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Sesame Street: 40th anniversary Ideas

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by mbmfrog, May 22, 2008.

  1. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    I know it alittle early but does anyone have any good ideas of how the street should celebrate 40 years on TV ? :wisdom:


    I have a few of my own.....

    • Have Kermit the Frog host the show.
    • Make it a clip show, centered around certain characters.
    • Have a Subplot where the Elephant tries to make it into the movies.

    • Have a subplot where Bert and Ernie break up their famous friendship and the SS gang tries to get them back together.

    • Have a subplot where Abby gets Stagefright and through a musical Number with Kermit does she get over it.
    • Have Elmo meet Mickey Mouse, in 3-d.
    • Have musical numbers based upon famous SS songs with celebrities and the SS gang.
    • Make it a Banquet where some Old SS cast meets the new SS Cast.
    • Have the Adults and Pairie Dawn get mentioned within this one, because they live in the shadows of the other SS Cast.
    • Have :wisdom: come last, because he's the true Star of the show.
    • Mention the origins of the Show of how it got on TV in the first place.
    That's all I got for now, but what Ideas do you have ?
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think all of those ideas can be used in the same special. It would be too much, and there wouldn't be much room for any clips.

    It would be great if there was a 40th anniversary line of merchandise: CDs, DVDs, games, books, and more. We know that there will be two 40th anniversary books. There'll probably be a 40th anniversary special, but it'd be grrrreat if there was both a television special and a direct-to-DVD special (that seems to happen with every 5 anniversaries). It'd also be great if there was an anniversary documentary, or a multi-part documentary mini-series (that way we'd be able to get a lot more clips and info without seeming rushed).

    Hopefully there'll be a third Old School, but I'd also like for a four-disc colection of clips, with each disc focusing on a certain decade. I already posted a thread on such an idea, with a listing of the clips I'd want. Maybe there can also be 40th anniversary CD and DVD collections where the various releases focus on certain time periods. Not just "Old School Volume 3", but other types of things. I can't think of a good way to bring up such an example. Maybe the first album and Sesame Street 2 can be rereleased togetehr as a special two-disc set for the anniversary.

    Maybe there can also be special anniversary DVD releases focusing on certain characters, maybe with skits from certain time periods. Recently I've thought of three ideas (though without the anniversary in mind): Ernie and Bert and Friends, Grover and Friends, and Cookie Monster and Friends, all being two-disc sets, with disc one focusing on the featured characters, and disc two focusing on others. I'll list my ideal contents later.

    For a special, maybe Abby Cadabby can learn about what Sesame Street was like before she moved there. It may sound too much like the plot of The Street We Live On, but since Abby was introduced two seasons ago, at least there wouldn't (hopefully) be any continuity issues.
  3. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member


    Yeah and she can learn it all from :wisdom: scrapbook of memories.
  4. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    In response to my previous post I think That the idea of Abby learning more about Sesame Street, while seems repetive because it has been done with Elmo, does seems a bit better if it was done with :wisdom: due to his influence on the show's history.


    Here's how it would be

    Abby poofs in on Big Bird as he was looking at his old scrapbook, and together they view some of the Show's greatest Highlights over the years.


    It would be a full hour show just focusing on the memories and flashbacks that Big Bird and various other SS characters had over the years, with little interuptions.
  5. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I actually think this could be a perfect idea for a framing story for a 40th anniversary special! I've thought about ideas of a 40th anniversary special in the past, maybe a little later I'll post a plot summary for a special idea and see what everybody thinks.
  6. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    i for sure think that there should be a 40th anniversery of merchindise for the show, that would really dumb not to do that . Tee shirts and dolls would be really great .

    i sure hope that really do that . i would be buying it
  7. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Ellen On Sesame Street: Celebrating 40 Years of Feathers, Fur, and Fun!

    Well, Sesame Street's 40th birthday is just around the corner, and since everyone is giving their thoughts of what the special might be like, I thought I'd add my five cents. hehe.

    Ellen On Sesame Street: Celebrating 40 Years of Feathers, Fur, and Fun! is basically a story about Ellen DeGeneres' visiting Sesame Street, and taking the viewer on a journey to learn about Sesame's past.
    .................................................................................
    The scene opens up in New York City, and Ellen is seen trying to flag a cab. She tells the viewer she's going to Sesame Street. When she finally gets a cab, the cab driver turns out to be lovable Grover, who is filling in for his friend Big Tony:D. When Ellen asks him to take her to Sesame Street, Grover asks the question that has been asked for decades "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?" The Sesame Street Theme follows, with a similar montage like the 20th Anniversary special had.

