cloudyn.png
Thursday December 12th, 2019 9:18PM

‘Baby Shark’ creators plan Navajo version of popular video

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Creators of the popular video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song was played at the World Series in October and has been a viral hit with toddlers around the world, are developing a version in Navajo.

Pinkfong, a brand of the South Korea company SmartStudy, announced last week it is working with the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, to create a new version of the widely popular tune about a family of sharks.

The project was launched after museum director Manuelito Wheeler reached out to SmartStudy in September about translating “Baby Shark” into Navajo. The museum previously had lobbied for Navajo versions of the movies “Star Wars” and “Finding Nemo” that were eventually made.

“I was surprised by their enthusiasm and excitement about getting this started,” Wheeler said Tuesday. “We have been looking for something aimed at preschoolers.”

SmartStudy has translated the “Baby Shark” tune of the viral video in 19 languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Arabic, and Bahasa-Malay.

The company hopes its latest project will spark interest in the Navajo language among the tribe’s young generation, SmartStudy marketing manager Kevin Yoon said in an email.

“We’re happy to play a role in raising awareness of and preserving a language that’s in danger of vanishing through what we do best — creating fun, stimulating content to provide entertaining learning experiences to children worldwide,” Yoon said.

The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. The Navajo word for shark is lóó hashkéhé, which translates to “angry fish.”

The company is seeking voice actors to portray the roles of Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark, and Grandpa Shark.

The original “ Baby Shark Dance ” video has garnered more than 4 billion views on YouTube.

“Baby Shark” has been around for a few years, but took the world by storm last year when the song and video went viral with the nursery-school set, with little kids imitating the handclapping dance that went along with the video.

Books, plush toys, and other merchandise inspired by the song became hot-ticket items for the holidays and the “Baby Shark” tour was soon hatched.

A second North American leg of the “Baby Shark” concert tour is launching in March.

During the World Series, Washington Nationals fans adopted “Baby Shark” as the team’s rally song.

Nickelodeon has a “Baby Shark” cartoon series in the works.

___

Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press' race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/russcontreras

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Business, AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Tesla CEO Musk facing defamation trial for 'pedo guy' tweet
Troublesome tweets that followed underwater cave rescue have Tesla CEO Elon Musk facing defamation trial by British diver he allegedly dubbed a pedophile
1:02AM ( 43 minutes ago )
Report: Blacks imprisoned more than whites, but gap narrows
Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system since 2000, though blacks are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than whites
12:12AM ( 1 hour ago )
Schools, offices close as long-lived storm clobbers US East
A seemingly endless winter storm that hindered travel across most of the country over the long holiday weekend is delivering a last wallop as it swoops through the Northeast
9:37PM ( 4 hours ago )
U.S. News
Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests
Iranian state TV acknowledges security forces shot and killed ‘rioters’ amid recent gas price protests
1:19AM ( 26 minutes ago )
Amnesty: Yemen’s disabled are neglected, and suffering
Amnesty: Yemen’s war put huge toll on people with disabilities, on margins of society, excluded from badly needed aid
12:58AM ( 48 minutes ago )
Seahawks take over 1st place in NFC West, beat Vikings 37-30
Rashaad Penny scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving, Russell Wilson hit David Moore for a 60-yard TD pass, and the Seattle Seahawks built a big second-half lead before holding off the Minnesota Vikings for a 37-30 win
12:53AM ( 52 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Balanced scoring carries Pacers past short-handed Grizzlies
Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis added 18 and the Indiana Pacers beat the depleted Memphis Grizzlies 117-104
11:28PM ( 2 hours ago )
Net gains: NHL’s load management is top goalies playing less
Net gains: Top goaltenders playing less is NHL’s version of load management
11:26PM ( 2 hours ago )
Padres acquire switch-hitting infielder Profar from A’s
Switch-hitting second baseman Jurickson Profar has been acquired by the San Diego Padres from the Oakland Athletics for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named
11:24PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Mike Piazza taking cues from Tommy Lasorda for Italy’s team
Mike Piazza is presented as the manager of Italy’s national baseball team
4:02PM ( 3 days ago )
Mike Piazza presented as manager of Italy’s baseball team
Coaching Italy's national baseball team fits in perfectly with Mike Piazza’s current lifestyle
11:40AM ( 3 days ago )
Padres sign Pomeranz, get Davies, Grisham from Brewers
The rebuilding San Diego Padres rewarded free agent Drew Pomeranz for two strong months in Milwaukee’s bullpen and addressed two big needs by acquiring right-handed starter Zach Davies and lefty outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers
10:37PM ( 5 days ago )
AP Online Baseball
Congress pushes ahead on Trump impeachment with nation split
The House is plunging into this week’s impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump
10:49PM ( 2 hours ago )
Rosenstein said he was ‘horrified’ at how Comey was fired
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the FBI he was “angry, ashamed, horrified and embarrassed” at the way James Comey was fired as FBI director
9:56PM ( 3 hours ago )
US citizen raised in San Diego faces new terrorism charges
A new federal indictment charges a U.S. citizen on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List with additional crimes involving links to Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebel group
9:34PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP National News
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House this year
9:13PM ( 4 hours ago )
Prince Andrew’s accuser asks UK public for support
The woman who says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice
6:00PM ( 7 hours ago )
Trump campaign to stop giving credentials to Bloomberg News
President Trump’s campaign says it will no longer give passes to Bloomberg News reporters to cover its events
5:49PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83
Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” has died
12:56AM ( 1 day ago )
Veteran ‘Will and Grace’ actress Shelley Morrison dies at 83
Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will and Grace,” has died
8:59PM ( 1 day ago )
Impeachment’s influence hazy as issue in congressional races
With voters starkly divided, it’s unclear what impact impeachment will have on next year’s congressional elections.
8:52AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online TV News
President Trump meets with 22 college championship teams
President Donald Trump has met with athletes and coaches from 22 collegiate national championship teams
5:11PM ( 1 week ago )
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal
All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation
5:42PM ( 1 week ago )
MLB probing Astros back to ’17, ‘firm’ discipline possible
Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons
5:32PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Tesla CEO Musk facing defamation trial for 'pedo guy' tweet
Troublesome tweets that followed underwater cave rescue have Tesla CEO Elon Musk facing defamation trial by British diver he allegedly dubbed a pedophile
1:02AM ( 44 minutes ago )
Report: Blacks imprisoned more than whites, but gap narrows
Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system since 2000, though blacks are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than whites
12:12AM ( 1 hour ago )
Schools, offices close as long-lived storm clobbers US East
A seemingly endless winter storm that hindered travel across most of the country over the long holiday weekend is delivering a last wallop as it swoops through the Northeast
9:37PM ( 4 hours ago )
US citizen raised in San Diego faces new terrorism charges
A new federal indictment charges a U.S. citizen on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List with additional crimes involving links to Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebel group
9:34PM ( 4 hours ago )
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House this year
9:13PM ( 4 hours ago )