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So you're watching a rerun of an old TV show you used to love as a kid, when suddenly the characters start saying "That reminds me of what the Bible tells us with [insert any Bible verse here]". Then you realize... it's been redubbed to preach gospel.

This was a brief fad amongst some distributors, and that is if you want to keep an old kids' show that's not doing well with syndication on the air for a longer time, just redub it with religious context and sell it to any religious broadcaster that's interested.



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  • There exist alternate Islamic Arabic dubs of several western cartoons and anime. The difference? There's no music, the theme song's a nasheed (being sung a capella), and most of the time characters state religious things about Islam.
    • Toad Patrol is one of the few known shows to have an Islamic dub but not a secular dub.
    • The Islamic dubs of Detective Conan actually caused controversy.

  • In recent years, the Berenstain Bears series has been heavily marketed towards Christian families, with newer books having very Christian themes.

  • In 2010, Cee Lo Green covered the famous song "Imagine" by John Lennon, replacing the (admittedly very pro-atheist) lyrics "and no religion too" with "all religions true", resulting in an immediate backlash from fans who believed that he had disrespected Lennon's legacy by changing the lyrics of his most iconic song. But this wasn't the only one, some interpretations also changed that line for "and one religion too", to better appeal to Christian listeners.

  • When the Dutch Christian broadcasting company Evangelische Omroep aired David Attenborough's The Life of Mammals, they omitted any references to the evolution theory, and completely left out the episode dealing with apes and humans. Naturally, Attenborough was not amused.

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  • Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks has a religious version, "Monster Truck Adventures", with the race announcer book-ending the show and using a Scripture reference to help summarize the plot.
  • The infamous religious version of Jay Jay the Jet Plane by Tommy Nelson. The stories are unchanged, but the dialogue is altered to make mentions to Christianity and the Bible throughout. This is to the point that the episode descriptions on the back of the VHS releases actually end the plot summaries with something like "Feels like Romans 8:25" (the religious summarization of "Tracy's Shooting Star").
  • A variant regarding the Arabic dub of The Simpsons, Al-Shamshoon, not only does it rename the characters (Homer Simpson becomes Omar Shamsoon) but it removes all elements incompatible with Islamic law: pork becomes beef, beer becomes soda, Moe's Tavern is removed, etc.
    • The original show also parodied this - at Lisa's school, old educational films used originally to introduce kids to the idea of Evolution are redubbed - badly and obviously - to sell Creationism and "intelligent design".
  • Played for Laughs in Family Guy, when Peter embraces the Redneck lifestyle. He decides to watch Carl Sagan's Cosmos, which has been edited for rednecks. The edits muffle over any scientific explanations with creationist viewpoints.
    Carl Sagan: Scientists believe the universe is roughly -HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD- and believe it was created by-GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD-bang.
  • VeggieTales has a rare inversion. The show was originally very much intended to teach kids about the Bible and Christianity. However, when the show was syndicated, references to Christianity were initially removed. Protest led to the content being restored later.


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