MOM IS THE VOICE of Frieza, one of the biggest, baddest villains
in Dragon Ball Z so you don't want to get on her bad
side by calling her son a mama's boy.
being a universal tyrant, she was also the reason Burgmeier ('98)
got involved with FUNimation and became the lead writer for the
got a job being the voice of Frieza and suggested that I audition
for a part," he says. "I never got a part, but I kept
coming back. Since I was a familiar face I got a job pressing buttons."
began as an automated dialogue replacement engineer, a lengthy title
for the guy who inserts the voices into the animation. Later he
became one of the series' writers.
and several other writers Americanize the scripts through the dialogue.
series' storyline is already set up, but the finer touches of the
characters are often lost in translation," says Burgmeier,
who majored in English at UNT. "The translations are really
mom ended her stint with FUNimation after Frieza's demise, so he
didn't get a chance to write for her initially.
most blights on the universe, Frieza does make a comeback to battle
Trunks a heroic warrior from the future who comes to warn
the series' heroes of their impending doom. It was also during this
saga that Burgmeier really shined.
was really geared up for Trunks because we knew he would be incredibly
popular," Burgmeier says. "But after I read the script
I thought, 'I can't have my mom reading these corny lines,' so I
reworked those episodes from front to back."
Due to the
success of those episodes, Burgmeier was promoted to script supervisor.
saga also marked the beginning of Burgmeier's voice-acting career.
He became the voice of Tien, a three-eyed hero fighting by Goku's
side, and voiced a few smaller parts such as a crony and a driving
also be in FUNimation's Dragon Ball, Blue Gender and
Yu Yu Hakusho series.
I guess I owe it all to my mom," he says.