    Ellen arrives on the street, and as she is getting out of the car, Fat Blue gets in(not realzing who's driving). He asks the driver to take him to Charlie's Resturant, and Grover says "No problem, Sir!" Fat Blue realizes it Grover, and passes out in the back seat of the car!

    Ellen walks by the stoop and sees Bob reading a book to Big Bird and the kids. She greets them, and Ellen asks Bob if he could sing that "special song." This leads Bob into singing "The People in Your Neigborhood." In the process, we meet all of Sesame Street's other residents: the bird(Big Bird), the monsters(Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, Cookie), the fairy(Abby), the bear(Baby Bear), the Count(Count Von Count), the grouch(Oscar), and the humans.

    ................................................................................

    Well, watcha think so far? I'll write more later.
  8. Count von Count

    Count von Count Active Member

    Did you make all that up? It's good.
  9. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Yes I did, and thanks.
  10. Count von Count

    Count von Count Active Member

    You are well-come! :)
  11. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    That's actually a pretty good idea!
  12. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    Neat idea.
    It reminds me of the 10th anniversry special "A Walking Tour of Sesame Street with James Earl Jones." but more exciting.

    Cause that special is kind of dull. :p Good idea so far dude! :insatiable:
  13. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Thanks Barry, William!;)
  14. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Well, since it seems SSLFan's idea was moved into this thread, I hope nobody minds if I repost my special idea... :)

    Sesame Street: 40 Years and Still Counting

    This would be a big network prime-time special with a potent advertising campaign (maybe on ABC) combining classic footage and a new framing story.

    The special would begin on the main street set at night. Some jazz band is in the arbor area playing a cover of the Sesame Street Theme. When the opening song is done, we see the citizens of the street seem to be preparing for a celebration of some sort. Elmo and Zoe ask Bob what the big thing going on is. Bob naturally tells them that it’s Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary. Bob goes on to tell them he’s been on the street since day one. He narrates this over several clips from the first season. This leads into the first set of clips:
    · The People in Your Neighborhood (original version with postman and fireman)
    · Elmo’s Song
    ·Monsterpiece Theater: The 400 Blows (it is a 40th anniversary special after all!)
    ·Ernie & Bert: Fish in the cowboy hat

    After the Ernie & Bert sketch, we go back to the street where Elmo and Zoe are amazed by how long Sesame Street has been around for when they hear Bert yelling at Ernie about what happened in the last sketch and Bert comes storming out of 123 Sesame Street yelling about how “They’ve been living together 40 years too long!” and tells Elmo and Zoe that he’s moving away from Sesame Street. Then… a commercial break!

    When we come back from the commercial break, Elmo and Zoe are at Hooper’s Store telling the cast members who are there (Alan, Grover, Big Bird, Bob, Gordon and Susan) about how Ernie and Bert seemed to have ended their friendship. Everybody at Hooper’s agrees that they should do something about the two of them before the celebration that night. After this is the second set of clips:
    ·‘C’ is for Cookie
    ·Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty
    ·Monster in the Mirror (celebrity version)
    ·Ask Oscar: V word

    Big Bird and Grover go to find Bert; they ask Oscar if he has any idea where Bert went. Oscar refuses to answer but tells them “He went uptown somewhere! I don’t know!” Meanwhile, Elmo and Zoe are trying to comfort Ernie and motivate him to become friends with Bert again. After those two comedic scenes, we are treated to a third set of clips:
    ·Happy Tappin’ with Elmo
    ·Kermit and Cookie Monster’s poem on galoshes
    ·Bein’ Green
    ·Happiness Begins at 40

    We then cut to the set of The Colbert Report where it seems that Stephen has a new co-host: Bert. Stephen and Bert get a tizzy about the pronunciation about the name Colbert when Big Bird and Grover show up. They (plus Stephen) try to convince Bert to come back and live with Ernie. Bert gets a bit tongue-tied and leaves the set of the show. Big Bird chases after him. Grover goes to follow them but Stephen stops him and tells Grover that he is his favorite Sesame Street character and tells him there’s one thing that Colbert always wanted to do with Grover… leading into them singing Sing After Me.

