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Dragonball Z: Bardock the Father of Goku (1990)
"Doragon bôru Z: Tatta hitori no saishuu kessen - Furiiza ni itonda Z senshi Kakarotto no chichi" (original title)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  9 October 2001 (USA)
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The tale of Bardock, the father of Goku, and his rebellion against his master the mighty Frieza.



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Credited cast:
Masako Nozawa ...
Bardock (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
Freeza (voice)
Banjô Ginga ...
Toolo (voice)
Shô Hayami ...
Zarbon (voice)
Yukitoshi Hori ...
Dodoria (voice)
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Nappa (voice)
Yûko Mita ...
Selypa (voice)
Yûsuke Numata ...
Saibaman (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ...
Totappo (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Tôma (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ...
Kanassan Commander (voice)
Takeshi Watabe ...
Panbukin (voice)
Jôji Yanami ...
Narrator (voice)
Kinpei Azusa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Britten ...
Malaka (Original) / Additional Voices (voice)


A prequel to the original Dragonball series, this TV movie tells the story of Son Goku's father Bardock and his futile attempt to stop Freeza from destroying his planet Vegeta. It also shows how little Kakarotto (Son Goku) ends up on earth! Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


In the original Japanese version, Bardock's crew had no idea why Frieza wants to capture Kanassa. But in the English dub, it is stated that Frieza wants to capture Kanassa because those who dwell there develop psychic powers. See more »


Vegeta is on a far away world in the special when Planet Vegeta is destroyed, while in the series flashbacks, he was in the bowels of Frieza's ship. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Planet Vegeta. Many years ago, a small child was born. Uninherited and unattended by it's father and mother, the baby cried out, making it's only plea to the universe. The Saiyans were people of war, and like all Saiyan babies, the child was destined to fight!
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Edited into Bardock: Father of Goku Abridged (2009) See more »


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Another Great DBZ special
7 April 2001 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Originally broadcast almost 11 yrs ago, this tv special shows how advanced japanese animation is, nowadays people have jumped on the DBZ bandwagon. Now DBZ is the most popular cartoon out there, and yet it ended almost 6 yrs ago.

This special "Story of Bardock" reveals Goku's father and his battle with Freeza, who would be very familiar to DBZ fans.

Bardock has dreams of a future son ,Goku who will save the universe from Freeza and all enemies.

Bardock at first denies this, thinking he is hallucinating,but when Freeza kills his friends and sets his sight on him, he knows it's more than a dream.

Like in the movie Superman, Bardock must send his son Guku, in a space pod so Freeza won't get to him.

The final showdown between Bardock and Freeza is memorable along with the action.

Goku would later become a great warrior and avenge his father by killing Freeza.

Later Freeza's brother, Koola would seek revenge on Goku.

As you can see what makes DBZ great are it's complex stories and it always follows up to the events in it.

Great DBZ special.

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