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Great Mandarin cartoons for kids but not for English speakers
on December 17, 2011
I've loved Doraemon comics since I was a kid in Taiwan. I was thrilled to find the cartoons on DVD. There are 9 episodes per DVD and 8 DVDs in this set, for a total of 72 episodes. Each episode is about 7 minutes. The episodes are very true to the original comics-- they basically animated the comic books. I have several of the comic books (traditional Chinese translation from Taiwan) which were turned into cartoon episodes, and the dialog, drawings, plot are exactly the same. The Mandarin soundtrack is very well done, and some of the Chinese subtitles are good. Sometimes the Chinese subtitles are inaccurate. Sound and image quality are decent. However, the English subtitles are outrageously bad-- full of nonsensical phrases, awful grammar, spelling and vocabulary errors. These English subtitles were poor translations of badly translated Chinese. Fortunately the kids and I understand Mandarin, but we can't enjoy Doraemon with our non-Chinese-speaking friends due to the terrible English subtitles.
I can't comment on the Japanese since I don't know any Japanese.
Since Doraemon is called "xiao ding dang" in this series, I will guess that these are old cartoons dubbed into Mandarin for the Taiwanese audience from the 1980s.
I'm very happy to have these DVDs but disappointed by the poor English subtitles.