Founded in 1991 by Jonathan Klein, New Generation Pictures is one of the "Big Four" in the current anime, cartoon and video game dubbing scene in Los Angeles, along with Bang Zoom
, Salami Studios, and Studiopolis. However, unlike the other studios, New Generation Pictures' specialty is not anime dubbing or Western animation recording, though NGP has done some of the former. Rather, NGP's specialty is in the world of video game recordings.
The studio's current video game clients include Square Enix
(mostly B-list titles like Infinite Undiscovery
and Star Ocean: The Last Hope
), Capcom, Namco, and Vivendi Universal. The biggest anime distributor they have been contracted for is the now-defunct Geneon. Interestingly, NGP has been doing some work for FUNimation
lately, recording Hellsing Ultimate
and doing about half of the recording for the Sengoku Basara
anime series. Time will tell if this relationship will progress further.
While NGP does draw from the same freelance talent pool as the other L.A. studios, NGP has a history of being "quirky" with their casting. Established names like Stephanie Sheh
, Michelle Ruff
, and Patrick Seitz
have a tendency to be Playing Against Type
in NGP productions, and there's a small pool of voice actors and actresses such as Taliesin Jaffe
, Erika Weinstein
, and Hunter Mackenzie Austin
who don't frequently work at the other L.A. studios that are cast fairly consistently in NGP productions. The results have run the gamut from Superlative Dubbing
to So Bad, It's Good
to So Bad Its Horrible
, though the majority of reactions are positive (such as NGP's work for Marvel vs. Capcom 3
and Haibane Renmei
Now in the business for over 20 years, despite the demise of many frequent clients, NGP soldiers on like their fellow compatriots in L.A.
(A list of their anime and video game work follows but I'm too lazy to write it all right now . . .)