Title: Mr. Tatum to play/ADR Direct in RomeoxJuliet
Nyanto - February 12, 2009 05:29 AM (GMT)
Romeo: Chris Burnett
Juliet: Brina Palencia
Antonio: Maxey Whitehead
Cordelia: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Benvolio: Sean Michael Teague
Conrad: R Bruce Elliott
Francisco: Eric Vale
Curio: Robert McCollum
Mercutio: Christopher Bevins
Amelia: Larissa Wolcott
William: J. Michael Tatum
Hermione: Carrie Savage
Tybalt: Mike McFarland
Lord Montague: Sean Hennigan
Line Producer: Christopher Bevins
ADR Directors: J. Michael Tatum and R Bruce Elliott (in his Funimation directing debut)
Script Adaptations: Taliesin Jaffe (and team)
*information from ANN*
Aaaah, I see a LOT of favorites in there. And for some reason, I imagined Mr. Tatum to be perfect for either Willy or Francisco. :3 Can't wait for the dvd sets~
Lizzie - February 12, 2009 07:42 AM (GMT)
OOH! This sounds so fun!! Michael and R. Bruce Elliot ADR directing?? Bevins as line producer?? And it's Romeo & Juliet? That's just grounds for too much awesome.
celadith - February 12, 2009 09:14 AM (GMT)
I can't wait! This is going to be an amazing year :wub:
J. Michael Tatum - February 14, 2009 11:13 PM (GMT)
Oh, just you wait!
The sheer quality of material that R Bruce, Bevins and I got to work with was astounding. Taliesin Jaffe and his writing team infused the show with a Shakespearian meitre that would do the Bard himself proud; the cast was a dream come true; our engineers were spot-on brilliant. In fact, I think I speak for just about everyone associated with the project when I say it's some of our best work. I can't wait for you all to see it!
Lizzie - February 15, 2009 12:10 AM (GMT)
I think this is the first time I've been excited over seeing a dubbed anime that I haven't even seen subbed yet. I honestly cannot wait ^^
Nyanto - February 15, 2009 01:33 AM (GMT)
Mr. Tatum. I do believe you have raised my excitement for this release even higher.
It sounds like you all are working extremely hard on it, and I can't wait to see that effort when I pop that dvd into my Xbox 360 and kick back to watch it!
Lechymonk - February 15, 2009 09:20 PM (GMT)
Another one to add to my "to buy" list!
This year is turning out to be fantastic for us anime dub fans! First, we get Michael as Komui Lee in D. Gray-man and now as William in Romeo x Juliet.
What exactly does a line producer do? *Random question but I've always wondered that*
sweetnsassy - February 16, 2009 05:19 PM (GMT)
Woo-hoo, that line up sounds like its made of awesomesauce! Ya know, I was planning on getting this for my brother since he's a fan of the manga, but now I think I'll just have to swipe it for myself ;)
celadith - February 17, 2009 10:57 PM (GMT)
I've been watching the sub on the site and can't get enough of this show <3 it's just... perfect. It'll definitely rank up there with Ouran, easily. I love Shakespeare so mixing it with anime is just a dream come true :wub:
Nyanto - June 20, 2009 06:53 PM (GMT)
I saw the dvd-set a few days ago at F.Y.E (they tend to put things out early.) I didn't get to buy it just yet because...well F.Y.E tends to over price stuff too. ($60, no thank you.. <_<)
Anyway, I wasn't able to sleep last night so I was browsing through the on-demand on our cable. And saw the first episode available, so watched it.
It was brilliant!!! I loved it to death!
The writing, the acting, EVERYTHING about the show was just so well done and really captured the atmosphere.
(I must say Mr.Tatum's William was absolutely spot-on!) I loved everyone involved, it was just THAT well done!
Can't wait to get the dvds!
Kind of funny to: As I was typing this, there was an ad-banner for the show at the bottom. Haha.
Hihippy - June 20, 2009 08:29 PM (GMT)
Hah, I saw that just the other day. I was bored and searching random stuffs.
