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33 Overseas Rip-offs of Popular American TV Shows and Movies

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33 Overseas Rip-offs of Popular American TV Shows and Movies

America: the land of innovation. Who else would have thought of something so daring as a fat cartoon man who hates his family, or a television show on Saturday night? TV producers the world over have it easy: Just sit back, watch the American masters at work and then copy their best ideas beat for beat.

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The USSR had its own, more hardass version of Winnie the Pooh. In the shameless ripoff Vinni Pukh, from 1969, comrade Pukh has a voice that sounds like a Soviet officer's, unlike the gentle tones of the Western original. СОЮЗМУЛЬТОМАЬМ ПРЕДСТАВЛЯЕТ: ВПЕРВЫЕ- ЛЕГЕНДАРНЫЕ МУЛЬТФИЛЬМЫ В КНИГАХ! ВИННИ- ПУХ И ДЕНЬ ЗАБОТ СКАЗКУ A.MHANA The whole cartoon, and especially the crude backgrounds, looks like it was drawn by exhausted gulag prisoners at gunpoint. CRACKED.COM

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A Car's Life is an aggressively nonsensical Pixar ripoff. The movie is about rebellious teenage car Sparky and his female car friend. She eventually gets murdered by a bad-guy car who, it turns out, had no motive for it. A Sparty's Car's by Adventure Life 6 Then the cops arrive and bust him for driving without a license (but ignore the murder). Everyone laughs. The movie ends. CRACKED.COM

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Ever wanted a mashup of Charlotte's Web and Babe? No? Well, Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale exists anyway. The Hunter S. Thompson-esque plot is about a pig and a snake on a road trip that involves a gas station robbery, a high-speed chase, crabs firing rockets, and Hollywood. Spiders Web A PIG'S TALE @ The movie ends with a betrayal, an attempted murder by sausage-making machine, and a last-minute rescue. The moral? Don't lie. CRACKED.COM

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SNL around the world In 2018, a Chinese version of SNL was pulled from its streaming home weeks after its debut, even though it was apolitical in nature compared to its American model. CRACKED.COM

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SNL around the world SNL Finland attempted to entertain Scandinavians with material lifted from the American show. It was canceled after a single season. CRACKED.COM

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SNL around the world SATURDAY NIGHT In December 2021, it was announced that Sky in the U.K. was partnering up with Comcast to develop a new British version of SNL CRACKED.COM

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SNL around the world SNL Québec entertained French Canadians in 2014 and 2015. It was canceled due to studio budget cutbacks, though. CRACKED.COM

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SNL around the world Saturday Night Live South Korea has been going strong since 2011. One of their sketches went viral when they spoofed 50 Shades of Grey with finger shadow puppets. CRACKED.COM

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