North American VA Update for December 2009

Here’s another update on the North American voice actors for everyone, this time we have a few actors returning to roles in shows, a concert date, and a movie trailer.

Sarah Lafleur (Sailor Uranus) made an appearance in the November 27th episode of Ugly Betty. The episode, “Level 7 with Me” was about Daniel Meade’s attempt to reunite with his deceased wife, Molly (played by Lafleur) with the aid of the Community of the Phoenix. Betty and Daniel’s mother, Claire had been suspicious of the motivations of the community, fearing that the community wanted Daniel to invest large amounts of money into it. With help from Matt and Amanda, Betty was able to find Daniel before it was too late. He and Natalie had been drinking some tea with a hallucinogenic drug in it that made them see their loved ones in front of them. Daniel was able to see Molly one last time as Betty tried to coax him out of the trance. In a touching scene, Molly told Daniel that he had to let her go. He kissed her goodbye and then returned to reality with Betty standing before him. Betty later told Daniel that he kissed her eyebrow, because Molly was taller than herself. The episode was a nice way to say goodbye to Sarah Lafleur’s character, but I’m sure we will continue to hear about Molly in future episodes.

Julie Lemieux
(Sammy) returned to her role as the voice of Pig Will in a recent episode of Busytown Mysteries (Hurray for Huckle!). The episode, “Sandcastle Squasher/Strange Ski Tracks Mystery” aired November 21st. The Canadian animated children’s show is based on the works of author and illustrator Richard Scarry. It centres around six characters solving the mysteries of everyday life in an imaginary place called Busytown. (description from IMDb)

Harvey Atkin (Pox, Bumboo) returned to his role as Judge Alan Ridenour in the November 18th episode, “Perverted” of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Here’s NBC’s description of the episode: While in the park, a family stumbles upon the mutilated body of Clyde Vandyne, a member of a biker gang known for prostitution and contract killing. To everyone’s surprise, incriminating DNA evidence points to Detective Benson as the prime suspect. Munch and Fin investigate the murder, while Stabler fights to prove his partner’s innocence. The detectives must find the missing link to both Vandyne’s murder and Benson’s involvement.

Harvey Atkin will also be appearing in the upcoming Barney’s Version, a film currently in post-production and scheduled for release in 2010. No details on the name of Harvey’s character yet, but here is a description of the Canadian/Italian film from IMDb: The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Emilie Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2) performed December 4th and 5th in Brasil with the Art of Time Ensemble at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Toronto fans will also have an extra chance to see Emilie perform in April 2010. A second performance for Glenn Gould Studio has been added, for Thursday April 15, 2010 at 8pm. She was previously scheduled only for Friday, April 16 at 8pm. Tickets and additional details are available here.

Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) appears in an online trailer for her upcoming film, Not Quite College. The trailer has strong language, mature themes, and Stephanie appears smoking in it. We are suggesting that only our older readers watch it. The film looks like it will appeal to fans of American Pie and similar. If you’re ready, you can view the trailer here. Stephanie appears around 1:30 wearing a bikini and smoking a cigar.

Wanna See Some New VA Ventures?

Tune into Teletoon June 29th!

Canadian Moonies should tune into Teletoon beginning at 4PM ET/PT to catch sneak peeks of two new cartoon shows (maybe more?) featuring Sailor Moon VAs! The internet has been mum about the other shows on the previews that day – so we will be watching (and will keep you posted if we see any other actors)! Tell your friends to watch too!

Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2, Sailor Mars #2) will be playing Courtney on Total Drama Island. This Flash-animated cartoon is like the popular reality show Survivor but there’s a twist: it’s played with 22 teenagers at a camp in Northern Ontario! This show will have it’s official double-episode premiere on July 8th at 8PM, and then will play at its regular time slot Sundays and Thursdays at 8:30 PM. Total Drama Island is the brainchild of 6teen creators Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch – fans may recall Emilie-Claire played Chrissy, the manager of the Khaki barn in that show! The show’s official production blog has put up a lot of animation masters and other goodies for fans to check out before the show hits the airwaves.

Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island will finally have it’s long-awaited Canadian network premiere on July 2nd! This one is about a coconut named Fred who can materialize anything he thinks about. Fred’s imagination knows no bounds, and he takes his friends (who are also different fruits) on the strange adventures he conjures! And it looks like video gamers could get something out of this as they are dressed up as some well-known characters in an episode. Tracey Moore (Sailor Moon #1) plays the scaredycat Bingo Cherry! This show will air Monday through Friday at 10AM ET/PT, and then on Saturdays at 7AM ET/PT. The other thing about this show is that it is not a newer cartoon – it was once part of Kids WB’s schedule from 2005-2006.

A Winner of a Gracie Award is…

One other production involving a VA also won a Gracie! Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy won the Gracie for Outstanding Drama-Special. This made-for-TV movie starred Harvey Atkin (various Monsters of the Day) in the supporting role as Harvey. Congratulations to Lifetime Television on this win!

Hey Viz, Where’s Mirmo?

Mirumo de Pon! (or rather its English Title, Mirmo!) was a 172 episode behemoth of an anime that aired in Japan from 2002-2006. The anime, based on the popular manga of the same name, is about Kaede Minami, a typical, teenaged girl who is shy around boys and finds it difficult to date them. One day while coming home from school, she picks up a blue mug from a mysterious store. When she gets back home, engraved in the bottom of the cup is a message that reads “if you read this message aloud while pouring hot cocoa into the mug, a love fairy (“muglox”) will appear and grant your every wish.” She doesn’t believe this message, but tries it anyway. Lo and behold, a fairy named Mirmo appears, and he grants Katie’s wishes! Later we find out that there are hundreds of Muglox, some good, and some downright evil! The English cast for this show is huge featuring a few VA’s. Terri Hawkes (Sailor Moon #2) plays Anna, Mirmo’s classmate and the smartest fairy of the fairy school, Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) plays Momo Umezono (Kaede’s rival) , and Loretta Jafelice (Diana and Eudial) plays Rirumu, Mirmo’s fiancee. There’s lots of other famous voice talent in this show, including Veronica Taylor, Monica Rial, Wendee Lee, Brian Drummond, Tiffany Grant, and Nancy Cartwright (better known as Bart Simpson)! With all this talent, we have to wonder why Viz hasn’t released this popular series on DVD yet – or why the show isn’t on Kids WB anymore. The WB turned into the CW in fall of 2006, and considering that the anime ended in Japan in 2006, we doubt the series was shown in entirety on Kids WB since many things changed with the network. We encourage fans who want to see this show in more markets or on DVD to contact Viz!

Moon Chase’s Debut Voice Actors Sightings , Part Two!

Live Action Feature Films:

Barbara Radecki (Serena’s Mom, Sailor Neptune) can be spotted in the role of a reporter in the Robin Williams flick, Man of the Year. Robin plays Tom Dobbs, host of a late-night political talk show who decides on a whim he’s going to run for President of the United States. Due to a computer error, he wins the election, and the rest of the movie follows Dobbs and Eleanor , a very torn former voting company employee, and their decision whether to make this public or not. The film was released on DVD February 20th.

In theatres now is Breach, a thriller based on the true story of Eric O’Neill, an upstart FBI operative who worked under Robert Hanssen, an agent who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union for fifteen years. Fans should definitely check this out if they are into political crime dramas and it has been well-received from critics. The film stars Chris Cooper as Robert Hanssen, Ryan Phillippe as Eric O’Neill, as well as Laura Linney and Caroline Dhavernas . David Huband (Serena’s Dad) can be seen as a photographer in this movie.

Last but not least is a film we anticipate watching in 2008! Hank and Mike tells the story of two friends who are living their dream careers, being professional Easter Bunnies. They get laid off by their company and are now forced to find other jobs. Later they try to get their jobs back and save Easter for some very disgruntled kids who did not get any chocolate. This appears to be a movie adaptation of a 15-minute Canadian short about two easter bunnies who get drunk at a “Gentlemen’s Club”. Not many other details are known at this time, but two VA’s can be seen in this, Kathleen Laskey as Connie Schytt and David Huband as Mr. Sulsky. The director has uploaded a private, censored version of the trailer on youtube, and an uncensored one exists at the official website . The content of both trailers are pretty mature, so don’t watch either of them if you are under 18.

