Its inherent flexibility was attractive to producers in other countries, who saw the model as "a methodological approach that is neither doctrinaire nor culture-bound"[16] that could be used to achieve different results in different countries. [13], Gettas explained that what he called "Sesame Street's unprecedented appeal abroad"[14] was its broad appeal and adaptability to other cultures. [29] The show also focused on literacy, numeracy, health and hygiene, emotions, road safety, and the environment. [3][17] The producers of each co-production developed and built their own sets, live-action videos, and animations in-country. More than 4000 episodes have been made over 40 seasons. For example, the first HIV-positive Muppet, Kami, from the South African co-production Takalani Sesame, was created in 2003 to address the epidemic of AIDS in South Africa, and was met with controversy in the U.S. By 2006, there were 20 co-productions in countries all over the world. In May 1970, the Mississippi state commission on educational television had voted to pull the show from the state's PBS station. Garibaldo's performer in the revival, Fernando Gomes, became a puppeteer because of the original Brazilian show's influence. "We thought the Muppets were quintessentially American, and it turns out they’re the most international characters ever created.”. Sesame Street has ventured into places where friendly neighbors are tough to come by. 38 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television stations broadcast Sesame Street to Canada's English-speaking provinces. [Image: courtesy Sesame Workshop] As with Sesame Street in other countries, the project in Bangladesh also teaches basic math and parts of early education. [45][46] Denmark created Sesamgade in 2009, which contained elements of Play With Me Sesame and locally produced segments with Elmo. Sesame Street: All Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! They are also Muppets. [28] Its curriculum emphasized aesthetics. In 2005, a nationwide strike in Bangladesh temporarily stalled production of their show. A study conducted in 2004 showed that the show's efforts to educate Egyptian children about health were substantially influential. As of 2014, many of the show's Muppet characters were displayed in the CBC Museum in Toronto. [22] According to producer Nadine Zylstra, they faced unusual challenges rarely experienced in the U.S.[23] For example, riots and conflicts between Serbs and Albanians in 2004 delayed production of the Kosovo co-production for three months. Oscar asks. Premiering in 2011, it introduced its first local Muppet character, Zari, in 2016. Like the American show, which encouraged children to learn both English and Spanish, Sesame Street Canada taught basic French words to its viewers. According to its producers, its goal was to "promote respect in the face of conflict". [19] Poland's Ulica Sezamkowa, which also premiered in 1996, has been since replaced by dubs of various Sesame Workshop programs and has changed its name to Sezamkowy Zakątek. Kin Folk- Ernie, Bert and Osca… [15][25] Plaza Sésamo was also produced in 1972, in Mexico. [7][8] In 2005, Doreen Carvajal of The New York Times reported that income from the co-productions accounted for U.S.$96 million. The producers of Sisimpur, the Bangladesh co-production, created their own traditional puppets because their puppet-making craft is thousands of years old and an important part of their culture. Afghanistan’s Baghch-e-Simsim (“Sesame Garden” in Dari and Pashto) is one of the newest local co-productions. Hilda the Irish hare lives there alongside the furry purple Potto; the two become friends despite cultural differences. Sesame Street Makes Music encourages musicality and creativity by introducing your child to different instruments and musical genres, while playing along to classic preschool tunes. The Arabic-language Iftah Ya Simsim first aired in 1979 and was broadcast in various Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa for the next ten years. Writing seminars were also held in New York. The Armed Forces Radio and Television Network agreed to air the first 130 episodes of the U.S.-made show for children of military personnel serving in 16 countries, including Iceland, Greece, Ethiopia, and South Korea. Gettas stated, "Here is a program that speaks to them in their own language, on their level, and with respect for their intelligence". (Sesame Workshop also works with refugees in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.). [12] In 2003, in response to the epidemic of AIDS in South Africa, the co-producers of Takalani Sesame included the first preschool AIDS/HIV curriculum. According to Gregory J. Gettas, the division immediately developed four main licensing policies: (1) Like the American version, all foreign versions had to be broadcast without commercials; (2) any changes would have to meet high production standards, which protected the CTW's proprietary interests; (3) all versions had to reflect the country's cultural values and traditions; and (4) all changes would have to be approved, initiated, and supervised by a local committee working with the CTW. Though I'm not entirely sold on Elmo's medical education, I still think it's a pretty awesome idea. [14] According to Cooper Wright, the Sesame Workshop's vice-president of International Co-Productions in 2006, the "mission" of the co-productions was to "help children reach their highest potential". It was re-released on widescreen in 2005. Chamki, pictured here in an episode of 'Sesame Street' about street food, always wears her school uniform. 