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|
|Written by||Takao Koyama
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|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.
AB Groupe's title is Dragon Ball Z: The Father of Goku. Funimation first released the special 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 is the story of Bardock, a so-called low-level soldier in Frieza's armed forces. At the outset of the story, his son, Kakarot, is born on Planet Vegeta, and is being prepared to be sent to a "frontier planet" (Earth) in order to destroy all life there. Meanwhile, Bardock and his crew are on an assignment to exterminate all the lifeforms of Planet Kanassa, transformed into Great Apes by the planet's full moon. The next morning, after the planet is seemingly devoid of all other life, Bardock and his crew rest up and celebrate their victory until one remaining Kanassan 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, but soon discovers his friends are all dead. He then briefly talks with the nearly deceased Tora, who tells him that Frieza ordered the attack on the crew, saying that Frieza was frightened by the growing power of the Saiyans. Horrified and then furious by his fallen comrade's words, he takes Tora's blood-soaked armband and wraps it around his head. He battles the ones responsible, and defeats them all, but is easily overwhelmed by a single mouth blast from Frieza's henchman Dodoria. He is left severely injured, but manages to return to Planet Vegeta.
Bardock now realizes Frieza intends to destroy the entire Saiyan race by annihilating their homeworld. Unfortunately, he is unable to convince the others of the approaching peril and, with no other choice, decides to confront Frieza himself. After penetrating Frieza's armed guard, Bardock sends a large energy blast at the tyrant himself, expecting a sure victory. However, Frieza counters this with his Supernova technique, which destroys Bardock, many of his own guards, and the Planet Vegeta itself. As he is dying, Bardock sees one more vision of the future: his son Kakarot facing Frieza. Being assured that Kakarot will be the one to defeat Frieza, Bardock gives a small smile as he disintegrates along with the planet. Bardock, after his death, telepathically asks his son Kakarot in the space pod to avenge the Saiyans, to which Kakarot wakes up.
Elsewhere, Vegeta, having just completed an assignment on a far-off world, 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 afterward, Kakarot's space pod touches down on Earth, where he is found by an elder man named Gohan, 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 adventures and battles, such as against Emperor Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, Tien Shinhan, King Piccolo, Nappa and Vegeta, culminating in an image of Goku ready to face Frieza, with Bardock and his elite watching from the background.
|Character name||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor
(Funimation, 2000 - original/2008 - remastered)
|English voice actor
(AB Group, c. 2003)
|Bardock||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."
- 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.