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21st Apr '13 8:32:24 PM PaulA
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-> ''In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time, and the pure essences of heaven, the moisture of the earth, the powers of the sun and the moon, all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "thought". Tathagata Buddha, the father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the world". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was... '''irrepressible!'''''
->-- OpeningNarration

''Monkey'' is a BBC TV series, which is a {{Redubbing}} of the 1978 Japanese TV series ''Saiyuki'' (produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the guys behind ''{{Ultraman}}''), based on ''JourneyToTheWest''.

The Japanese original was already playful, but the English dub pushes it further, even into GagDub territory. First, there were the dub scripts -- it's been reported that the BBC couldn't afford a full translation, so they gave scriptwriter David Weir a brief synopsis of each episode and ordered him to invent new dialogue to match the on-screen action. Then there's the acting: every single member of the cast hamming it up in their best "ah, so!" accents. (One could also mention a few [[CrosscastRole odd casting decisions]], but those were in the original.)

The series ran for two seasons of 26 episodes each. The BBC originally dubbed only 39 of the 52 episodes. The 13 remaining episodes were included (subtitled) in the DVD release, and the DVD publisher subsequently arranged for them to also be dubbed, using as many of the original cast and crew as possible.

A cult favourite in many countries, especially in Australia.
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!!The Japanese version provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy are all strikingly ugly in the novel; not so much in the TV series. (With the partial exception of Pigsy, who starts out strikingly ugly, then demonstrates an ability to appear more human, which [[MarqueeAlterEgo he sticks to for the rest of the series]].)
* AmusingAlien: In the second season, Tripitaka's horse (who, you will recall, was a dragon before he got turned into a horse) developed a tendency to transform into a human PluckyComicRelief character.
* CasanovaWannabe: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.
* CrosscastRole: Masako Natsume as Tripitaka, Mieko Takamine as the Buddha, and Homare Suguro as Guan Yin (called the Fairy Of Heaven in one of the series' many tongue-in-cheek moments).
* ADogNamedDog: "Horse"
* InterspeciesRomance: There's quite a few human/monster couples or romances that show up in the series. One episode features a demon who has a human wife and child, another has a magistrate who wed a female dog-spirit (who then tries to wed Tripitaka), Pigsy lusts after human women all the time, Monkey falls for a human girl in episode 11, there's the human woman who loves a slug monster in episode 13...
* MisterSeahorse: Pigsy and Sandy end up drinking from the Well of Little Blessings in episode 23 and wind up pregnant as a result.
* NoEnding: The series ends with the pilgrims still on their way to India. "The pilgrims still have as far to go as they have travelled. What end can there be to a journey as long as life?"
* PurelyAestheticEra: One of the villains flies about on a souped-up magic cloud with an exhaust pipe sticking out the back. Another episode has a demonic party that's quite obviously a disco, complete with light ball.
* SapientSteed: "Horse", a.k.a. Yu Lung, the horse who is really a dragon.
* SceneryPorn: Filmed on location in China.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The theme song by Godiego, which was kept unaltered for the English version.
* UnholyMatrimony: Goldenhorn and Silverhorn, the villains of the 4th episode, deeply love each other despite being soul-stealing cannibal demons. Silverhorn is quite inconsolable after Monkey ends up killing Goldenhorn with his own magic melting gourd.

!!The English version provides examples of:

* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The sequence where Monkey is given his new staff is basically one long willy joke.
** "Bigger! Bigger!! Bigger still!! Take this you fairy princesses!"
* DumbassHasAPoint: Pigsy's something of an idiot, but he can blunder into meaningful comments or actions on occasion. For example, he's the one to speak up and find out why their hosts are sad in episode 13.
* GagDub: It might not be a full-on one, but it's damn close.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: '''YOU POOFTERS!!!'''
** How about referring to Guan Yin as a "two-faced two-sexed turtle"?
* IceCreamKoan: The narrator has a fondness for proverbs, some wise and some otherwise.
-->"When what is indestructible meets what is irresistible, the female all too often wins."
* JustAStupidAccent: You can tell this is China, because everybody speaks with a dodgy oriental accent.
** Allegedly the accents and speech affectations were copied from the original by the voice actors, at least for [[PowerTrio the main characters]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Monkey may be abrasive, rude and mischievous, but he genuinely likes his partners, quickly becomes fond of Tripitaka, and can be one of the more compassionate party members.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Tripitaka displays some less than exemplary actions during the series. He comes pretty close to abusing Monkey's RestrainingBolt headband on more than a few occasions (like when he forces Monkey to go and fetch a pill of immortality from Lao Tzu in episode 10). In episode 13, he is so adamant about denying Monkey and Sandy's claims that Hy Min wants to stay with her slug monster husband that the two of them proceed to call him out on FantasticRacism.
* TitleConfusion: The show is also known as "Monkey Magic", which is the title of the ''extremely catchy'' theme song.
* WorldOfHam
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-> ''In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time, and the pure essences of heaven, the moisture of the earth, the powers of the sun and the moon, all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "thought". Tathagata Buddha, the father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the world". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was... '''irrepressible!'''''
->-- OpeningNarration

''Monkey'' is a BBC TV series, which is a {{Redubbing}} of the 1978 Japanese TV series ''Saiyuki'' (produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the guys behind ''{{Ultraman}}''), based on ''JourneyToTheWest''.

