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[[Image:PlazaSesamoSesameStreet.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Abelardo]], [[Lola]], and [[Pancho Contreras]] with their American friends from ''Sesame Street'']]
 
[[Image:PlazaSesamoSesameStreet.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Abelardo]], [[Lola]], and [[Pancho Contreras]] with their American friends from ''Sesame Street'']]
   
'''''Plaza Sésamo''''' is the Latin American co-production of ''[[Sesame Street]]''. Premiering in November [[1972]] and co-produced with Televisa, the series initially featured a mixed cast of Panamanian, Argentinian, and mostly Mexican performers, featured "neutral Spanish", and was meant for kids up to 8 years old. It aired at 2:30 pm on Canal 2. As the years progressed, the series more explicitly reflected Mexico, where the show is shot; in addition to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico, the series debuted on [[PBS]] on April 3, [[1995]], broadcast primarily in Southwest markets on weekends. The program is also seen on Telefutura. It is the only ''Sesame Street'' co-production that can be widely seen in the United States.
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'''''Plaza Sésamo''''' is the Latin American co-production of ''[[Sesame Street]]''. Premiering in November [[1972]] and co-produced with Televisa, the series initially featured a mixed cast of Panamanian, Argentinian, and mostly Mexican performers, featured "neutral Spanish", and was meant for kids up to 8 years old. It aired at 2:30 pm on Canal 2. As the years progressed, the series more explicitly reflected Mexico, where the show is shot; in addition to airing in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, the series debuted on [[PBS]] on April 3, [[1995]], broadcast primarily in Southwest markets on weekends. The program is also seen on Telefutura. It is the only ''Sesame Street'' co-production that can be widely seen in the United States.
   
Abelardo once visited his cousin [[Big Bird]] on ''[[Sesame Street]]'' in the USA in episode that aired on Cinco de Mayo.
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Abelardo once visited his cousin [[Big Bird]] on ''[[Sesame Street]]'' in the USA [[Episode 3646|in episode that aired on Cinco de Mayo]].
   
 
The series was a regional semi-finalist for the 2006 [[International Emmy Awards]], up against ''[[5, Rue Sésame]]'', another co-production of Sesame Street.
 
The series was a regional semi-finalist for the 2006 [[International Emmy Awards]], up against ''[[5, Rue Sésame]]'', another co-production of Sesame Street.
   
Several episodes from 2004 to 2006 can be viewed on [[PBS Kids Sprout]]'s on-demand service and episodes from Season 9 are in [[iTunes]]. Originally, PBS Kids Sprout used to air episodes from [[1997]] to [[2000]].
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Episodes from [[1997]] to [[2006]] have been available on [[PBS Kids Sprout]]'s on-demand service. A number of episodes from season 9 are available for purchase from [[The iTunes Store]].
   
 
==Sesame Workshop description==
 
==Sesame Workshop description==
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===First revamping: 1981===
 
===First revamping: 1981===
[[Image:Plazasesamo logo.JPG|thumb|300px|Title card from the 80's]] [[File:PlazaSesamo1980sCast.jpg|thumb|300px|The ''Plaza Sésamo'' cast in the 1980s]]
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[[File:PlazaSesamo1980sCast.jpg|thumb|300px|The ''Plaza Sésamo'' cast in the 1980s]]
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[[Image:Plazasesamo logo.JPG|thumb|300px|Title card from the 80's]]
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[[File:PlazaSesamoEarly90sTitleCard.jpg|thumb|300px|Title card as used for video releases during the early 1990s]]
 
[[File:MEXICO TV GUIDE 1984 PLAZA SESAMO AD.JPG |thumb|300px|TV Guide ad from 1984.]]
 
[[File:MEXICO TV GUIDE 1984 PLAZA SESAMO AD.JPG |thumb|300px|TV Guide ad from 1984.]]
 
The series was re-vamped in the early 80's. The improved series got rid of the early resident Muppet and replaced them with Montoya (Parrot) and a brown grouch named [[Bodoque]]. While the first era lasted for two seasons, this era only lasted for only one season. In 1993, the first series of ''Plaza Sésamo'' videos were released, featruing new stories with Montoya and Bodoque.
 
