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Amazing Cultures From Around The World
on August 4, 2012
Living in New York City, Sesame Street perfectly reflected my life growing up and I identified with the setting and the shows. It never occurred to me that not everyone lived in a city like that. These shows are spin-offs of Sesame Street that include very similar characters but in totally different countries and different types of stories. It's fascinating to see how different countries depict different kinds of Muppets to reflect their cultures. In Ireland they have "Sesame Tree" where the Muppets all live and work in a tree, instead of on Sesame Street. Elmo and Big Bird pop up in a few different countries, but for the most part the Muppets are new creations for their respective countries and all include their own theme song.
There are 12 Countries and a full episode from each country. Episodes 12 & 13 are the same show, dubbed into two different languages.
My only complaint is that I wish all of the shows had subtitles. Only a few have subtitles. But pre-school kids don't really care about the dialogue anyway. And if they do, they really can't read subtitles.
As a personal note: the India show Galli Galli Sim Sim has the catchiest theme song!
Here is a list of all the countries and the names of the shows:
1. Sisimpur (Bangladesh) Language: Bengali (subtitled in English)
2. Vila Sesamo (Brazil) Language: Portuguese
3. Alam Simsim (Egypt) Language: Arabic
4. Jalan Sesama (Indonesia) Language: Indonesian (subtitled in English)
5. Hikayat Simsim (Jordan) Language: Arabic
6. Sesame Tree (Ireland) Language: English
7. Shara Simsim (Palestine) Language: Arabic
8. Ulitsa Sezam (Russia) Language: Russian
9. Takalani Sesame (South Africa) Language: Africaans & English
10.Shalom Sesame (Israel) Language: Hebrew (subtitled in English)
11.Galli Galli Sim Sim (India) Language: Hindi (subtitled in English)
12.Rruga Sesam (Kosovo-Albanian) Language: Albanian
13.Ulica Sezam (Kosovo-Serbian) Language: Serbian
It's a lot of fun watching the shows from around the world. I wish they had more.