The Ocean Group (a.k.a. Ocean Productions Inc.) is a well-known Canadian studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia
. They're responsible for the dubbing of quite a few anime
series, as well as a few English productions. They're probably most well known for their work on nearly every release in the Gundam
Their most prolific clients include DiC Entertainment
(and after the acquisition, Cookie Jar Entertainment
), Moonscoop Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television
, Studio B Productions, Viz Media
, and Hasbro Studios
, among many others.
Not to be confused with Ocean Software, an 80s/90s video game company.
The Ocean Group has dubbed the following:
The voice actors frequently used by them have also provided voice talents for the following Western Animation
shows and video games including:
Some tropes that The Ocean Group is most well known for:
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Blue Water Studios in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is known as Ocean's "Sister Studio" and while Ocean Studios' name has been mentioned during the credits of dubs that use Blue Water talent the studios are generally very different. To be fair, the voice talent from both studios have worked together before such as Dave Pettit of G Gundam fame has been in some English dubs of anime with Ocean lately and Saffron Henderson was the singing voice of Fancy Lala. Heck, both studios have worked together in some of the Gundam games. While Blue Water Studios is not as popular as the Ocean Group (in fact some have even considered Blue Water to be a Poor Man's Substitute for Ocean). However in Blue Water's defense, they have been in some renowned dubs such as Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and the Mega Man X series since X8.
- Out of Focus: Over the course of the 2000s (and even today), they did not have as much work as they used to. One of the reasons why is because Canadian voice talent was used pretty frequently back in te 1990s due to how the currency exchange between the American and Canadian currency made using Canadian talent more affordable. But due to the current economic trouble, the currency exchange rate between the two countries no longer worked in Canada's favor and Canadian voice talent (and studios) had less work. For Viz Media, back in the '90s and the early 2000s, when the majority of their properties were voiced by The Ocean Group, they nowadays only use them occasionally such as in Death Note.
- In addition, some of the more popular voice actors like Scott McNeil don't get as many roles as the some newer ones, like Scott McCord. Ashleigh Ball and Tabitha St. Germain have also seen a lot of work in recent years compared to voice actors like Kelly Sheridan and Teryl Rothery.
- This is actually averted with Blue Water Studios, because of how cheap their voice talent is, and the fact that their voice actors have gotten pretty good at their jobs. They're being used for many projects that Ocean's main Vancouver studio/actors would've been likely been used only a few years ago. Some of their recent projects include Deltora Quest, Cardfight!! Vanguard, The newer Mega Man games, Hunter × Hunter, Pretty Cure, Full Moon o Sagashite, and many others. They're many Japanese studios' choice for their own dubbing (including Toei and TMS), and they've seen a surge in work since the economy went under. Ocean's Vancouver Studio's only English dubs in recent years are InuYasha: The Final Act, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Trail, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Death Note''.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Kirby Morrow and Kelly Sheridan are well known for this, regardless if their roles are main characters or minor one shots. They have played love interests several times (in which some fans even wondered if they are an item).
- The Other Darrin: Notably with Mega Man Powered Up. Instead of Ian James Corlett voicing Mega Man, it's Cole Howard.