Al-Shamshoon (partially found unaired Arabic dubbed episodes of "The Simpsons" animated series; 2005)


Al-Shamshoon
A screencap from a news report regarding 'Al-Shamshoon'.
A screencap from a news report regarding 'Al-Shamshoon'.
Status Partially Found

Al-Shamshoon (Arabic: الشمشون) is an adaptation of long-running American TV series The Simpsons for Arab audiences.[1] Airing first in September 2005, the show was produced Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC). Among these changes The Simpsons include name changes, the Homer character not drinking beer, and the removal of references to Judaism.[2]

In order to be effectively "Arabized," the showrunners only worked with certain episodes. They opted to start with season 4, skipping the early seasons, and adapted popular episodes like "Sideshow Bob vs Bart." Several early episodes, notably "Homer the Heretic" (which details Homer's dismissal of church and foundation of his own religion after an epiphany) were not adapted.[3] The Simpsons is also not the only American pop culture to be "Arabized" by MBC; popular films like A Bug's Life, which was instead well-received, were also adapted by the same methods.

Ultimately, the series was not well received, and many Western news sources reported on its failure to captivate its audience.[4] While 52 total episodes were made, only 34 were aired before being cancelled, leaving 18 episodes unaired. These episodes haven't resurfaced online, and their whereabouts are unknown.[5]

References

  1. Early ABC News article about the series. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.
  2. MentalFloss article about the series. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.
  3. CBC article about the troubles during production. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.
  4. Wall Street Journal article about its failure. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.
  5. Simpsons Wiki article. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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The Simpsons also has LGBT characters (Smithers, Patty, etc.) and episodes focused on those kind of themes (Homer's Phobia, etc). The Arab world strongly frowns upon such matter and most of those countries do give out harsh penalties for such things. I can see why people in the U.S. were not impressed with the Middle Eastern version.
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Anonymous user #2

16 months ago
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A lot of which is to do with Wahabbism
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Anonymous user #3

12 months ago
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This is actually very interesting.
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Anonymous user #4

12 months ago
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Al Shamshoon wasn't an good name for the simpsons in arabic. xD
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ApolloJustice

12 months ago
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I've heard that Homer's name is Omar in this dub
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Emolga-girl

9 months ago
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And the videos on the page are gone now...
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DvLostMedia

9 months ago
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r.i.p videos.
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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why would they dub the Simpsons in Arabic? this doesn't make sense to me.

what if the creator saw it and he would be confused
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Kobochat

8 months ago
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(matt groening voice) WHat to heck i was on vacation in the middle east and i saw me show on the TV, but i could Not understand what they were saying
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DariusPumpkinRex

7 months ago
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The reason why this failed was because Arabs were able to adjust their satelite dishes and pick up regular unaltered episodes of The Simpsons.

Hell, the reason why anyone watched this version was only to see how bad of a job 20th Century Fox did.
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Hind

4 months ago
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Not really. The unaltered show was literally airing on a sister channel, all you had to do was flip the channel. Pretty sure they aired within an hour or two of each other if I'm not mistaken. "Adjusting satellite to pick up unaltered episodes" god, you make it sound like people were stupid and desperate. I promise the Arab world isn't so sheltered.
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Floobadoo99

7 months ago
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I wonder why they changed the name instead of just writing it like "السِمبشُون" or something.
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Floobadoo99

7 months ago
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  • السِمبسون I mean
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Hind

4 months ago
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I guess it just sounded funnier to them. I don't get it either
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Hind

4 months ago
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Arab here. This show was cancelled due to dwindling ratings, yes. Some extra background: MBC was literally showing regular Simpsons on its other channel, MBC4. Obviously, people would rather watch the original over this version, which was literally sucked dry of any wit. Whoever localized the show wasn't very funny.
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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The video on lost media wiki is obviously fake, its hilariously fake.
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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One clips? Really?
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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Edit this because the video in this article is fake.
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