko Hori Debbie Holmes
Princess Sapphire Mari Okamoto Kahlei Slick
Grand Chamberlain Toshiya Ueda Richard Ganoung
Pukko Yūji Mitsuya Jay Rath
Gor Tamio Ōki Bob Gonzalez
Tom Stanton Ryūsei Nakao Greg Zerkle 28
Sam Stanton
Manager Rokurō Naya Jay Rath
Hollywood Studios Boss Reizō Nomoto Dave Miller 30
Professor Haggerty
(Dr. Ikisugi)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Jay Rath
Suzy
(Sakura)
Eiko Yamada Kahlei Slick 31
Grandfather Mahito Tsujimura Greg Zerkle
Dr. Baribari Jōji Yanami Jay Rath 32
Cleopatra Naoko Kouda Debbie Holmes
Caesar Tesshō Genda Richard Ganoung
Hunter #1 Minoru Midorikawa Dave Miller 34
Hunter #2 Kenichi Ogata Paul Nelson
Dr. Huntley
(Dr. Fooler)
Takuzō Kamiyama Jay Rath
Christopher
(Mitsuru)
Sumiko Shirakawa Debbie Holmes 35
RP-3 Ikuo Nishikawa Jay Rath
Professor McGowen
(Dr. Mitsuda)
Mikio Terashima Greg Zerkle
Queen Bee
(Queen Mary)
Haruko Kitahama Kahlei Slick
Pepi Yoshiko Yamamoto Becky Wilenski 36
Dolphin Keiko Yamamoto Kahlei Slick
Queen of Peligro Island
(Muumuu)
Gara Takashima Debbie Holmes 37
Undersea Labor Prison Boss Yasuo Muramatsu Paul Nelson
Lily
(Rumi)
Kumiko Takizawa Becky Wilenski
Lily's Father
(Rumi's Father)
Minoru Yada Greg Zerkle
Captain Parou
(Dr. Doburofu)
Gorō Naya 38
Dr. Winston
(Mr. Vaccine)
Masao Imanishi Paul Nelson 39
Detective Randolph Holmes
(Sherlock Holmspan)
Kei Tomiyama Greg Zerkle
Larson
(Mason)
Jun Hazumi Dave Miller
Blackie Young Hirotaka Suzuoki Richard Ganoung 40
Aurora
(Rosaline)
Tomoko Munakata Kahlei Slick
Bus Driver Minoru Inaba Paul Nelson
Rancher Osamu Kato Jay Rath
Prisoner Yūji Mikimoto Dave Miller
Doctor Koichi Chiba Paul Nelson
Professor Adams
(Dr. Milky Way)
Takeshi Aono Greg Zerkle 41
Galon Banjō Ginga Paul Nelson
Military Officer Masayuki Katō Dave Miller
Becky
(Lily)
Rihoko Yoshida Becky Wilenski 42
Duke
(Woo)
Noriko Tsukase Kahlei Slick
Peter
(Pitatto)
Shigeru Chiba Richard Ganoung
Boss Robot Minoru Inaba Paul Nelson
Factory President Eken Mine Jay Rath
President's Wife Akiko Takeguchi Debbie Holmes
Chieftan Kazuya Tatekabe Brian Parry
Captain Keely Tesshō Genda Dave Miller 43
Feeny
(Dr. Mazeb)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Jay Rath 44
Morry
(Mari)
Kaoru Kurosu Debbie Holmes 45
Morry's Mother
(Mari's Mother)
Yōko Matsuoka Celia Klehr
Morry's Father
(Mari's Father)
Rokurō Naya Jay Rath
Dr. Zar
(Dr. Oz)
Kōsei Tomita Paul Nelson
Captain Matthew Tennyson
(Captain Tsukioka)
Hideyuki Tanaka 46
Tic Keaton Yamada Jay Rath
Tac Akio Nojima Dave Miller
Space Port Hotel Manager
(Roast Ham)
Masashi Amenomori Richard Ganoung
Eldridge Tennyson
(Chief Tsukioka)
Kōichi Kitamura Greg Zerkle
Space Pirate Daisuke Gōri Bob Gonzalez
Hijacker Masashi Amenomori Paul Nelson 47
Mr. Whitely
(Goro Yamazaki)
Hiroshi Masuoka Jay Rath 48
Professor Lewis
(Dr. Match)
Kōichi Kitamura Dave Miller
Fireball Yō Inoue Kahlei Slick
Torch
(Acetylene Lamp)
Chikao Ōtsuka Dave Miller 49
Zeus Akira Kamiya Jay Rath
Boy #1 Mayumi Tanaka Greg Zerkle
Boy #2 Mari Yoko Debbie Holmes
Boy #3 Yōko Matsuoka Dave Miller
Professor Gould
(Dr. Gurudo)
Takeo Ono Greg Zerkle 50
Captain Claud
(Captain Cloud)
Tarō Ishida Paul Nelson
Zamara
(Zakuro)
Toshiya Ogata Paul Nelson
Savi Satomi Majima Kahlei Slick
Odin Eiji Kanie Bob Gonzalez
Professor Osamu Kato Jay Rath 51
Chico
(Serve)
Keisuke Yamashita Dave Miller
Carlos
(Tall)
Makio Inoue Richard Ganoung
Sphinx Kazuko Yanaga Debbie Holmes
Senor Garcia
(Monsieur Ampere)
Hiroshi Itō Paul Nelson
Pedro
(Ben Heck)
Keaton Yamada Greg Zerkle
Fernando
(José Perez)
Toshiya Ueda Del Lewis
Niki
(Nyoka)
Mari Okamoto Becky Wilenski 52
Professor Rindolph Takeki Nakamura Jay Rath
Secretary General Minoru Inaba Richard Ganoung

Additional Voices

  • Richard Ganoung
  • Bob Gonzalez
  • Debbie Holmes
  • Celia Klehr
  • Del Lewis
  • Dave Miller
  • Paul Nelson
  • Brian Parry
  • Jay Rath
  • Kahlei Slick
  • Greg Zerkle

Canadian DubEdit

Early Canadian copyright laws did not require dub actors to be listed in credits, so the majority of the Canadian English cast is unknown. Bednarski's involvement was revealed by Bednarski himself on an Astro Boy fan forum.

Character Voice Actor
Astro Boy Steven Bednarski

Additional VoicesEdit

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
1983-1992 ABC Australia Flag Australia
1985-1990 Radio-Canada Canada Flag Canada
1986-1992 PBS United States Flag United States
1996-2001 Nickelodeon Australia Flag Australia
2008-2009 Boomerang

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Manga Entertainment 2005 DVD The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States Flag United States
8 Discs
Madman Entertainment 2009 The Complete Series 4
PAL
Australia Flag Australia
2 Volumes

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

  • Astro Boy (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Astro Boy at the Internet Movie Database