Monday, October 1, 2007

Gee, Wally, There Are No Beavers In Japan!

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Leave It To Beaver is a classic American sitcom watched around the world, but in Japan, series star Jerry Mathers says they watch The Beav a little differently.

Mathers – who played cute, inquisitive Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in the late 1950s sitcom – says he still gets recognized by loyal fans of the show around the world as Beaver, except for in Japan, where fans call him by another name.

Mathers explains, “In Japan the show isn’t called Leave It To Beaver, it’s called The Happy Boy and His Family. So I’ll be walking around Japan and people are like, ‘Hi, Happy Boy!’ Maybe there’s no translation for ‘Beaver’ in Japan, but it’s great that they still love the show!”

And while the classic family sitcom still entertains fans around the world, it also educates them – sort of.

Mathers says, “In Asia, some people watch Leave It To Beaver to learn English. The funny thing is that the dialogue in the show is all written in this 50s valley talk, so Asians have learned to use expressions from that old English dialect!”

TV Land celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Leave It To Beaver with a 24-hour marathon this Saturday (Oct. 6).

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