We were mesmerized by the original Planet Earth series, to the point that we could not pull ourselves away from the TV one winter Saturday when the Discovery Channel showed all 11 episodes back-to-back. We also enjoyed Blue Planet, which focused on the natural history of oceans. Frozen Planet would surely live up to its predecessors, and we were especially excited to experience the always remarkable cinematography in high-definition on our (relatively) new flat-screen TV.
So when the program showed up on SVT2’s schedule, we set up the DVR to record every gorgeous minute of it. The following conversation took place tonight as we sat down to watch the first episode.
Shazz: It’s in Swedish? Oh crap. The narration is in SWEDISH,
Dr. Daring: (a native Swede, no less): You’re kidding.
Shazz: I wish I was. Why the hell would anyone over-dub Sir Richard Attenborough?! He’s the voice of the series! This is a freaking travesty.
Dr. Darling: Maybe they thought subtitles would take away too much from the picture.
Shazz: They were wrong. The over-dubbing has totally flattened the music track … the levels are completely off. And the guy doing the Swedish voice-over sounds like he’s bored out of his mind. I cannot believe they over-dubbed Sir Richard Attenborough!
Dr. Darling: We’ll probably be able to catch the original version on the Discovery Channel, eventually.
Shazz: Let’s hope so. This is un-watchable as far as I’m concerned.
Dr. Darling: You’re really unhappy about this, aren’t you.
Shazz: ‘Unhappy’ is not the word for it. I’m completely mortified. Offended even. It’s a BBC nature documentary, for crying out loud, and you don’t screw with narration done by Sir Richard Attenborough, EVER.