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有声双语阅读 | Hello Kitty不是猫,是小女孩

2021-01-07 17:36:23  每日学英语
The creators of one of the world's most widely-recognised cartoon characters have set the record straight. Japanese toymaker Sanrio have declared that its iconic creation Hello Kitty is not a cat. The bombshell came to light following publicity for an upcoming exhibition on the character at the Japanese American National Museum. The curator of the exhibition, anthropologist Christine R Yano, said she received a mail from Sanrio correcting her script for the show. Ms Yano confirmed that: "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She is a little girl. She is a friend….She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature." The Sanrio website states Kitty is "a bright little girl with a heart of gold."

世界上被广泛认可的卡通形象的设计者澄清了事实。日本玩具制造商三丽鹏公司宣布,公司的图标作品Hello Kitty并不是一只猫。这一惊人事件为即将开始的日美国立博物馆的形象展览会做了宣传。展会的管理者,人类学家克丽丝汀称,她收到了一封来自三丽鹏的邮件,内容是展览脚本的修改版。亚诺女士坚定地说,Hello Kitty不是猫。她是一个小女孩,是我们的朋友,但她不是猫。她从来没有四只脚走路的形象,始终都保持着小姑娘的站姿和坐姿。三丽鹏网站称,Hello Kitty是有着美丽心灵的小女孩。

Hello Kitty has taken the world by storm since its introduction in 1974. It has become ubiquitous worldwide, adorning everything from chopsticks to airplanes. The Japanese carmaker Daihatsu even sold a specially branded Hello Kitty car. It had Kitty-emblazoned upholstery, a speedometer with the character's face etched into the glass and a Kitty-shaped gear stick. The creators designed the character's face to epitomise cuteness. Sanrio account for her lack of a mouth, saying she doesn't have one because she speaks with her heart. Social media has been abuzz with the revelation that Kitty is a girl. Rapper Mike Shinoda tweeted: "This is worse than finding out Pluto is not a planet."

Hello Kitty在1974年产生之后就风靡全球。Hello Kitty在世界上无处不在,成为了从筷子到飞机等一切事物的装饰物。日本汽车制造商大发,甚至出售了一款特殊的以Hello Kitty冠名的汽车。这款汽车的垫衬物是以Hello Kitty形象装饰的,里程计的设计是由Hello Kitty的形象嵌在玻璃内部,变速杆也是Hello Kitty的形状。设计师对面部形象的设计是为了体现可爱。三丽鹏为Hello Kitty没有嘴巴做了解释,她没有嘴巴,是因为她用心灵与人交流。社会媒体对Hello Kitty是小女孩的揭露议论纷纷。说唱歌手麦克在微博上称,这比发现冥王星不是猩猩还要糟糕。

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