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Bang Zoom! Entertainment is an audio post-production studio with its headquarters in Burbank, California in Greater Los Angeles. It has worked on anime, video games, television series, feature films, and original animation projects. It is a renowned anime dubbing company, providing English voice-over work.

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A US English dub of the 2005 series produced by Fujiko Fujio Productions, TV Asahi, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, and distributed by Viz Media has been airing on Disney XD since July 7, 2014. In Australia it started airing on 26 January 2015 on Network Ten. Later it moved in Australia to Boomerang, which is also available in New Zealand. The dub features veteran anime voice actress Mona Marshall in the title role of Doraemon and Johnny Yong Bosch as Nobita (known in the dub as "Noby").

The English dub has been heavily modified to meet American broadcasting guidelines, censoring content deemed inappropriate for American children, as well as replacing many Japanese cultural elements with American cultural elements. Some modifications include Americanized character and gadget name changes from the English version of the manga, an episode order completely different from the Japanese episode order, nudity being heavily censored by adding steam, cloud effects, or clothing, and some episodes having several minutes of footage cut. However, certain uniquely Japanese characteristics, such as house structure, kneeling on the floor to eat, the driving side of the cars, and Nobita's father's house remain. All the background music and sound effects were replaced with new background music and sound effects deemed easier for American children to "emphasize" with.

At least one character's personality was also partially rewritten. Shizuka is portrayed as more tomboyish and athletic than the Japanese version, although her sweet nature and kind personality were not changed. This is reportedly because her traditionally Japanese habits were perceived as being difficult for American children to understand in test viewings of the Japanese version.

It was announced that the American version would be re-imported to Japan and aired on Dinsey Channel Japan starting on February 1, 2016. The network also provides an alternative re-recorded Japanese dub of the version as a secondary audio feed.

On June 7, 2016, it was finally revealed, in response to a Facebook chat to and from Bang-Zoom! Entertainment, that they were not continuing the dub with a third season.