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List of Sesame Street international co-production characters

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List of Sesame Street international co-production characters

Sesame Street has many international versions across the world. Each uses some original characters, created specifically to represent their own culture. The following list highlights some of these characters. All characters are Muppets, unless otherwise mentioned.


  • Vila Sésamo first show (Brazil) 1
  • Canada's Sesame Street and Sesame Park (Canada) 2
  • Zhima Jie (China) 3
  • Sesamstraße (Germany) 4
    • Humans in Sesamstraße 1978-1986 4.1
    • Humans in Sesamstraße 1986-present 4.2
  • Sesame Tree (Northern Ireland) 5
  • Play with Me Sesame (United Kingdom) 6
  • Rechov SumSum / Shalom Sesame (Israel) 7
  • Iftah Ya Simsim (Kuwait) 8
  • Plaza Sésamo (Mexico) 9
    • Humans in Plaza Sesamo 9.1
  • Sesamstraat (Netherlands) 10
    • Humans in Sesamstraat 10.1
  • Sesam Stasjon (Norway) 11
    • Humans in Sesam Stasjon 11.1
  • Sesame! or Batibot (Philippines) 12
    • Humans in Batibot 12.1
  • Rua Sésamo (Portugal) 13
  • Ulitsa Sezam (Russia) 14
  • Takalani Sesame (South Africa) 15
  • Barrio Sésamo (Spain) 16
  • Susam Sokağı (Turkey) 17
  • Alam Simsim (Egypt) 18
  • Ulica Sezamkowa (Poland) 19
    • Humans on Ulica Sezamkowa 19.1

Vila Sésamo first show (Brazil)

  • Garibaldo - A giant, shy, blue (yellow in the 2007 version) bird. Similar to Big Bird.
  • Gugu - A green Muppet monster with a blue nose and orange cheeks. Similar to Oscar the Grouch.
  • Juca (Armando Bogus) - A toy maker who taught children his craft.
  • Ana Maria (Sonia Braga) - A teacher and Juca's cousin.
  • Gabriela (Aracy Balabanian) - The wife of Juca
  • Funga-funga - A red Muppet elephant who didn't like how others looked at him.
  • Bel - A Brazilian girl that appeared in the 2007 version

Canada's Sesame Street and Sesame Park (Canada)

Zhima Jie (China)

Sesamstraße (Germany)

  • Samson - A male bear, similar in role and full-body puppet, to Big Bird (1978–2008, 2013-present)
  • Simson - Samson's cousin and lookalike, often seen with a hat or a tie to distinguish him from Samson (on and off in 1989-1998)
  • Tiffy - A pink female bird (1978–2005)
  • Finchen - A (former male, now female) snail (on and off from 1983, 1989–present)
  • Rumpel - An Oscar the Grouch-like male character that lives in a rainbarrel. He has Gustav, a pet caterpillar (1989–2008)
  • Buh - A male owl (1989–2002)
  • Feli Filu - A blue female monster reporter (2000–2007)
  • Pferd - A male horse (2002–present)
  • Wolle - A male lamb (2002–present)
  • Lena - A pink monster baby (2005–2009)
  • Moni - A female photographer (2005–2007)
  • Ulli von Bödefeld - An androgyne hedgehog-like creature (1978-early 1986)
  • Wolf vom Wortersee - A green wolf (2007-present)

Humans in Sesamstraße 1978-1986

  • Henning (Henning Venske, a West German actor - 1978-1979) -
  • Lilo (Lieselotte Pulver, a Swiss actress 1978-1986) -
  • Uwe (Uwe Friedrichsen, a West German actor 1979-1982) -
  • Horst (Horst Janson, a West German actor 1979-1986) -
  • Ute (Ute Willing, a German actress 1979-1986) -
  • Ilse (Ilse Biberti, a German actress 1979-1982) -
  • Elisabeth (Elisabeth Vitouch, a German actress 1979-1982) -
  • Manfred (Manfred Krug, an East German actor - 1982-1986) -

Humans in Sesamstraße 1986-present

Sesame Tree (Northern Ireland)

  • Potto - A male 'monster' style Muppet and cousin of Telly Monster.
  • Hilda - A female Irish Hare
  • Claribelle - A red Muppet bird.
  • Archie - A bespectacled squirrel.
  • Bookworms – A bunch of Bookworms live amongst Potto's books.
  • Weatherberries – A bunch of singing fruit. They often announce the weather whenever Hilda asks what the weather will be like today.