Live Action Television Series:

Naturally Sadie is a Canadian tween comedy that airs on both Family Channel in Canada. Disney Channel in the USA, and Nickelodeon in the UK and Australia. It tells the tales of high school student Sadie Hawthorne (played by Charlotte Arnold) who loves to study and observe animals, all while making her way through the jungle that is her high school. Currently , a third season is in production. Last November, in the episode Two of a Kind, David Huband appeared as Steve-O, Sadie Hawthorne’s very competitive uncle. The show is bound to repeat until the new season is broadcast, so check your local listings!

72 Hours: True Crime is currently in it’s third season on CBC television and on TLC in the USA. The show through re-enactments and sometimes archive footage tells the stories of real crimes in the USA and Canada , focusing on the first 72 hours after they were committed. The episode Frenzy, profiled the case of serial killer Eric Fitzgerald Ross who murdered a cab driver, as well as a Baptist deacon, his grandaughter and her boyfriend. David Fraser (Grandpa Hino) portrays Paul McGarry, a Staff Sargent with the Barrie Police Department who is assigned to the case. The episode aired in November of last year.

Sarah Lafleur (Sailor Uranus) continues her primetime TV appearances in CBS’s hit show, Without a Trace. She played the major role of sympathetic journalist Valerie Sharp, in the episode Eating Away which aired on January 14th of this year. Her character was the confidante of a competitive eater named Barry Rosen (played by Michael Dunn) who got involved in a very complicated situation with his brother, a gambler, and others. This episode is not likely to be on DVD for at least a year, so fans wanting to check this episode out should check their listings for a rerun.

And finally, for all you Sci-Fi fans, we have uncovered a very brand new sighting! Premiering sometime this fall on CHUM’s specialty channel Space , is Ice Planet. Captain Jonas Trager and a team of international military and scientific personnel are on the search for a mysterious alien artifact, which is special because it grows from the memories of human explorers. Captain Trager lives to explore and investigate; forever searching for answers to the unknown. One unknown very close to him he continues to search for answers to is the mysterious murder of his wife, Cathy. As they explore this artifact, they are hit by an asteroid strike , and the artifact whips them through space and time to a mysterious ice planet. The survivors soon find themselves in the midst of an ancient alien war, and face a long journey of evolution and self-discovery to fulfill their destinies. Stephanie Morgenstern makes her sci-fi debut, starring as Cathy Trager in this series. Production is slated to begin any minute now (it was initially delayed due to the ACTRA strike) and is a joint production between Germany, the UK and Canada. There isn’t an official site, but fans wanting more information can check out this very comprehensive fansite which is already rounding up potential fans before the show airs!

Live Action Movies for Television

Harvey Atkin (Various Monsters of the Day) and Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars) make up our last pair of sightings this time around. Both were seen in heartwarming movies that aired near the end of 2006!

Harvey Atkin was seen as Harvey in Lifetime’s Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy . This movie tells the true story of Geralyn Lucas, a former editorial producer for 20/20. When she was 27, she discovered a lump on her breast, and got the grim diagnosis that the lump had resulted from breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy, and wrote about her experiences overcoming cancer in a book of the same name. In her own words, she wrote this book because “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I promised that I would share my story with other women to help take away the fear of breast cancer and encourage them to get checked.”. This movie was well received and is not on DVD yet, but can be purchased from iTunes

The Hallmark Hall of Fame flick Candles on Bay Street served as a reunion for Alicia Silverstone and Katie Griffin – they had previously worked together on the popular cartoon Braceface! Katie played Nina Harper, who was mean to Alicia Silverstone’s character, Sharon Spitz. In this movie, Alicia played Dee-Dee, a single mom who many years ago abruptly left her hometown in Maine , leaving Sam, a man who truly loved her. 13 years later she returns back there, to find he has married someone else. Dee-Dee is also now a single mom to her son, Trooper. She is also suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is looking for someone to take care of her son after she is gone. She makes candles for a living because they symbolize light in the dark. Katie Griffin played Naomi in this film. This movie aired on CBS last November and should be released on DVD any time now and fans can purchase this at their local Hallmark Gold Crown Store. We’re unsure why Hallmark has the movie all over their store and yet it cannot be found anywhere to purchase on their site . However we did notice a few legit copies kicking around on eBay so this makes us think that it may be available in stores as we speak!

That caps this update, but fear not! This blog will report sightings as they happen so readers can look forward to reading shorter articles and being made aware (sometimes in advance!) of sightings of your favorite Sailor Moon Voice Actor!