The series was re-vamped in the early 80's. The improved series got rid of the early resident Muppet and replaced them with Montoya (Parrot) and a brown grouch named [[Bodoque]]. While the first era lasted for two seasons, this era only lasted for only one season. In 1993, the first series of ''Plaza Sésamo'' videos were released, featruing new stories with Montoya and Bodoque.
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==="Mercado" Era: 2005-present===
 
==="Mercado" Era: 2005-present===
[[File:PlazaSesamo13_1.jpg|thumb|300px|The Cast of Plaza Sésamo's 13th Season]] {C}[[File:PlazaSesamo2011Elmo&Group.jpg|thumb|300px|Elmo on Plaza Sésamo's 14th Season]] {C}[[File:PlazaSésamo2011Cast.jpg|thumb|300px]]
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[[File:PlazaSesamo13_1.jpg|thumb|300px|The Cast of Plaza Sésamo's 13th Season]]
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[[File:PlazaSesamo2011Elmo&Group.jpg|thumb|300px|Elmo on Plaza Sésamo's 14th Season]]
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[[File:PlazaSésamo2011Cast.jpg|thumb|300px]]
 
[[Video:Plaza Sésamo Show Open|thumb|right|300px|The show's opening since 2005.]]
 
[[Video:Plaza Sésamo Show Open|thumb|right|300px|The show's opening since 2005.]]
 
During the planning for new episodes of the show in [[2003]], the researchers of Latin America felt the set could use a re-vamping. They felt the set should be something all kids in Latin America could relate to.<ref>[http://www.sesameworkshop.org/aroundtheworld/mexico Sesame Workshop]</ref>So, the set designers created a set based on a ''mercado'', small marketplaces that are plentiful in Latin America. The new set also used bright vivid colors like typical mercados and bright lights to reflect the bright, Mexican sun. The set debuted in season 9 in [[2005]].
 
During the planning for new episodes of the show in [[2003]], the researchers of Latin America felt the set could use a re-vamping. They felt the set should be something all kids in Latin America could relate to.<ref>[http://www.sesameworkshop.org/aroundtheworld/mexico Sesame Workshop]</ref>So, the set designers created a set based on a ''mercado'', small marketplaces that are plentiful in Latin America. The new set also used bright vivid colors like typical mercados and bright lights to reflect the bright, Mexican sun. The set debuted in season 9 in [[2005]].
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Season 12 of the show debuted in October [[2009]] with the main curriculum of [[:Category:Environmentalism|ecology]].<ref>[http://www.informador.com.mx/entretenimiento/2009/104853/6/artistas-se-unen-con-plaza-sesamo-por-mejorar-el-medio-ambiente.html]</ref>. A new actor for Manuel appears.
 
Season 12 of the show debuted in October [[2009]] with the main curriculum of [[:Category:Environmentalism|ecology]].<ref>[http://www.informador.com.mx/entretenimiento/2009/104853/6/artistas-se-unen-con-plaza-sesamo-por-mejorar-el-medio-ambiente.html]</ref>. A new actor for Manuel appears.
   
