Sesame Unpaved

Season 1 Episode 45

Death Of Mr. Hooper

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1983 on Noggin
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Death Of Mr. Hooper
This episode starts where Forgetful Jones explains to Gordon why he was happy. Next, Big Bird does his own funny stunts to Gordon. After that, Big Bird gives his drawings to everyone on Sesame Street, except Mr. Hooper, because everyone explains to him that he died already. So David is going to fill in for him. At the end, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson comes to Sesame Street and lets the cast see their new baby. Clips in this episode: Cartoon: the story of number 5 Muppets: That's Love, by Bert in a Cupid costume Cartoon: Man shows lady 5 tall things Muppets/Song: Fuzzy & Blue (and Orange!) Muppets/Song: "Sing After Me" with Madeline Khan and Grover Cartoon: The J Song (joyful jump and jamboree) Muppets: Big Bird, Barkley and Jason jump Live-Action: People jump Live-Action: Kids build sand structures Live-Action: the Dance class Live-Action: the boy's bath Cartoon: Letters In Sand-J Cartoon: J-Jam Cartoon: M-shaped man explains about the letter M Live-Action: Man feeds polar bears sardines Live-Action: The 4-year-old boy's new baby brother Live-Action: the sad flower Cartoon/Song: That's About the Size of It Muppets: Newsflash: the Beautiful Princess Cartoon: Evolution of Frogs Cartoon: Man lets the flowers stay on ground Muppets: Bert and Ernie at the theater-tall hat lady blocks Ernie Cartoon: Animals steal man's clothing in rhyme Muppets: Purple Anything Muppet man on Closed Muppets: Bert and John-John on Feelingsmoreless

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    Emilio Delgado

    Emilio Delgado


    Fran Brill

    Fran Brill

    Prarire Dawn/Little Bird

    Jim Henson

    Jim Henson

    Kermit the Frog/Ernie/Guy Smiley

    Frank Oz

    Frank Oz

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

    Linda Bove

    Linda Bove


    Richard Hunt

    Richard Hunt

    Gladys the Cow/Two Headed Monster/Sully

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • 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".

      • When the adults are talking to Big Bird about Mr. Hooper's death, they were almost in tears because they were still grieving over Will Lee, the actor who played Mr. Hooper.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Big Bird: (looks at his picture of Mr. Hooper) I'm gonna miss you, Mr. Looper.
        (the others laugh a bit)
        Maria: That's Hooper, Big Bird. Hooper.
        Big Bird: You're right.

      • Big Bird: (looks at his picture of Mr. Hooper )Well, I give it to him when he comes back.
        Susan: Big Bird, Mr. Hooper's not coming back.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Sponsored by J, M & 5
        This episode was dedicated to the memory of Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper from 1969 until he passed away on December 7 1982.

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