Pokemon cast replaced

Filed under: News — drakh @ 11:31 am

Last December, word came that 4Kids was losing the rights to Pokemon, and that license owner Pokemon USA would be handling the dubbing of the new episodes themselves. While castmembers initially believed they would be continuing their roles, both Eric Stuart and Veronica Taylor have now gone out saying that they’ve been replaced, and that the upcoming 10th aniversary special will feature an all new cast.


  1. I loved Ash and Brock when they were played by Eric and Veronica!! Meowth and James are messed too!! They want people to buy into this crap>-

  2. I’m going to cry every time I battle Brock now!! This Sucks I hope that Pokemon USA goes out of business>_

  3. Wait a minute you hope that Pokemon USA goes out of business. Well if you want I guess except you want have Pokemon games, trading cards and any of the other Pokemon merchandise.

    Also if Pokemon USA goes out of business due to Pokemon anime fans. They better watch out. Those Pokemon anime fans that wanted this might get cursed at and attacked if the games dissappear. There are more Pokemon gamers that HATE the cartoon more than like it. Good luck fending them off if Pokemon USA goes down the tubes due to the anime.

    • carol C
    • May 8, 2007 | Link
  4. I’m keeping it a secret with friends that I like pokemon because I’ve never seemed to grow out of it.
    I agree with all of you, they should have at least done a voice retirement special episode that everyoneknew about, not just all of a sudden. But the people who did the old voices were around for 18 years (I’ve counted) and even if they did come back it still won’t be the same. They are people too and everything eventually gets older, even pokemon has to move on.
    I bet the producers (whoever they are) will do anything to make the voices back to the way they were but 18 years is a long time for two people to do voices for a cartoon and don’t you think by 18 years your voice would go different? As much as I loved those voices it was time for them to leave and just face it. Stop sending your e-mails because as much as they want to they can’t get the two back!
    Anyway I heard on the official website that the new people are working on getting into character and they are listening to the old voices in detail and training with the same agent who taught the old voices to understand how to do the voice.
    Don’t diss the new cast, support their hard work and why don’t YOU try to do Ash, Brock, Max, Meowth and James’s voices. Hard isn’t it!
    Remember, things eventually move on and so do voices of Eric and Veronica

  5. I`m still young and i love pokemon! I have since it came out. Pokemon like originated anime basically[[not really]] and i grew to love the actors and everything. Now that the old voices are gone it just doesnt seem like pokemon anymore. Literally Ash sounds like he went through puberty. And i mean that in the most offending way possible. It makes me sad that the pokemon i once knew and loved is gone, i really wish the old actors would come back. As well for Misty, MAX AND MAY WILL NEVER REPLACE MISTY!

    • sharon
    • May 21, 2007 | Link
  6. I saw that now they’ve replaced may just as we got a bit used to her.
    Now it’s all about Dawn.
    I think there will be a big special where all the old characters will meet at a big place.

  7. Really, I never heard the old voices, well, I might and then gotten so used to the new ones I forgot. But James, the best and hottest on the show, sounds SO GAY! Jessie scares me, ash is just giving me nightmares lately, and Misty is only on Chronicals! Which has no James! it’s like pick one or the other! I hate that!

  8. I too love Pokemon. When I heard the new voices in Battle Frontier…I thought, “What the..” but now I’ve gotten used to the new voice cast. Sometimes I wonder, “Does James have a cold?” or “Why is Ash sounding all deep one second and then the next he sounds like a girl” But you have to give them credit, it’s not easy I bet doing all those voices for different characters, especially since we are giving them a hard time about how horrible they sound when all they are doing is trying their best. Our life is all about change, remember that.

    • Derek
    • July 16, 2007 | Link
  9. Yea changing the voices are not the same. Ever since they changed it I haven’t been watching it. I still like the old classic Pokemon games a episodes, but that’s how things happen in the USA. Remember everyone in the USA !it’s all about the money!. The US has more money then we can ever imagine. Problem is they don’t want to spend it on Anime and Cartoons. They only spend the money on the military, wars, and for them selves. If you want the voices back go to one of the game shows win a lot of money and try to buy the company and get the old actors back. That’s the only way you will here them on Pokemon. That’s all I have to say. I was a true Pokemon fan. I would still be if they didn’t mess the whole thing up.

