North American VA Update for November 2009 – Part 1

Hey, everyone. We have quite a few recent sightings of the North American voice actors for you! This post covers recent and current projects, but we’ll also be letting you know about upcoming projects in part two of this multi-part article. Keep an eye out for more sightings!

Dennis Akayama (Malachite) will be appearing in Gangster Exchange, coming to theatres on November 20th. The action comedy is about two men trying to prove themselves as worthy of promotion in the Yakuza and the Bosnian mob.

Kirsten Bishop (Zoicite/Emerald/Kaori Knight) is starring in A Touch of Grey, a film about four women coming to terms with being middle-aged. The film premiered in Canada at the Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival on September 23rd and at the La Femme International Film Festival in the US on October 16th. On Novemeber 13th, it also aired at the Windsor International Film Festival. Visit the film’s official website for more information about the film, clips and trailers, and upcoming showings.

Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars #1) recently appeared in Too Late to Say Goodbye, an original movie for Lifetime Movie Network. The movie is based on the best selling book by Ann Rule, which was based on a true story of a real-life murder investigation. In the movie, Rob Lowe plays a successful dentist who appears to have the perfect marriage. After his wife, Jenn, finds out about his affair, she is soon found dead. Jenn’s sister, Heather, suspects that the death was not a suicide – although it appeared to be – and decides to investigate the truth. Katie plays a character named Dara.

Katie is also starring in The Death of Alice Blue (previously mentioned on Moon Chase) with Barabara Radecki (Sailor Neptune). This film about an advertising agency run by vampires is currently airing at various film festivals. Here are some of the upcoming showings: FANCINE, Malaga, Spain, Nov. 18-26; SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL, Dec. 2-6; MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Dec. 1-5; CAMBOFEST, Cambodia, Dec. 4-6.

Tracey Hoyt (Rini #1) recently appeared on The Ron James Show. The show is a combination of comedy sketches and Ron James performing stand-up routines.

Kathleen Laskey (Birdie) plays Barb Strange on Being Erica. The show follows Erica Strange, a young woman who believes she has a bad life because of the bad decisions she’s made. Her therapist transports her back in time to previous significant moments in her life so that she, with the knowledge of her present day life, can make better decisions.

Wendy Lyon (Queen Serenity #1) appeared in three episodes of Happy Town as Donna Friddle. The series is about a deputy sheriff confronted with the unsolved mystery of a half-dozen child kidnappings over the past decade in a small town.

Tracey Moore (Sailor Moon #1) is playing the title character in a new series called Zigby. The 3D animated television series is about a zebra and his friends.

North American VA Sightings March 2009 – Part 1!

Vampires, Kiddie Music, VAs Reuniting on a Daring New Cartoon, and A Dash of Sugar!

Hey Moonies! I have a feeling this is going to have to be broken into at least 2 parts, but we have EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS that I just couldn’t wait to share with you all. So far this week is shaping up to be pretty big – yesterday we heard from one of the voice actors on Pretty Cure, Will Wood, today, we heard from someone we haven’t heard from in a really long time… who knows what else this week will bring? We on staff can’t remember the last time we’ve had so many consecutive exciting events happen on this site! By the way, our favicon was replaced with something else last night – what do you guys think? Our old one was craptacular, and our old host disappeared off the web so I had to create a new one.

Alice Blue Screening All Around North America!

We’re really happy that a movie that’s been followed since the SOS days is finally moving up in the cinema circuit. Vampire flick The Death of Alice Blue (Part I – The Bloodsucking Vampires of Advertising) is going to be screened at film festivals all over North America in the next few months! This film features Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars #1) and Barbara Radecki (Sailor Neptune, Serena’s Mom) in the supporting roles of Katie and Sherry respectively. There are also songs featured in the film from Katie’s indie rockstar husband, Michael Kulas! The film will be screened at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York to screen as part of CANADA FRONT: NEW FILMS showcase on March 20th and March 22nd , The Kent Film Festival in Kent, Connecticut on March 28th, The Atlanta Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia sometime between April 16th and 25th, and WorldFest Houston in Houston, Texas sometime between April 17th and 26th. For more information, check out the official website and group on Facebook! Best of luck to the film at all of these festivals!

Jen Gould’s Music Soup Continues to Warm!

Jen Gould (Sailor Saturn) has a career that is completely the opposite of her character in Sailor Moon – she is a children’s entertainer, and released a CD last year entitled Music Soup. The CD won a Juno for Best Children’s Album in 2008 and she has performed many concerts in the Toronto area. More recently, one of our readers Amanda P. learned of an appearance at a children’s Purim party at Leo Baeck Day School on February 22nd! We listened to a few samples of her songs and we have to say, they are definitely creative and would be a hit to any children under the age of 7! You guys can check out videos of her performing on YouTube here, here, here, here and here!


This afternoon we heard from none other than Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) and we can confirm the rumors are true! Stephanie appears in a non-speaking role in Adam Sandler’s latest movie, Funny People. She revealed to us exclusively: “It’s true!!! i don’t have any lines, but you can catch me sitting beside Adam Sandler in the Thanksgiving dinner scene!!” The film will be released on July 12th, 2009, and we will definitely try to see it as soon as it is out to spot Sug, and we hope that our readers will too! She isn’t sure if the scene was kept, and tells us “but i do know this; it was so exciting to be on set with such amazing comedians!!” We only hope Sug will continue to conquer Hollywood – we can only surmise what is going to come next!

And for last, we have to hide this next sighting behind the jump. Four VAs are reuniting for a new cartoon that is definitely for older readers only!

The Dating Guy to Premiere Soon on Teletoon’s Detour!

Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Mars #2, Sailor Venus #2), Julie Lemieux (Sammy, Young Darien, Peruru), Kathleen Laskey (Birdie) and Jill Frappier (Luna) are all playing various roles in a new Canadian Adult Comedy called The Dating Guy , all about 4 guys and their conquests for women. Yes, this show is about those scuzzy guys you find at the bar every weekend looking to score a one night stand! Each episode promises to take the viewers through an extreme aspect of the twenty-something dating scene. The show also plans to have an interactive aspect to it, with a play on social networking on their website called “Blackbook”. This sounds very exciting and we’re looking forward to hearing all of our VAs on this show to see what their characters are like! It’s not common to see them doing shows aimed for adults! The show will premiere later this year on Teletoon’s Detour block.

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

VA Sightings February 2007!

And here we are bringing you the old familiar fan favorite, the sightings of the North American Voice Artists! Our box of sightings is about to explode with all the news we’ve gathered, so without further ado, here we go!

We’ve had to split this into two parts. This is because we are trying to keep things organized for all the fans, but we are not allowed to have more than 200 characters worth in tags.

Music, Theatre, and Appearances:

Naz Edwards (Queen Beryl) recently performed in the Kerrytown Concert Hall’s fifth annual Wine, Women and Song concert. She and nine other singers sang a mix of jazz, cabaret, and classical songs at the Ann Arbor venue January 26th and 27th. The show was divided into four segments that sounded very intriguing , however none of us could actually attend the concert (none of us are close to Michigan). We’d love to hear from any fans that attended the show! Her CD ….If the Waiting Takes Years is not only just available at her official website but can also be found at which will ship outside the USA.

Accomplished jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Mars #2 and Sailor Venus #2) will have a new album coming out in June of this year! And she recently published an entry on her blog about speaking at the Anime Ball at York Woods Library in which she got to meet lots of Sailor Moon fans young and old, and had a very bad experience with someone who didn’t care for jazz. We’re sending hugs to Emilie-Claire (we ♥ your tunes!) and we are so looking forward to your album! For anyone who would like to see Emilie-Claire perform on Canada AM in January of this year, she has posted a video on her official myspace as well as others at her official website . She also appeared on CBC’s new tv show Living (hosted by Mary Ito) in late January. Emilie-Claire can be seen next on March 20th in an Exclusive Food and Wine pairing event at the CN Tower , and will be performing a concert on March 24th at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar in Toronto .

Lyon Smith (Sapphire) made his debut at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre as the sound designer for the world premiere of the play Generous. This play (written by Michael Healey) was a “comic exposé of selflessness in people who are highly unfamiliar with the concept.” It highlights the conflict that happens when a government collapses because of a vote of non-confidence, and what happens when people who normally are not generous, become overwhelmed with the desire to help in a time when there is potential for real change! The four two-part plays focused on different themes relating to power, from the corporate end, to the judicial end , to the political end. This sounds somewhat familiar to Canadians given our recent election history. The play ran from September 19 to October 29 at the downtown Toronto theatre.

Video games:

Superman Returns (for most platforms) is a game loosely based on the hit movie from last summer. Not only does it feature an arc from the movie, but it also features arcs from the past 60 years of the famous superhero comic, where such enemies like Mr. Mxyzptlk , Metallo, and Bizarro. While most critics agree this is the best Superman video game ever made, unfortunately it was not as good as it should be, just like other Superman games that had been released in the past. Many fans and critics were disgruntled because (Spoiler Warning!) The final boss was not an enemy but a Tornado! None of us have tried this game, if you have please tell us what you thought about it in the comments at the bottom! Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) plays various characters in this game.

Animated Series:

Let’s begin with some very , very good news! Stephanie Morgenstern (Sailor Venus #1) stars as the pink kung-fu bunny Yin in Disney’s Yin Yang Yo! This was a brand new cartoon that debuted last fall as part of Disney’s Jetix lineup! And we have two pieces of news! The show is recorded in entirety in Canada, as well as animated up here for the most part, but Canadians never got the chance to see the show– well, set your TIVO’s for March 25th at precisely 6:54 am (fans should check their local schedules) for the show is FINALLY GOING TO MAKE IT’S DEBUT UP HERE ON FAMILY CHANNEL! The second piece of good news is that this cartoon was so well received in the USA and South America that it has been renewed for a second season ! Other VA’s in this star include Tony Daniels (Wiseman) as Ultimoose and Kraggler, Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon #3) as Saranoa , and Kathleen Laskey (Birdie) in various roles. We’d like to congratulate all the VA’s on this show and we wish them the best of luck in the second season!

Half-CG animated, half-anamatronic cartoon Wilbur premiered earlier this year on the CBC! The brainchild of three entrepreneurial moms from California , Wilbur is an 8 year old cow whose barnyard is his mind’s playground for adventure, song, and laughter! This educational cartoon promotes reading and a love for books. The show stars Julie Lemieux (Sammy, Young Darien, Peruru) as Wilbur.

Julie can also be heard with Linda Ballantyne in Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks , a children’s computer animated cartoon about big monster trucks in Crushington Park (isn’t that cute?). Meteor is an expeditionary rover, like those used to explore the Moon and Mars. Julie plays Meteor’s Mom, who in the second episode left to go explore Mars, and Linda plays Sinker. The show made it’s debut on Discovery Kids last fall.

Spider Riders
may be more familiar to the hardcore anime crowd as the English dub of Spider Riders ~the Heroes of Oracle~. This cartoon is about an elite clan of warriors that ride large, metallic spiders and battle against the giant, humanoid, villainous Invectid race, who plan to one day conquer Arachnia and destroy all human life. Lyon Smith plays Spider Rider Magma, and Julie Lemieux plays 11 year old Hunter Steele, a boy who is sucked into the world of Arachnia while on a hike. The show is currently on Kids WB! and Teletoon, check your local listings!

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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!