    After this, another montage:
    ·I Love Trash
    ·Two-Headed Monster: Listening
    ·Put Down The Duckie (celebrity version)
    ·Super Grover: Telephone Booth

    Now we’re at Hooper’s Store. Bert is drinking himself away with milkshakes while Alan, like everyone else, tries to motivate him to befriend Ernie again, telling him “Sure, you two have had your fights but you two have had great things to remember.” This gets Bert remembering leading into a ‘flashback’ sequence to Things That I Remember. This motivates Bert to go to the apartment where they finally apologize and move into again. This (with some sly editing) leads into some classic E&B skit. Then we finally get to the end of the show where the big 40th anniversary festivities are taking place. The special ends with cast (and Stephen Colbert!) singing Sing in the arbor area. The credits take place over footage of celebrities singing Rubber Duckie. I should also note and as bumper during the special, the casts of the shows on whatever network this special would air on give their birthday wishes to Sesame Street.
  15. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Ellen On Sesame Street: Celebrating 40 Years of Feathers, Fur, and Fun!

    The scene opens up in New York City, and Ellen is seen trying to flag a cab. She tells the viewer she's going to Sesame Street. When she finally gets a cab, the cab driver turns out to be lovable Grover, who is filling in for his friend Big Tony:D. When Ellen asks him to take her to Sesame Street, Grover asks the question that has been asked for decades "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?" The Sesame Street Theme follows, with a similar montage like the 20th Anniversary special had.

    Ellen arrives on the street, and as she is getting out of the car, Fat Blue gets in(not realzing who's driving). He asks the driver to take him to Charlie's Resturant, and Grover says "No problem, Sir!" Fat Blue realizes it Grover, and passes out in the back seat of the car!

    Ellen walks by the stoop and sees Bob reading a book to Big Bird and the kids. She greets them, and Ellen asks Bob if he could sing that "special song." This leads Bob into singing "The People in Your Neigborhood." In the process, we meet all of Sesame Street's other residents: the bird(Big Bird), the monsters(Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, Cookie), the fairy(Abby), the bear(Baby Bear), the Count(Count Von Count), the grouch(Oscar), and the humans.

    After that lovely song and dance, Ellen hears some arguing by the Fix-It Shop. She walks over to Bert, Ernie, Maria, and Luis. Ernie explains that Rubber duckie has lost his squeak, and he thinks Bert had broke him. Bert denies doing so. The two go on babbling, and Ellen breaks up the argument, explaing to them they've been friends waaay too long, and how they should not something like a Rubber duckie come between their friendship. Of course Ernie jokes saying"Just a Rubber Duckie. This is not just a Rubber Duckie. This thing is over 40 years old!"

    Ellen says"Right...." Maria and Luis end up fixing Rubber Duckie and Ernie lets out a big squeak from his duckie friend. He then reminences the first time he played with his duckie, which leads to a flashback of the very first version of "Rubber Duckie."

    After the song fades out, Ellen is seen on the stoop with Joan Ganz Cooney. Elmo and the kids run past, as they are playing tag. Ellen asks Ms. Cooney about how it feels being part of this legendary show, and how it's changed the lives of many others. Ellen asks(referring to the Rubber Duckie clip) if (jokingly) it had ever even crossed her mind that the Rubber Duckie song would have crossed into the charts! They then talk about Jim Henson and what a brilliant man he was, and how Ms. Cooney predicts Sesame will be on for another 40 years. :wisdom: The scene then fades out.

    We go back to the main street scene, where Prarrie Dawn is seen preparing another pageant with Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, and Herry. "Just like old times," Herry jokes. A rehersal is called upon by the director, as they reherse for the pageant which about Sesame Street and all it's wonderful people. Everything goes smoothly, until Cookie Monster gets hungry and begins eating the set! Prarrie puts her head down on her piano in emberassment.

    Meanwhile, Ellen is walking down the street into Big Bird's nest, where he, Elmo, and the birdketeers are seen getting ready for a meeting. Ellen asks if she could play with them, and Big Bird glady says yes. During the end of the meeting, Elmo and the other birdketeers present Big Bird with a photo they drew of him, saying how much they appreciate him for all he's done. Big Bird execpts the picture, and thanks his friends in a song(which features a montage of clips of Big Bird). This leads to a commercial break.

