Anime News Roundup: Pom Poko, Ghost Stories
Disney has released Studio Ghibli's POM POKO on DVD here in America. POM POKO is the story of tanuki fighting for their homes against developers intent on cutting down their forest. Tanuki are large Japanese raccoons, similar to dogs, with unusually prominent scrotums. They are frequently featured in Japanese folklore as mischievous and magical creatures and the tanuki in POM POKO are no exception, employing their shapeshifting scrotums against the developers to great effect.
Yes. Disney. Magical, shape-shifting nutsacks. I never thought they'd release this one. Nausicaa.net has a great interview with Disney's excellent Ghibli dub directors on how they handled this one:
Q: Since Pom Poko involves jokes about the tanuki's testicles, how is that being handled in the English dub and will that affect how Disney markets it?I'd say it goes slightly beyond "involving jokes" - there is hardly a single frame in the movie involving tanuki balls! More importantly, it's a great movie. Definitely check it out.
ADV has tried something new with their dub of GHOST STORIES. Anime purists have long howled about their favorite anime being "butchered" during the American translation process. But what happens when a dubbing company purposely butchers anime that nobody cares about? AnimeNewsNetwork gives them high marks for their "creative" translation of GHOST STORIES.
Ghost Stories, an innocuous kid’s show about a ragtag team of elementary school kids who deal with a ghost-infested schoolhouse, was the epitome of a bottom-shelf, bargain bin title... until ADV dubbed it.That sounds like it could be amazing. I need to check that out.
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