'Takalani Sesame' 's Zuzu, 'Galli Galli Sim Sim' 's Chamki, China's Lily, and Rosita on an episode of 'Sesame Street.' Armed Forces Radio and Television Network, "Why did Britain fall out of love with Sesame St? A few months after the 1969 debut of Sesame Street on National Educational Television in the United States, producers from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Iran and Germany requested that the organization responsible for the show's production, the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), create and produce versions of Sesame Street in those countries. Dubbed versions of the show continued to be produced if the country's needs and resources warranted it. The Muppets were used afterwards in a different show called The Muppet Show. Its set consisted of an open plaza. Some members of Congress attacked Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop (previously, the CTW), and PBS. They created the first HIV-positive Muppet, Kami, to confront the stigma of HIV and AIDS in South Africa. No longer on the air,[20] one of its curriculum goals was to prepare Russian children to live in a "new open society". Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is an animated movie.It was released on August 31, 1985. This April, in celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Glo Pals will introduce Julia and Elmo to its offering. [50][51], In February 2020, a show called Ahlan Simsim was released on MBC3. [23] In 1989, Susam Sokağı, a co-production filmed in Turkey, featured versions of Big Bird and an "exuberant little-girl Muppet host" named Simi. 2005 also saw the premiere of a French local co-production. [25][29] Its curriculum focused on literacy, math, cognitive and social skills, girls' education, the environment, and health. One version created in 1974, Bonjour Sésame, was fifteen minutes long and had no street scenes. According to the documentary The World According to Sesame Street, the reaction of many in the U.S. surprised Sesame Workshop. You can take this quiz if you are a big fan or if you want to learn even more about it. [2][25][26] CBC Television enlisted television and radio producer Daniel McCarthy to work with the CTW to develop Canadian-specific set designs and themes, and along with Jim Henson, to create original Canadian Muppet characters. Puppeteer Michel Jabali with the Muppet Habeeb from 'Iftah Ya Simsim.' According to the 2006 documentary The World According to Sesame Street, the producers of the co-productions repeated the "experiment"[3] undertaken by the original U.S. show, but adapted it to each specific situation. Rechov Sumsum was an Israeli co-production of Sesame Street that debuted in 1982. [3], When countries were not able to afford creating original co-productions, the Workshop provided alternatives for them. Photo: U.S. Embassy Dhaka/Flickr, Bangladesh’s local co-production premiered in 2005. Egypt has its own Arabic-language Sesame co-production called Alam Simsim, which debuted in 2000 and features an ambitious girl named Khokha who empowers girls to wish for great things through her desire to be a writer, police officer, or astronaut. Sesame Street is a very popular show in different countries and probably millions of people know about it. [44] Also in 2008, Jalan Sesama, the Indonesian co-production, premiered; its focus was the country's rich diversity. Dann's appointment led to television critic Marvin Kitman stating, "After he [Dann] sells [Sesame Street] in Russia and Czechoslovakia, he might try Mississippi, where it is considered too controversial for educational TV". [31] The show's curriculum focused on mutual respect and understanding. Sesam: dub 1976 Netherlands Sesamstraat: co-production 1978 France 1, Rue Sésame: co-production 1979 Spain Barrio Sésamo: co-production 1979 United Arab Emirates Iftah Ya Simsim: co-production 1981 Sweden Svenska Sesam: co-production 1981 Spain La Cometa Blanca: dub 1982 Israel Rechov Sumsum: co-production 1983 Philippines Sesame! Mexico’s Plaza Sésamo was the first international co-production, along with Brazil’s Vila Sésamo. Different co-productions were produced, depending upon each country's needs and resources. They included both dubbed versions of the American show and versions created, developed, and produced in each country that reflected their needs, educational priorities, and culture. It was broadcast in Portuguese. She has appeared at the UN, met Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Whoopi Goldberg, and other notables. Its name translates to “Open Sesame,” and the street in the original version was called “Shari’ ‘Ishrin,” or “Twentieth Street.” Sesame Street is here for you with activities and tips for the challenges and joys along the way. Sesame Street’s newest Muppets are Rohingya refugees. 