Meet Sesame Street's Global Cast of Characters
Over the course of the 40 years that the program has been on the air, Sesame Street has spawned versions in countries around the world
- By Abby Callard
- Smithsonian.com, November 06, 2009
The American version of Sesame Street turns 40 years old this year, but Sesame Workshop currently co-produces local shows in 18 countries, each with their own, unique and culturally specific characters. Mexico’s Plaza Sésamo, which currently airs in 34 countries, was one of the first co-productions the company undertook in 1972. Abelardo is a giant parrot and Big Bird’ cousin. Just like his American counterpart, Abelardo is a full-body puppet, which means a person operates his movements from inside the costume, unlike the puppet-style muppets. Abelardo is the developmental age of a preschooler, slightly younger than his American cousin.