The ''mercado'' was again revamped in [[Plaza Sésamo 13 temporada|season 13]] (which debuted in late September 2010), and new Muppet character [[Gaby]] was added. In 2011, the show introduced a new, 14th season. The new season features [[Elmo]] as a new character on the plaza and a new muppet character, Connor, who is in a wheelchair. Javier Williams, producer of the broadcast, says about the new muppet character, "We made it important that working with this Telethon, from the ages of 3 or 4 years will leave a small message that no matter where a child is in a wheelchair, is still like any other." The curriculum will focus on diversity of places, customs, and conditions. Guest Stars include [[Juanes]], who will appeared in a "Word of the Day" segment.<ref>[http://http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Frotativo.com.mx%2Fcinetv%2Fplaza-sesamo-una-ruta-distinta%2F68825%2Fhtml%2F]</ref>
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The ''mercado'' was again revamped in [[Plaza Sésamo 13 temporada|season 13]] (which debuted in late September 2010), and new Muppet character [[Gaby]] was added.
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In 2011, Season 14 debuted in August and featured [[Elmo]] as a new character on the plaza and a new Muppet character, Camilo, who is in a wheelchair.<ref>[http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php%3Fid_nota%3D603116&prev=/search%3Fq%3DVerenice%2BCallejo%2BPlaza%2BSesamo%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3D6xS%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D830%26bih%3D814%26prmd%3Dimvnso&sa=X&ei=z9KWULHZGMzSigKnx4CICw&ved=0CD8Q7gEwBA Cronica: Plaza Sesamo begins new season]</ref> Javier Williams, producer of the broadcast, says about the new muppet character, "We made it important that working with this Telethon, from the ages of 3 or 4 years will leave a small message that no matter where a child is in a wheelchair, is still like any other." New cast members were also added including Rafel and Natalia, the first Argentinean couple.<ref>[http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.lacapital.com.ar/ed_impresa/2011/6/edicion_946/contenidos/noticia_5350.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3DMirko%2BRuggiero%2BPlaza%2BSesamo%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DRhS%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D830%26bih%3D814%26prmd%3Dimvnso&sa=X&ei=xs6WUNaLMI3jigLW9IGgBQ&ved=0CEYQ7gEwBQ La Capital: For Televisa was a great choice]</ref> The curriculum will focus on diversity of places, customs, and conditions. Guest Stars include [[Maite Perroni]] from [[RBD]] and [[Juanes]] who will appeared in a "Word of the Day" segment.<ref>[http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3DCamilo%2BPlaza%2BSesamo%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D830%26bih%3D814%26prmd%3Dimvns&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&twu=1&u=http://entretenimiento.starmedia.com/television/juanes-promueve-diversidad-en-plaza-sesamo.html&usg=ALkJrhjH5IOuDNjEhs3dZFM79-sVAZSCcA starMedia: Juanes promotes diversity]</ref>
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2012 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the show.
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For Season 15, 52 new episodes debuting in December 2013, the street scenes move to [[Colombia]]. The new Muppets are "tech-savvy friends" [[Chip (Plazo Sesamo)|Chip]] (owner of Café Clic) and [[Gina (Plaza Sesamo)|Gina]], and human cast additions were [[Luisa]] and [[Martin (Plazo Sesamo)|Martin]]. In addition to the existing health, diversity, and literacy themes, the season added a focus on math.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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:[[Pancho]]: [[Odín Dupeyrón]], [[Marypaz García]] (assist)
 
:[[Pancho]]: [[Odín Dupeyrón]], [[Marypaz García]] (assist)
 
:[[Elefancio]]: [[Itzel Tapia]], [[Marcia Coutiño]] (2005)
 
:[[Elefancio]]: [[Itzel Tapia]], [[Marcia Coutiño]] (2005)
:Other Muppets and Monsters ("[[Multimuppet]] y [[Multimonstruo]]"): [[Alejandro Abaroa]], Santiago Alonso, [[Alejandro Benítez]], Raul Buendia, [[Igor Cruz]], Eduardo De Juabelz, Flavio Ruiz, Carlos Martello
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:Other Muppets and Monsters ("[[Multimuppet]] y [[Multimonstruo]]"): [[Alejandro Abaroa]], Santiago Alonso, [[Alejandro Benítez]], Raul Buendia, [[Igor Cruz]], Eduardo De Juanbelz, Flavio Ruiz, Carlos Martello
   
 
''Muppet Cast 2009:''
 
''Muppet Cast 2009:''
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''Muppet Cast 2010:''
 
''Muppet Cast 2010:''
 
:[[Pancho]]: [[Alfonso Soto]], [[Marypaz García]] (assist)
 
:[[Pancho]]: [[Alfonso Soto]], [[Marypaz García]] (assist)
:[[Gaby]]: [[Berenice Callejo]]
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:[[Gaby]]: [[Verenice Callejo]]
:Other Muppets and Monsters ("Multimuppet y Multimonstruo"): [[Jose Luis Arevalo]], [[Carlos Marttelo]], [[Eduardo de Juanbelz]]
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:Other Muppets and Monsters ("Multimuppet y Multimonstruo"): [[José Luis Arévalo]], [[Carlos Marttelo]], [[Eduardo de Juanbelz]]
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''Muppet Cast 2011:''
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:[[Elmo]]: [[Carlos Marttelo]]
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:Gaby: Verenice Callejo
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:[[Camilo]]: [[Diego Monsiváis]]
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:Modesto Microfono: José Luis Arévalo
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:Mano de Pancho: [[Gabriel Guzman]]
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:Multimuppet: [[Diego Medel]]
   
