Will Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service Have New Dubs?
BionicVapourDude asks a question that I'm sure is on many of our minds: "Will they [Disney] be redoing the awful dubs of Kiki and Laputa?"
I would hope and pray for dear life that those old dubs will be banished forever, down the same dark pit that holds Warriors of the Wind. If the upcoming DVD reissues are to make any improvements, the soundtrack is the #1 place to start. Will this happen? I can's say for certain, because there's no word. I have a couple ideas, so here's how I see this situation:
As the story goes, Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service sat in the Disney vaults for years before being released. The dubs were finished, everything was complete, but they just sat on the movies.
That changed with the arrival of Spirited Away. That was the point where John Lasseter began aggressively handling the Ghibli catalog under Disney's wing. He took charge of the Disney soundtracks and fought tooth and nail for support in home and theaters. He brought on Don and Cindy Hewitt to handle the US dub scripts. He even managed to streamline the DVD cover designs, which were a great improvement from the original releases.
And with the Disney/Pixar merger - I still say that was Steve Jobs' greatest business deal - Lasseter has complete and total control over the Ghibli catalog. To him, they might as well be Pixar films, and he'll fight just as hard to protect his adoptive children.
Whatever your stand on the dubs-vs-subs issue, I think we can all agree that the Disney dubs for Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service are the worst of the bunch. The second and third wave of DVDs - while of varying quality from one movie to the next - were a great improvement.
These are purely my own observations. I have no facts as of yet to report. But until I hear otherwise, I think it's an easy bet that there will be new dubs for Laputa and Kiki.
Oh, and that hideous DVD cover has got to go. Those poor kids look like they've had plastic surgery. Are these Michael Jackson's kids?