A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. 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. The longest street in the world just built a new bridge that spans from your laptop to 12 other countries!  It has aired in 40 local markets, comprising forty percent of all Chinese homes. This April, in celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Glo Pals will introduce Julia and Elmo to its offering. In 1996, the show changed its name to Sesame Park, and was cancelled in 2002. Sesame Jamboree - Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, The Count, Ernie, Bert and Oscar the Grouch 2. 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. 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! It is a short, simple, fun and entertaining quiz that can give you information … , Norway's co-production, entitled Sesam Stasjon, began filming in 1991. During his tenure at CTW, Dann also made agreements with several Caribbean nations, Mexico, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, France, Israel, and Germany. Starting in 1978, its producers began using puppets filmed in their own studio in Germany. Play with Me Sesame is the title of the current version. The Kuwaiti show, Iftah Ya Simsim, which ran until 1990, was the first of its kind in the Arab world. 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. Keep on Smilin' - Glen Campbelland Oscar the Grouch 5. Dubs have aired before and after. 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. Armed Forces Radio and Television Network, "Why did Britain fall out of love with Sesame St? 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". [Image: courtesy Sesame Workshop] By Adele Peters 2 minute Read. Photo: Sesame Workshop. Zari is a Muppet character meant to promote gender equity in her native Afghanistan. An auto mechanic became the head writer of this show, broadcast in Mandarin Chinese, because there were few people with experience in writing for children in the country. Sesame Street: All Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! The show was sponsored by its patron, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. Bangladesh's 'Sisimpur' features a Bengal tiger named Halum among other characters. , The final two co-productions of the 1970s, both made in 1979, occurred in Kuwait and Spain. A place where everyone counts.  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. 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. 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The Workshop's library of Muppet skits, short films, and animations were sold to many countries and were either broadcast in English or dubbed in the local language. 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.  The Chinese puppeteers were trained by Kevin Clash and Caroll Spinney.  They utilized a variant of a flexible model called the CTW model, developed by the producers and creators of the original show, to create and produce independently produced preschool television shows in other countries. As he and Nina stop in different part of the country, they meet new friends and learn more about where they live. More than 4000 episodes have been made over 40 seasons.  In 2005, Doreen Carvajal of The New York Times reported that income from the co-productions accounted for U.S.$96 million.  All co-productions share elements with the American show, but because of their different needs, no two are exactly alike. Photo: Sabban31/Wikimedia Commons. Charlie will be joining in lots of adventures like making up words to a new song. Sesame Street is broadcast to millions of children globally, including in some of the world's poorest regions. According to Gikow in 2009, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, overseen by Connie Peterson, has taken over puppet creation. It has been continually produced since.  Also in 2008, Jalan Sesama, the Indonesian co-production, premiered; its focus was the country's rich diversity. 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. Rechov Sumsum was an Israeli co-production of Sesame Street that debuted in 1982. Chamki, pictured here in an episode of 'Sesame Street' about street food, always wears her school uniform. 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. According to the documentary The World According to Sesame Street, the reaction of many in the U.S. surprised Sesame Workshop. 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 … (It later collaborated with Sesame Street to produce a limited series in Hebrew and English called Shalom Sesame.) A colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches, and humans. Its curriculum focused on encouraging awareness of other cultures, increasing opportunities for women and girls, and fostering children's interests in education. The first international co-production of Sesame Street was Brazil's Vila Sésamo, which first aired in 1972 and had an initial run of two years. The movie is about Big Bird leaving Sesame Street and going to the country … Afghanistan’s Baghch-e-Simsim (“Sesame Garden” in Dari and Pashto) is one of the newest local co-productions. , International production company for children's television programs. Boombah the lion and a big blue monster named Googly share the show with the energetic girl Chamki, who wears her school uniform to help inspire girls to pursue education. 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. It was broadcast in Portuguese. Premiering in 2011, it introduced its first local Muppet character, Zari, in 2016. Songs - Crystal Gayleand Big Bird 3.  The Workshop worked in conjunction with UNICEF to produce this show, to aid in the peace process between Albanians and Serbs. It was broadcast in Portuguese. , Beginning in early 1973, Canada aired Sesame Street Canada. 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. The show is used to address dealing with issues in the Middle East. And in Season 50, we introduce a new neighbor on Sesame Street, Charlotte – her friends call her “Charlie." (Sesame Workshop also works with refugees in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.). , In 2005, Sisimpur aired in Bangladesh. This co-production has also been broadcast in Puerto Rico and in Spanish-speaking Latin America since 1973, and has aired on Spanish television stations in the U.S. since 1995. , Many years later, co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney recalled, "To be frank, I was really surprised, because we thought we were creating the quintessential American show. Buy Episode 1 SD $0.00.  Afghanistan temporarily aired its first version of Sesame Street, called Koche Sesame in 2004, to help rebuild its educational system. Sesame Workshop brings learning, laughter, and life lessons to kids all over the world. , In 2000, Egypt's co-production, entitled Alam Simsim (عالم سمسم), began to air throughout the Arab world and was broadcast in Arabic. Garibaldo's performer in the revival, Fernando Gomes, became a puppeteer because of the original Brazilian show's influence. Instead of showing words on screen, children were challenged to label objects verbally, thus learning that there are different ways to say the same thing.  