Exclusive: Photo of Kirsten Bishop from the Sailor Moon Wrap Party

This photo comes to us from Roland Parliament. He sent us this photo of Kirsten Bishop (Kirsten Bishopric) from the Sailor Moon wrap party with the words:

I think it shows her true beauty and wonderfulness.

She was a real acting dynamo and someone I will miss for the rest of my life.

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Sail on, Kirsten.

(photo from Roland Parliament, image editing by Emily for colour correction)

In Memoriam: Kirsten Bishop

On April 15th, 2014 Kirsten Bishop (real name: Kirsten Bishopric) passed away at the age of 50 after battling lung cancer for about a year. She is survived by her husband, two children, two step-children, her mother, and her brother.

As quoted in The Globe and Mail, Kirsten had this to say about her career:

“Over the years … I’ve played debutantes and psychos, corrupt cops, zombies, Soviet spies, mermaids, frazzled moms, cartoon lunatics, depraved whores, aliens and even dead bodies. At age 11, I appeared in [David] Cronenberg’s first, thoroughly gruesome film, Shivers, where an octopus climbed down my throat.”

Sailor Moon fans will remember Kirsten as the voice of the “cartoon lunatic” Zoisite (or Zoycite in the original English dub). She brought a distinctive voice to the character and an iconic laugh. She also played Emerald,  Kaori Knight, Telulu, and Lady Badiyanu (among others).

Her acting debut on stage was at 19, at the Stratford Festival. From then on, she worked as an actor on stage, on television, and in film. Her specialties were made for TV movies and voice acting.

One of her most lucrative television commercials was for Weetabix, where she played a pregnant mother speaking to her unborn baby. Her brother, Thor, recalls that the commercial kept being played for years. the residuals came close to $100,000.

Kirsten underwent treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and The Globe and Mail notes that one of the doctors recognized her name from her role in Sailor Moon:

When she was receiving care at Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the doctors recognized her name from the most popular voice-over series she ever worked for: Sailor Moon. It was an animated feature made in Japan and Ms. Bishopric did several voices when it was dubbed into English, but she was best known as the voice of Zoisite, one of the main characters.

Sailor Moon was a bit of a cult thing. The doctor at the hospital recognized her name from the credits. Kirsten sometimes went to Sailor Moon conventions,” [her husband] Mr. Roberts said.

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You can read Kirsten’s complete obituary on The Globe and Mail.

We will remember Kirsten as a voice who convincingly made Zoisite “beautiful” and, although it was a point of controversy among the fandom that an originally male role was played by a woman, she inspired many a fan to try to imitate her signature laugh.

Our sympathies to her family and loved ones.

North American Voice Actor Update for January 2011

Here’s our first update on the North American voice actors for the new year. They’ve been busy, so there is lots to report!

The Kevin Spacey film Casino Jack is said to include songs in the soundtrack sung by Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2) and Cadence, an a capella group who even imitates musical instruments. Cadence was introduced to the film’s composer, Jonathan Goldsmith, by Emilie. Together they were hired to work on 25 minutes of the score for Casino Jack. They spent two long days in the studio together, learning the music on the spot, with direction from the composer and music director. Readers may recall that we have reported that David Fraser (Grandpa Hino) plays Karl Rove in the film (pictured, left; photo from IMDb). This film is now playing in select cities, check your local showtimes to see if it’s in your area.

Upcoming tour dates for Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2) include: February 25th in Montréal at l’Astral at 8 pm; February 26th in Sherbrooke, Québec at Centennial Theatre at 8pm; March 17th in Moncton, New Brunswick at Capitol Theatre at 8pm; March 22nd in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Park Theatre at 8pm; March 24th in Whitehorse, Yukon at the Yukon Arts Centre at 8pm; March 25 in St. Albert, Alberta at the Arden Theatre at 8pm; and March 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Capilano Performing Arts Centre at 8pm. Please visit the theatre websites for ticket information. (Photo from Emilie-Claire’s Flickr album)

Canadian fans may be interested in catching Sidekick on YTV, an animated series about Eric Needles, the young sidekick of a superhero called Maxum Man. Although Maxum Man is mysteriously missing, Eric “lives in the superstar superhero’s fabulous mansion with Maxum Brain, the super computer, and has access to the most amazing jets, cars, lasers, gadgets and teleportation devices ever invented.” Familiar voices in the series include Tony Daniels (Jedite/Wiseman) as Maxum Brain and Ron Rubin as the villain Master XOX (pictured, left; photo from YTV). To find out more about the show, fans can check out the official Facebook page or the show information on YTV’s website, which includes pictures and videos.

