Friday, October 17, 2014

Homage to the "Road Runner" Theme

Translation of an American Classic

road runner

The original Road Runner theme, in all its glory. I suddenly realized that this site has almost no references to the Road Runner Show - and how can an animation site omit that!

Anyway, this is an American treasure. They even used to put road runner paint jobs on camaros and such. And I know there are road runner fans out there!

Here's another copy if that one doesn't work.

Korean Style

This is the actual theme song in Korean. I like it better than the original, but you have the chance to decide for yourself. "Load-lunner lalalalalala. Beep Beep!''

I have this here just for comparison's sake. I honestly, truly, cross my heart think that the Korean version is better than the English version - it has more rhythm, the emphasis is spot on, the vocals are top-notch, and the English version, perversely, is the one that is tough to understand at times, though it does depend upon the quality of the copy. I mean, setting aside the fact that the Korean one is in, you know... Korean. Except for a few bits that are even better:

"The ... Load Lunner... Show."

I know I'm not the only one who has noticed this, there was a similar reaction back in the day forty years ago when the true Road Runner fans would be like, "Yes, but have you heard the Korean version, it's even better!" Yes, that really was a fairly common reaction back then.

Below is the same theme, over the end credits. The truly observant will note the presence in "Additional Voice Characterizations" (there was someone else besides the two stars?) of the legendary June Foray, who is still very much going strong as of the date of this writing (2014) as a voice actress. The legendary animator Chuck Jones also is listed in the "Stories By" section. Mel Blanc, who was also doing Barney Rubble around this time, was the main voice guy - talk about a talented lineup!

Beep Beep!!

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