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Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on May 28, 2004, 18:57:
 
I was recently given an illicit copy of a "Bob The Builder" video. It had been dubbed - from English into American !

That's right, Bob (or should I say 'Bahb' ?) and Wendy and all the crew had definite 'merkin accents (actually, I think they may have been English people putting on fake 'merkin accents - even worse)

This may not surprise the 'merkins out there, but it surprised the hell out of me. The idea of dubbing a video in order to protect the little kiddies of America from exposure English accents is just absurd.

Is this common?

Why would any sane person bother?
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 28, 2004, 19:12:
 
Sometimes it's hard to understand a thick British accent. It can also be hard to understand some of the thick regional US accents...that's why all our radio and TV announcers sound Midwestern.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on May 28, 2004, 21:25:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Sometimes it's hard to understand a thick British accent. It can also be hard to understand some of the thick regional US accents...that's why all our radio and TV announcers sound Midwestern.

British TV avoids the strong regional accents for the same reason. If Bob was a Glaswegian or a Cornishman I'd understand, but his accent is quite mild.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on May 28, 2004, 23:44:
 
See, I always thought Bob and Wendy were yanks. One day my son and I tuned in and Bob was speaking with a british accent. My son (almost 3) and I look at each other with identicle facial expressions as if we were thinking 'wot the fsck?'
 
Posted by supergoo (Member # 2280) on May 29, 2004, 18:09:
 
I didn't know bob the builder was british...
But then again, I hardly ever watch TV, much less watch nickelodeon (I think that's what channel it comes on in the states).
 
Posted by Flashfire (Member # 2616) on May 30, 2004, 15:23:
 
This must be a new thing, because Ol' Thomas the Tank Engine was never dubbed; he's always been British.

Though that might be because the stories were read by Ringo Starr, and it would unthinkable to dub a Beatle's voice...even in America.
 
Posted by greycat (Member # 945) on May 31, 2004, 06:22:
 
My younger son's got some Thomas the Tank Engine videotapes that are narrated by George Carlin.
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on June 01, 2004, 02:11:
 
Strange. The guy who does the (proper) voiceover is Neil Morrissey - he of (the original, and much, much funnier) Men Behaving Badly fame - his accent is not what you'd call thick - I believe they over-dub septic voices so as to not contextually confuse their youngsters (and also to emphasize the point "Hey - isn't America great!? We make every show there is - foreign people in distant, cold, and unfree countries can only marvel at what we're capable of").
 
Posted by PrairieGeek (Member # 2619) on June 01, 2004, 19:35:
 
They never dubbed Ringo Starr on Shining Times Station...or did they?
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on June 01, 2004, 22:48:
 
quote:
Originally posted by PrairieGeek:
They never dubbed Ringo Starr on Shining Times Station...or did they?

No, but his drumming was dubbed on beatles albums and live shows [Big Grin]
 
Posted by ooby (Member # 2603) on June 02, 2004, 07:09:
 
Both Ringo and George Carlin played the conductor. I think George played the part following Ringo's departure.
 
Posted by Mister Boo (Member # 1419) on June 02, 2004, 09:11:
 
quote:
Originally posted by ooby:
Both Ringo and George Carlin played the conductor. I think George played the part following Ringo's departure.

And they were followed by Alec Baldwin. George and Ringo were both very good as Mr. Conductor. And yes, I watch Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends for entertainment puposes. I just love Rheneas and Skarloey. Of course my dream vacation would be 2 weeks exploring all the Welsh narrow guage lines.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on June 02, 2004, 10:28:
 
Boo: Check out http://www.whitepassrailroad.com in Alaska.

I was on it last weekend and the views are deadly. Narrow gauge and steam engines!!
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on June 02, 2004, 16:47:
 
Or, if you want to take a ride on Thomas, he lives in Australia now
 


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