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    Winckler Productions Returns for Three New Ultraman Movies

    Author: Bob Johnson Source: William Winckler Productions, Inc., Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler


    Last year, William Winckler Productions, Inc. created all-new English language dubs for the feature films ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (??? ?????????? ??! ????10??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (??? ??????? ??????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016) and the TV movie ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutorii, 2015). ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE enjoyed successful screenings in theaters across the United States in a limited run that covered more than fifty theaters. ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY played as a double feature in the Philippines. Due to the success of these screenings, and Tuburaya`s appreciation of Winckler`s dubbing, Winckler and Tsuburaya Productions are now collaborating on three more movies.

    William Winckler, wrote, produced and directed all three English language feature films, making their total five motion pictures, including a Warner Bros. film and a TV movie. "I`m thrilled to be making the English language version of the one and only Warner Bros. Ultraman movie, titled MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY!" Winckler exclaimed. To maintain continuity, certain key characters are dubbed by the same actors who worked on last year`s movies. Among the returnees are Daniel Van Thomas, who has now voiced Ultraman Zero in five different films, and G. Larry Butler reprising his role of Ultra Seven. The new additions to the Ultraman dubbing cast are led by William Knight, a veteran actor whose credits include the original STAR TREK as well as voice work on Toho`s THE MYSTERIANS and anime favorites like AKIRA, GHOST IN THE SHELL, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE and NARUTO. He now provides the English voice of Hayata/Ultraman, taking over the role from the late Earl Hammond, who voiced them in the dubbing of the original 1966 series. Robert Axelrod (`Finster` on Saban`s MIGHTY MORPHIN` POWER RANGERS) is the English voice of Ultraman King. UK native David Foy Bauer gives Mirror Knight a smooth British voice in ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL. And some supporting voice roles are performed by Kent Shocknek, a tremendously successful prime time newscaster for CBS and NBC in Los Angeles who has also played himself in films like NIGHTCRAWLER and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Matthias Bertrand is the new head editor/engineer/mixer for Winckler Productions, working with his team on the three recent films. Emily Midori Nelson returns as the translation supervisor. The goal of the team is to dub the movies with the continuity and quality that makes for an even presentation throughout the series of films. This gives Tsuburaya enough features to try and sell to various networks and media outlets. The English dubs make them accessible to a wider audience and fans of all ages. Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, the future of Ultraman looks bright as an Ultra Spark! MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (?????? ???????? THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE) Japanese Release Date: December 12, 2009 Running Time: 96 Minutes

    When a treacherous Ultra Warrior named Belial is banished from his home planet, he steals a special weapon to release countless evil monsters from the monster graveyard, so he and the giant creatures can wipe out all life on the world of the Ultramen. ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: MATTHIAS BERTRAND Translator: EMILY NELSON VOICE CAST Ray: Paul Stanko Belial: Beau Rue Marie Ultraman Mebius: John Katona Zoffy & Ultraman Leo: Phil Miler Hayata/Ultraman: William Knight Ultraman Zero: Daniel Van Thomas Ultra Father, Dan Moroboshi/Ultra Seven & Zarab: G. Larry Butler Ultraman Dyna, Young Zero & Guard 1: Bryan Forrest Ultra Mother: Lisle Wilkerson Ultra Boy & Ultra Kids: Anisa Vong Ultraman Jack: Brad Potts Ultraman Ace & Hyuga: Frank Gerrish Oki: Josh Madsen Haruna & Teen Girl: Valerie Rose Lohman Kumano: Michael Kunselman Ultraman 80 & Shaplay: Kyle Rea Battlenizer Voice: Kent Shocknek Ultraman King: Robert Axelrod Ultraman Taro & Zeton: William Winckler Raybrad & Astra: Adam Sartain Guard 2: Jay Dee Witney Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC. ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL (???????? THE MOVIE ?????????????, Urutoraman Zero THE MOVIE Chou Kessen! Beriaru Ginga Teikoku) Japanese Release Date: December 23, 2010 Running Time: 100 Minutes

    Ultraman Zero, the son of Ultra Seven, must battle the sinister Belial, now known as Kaiser Belial, who is out to conquer the universe. Searching for clues about his mysterious enemy, Zero arrives at the planet Anu where he meets a young man who was injured while trying to protect his younger brother from an army of robots. Zero must also help save a young alien princess with help from the giant space heroes Mirror Knight, Jean Bot and Glenfire. ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: MATTHIAS BERTRAND Translator: EMILY NELSON ENGLISH VOICE CAST Ultraman Zero, Darklops: Daniel Van Thomas Princess, Yurian: Beth Ann Sweezer Nao, Young Nao, Young Run: Anisa Vong Run: Robbie Stubbs Ultraman 80, Kaiser Belial: Kyle Rea Narrator, Guru, Darkgone: Adam Sartain Glenfire, Young Man: Paul Stanko Ultraman Taro, Jean Bird: William Winckler Mirror Knight: David Foy Bauer Ultra Seven, Ultra Father, Iaron, Giru: G. Larry Butler Zoffy, Pirates, Hiro: Phil Miler Ultraman, Mirror Voice: William Knight Ultraman Jack, Pirates: Brad Potts Garu: Marty Hrejsa Ultra Mother, Mina, Woman Lisle Wilkerson Ultraman Ace, Pirates: Frank Gerrish Grandma: Linda Weinrib Pirates, Crowd: Jay Dee Witney Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC. ULTRAMAN SAGA (?????????, Urutoraman Saga) Japanese Release Date: March 24th 2012 Running Time: 90 Minutes

    When the sinister Alien Bat and his monster Zetton cause all life on Earth to vanish, the only human survivors -- a group of young women called Team U and the children they protect -- represent the last hope for humanity`s future. When the invaders prove too powerful for them, the Ultra warriors Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Cosmos, and Ultraman Dyna cross time and space and come to their rescue. A deadly battle commences against the evil alien and a legion of monsters! ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: MATTHIAS BERTRAND Translator: EMILY NELSON VOICE CAST Taiga: Justin Andrews Hina, Takeru, Boy 2 & Cosmos` Son: Anisa Vong Anna: Linnea A. Sage Lisa, Girl 1 & Boy 1: Elyse Bertani Sawa & Girl 2: Lexi Eiserman Misato: Sarah Jenks Nonko & Girl 3: Theresa Croft Maomi: Annie Knudsen Ultraman Dyna & Boy 3: Bryan Forrest Ultraman Zero: Daniel Van Thomas Musashi/Ultraman Cosmos: Paul Stanko Alien Bat & Nakajima: Adam Sartain Ultra Seven: G. Larry Butler Ultraman Leo: Phil Miler Hibiki: Kent Shocknek Kariya & Father 1: William Winckler Ultraman: William Knight Ultraman Jack: Brad Potts Ultraman Ace & Kohda: Frank Gerrish Yumimura & Takeru`s Mother: Lisle Wilkerson Grandma & Mother: Linda Weinrib Technicians & Father 2: Jay Dee Witney Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC.

    About William Winckler Productions, Inc.

    William Winckler Productions, Inc. has produced and distributed English dubbed anime series in America since 1984. The Hollywood company, run by writer/producer/director William Winckler, has worked with many of the major studios in Japan on popular series and feature film titles such as TEKKAMAN THE SPACE-KNIGHT, GAIKING, DANGUARD ACE, STARZINGER, and dozens of others.

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years` experience, it is one of Japan`s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.

    For more information on the American dubbed Ultraman movies, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:

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