Oobi: Dasdasi is an Iranian adaptation of the original Oobi show. It was filmed in 2012. IRIB TV2, one of Iran's national TV channels, funded and aired the series. Like the original American version, it follows a family of bare-hand puppets, but it includes a variety of new characters and is more focused on comedy.
The puppet costumes are replicas of those from the original show. It was produced and directed by Negar Estakhr and Amir Soltan Ahmadi, two of Iran's foremost puppeteers. IRIB started production on the series after the two developers attended a 2011 screening of Oobi in English.
78 eight-minute episodes were made. The series ran from September 22 to December 20, 2012, with six new episodes premiering each week for three months. Reruns still play regularly on IRIB. By summer 2013, the show had been broadcast in seven Asian territories.
The main characters are a family of five hand puppets: a boy and a girl, their parents, and their grandfather. The kids are mischievous and like to play tricks on their parents and each other. They are impressionable, easily amused, and known for daydreaming a lot. However, they are also genuinely curious about the world. They often come to Mom and Dad with questions about science topics, like perception and the four seasons. Other times, they are interested in sillier things, like how to buy ice cream or play a mimicking game. No matter the episode's topic, the kids always learn about it in an awkward and humorous way.
The episodes have a unique structure that is distinct from the American series. The stories are eight minutes each, with two or three intermissions. During these transition scenes, a duo of puppets called the Palms have short adventures that relate to the episode's topic. They are upright hands with faces on their palms. They are sometimes joined by their friend Finger, a male little finger with a brown wig.
Only seven English episode titles have been confirmed, listed in alphabetical order.
Oobi: Dasdasi started airing internationally in mid-2013. By July of that year, it had been broadcast in five new territories: Kuwait, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. In Japan, the national network NHK aired it with Japanese subtitles. In addition to IRIB TV2, the show has aired on the main IRIB channel.
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