 
''Human Cast in the 70s:''<ref>[http://http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=obRKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f5QMAAAAIBAJ&pg=956,464164&dq=sesame+street+season&hl=en The Telegraph: "In Review: "Sesame South of the Border"]</ref>
 
''Human Cast in the 70s:''<ref>[http://http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=obRKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f5QMAAAAIBAJ&pg=956,464164&dq=sesame+street+season&hl=en The Telegraph: "In Review: "Sesame South of the Border"]</ref>
:Tono: [[Maurico Herrera]] - Mechanic
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:Tono, the mechanic: [[Maurico Herrera]]
:[[Alicia]]: [[Irene de Bari]] - Public health nurse, wife of Tono
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:[[Alicia]], public health nurse/wife of Tono: [[Irene de Bari]]
 
:[[Carlos (Plaza Sésamo)|Carlos]]
 
:[[Carlos (Plaza Sésamo)|Carlos]]
:[[José (Plaza Sésamo)|José]] - The Storekeeper
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:[[José (Plaza Sésamo)|José]] the storekeeper: [[Jorge Arvizu]]
:[[Mercedes]]: [[Xochiti Vigil]] - Young student and shopkeeper assistant
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:[[Mercedes]] the student/shop assistant: [[Xochiti Vigil]]
:[[Fernando]]: [[Fernando Balzaretti]] - Airline pilot
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:[[Fernando]] the airline pilot: [[Fernando Balzaretti]]
 
:[[Tony Diaz]] - Truck driver
 
:[[Tony Diaz]] - Truck driver
   
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:[[Gertrudis]]: [[Socorro Bonilla]], [[Leonorilda Ochoa]]
 
:[[Gertrudis]]: [[Socorro Bonilla]], [[Leonorilda Ochoa]]
 
:[[Pablo]]: [[Ariel López Padilla]], [[Benjamin Rivero]]
 
:[[Pablo]]: [[Ariel López Padilla]], [[Benjamin Rivero]]
:[[Maria (Plaza Sésamo)|Maria]]: [[Paty Díaz]], [[M'Balia Marichal Ibar]]
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:[[Maria (Plaza Sésamo)|Maria]]: [[Paty Díaz]], [[M'Balia Marichal Ibar]], [[Mariana Sánchez Williams]]
 
:[[Susana (Plaza Sésamo)|Susana]]: [[Liza Echeverria]], [[Mariana Garza]]
 
:[[Susana (Plaza Sésamo)|Susana]]: [[Liza Echeverria]], [[Mariana Garza]]
 
:[[Juan]]: [[Alberto Mayagoitia]], [[Raúl Magaña]]
 
:[[Juan]]: [[Alberto Mayagoitia]], [[Raúl Magaña]]
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:[[ToNo]]: [[Isaac Castro]]
 
:[[ToNo]]: [[Isaac Castro]]
 
:[[Romina]]: [[Anahí Sánchez]]
 
:[[Romina]]: [[Anahí Sánchez]]
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:[[Dona Mati]]: [[Veronika Con K]]
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:[[Rafel]]: [[Mirko Ruggiero]]
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:[[Natalia]]: [[Vanina Mirki Gianbattistelli]]
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:[[Baruch Mardonado Karime Hernandez]]
   
 
==Spanish Voices==
 
==Spanish Voices==
 
:[[Bert]] ([[International Bert|Beto]]): [[Jorge Arvizu]] (original), [[José Antonio Macías]] (current)
 
:[[Bert]] ([[International Bert|Beto]]): [[Jorge Arvizu]] (original), [[José Antonio Macías]] (current)
:[[Ernie]] ([[International Ernie|Enrique]]): [[Jaime Vega]] (80s), [[Rene Garcia]] (current)
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:[[Ernie]] ([[International Ernie|Enrique]]): [[Jaime Vega]] (original), [[Rene Garcia]] (current)
 