  10. The actual reason for the change was that the previous actors were contractually-bound to 4Kids entertainment.

    If they had broken the contract and continued to work on Pokemon, 4Kids would have removed them from all roles they have on 4Kids shows, and blacklisted them from any future work at 4Kids.

    • Trend
    • August 6, 2007 | Link
  11. Sarah Natochenny puts all the dimensions of Ash’s personality into her voicing. Veronica Taylor was good, too. But Sarah Natochenny shows real promise as an actress, who I hope will go further in greater and greater parts in theatre, cartoons and movies. A really gifted talent! So I completely disagree with what Ellie wrote below:
    “Sarah Natochenny does the voice of Ash. goodness, its sooooo horrible. i hope ratings go down so Pokemon USA will realize that they made a wrong decision replacing the original voices.”

    • David
    • August 29, 2007 | Link
  12. I hate this change and sarah natochenny she makes ash sound boringand that ruined the main reason why we hate ash now i think her reason to vocie act is wrong even look she is 20 and worse she’ll make him sound like 13 going on to 60 and no ash is not 60 he is 13 or 14 but sarah is a wrong chocie to voice act why beacuse she has no experinsing in anime now look here is the thing. Sarah Should leave pokemon and leave

  13. Well…Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart and Rachel lillis were all great as Ash, Brock and Misty. As much as the majority of us dislike it, we have no choice but to face it. Again, 4kids had to do something and screw up. So techincally, if they weren’t bound to 4kids no one would complain. But at least the new VAs are trying their best…though it’s not working for the former Pokemon anime fans…

    I always liked the games anyway. The anime was based off of the games, so they came first. As a budding Voice-actress who wishes to get into the business, I have to be honest…I put subtitles on and do the voice of Ash whenever I have the audacity to watch it nowadays. However, I do wish the new actors good luck and while we the older and more familar fans will have to cope with the new crop, the new generation will be utterly clueless, just as we had once been.

    So people, I just got one last thing to say; just suck it up. Move on to the video games. They haven’t screwed that up at least. And at least we’ll know they’ll never make bad digimon dubs, so at least we can be proud of that. I sure am.

    • yasmine
    • September 30, 2007 | Link
  14. Well we cant just make these coments for the rest of our lives: we’ve all established that we all feel the same way about this – now lets do something about it!!!!

  15. i recently have been watching pokemon on the internet and with the new voices the characters seemed to have changed completley. for one jessie sounds like a stuck up high school cheerleader and james voice is too deep. ash sounds like a girl and brock just sounds gay. what were they thinking when they changed the voices.

    • melissa
    • March 1, 2008 | Link
  16. NAtochenny leave we hate u
    and leave pokemon ur not a goood voice actress Griffith is better

    • Jared
    • May 8, 2008 | Link
  17. I haven’t managed to sit through more then 5 minutes of the new show, I watched a few Team Rocket clips from the new pokemon Ranger movie and thought it was horrible. Team Rocket was the main reason why I still enjoyed the show. I have been following the show and games since the were released where I live. 10 good years of an enjoyably simplistic show now gone.. I don’t hate the new VA’s for trying, they gave it there best shot, but the fact that 4kids and Pokemon USA screwed it up for us, the fans of their damn show. Its appauling, all that I have left of pokemon now is the old series and the games. I still prefer the original 150 pokemon to the new diamond and Pearl creations. Oh well I give up, all I can do is hope that the games stay alright. The anime is dead to me.

    • AJ
    • June 13, 2008 | Link
  18. I want the old voices back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why would they change them, I’ve grew up on the old ones!

    • Sam
    • June 30, 2008 | Link
  19. Hey guys if anyone is interested in helping save pokemon from the rubish pusa is making it into, then email me im part of a growing community that is having alot of succes in getting the cast back onto pokemon..So far rachel Lillis and Maddie have been cast into pokemon again along with lots of 4kids voice actors!!!

    • Szlemm
    • August 27, 2008 | Link
  20. i miss the old voices soo much america is not the only ones who r missing the Aus 2

    • Bec
    • September 6, 2008 | Link
  21. Sorry guys, I’ll say it again.
    Pokemon will not be switching back to the old voice actors.
    I know this still upsets a lot of people, but as a former VA for pokemon, I would know.
    Trust me, I love the old voice actors with all my heart, but they will not be returning.
    The newest VAs are trying their best.
    But, I’ll have you know, it’s not easy to replace someone’s voice.
    especially since they’ve been doing it for the past 10 years.

