Okay, you'll really like this. On my post featuring the trailer for The Flying Ghost Ship, I remarked how Toei's anime movies sound really good in Russian. So I scored a couple of great examples from Youtube. Give these a spin and see what you think.
The first is the pirate song from Animal Treasure Island, one of my favorites. Doesn't this just make you wanna be a pirate? Look at how much fun they get to have! Action, adventure, cool fights, treasure galore, and root beers in the basement! Oh yeah, ohh yeah!! I've never really been a fan of song numbers in cartoons (I was more into Bugs Bunny or Rocky & Bullwinkle), but I really like the Animal Treasure Island songs. Heck, the whole movie is wonderful. I can't believe I'm the only one who really loves this movie. Make it your goal this year to send DVDs to your family and friends.
The second video is the big song number from Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. As with the previous clip, the Russian dub doesn't change the original song, which is very nice (take that, Milt Delugg!). It's a catchy melody and you can tell the animators had a lot of fun with this scene. This is, for me, one of the best scenes in the film, along with the Ali Baba flashback scene (animated in a clever storybook cut-out style), and of course, Hayao Miyazaki's wild and zany chase through the castle ramparts. And the syncopation of the Russian singers is spot-on, which is very nice. But, of course, the Russians are masters of animation themselves. There's another country with a rich history that we need to explore.