In the early days of seven dragon pearls, the series uses a voice-over opening theme, known to many fans as “Rock the Dragon”, taken from the lyrics. But how did this ’90s childhood work come about and what happened to the creators of this nostalgic tune?
Dragon Ball Z was originally localized by Funimation, partnering with Ocean Productions for the voiceover and Saban Entertainment. Saban is best known for his work on creating the Power Rangers franchise, but it actually had a pretty big impact on the original dub for Dragon Ball Z, creating scores and original music for the first 53 episodes of the series. movie. Of course, one of the most notable pieces of music they created for the series was the title track, which is officially known only as “Main Title” but is often referred to as “Rock” by fans. the Dragon”.
Dragon Ball Z’s Rock The Dragon sung by Jeremy Sweet
The officially listed Main Title theme was created by Shuki Levy, Saban’s head of music, and Kussa Mahehi, alias of Haim Saban, owner of Saban Entertainment. Levy and Saban have worked on several songs for other anime, including the original Digimon opening theme. While many fans believe that Ron Wasserman of Power Rangers fame created the song, this is not true; Wasserman himself has said in interviews that while doing scoring work for DBZ, he was not involved in the creation of “Rock the Dragon”. The song is sung by Jeremy Sweet, who is listed as the music producer for the series.
Today, Saban Entertainment no longer exists; it was acquired by Disney and shut down in 2002. Haim Saban has remained one of the wealthiest people on Earth since his time running the business, as one might expect for one person. introduced many Japanese classics to the West. Shuki Levy has had an incredible career, having composed memorable songs for dozens of Saban-localized series, including music for Power Rangers, the Beetleborgs, and Western series like He-Man. Levy has 14 gold and platinum albums, an impressive feat for someone outside of the mainstream music industry. Most recently, he’s composed the soundtrack for Disney’s X-Men ’97, echoing his style from the ’90s. Jeremy Sweet has made soundtracks for more than 175 movies and TV series, including includes most of the Power Rangers movies before 2002, as well as movies like The Blind Side. He is still active in film and television to this day.
While many fans find “Rock the Dragon” a bit cheesy these days, the truth is that the song has had a place in the hearts of many Millennials, a reminder of a time when seven dragon pearls After school is the most important thing in the world.
Source: Shuki Levy’s website, IMDb, The Dutch Gamers (Interview)