Sesame Unpaved

Noggin (ended 2003)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 67

    Birth of Gabriella

    Aired 5/19/89

  • S 1 : Ep 66

    Maria's Mother Visits

    Aired 3/23/89

  • S 1 : Ep 65

    Maria Is Pregnant

    Aired 3/1/89

  • S 1 : Ep 64

    Maria & Luis' Honeymoon

    Aired 11/21/88

  • S 1 : Ep 63

    Maria & Luis' Wedding

    Aired 5/13/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Clash

    Elmo(1988-1989)/Hoots the Owl(198?-1989)

  • Frank Oz

    Bert /Grover /Cookie Monster/Lefty the Salesman/Harvey Kneeslapper

  • Fran Brill

    Prarire Dawn/Little Bird

  • Jim Henson

    Kermit the Frog/Ernie/Guy Smiley

  • Carroll Spinney

    Big Bird/Oscar the Grouch

  • show Description
  • For those severe Internet-based critics who fear Elmo has gone too far and completely taken over Sesame Street, the Children's Television Workshop crafted the first-ever ancient reruns of the show when Noggin was launched in 1999. These sequels have run under various titles, among them Open Sesame, Sesame Street Unpaved, 123 Sesame Street (often confused with Sesame Too) and Play with Me Sesame, which are a trip for most down memory lane. Continuation of this last series is up in the air, much the way all other Children's Television Workshop productions were taken off Noggin (or, as they like to call themselves, The N) in 2003.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Big Bird: I'm a v-very nervous bird. Boy. I nearly laid an egg, right here on Sesame Street.

    • Gordon: Sally, you've never seen a street like Sesame Street. Everything happens here. You're gonna love it.

    • (door knocks) Fidler: Come in. (door opens and lions enter) 1 2 3 4. 4 big lions just came to my door. (lion sit on floor) 1 2 3 4. 4 big lions just sat on my floor. (lion roar) 1 2 3 4. 4 big lions just began to roar.

    • SMILEY: Now, listen. You have to find 3 things-- COOKIE: Yep. SMILEY: That's 3 things-- COOKIE: 3 things. SMILEY: ...that rhyme with the word "rain". COOKIE: 3 things that rhyme with word "rain". SMILEY: You got it. (big hand on clock moves) But you gotta do it before the arrow on our clock reaches 0. Okay? Ready? Get set. Go! (clock stars ticking)

    • Bert: Sesame Street has been brought to you today by the letter "E", and by the number 2. (sighs) I'm gettin' kinda tired myself. Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop. Good night.

    • Luis: (sees the Count on the lamp post) Hey, Count, what are ya doin' up there? Count: I'm counting the lights going out, and I'm waiting for this one: #10. Luis: (laughs) You're gonna wait a long time. That one doesn't go out until morning. Forget it and go home. (he leaves for home) Count: Go home? And miss counting 10 lights going out? Oh, never. I will sleep here. (to the light) Good night, little light. I'll see you in the morning.

    • C3PO: Look R2, there's a large yellow bird friend. Hello friend bird.

    • FBI Man: This is a vase that I'll put in this vat away from the villain in the Panama Hat. Villain: I'm the villain in the Panama Hat and I'm after that vase that's here in this vat. (laughs wickedly) I'll fill it with vinegar and thrill in some varnish and top that all off with some violets garnish (laughs wickedly) And now I will slip it here under my vest. FBI Man: Oh no you don't, villain. You're under arrest.

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    Notes (56)

    • Sponsored by W, S, E, 2 & 3

    • Sponsored by A, B, X, 4 & 5

    • Sponsored by P, Q, U & 10

    • Sponsored by A, H, T & 10 One of the skits in this episode was the only time Cookie Monster was done by songwriter, Joe Raposo.

    • Sponsored by J & 2 The skits the number 2 was removed from the Sesame Street Unpaved version of this episode on Noggin. It was sponsored by 5 letters. This never did such a thing for the original PBS version

    • The cowboys who count up to 29 were characters from "Bonanza."

    • Sponsored by A & 8 This episode really aired on December 16 1970.

    • Sponsored by L, O & 3

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    Trivia (10)

    • In the "Mad Painter #4" segment, the 4 on the woman's umbrella changes in the shot after he paints it. In fact, it looks like he didn't just paint it. The street segment with Big Bird asking a boy what big and little mean doesn't belong in this episode, in which it rains throughout the episode. Perhaps it was not in the original PBS cut.

    • The adults said that Mr. Hooper died instead of saying he passed away because the staff thought that their young viewers didn't know what "passed away" meant.

    • The whole segment where Big Bird finds out about Mr. Hooper's death was filmed in one take.

    • A child psychologist was sent to help the writers with the segment where they talk about Mr. Hooper's death. He told them not to say that Mr. Hooper died in a hospital because it would cause children to become scared of hospitals. Also, he said that they should air the episode during a holiday so that parents could be at home to talk to their children about death. So that is why this episode was aired during Thanksgiving.

    • All of the drawings that Big Bird drew of the adults were made by Caroll Spinney, the actor who plays Big Bird.

    • The staff were thinking about showing flashback scenes of Mr. Hooper, but they decided not to because they thought it would confuse their viewers.

    • The producers were planning on telling the viewers that Mr. Hooper moved away or replacing him with a different actor until they decided to tell everyone that he passed away and they created the segment where Big Bird learns about death.

    • The segment of Big Bird finding out that Mr. Hooper died was adapted into a children's book called, "I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper".

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    Allusions (2)

    • Bert: Ernie. Get outta the tub.

    • [B] Man [B/]: Lulu's back in town...
      Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, the song was written for Broadway Gondolier (1935) and performed by Dick Powell and the Mills Brothers. Since then it's been performed by singers such as Mel Torme and Fats Waller, and been performed in movies such as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Sweet and Lowdown.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Bring it back! Classic skits and memoriable ones too! Read my review.

    By CookieCountDawn, Nov 25, 2005