The Netherlands' version, Sesamstraat, began in 1976. Its target audience is 4 to 7 years old, but I believe that the families of these children benefit largely as well. Some members of Congress attacked Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop (previously, the CTW), and PBS. One version created in 1974, Bonjour Sésame, was fifteen minutes long and had no street scenes.  Even before the American show's debut, the CTW established an international division, which oversaw its licensing in other countries. “We thought we were creating the quintessential American show," she said. , As of 2006, there were 20 active "co-productions". , Gettas explained that what he called "Sesame Street's unprecedented appeal abroad" was its broad appeal and adaptability to other cultures. The shows came to be called co-productions, and they contained original sets, characters, and curriculum goals. 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. Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative offers families free tools and tips to manage common challenges, simplify everyday activities and build a community of support.  At first, Muppet builder Kermit Love constructed the puppets for the new shows in the U.S. Garibaldo's performer in the revival, Fernando Gomes, became a puppeteer because of the original Brazilian show's influence. , In 1973, West Germany, one of the first countries to approach CTW, began airing Sesamstraße. It used Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), and was broadcast in 22 Arab countries. Like the American show, which encouraged children to learn both English and Spanish, Sesame Street Canada taught basic French words to its viewers. Sesame Street has ventured into places where friendly neighbors are tough to come by.  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. 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Plaza Sésamo was also produced in 1972, in Mexico. It was re-released on widescreen in 2005. Side One 1.  Also in 2005, the producers of the Kosovo co-production (Rruga Sesam/Ulica Sezam) chose to present the languages of the region more evenly. Marlee Glustoff, Kristen Murphy, Erin Sweeney & Ricki Spak The Purpose of Sesame How/what did you learn from them? 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. In order to give more children access to the series, local teachers bring TVs on carts to urban slums and also play educational games along with the screening. A distinct Palestinian Shara’a Simsim then premiered in 2007. They are Rohingya Muslims who escaped ethnic cleansing in their native Myanmar for refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Our Street; Baltimore, Maryland; Camden, New Jersey; Greater Des Moines, Iowa; Guilford County, North Carolina; Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Leland and Indianola, Mississippi; Los Angeles, California; Maricopa County, Arizona; Miami, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Transylvania County, North Carolina; About Us. 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. 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" that could be used to achieve different results in different countries. Different co-productions were produced, depending upon each country's needs and resources. We thought the Muppets were quintessentially American, and it turns out they're the most international characters ever created". Segments from the American show were blended with original Canadian content, and McCarthy enlisted Canadian celebrities such as singer Anne Murray to appear. 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. Zari is a girl meant to promote gender equity, while her younger brother Zeerak models how boys can respect girls. Hilda the Irish hare lives there alongside the furry purple Potto; the two become friends despite cultural differences. Plaza Sésamo was also produced in 1972, in  There have been three versions of Sesame Street in Portugal, including one co-production created in 1989. Suddenly Big Bird is worried that if he can't answer the question, there won't be any presents on Christmas! 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".  The producers of each co-production developed and built their own sets, live-action videos, and animations in-country.  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. The show continued to be well-known decades after it went off the air. You can take this quiz if you are a big fan or if you want to learn even more about it. According to Gikow, it often served as the basis for the creation of new material for their own co-productions. 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. This show has aired in both Dutch and Flemish. Previously, they aired the U.S. version. 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. In 2006, the show launched a Kosovo version, which was broadcast in both Albania …  In the first week of December 2011, a Pashto and Dari-language version called Baghch-e-Simsim was launched in Afghanistan, and in the same month Pakistan began airing its own Urdu-language version, called SimSim Humara, which was supposed to run for three years. According to its producers, its goal was to "promote respect in the face of conflict". 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. Your care and support can make a huge difference in the life of a young child.  Denmark created Sesamgade in 2009, which contained elements of Play With Me Sesame and locally produced segments with Elmo. 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.  The co-productions combined universal curriculum goals that were common around the world with educational content that specifically addressed the needs of children in each country. They created the first HIV-positive Muppet, Kami, to confront the stigma of HIV and AIDS in South Africa. He added, "We give a country a model of how television can be used effectively to address people's needs". , Sweden's version of Sesame Street, Svenska Sesam (1981–1983), was originally a single-season full co-production, but did not integrate puppets. According to the 2006 documentary The World According to Sesame Street, the producers of the co-productions repeated the "experiment" undertaken by the original U.S. show, but adapted it to each specific situation.  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.  One of the show's Muppet characters, Dr. Valentin Ruster, was based upon Dr. Valentín Fuster, a native Spaniard who worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As of 2014, many of the show's Muppet characters were displayed in the CBC Museum in Toronto. They are also Muppets. I didn't expect people to be so horrible ... and hateful and mean". She stated that this cultural specificity was the reason for the co-productions' success, popularity, and educational impact.  