Unlike many cinematic exports, the Disney canon of films
distinguishes itself with an impressive dedication to dubbing
Through an in-house service called Disney Character Voices International
, not just dialogue but songs, too, are skillfully
re-recorded, echoing the voice acting, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the original work to an uncanny degree
(while still leaving plenty of room for lyrical reinvention
The breadth of the effort is surprising, as well -- everything from Arabic
gets its own dub, and their latest project, The Princess and the Frog
, debuted in more than forty tongues
Luckily for polyglots everywhere, the exhaustiveness of Disney's translations is thoroughly documented online in multilanguage mixes
and one-line comparisons
, linguistic kaleidoscopes that cast new light on old standards. Highlights:
"One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali,"
and "A Whole New World"
) - "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata,"
(The Lion King
) - "Under the Sea"
and "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
(The Little Mermaid
) - "Belle"
and "Be Our Guest"
(Beauty and the Beast
) - "Just Around the Riverbend"
) - "One Song"
) - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"
) - Medley
) - "When She Loved Me"
(Toy Story 2
) - Intro
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 12, 2010 -
RussianFilter: Historical Chronicles
with Nikolai Svanidze
is an ongoing Russian television documentary series which, starting with 1901, picks out one person per year, every year, of the 100 years of the 20th century in Russia. It's entirely in Russian, of course, but for them as speaks it, it's one fascinating perspective on Russian history, with excellent narration, copious detail, and fascinating interconnections of events, people and places. All of the episodes that are available through Google Video and various other sources, and [more inside]
posted by cthuljew
on Aug 30, 2010 -
Blago walks, mostly.
Short and sweet: Jury was hung on 23 counts, convicted him on 1. That count was "lying to federal investigators" when he told them that he didn't care about nor was involved with fundraising. Max jailtime for this one is 5 years. They were, reportedly, 11-1 on all others. [more inside]
posted by gjc
on Aug 17, 2010 -
There is a before and an after André Markowicz. In the early 1990s the translator, born to a Russian mother and French father, began translating the complete works of Dostoyevsky for Babel / Actes Sud. By the time he finished the mammoth undertaking in 2002 he had proved something: what people had been reading by Dostoyevsky wasn’t Dostoyevsky
. - an interview with André Marcowicz
, writer and translator. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday
on Jun 28, 2010 -
"Wow, a talking fish!"
is a cheerfully deranged bit of animation based on an Armenian fairy-tale, starring a poor old fisherman, a talking fish, and probably the most psychedelic wizard ever committed to film.
posted by wanderingmind
on Feb 6, 2010 -
"This is a regular Russian school biology textbook owned by some Russian school. He has modified some illustrations
so now it’s hard to say sometimes what was there originally and what has appeared as a result of his imagination."
posted by squalor
on Feb 12, 2009 -
At One Minute Languages
you can learn greetings, talking about names, counting, and more in Catalan
, and Russian
posted by sveskemus
on Nov 11, 2008 -
Footage (in Russian) of some concept tanks. Includes human tanks, hydrofoil tanks, rocket assisted tanks and many many more. SLYT I know, but Rockets! And Tanks!!!
posted by fingerbang
on Oct 16, 2008 -
- is just a sweet little Russian cartoon (with subtitles) (and foxes). I seem to get a little speck of something in my eyes when I watch it for some reason.
posted by Wolfdog
on Jul 14, 2008 -
The livejournal group ru_graphic
has been showcasing great artists for years, such as soamo
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Dec 19, 2007 -
A recent post
on Russian animation reminded me of the "Lift" series of short animations, created by the Pilot
studio [link in Russian]
. There are, count 'em, 1
installments. Knowledge of Russian not required to watch.
posted by Krrrlson
on Nov 27, 2007 -
is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist associated with the anti-folk scene
centered on New York City's East Village. Incorporating "piano riffs and integrating moans, nonsense words, groans, gurglings, or warblings," Spektor has a pretty unique voice (Seattle P-I
: "an instrument with the agility of an athlete and the flexibility of a yogi") and style which incorporates "beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads, or the use of a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano or chair" (wiki
). She's got a pretty unique voice and "Fidelity
" is a very unusual and rather enjoyable music video. Someone to keep an eye on (although Mefites already had been doing so)
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 9, 2007 -
The Other Side
- A funny short film by Mikhail Aldashin, one of the most talented Russian contemporary animation directors.
posted by vronsky
on May 24, 2007 -
The Cossacks, a proud people with a long history
, are famous nowadays for their dancing, whether of the mass spectacle variety
, or the slightly lower-key celebration of actual Cossacks
. They have some pretty famous music
, too, often featuring balalaikas
. (Behold, the real lyrics
to "Tetris") But dancing and singing is not enough for some
, apparently, who seek to refine Cossack martial arts
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 23, 2007 -