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Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007, 12:27 am
Seems you have time to be wasted. Allow me!

So, now I have you watching the first and second parts of contemporary North Korean cartoons. Really, it's because I'm fascinated by it. If only I had a translation!

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
ericmushroom

I'm confused. Why are they squirrels and ducks? What's going on?

I can't really help as far as a translation is concerned...

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
masstreble

Because it's a cartoon, they're the protagonists, and the cuteness is supposed to help us like them. Also, notice that the antogonists are keeping theme by being large, scary predators. Because that's what the people of North Korea are: cute anthropomorphic animals. Haven't you been paying attention? Also, the military forces menacing them in this cartoon are huge villianous bad-asses with laser guns and spiked mace staves and such, a refference to the Western tradition of promoting scary furries into the administrative sections of the armed forces. You'd know these things if you read the newspaper once in a while.

*Waves hands* I didn't expect a translation from anybody, but it sure would be nice to find somebody who knows the language.

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
ericmushroom

Shame on me and my shocking lack of newspaper-reading! I really should know these things.

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
alfador_fox

Probably won't be able to watch all of it this morning as I've an interview to go to at 11:00...but from what little I've watched, I predict that that alligator is going to have that spiked ball shoved into a very uncomfortable location.

Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
bossgoji

...how do you find these things...?

Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
masstreble

I'm not completely sure, but I believe it started with finding the user that uploaded them all. It was somehow connected to one of Sally Cruikshank's video uploads that circuit_four linked to the other day. Blame metadata!

Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
raiblu

This is awesome. It's kind of fun to watch. I'm not sure if I'm just silly, but are Korean and Japanese related? I can pick out some of the same phonetics at least, that sound quite similar. Even a phrase or two, but I might just be hearing vague comparisons. I d'nno.

You know what's awesome, though. Assassin mice/rats/whatever they are pistol whipping squirrels. Hardcore and awesome.
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Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
masstreble

Ahh, bother. I'm taking an East Asia Fundementals history course right now, so I wanted to show off how much I've learned. *Pouts*
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Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
masstreble

I'm alright with it, I couldn't help but feign a little bit of brattiness. Honestly, you put it better than I could have. I'm simply not the best writer, which is something I've been intending to work on.

Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
masstreble: ''Chou! Chou! Choooou!"

Continuing what leex said, yeah, there's an arguement about that. I was taught that they were linguistically connected. At the very least, Korean is not a tonal language like the Sino language family, like Mandarin, Cantonesse, you know, the ones I'll never be able to learn?

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