Play with Me Sesame (United Kingdom)

  • Domby - A male 'monster' style Muppet, originally from Scotland. Him and his friend, Kit, live in a castle on top of a hill.
  • Kit - Domby's best friend. They spend most of their time in the castle kitchen, bedroom and living room (very similar to Ernie and Bert sketches). He is originally from Manchester. They sometimes visit schools and playgroups to sing or talk with the children.

Rechov SumSum / Shalom Sesame (Israel)

Iftah Ya Simsim (Kuwait)

Plaza Sésamo (Mexico)

Humans in Plaza Sesamo

  • Carlos
  • José - The Storekeeper
  • Alicia
  • Fernando (Justo Martinez) - The police officer
  • Mercedes
  • Teresa (Romelia Aguero) -
  • Sandra (Ana Silvia Garza) -
  • Sebastian (Jaime Garza) -
  • Miguel (Alejandro Ibarra) -
  • Ana (Rocio Ortiz) -
  • Goyo (Raoul Rossi) -
  • Pepe (Salvador Sanchez) -
  • Paula (Rosalia Valdez) -
  • La Abuela (Evita Muñoz, Beatriz Aguirre) -
  • Don Boni (Edgar Vivar, Sergio Corona) -
  • Carmen (María Del Sol) -
  • Gertrudis (Socorro Bonilla, Leonorilda Ochoa) -
  • Pablo (Ariel López Padilla, Benjamin Rivero) -
  • Maria (Paty Díaz, M'Balia Marichal Ibar) -
  • Susana (Liza Echeverria, Mariana Garza) -
  • Juan (Alberto Mayagoitia, Raúl Magaña) -
  • Neftalí (Héctor Hernández, Pedro Romo) -
  • Daniela (Maria Fernanda Urdapilleta, Mariana Botas, Paula Gutiérrez) -
  • Manuel (Manuel Bermudez, Charlie Santana, Alan Sanchez, Santiago Hernández) -
  • ToNo (Isaac Castro) -
  • Romina (Anahí Sánchez) -

Sesamstraat (Netherlands)

Humans in Sesamstraat

Sesam Stasjon (Norway)

  • Max Mekker - A big blue monster who owns a train station called "Sesam Stasjon".
  • Alfa - A female yellow monster.
  • Bjarne - A pink man who owns a ticket booth.
  • Py - A red monster who hatched from a blue egg.

Humans in Sesam Stasjon

  • O. Tidemann - A kind but somewhat blustery grandfatherly-type of a station master who generally manages to keep the station running smoothly, even if he doesn't always get the peace and quiet he wants.
  • Leonora Dorothea Dahl - A former world-famous singer who used to travel around the world. She still likes to sing at any opportunity, and is a good cook.

Sesame! or Batibot (Philippines)

Humans in Batibot

  • Kuya Bodjie (played by Luisito Pascua) - His name is translated as Big Brother Bodjie.
  • Ate Sienna - His name is translated as Big Sister Sienna.

Rua Sésamo (Portugal)

  • Poupas - An orange version of Big Bird.
  • Ferrão - A brown-colored version of Oscar the Grouch that lived inside a bottomless barrel in the Sesame Street square.
  • Tita - A gray cat.

Ulitsa Sezam (Russia)

  • Zeliboba - A 9-foot furry blue tree spirit who enjoys dancing
  • Businka - A bright pink Muppet who finds joy in everything
  • Kubik - The resident pensive problem-solver who used to be a school teacher

Takalani Sesame (South Africa)

  • Kami - She raised controversy in the USA due to her HIV+ status
  • Moshe - A four year old, vegetarian meerkat who is extremely optimistic and loves to dance. He is Takalani Sesame's equivalent to Big Bird.
  • Zikwe - A monster who owns a taxi cab with no wheels
  • Kupukeji - A green worm found by Zikwe and cared for by Moshe
  • Neno - A South African version of Elmo
  • Zuzu - A young monster who loves acting

Barrio Sésamo (Spain)

Susam Sokağı (Turkey)

Alam Simsim (Egypt)

  • Nimnim - A tall furry green creature with orange legs, something like Big Bird.
  • Filfil - A fuzzy-bearded purple puppet who likes to eat 'Asilaya (honey sesame sticks).
  • Khokha - A furry peach-colored puppet who likes to play pretend.
  • Am Gherghis - A human who is the local shopkeeper.
  • Am Hussein - A human who is a carpenter.
  • Ama Keireya - A human. Also called Um Kareem, he is the wife of Am Hussein, mother of Mona and Kareem.
  • Mona - A human who is the teenage daughter of Kheireya and Hussein.
  • Kareem - A human who is the pre-teen brother of Mona.
  • Ama Nabila - A human who is the proprietress of the bookstore/library.

Ulica Sezamkowa (Poland)

Humans on Ulica Sezamkowa

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