Doraemon '79 - SuperStation WTBS version (unaired English dub of anime series; 1985)
Doraemon is a Japanese anime series that aired from April 2, 1979 to March 18, 2005, created by Fujiko F. Fujio and based on his popular manga series of the same name. Prior to 2014, There were several attempts to bring Doraemon to North American audiences that failed. One of them is the 1985 dub.
In 1985, Ted Turner acquired the US rights to the 1979 anime and planned to air the first 50 episodes on SuperStation WTBS (now TBS). The English version was cancelled for unknown reasons before any episodes could air and the license was quickly dropped.
Many people believed the cancellation was due to the levels of censorship that would have to be applied to make it acceptable by FCC standards. However, it is also rumored that the TV producers disliked Nobita's dependence on Doraemon.
No footage or even other information of the unaired 1985 English dub has surfaced.
There are multiple other Doraemon English dubs that are in various states of accessibility:
- Albert and Sydney - The 1979 anime received a Barbados-exclusive English dub that's been completely lost.
- Asian Dubs - Throughout the years, various English Doraemon dubs have been produced in Malaysia and Singapore.
- Phuuz Entertainment Pilot - The U.S.-based company Phuuz Entertainment produced an English pilot dub of the 1979 Doraemon anime in the early 2000s.
- Doraemon 2005 Alternate Dub - An alternate Hong Kong-produced dub of the 2005 anime series aired in the United Kingdom.
- Stand By Me Doraemon - The 2015 CG-animated Doraemon feature received two English dubs, one of which has limited distribution.
- Doraemon Wiki article. Retrieved 23 Apr '16.