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  Daizenshuu EX - Guides - Movie Guide - DragonBall Z Movie # 4  

DragonBall Z Movie # 4

"Sûpâ Saiya-jin Da Son Gokû"
("Super Saiyan Son Goku")

"Lord Slug"


Basic Synopsis

Young Gohan and Haiya Dragon visit Piccolo to show the demon the new dance that Gohan taught the dragon. But as Gohan whistles the tune to which his purple friend dances, Piccolo, in pain, yells for Gohan to stop.

A planetoid headed towards Earth causes a panic, as people everywhere fear the end of the world is at hand. Kuririn and Goku go out to try to deflect it with their energy blasts. It still crashes into Earth, but it turns out to be a spaceship that needs to land for refueling. The ship is commanded by the imperious "Emperor of the Universe" -- Slug, who demands that they leave in three days. A weather satellite is launched to cause a cloud to cover the planet and freeze it over. Earth is now more hospitable for the soldiers living in the ship, and they step outside to terrorize the Earthlings. Slug, by some ancient race memory, recognizes the Dragon Ball that is sewn into Gohan's cap, and reads Bulma's mind to learn about the Dragon Radar. The Dragon Balls are rounded up, and Slug wishes for his youth back (similar to Piccolo Daimaô in the original DB).

Goku and Kuririn receive Senzu from Yajirobe, and rush off to fight Slug. Piccolo shows up to save Gohan, and Slug reveals himself to be a "Super Namekian." Goku wastes Slug's minions, and even turns into a pseudo-Super Saiyan (his hair stands on end, and he gets a red aura, a la Kaiô-Ken) for a while, but he's trashed by Slug when the "Super Namekian" turns into a giant. Piccolo tears off his own ears, then yells for Gohan to whistle again; as we could infer from the beginning of the movie, Namekians can't stand the sound of whistling, which gives the heroes a chance to actually attack. Slug drops to his knees, and Piccolo imparts his energy to Goku. Goku wails on Slug, and flies above the black cloud to get enough energy to create a Genki-Dama that he uses to finally kill Slug (and since Slug accidentally trashed his own spaceship, all of his minions are dead, leaving no more bad guys). The cloud dissipates, and Yajirobe reappears to give more Senzu to the heroes. Piccolo's ears grow back.

Finally, Kame-Sen'nin (who'd been sleeping through all this back at his island) wakes up from his dreams of naked women. He comments that the weather is very nice today, and begins his stretching routine.

[ paraphrased synopsis courtesy Curtis Hoffman's movie descriptions ]


Special Notes

DBZ movie four marks the first DBZ movie with FUNimation's own Texas voice acting studio and group. It also marks a (sad) departure from using the original Japanese musical score in the English dub. Instead, this movie uses "real" American bands (such as Disturbed) for the music. The Japanese version (found only on the uncut DVD), of course, retains the original Japanese score, as well as excellent translated subtitles provided by Steven J. Simmons.


Release / General Information

Japanese Premiere Date: 19 March 1991
Japanese Premiere Location: Toei Anime Fair
Japanese Availability: VHS
Domestic Release Date: 7 August 2001
Domestic Availability: VHS (English Dubbed, Edited)
VHS (English Dubbed, Uncut)
DVD (English Dubbed, Edited)
DVD (Hybrid English / Japanese, Uncut)
Opening Theme: "CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA"
[ Lyrics ]
Insert Whistling Tune: "Kuchibue no Kimochi"
("The Feeling of Whistling”)
[ Performed by Hajime Ueshiba ]
Ending Theme: "'Ya' na Koto ni wa Genki-Dama!!"
("There's a Genki-Dama in Bad Things!!")
[ Lyrics ]


Main Staff

Producers: Chiaki Imada
Rikizô Kayano (Shueisha)
Original Story: Akira Toriyama (Weekly Shônen Jump Serialization)
Planning: Kôzô Morishita
Kenji Shimizu (Fuji TV)
Weekly Shônen Jump
Production Supervisor: Takeshi Torimoto
Screenplay: Takao Koyama
Background Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
Art Direction: Tomoko Yoshida
Toshikatsu Sanuki
Character Design /
Animation Supervisor:
Minoru Maeda
Animation Director: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru
Masaki Satô
Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto


Principal Cast

Son Goku: Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Son Gohan: Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Piccolo: Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat
Kuririn: Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Yajirobe: Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland
Bulma: Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Chi-Chi: Mayumi Shô Cynthia Cranz
Oolong: Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson
Kame-Sen'nin: Kôhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Shenlong: Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
Kaiô: Jôji Yanami Sean Schemmel
Angira: Keiichi Nanba Christopher Sabat
Kakûja: Shôzô Îzuka Christopher Sabat
Zeiun: Kôji Totani Christopher Sabat
Dorodabo: Daisuke Gôri John Freeman
Medamatcha: Yukinori Hori Sean Schemmel
Slug: Yûsaku Yara Brice Armstrong