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You say ‘scientist’, I say ‘misfit’

The English film subtitle “Band of Scientists” gets an American work-over into “Band of Misfits”. What’s the difference?

There are of course various theories doing the rounds. One suggests that the animator is a “national treasure” here in the UK, is known for its [very British] eccentricity and therefore we are more tolerant of its whims…and seemingly its film titles. Sounds reasonable. Another theory suggests that the film title was dropped in the US because the film makers did not want to risk offending – and, presumably not selling tickets to – the considerable proportion of the US population who do not accept the theory of evolution. After all, Charles Darwin is the grand daddy of evolution. Again, plausible if hardly enlightened. However, I believe there is a more simple explanation:  what is fixed, and problematic, is that word “scientist”.

Quentin Cooper

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Heinrich says:

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d maas says:

Bizarre. I’m so used to being walled out of BBC content for being in Germany.

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