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.  They created Open Sesame, a series with no specific cultural references in it and, as Horne described, "universally acceptable material". 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.  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". Dr. Fuster's likeness was created to educate children in Spain about exercise and eating healthy. , In 2003, Hikayat Simsim premiered in Jordan.  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. A study conducted in 2004 showed that the show's efforts to educate Egyptian children about health were substantially influential. 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. , The earliest international versions were what then-CTW vice-president Charlotte Cole called "fairly simple", consisting of dubbed versions of the show with local language voice-overs and instructional cutaways. Whereas 5, Rue Sésame has a bakery and Sisimpur a tea shop, Galli Galli Sim Sim has an Internet café. [Image: courtesy Sesame Workshop] As with Sesame Street in other countries, the project in Bangladesh also teaches basic math and parts of early education. 1, Rue Sésame began in 1976; its set consists of a courtyard of a building in a small French town. Photo: Sesame Workshop. She has appeared at the UN, met Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Whoopi Goldberg, and other notables. , U.S. cast members Kevin Clash and Marty Robinson have cast and trained the international puppeteers. Puppeteer Michel Jabali with the Muppet Habeeb from 'Iftah Ya Simsim.' It returned in 2013, and had similar goals and objectives as the original version, including the use of MSA. Plaza Sésamo now airs throughout Latin America, and includes such local characters as Abelardo, a giant parrot who is Big Bird’s cousin. Photo: Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop. 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). The Last Cookie Roundup- Cookie Monster 4. Meet Noor and Aziz, twin six-year-old refugees. In May 1970, the Mississippi state commission on educational television had voted to pull the show from the state's PBS station. Take a look at some of the international Sesame Streets here. Sesame Street has been on TV in 120 countries all over the world. Its set consisted of an open plaza. The Russian co-production Ulitsa Sezam (Улица Сезам) debuted in 1996. Its name translates to “Open Sesame,” and the street in the original version was called “Shari’ ‘Ishrin,” or “Twentieth Street.” , 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. Sesame Street in Different Countries Takalani Sesame Discussion Questions Which shows did you watch growing up? This practise continued until the mid-1990s when the CBC network actually cancelled "Sesame Street" in favor of a 100% Canadian version called "Sesame Park."  The show also focused on literacy, numeracy, health and hygiene, emotions, road safety, and the environment. Welcome to Sesame Street!  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. Six-year-old twins Noor and Aziz live in the largest refugee camp in the world. It aired twice weekly, and emphasized basic literacy, numeracy, and social skills.  The show was also broadcast on U.S. military bases. Sesame Street’s newest Muppets are Rohingya refugees. 'Takalani Sesame' 's Zuzu, 'Galli Galli Sim Sim' 's Chamki, China's Lily, and Rosita on an episode of 'Sesame Street.' It's not religion they're spreading, but it is learning and tolerance and love and mutual respect".  Its curriculum focused on literacy, math, cognitive and social skills, girls' education, the environment, and health. According to Gettas, the producers of the programs would "rely on variants of the CTW model to help them create programming that faithfully reflects the linguistic, cultural, social, or religious diversity of their native lands". Photo: U.S. Embassy Dhaka/Flickr, Bangladesh’s local co-production premiered in 2005. 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. Plot. The study also found that the show had a wide audience, even in communities without good access to electricity. 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. Cole reported that the goal of the co-productions was to provide children in each country a program that reflected their country's culture, local values, and educational priorities.  At first, this co-production incorporated original German animation and live action segments into the U.S. version. One of its goals was to demonstrate to Albanian and Serbian children that their counterparts were like them. 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. It’s also the runner-up for longest-running international Sesame Street co-production, after Germany’s Sesamstraße, which debuted in 1973. 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. The model consisted of the combination of producers and researchers working together on the show, the development of a unique curriculum, and extensive test screening of the shows.  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.  Northern Ireland's production, which was broadcast throughout the UK but was "rooted in everyday life in Northern Ireland", was called Sesame Tree, and was set in and around a whimsical tree. , 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. Jordan also has a version, called Hikayat Simsim. 38 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television stations broadcast Sesame Street to Canada's English-speaking provinces. Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is an animated movie.It was released on August 31, 1985.  In 2005, a study was conducted about the show's impact on AIDS education in South Africa; it found that viewers exposed to Takalani Sesame demonstrated more knowledge and awareness about HIV, AIDS, and its treatment.  Its curriculum emphasized aesthetics. 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! 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.  According to producer Nadine Zylstra, they faced unusual challenges rarely experienced in the U.S. For example, riots and conflicts between Serbs and Albanians in 2004 delayed production of the Kosovo co-production for three months. The 2006 documentary The World According to Sesame Street chronicled the creation of Sisimpur, Kosovo’s local version, and a season of South Africa’s Takalani Sesame. In 1969, the producers of the original show depended upon government and foundation funding, but as Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell stated in 2009, the U.S. funding model would not necessarily be effective in countries with different economic and political structures.  The show's curriculum focused on mutual respect and understanding.  It also featured the HIV-positive Muppet Kami from the South African co-production. 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).  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