    • Cherushii
    • February 3, 2009 | Link
  22. the new pokemon voice actors suck, what was the point in changin’ em. ruined the whole show man serious

    • robbie
    • February 8, 2009 | Link
  23. I still watch the old episodes of Pokemon before they changed the voice cast to re-live the glory days. Every night I cry myself to sleep, mourning the loss of my beloved voice cast and reminding myself that the old voice actors will never come back, ever! ;( I’m getting all emotional here, excuse me… *grabs a tissue*

    • onisuke
    • June 7, 2009 | Link
  24. The original voice cast of pokemon is what made pokemon. No one can Do a better ash Then Veronica Taylor. Any other example would be James Voice, no one can pull it off but Eric Stuart. The only voice that i would keep on the show would be Dawns voice. I miss Veronica Taylor as Ash and May, Rachael Lills as Misty and Jessic, Eric Stuart as Brock and James, and last Madeline Blaustein as meowth but he pass away.

    • Jen
    • June 29, 2009 | Link
  25. I fully and whole-heartedly agree that they should have NEVER, EVER replaced the character voice actors of pokemon. The shows’ old fans; including myself, are very displeased and concerned about this unforgivable deed. Though I appluad the new VAs’ efforst, they just aren’t cutting it. They aren’t god enough to replace the original ones. Pokemon USA, bring back our old cast! I’ve already signed a number of legal petitions that have over 300,000 signees each. Hopefully one day Pokemon USA will hear our plees and return in a new season with our old characters. The only reason Pokemon still has such high ratings is because of all the Under-Age fans that aren’t savvy with the original series and VA’s.

    • EraldoCoil
    • August 18, 2009 | Link
  26. Veronica, Eric, and some of the other voice actors from Pokemon went to Dinosaur King.

    The new Ash is a boy playing the voice. That could be why it sounds so different and not right.

    • Dom
    • September 19, 2009 | Link
  27. I only recently discovered the horrendous new voice cast for the pokemon dub. haha late i know.. but i’ve always despised pokemon pearl.. it just doesnt feel the same anymore.
    added with the awful voice casting….
    i felt really sad and insulted. they were taking away something precious. they just care for saving money… the old voices hold a special place in almost every pokemon dub fan… yes and i just watch old anime episodes with veronica taylor now. 🙁

    watching anime episodes with new casting just takes away the whole illusion where you can just immerse yourself into the pokemon world. all i think of now is ‘hang on.. this isnt right at all’. it sickens me.
    i really hope that pokemon usa break and burn.

    Call me childish or whatever. i dont care. most fans are hurt by this and they dont care. Its stupid to change voice actors this late into the show. Diamond and pearl is probably the last generation of pokemon anyway. why change for?!? they just want to cause controversy or something?

    again. screw you pusa. screw you.

    • pokemon forever
    • October 25, 2009 | Link
  28. i love !!!! the origanl voices of the characters. with out them it’s like the characters arn’t there anymore it’s like there different people. like ash’s voice you’ve heard that voice from the beging it’s what ash sounds like there is no other right voice for ash and that goes for the rest of them. it feels like when they changed the vocies they changed the characters to like the only thing left of that character is the way they look and even that has changed. dont get me wrong i don’t dislike the new actors it’s just that i don’t think they could ever have done a good job with this for the simple fact that they was not there from the beging. and i no i’m to old to be watching pokemon now since i’m now 16 but it’s a peace of my childhood and i just what it to go back to the way it was to the way i remember it.

    • Beca
    • March 10, 2010 | Link
  29. I dont watch much of new espoides of pokemon when they changed the voice cast!

    because I also did grew up with that Voice!

    I miss Veronica Taylor as Ash! I miss Eric Stuart as Brock and James! I miss Rachael Lillis as Jessie and Misty PLEASE I WANT THEM BACK SO BAD! THE NEW CAST OF POKEMON ARE RUBBISH! From Lily Turner!

