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April 14th, 2008


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10:10 pm - Ay, There's the Dub!
Now, we all know it's very silly to watch something that was originally in another language dubbed in English. But it's even sillier to watch something dubbed in English with all new lines! And this time the silliness is intentional!

Avatar fans are surely familiar with "The Angst, starring Prince Zuko." In which Zuko is a whiny emo boy and Iroh is a Jewish grampa. This spawned the absolutely hilarious Avatar: The Abridged Series.

GanXingba also had a thing called "Avatar TV," which was like Robot Chicken, full of little mini-spoofs. What I did not realize until recently is that this is actually a pretty common thing to do in anime fandom! They overdub scenes from the animes with songs and dialogue from other movies and TV shows.

For instance, someone on TWoP linked to "Evangelion Hell," a collection of all the Neon Genesis Evangelion bits from a couple rounds of AMV Hell, which presumably includes selections from all sorts of anime. And it's fucking hilarious. You never know what to expect with these things, and some spoofs are funnier than others, but none of them lasts all that long, so the duds don't linger and the hits stay with you. "EVA Hell" is also pretty funny. There are a bunch! So many! Hours of hilarity!

Then! A TWoPer linked to her "HARUHI HELL"! Yes! One of those for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya! And oh man, it was really good. Incredibly funny and clever. And the final bit is just scary brilliant in how well the dialogue matches up to the scene. This is a must-see for any Haruhi fan.

I then noticed that...oh my God, this person also had "PRINCESS TUTU HELL"! My beloved Princess Tutu! Hilaritized! There was another one that was even funnier.

Clearly, the Internet was created solely to distribute this hilarity worldwide. I know most of you aren't anime fans, so I'm sorry you can't enjoy this sort of thing as much as I do.

But! Last night, latropita linked me to this.

Which is an entirely cracked-out dub of the Doctor Who episode "Smith and Jones." The voices are very strange, but the dubs are good, and it's quite amusing.

Except there's another one. For "The Sound of Drums." Focusing almost entirely on The Phone Call. And it's face-hurtingly funny, oh my God. It's just ridiculous and random and hilarious.

And then, at the end! The credits! Consist of two cute British girls lip-synching to "I Can't Decide." It's so cute! I want two cute British girls of my very own. Smiling and laughing and lip-synching and making hilarious videos.

There is also one for "The Girl in the Fireplace." My favorite thing about it is the talking horse.

Finally, I discovered what appears to be quite the inspiration in the dubbing community: Aladdin and the Cave of Cheeseburgers. Yes, my friends, someone has dubbed ALADDIN and turned it into...something about cheeseburgers, presumably. I haven't watched it all, but I have a feeling it's hilarious. It looks like it's in six parts, so it's been edited to about forty minutes.

So, if you had never heard of this humorous art form, I hope I have enlightened you! If you were already a fan, I'm always game for more! Spread the hilarity!
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From:arbitrarium
Date:April 15th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness, that Aladdin dub is making me die of laughter. Every time Jafar says "cheeseburger", I have a gigglefit. Haha, I am totally watching the whole thing tomorrow.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 16th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I watched it last night. It's not completely hilarious, but it has its moments. Especially when the genie shows up. That stuff is pretty brilliant. It's funniest when the new dialogue has absolutely nothing to do with the real dialogue. Or when it's the complete opposite.

And the way he gets the movie from ninety minutes to forty minutes is awesome.

It's fun to watch when you've seen Aladdin as many times as I have; I pretty much know the movie by heart, down to facial expressions and character movements.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
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hellopoe? Who the hell is hellopoe? Oh yeah...

WHY HELLO THERE SOPHIA BUSH.

And, yeah, some friends of mine are big fans of Wizard People, Dear Readers, and I've seen a clip of it that was...very strange, but I think it's something that's probably funnier when you watch it all straight through. Which I should do at some point.
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From:sophia_helix
Date:April 15th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
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I only watched "The Girl in the Fireplace" but I already need a HOLY CRAP I'M AWESOME Doctor icon.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
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Ha, yeah, that was another one of my favorite parts. You really need to watch the other ones, though. Especially "The Sound of Drums."
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From:kiya71677
Date:April 15th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
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Avatar: The Abridged Series is hilarious, although my husband seems to think I'm on crack for finding it so funny. I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion last week for the first time ever; just over a week ago I wouldn't have even thought "Eva Hell" was funny, heh. I had no idea overdubbing was a fandom phenomenon until I read your post, so I do indeed feel enlightened now. :D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
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Avatar: The Abridged Series is hilarious, although my husband seems to think I'm on crack for finding it so funny.
Ha, I love it. And the original Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is surprisingly hilarious even without having seen the show at all.

I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion last week for the first time ever
Oh, sweet, what'd you think?

just over a week ago I wouldn't have even thought "Eva Hell" was funny, heh.
I have excellent timing!

I had no idea overdubbing was a fandom phenomenon until I read your post, so I do indeed feel enlightened now.
Huzzah! Hurrah for hilarious fandom phenomena!
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From:kiya71677
Date:April 15th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
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I've probably watched more anime in recent months than any 30 year-old wife and mother should admit to, ha. I really liked most of Eva; I was surprised to find myself hooked into the story from the beginning. Previous to watching it I had heard it was strange, but it wasn't nearly as weird as I expected for about the first half or so. By the time I got to the end I initially felt confused, albeit slightly less so after End of Eva, but then that changed to introspective more than anything. I don't understand everything about it, but I like that it really makes you think.