... I lol'd, and fangirled at Mike McFarland being Tybalt. I must watch this show sometime. Romeo and Juliet is quite a personal favorite of Shakespeare's. >_>
... I like a lot of Shakespeare, though. :c
I'll find the time to watch this soon. <3
kuroneko-chan - June 21, 2009 02:24 AM (GMT)
Ah, I wasn't planning on joining in on the convo, but since we're talking Shakespeare, I think RomeoxJuliet may be one of my least favorites of Master Shakespeare's. I thoroughly enjoyed Richard II and the Merchant of Venice, and of course Macbeth and Hamlet. Though I have no taste for Coriolanus and that's probably because I didn't find all of the fighting scenes that interesting to sit through even though the characters were very compelling in their own way.
I remember watching this before it's been licensed and I got bored with it pretty quickly. Perhaps I'll give another Shakespeare spinoff a chance later on in life, but for now, RomeoxJuliet just doesn't capture my interest, and I'll just stick with the classic plays.
celadith - June 21, 2009 06:47 AM (GMT)
Well if it helps you any, in the english dub Taliesin Jaffe did an amazing job with the script. Instead of using regular modern english, he made it old english. I think it really helped the show by setting it in the right time period. But that's just my opinion ^-^;;
Hihippy - June 21, 2009 10:20 AM (GMT)
When I was 11 I performed as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Wasn't the proper language, though, seeing as I was in a Primary school, but I've adored it ever since. <3
And last year I performed as a few characters in Macbeth, for this production thing. I was mainly Lennox, though. C:
J. Michael Tatum - June 21, 2009 11:28 AM (GMT)
So many centuries separate us from Shakespeare’s métier it’s well nigh unthinkable that we, some three-hundred and ninety-three years on, have only just begun to skim the depths of the Bard’s insights into what it means to be human. And yet, it’s true. Perhaps we’ll never reach the all or end of him. Despite the best efforts of time, literary fashion and listless ninth-grade English teachers everywhere, the wonderfully rendered, poignant, often tragic vicissitudes of transformation that even the characters of some of his lesser plays undergo remains so relevant, so unbelievable real –even confined to the page, sans actor—as to shake one’s sense of self to the very core, if carefully attended.
And while often the so-called language barrier (i.e. the high-filigreed, versified grammar; the explosive vocabulary, the subtle poetic allusions, etc.) requires of we poor “modern” clods who would untangle his meaning the nowadays much-maligned twin virtues of patience and fortitude, once in, one finds there’s virtually no mode of being in the world the playwright’s enigmatic genius didn’t portend; no ecstasy, despair, consolation, existential query, maddening epiphany or visionary summit his words didn’t bring to life better than anyone else either before or after him.
At his best, Shakespeare –quite literally, and on more levels than we will perhaps ever fully understand— offers a vision of humanity that informs the way we see ourselves to this day; so much so that his very pervasiveness conceals it from us, odd as that may seem. To the sensitive reader/playgoer his characters transcend the status of quaint cultural artifact to remind us not only of who we are, but who we might become.
That said, of his thirty-nine works for stage, not all are created equal. Even the finest moments of, say, Richard II, Julies Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew or The Merchant of Venice, to give but a handful of examples –and there a many, many fine moments in each of them, to be sure—scarcely approach the unearthly poetic heights of Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At least, in this poor modern clod’s opinion. Age and the many vicissitudes of transformation yet in store for me might find quite a different tune twittering from these lips on the subject in the years to come, though I suspect my love admiration and love the Bard will never cease to be its theme.
Hopefully what the inimitable Taliesin Jaffe, his exquisite team of writers, our unbelievably Skilled Players, the ever-ingenious Chris Bevins, my personal hero R Bruce Elliott, Engineer Extraordinaire Will Short, many, many others, and (like as not to the least extent) I myself have with any luck achieved with our modest dub of an lovely little anime based only in part on a second-tier apprentice tragedy by the man responsible for what any cognoscenti worth their salt thinks of as “character” and “drama” in the first place is this: a humble, well-meaning, no doubt deeply flawed but sincere-as-can-be valentine to a genius in whose shadow we all, whether we accept it or not, dwell: Shakespeare himself.
