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Dragon Ball Television Series North America Logo

The North American version of the Dragon Ball logo, which debuted in 2001

Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru) is an adaptation of the first portion of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. It is composed of 153 20-minute episodes and ran on Fuji TV from February 26, 1986 to April 12 1989. The series average rating was 21.2%, with its maximum being 29.5% (Episode 047) and its minimum being 13.7% (Episode 110). Dragon Ball was overshadowed by its successor Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball depicted Goku's childhood, while Dragon Ball Z depicted his adulthood. Both are adapted from the same manga.

Production history

Original series

DragonBallAnime

Title card in the original Japanese version

Dragon Ball started off as a manga series called Dragon Boy. The story depicted a young boy named Tanton and his quest to return a princess to her homeland. The series was a loose adaptation of the Chinese legend Journey to the West, depicting monkey king Sun Wukong. Due to the series' unpopularity, Toriyama re-wrote Dragon Boy, adapting it as Dragon Ball. All the character's personalities were changed except for Goku. The re-adaptation named Dragon Ball became a hit.

Broadcast

Two previous attempts at releasing Dragon Ball to United States audiences failed. The first attempt was in 1989 from Harmony Gold (the company had previously dubbed Clash of the Planets and Voltron). It featured strange name changes for nearly all the characters, such as changing Goku to Zero and Korin to Whiskers the Wonder Cat. It was test-marketed in several cities, but was never broadcast to the general public; therefore it is referred to as "The Lost Dub" by fans.

The second and more well-known attempt was in 1995 with only the first 13 episodes dubbed and aired in first-run syndication. This release was put out by FUNimation Entertainment and utilized BLT Productions for the dubbing. These original 13 dubbed episodes were later released to DVD by KidMark as "Dragon Ball: The Saga of Goku."

Dragon Ball Television Series North America 1995 Logo

The 1995 logo, which lasted 13 episodes and also appears on some older releases

After Dragon Ball Z became immensely popular on Cartoon Network's Toonami block, the entire series was translated into English by FUNimation's in-house ADR studio for redistribution in the U.S. The complete series aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami from August 20, 2001 to December 1, 2003. Unlike the theme songs for Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, FUNimation made English versions of the original Japanese opening (OP) and ending (ED) themes for these episodes and left in the original background music. Some insert (IN) songs were taken out or have talking over them.

Censorship

The U.S. version of Dragon Ball that was aired on Cartoon Network (before that, it was aired in syndication and the NBC in 1987 to 1990) had many edits done to it. Most of the edits were digital cosmetic changes, which were done to remove nudity and blood, and dialogue edits. Sometimes, some scenes were deleted altogether, either to save time or cut out strong violence.

For example, when Goku dives into the water naked to kick a fish he catches for dinner, a digital water splash was added on his groin; on other occasions when he is naked, he has some digital underwear added. Also, references to alcohol and drugs were removed, for example, when Jackie Chun (Master Roshi) uses Drunken Fist Kung Fu in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, FUNimation called it the "Mad Cow Attack" (coincidentally, there was a real life Mad Cow epidemic shortly after the episode aired). Also, the famous "No Balls!" scene was deleted from episode 2, and when Bulma puts panties on the fishing hook to get Oolong (in fish form), they digitally painted away the panties and replaced it with some money. Also, a number of creative changes were made to the dialogue. For example, when Puar says why Oolong was expelled from school, instead of saying that he stole the teacher's panties, they say that he stole the teacher's "papers."

A lot of fans hated these changes, because they felt it was butchering the original show's humor and dumbing it down. These edits, however, were necessary in order to have the show aired on TV. The DVDs do not contain these edits.

It's an interesting note on inconsistency in censorship that a scene in Dragon Ball where young Goku charges completely through King Piccolo, putting a hole in the villain's chest, was edited so that the hole was not shown for the American broadcast, but the same scene was shown on American TV later, in a flashback in a Dragon Ball Z episode, with the hole in King Piccolo's chest clearly visible.

Sagas

Toei Animation sagas
  1. Son Gokū (Episodes 1~28) (2/26/1986~9/3/1986)
  2. Red Ribbon Army (Episodes 29~68) (9/10/1986~7/1/1987)
  3. 22nd Tenkaichi Budōkai (Episodes 69~101) (7/8/1987~2/17/1988)
  4. Piccolo-Daimaō (Episodes 102~132) (2/24/1988~11/2/1988)
  5. 23rd Tenkaichi Budōkai (Episodes 133~153) (11/9/1988~4/19/1989)
FUNimation sagas
  1. Emperor Pilaf Saga (Episodes 1~13; originally The Saga of Goku)
  2. Tournament Saga (Episodes 14~28)
  3. Red Ribbon Army Saga (Episodes 29~45)
  4. General Blue Saga (Episodes 46~57)
  5. Commander Red Saga (Episodes 58~67)
  6. Fortuneteller Baba Saga (Episodes 68~83)
  7. Tien Shinhan Saga (Episodes 84~101)
  8. King Piccolo Saga (Episodes 102~122)
  9. Piccolo Jr. Saga (Episodes 123~153)

Movies and other

  1. Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
  2. Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
  3. Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
  4. Dragon Ball: The Path to Power (10th Anniversary Special)

Public service videos

  1. "Goku's Traffic Safety"
  2. "Goku's Fire Brigade"

Live-action

Dragon Ball (1990 Korean film)

Main article: Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku A live-action version of the popular Japanese animated series. An evil king has been stealing the mystical "Dragon Pearls" in an attempt to possess them all. When all but one of the pearls has been stolen, the former guardians of the magic jewels decide to band together and take action. Led by a pig-headed wizard and a half-turtle martial arts master, the team takes on the king's army in a desperate bid to stop him from gaining control of the pearls.

