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Uncle Matt visiting Castle Neuschwanstein.

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Kermit the Frog in Berlin for an Adidas ad (2006).

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Kevin Clash, overseeing the training of German Muppeteers for Sesamstrasse.

The Federal Republic of Germany, or the Bundesrepublik Deutschland in German, is a country in central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Within its borders are a portion of the Alps mountains, the famous Rhine river, and the Black Forest.

Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal republic, made up of 16 states (among them, the city states of Berlin and Hamburg), which in certain spheres act independently of the federation. Historically consisting of several sovereign nations with their own history, language (distinct dialects), culture and religion, Germany was unified as a nation state during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870/1871.

The country is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 and the G4 nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany's current leader and also its first woman to become chancellor (the head of government) is Angela Merkel, who was elected in 2005.

The German language is one of the world's major languages. It is spoken by more than 120 million people in 38 countries of the world. It is — like English, Spanish and French — a pluricentric language with Germany, Austria and Switzerland as the three main centers of usage. Therefore, the following Muppet co-productions aired in all three countries:

Muppet Connections

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Promotional image for Jim Hensons Animal Show mit Stinky und Jake (including an RTL network hat).

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Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten.

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Kermit shooting a German BMW commercial.

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Elmo & Rosita's USO Education Tour in 2010.

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James Bobin, Kermit and Piggy in Berlin in 2012.

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Miss Piggy at the Golden Camera in 2012.

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Piggy & Kermit in Bavarian gear by designer Lola Paltinger for Muppets Most Wanted (2014).

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Baby Gonzo at the Berlin Wall in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.

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Muppets, Monster & Magie exhibition companion

Co-productions

  • Sesamstrasse is the German-language, and first international co-production of Sesame Street. It began to air as a dubbed version in 1973, and received its first German set and puppets in 1977. The show is being produced in Hamburg.
  • Die Muppet Show is the German-language co-production of The Muppet Show, which featured one German guest star for English speaking audiences, Elke Sommer, and a second one for German audiences: Mary Roos, who appeared in a locally altered version of episode 121 in 1977.
  • Die Fraggles is the German-language co-production of Fraggle Rock, featuring its own Doc, debuting in 1983. The German segments were produced near Munich.
  • In 1994 The Secret Life of Toys was shot in Monheim, Germany, as a co-production between Jim Henson Productions, BBC, WDR (West German Broadcast), and Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (the North Rhine Westfalia Film Foundation). It aired in Germany as Die Spielzeugbande ("The Toy Gang") in 1997.
  • For Sesamstrasse's 30th anniversary special in 2003, Ernie and Bert were shipped to Germany to make special appearances not only on the special, but every now and then throughout the coming seasons. The Elmo puppet was used on promotional photos, but not during the actual show. Kevin Clash brought the puppet along, while overseeing the training of Ernie and Bert's German Muppeteers. A Little Bird, and other Sesame Street puppets have also made sporadic appearances from Sesamstrasse's 30th season onward.
  • Eine Möhre für Zwei, the first German Sesame spin-off show, was produced in Hamburg in 2010. A second season followed in 2011, and a third season has been in production since early 2012.
  • Elmo joined the cast of German Muppets in 2012, for the 40th anniversary of Sesamstrasse. Other Muppets from the American street made special guest appearances.

German language dubs

Special appearances

Appearances On US-productions

Other connections

See also

Wikipedia has an article related to:
  • Berlin, and its Muppet connections
  • Hamburg, and its Muppet connections

Sources

  1. Jim's Red Book entry for November 1961

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