'Plaza Sésamo' 's Abelardo is a cousin of Big Bird. In working with producers in other countries, Sesame Workshop provides the frameworks for the series that are to be created by local production teams within a country. France had aired a version of Sesame Street in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it was essentially a dubbed American version. India’s local co-production launched in 2006 and is broadcast in Hindi and several other languages on both TV and radio. Marlee Glustoff, Kristen Murphy, Erin Sweeney & Ricki Spak The Purpose of Sesame Sesame Street is broadcast to millions of children globally, including in some of the world's poorest regions. [21] At first, Muppet builder Kermit Love constructed the puppets for the new shows in the U.S. [25] A French-dubbed version was shown in 1975, which demonstrated the producers' commitment to bilingualism, one of their curriculum goals. The show's counterpart of Big Bird was a hedgehog named Kippi, while Moishe Oofnik, who originally lived in a broken car, was the Grouch (and Oscar's cousin). [3] The producers were further galvanized to accomplish this goal after the events of September 11. For the first time ever, Sesame Street fans living in the U.S. can enjoy a free sampling of original international co-productions of the beloved television program. The show's producers donated 400 education kits, which included a message from President Hamid Karzai, to schools, orphanages, and TV stations across the country. Sesame Street in Different Countries Takalani Sesame Discussion Questions Which shows did you watch growing up? [4] During the same period there were discussions about broadcasting the U.S. version in Britain or producing a British version of Sesame Street, but British broadcasters found the show too controversial and rejected the idea. [1] The Workshop recognized that the production model developed in the U.S., which reflected its needs and culture at the time, served as a framework for other countries that wanted to repeat it. On Thursday, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that runs the early education TV show “Sesame Street” and operates in more than 150 countries, unveiled Aziz and Noor … The producers of these shows developed them using a variant on the CTW model, a flexible model of production based upon the experiences of the creators and producers of the U.S. show. [32], Sweden's version of Sesame Street, Svenska Sesam (1981–1983), was originally a single-season full co-production, but did not integrate puppets. Dr. Fuster's likeness was created to educate children in Spain about exercise and eating healthy. 5, Rue Sésame is more adapted to French culture and concerns: there’s a bakery selling baguettes, run by an Arabic woman; Nac, a large monster similar to Big Bird; and Griotte, a young girl in a wheelchair. Joan Ganz Cooney, the co-creator of Sesame Street, never thought her beloved children’s shows would be popular outside the United States. During his tenure at CTW, Dann also made agreements with several Caribbean nations, Mexico, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, France, Israel, and Germany. [24], Nigeria produced its own version of Sesame Street, called Sesame Square, in 2010. Sesame Street has a program, Sesame English, which begins to teach English to children in different countries with the help of a multilingual cat named Tingo. I didn't expect people to be so horrible ... and hateful and mean". In 1996, the show changed its name to Sesame Park, and was cancelled in 2002. Zari is a Muppet character meant to promote gender equity in her native Afghanistan. ‎Download apps by Sesame Street, including A Busy Day for Elmo: Sesame Street Video Calls, Oscar the Grouch Stickers, Elmo Loves ABCs, and many more. One of the longest-running children’s TV shows in the Netherlands is Sesamstraat, which began airing in 1976. [33] Its curriculum, which was based upon their viewers' needs, differed from many other countries and exposed Israeli children to children from different cultures. [4] He later told author Michael Davis, "I was aggressive and I knew people around the world". The Kuwaiti show, Iftah Ya Simsim, which ran until 1990, was the first of its kind in the Arab world. She stated that this cultural specificity was the reason for the co-productions' success, popularity, and educational impact. Cooney stated, "Our producers are like old-fashioned missionaries. [12] Israel filmed its co-production, called Rechov Sumsum, in 1983. [10] Studies conducted on the effects of several co-productions (Mexico in 1974, Turkey in 1990, Portugal in 1993, and Russia in 1998) found that viewers of these shows gain basic academic skills, especially literacy and numeracy, from watching them. Count von Count's Continuous Country Cookin' Downhome Diner - The Count with Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Herry Monster, Big Bird and Bert Side Two 1. Its name translates to “Open Sesame,” and the street in the original version was called “Shari’ ‘Ishrin,” or “Twentieth Street.” It featured a cast and crew from across the Arabic world, and was relaunched in 2015. The Muppet Garibaldo was "the centerpiece" of the Brazil co-production and remained popular with viewers when the show was revived in 2007. [13] The controversy in the U.S. was short-lived, and died down when the public discovered the facts about the South African co-production, and when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and American televangelist and conservative activist Jerry Falwell praised the Workshop's efforts. Six-year-old twins Noor and Aziz live in the largest refugee camp in the world. [12] At first, this co-production incorporated original German animation and live action segments into the U.S. version. Rather than a street, the action takes place at a hollow tree, drawing on local folklore featuring fairy trees. The longest street in the world just built a new bridge that spans