How 10 Famous Cartoons Are Adapted for Different Countries

Every year we see new cartoons that capture the attention of both enthusiastic children and adults throughout the world. It’s interesting that these TV stories can look different in many countries.

We found cartoons from different parts of the globe in which characters and plots repeat or resemble each other in many ways.

We invite you to compare their similarities.

1. The Lion King / Jungle Emperor Leo

The Japanese animated movie about the mighty king of Africa appeared on TV screens in 1965. Many journalists started talking about the similarity of the two cartoons after the release of The Lion King. It’s not surprising because the son of the king of beasts in the Japanese cartoon is called Kimba.

2. Cars / The Little Cars in the Great Race

Those who know the original Cars well are unlikely to find anything new in the Brazilian version. The appearance of four-wheeled characters, the plot, and even the name of the cartoon is very close to the original.

3. Kung Fu Panda / The Little Panda Fighter

Brazilian animators not only created an analog of Pokémon but also presented a new view of Kung Fu Panda. A new character, very similar to our favorite Po, works in a boxing club and really wants to learn ballet.

4. The Simpsons / The Samsonadzes

In 2009, Georgia released a cartoon, the characters of which very much resemble the famous American animated series. In this version, the father of the family is called Gela, not Homer, and a green parrot joined the family’s pets.

5. Brave / Kiara the Brave

In the Indian cartoon, the brave red-haired beauty isn’t the main character at all. Moreover, it came out a year before Brave under the name Super K. Yet after the appearance of a similar story by Pixar, the cartoon was renamed.

6. Adventure Time / The Legend of Lucky Pie

The animation of Adventure Time in the Chinese version is made in the same style as the American original, and you can also find features of Finn and his friend, the magic dog Jake, in the characters’ appearances. The peculiarity of this project is that it’s created by only 2 people.

7. Scooby-Doo / Goober and the Ghost Chasers

It’s easy to find the echoes of the good old story about the joyful dog in the Australian animated TV series. Goober, whose color, however, is slightly different from Scooby-Doo, constantly becomes involved in various adventures and unravels mystical secrets with his friends.

8. The Jungle Book / Mowgli

American audiences are used to the story of Mowgli as told by the Walt Disney Company, but few know the Soviet adaptation of Kipling’s work, created in 5 parts at almost the same time as The Jungle Book. Both cartoons turned out to be extremely popular and have high ratings on the world’s top lists.

9. Ratatouille / Ratatoing

And again the audience can see a story about rodents and cooking, this time made by Brazilian animators. Mice are everywhere: in the role of the chef, restaurant diners, and even villains who are trying to find out the secret ingredient in the “Ratatoing” restaurant.

10. Pokémon / Dogmons

The Brazilian version of the popular cartoon has many similarities with the Japanese original. Yet the main character, Ash, is now called Alex, and his faithful friend is not Pikachu but Greendog.


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