Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle

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Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Australian DVD Release
Japanese ドラゴンボール 魔神城のねむり姫
Hepburn Doragon Bōru Majin-jō no nemuri hime
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Produced by Keizō Shichijō[ja]
Screenplay by Kenji Terui
Based on Dragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
Starring see below
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography Motoaki Ikegami
Edited by Shinichi Fukumitsu
Distributed by Toei Company
Release date
  • July 18, 1987 (1987-07-18) (Japan)
Running time
45 minutes
Country Japan
Box office

¥1.33 billion

(US$8.9 million)

Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (ドラゴンボール 魔神城のねむり姫?, Doragon Bōru Majin-jō no nemuri hime) is the second animated feature film based on the Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama. It was originally released in Japan on July 18, 1987 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival as part of a quadruple feature along with the first Saint Seiya movie and the film versions of Hikari Sentai Maskman and Choujinki Metalder. An English dub by Funimation Productions was released on VHS in 1998.

Plot summary[edit]

Twelve-year-old Goku seeks out Master Roshi to ask to be accepted as a student, while the little monk, Krillin, arrives for the same reason (and uses a porno magazine as a bribe). Roshi sends them on a quest far to the west, where "five mountains stand, called the 'Devil's Hand'." Inside a castle, there lies the legendary, and beautiful, "Sleeping Princess." Whoever brings back the Sleeping Princess will become Master Roshi's student. The two boys set out, and Krillin uses all the standard tricks to trip Goku up.

A little later, Bulma, Oolong, Yamcha, and Puar —who are on summer vacation—arrive at Kame House to find Goku. Roshi says that the two boys have gone far to the west for training, so the friends fly in Bulma's Capsule jet to the Devil's Hand. When they near the castle, the jet is attacked by demons, and Bulma is taken to the Castle. The owner of the castle, Lucifer, pretends to treat her as a guest, until it becomes time to awaken the Sleeping Princess. In the meantime, Goku and Krillin fight monsters, and they drop in on Bulma just before the Butler can drain Bulma of her blood through a giant syringe (Bulma's blood is to be used to toast the awakening of the Sleeping Princess). Then, Launch (in her evil, blonde state) arrives to steal the Sleeping Princess—which is really a giant jewel. Everyone is captured and encased in a wall of rock.

It is the night of a full moon, and the moonlight is used to power the jewel. The moonlight also turns Goku into a Giant Ape, and everyone escapes (with enough time to cut off Goku's tail, reversing the transformation). They fight Lucifer, and Goku uses the Kamehameha blast to destroy Lucifer's Princess-powered laser cannon (the full-moonlight is to be used to destroy the sun, and begin the Reign of Darkness), and kills Lucifer. The heroes escape, and Krillin acts contrite, but doesn't actually apologize to Goku for his behavior. The two boys return to Kame House with Launch, and Roshi takes them both on as students.

New characters[edit]

Lucifer (ルシフェル?, Rushiferu)
A vampire who lives in Devil's Castle.
Ghastel (ガステル?, Gasuteru)
A giant red monster who dwells within Devil's Castle.


Character name (Funimation English dub name) Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Funimation, 1998)
English voice actor
(AB Groupe, c. 2003)[1]
Son Goku Masako Nozawa Ceyli Delgadillo Jodi Forrest
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Leslie Alexander Sharon Mann
Kuririn (Krillin) Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele Sharon Mann
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher R. Sabat Jodi Forrest
Lunch (Launch) Mami Koyama Christine Marten (Bad)
Monika Antonelli (Good)
Jodi Forrest
Kame-sen'nin (Master Roshi) Kōhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland Ed Marcus
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson David Gasman
Pu-erh (Puar) Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli Sharon Mann
Igor Shōzō Iizuka Christopher R. Sabat Unknown
Lucifer Nachi Nozawa Mike McFarland Paul Bandey
Ghastel Daisuke Gōri Mike McFarland Paul Bandey
Umigame (Turtle) Daisuke Gōri Christopher R. Sabat Unknown
Narrator Jōji Yanami Christopher R. Sabat[2] Ed Marcus
Goblins Kazuo Oka
Ikuya Sawaki
Masato Hirano
Kazumi Tanaka
Little Pink Creature

There is a third English dub, produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video, which features an unknown cast.


