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Dr. Seuss' "Horton hears a who" aired in Iran

TEHRAN, May 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- Veteran actor and dubber Morteza Ahmadi was hired by the Young Voice Actors Forum (YVAF) to give a rhythmic voiceover narration to "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who", a 2008 production of 20th Century Fox.

Ahmadi has appeared in over 30 films and has also voiced many animation characters over his 65 years of career. He is famous for his voice on sly fox who tricks Pinocchio.

Morteza Ahmadi

"Morteza Ahmadi has used this method in many of his works to make them interesting. Thus we prepared an appropriate translation from the narration," YVAF director Mehrdad Reissi told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

"This method was used in voicing the foreign movies and animated films during 1960s in Iran... In fact, we have used the experience of the past dubbers to Iranize 'Horton'," he added.

"We even made Persian equivalents (for the English terms used in the narration) and also used some Persian sayings to make the film more attractive," Reissi explained.

The Persian narration has been mixed with a tonbak music performed by Amin Qazi.

Over its more than five years career, many acclaimed Hollywood's animated productions have been voiced by the YVAF. The institute gives an Iranian ambiance to the foreign animations providing entertainment for television and home video.

They even used local Iranian dialects for animations' characters to fascinate the audiences. However, this manner was abandoned in 2005 after the Iranian Azeri people raged against an article published in the Persian daily "Iran", which allegedly ridiculed the Azari dialect.

"Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" was aired by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on May 16.

"I have had many calls saying that they have been delighted with the method used to voice the animation... we will use more of Morteza Ahmadi's voice in our upcoming productions," Reissi.

Reissi, who has also directed the dubbing cast, had previously said that if Ahmadi didn't accept to work on the project, he would never use such method for voicing the animation.

Ahmadi is one of the few artists who possess expertise in Iran's traditional theatrical performances such as ru-hozi, pardekhani, siah-bazi, which is usually accompanied by a tonbak music and a rhythmic narration. These performances have been neglected over the past three decades.

"Working for children is still important for me... I am always ready to engage in any production for children," 84-year-old Ahmadi had previously told the Persian daily "Tehran-e Emruz" at a YVAF's studio.

The studio was named after Morteza Ahmadi to honor his presence among the young members of the YVAF.

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