Kyle Hebert Interview
The 6 foot 3 inch "bald as Krillin" FUNimation
voice actor known as Kyle Hebert is a very well respected
member of the DB online community and has an uncanny love
for bean dip. He has brought us numerous wonderful voices
from the world of Dragonball. His voice credits would make
any fan jealous. He has done and is continuing to do the voices,
of Teenage Gohan, West Kai, Pikkon, Pirozhki, and the current
narrator of DBZ. So without further adieu, here is my interview
with the one and only Kyle Hebert.
JB: Thank you Kyle for joining us here today.
KH: Hey there, John! It's a pleasure to help you out.
JB: If it is possible, can you tell us where you and FUNimation
now as far as the dubbing of Dragonball Z goes? When do you
Dragonball Z dubbing will be over?
KH: We recently wrapped recording for Japanese Episode 249.
We've got up to
291, I believe, and that'll be it for Z. It is my understanding
that we will
dive right into Dragonball GT, and that should be well into
GT won't hit public till 2003.
JB: Have you heard anything from your bosses or co-workers
about the time
season 6 of Dragonball Z will be released?
KH: I have heard no word about when Cartoon Network will air
however the tapes and DVD's will be released monthly all throughout
leading up to its eventual broadcast.
JB: What is your current opinion on the newer titles FUNimation
I believe you are working on Yu Yu Hakusho.
KH: I have been lucky enough to do minor voices on both of
newest properties, Blue Gender and Yu Yu Hakusho. Blue Gender
is a dark,
edgy Sci-fi series that is very serious, violent, and cool.
Yu Yu Hakusho is
more lighthearted action/comedy and equaled DBZ's popularity
Here's hoping lighting strikes twice.
JB: To the best of your knowledge, when do you think the
new episodes of
Dragonball will be released?
KH: I'm guessing you won't see new Dragonball Episodes on
the shelves till
early 2002. We are currently dubbing the second season now,
and it takes
months of postproduction. We're very happy to see that it's
been a hit with
Cartoon Network and the fans.
JB: I read you are hooked on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.
Is it really that
KH: I am indeed a Video Game Nut. Although the Tony Hawk obsession
attributed to the Webmaster of my site, Steve Baptista. He
disappeared for days holed up in his cave playing that thing.
I'm sure it's
fun for skateboarding lovers, but I am not really into sports
JB: What other games do you just "love to play,"
and what games do you
KH: I'm personally obsessed with Devil May Cry on PS2. I
am looking forward
to Grand Theft Auto 3, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Final Fantasy
X. I love Star
Wars: Statfighter, Gran Turismo3, Twisted Metal Black, Zone
of the Enders,
Gauntlet Dark Legacy, and the PS2 in general.
JB: Since your 6 foot 3 inches tall, it has to be hard
to find a vehicle
comfortable enough for you. What kind of Vehicle do you drive.
KH: A tall person needs a nice full size four door sedan,
loaded, with a loud and bass-filled stereo system. Hehehe.
Now just to get
a custom DBZ paint job across the hood. Either that or Boba
(I'm a Huge Star Wars Fan)
JB: What other Anime films/series do you watch, besides
the ones you work on?
KH: I have fansubs of this fantastic series from the creator
of Ranma 1/2
called Inu Yasha. I also have a massive anime DVD collection
Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Evangelion, Gundam, Magic Users
Hunter D, Akira, Orphen, Tenchi, Robotech, Battle of the Planets,
Blazers, and the list goes on and on.
JB: If you didn't have a job as voice actor, would you
still be working in
KH: Radio is a lot of fun and it sure beats working for a
living. Same can
be said for voice acting. The only downside is having to record
on a day when
your voice is toast due to a cold. YIKES! I feel very blessed
to be able to
work in this exciting field.
JB: What kind of music do you listen to?
KH: I love industrial, electronic, metal, and experimental.
Bands like Nine
Inch Nails, Fear Factory, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly,
Aphex Twin. I
listen to pretty much everything, but country.
JB: Did you ever think you would be working on one of the
ever? (Dragonball Z)
KH: I first got into DBZ in 1995 and I NEVER thought that
I would one day
be associated with it. I used to go around my house imitating
Piccolo and Brian Drummond's Vegeta all the time. It was a
total fluke that
some staff members from my radio station took a tour of FUNimation
me about auditions. I have been an actor for them for a year
now. It's been
a dream come true for me to do voices in animation, especially
JB: Well, Thanks Kyle for your time. The DBZN and I appreciate
taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview
KH: No problem, glad to help. It was my pleasure to help
put. If there
is anything else I can help with, let me know.
John B. - Contributor (A.K.A. Majunior in the forums)
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