    To be continued....;)
  16. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Ellen On Sesame Street: Celebrating 40 Years of Feathers, Fur, and Fun!

    The scene opens up in New York City, and Ellen is seen trying to flag a cab. She tells the viewer she's going to Sesame Street. When she finally gets a cab, the cab driver turns out to be lovable Grover, who is filling in for his friend Big Tony. When Ellen asks him to take her to Sesame Street, Grover asks the question that has been asked for decades "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?" The Sesame Street Theme follows, with a similar montage like the 20th Anniversary special had.

    Ellen arrives on the street, and as she is getting out of the car, Fat Blue gets in(not realzing who's driving). He asks the driver to take him to Charlie's Resturant, and Grover says "No problem, Sir!" Fat Blue realizes it Grover, and passes out in the back seat of the car!

    Ellen walks by the stoop and sees Bob reading a book to Big Bird and the kids. She greets them, and Ellen asks Bob if he could sing that "special song." This leads Bob into singing "The People in Your Neigborhood." In the process, we meet all of Sesame Street's other residents: the bird(Big Bird), the monsters(Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, Cookie), the fairy(Abby), the bear(Baby Bear), the Count(Count Von Count), the grouch(Oscar), and the humans.

    After that lovely song and dance, Ellen hears some arguing by the Fix-It Shop. She walks over to Bert, Ernie, Maria, and Luis. Ernie explains that Rubber duckie has lost his squeak, and he thinks Bert had broke him. Bert denies doing so. The two go on babbling, and Ellen breaks up the argument, explaing to them they've been friends waaay too long, and how they should not something like a Rubber duckie come between their friendship. Of course Ernie jokes saying"Just a Rubber Duckie. This is not just a Rubber Duckie. This thing is over 40 years old!"

    Ellen says"Right...." Maria and Luis end up fixing Rubber Duckie and Ernie lets out a big squeak from his duckie friend. He then reminences the first time he played with his duckie, which leads to a flashback of the very first version of "Rubber Duckie."

    After the song fades out, Ellen is seen on the stoop with Joan Ganz Cooney. Elmo and the kids run past, as they are playing tag. Ellen asks Ms. Cooney about how it feels being part of this legendary show, and how it's changed the lives of many others. Ellen asks(referring to the Rubber Duckie clip) if (jokingly) it had ever even crossed her mind that the Rubber Duckie song would have crossed into the charts! They then talk about Jim Henson and what a brilliant man he was, and how Ms. Cooney predicts Sesame will be on for another 40 years. The scene then fades out.

    We go back to the main street scene, where Prarrie Dawn is seen preparing another pageant with Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, and Herry. "Just like old times," Herry jokes. A rehersal is called upon by the director, as they reherse for the pageant which about Sesame Street and all it's wonderful people. Everything goes smoothly, until Cookie Monster gets hungry and begins eating the set! Prarrie puts her head down on her piano in emberassment.

    Meanwhile, Ellen is walking down the street into Big Bird's nest, where he, Elmo, and the birdketeers are seen getting ready for a meeting. Ellen asks if she could play with them, and Big Bird glady says yes. During the end of the meeting, Elmo and the other birdketeers present Big Bird with a photo they drew of him, saying how much they appreciate him for all he's done. Big Bird accepts the picture, and thanks his friends in a song(which features a montage of clips of Big Bird). This leads to a commercial break.

    Returning from commercial break, we look at clips of many celebs saying Happy Birthday to Sesame Street, such as Will Smith, Mike Myers, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kelly Ripa.

    Ellen is seen leaving the nest area and wonders by Oscar's trash can. She knocks to see if anyone is home, and soon finds courage enough to open Oscar's lid. Just as she opens at, Fluffy sprays her down with water! Oscar(who is out of his can) then walks by and laughs"heh-heh-heh, that'll teach you to go near my can!":grouchy:

    In Hooper's store, Alan, Zoe, Telly, and Rosita are having a snack. Zoe then has the bright idea of them to play a game of "One of These Things," using the food. Just as they are getting ready to play, a celebrity guest(any ideas who it should be?) joins them. "What fun that was!" remarks Rosita.

    As that scene fades out, we hear gameshow music, and that means that it's time for "Beat the Time!" with America's favorite Gameshow host Guy Smiley. The contestant today is(celebrity name). (Name) must find 3 things that start with the letter S, before the time runs out. Among the things(name)finds, one of them turns out to be Slimey, Oscar's pet worm. "Thank you for joining us on another edition of Beat the Time!" cheers Guy Smiley.