:[[Cookie Monster]] ([[International Cookie Monster|Lucas]]): [[Jorge Arvizu]] (original), [[Rene Garcia]] (current)
 
:[[Cookie Monster]] ([[International Cookie Monster|Lucas]]): [[Jorge Arvizu]] (original), [[Rene Garcia]] (current)
:[[Elmo]]: [[Eduardo Garza]] (original), [[Igor Cruz]] (current)
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:[[Elmo]]: [[Eduardo Garza]] (1996-ca.2006), [[Igor Cruz]] (ca. 2006-2011), [[Carlos Martello]] (2011 onward)
 
 
:[[Big Bird]]: [[Eduardo Garza]]
 
:[[Big Bird]]: [[Eduardo Garza]]
:[[Zoe]]: [[Pilar Escandon]]
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:[[Zoe]]: [[Pilar Escandon]] (official voice), [[Marina Huerta]] (occasional voice)
:[[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]]: [[Alejandro Mayen]] (original), [[Ricardo Mendoza]]
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:[[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]]: [[Alejandro Mayen]] (original), [[Ricardo Mendoza]] (current)
 
:[[Rosita]]: [[Laura Torres]]
 
:[[Rosita]]: [[Laura Torres]]
:[[Grover]] ([[International Grover|Archibaldo]]): [[Alejandro Mayen]]
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:[[Grover]] ([[International Grover|Archibaldo]]): [[Jose María Iglesias]] (original), [[Alejandro Mayen]] (second voice), [[Ricardo Mendoza]] (current voice)
 
:[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]]: [[Eduardo Borja]]
 
:[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]]: [[Eduardo Borja]]
:[[Count von Count|The Count]] ([[International Count von Count|Conde Contar]]): [[Martin Soto]] (original), [[Carlos Torres]] (current)
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:[[Count von Count|The Count]] ([[International Count von Count|Conde Contar]]): [[Jaime Vega]] (original voice), [[Martin Soto]] (1990s-2000's), [[Carlos Torres]] (current voice)
:[[Kermit the Frog]] ([[International Kermit|La Rana Rene]]): [[Jose María Iglesias]]
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:[[Kermit the Frog]] ([[International Kermit|La Rana Rene]]): [[Salvador Nájar]]
:[[Baby Bear]] (Bebe Oso): [[Ricardo Mendoza]]
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:[[Baby Bear]] (Bebe Oso): [[Ricardo Mendoza]] (oficial voice), [[Carlos Iñigo]] (occasional voice)
 
:[[Roxie Marie]]: [[Marina Huerta]]
 
:[[Roxie Marie]]: [[Marina Huerta]]
:[[Abby Cadabby]]: [[Liliana Barba]][[Marina Huerta|<br />]]
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:[[Abby Cadabby]]: [[Liliana Barba]] (official voice), [[María Fernanda Morales]] (occasional voice), [[Marina Huerta]]
 
:[[Telly]]: [[José Antonio Macías]]
 
:[[Telly]]: [[José Antonio Macías]]
   
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*[[:Category:Plaza Sesamo Sketches|Plaza Sesamo Sketches]]
 
*[[:Category:Plaza Sesamo Sketches|Plaza Sesamo Sketches]]
 
*[[:Category:Plaza Sésamo Merchandise|Plaza Sésamo Merchandise]]
 
*[[:Category:Plaza Sésamo Merchandise|Plaza Sésamo Merchandise]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.plazasesamo.com/home Official site]
 
[[Category:International Sesame Street Shows]]
 
[[Category:International Sesame Street Shows]]
 
[[Category:Plaza Sésamo]]
 
[[Category:Plaza Sésamo]]

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PSLogo2008
The current title card.
First aired 1972
Last aired
Network Various
Seasons 15
No. of episodes 1,055
PlazaSesamoSesameStreet
Abelardo, Lola, and Pancho Contreras with their American friends from Sesame Street

Plaza Sésamo is the Latin American co-production of Sesame Street. Premiering in November 1972 and co-produced with Televisa, the series initially featured a mixed cast of Panamanian, Argentinian, and mostly Mexican performers, featured "neutral Spanish", and was meant for kids up to 8 years old. It aired at 2:30 pm on Canal 2. As the years progressed, the series more explicitly reflected Mexico, where the show is shot; in addition to airing in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, the series debuted on PBS on April 3, 1995, broadcast primarily in Southwest markets on weekends. The program is also seen on Telefutura. It is the only Sesame Street co-production that can be widely seen in the United States.

