April 01, 2008

Cartoon Lyrics

I read this post today where the lyrics from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, which have been translated into Chinese, are then translated back into English. I thought it was funny, so I should steal the idea and translate some other cartoon lyrics into English. I looked at a Taiwanese web site that has the lyrics for about forty cartoons in Chinese, mostly from twenty or more years ago. Most of the cartoons shown in Taiwan were Japanese cartoons that were not shown in America.

Other then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a few of the overlapping cartoons shown in both Taiwan and America are He-Man, She-Ra, Popeye, The Smurfs, Thundercats, Voltron, Transformers, and Dennis the Menace. But I don't think any of these cartoons have the same theme song in English and Chinese, at least not lyrically. So the backwards translations would have to be based on fan translations from English. Well, there's always rap lyrics to back-translate into English. Quick, translate "then I put the mack down" into Chinese and then back into English...



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