Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999 Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain) is a 1979 Japanese anime film directed by Rintaro and based on the manga and anime by Leiji Matsumoto. The film is a condensed remake of the first year of the most popular episodes of the anime series. It was released on August 4, 1979 in Japan.
Galaxy Express 999 was originally dubbed and released in the United States under the title Galaxy Express in 1980 by New World Pictures, the production company of notorious B-Movie maker Roger Corman. Although relatively faithful to the original script, Corman's dub was highly edited, removing approximately 30 minutes of content and changing character names. The voice characterizations are more cartoony in nature compared to Ocean's dub. Antonia Levi, the author of "Samurai From Outer Space" said that "many otaku consider it too damaged to watch."
The film was later redubbed in 1996 by Ocean Productions for Viz Media. Released on VHS, this dub was more true to the source material. Viz would also dub the sequel, Adieu Galaxy Express 999. For many years, this release would only be exclusive to VHS as Viz had lost the licenses for the two films. The films would finally get a release on Region 1 DVD in 2011 by Discotek Media. They later announced on June 11, 2017 at AnimeNEXT that the films were slated for a 2018 Blu-Ray release.
|Image||Character||Seiyū||New World Dub||Ocean Dub|
|Tetsuro Hoshino||Masako Nozawa||B.J. Ward||Saffron Henderson|
|Maetel||Masako Ikeda||Fay McKay||Kathleen Barr|
|Conductor||Kaneta Kimotsuki||Corey Burton||Terry Klassen|
|Captain Harlock||Makio Inoue||Tony Pope||Scott McNeil|
|Emeraldas||Reiko Tajima||B.J. Ward||Nicole Oliver|
|Claire||Yōko Asagami||Janyse Jaud|
|Antares||Yasuo Hisamatsu||Tony Pope||Don Brown|
|Count Mecha||Hidekatsu Shibata||Paul Dobson|
|Ryuzu||Noriko Ohara||Willow Johnson|
|Queen Prometheum||Ryōko Kinomiya||Kathleen Barr|
|Kanae Hoshino||Akiko Tsuboi|
|Dr. Ban||Gorō Naya||Gerard Plunkett|
|Tochiro Ōyama||Kei Tomiyama||John Payne|
|Shadow||Toshiko Fujita||Jane Perry|
|Narrator||Tatsuya Jo||Don Brown|
New World Pictures Dub
- The Character names changes in the New World Pictures
- Tetsuro was changed to Joey "Hanakanabobakananda" Smith
- Captain Harlock was changed to Captain Warlock
- Tochiro Ōyama was changed to Sundown McMoon
- Antares was changed to Olaf
- Harlock's (Warlock's) voice characterization in the New World dub was an imitation of John Wayne, while the Conductor's is an imitation of Ed Wynn.
|1984||New World||NTSC||United States|
- Adieu Galaxy Express 999
- Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy
- Galaxy Express 999: Can You Love Like a Mother!?
- The Galaxy Railways
- Maetel Legend
- Star Blazers
- Space Pirate Captain Harlock
- Arcadia of My Youth
- Gun Frontier
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - another anime film edited by New World Pictures
- Levi, Antonia. "Chapter Five: Androids, Cyborgs, and other Mecha."Samurai from Outer Space. 1996, Carus Publishing Company. Fifth printing, 2000. 94. ISBN
- Galaxy Express on CrystalAcids Anime Voice Actor Database. Retrieved December 15, 2017.