Abelardo once visited his cousin Big Bird on Sesame Street in the USA in episode that aired on Cinco de Mayo.

The series was a regional semi-finalist for the 2006 International Emmy Awards, up against 5, Rue Sésame, another co-production of Sesame Street.

Episodes from 1997 to 2006 have been available on PBS Kids Sprout's on-demand service. A number of episodes from season 9 are available for purchase from The iTunes Store.

Sesame Workshop descriptionEdit

Plaza Sésamo premiered in Mexico and Latin America in 1972. The acclaimed Spanish-language television series for preschool children depicts a colorful neighborhood, the Plaza, which is home to a mix of families, children, and Muppets. Like its counterpart, Sesame Street, the show intertwines animation, live action films, studio segments and original music videos that teach basic literacy and numeracy and help children gain a better understanding of the world around them. In 2003, Plaza Sésamo celebrated its 30th anniversary. Three decades after launching in Mexico and Latin America the series continues to educate and delight children through its television broadcast and in other media, including; books, videos, toys, and a Plaza Sésamo theme park in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2006, the first of three exciting new seasons of Plaza Sésamo will air on Televisa, Discovery Kids Latin America, Univision Puerto Rico, and TeleFutura. Additionally, Sesame Workshop will distribute the show throughout the Latin American marketplace and the US Hispanic marketplace. The new episodes of Plaza Sésamo will see the return of Abelardo, Lola, and Pancho, as well as favorites Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Ernie. Regional live action films, produced by local producers from throughout Latin America, will highlight the rich cultural diversity of the region. In addition, ten new 60-minute Plaza Sésamo home video titles, including a holiday special, will be produced along with seasons 9, 10 and 11.

HistoryEdit

For a list of episodes see Plaza Sesamo Episodes.

Debut Era: 1972-1973Edit

PlazaSesamo70sTitleLogo
Title card from the 70s
1972
Plaza Sésamo in the early years.
PlazaSesamo1979Sketch
A 1979 of the original Plaza Sesamo' cast
MEXICO TV GUIDE 1974 PLAZA SESAMO COVER
TV Guide cover from 1974.

The series debuted in November of 1972. The cast consisted of Panamanian, Argentinian, and mostly Mexican performers and featured "neutral Spanish." The original series also featured two Muppet characters, Abelardo and a small grouchy green parrot called Paco. The set of the street was turn into a plaza that would be a typical city block in Central or South America with a center fountain, benches, vacant lot with playground equipment, houses, a combination grocery store-cafe, and mechanic's repair shop.[1] The curriculum for this season was to teach whole "slight words" that children can learn through repetition and memorization. The show also taught children about hygiene and the importance of cleanliness.[2]

First revamping: 1981Edit

PlazaSesamo1980sCast
The Plaza Sésamo cast in the 1980s
Plazasesamo logo
Title card from the 80's
PlazaSesamoEarly90sTitleCard
Title card as used for video releases during the early 1990s
MEXICO TV GUIDE 1984 PLAZA SESAMO AD
TV Guide ad from 1984.

The series was re-vamped in the early 80's. The improved series got rid of the early resident Muppet and replaced them with Montoya (Parrot) and a brown grouch named Bodoque. While the first era lasted for two seasons, this era only lasted for only one season. In 1993, the first series of Plaza Sésamo videos were released, featruing new stories with Montoya and Bodoque.

Second Revamping: 1995-2001Edit

Plazasesamo
Cast from Plaza Sésamo and Sesame Street
PlazaSesamo1995Bus
PlazaSesamo1995
PlazaSesamo19981999TitleCard
Plaza Sesamo title card from 1998 to 1999.
Plazasesamotitlecard
Plaza Sésamo title card from 2000.

During this time, Bodoque was taken out of the show and in his place were two new characters, Lola, an energetic female monster who (like Elmo) speaks in the third person, and Pancho Contreras, a grouchy monster who's always busy. Montoya was also renamed Abelardo (But, he kept the name Montoya for his last name) and his dopey personality became more playful and childlike.