And that, dear friends, comes as close to constituting something like my thoughts on the matter as I’m ever likely to get –thought hardly my last words on the subject, you can be sure! Ha!
Oh, and if Cela will forgive a polite amendment to her observation above (all my love, dear heart; all my love!) Old English lay several centuries dead in Shakespeare’s day. The idiom he wrote in might appear archaic for being largely in verse –to say nothing of the HUGE disparity in spelling conventions between then and now—but believe it or not, our beloved Bard wrote in Modern English. Neat to think about, huh? But, yes, Taliesin's elan with that idiom gives the dub its heart, unquestionably. I'll be sure to tell him you think so. ;o)
Ninja love to all. Sorry for being so excruciatingly winded!
kuroneko-chan - June 21, 2009 11:33 AM (GMT)
You, sir, are too amazing. :)
celadith - June 21, 2009 08:01 PM (GMT)
Ohhh right ^_^ I was tired and was gonna put Shakespearean but I couldn't remember how to spell it :lol: so I just put old english and was wrong. That's what I get for posting so late haha. Anyway I haven't even read your whole post, I'm on my cell reading this so I'm gonna read it later when I don't have to try and read size 7 font :lol:
EDIT: wow... that post is amazing. I think Kuron sums up my opinion. You, sir, are truly amazing. the whole team who worked on this show is amazing and I cannot wait to see more than three episodes. I just have to wait until we have the money -_-
Oh and I planned on taking a Shakespeare class Fall quarter at the community college while I wait for money to pile up for me to buy sound equipment, but sadly the don't offer it in Fall :( I have to wait until winter...
kuroneko-chan - June 21, 2009 10:33 PM (GMT)
Ahh! It's so worth it, celadith! Actually, how much you enjoy Shakespeare also depends on the instructor (it did for me anyway), so I hope that you get a good instructor for that Shakespeare class!!
celadith - June 21, 2009 10:49 PM (GMT)
Oh I'm taking it for sure! I'm just depressed that I have to wait because I needed a 3 credit class to make it so that the financial aid kicks in -_-
'Manders - June 22, 2009 01:37 AM (GMT)
Ah ha, I'm pretty much going to agree with celadith in saying that Kuron sums it up~! My opinion, that is. In fact...m-my brain is still processing the amazingness of that post, good sir.
Romeo and Juliet has been the play of choice to every single one of my English teachers. Not surprising, no? Romeo x Juliet. . .eh, I was introduced to the anime awhile back, and, sadly, it didn't seem like my cup of tea. But! What is also amazing is how a few choice words can alter my opinion altogether. I'll be checking more into this fantastic dub, you can count on it!
Hmm, come to think of it Mr. Amelotte demanded I take his Shakespeare class this upcoming semester. There were only six seats left when last I checked... Ack! *Scurries off to go register~*
Oh, and thank youuuu, Master Tatum. You've probably just made an ol' English instructor very pleased. :D
Ellie - June 22, 2009 02:40 AM (GMT)
:D I've been waiting for this dub to come out. As soon as I get enough money I'm going to go out and buy it.
I took a Shakespeare class at a community college and unfortunately had a somewhat mediocre professor. He was monotone and didn't really seem interested in the subject. However, I still enjoyed the class simply because I love Shakespeare! Hamlet was the very first piece of literature that I read and so dear William will always have a special place in my heart. I encourage anyone and everyone to read and/or take a course on Shakespeare. It'll be worth your time. Romeo and Juliet is an obvious favorite in education and is full of moments that can be analyzed for hours on end. Out of all the portrayals of this work of art I have seen (which amounts to 23 now) this anime is at the top of the list even if it isn't the traditional. It's actually because of the new story that I find it so refreshing, giving a different twist on an old tale and rekindling a love of literature I had forgotten recently.
So all I can do is thank the brilliant minds that have brought us this masterpiece and hope that others will enjoy it as much as I have.