English version[edit]

The English rights to Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle were granted to Harmony Gold USA originally in conjunction with their rights to the TV series in 1989. They edited the other two movies into a special, but never actually did anything with this film other than use bits of footage in their opening theme. FUNimation acquired the film in 1995, along with the Dragon Ball series, and the rest of the movies.

The English dub of Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle produced by FUNimation was released to VHS in North America in 1998, a few years after FUNimation canceled their original short-lived dub of the series with BLT Productions. The movie was dubbed as a video special and was a testing ground to see how a release with an in-house voice production would do (a few of the voices, such as Goku, Bulma, and Launch's, would be replaced in future media). However, while the film was dubbed uncut, the opening and closing sequences were altered/replaced. However, unlike the previous dub of the series and first movie, the original musical score was used except for the aforementioned opening and closing. The VHS was released in two formats, "Edited" and "Unedited". In December 2005, the film was released on a bilingual Region 1 DVD individually and as part of Dragon Ball Movie Box Set with Mystical Adventure and The Path to Power. This set was re-released in a thinpack on February 12, 2008.[3] The film was distributed to VHS and Region 4 DVD in Australia by Madman Entertainment. The film was re-released to Region 1 DVD again in a remastered 4-disc Movie pack release with the other Dragon Ball films on February 8, 2011[4] containing Funimation's existing English dub,[5] but restored the opening/ending.

An alternative English dub was produced in France by AB Groupe and released in English speaking markets in Europe. It featured an uncredited voice cast.

Dialogue changes[edit]

  • When Goku and Krillin encounter Ghastel in the Japanese version, they thought he was the Sleeping Princess to which Ghastel revealed he is not. In the English version, the boys demand Ghastel to let the Sleeping Princess go, but he tells them that the Princess is not a human (almost meaning she's just a jewel).
  • In the English version, Yamcha, Puar and Oolong are already aware of Goku's Great Ape transformation at the full moon and know to attack his tail. In the Japanese version, everyone is surprised by the transformation and Krillin figures out the tail is Goku's weakness from when they were sparring previously.
  • After Goku turns back to normal from his uncontrollable Great Ape form, he doesn't remember anything at that time. In the English version of the film, he barely said to the gang that he understand the part about the ape monster.
  • In the Japanese version, the gang in front of the Devil's Hand was photographed by the camera as they pose for peace. In the English version, the narrator (as an unseen cameraman) called to the gang, "Kids, say cheese.", and they shout back his word before he clicks his camera.

Theme song[edit]

The initial version of Funimation's English dub had the above songs replaced by the theme song composed by Peter Berring with lyricist Brian Griffith. This theme song was later removed on the remastered DVD.


  • The scene where Goku turns into a Great Ape and holds Launch with his hand was a homage to King Kong (1933). The same situation also happened previously during the Emperor Pilaf Saga with Bulma.
  • This movie is referred to as the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.
  • In a scene from the movie, after Launch steals the Sleeping Princess as a jewel, she taunts Lucifer and the orges by imitating the words "Monster Mash, Graveyard Smash". These words are from the lyrics of Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash (1962).
  • The plot summary on the DVD case identifies Goku as a Saiyan, a fact which would not be revealed until the appearance of Raditz much later, in Dragon Ball Z.
  • The 6th Shunsuke Kikuchi music package for the franchise starts here. The cues were designated "M4XX", and this package would makes its series debut in the episode Goku Goes to Demon Land.


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TUo5qmckdQ
  2. ^ The original version of this dub featured a prologue with narration by Jim Conrad from the first English dub produced by Funimation with BLT Productions.
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010YSD3G
  4. ^ http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/685ufTxbxhxcBf=JN2/browse/item/90030/4/0/0[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.daizex.com

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