New cast members were also added, some of which continue to appear to this day, including Don Boni and La Abuela. It was also during this period that the new Anything Muppet-type characters, the Multimuppet and Multimonstruo were added, allowing many new recurring characters.

"Mercado" Era: 2005-presentEdit

PlazaSesamo13 1
The Cast of Plaza Sésamo's 13th Season
PlazaSesamo2011Elmo&Group
Elmo on Plaza Sésamo's 14th Season
PlazaSésamo2011Cast
Plaza Sésamo Show Open(01:01)
The show's opening since 2005.

During the planning for new episodes of the show in 2003, the researchers of Latin America felt the set could use a re-vamping. They felt the set should be something all kids in Latin America could relate to.[3]So, the set designers created a set based on a mercado, small marketplaces that are plentiful in Latin America. The new set also used bright vivid colors like typical mercados and bright lights to reflect the bright, Mexican sun. The set debuted in season 9 in 2005.

Season 9 also brought new recurring segments used at the program's start or end. "Lola Aventuras" was introduced as a way to encourage girls to be active and productive (as well as attracting a male audience also). Other sketches include "Hazlo Tu Mismo" and "Los Monstruos También Lloran, which spoofs Telenovas with celebrity guests. As well, a new opening theme was produced, featuring the main Muppet charcaters (as well as Elmo and Grover) in an animated environment, discovering the letters that spell "Plaza Sesamo".

In 2006, season 10 of the show debuted. The season focused on healthy habits, featuring various plots about food and exercise. Many episodes also ended with a special message from a celebrity and one of the Muppet characters about exercise, eating healthy and other health-related tips. Introduced this season was a family from Argentina that moved to the plaza. However, they debuted late in the season and did not appear after the season.

In 2008, the series celebrated its 35th anniversary. Season 11 debuted that year in March. During this season, several changes were made, including new actors to play La Abuela and Daniela. As well, a new Lavender Multimuppet as added to the cast. Abby Cadabby also was added to the show, appearing at the start of some episodes in three-part sketches where she performs a magic trick with an ordinary object. Two new recurring segments debuted also: A brief segment that is shown shortly after the first scene where one of the main Muppet characters introduces the letter of the day, and "Pancho Visión", a daily segment in which Pancho Contreas presents a film about his friends all over the world.

Season 12 of the show debuted in October 2009 with the main curriculum of ecology.[4]. A new actor for Manuel appears.

The mercado was again revamped in season 13 (which debuted in late September 2010), and new Muppet character Gaby was added.

In 2011, Season 14 debuted in August and featured Elmo as a new character on the plaza and a new Muppet character, Camilo, who is in a wheelchair.[5] Javier Williams, producer of the broadcast, says about the new muppet character, "We made it important that working with this Telethon, from the ages of 3 or 4 years will leave a small message that no matter where a child is in a wheelchair, is still like any other." New cast members were also added including Rafel and Natalia, the first Argentinean couple.[6] The curriculum will focus on diversity of places, customs, and conditions. Guest Stars include Maite Perroni from RBD and Juanes who will appeared in a "Word of the Day" segment.[7]

2012 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the show.

For Season 15, 52 new episodes debuting in December 2013, the street scenes move to Colombia. The new Muppets are "tech-savvy friends" Chip (owner of Café Clic) and Gina, and human cast additions were Luisa and Martin. In addition to the existing health, diversity, and literacy themes, the season added a focus on math.

CastEdit

Muppet Cast in the 70s:

Abelardo (first Abelardo): Justo Martinez
Paco: Justo Martinez

Muppet Cast in the 80s:

Montoya (early Abelardo): Alberto Estrella
Bodoque: Jaime Vega

Muppet Cast 2005:

Abelardo: Eugenio Bartilotti, Hector Loeza
Lola: Rocío Lara
Pancho: Odín Dupeyrón, Marypaz García (assist)
Elefancio: Itzel Tapia, Marcia Coutiño (2005)
Other Muppets and Monsters ("Multimuppet y Multimonstruo"): Alejandro Abaroa, Santiago Alonso, Alejandro Benítez, Raul Buendia, Igor Cruz, Eduardo De Juanbelz, Flavio Ruiz, Carlos Martello