from your laptop to 12 other countries! The movie is about Big Bird leaving Sesame Street and going to the country … And in Season 50, we introduce a new neighbor on Sesame Street, Charlotte – her friends call her “Charlie." The Last Cookie Roundup- Cookie Monster 4. [11], In 2001 the Workshop introduced Sesame English, a series focused on teaching children and their families the basics of the English language and on familiarizing them with some aspects of American culture. It returned in 2013, and had similar goals and objectives as the original version, including the use of MSA. 1, Rue Sésame began in 1976; its set consists of a courtyard of a building in a small French town. Characters include the piglet Purk, who was introduced as a baby in a 2003 holiday special and wears a diaper; Pino, a Big Bird-esque baby blue bird; and Ieniemienie the mouse. [26][29], In 2000, Egypt's co-production, entitled Alam Simsim (عالم سمسم), began to air throughout the Arab world and was broadcast in Arabic. [24] In Sesamstraat's early years, Belgium television participated in its production, so it also aired there. Photo: Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop. [3], The co-productions consisted of unique characters, sets, and curricula designed to meet the needs of their own children. [31][43] Northern Ireland's production, which was broadcast throughout the UK but was "rooted in everyday life in Northern Ireland",[44] was called Sesame Tree, and was set in and around a whimsical tree. Your child can play songs with the band or explore instruments on their own in the Sesame Street concert hall, playing fast and slow rhythms to their cheering fans! In 1998, a joint Israeli-Palestinian co-production launched, featuring two separate streets: Rechov Sumsum and Shara’a Simsim. [1] Even before the American show's debut, the CTW established an international division, which oversaw its licensing in other countries. [17] As of 2009, the Workshop opened its entire library of episodes, short films, and animations created all over the world so that poorer countries could use and adapt them for their purposes. Dubs have aired before and after. As he and Nina stop in different part of the country, they meet new friends and learn more about where they live. How did they reflect the culture that you lived in? It sought to promote mutual respect, cooperation, and tolerance, although it did not make direct reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sisimpur draws on the rich Bengali puppet tradition, and includes such characters as the outgoing girl Tuktuki, the nature-loving Bengal tiger Halum, and a curious jackal named Shiku, while the set features a banyan tree, tea shop, and sweets shop, all of which are traditional gathering places. Sesame Tree is a local co-production in Northern Ireland that premiered in 2008 and promotes respect and understanding in an area scarred by religious difference. [26], Beginning in early 1973, Canada aired Sesame Street Canada. [23] This difficult co-production, which was beset by political difficulties and severe flooding that delayed production, was depicted in the 2006 documentary The World According to Sesame Street. Side One 1. 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[47], After an absence of ten years, and almost 30 years after the 1983 movie Big Bird in China, 53 eleven-minute episodes of Sesame Street's Big Bird Looks at the World, filmed in Mandarin Chinese, debuted in early 2011 in China. Jordan also has a version, called Hikayat Simsim. [26][31], Norway's co-production, entitled Sesam Stasjon, began filming in 1991. It’s also the runner-up for longest-running international Sesame Street co-production, after Germany’s Sesamstraße, which debuted in 1973. Inspired by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the program emphasized emergency preparedness. [3] By its 50th anniversary in 2019, 190 million children viewed over 160 versions of Sesame Street in 70 languages. Sesame Workshop has also begun working to bring play-based learning to Rohingya children living in refugee settlements in Bangladesh, their families having fled persecution in their native Myanmar. The show continued to be well-known decades after it went off the air. The show was sponsored by its patron, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. The Canadian broadcasts also used different opening and closing credits, and beginning in the mid-1980s, the series title was changed to "Canadian Sesame Street" due to widespread broadcasting of the American version in Canada via cable TV. Songs - Crystal Gayleand Big Bird 3. One of its goals was to demonstrate to Albanian and Serbian children that their counterparts were like them. Zari is a girl meant to promote gender equity, while her younger brother Zeerak models how boys can respect girls. Sesame Street has been on TV in 120 countries all over the world. Charlie will be joining in lots of adventures like making up words to a new song. International versions of Sesame Street are tailored to local audiences and include localized Muppets mixed in with imported segments from the American … Starting in 1978, its producers began using puppets filmed in their own studio in Germany. In 1998, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street, Zhima Jie, was created. It was broadcast in Portuguese. It's not religion they're spreading, but it is learning and tolerance and love and mutual respect". [17] The show