Naseer Pasha, Castlevania‘s animator, uploaded a 11-minute Dragon Ball fan film animated, directed and storyboarded by him, on YouTube on July 7, 2022. The film is titled LEGEND – A DRAGON BALL TALE.
The video has garnered over three million views as of writing.
Legend- A Dragon Ball Tale, a non- profit fan film made under the banner of Studio Stray Dogs, was completed in a span of 4 years. Everything from footage to music to audio samples for the project were created from the scratch by the team.
Pasha created the film as a token of gratitude to Toriyama, for the worlds he created for the children of 90’s.
“Mr. Toriyama, please accept this as a small token of gratitude, and as a grand love letter to the worlds that you’ve created and shared with all us children of the 90’s. The inspiration will forever remain immeasurable.”
He also dedicated the film for all the die-hard fans of Dragon Ball franchise.
“To every children who believed that they could train in 100 times the earth’s gravity, and to every artist who taped Dragon Ball Z and paused it to draw their favourite heroes, this is dedicated to you.”
The staff involved in the film are:
- Animation, Storyboards, Direction: NASEER PASHA.
- Colour Direction: MICHAEL CHUNG.
- Creative Audio Direction & Sound Design: DAVID VITAS.
- Cel Colour: NASEER PASHA, SANDIE GRUNBERG, CHRIS MORIN, MICHAEL CHUNG, MATTHEW BAKERDJIAN, MARK CONMIGO, DALE WATSON.
- Japanese Translation & Kanji Consultation: KANAKO PASHA.
- Calligraphy, Character Design, Composite: NASEER PASHA.
- BG Layout: KANAKO PASHA, NASEER PASHA, INES MARSAL, DALE WATSON, GIUSEPPE ARABIA, MICHAEL CHUNG, TENZIN CHIME.
- BG Paint: MICHAEL CHUNG, NASEER PASHA.
- Frame Check: CHRIS MORIN, MARK CONMIGO, JOHN CHAN, NASEER PASHA, MICHAEL CHUNG.
- Final QC Check: KANAKO PASHA.
- Final Mix & Engineering: DAVID VITAS.
- Music covers: COOPER MADEN (“DBZ Prologue theme,” “Tournament Drums”), CHARLIE PARRA Del RIEGO (“Limit Break X Survivor”), FRIEDRICH HABETLER (“Super Saiyan 3 Goku Main Theme,” “Vegeta Royal Blue Theme”).
The cast involved are:
- ELSIE LOVE LOCK: Chi Chi
- JORDAN WOOLLEN: Goku, Emperor Vegeta, Krillin, King Vegeta
- JASON ALEXANDER SUKHRAM: Broly
Everyone involved in the film has participated out of sheer love and enthusiasm for Dragon Ball Z.
Pasha ends the video by teasing that the next film might take another 4 years to create.
The synopsis for the film is as follows:
Given diplomatic orders by the Grand Council, Vegeta, now king of the Saiyans, sets out on an interstellar assassination mission.
TARGET LOCATION: PLANET EARTH
OBJECTIVE NO.1: ERADICATION
OBJECTIVE NO.2: PACKAGE RETRIEVAL
For his life, all his training has led to this. Now, Son Goku will learn the true meaning of the title, “LEGEND.”