Janith made this Kottu sketch to remember Ti Maama.
Today on Kottu there are a few popular topics. One is reactions to the death of Titus Thotawatte, director, editor but – to many young people in Sri Lanka – remembered for his creative dubbing of popular cartoons, localizing them beyond language. Another trending topic is teenyboppers, or, what’s with the kids these days.
I never grew up with Titus’s cartoons, but Halik did:
In my experience, a lot of dubbing sucks, but some dubbing is better than the original. The cartoons i mentioned above are just as good, if not better than the original. Definitely better if you’re a kid unaccustomed to the English language and aspects foreign culture. TT’s productions were completely localized down to the very last detail. From names, customs to Music (the theme to Dr. Honda Hitha is a baila hit) . More importantly he was funny, extremely so. Not in the tired slapstick way you find in most Sinhala movies but in an understated, sarcastic genuinely witty way that hits you deep inside so that you can laugh at it even when you’re twenty six. His work also sent strong positive moral vibes, a good thing.
Titus was so beloved by that generation that he’s still referred to as ‘Ti Maama’. Hence Himal writes A eulogy to Ti Maama.
I think it’s great he had such an effect as a dubbist. So much dubbing is unspeakably horrid, but it really is another point of creative input, if you choose to use it that way. There’s more posts about Titus Thotawatte here, on Kottu.
There also a couple of posts along the lines of, what on earth are the kids up to these days. At one point I used to think I was a kid, but that conceit has long since passed. Now Sunday Jazz is full of people I don’t know and don’t understand. Kids these days will trade shoes with their friends and wear mismatched pairs. I go jogging with my cousin now and then and he lives in another world. I envy the teenyboppers a bit, but not much.
Anyways, Queen Of Dreams has complained about discipline in kids these days. She is, however, aware that this is quite likely a constant problem:
I once read of a father who had written a despairing letter to a close friend about his son. It went something like this;
‘He spends hours in front of the mirror trying various ridiculous hairstyles and absurd styles of clothes. He hasn’t any sense in his head, all he can think of is girls, girls and more girls. His taste in books, theater and music are appalling, he is such a philistine. I quite despair of him….,’ etc, etc.
Apparently this was a real letter, written by a Greek father some thousands of years ago. (Problems Of Generation Gap)
Himal, however, has gone full codger
Teenagers, today, are like an invading Medieval army when they go out. They come in hordes, occupy every inch of space available, eat all your food, and rape all your women. Okay, maybe not that last one; but you catch my drift.
When I was a teen – which was barely 10 years ago, mind you – this was not the case. Far from it. We weren’t complete assholes; we didn’t live to piss everyone off; and we definitely didn’t hit on everything that couldn’t pee standing. At least, not when everyone was looking. (Teenyboppers)
To which Jerry responds:
Let them go to jazz sunday, let em wear hair that looks like dead cats. (teenyboppers)
So, those are a few things trending on Kottu. Feels like the good old days.