was also broadcast on U.S. military bases. They are Rohingya Muslims who escaped ethnic cleansing in their native Myanmar for refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. [39], In 2003, Hikayat Simsim premiered in Jordan. Here are just a few of the places we get the chance to make a difference: [Image: courtesy Sesame Workshop] By Adele Peters 2 minute Read. [29][34], Also in 1983, the Philippines created Batibot, the first fully bilingual (Tagalog and English) version of Sesame Street. Its target audience is 4 to 7 years old, but I believe that the families of these children benefit largely as well. [29][30] Barrio Sésamo, made in Spain, featured over the years such characters as Caponata the hen, Don Pimpon, Espinete the pink hedgehog, and Perezgil, a snail character who was able to hide a thousand and one things in his shell. [16], The need for preschool education in each country was assessed through research and interviews with television producers, researchers, and educational experts, which paralleled what the producers of Sesame Street did in the late 1960s. 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[48] In the first week of December 2011, a Pashto and Dari-language version called Baghch-e-Simsim was launched in Afghanistan,[49] and in the same month Pakistan began airing its own Urdu-language version, called SimSim Humara, which was supposed to run for three years. It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, and everyone is joining in the excitement - until a question from Oscar throws Big Bird into a tailspin. Plaza Sésamo was also produced in 1972, in [3] Also in 1998, a fifteen-minute version of the Israeli show was dubbed in Arabic and renamed Shara'a Simsim; this Palestinian co-production promoted children's sense of national identity. [15] All co-productions share elements with the American show, but because of their different needs, no two are exactly alike. Many of the adaptations of Sesame Street are changed to fit the local culture and issues, and some versions even have their own unique characters. 50 years after the series debuted in the U.S., Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit behind Sesame Street and related programs, operates in some 150 countries, and there are more than 30 international co-productions of the show. [24] There have been three versions of Sesame Street in Portugal, including one co-production created in 1989. Meet Noor and Aziz, twin six-year-old refugees. The length of the movie is 89 minutes.it Was Produced By Sesame Workshop Which Was Called Children's Television Workshop At The Time The Jim Henson Company and Warner Bros. In an attempt to spread awareness about children with autism, Sesame Street And Autism: See Amazing In All Children will add a new character: Julia will star alongside Elmo, who helps explain her condition to other characters (and therefore to all the children watching at home). Previously, they aired the U.S. version. By 2006, Sesame Street had become "the most widely viewed children's television show in the world", with 20 international independent versions and broadcasts in over 120 countries. This co-production's goal was to improve school achievement and decrease drop-out rates for children before the third grade. It was the first co-production to devote an entire section of its curriculum to educating children about mutual respect, which was a priority due to "profound political tension in the region". 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In 2001, there were more than 120 million viewers of all international versions of Sesame Street, and by the U.S. show's 40th anniversary in 2009, they were seen in more than 140 countries. Whereas 5, Rue Sésame has a bakery and Sisimpur a tea shop, Galli Galli Sim Sim has an Internet café. [36], South Africa aired Takalani Sesame, also in 2000; it focused on AIDS education with the creation of the first HIV-positive Muppet, Kami, who was declared a UNICEF "Champion for Children" in 2003. [4][note 1], By summer 1970, Dann had made the first international agreements for what the CTW later called "co-productions". Play with Me Sesame is the title of the current version. Both debuted in 1972, only three years after the show premiered in the United States. [3] Michael Dann, a former CBS executive whom Cooney had hired as a CTW vice-president and her assistant, was assigned to field offers from other countries to produce their own versions of Sesame Street. According to Gikow, it often served as the basis for the creation of new material for their own co-productions. Photo: Sabban31/Wikimedia Commons The Arabic-language Iftah Ya Simsim first aired in 1979 and was broadcast in various Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa for the next ten years. We thought the Muppets were quintessentially American, and it turns out they're the most international characters ever created". [35] The Chinese puppeteers were trained by Kevin Clash and Caroll Spinney. [3] Also in 2005, the producers of the Kosovo co-production (Rruga Sesam/Ulica Sezam) chose to present the languages of the region more evenly. The American version was broadcast throughout the UK on a limited basis starting in 1971, but went off the air in 2001. Its curriculum focused on encouraging awareness of other cultures, increasing opportunities for women and girls, and fostering children's interests in education. 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