Friday, February 5, 2010

Another Visit With The Sampsonadzes

You might remember this post about “The Sampsonadzes”, the Georgian television series about an animated, yellow-skinned family that has absolutely no relation whatsoever to “The Simpsons”. Now the BBC is offering up their own take on the Sampsonadzes, complete with video clips of their recent adventure with an animated Vladimir Putin.

So far only ten episodes of “The Sampsonadzes” have been produced, the ratings have been good and the show has attracted the vocal talents of some of Georgia’s most famous actors. According to the BBC though reaction to the show among viewers is mixed, with some Georgians saying “The Sampsonadzes” is just a Georgian-tinged rip-off of “The Simpsons”. That got me thinking, if you saw the recent 20th anniversary special about “The Simpsons” then you know that the show is a true global phenomenon. Since “The Simpsons” is an animated program, perhaps rather than just dubbing the show into different languages, the Simpsons’ producers could license franchise versions of the show to be produced in different countries with culturally relevant jokes and storylines (something the makers of “The Sampsonadzes” say sets their show apart).

It’s just a thought… Meanwhile, “The Sampsonadzes” will remain on the air, at least until Fox’s attorneys can get to Tbilisi.
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