The Japanese original was already playful, but the English dub pushes it further, even into GagDub territory. First, there were the dub scripts -- it's been reported that the BBC couldn't afford a full translation, so they gave scriptwriter David Weir a brief synopsis of each episode and ordered him to invent new dialogue to match the on-screen action. Then there's the acting: every single member of the cast hamming it up in their best "ah, so!" accents. (One could also mention a few [[CrosscastRole odd casting decisions]], but those were in the original.)

The series ran for two seasons of 26 episodes each. The BBC originally dubbed only 39 of the 52 episodes. The 13 remaining episodes were included (subtitled) in the DVD release, and the DVD publisher subsequently arranged for them to also be dubbed, using as many of the original cast and crew as possible.

A cult favourite in many countries, especially in Australia.
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!!The Japanese version provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy are all strikingly ugly in the novel; not so much in the TV series. (With the partial exception of Pigsy, who starts out strikingly ugly, then demonstrates an ability to appear more human, which [[MarqueeAlterEgo he sticks to for the rest of the series]].)
* AmusingAlien: In the second season, Tripitaka's horse (who, you will recall, was a dragon before he got turned into a horse) developed a tendency to transform into a human PluckyComicRelief character.
* CasanovaWannabe: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.
* CrosscastRole: Masako Natsume as Tripitaka, Mieko Takamine as the Buddha, and Homare Suguro as Guan Yin (called the Fairy Of Heaven in one of the series' many tongue-in-cheek moments).
* ADogNamedDog: "Horse"
* InterspeciesRomance: There's quite a few human/monster couples or romances that show up in the series. One episode features a demon who has a human wife and child, another has a magistrate who wed a female dog-spirit (who then tries to wed Tripitaka), Pigsy lusts after human women all the time, Monkey falls for a human girl in episode 11, there's the human woman who loves a slug monster in episode 13...
* MisterSeahorse: Pigsy and Sandy end up drinking from the Well of Little Blessings in episode 23 and wind up pregnant as a result.
* NoEnding: The series ends with the pilgrims still on their way to India. "The pilgrims still have as far to go as they have travelled. What end can there be to a journey as long as life?"
* PurelyAestheticEra: One of the villains flies about on a souped-up magic cloud with an exhaust pipe sticking out the back. Another episode has a demonic party that's quite obviously a disco, complete with light ball.
* SapientSteed: "Horse", a.k.a. Yu Lung, the horse who is really a dragon.
* SceneryPorn: Filmed on location in China.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The theme song by Godiego, which was kept unaltered for the English version.
* UnholyMatrimony: Goldenhorn and Silverhorn, the villains of the 4th episode, deeply love each other despite being soul-stealing cannibal demons. Silverhorn is quite inconsolable after Monkey ends up killing Goldenhorn with his own magic melting gourd.

!!The English version provides examples of:

* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The sequence where Monkey is given his new staff is basically one long willy joke.
** "Bigger! Bigger!! Bigger still!! Take this you fairy princesses!"
* DumbassHasAPoint: Pigsy's something of an idiot, but he can blunder into meaningful comments or actions on occasion. For example, he's the one to speak up and find out why their hosts are sad in episode 13.
* GagDub: It might not be a full-on one, but it's damn close.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: '''YOU POOFTERS!!!'''
** How about referring to Guan Yin as a "two-faced two-sexed turtle"?
* IceCreamKoan: The narrator has a fondness for proverbs, some wise and some otherwise.
-->"When what is indestructible meets what is irresistible, the female all too often wins."
* JustAStupidAccent: You can tell this is China, because everybody speaks with a dodgy oriental accent.
** Allegedly the accents and speech affectations were copied from the original by the voice actors, at least for [[PowerTrio the main characters]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Monkey may be abrasive, rude and mischievous, but he genuinely likes his partners, quickly becomes fond of Tripitaka, and can be one of the more compassionate party members.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Tripitaka displays some less than exemplary actions during the series. He comes pretty close to abusing Monkey's RestrainingBolt headband on more than a few occasions (like when he forces Monkey to go and fetch a pill of immortality from Lao Tzu in episode 10). In episode 13, he is so adamant about denying Monkey and Sandy's claims that Hy Min wants to stay with her slug monster husband that the two of them proceed to call him out on FantasticRacism.
* TitleConfusion: The show is also known as "Monkey Magic", which is the title of the ''extremely catchy'' theme song.
* WorldOfHam
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21st Apr '13 8:28:24 PM PaulA
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* TheOtherDarrin: The actor playing Pigsy changed between seasons.



* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Pigsy is [[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
** Horse is [[FawltyTowers Manuel]].
** The narrator of the new dub is [[ThePinkPanther Kato]].
21st Apr '13 8:26:43 PM PaulA
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* NotSoAboveItAll: Tripitaka displays some less than exemplary actions during the series. He comes pretty close to abusing the RestrainingBand on Monkey's head on more than a few occasions (like when he forces Monkey to go and fetch a pill of immortality from Lao Tzu in episode 10). In episode 13, he is so adamant about denying Monkey and Sandy's claims that Hy Min wants to stay with her slug monster husband that the two of them proceed to call him out on FantasticRacism.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Tripitaka displays some less than exemplary actions during the series. He comes pretty close to abusing the RestrainingBand on Monkey's head RestrainingBolt headband on more than a few occasions (like when he forces Monkey to go and fetch a pill of immortality from Lao Tzu in episode 10). In episode 13, he is so adamant about denying Monkey and Sandy's claims that Hy Min wants to stay with her slug monster husband that the two of them proceed to call him out on FantasticRacism.
21st Apr '13 8:25:23 PM PaulA
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* CasanovaWannabe: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.



* TheLeisureSuitLarry: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.
* MrSeahorse: Pigsy and Sandy end up drinking from the Well of Little Blessings in episode 23 and wind up pregnant as a result.

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* TheLeisureSuitLarry: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.
* MrSeahorse:
MisterSeahorse: Pigsy and Sandy end up drinking from the Well of Little Blessings in episode 23 and wind up pregnant as a result.
19th Apr '13 6:09:42 AM Austin
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* TitleConfusion: The show is also known as "Monkey Magic", which is the title of the ''extremely catchy'' theme song.
2nd Feb '13 1:29:36 AM WanderingBrowser
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* InterspeciesRomance: There's quite a few human/monster couples or romances that show up in the series. One episode features a demon who has a human wife and child, another has a magistrate who wed a female dog-spirit (who then tries to wed Tripitaka), Pigsy lusts after human women all the time, Monkey falls for a human girl in episode 11, there's the human woman who loves a slug monster in episode 13...
* TheLeisureSuitLarry: Pigsy, who lusts after women but, between his ineptitude at courting, his ugliness and his silly antics (like disguising himself as Tripitaka to seduce a widow who has fallen for Tripitaka in episode 8), he invariably drives them away.
* MrSeahorse: Pigsy and Sandy end up drinking from the Well of Little Blessings in episode 23 and wind up pregnant as a result.




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* UnholyMatrimony: Goldenhorn and Silverhorn, the villains of the 4th episode, deeply love each other despite being soul-stealing cannibal demons. Silverhorn is quite inconsolable after Monkey ends up killing Goldenhorn with his own magic melting gourd.


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* DumbassHasAPoint: Pigsy's something of an idiot, but he can blunder into meaningful comments or actions on occasion. For example, he's the one to speak up and find out why their hosts are sad in episode 13.


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** How about referring to Guan Yin as a "two-faced two-sexed turtle"?


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Monkey may be abrasive, rude and mischievous, but he genuinely likes his partners, quickly becomes fond of Tripitaka, and can be one of the more compassionate party members.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Tripitaka displays some less than exemplary actions during the series. He comes pretty close to abusing the RestrainingBand on Monkey's head on more than a few occasions (like when he forces Monkey to go and fetch a pill of immortality from Lao Tzu in episode 10). In episode 13, he is so adamant about denying Monkey and Sandy's claims that Hy Min wants to stay with her slug monster husband that the two of them proceed to call him out on FantasticRacism.
12th Jan '13 6:08:00 AM passivesmoking
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* GagDub: It might not be a full-on one, but it's damn close.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: '''YOU POOFTERS!!!'''
27th May '12 3:02:29 PM StFan
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** Pigsy is [[Animated/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].

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** Pigsy is [[Animated/TheLordOfTheRings [[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
15th Jan '12 9:25:59 PM foxley
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* ADogCalledDog: "Horse"

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* ADogCalledDog: ADogNamedDog: "Horse"
15th Jan '12 9:25:38 PM foxley
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* ADogCalledDog: "Horse"


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* SapientSteed: "Horse", a.k.a. Yu Lung, the horse who is really a dragon.
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