A1 Journal article (refereed)
Exploring Skopos in the Dutch Dubbed Versions of the Songs of Disney's Frozen (2018)

Reus, Tim (2018). Exploring Skopos in the Dutch Dubbed Versions of the Songs of Disney's Frozen. New Voices in Translation Studies, 2018 (19), 1-24. https://www.iatis.org/images/stories/publications/new-voices/NV19_Tim_Reus_full_paper_final.pdf

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Reus, Tim

Journal or series: New Voices in Translation Studies

eISSN: 1819-5644

Publication year: 2018

Volume: 2018

Issue number: 19

Pages range: 1-24

Publisher: International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://www.iatis.org/images/stories/publications/new-voices/NV19_Tim_Reus_full_paper_final.pdf

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65876


An important part in dubbing an animated musical film – as in any translation – is setting a purpose (perhaps subconsciously) for that particular project and establishing a set of priorities to achieve that purpose. This article investigates the purpose, or skopos, of the dubbing process of the Dutch songs from the 2013 Disney film Frozen, and analyses the effect of those skopi on the songs. This analysis uses the triangle of aspects, a comprehensive model to compare a dubbed version of a song to the original on several important aspects, such as rhythm, lip synchrony, and sense. It is found that the Dutch songs differ most from the originals on semantic aspects, while they are most similar on musical aspects, implying musicocentric skopi. The findings of this study offer a much-needed context for further comparative analyses in the genre of animated musical film dubbing.

Keywords: dubbing; songs; lyrics; translating; films; music films; animated films

Free keywords: Dubbing; Frozen; skopos; song translation; triangle of aspects

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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