Made in Taiwan and released in 1989, this feature has actually been released in the US as Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (originally titled Xin Qi long zhu Shen long de chuan shuo, or New Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenlong). While this movie does not follow Toriyama's conception exactly, it is a lot closer to it than it is to any traditional Chinese legends.

Dragonball Evolution

Main article: Dragonball Evolution A live-action version of the series, made in the United States. The movie retains the basic notion of Dragon Ball, but there are several major changes in the story and characters. The movie depicts Goku's training and his confrontation with Lord Piccolo.

FUNimation Remastered Season and Movie Sets

Main article: FUNimation Remastered Box Sets In 2009, after the release of the Remastered Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT Season DVD Boxsets, FUNimation announced that they would begin releasing Dragon Ball in Remastered Format beginning September later that year. They are presented in their Original Aspect Ratio 4:3 and are presented in a 5 Disc Boxset. Unlike the Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT Sets, the Dragon Ball Sets only include a 5.1 English Voice Track with Original Japanese Background Audio and Original Japanese Mono as Dragon Ball had never had an American Soundtrack.

On December 28, 2010, FUNimation released Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies to DVD and Blu-ray uncut and re-dubbed with their Dragon Ball Z Kai voice cast to Region 1 DVD. A complete box set containing all four Dragon Ball Movies was released in February 2011.[1] All movies retain their original FUNimation dub with the exception of Curse of the Blood Rubies.

Season Set release dates

Season

Release Date

Saga(s)

Dragon Ball: Season 1

September 15th 2009 (Episodes 1 - 31)

Emperor Pilaf, Tournament and early Red Ribbon Army Sagas

Dragon Ball: Season 2

November 10th 2009 (Episodes 32 - 61)

Red Ribbon Army, General Blue and early Commander Red Sagas

Dragon Ball: Season 3

February 2nd 2010 (Episodes 62 - 92)

Commander Red, Fortuneteller Baba and early Tien Shinhan Sagas

Dragon Ball: Season 4

May 4th 2010 (Episodes 93 - 122)

Tien Shinhan and King Piccolo Sagas

Dragon Ball: Season 5 July 27th 2010 (Episodes 123 - 153) Piccolo Jr. Saga

Movie Set release dates

Movie

Release Date

Dragon Ball Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies

December 28th 2010

Dragon Ball Movie 4 Pack:

Curse of the Blood Rubies

Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle

Mystical Adventure

The Path To Power

February 8th 2011

Main cast list

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) V.A. (English - FUNimation/BLT) V.A. (English - FUNimation) V.A. (English - Blue Water)
Goku Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny (child)
Sean Schemmel (teen)
Zoe Slusar (child)
Jeffrey Watson (teen)
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer Leda Davies
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Brad Jackson Corby Proctor
Master Roshi Kouhei Miyauchi Michael Donovan Mike McFarland Dean Galloway
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Don Brown Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Ted Cole Christopher Sabat Victor Atelevich
Puar Naoko Watanabe Kathy Morse Monika Antonelli Kris Simms
Ox-King Daisuke Gōri Dave "Squatch" Ward Kyle Hebert Dave Pettitt
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Andrea Libman Laura Bailey (child)
Cynthia Cranz (teen)
Katie Rowan
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka N/A Laurie Steele (child)
Sonny Strait (teen)
Mike Thiessen
Launch Mami Koyama N/A Monika Antonelli (polite-self)
Meredith McCoy (mean-self)
N/A
Korin Ichirō Nagai N/A Christopher Sabat Roger Rhodes
Ethan Cole
Baba Junpei Takiguchi N/A Linda Young Corby Proctor
Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki N/A John Burgmeier Brendan Hunter
Jonathan Love
Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori N/A Monika Antonelli N/A
Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka N/A Mike McFarland Lucas Gilbertson
Mr. Popo Toku Nishio N/A Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Kami Takeshi Aono N/A Christopher Sabat Mike Shepherd
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Don Brown Chuck Huber Dean Galloway
Commander Red Kenji Utsumi N/A Kyle Hebert N/A
Mercenary Tao Chikao Ōtsuka N/A Kent Williams N/A
Master Shen Ichirō Nagai N/A Chuck Huber Clark Robertson
King Piccolo Takeshi Aono N/A Christopher Sabat Mike Shepherd
Piccolo Jr. Toshio Furukawa N/A Christopher Sabat Ethan Cole
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Doug Parker Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Narrator Jōji Yanami Jim Conrad Brice Armstrong Steve Olson

Staff

Theme songs

See also

External links

Gallery

References

  1. Complete set of all four Dragon Ball films, rightstuf.com

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