Nyanto - June 22, 2009 03:27 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (kuroneko-chan @ Jun 21 2009, 04:33 PM)|
| Ahh! It's so worth it, celadith! Actually, how much you enjoy Shakespeare also depends on the instructor (it did for me anyway), so I hope that you get a good instructor for that Shakespeare class!! |
That would probably explain why I didn't enjoy many of Shakespeare's plays.
In fact, I didn't enjoy half the material that my school had forced upon us. The teacher I had, especially in my senior year, was a -beep- and I almost failed thanks to her losing one of my final papers.
She clearly didn't like the source material either.
That said, now that I'm older I should really try to read more of his plays. Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet are the only ones I clearly remember.
Maybe it does have something to do with the teachers, and maybe now I will be more inclined to take a course in college this fall.
celadith - June 22, 2009 03:41 AM (GMT)
I personally love Hamlet and Midsummer Nights Dream. I need to read more Shakespeare though -_- I only read Midsummer because the local theater was producing it and I was told I should audition... I didn't get cast but I still love the play ^-^;;
kuroneko-chan - June 22, 2009 06:39 AM (GMT)
Oh, the graduate theatre program (one of the best in the naaaation!) put on 'As You Like It' last semester, and it was amazing, considering it was just a theatre program. It made me buy the play and read it as an extracurricular thing.
If anyone wants to read less known Shakespeare plays, As You Like It is pretty great, as well as Merchant of Venice and Richard II. Although I said that in an earlier post. ;)
celadith - June 22, 2009 06:50 AM (GMT)
My friends' school did As You Like It two years ago and it was amazing. And I've read Merchant of Venice, I can definitely agree that they are amazing ^_^
Lizzie - June 22, 2009 04:17 PM (GMT)
I've been more of a fan of Shakespeare's comedies, like Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing. There are some amazingly good lines in those plays :lol: The characters are brilliant.
That's what I love about Shakespeare. While his stories and character development and analyisis of the human soul are spellbinding...he still manages to sneak some really funny lines into his work XD Much Ado About Nothing is a favorite movie for me and my little sister
But yeah, I'm hoping to catch Shakespeare in the Park this summer. I believe they're doing The Tempest, which I read in high school. I think I liked it..
ANYWAY...I really need to get going on checking out this Romeo X Juliet dub..
Hihippy - June 23, 2009 02:42 PM (GMT)
Personally, I never really /read/ any of the plays. I've always performed them, or watched them...
The stories are something else, though. Learning through the language, portrayal and pyschology of all the characters made me understand an awful lot about literature that I never knew that I would know...
Helped me to understand the language, definitely. Gets frustrating when you're the only one in class that can make a proper grasp at it, though.
Lovely post, J. <3 Such an ... extensive vocabulary. xD
Damnit, I must watch this. >_> Rehearsals for choir, Disneyland and preparing for a Book award I'll be going to gets in the way, a little. *searches it up to bookmark*
Samileeroth - June 24, 2009 09:20 PM (GMT)
First things first, I loved all my english teachers in high school, but goodness, MICHAEL WHY WEREN'T YOU MY TEACHER!?!?!?!?! I enjoyed Shakespeare, but I think Junior year when we did MacBeth, the teacher just didn't have the right pizaz we needed to enjoy it as much.
I first met Shakespeare when we did A Midsummers Night Dream when I was in the 3rd grade! XD My mom and dad were so confused about the story, said they couldn't understand anything we said. But in high school we covered, Romeo and Julet as freshman, Taming of the Shrew as a sophomore and Macbeth as juniors. We never got to read.....oh man....what's its called.....>_< I started to read it on my own then lost the book.......argh, someone help! There was a Prince...and he had a brother, there was a woman named Hero....Benedict...Beatrice....what was that play called?! -pulls at hair trying to think- Anyway, I can't think of the title right now, but I really liked the play, it was interesting cause you could really look at the arguments and though they seemed silly, the language made it really beautiful. Lol, sorry if that doesn't make that much sense to all of you, but I know what I mean. xD
Lizzie - June 25, 2009 03:22 AM (GMT)
Much Ado About Nothing, Sami ;)
Samileeroth - June 26, 2009 09:05 PM (GMT)
That's the one! XD Sorry I had a really spazzy moment when I was trying to figure that out. But what I was trying to say was that Shakespeare used to confuse the carp out of me, then I started to read it for my own merit and began to understand it; even though i still don't completly understand it now. xD
celadith - August 27, 2009 05:09 AM (GMT)
Soooo... I just finished the anime dub. And I'm still crying *wibble* I also listened to the commentary (was waiting for one to show up!) and laughed so hard through it. This is getting me so excited about working on a film project I'm doing with a bunch of my friends, which may be half of the reason I'm still crying.
