I am more okay with this than I thought I would be. Besides it’s The Phantom Menace so who really cares.
Someone was asking how they compare, and considering I’ve never seen the original, this should help you out.
Vulture describes the two shows as tonally unique.
In the American version, the anthropomorphic Wilfred is the Brad Pitt to Ryan’s Ed Norton, the embodiment of everything Ryan’s neuroses prevent him from being. Their relationship is sort of fun, and Ryan clearly craves the lack of self-consciousness that makes Wilfred so wild to hang out with. On the Australian original, though, Wilfred is more menacing, almost frightening, and a far less welcome presence in the human world. There are specifics here and there that the shows have in common — like Wilfred digging holes in the backyard because of “anxiety” — but tonally, the shows are completely distinct.