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Kippi and friends on Shalom Sesame
The redesigned version of Kippi seen on Rechov Sumsum/Shara'a Simsim.

Kippi Ben Kippod (קיפי בן קיפוד) lives on Rechov Sumsum, the first Israeli co-production of Sesame Street. Kippi is a full-body character, reminiscent in design of Espinete from Barrio Sésamo. Kippi is cheerful and optimistic, and has a pet goat named Sheba.

Kippi first appeared on Rechov Sumsum in 1983, and he also appeared in the first five episodes of Shalom Sesame, a bilingual 1986 Israel-US co-production.

Kippi also appeared, along with other international Sesame Street Muppets, in the special Sesame Street Stays Up Late.

For Rechov Sumsum/Shara'a Simsim, the Israeli/Palestinian co-production, Kippi, along with Moishe Oofnik, was retained. Kippi was redesigned for the new show, with a more traditional "Muppety" design, and has a male performer, Guy Friedman.

Species

For US co-productions, such as Shalom Sesame, the producers chose to translate kippod (קיפוד) as "porcupine," and Kippi refers to himself as "your friendly neighborhood porcupine." Bill Cosby also refers to Kippi as a porcupine in the Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting special.

The translation of קיפוד is actually "hedgehog," according to Milon, a Hebrew-English dictionary. Hedgehogs and porcupines are often confused by laypeople, although they are not part of the same family.

Kippi has a similar design to Espinete from Barrio Sésamo, who is a hedgehog. Additionally, Kippi possesses a long snout like that of a hedgehog, which porcupines lack.


This article uses material from the "Kippi Ben Kippod" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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