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Toei, William Winckler Prod., Rioloco Dub 23+ Features

posted on by Egan Loo
North Star, Harlock, Kitarō, Gaiking, more; WWP says U.S. release in works

The California-based company William Winckler Productions (WWP) has confirmed with ANN that it is working with the Japanese companies Toei Animation Co., Ltd. and Rioloco Productions on new English-dubbed feature compilations of several Toei Animation anime. These titles are compilations of "classic and current Toei Animation television series." 23 full-length features have already been produced, and the team is planning more in the future. The titles so far include:

According to Jim Tousignant of WWP, "Winckler Productions and Rioloco Productions have been tapped to become involved in the U.S. distribution of these titles." Tousignant adds that "distribution, including DVD, broadband, and television, will be announced in the coming months." Neither Toei Animation Co., Ltd. nor its American affiliate Toei Animation Inc. (TAI) have announced plans to release these titles in the United States or other territories. TAI declined to comment for this article.

Kozo Morishita of Toei Animation Co., J.F. Oya of Rioloco and William Winckler of WWP are the executive producers of this effort. Winckler is also the writer, producer, and director of the dubs. Winckler had previously worked on the 1984 English dub for Tekkaman, the Space Knight (Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman, 1975).

The dubbing cast includes Winckler, G. Larry Butler, Robert Axelrod, David Gerrold, Kyle Rea, Marieve Herington, Don Glut, Paul Oberle, Bradford Hill, Jason Barker-Avellino, Laura Siegel, Alison Lees-Taylor, Caleb Pearson, Fred Laderman (Fred Ladd), Chase Masterson, George Lindsey Jr., Anne Lockhart, and Butch Patrick. Winckler voiced the title character in Captain Harlock, Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star, Sir Jogo in Starzinger, Sanshiro in Gaiking, Uncle Herman in Nadja, Yavoque in Lun Lun, Captain Dan in Danguard Ace, and Nezumi Otoko in Kitaro. Ladd acted in the dub of Nadja.

[via The Fanboy Review]

Image © Leiji Matsumoto, Toei Animation

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