I forgot exactly how I came upon Mark's e-mail address, but the important thing is that I did. What follows are the e-mails that we have exchanged so far, and keep on reading afterwards - I'm looking for some advice.
Subject: Are you...?
Please forgive me if I've contacted the wrong person. I noticed your name in the credits of an animated show called "Dragon Ball Z," and I am wondering if this is indeed the same Mark Britten.
Please get back to me when you can.
- Chris Psaros
I didn't think I'd have much luck with this, but I thought I'd give it a try. Sure enough, though, twenty days later I found this rather odd little message in my box:
Subject: Yes, it is I!
How did you chase me down, and yet again, why?
Go thee back from whenst thou came!
Why do you ask? Do I know you? Who sent you? Where is the royal princess?
Hmm. Well, this was indeed weird, but I figured I ought to pursue it, so I wrote him back immediately.
Subject: Re: Yes, it is I!
> How did you chase me down, and yet again, why?
I found your address on some site somewhere. And why did I seek you out? Because I'm a DBZ fan!! And that's what fanboys do. We scour credits. We hunt. We find.
> Go thee back from whenst thou came!
OK, but if you could answer me a couple questions first, I'd be quite happy. Then I'll leave you alone.
> Why do you ask? Do I know you? Who sent you?
> Where is the royal princess?
The princess is safe. Let's just leave it at that.
So anyway, I just wanted to know.... who do you play on the show?? Are you the guy that does like ten characters all by himself? How did you get involved, etc. No big deal, just wanted to get an idea. I'm interested.
Nearly two months went by before I heard from him again, and I had pretty much given up hope that he would respond. But the response came, with the answers I had been looking for:
Subject: Re: Yes, it is I!
Sorry it took so long to respond, I have been moving residences..... I am not the guy who plays like 10 characters, that would be Christopher Sabat and he is in charge of booking the voice talent..... I am currently on about 25 of the 118 episodes, the voices I do are: Oolong, the pig; Burtur a purple guy who is currently in Purgatory; the Ox-King, Chi-chi's father and Korin, the cat....
If you can track down Chris Sabat, I am sure he will answer all of your other questions via e-mail.....
So... that's been the extent of our conversation. What should I do next? Should I try to get an interview with this guy, or is it enough to know who he plays? Interesting what he said about this "118 episodes." As of the end of Season 3, the English version will only have 103... but that one corresponds to Japanese episode 118... Hmm. Interesting that he knows the exact number, at any rate. Also interesting is how he refers to HFIL as Purgatory, kinda nice, I'd rather him use that than 'HFIL'... Anyway, I for one don't have much more to say to him, but if you people have any ideas, let me know!
In any case, I'm glad that now we at least have some clue and connection to the Season 3 cast, hopefully I'll run into this Chris Sabat at some point in the future!