Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Kinderfernseher / Children's Television

I got into a very lengthy conversation with my friend Dan this weekend about the different TV shows we watched as kids. I already knew that Sesame Street can be seen in most countries, but I learned that Sesamstraße has always been produced in Germany, not just dubbed from the American version. Subsequently there are different characters and plotlines. They have Oscar (Oskar) and Grover (Grobi) but no Big Bird and no Snuffeluppagus. Let me tell you, it's pretty weird to describe those characters and nobody has a clue what you're talking about.

We did confirm, however, that many of the short cartoons and skits shown in each program often came from the U.S. And so, for those interested, I offer you Rubber Duckie auf Deutsch.

For those with less patience there's also ma nah ma nah (or menomena, however you want to spell it) which is identical to the english version, except for the intro.