there's this kiosk at discovery mall dedicated to grendizer collectibles - looking at it brought back so many memories in a flash of a second! for most of you, grendizer is a cartoon, a fantastic song, a hero, villains and what have you, but for me it's all that and a bit more...
back in the 70's, my aunt had a production house in beirut and in addition to producing tv commercials, they used to have a dubbing studio which basically bought the distribution rights of so many cartoons like sindbad, the smurfs, boul & bill and of course grendizer! later on they started the mexican dubbing trend with "anta aw la ahad" and the whole series that followed..
back to grendizer, when i was a child i used to visit my aunt's studio very often and watch the making of the cartoons, which made me very popular at school as i used to know before everyone else what's coming next, in addition to having merchandizing freebees from my aunt to brag about :)
i used to read the scripts and see them come to live with the fantastic talents, watching them from behind the glass as they acted the scenes - wahid jalal did grendizer's voice, as for the rest i can't even remember their names.
after dubbing comes the editing, this is where the voice is basically laid on the characters visuals, fixing the "lipsing" was quite a hassle, arabic and japanese are drastically different - sometimes they used to change some words so the voice and image get in sync.
with the smurfs my experience was even better as i also helped translating some scripts from english to arabic - i did a few episodes, can't even remember which ones, but it was so much fun going through the process from translating to seeing the final product.
grendizer brings so many good childhood memories, i love the series and every time i see the characters or even hear the song i feel like a child again.
apologies for the quality of the pictures, zdistrict has better ones that you can check here - there's also a grendizer website museum in the uk that you can check here.