bi442 at lafn.org
Sat May 24 19:55:56 CEST 2003
Most of the old-fashioned sounding phrases Carl Barks used were not of his
invention. Some were. Those that were, were often clever and funny variants of
same. For example: "Oh, my stars!", and "Ye cats!" were sayings that were
around long before Barks came into the World. However, he added clever
embellishments to them, forming: "Oh my stars and garters!", and "Ye cats, and
little fishes!" Some of those old-fashioned sayings that he used "as is"
(without adding embellishments) have dropped out of useage by modern people
(except old fogies like me). But, whole new generations of Barks fans are now
using them, keeping them alive! He has also started a whole new group of
sayings that would make sense only to "Duck People", such as all those that
Christina.....do you by any chance live in The Aaland Islands (Ahvenanmaa)? If
not, then Turku Pori? Can you trace your family history back to the Swedish
Once again, I cannot fight off the urge to be a Sigvald Topic Spammer>
Aaaarrrggghh! I hope in future I will have the strength to resist.
The Jeg Mikke Mus book, Ik Donald Duck, and the like, were all patternd after
Mondadori's original Italian books. The editorial staffs in the countries
reprinting, did not want to change the original contents by having to do a lot
of new work. Their project budgets, and production schedules would not have
allowed that. To have the list of Disney character names change to suit
the "interests" of each and every of the various nationalities whose nations'
Disney office or franchise published the book, would have been an enormous
task. The message of the characters' names page was that Disney characters are
known in many countries around the world, with varying cultures. Showing the
different alphabet scripts makes that point clearer. Almost everyone I know
got that point, and as a child, would have been more interested in seeing the
exotic scripts, than seeing the neighbouring country's different names in a
script they could understand.
Again, I say,.... had I lived in Norway as a child, and I didn't have access to
magazine shops, antikvariats and book stores in Oslo (where I have upon EVERY
visit seen a few Danish AND Swedish Disney weeklies in at least one shop); I
would have written to the Norwegian Editor's office. I am sure that they would
have had someone in the office get the information back to you. I have been
inside their offices, and have noticed that THAT particular information is
available there at any time (at least for all but the obsure characters). If
they would not want to delegate to the proper person within their offices, and
heor she wouldn't want to take the time to do it (which is likely), they would
likely refer your question on to the Danish office (where that information is
readily available. I am confident that you would have received the information
you requested 9atm least for the main characters). But, had you been provided
with those names for the neighbouring nations, INSTEAD of those exotic nations,
and you inquired about information on THE LATTER, instead; you would never have
seen the names of characters from the "exotic lands" in ANY form.
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