Just everyone, WATCH THIS ANIME. Honestly, I think it has beat out Ouran as my favorite.
Gabbers - September 9, 2009 07:14 AM (GMT)
I shamelessly BAWLED during the ending of the last episode. Yes, I'm highly aware Romeo and Juliet are tragic lovers; however, the manner in which certain events played out... :(
I MUST SAY!
JMT was bloody brilliant as William. I enjoyed every line he delivered, from a poetic sigh, to a squeaky fit of flailing limbs and whines. :D Very nice, Michael! You rock!
As far as the anime goes, I agree 100% with Celadith.
Oh! And bring a tissue box. You'll need it. :P
celadith - September 9, 2009 10:36 AM (GMT)
I am still borrowing the last disc from Netflix... I almost refuse to give it back but dad is making me return it on saturday. I think I'll watch the commentary one more time before returning it... or at least try to. I don't know why, but this commentary was so interesting to me. Maybe it was because they talked so much about the process from auditions to sound stuff... I'm a geek ^-^;;
I remember talking to mom afterward, trying to make sense through my tears and saying "you know how everyone knows how Titanic was gonna end, but they still cried? well same thing with this anime!" and I was like sniffing and kept grabbing for the tissues, I was a complete mess. I mean I cried after Ouran, but I was like... intense crying. Like someone I actually loved had died :rolleyes: so definitely bravo to Brina and Chris.
ps am I the only one that liked William's new hairdo at the very end? :lol:
Siriana - August 26, 2011 11:26 AM (GMT)
About 10 Minutes ago I finished watching Romeo x Juliet and the last scenes brought me to tears. It’s such a beautiful show. And I loved the music.
Well, I mean it is Romeo and Juliet so everybody knows how it’s supposed to end, but still there was this little voice in my head like “no, don’t let them die”
|QUOTE (celadith @ Sep 9 2009, 04:36 AM)|
|ps am I the only one that liked William's new hairdo at the very end? :lol:|
No, you’re not. ^_^
Nix - July 14, 2012 03:35 AM (GMT)
I know that I'm a little late on the uptake, since it's been out FOREVER! But I just had to post a reply. I bawled like a little broken-hearted school girl at the end! I was so moved that I ended up writing on Michael's Facebook wall about it shortly after and he actually replied! I just wanted to share the awesomeness of him, since it made my entire YEAR!
Nix: I just finished watching Romeo x Juliet. And I have to say, for once, I have no words. It was the most epic, phenomenal, wonderful, terrible and beautiful thing I've ever seen. It was truly a work of art, a masterpiece. Pat yourself on the back, Mr. Tatum, this made the Bard shine!
PS: Brina Palencia was epic! her best performance yet!
Micheal Tatum: Thank you, Kalauren. You have no idea what that means to me.
I was jumping up and down for hours, so happy I saw stars! Happened about a year ago and I still can't stop grinning lol. He's just an awesome guy and this anime is an extreme testament to it!
Nippip - November 29, 2012 12:59 AM (GMT)
I think this show was worth watching only to hear Michael as william it was sooo funny. Heard him saying at a panel that shakespeare would hit him if they ever meet ... I think he might be right about that ...
And no matter how the anime might have turned out it would still have been better than the Leonardo Dicaprio movie!! I hated that movie, worst thing I ever watched.