    • Lily
    • May 20, 2010 | Link
  30. Wow just wow i cannot belive they would change there voices like that haha i know im all late about it but when i was a little girl i would watch pokemon from these old tapes and i just missed it so i decided to watch all pokemon episodes that ever came out and at fist i did notice the voce change but it did not matter to me becuse the second lady to play ash made it seem like tecnolagy got more advanced and so the voice sounds alittle diffrnt but better but then all of assudin i finished advanced battle and happy to reach the new season thing battle frounteer but then i jear a big diffrnce in everyones voice at first i just thought there was somthing really wrong with the sound or it was just a recording of someones televition so i switched the video and still every voice changed i just can belive this im so angry that theese people just did this ash sounds like a girl may sounds like a women brock does not sound like the old brock and so on and so fourth im sitting here tearing Up becuse of this becuse the voices ive known and loved for the longst time changed and its just not the same anny more i dont have that joyful feeling anymore when i go watch it.befor i used to get all exited when i woke because i could go watch pokemon but now im wishing ill never wake up if i woulda knowen about the voice change i woulda never gone through so many episodes a day so that ill still be on the much more exiting old episodes insted of the new Ones were it like if they were not singing but just reading the lyrics to a song out loud T-T

    • Loved
    • August 27, 2011 | Link
  31. After cleaning my room and finding all my pokemon movies, games, cards it reminded of the dreadful new cast 🙁
    I sometimes find myself watching old episodes.
    I miss the kanto region. 🙁

    • Billy
    • December 15, 2011 | Link
  32. Please bring back all of the best and original ‘Pokemon’ voice cast members to their respective characters in the new ‘Pokemon’ series and new ‘Pokemon’ movies, including Veronica Taylor as Ash, May, Delia and Diglett (voices), Eric Stuart as Brock, James, Butch, Aerodactyl, Charizard, Dexter (Ash’s Pokedex), Electrode, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Gastly, Hypno, Kadabra, Scyther, Squirtle, Voltorb and Wartortle (voices), Rachael Lillis as Misty, Jessie, Jigglypuff, Chansey, Charmander, Ditto, Gengar, Gloom, Goldeen, Haunter, Horsea, Jynx, Oddish, Pikachu, Venonat, Vileplume and Vulpix (voices), Amy Birnbaum as Max, Officer Jenny, Caterpie, Butterfree and Happy (Richie’s Butterfee) (voices), Nathan Price as Meowth, Professor Elm and Professor Westwood (voices), Stan Hart as Professor Oak and Koga, the Kanto gym leader (voices), Leah Applebaum as Erika, Suzy and Natalie (voices), Megan Hollingshead as Nurse Joy, Cassidy and Duplica (voices), Kayzie Rogers as Professor Ivy, Mikey, Arbok, Marill, Mr. Mime, Azumarill, Farfetch’d and Wobbuffet (voices), Michael Haigney as Psyduck, Snorlax, Geodude , Cloyster and Golduck (voices), Dan Green as Mewtwo, Lt. Surge, Treecko, Professor Birch, Growlithe, Arcanine, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Magikarp and Gyarados (voices), Emily Jenness as Dawn (voice), Michele Knotz as Piplup, Mudkip, Mime Jr., Wigglytuff, Igglybuff and Mudkip (voices) Satomi Kōrogi as Pichu and Togetic (voices), Jimmy Zoppi as Gary Oak, Snubble, Munchlax, Torkoal, Torterra, Palpitoad, Blaziken, Carnivine, Rattata, Raticate, Spearow, Muk, Grimer, Shellder, Jug-A-Smug/Rug-A-Smug (voices), and Tara Sands as Richie, Bugsy, Jasmine, Cissy, Marissa, Ralph, Maisy, Christopher and Krystal (voices). Also starring Sean Schemmel as Lucario, Professor Cozmo, Sawk, Chandelure and Lampent (voices), Dakota Fanning as Tiffany Johansson (Jug-A-Smug/Rug-A-Smug’s trainer) (voice) and Emily Hahn (best known for voicing 5-year-old Bonnie Anderson in ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Toy Story Toons’) as Kayla Johansson, Tiffany’s 6-year-old sister (voice). They should all come back for ‘Pokemon 5 the Movie’ and the new episodes of the new series as well too, because those voices are very important to me and everybody else.

  33. All I can say is we have all grown up with the same voices….. Geez its a really shame to trade them out. It should be a crime.

    • Reborn Fan Boy
    • August 8, 2012 | Link
  34. I am so sad right now. What the heck were they think. This is 2013 (just about) and pokemon isn’t very popular anymore. These new voices defintely ruined the show and help make pokemon less popular

    • Jayden
    • December 29, 2012 | Link

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