Watching Bebop on Cartoon Network. Or trying to. I keep turning off the sound.
It's the dub. It's painful. I'm sorry, I know there are a lot of people who like this dub, but I can't stand it.Wendee Lee is not Hayashibara Megumi!
Megumi just brings life to Faye. She makes the character real. And sympathetic. Wendee doesn't. And Spike's voice actor just isn't gritty and world-weary enough. This is noir, guys. Spike is a burned-out ex-gangster. He should sound like one. Instead, the entire cast sound like Scooby Doo characters. Or worse. I don't believe a single one of them. They sound like... cartoon characters.
Of course, they are cartoon characters. But in film, actors are just animated photographs. It's the acting that brings them to life, the makes us lose the suspension of disbelief, and believe in them, and feel for them, as if they were real people. The English dub cast of Bebop just doesn't do it for me.
The acting on Space Ghost Coast to Coast was better. Lots better. And the acting on Sealab 2021. And on that weird thing with the leprechauns and the fast food characters, whatever it was.
Maybe the acting on the funny shows seemed better because the characters were just hamming it up, I dunno. Maybe that's easier than trying to convey real emotion, making a character seem real, and three-dimensional, like the complex, swirling mix of self-confidence and insecurity, joie de vivre and angst, that is Faye Valentine.
The more I hear Wendee Lee, the more I appreciate Hayashibara Megumi.