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Thursday, May 12, 2005

11:26:18 pm , 146 words, 991 views     Categories: Animation, Movie

Puss 'n Boots

Today I watched Toei Doga's Puss 'n Boots for the first time in Japanese. Prior to this I'd only seen Fred Ladd's amazingly good dub. There were parts where the animation was tied to the humor of the dialogue and to the overall rhythm in a way that obviously couldn't be conveyed in an English dub, though it's been a while so I don't remember specifically how they were handled. The Japanese script had a real feeling of understated wry humor throughout it that I liked and that made me see the film differently. A real joy of a pick-me-up movie. Structurally it's great because it keeps building and building, and just when you think it couldn't get any better, there's the amazing extended chase sequence, which I've already seen too many times. It's really a shame they don't make movies like this anymore in Japan.

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Chris Sobieniak
Chris Sobieniak [Visitor]

Glad to see you’ve saw this already in Japanese! I’ve had a DVD I purchased off eBay for a while from a Russian release that has it in 5.1 or whatever done to it, but I can pull it out at any time I want.

06/12/05 @ 19:14