So far my hubby is the only other person I know that has seen it and watches anime, so this is a rare opportunity for me to talk about anything anime-related outside of him, heh. Right now I'm about halfway through Death Note, and it's quite good; I'd recommend it if you haven't seen it yet. I hope there are hilarious overdubs to watch when I'm done with it!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
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By the time I got to the end I initially felt confused, albeit slightly less so after End of Eva, but then that changed to introspective more than anything. I don't understand everything about it, but I like that it really makes you think.
Yep. It threw a lot of interesting concepts at you.

Right now I'm about halfway through Death Note, and it's quite good; I'd recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.
I love the idea of Death Note, but I've been told that the anime is passable but ends up fucking up the story halfway through and the manga is way better, so I have that on my computer to read instead.

It's heartening to hear that you have time for anime as a wife and mother!
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From:kiya71677
Date:April 15th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
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That sounds familiar, that the manga is said to be better than the anime (for Death Note as well as other series). I'm all for reading original stories as opposed to watching their motion-picture counterparts, but reading manga seems kind of strange to me. I've never been a comic-book reader...but then again, I wasn't an anime watcher at one time either. Maybe I'll have to switch from watching to reading for awhile.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, but there are so many great comics out there...
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From:the_narration
Date:April 16th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
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Ha, I love it. And the original Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is surprisingly hilarious even without having seen the show at all.
It totally is. Possibly because the premise of the original show is so blatantly a terrible idea that you don't have to see it to realize how little sense it makes.
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From:lynevere
Date:April 15th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Cool. I was aware of anime overdubbing (Nescaflowne being my introduction), but I didn't know it extended to other genres. I always thought it was weird there were so many AMVs in comparison to ...TelevisionMVs(?), but maybe they're catching up now.

Incidentally, I enjoy reading your anime posts, as I belonged to Anime Society in college. I've seen far less anime, however, since I graduated and have to pay for it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 15th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I always thought it was weird there were so many AMVs in comparison to ...TelevisionMVs(?), but maybe they're catching up now.
Yeah, I didn't understand why AMV got its own little term. Maybe it's easier to buy dubbing over animation since the mouth movements are approximations.

Incidentally, I enjoy reading your anime posts, as I belonged to Anime Society in college.
Ooh. Glad you like them.

I've seen far less anime, however, since I graduated and have to pay for it.
I haven't paid for anything! ;-}
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From:the_narration
Date:April 16th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I didn't understand why AMV got its own little term.
Aside from anime fans' general love of acronyms? I remember finding fan-made music videos for anime in huge quantities long before I started seeing them around for live-action works. I think AMVs might have gotten their own acronym because they called it first.

I haven't paid for anything! ;-}
Heh. Darn right. Anime: who needs money when you've got fansubs?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 16th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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I remember finding fan-made music videos for anime in huge quantities long before I started seeing them around for live-action works. I think AMVs might have gotten their own acronym because they called it first.
Oooh, that's interesting. Oh, fandom history!
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From:kouredios
Date:April 15th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Excellent! Hee. Must go watch cheeseburger thingie now.
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:April 15th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
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HEE. Just last night I rewatched The Angst and all the Avatar:Abridged Episodes, and nearly choked laughing all over again.(I only managed to see most of S3 just this past weekend. Which is what put me in the mood specifically.)

(I'd been trying to watch the episodes ASAP as they came out [I don't have cable, remember] but I had only seen up to The Painted Lady when my computer crashed. And, much like you were, I wasn't too impressed with the episodes so far and decided to just let them accumulate and watch in bulk like I had almost all of the rest of the series.

If I had only known.

Naturally, S3 MORE than redeemed itself beginning with the very episode that I decided to wait on (Sokka's Master, chockfull of all the things I love: Sokka being competent and appreciated, Iroh taking his awesomeness to yet new heights, tiny little items and plot devices being used in amazing continuity [White Lotus Society!!!])

And of course NOW I am fresh in the middle of a whole spasm of reactions all at once - "OMIGOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY DID THAT! WHITE LOTUS! BLOOD BENDING! GREAT-GRANDFATHERS!! IROH!!!!!!!! AZULA!!!!!!! DAI LI!!!! EVERYBODY SHOWS UP!! EVERYBODY LOSES!!!!!! WAR BALLOONS!!! GOOD!(But not sunshiny-creepy)ZUKO! FIREBENDING! DRAGONS!!! - WHEN ARE WE GETTING NEW EPISODES ALREADY?!?!??!?!?!?!?!"

*sigh* In hindsight, maybe the waiting wasn't such a good idea.
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From:wiscck
Date:April 15th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, those DW dubs are awesome.
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From:the_narration
Date:April 16th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Heh. I'd seen the other anime ones, but thanks for posing those Tutu dubs. They were funny.

I'm not quite sure when comedic redubbing became popular. A couple years ago, I hadn't really seen many around and now they're everywhere. I wonder if I just wasn't looking....
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From:aveline
Date:April 16th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
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"The Angst, starring Prince Zuko."
Oh dear lord. How is it that I did not know about this? I am a disgrace to all 'true' Avatar fans!

HARUHI HELL!
*dies from laughter overdose*
Suddenly I'm starting to really like this anime...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 16th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear lord. How is it that I did not know about this?
I do not know, but I am glad to have introduced you to such brilliance! The abridged series is fucking hilarious too.

*dies from laughter overdose*
Suddenly I'm starting to really like this anime...

I was hoping that'd be your reaction! Embrace the fact that it's unbelievably fun!
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From:pseudo_tsuga
Date:April 20th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
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The abridged series didn't really grab me, but the Haruhi and Princess Tutu ones were excellent. In fact, it's through you I started watching those, so thanks!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 20th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
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You're welcome!

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