Also on YTV is the recently launched Almost Naked Animals, a comedic cartoon featuring animals wearing underwear. We’ve previously mentioned that Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2) plays Bunny in the series. We’ve also recently discovered that Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) plays Howie in the series. Additional voices include Tony Daniels (Jedite/Wiseman) and Julie Lemieux (Sammy). (images from official website)

We’ve previously mentioned Vince Corazza (Allan/Tuxedo Mask #3) as being a part of Rock and Roll: The Movie. Interested fans can now watch a trailer for the film on IMDb here. We recommend that younger readers be cautious if following through to watch the trailer, as the movie includes mature themes and is described as “an off the wall, T&A, rock and roll comedy.” Vince plays Bill, a friend of the alcoholic, has-been Steve Taylor whom a young man named David is attempting to assist gain a record deal, in order to win a bet. You can first catch Vince in the trailer at about 37 seconds in, and he has another line at about 1:18. It’s unclear if this film has been released in theatres as yet, but we will let you know if we find any more details.

Tony Daniels (Jedite/Wiseman) can also be heard in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! in three different episodes. Other familiar voices on the show include the previously reported Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) as Fish and other voices, Tracey Hoyt (Rini #1) as Sally’s Mom, and Jeff Lumby (Professor Tomoe) as Aiya and other characters. Additional cast we have noticed are Julie Lemieux (Sammy) as Bart in four episodes and Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon #3) as Katie and other characters (in a total of three episodes). Tony Daniels was also in an episode of Arthur in the fall, as Johnny/male announcer.

Tracey Hoyt (Rini #1) appears in Servitude as a lousy mom. The comedic Canadian film is about “A group of frustrated waiters at a kitschy steakhouse [who] take over their restaurant for one final, glorious, revenge-filled night when they discover they are all about to be fired.” (description from IMDb). This film is currently in post-production.

Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) is part of a new television series called Mudpit. He plays Slime. “This CGI animated/live-action series follows four real-world teens and their rock band, MUDPIT, as they follow their dreams of fame and fortune. The series takes place in a gaming café and a fantastic, virtual world known as MUZIKA. Their online avatar rock band personas battle for a coveted record deal, while their real life selves engage in the daily comedy and drama of teenage life.” (description from TV, eh?)

We previously reported that Tracey Moore (Sailor Moon #1) is in the cast of the Care Bears to the Rescue Movie. The movie is now available for pre-order on DVD and will be released on February 8th.

Dennis Akayama (Malachite) appeared in an episode of Being Erica entitled “Gettin’ Wiggy Wit’ It” in November, as Dr. Kotara. He will also be appearing in the upcoming Canadian film Hello October, as Oliver. this romantic comedy is currently in post-production.

Fans can now see Barney’s Version in select theatres. Harvey Atkin (Bumboo/Pox) appears in the film as the second Mrs. Panofsky’s father. A trailer is available for viewing on IMDb here. Currently the film is airing in the Toronto and Montréal areas, with an extended release to begin January 14th, across Canada. More details about the movie can be found on the official website.

Rino Romano‘s (Tuxedo Mask #1) voice was heard in an episode of CSI as Sqweegel (which was also the episode title), an episode first aired last October. The character was a serial killer who punished local heroes with hidden secrets.

Here is a promo for the episode:

Kirsten Bishop (Zoicite/Kaori Knight/Emerald) appeared in an episode of the new Nikita TV series, as Mrs. Harcourt/Irena. The episode was called “Phoenix” and a description is available on IMDb here.