Muppet Cast 2009:

Other Muppets and Monsters ("Multimuppet y Multimonstruo"): Liz Serrano, Enrique Madrid, Alicia Paola Sanchez, Leticia Amezcua, Gerardo Zardain

Muppet Cast 2010:

Pancho: Alfonso Soto, Marypaz García (assist)
Gaby: Verenice Callejo
Other Muppets and Monsters ("Multimuppet y Multimonstruo"): José Luis Arévalo, Carlos Marttelo, Eduardo de Juanbelz

Muppet Cast 2011:

Elmo: Carlos Marttelo
Gaby: Verenice Callejo
Camilo: Diego Monsiváis
Modesto Microfono: José Luis Arévalo
Mano de Pancho: Gabriel Guzman
Multimuppet: Diego Medel

Human Cast in the 70s:[8]

Tono, the mechanic: Maurico Herrera
Alicia, public health nurse/wife of Tono: Irene de Bari
Carlos
José the storekeeper: Jorge Arvizu
Mercedes the student/shop assistant: Xochiti Vigil
Fernando the airline pilot: Fernando Balzaretti
Tony Diaz - Truck driver

Human Cast in the 80s:

Teresa: Romelia Aguero
Sandra: Ana Silvia Garza
Sebastian: Jaime Garza
Miguel: Alejandro Ibarra
Fernando: Justo Martinez
Ana: Rocio Ortiz
Goyo: Raoul Rossi
Pepe: Salvador Sanchez
Paula: Rosalia Valdez

Human Cast now:

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, Mariana Sánchez Williams
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
Dona Mati: Veronika Con K
Rafel: Mirko Ruggiero
Natalia: Vanina Mirki Gianbattistelli
Baruch Mardonado Karime Hernandez

Spanish VoicesEdit

Bert (Beto): Jorge Arvizu (original), José Antonio Macías (current)
Ernie (Enrique): Jaime Vega (original), Rene Garcia (current)
Cookie Monster (Lucas): Jorge Arvizu (original), Rene Garcia (current)
Elmo: Eduardo Garza (1996-ca.2006), Igor Cruz (ca. 2006-2011), Carlos Martello (2011 onward)
Big Bird: Eduardo Garza
Zoe: Pilar Escandon (official voice), Marina Huerta (occasional voice)
Oscar: Alejandro Mayen (original), Ricardo Mendoza (current)
Rosita: Laura Torres
Grover (Archibaldo): Jose María Iglesias (original), Alejandro Mayen (second voice), Ricardo Mendoza (current voice)
Snuffy: Eduardo Borja
The Count (Conde Contar): Jaime Vega (original voice), Martin Soto (1990s-2000's), Carlos Torres (current voice)
Kermit the Frog (La Rana Rene): Salvador Nájar
Baby Bear (Bebe Oso): Ricardo Mendoza (oficial voice), Carlos Iñigo (occasional voice)
Roxie Marie: Marina Huerta
Abby Cadabby: Liliana Barba (official voice), María Fernanda Morales (occasional voice), Marina Huerta
Telly: José Antonio Macías

CreditsEdit

Senior Producer: Ginger Brown
Line Producer: Salvador Perez
Associate Producer: Magaly Villacorta Faria
Executive Producer: Rosy Ocampo
Associate Producers: Eduardo Meza, Alfredo Gonzáles, Fernández
Music Coordinator: Alejandro Abaroa
Theme song ("Entrada a Plaza Sésamo") by Walterio Pesqueira

Animation CreditsEdit

Animation Director: Oscar González Loyo (1996-2000)
Art Director: Oscar González Guerrero (1996-2000)
Head Writer: Susana Romero (1996-2000)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Telegraph: "In Review: "Sesame South of the Border"
  2. The Palm Beach Post: "Around the World, Kids Love Sesame Street"
  3. Sesame Workshop
  4. [1]
  5. Cronica: Plaza Sesamo begins new season
  6. La Capital: For Televisa was a great choice
  7. starMedia: Juanes promotes diversity
  8. The Telegraph: "In Review: "Sesame South of the Border"

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