Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Naughty Ducks Dream Adventures

No, that’s not the middle line of a haiku. That’s the Japanese title for DuckTales.

You have to admit: it’s evocative. There apparently exists a semi-translated version of the original NES DuckTales video game floating around online, which has an ending in which Scrooge tells Huey, Dewey and Louie that there is something in the world that is more precious than money or hidden treasure. And it’s the following:

I mean, you’re kind of a dick if your argue with the sentiment or point out that it’s not something Scrooge McDuck would ever say, but you’re allowed to quibble with the grammar. This mangled bit of English was memorable enough that it actual spawned a whole retrogaming website. So that is neat.

And yes, by the way, there’s also Japanese lyrics to the DuckTales theme song:


  1. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Is it "Naughty ducks have dreams of adventures"? Or "Naughty ducks have an adventure that is a dream"? I'm just wondering whether "dream" is a noun or a verb here. Also, is "Naughty Duck" Scrooge's name in Japan?

  2. It's a noun in this case. Scrooge is also called Scrooge in Japan, so I'd imagine the name that they chose is just something that they thought would sound better to a Japanese audience. The game was named after the show. Oddly though, Duck Tales 2 is known in Japan as "Duck Tales 2."