Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku
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|Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku|
North American uncut VHS cover
|ドラゴンボールZ たったひとりの最終決戦〜フリーザに挑んだZ戦士 孫悟空の父〜|
(Doragon Bōru Zetto Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ~Furīza ni Idonda Zetto-senshi Son Gokū no Chichi~)
|Anime television film|
|Directed by||Mitsuo Hashimoto|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Released||October 17, 1990|
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Goku, who Challenged Freeza (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ たったひとりの最終決戦〜フリーザに挑んだZ戦士 孫悟空の父〜 Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ~Furīza ni Idonda Zetto-senshi Son Gokū no Chichi~), is the first Dragon Ball Z TV special, which is based on the popular manga Dragon Ball. It was broadcast on Fuji Television on October 17, 1990, between Dragon Ball Z episodes 63 and 64. It serves as a prequel to the Dragon Ball anime, taking place twelve years before the events in the Emperor Pilaf saga.
AB Groupe's title is Dragon Ball Z: The Father of Goku. Funimation first released the special on VHS in November 2000 then on DVD in January 2001. They later re-released this and the Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks TV special on a digitally remastered double feature DVD on February 19, 2008; a Blu-ray Disc version was released on July 15, 2008. The special was re-released in its remastered form on September 15, 2009 in a single disc release. In 2011, a sequel manga called Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock was created and adapted into a short film.
The special tells the story of Bardock, a so-called low-level soldier in Frieza's armed forces. At the outset of the story, his youngest son, Kakarot, is born on Planet Vegeta, and is being prepared to be sent to a "frontier planet" (Earth) in order to exterminate all life there. Meanwhile, Bardock and his crew are on an assignment to slaughter the inhabitants of Planet Kanassa, which they easily accomplish by using the planet's full moon to transform into Great Apes. The next morning, after every last Kanassan is seemingly wiped out, Bardock and his crew rest up and celebrate their victory until one surviving warrior catches him off-guard and decides to give him the "gift" of seeing the future, before being destroyed by Bardock. This haunts Bardock with visions of the destruction of Planet Vegeta, and the oppression of the entire universe at the hands of Frieza.
Bardock dismisses the visions and goes to join his team on Planet Meat, only to discover most of them dead, and his best friend Tora mortally wounded. Before he succumbs to his injuries, Tora reveals that Bardock's squad was betrayed and killed by Frieza's henchman Dodoria and his elite soldiers, and that Frieza ordered the attack on the crew due to him becoming paranoid about the growing power of the Saiyans. Horrified and enraged by his fallen friend's last words, he takes Tora's blood-soaked armband and wraps it around his head, creating a makeshift bandana. He then battles Dodoria's Elite and defeats them all, only to be easily overwhelmed by a single mouth blast from Dodoria. He is left severely injured, but manages to return to Planet Vegeta.
Now realizing that Frieza intends to destroy the entire Saiyan race by annihilating their homeworld, Bardock attempts to convince the other Saiyans of the danger that they are all in, but everyone laughs at his claims. Bardock thus begins a final one-man assault against Frieza and his men. After fighting his way through Frieza's armed guard, Bardock sends a large energy blast at the tyrant himself, expecting a sure victory. However, Frieza counters this with his deadly Supernova technique, which kills Bardock, many of his own soldiers, and destroys Planet Vegeta. As he is dying, Bardock sees one more vision of the future: his son Kakarot engaging in a climactic battle against Frieza. Being assured that Kakarot will be the one to defeat Frieza, Bardock gives a small smile as he dies along with Planet Vegeta. After his demise, Bardock telepathically wishes Kakarot to take care. At the same moment, Kakarot, who is still in his space pod, wakes up.
Elsewhere, having just completed an assignment on a far-off world, Vegeta is informed by Nappa (in the English version, it is one of Frieza's minor soldiers who tells him) of his homeworld's destruction, and that Frieza claims that the planet was destroyed by a huge meteor. Vegeta's pride keeps him from expressing his shock, and he remains outwardly emotionless. Soon afterwards, Kakarot's space pod touches down on Earth, where he is found by an elderly man named Gohan and giggles happily in the old man's arms. Gohan then decides to adopt the boy as his own grandson, and gives him a new name: Goku.
As the credits roll, scenes are shown of Goku's many heroic deeds on Earth, including his battles against the Red Ribbon Army, Tien Shinhan, King Piccolo, Piccolo Jr., Nappa and Vegeta, culminating with an image of Goku about to battle Frieza on Namek, with the spirits of Bardock and his fellow Saiyans watching him in the background.
|Character name||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor
(Funimation, 2000 - original/2008 - remastered)
|English voice actor|
(AB Group, c. 2003)
|Burdock||Masako Nozawa||Sonny Strait as Bardock||David Gasman as Bardock|
|Toma (トーマ Tōma)||Kazuyuki Sogabe||Mike McFarland as Tora||Doug Rand|
|Selypa (セリパ Seripa)||Yūko Mita||Linda Young as Fasha||Jodi Forrest|
|Totapo (トテッポ Toteppo)||Kōzō Shioya||Christopher Sabat as Borgos||Ed Marcus|
|Pumbukin (パンブーキン Panbūkin)||Takeshi Watabe||Chris Rager as Shugesh||Ed Marcus|
|Freeza||Ryūsei Nakao||Linda Young as Frieza||Ed Marcus as Freezer|
|Dodoria (ドドリア)||Yukitoshi Hori||Chris Forbis||Ed Marcus|
|Zarbon||Shō Hayami||Christopher Sabat||Doug Rand|
|Prince Vegeta||Ryō Horikawa||Christopher Sabat||Sharon Mann as Vejituh|
|Nappa||Shōzō Iizuka||Christopher Sabat (original)
Phil Parsons (remastered)
|Goku/Kakarot||Masako Nozawa||Stephanie Nadolny (baby)
Sean Schemmel (adult)
|Jodi Forrest (baby)|
David Gasman (adult)
|Grandpa Gohan||Kinpei Azusa||Christopher Sabat||Ed Marcus|
|Toolo (トオロ Tōro)||Banjō Ginga||Mike McFarland||Paul Bandey|
|Horned Gang Leader||Kenji Utsumi||Kyle Hebert||Paul Bandey|
|Planthorr||Jōji Yanami||Justin Cook||Paul Bandey|
|Malaka||Kōzō Shioya||Mark Britten (original)
Chris Cason (remastered)
|Kanassan Commander||N/A||Kent Williams||N/A|
|Other Saiyans||Hirohiko Kakegawa
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||Dale D. Kelly (original)
Kyle Hebert (remastered)
- OP (Opening Theme):
- IN (Insert Song):
- ED (Ending Theme):
Funimation dub soundtrack
The following songs were present in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku: The remaining pieces of background music were composed by Mark Akin, Andy Baylor and Dale D. Kelly.
- Saliva - "Superstar"
- Caviar - "The Good Times Are Over"
- Sum 41 - "Makes No Difference"
- American Hi-Fi - "A Bigger Mood"
The original Japanese BGM is enclosed on the DVD - Blu-Ray version, especially on this movie.
Chris Beveridge of Mania.com says that "Bardock getting explored a bit more is definitely a positive, and surely could carry an arc himself if not more in giving us the Saiyan view of things pre-Freeza and though the early part of it."
- "Dragon Ball Z Bardock/Trunks Double Feature Blu-Ray". Right Stuf Inc. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
- Toriyama, Akira (Director). (2008 Feb 19). Bardock: The Father of Goku [Motion picture]. Japan: FUNimation.
- Dragon Ball Z Bardock/Trunks Double Feature review Archived June 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.