As previously reported, Naz Edwards (Queen Beryl) played a tipsy (“drowsy”) grand theatre dame in Drowsy Chaperone. Her character was assigned to keep a young star away from her fiancé, so that the star doesn’t abandon her career in favour of getting married. It is described as a comedic and wacky musical, set in the 1920’s. The play ran from November 11, 2010 through January 2, 2011 at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo from The Detroit News, who gave the play a “grade A” review.)

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.

VA Sightings March 2008 (Part 1)!

Hello Moonies! In the last few weeks, we have noticed IMDB has put a couple of VAs on the Sailor Moon page that we haven’t heard of. We got very excited since years ago we tried to get full cast lists from anyone involved with the production of Sailor Moon with no success. So we consulted our DVD collection to see if any of these new listings were true, and for now, they are not. We did not see the names Catherine Disher, or Karen Dwyer anywhere in the credits. We are trying to contact Karen Dwyer for official confirmation. This summer, we hope to have as complete a cast list as we can – a good one that is correct is very difficult to find. Anyway, in lieu of research of those two names, we had to delay this article… but without further ado…

Ferretina Pushed Back AGAIN?

Oh noes! We had read a rumor on the MySpace of Carrie Johnson a while ago that Ferretina was going to be at Cannes this year, but now we have read on another actor’s site that the film is still in production for a release in 2009. For nearly four years we’ve been reading rumors of it being released every spring or Easter, and we were so sure this was the year for it. We Sailor Moon fans are just going to have to wait a little longer to see the massive horde of VAs in this movie under the direction of Roland Parliament.

Speaking of Our Favourite Nerd, Melvin…

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CN Anime Expo, 2004

Roland Parliament (Melvin, ADR Director) can currently be heard narrating this short promotional film about the LongPen! The LongPen is a green solution for any famous personality wishing to hold a signing of some sort. Invented by fellow Canadian Margaret Atwood, the LongPen allows for anyone to meet a famous person through videoconferencing, and then through the internet receive a personalized autograph. The Earth is not saved by Sailor Moon, but by the dozens of tonnes of carbon saved by celebrities who no longer need to travel to make an event! Roland is also teaching at the Harris Institutue. Aside from Voice Acting, Roland has had a very successful career in the Advertising Industry for more than 30 years – and he is teaching a first year Advertising Arts class at the institute.

Stephanie Morgenstern is Coming To Your TV Soon!

The wait is almost over for Stephanie Morgenstern’s (Sailor Venus #1) new TV show, Flashpoint! The show is in production as we speak and set to start airing on CBS and CTV in July! Though no specific date has been announced, we will keep you posted – and for fans thinking they would not see Stephanie past a name in the credits, you can all breathe a sigh of relief! She will appear as a hostage in the first episode – but will not likely transform into Sailor Venus at the last second to save the day. Those heroic responsibilities have been passed on to cops now :(. Still no word about the production of Ice Planet. Last we heard some preliminary animation had begun, sets were built and things were ready to go, however contractual issues kept the production from starting.

VAs On The Border!

Last week, Kirsten Bishop (Kaori Knight, Zoicite, and Badiyanu) appeared on CBC’s immigration and customs drama, The Border. In “Grave Concern”, an episode dealing with the underworld of pedophiles, Kirsten played Mrs. Johanson, the worried mother of Katie. Katie is a pre-teen girl who was kidnapped a year ago, and held in a kind of dungeon outfitted with a webcam for others in on the sting to observe her torture. We’re not going to go into much more detail about this episode – it was a pretty inhumane scenario. It reminded us a lot of the story of Natascha Kampusch and we’re a little creeped out that something like that might have been what inspired this episode. Nonetheless, Kirsten Bishop’s acting was strong as the worried mother who still held out hope her daughter would be found. Alice Poon (Catsy) also appeared in the show, playing Jenny Vandenberg in the episode “Family Values”. She played a reporter who was reporting a potential illegal adoption of a Darfur refugee by a famous movie star. The Border has been renewed for a second season and fans can click around the official website to watch episodes (but you have to be in Canada or else you won’t be able to). On another note, unfortunately, Intelligence was not renewed. Sabrina Grdevich (Sailor Pluto #1, Anne Granger) had a recurring role as Maxine Reardon in the crime drama.