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An animated Byrd
- Published: 6 Nov 2010 at 02.15
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Soon Thailand’s most famous and successful pop star, Byrd, or Thongchai McIntyre, will also be a cartoon character.
Byrd and the tweens are on a mission to find the missing notes that in the end will create the Universal Symphony of Harmony.
Flying with Byrd
Thailand’s most famous and successful pop star, Byrd, or Thongchai McIntyre, has done a lot of things in his 24-year career but he has never been a cartoon character – until now that is.
The 54-year-old entertainer has been working with Thailand's giant GMM Grammy company and the animation company Shellhut Entertainment to create an animation series for TV called Flying with Byrd. The series will premiere next April. Here is a short description of what you can expect. Does it sound like something you might want to see?
Byrd’s animated character will play the role of an adventurer, teacher, mentor, scientist and a guardian angel to a group of six ''tweens'' characters with different talents and different ethnic backgrounds. The cast also includes Squawky, Byrd's smart-talking parrot as well as three villains.
''The animated character doesn't look exactly like Byrd but will have a more international look.
There will be 52, 15-minute episodes in the first season of the show. The six tweens will travel through space and time, guided by Byrd and Squawky. The mission is to find the missing notes hidden throughout history that will at the end create the Universal Symphony of Harmony.
Their adventures include helping cavemen to create the first musical instruments and write the first song, meeting Beethoven to help him compose his fifth symphony, going back in time to ancient Greece to launch the first Olympics, and working in a science lab to help invent the first computer – the size of a house!
In one episode, the kids travel back in time to Thailand to meet Byrd when he was a boy who made a decision to devote his life to music and bringing joy to others.
What do you think? Will you be watching next April?
Adapted from a story in Fridays' realtime section by Kanokporn Chanasongkram. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/aRpqqP
career – a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in อาชีพ
entertainer – someone whose job is to entertain people by singing, telling jokes, etc. ผู้ให้ความบันเทิง
animation – the process of a producing film or cartoon using a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving การสร้างภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้
premiere – to show or perform a film or play for the first time แสดงรอบปฐมทัศน์
role – an actor's part in a film or play บทละคร
mentor – an experienced person who helps someone who has less experience, especially in their job ผู้ให้คำปรึกษา
guardian angel – someone who looks after someone else when they need help เทพที่คุ้มครองเมื่อยามตกอยู่ในอันตราย
tweens –children between the ages of 10-13, i.e., between being a child and becoming a teenager
talent - a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
ethnic– of a group of people with the same culture or traditions กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์
cast – the actors in a film, play or show คนแสดง
smart-talking – making jokes or clever remarks that might upset or annoy some people
villain – a bad character in a play, film or story ตัวร้าย
episode – one of the single parts into which a story is divided, especially when it is broadcast on the television or radio ตอน
mission – an important piece of work that a person or a group of people has been given to do ภาระกิจ หน้าที่
missing – not in the usual place because it has been removed or lost ซึ่งหายไป
create – to make something new สร้าง, แต่งขึ้น
universal – involving everyone ทั่วไป
symphony – a long piece of classical music played by an orchestra ดนตรีวงใหญ่, ดนตรีประสานเสียงวงใหญ่
harmony – when people are peaceful and agree with each other, or when things seem right or suitable together ความสามัคคี
adventure – an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience การผจญภัย
cavemen – people who lived thousands of years ago mainly in caves มนุษย์ในยุคหินที่อาศัยอยู่ในถ้ำ
compose – to produce music, poetry or formal writing แต่งขึ้น
ancient – very old ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
invent – to design or create something such as a machine or process that did not exist before ประดิษฐ์
devote – to spend a lot of time or effort doing something อุทิศ,สละ,ใส่ใจ