Article published in:The Power of Satire
Edited by Marijke Meijer Drees and Sonja de Leeuw
[Topics in Humor Research 2] 2015
► pp. 81–90
Arab Sitcom Animations as Platforms for Satire
Sitcom animations have since long been a powerful medium of social and political criticism in the Western world. Series such as The Simpsons and South Park gained huge popularity among children and adults alike, and inspired many adaptations around the globe. However, it took a long time for this popular format to reach the Arab world, a culturally conservative geocultural region often characterised by strict political censorship. Since the early 2000s, producers from a number of Arab countries decided to create their own local sitcom animations. Now Dubai, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia all have their own ‘national’ animations characterised by hyper-reflexivity and intertextuality with local popular culture, containing up-to-date satirical reflections on public life and even political affairs.
Published online: 22 October 2015
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