    As Ellen is finishing drying off, she hears a piano playing in the arbor area. She then comes across Elmo and Big Bird, who are getting ready to sing a song. Ellen asks if she could join them, and they gradually say yes. They(of course) sing "Elmo's Song." This leads to another commercial break.

    Back again, Ellen is seen with the kids on the tire swing. She says that making Sesame Street wasn't just "peaches and cream." It took alot of people, time, and hard work to make the show your watching. A clip is shown from one of the original pitch reels(the one where the one muppet says"...well why don't we call the show"Hey Stupid!"). Ellen then shows us a tape of how a scene is filmed and all the other behind the scenes facts(of course appropreiate enough for kids to see and not too much to ruin their imagination of the muppets being real or not.)

    We go back to the main street story, where Prarrie is seen trying to get things in order. They start back up rehearsal by Cookie, Grover, and Herry singing Fuzzy and Blue(which leads to the original clip). As they finish, Prarrie remarkably says that "Something is missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it." This leads to a short musical number about what is missing(called Something's Missing:zany:). Ernie thinks it's more costumes, Bert thinks it more props, Cookie thinks it's more Cookies, and Grover thinks it more "cute adorable monsters." Herry then suggests they need more people. Prarrie says "That's It! More people, that is excatly what we need!" Prarrie then gives Herry a kiss on the cheek.:flirt:

    A skit follows in which Larry King is seen reporting. He says "In other news, Sesame Street is in need for more members for it's pageant honoring 40 years of feathears,...fur,...and fun." Prarrie is also seen pleading that someone comes fourth. Not long after, a whole line of people are seen trying to audition for the pageant.

    Meanwhile, our friend Ellen is seen inisde Gordon and Susan's home, where she interviews real life actors Roscoe Orman and Loretta Long. They talk about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.

    As this scene fades out, Big Bird appears onscreen saying, "Come on Everybody! Let's Sing!" This leads to a celebrity version of Sing, with muppet appearences by some of the Sesame Street characters.

    A commercial break follows.
  17. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Active Member

    This is really, really cute!
    Loved it, SSLFan, keep up the good work!
    It's rather easy to imagine it all, because of how you portray the scenes and stuff. <3
    I <3 it.
  18. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Thanks Squeekums!;)
  19. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Ellen On Sesame Street: Celebrating 40 Years of Feathers, Fur, and Fun!

    The scene opens up in New York City, and Ellen is seen trying to flag a cab. She tells the viewer she's going to Sesame Street. When she finally gets a cab, the cab driver turns out to be lovable Grover, who is filling in for his friend Big Tony. When Ellen asks him to take her to Sesame Street, Grover asks the question that has been asked for decades "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?" The Sesame Street Theme follows, with a similar montage like the 20th Anniversary special had.

    Ellen arrives on the street, and as she is getting out of the car, Fat Blue gets in(not realzing who's driving). He asks the driver to take him to Charlie's Resturant, and Grover says "No problem, Sir!" Fat Blue realizes it Grover, and passes out in the back seat of the car!

    Ellen walks by the stoop and sees Bob reading a book to Big Bird and the kids. She greets them, and Ellen asks Bob if he could sing that "special song." This leads Bob into singing "The People in Your Neigborhood." In the process, we meet all of Sesame Street's other residents: the bird(Big Bird), the monsters(Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, Cookie), the fairy(Abby), the bear(Baby Bear), the Count(Count Von Count), the grouch(Oscar), and the humans.

    After that lovely song and dance, Ellen hears some arguing by the Fix-It Shop. She walks over to Bert, Ernie, Maria, and Luis. Ernie explains that Rubber duckie has lost his squeak, and he thinks Bert had broke him. Bert denies doing so. The two go on babbling, and Ellen breaks up the argument, explaing to them they've been friends waaay too long, and how they should not something like a Rubber duckie come between their friendship. Of course Ernie jokes saying"Just a Rubber Duckie. This is not just a Rubber Duckie. This thing is over 40 years old!"

    Ellen says"Right...." Maria and Luis end up fixing Rubber Duckie and Ernie lets out a big squeak from his duckie friend. He then reminences the first time he played with his duckie, which leads to a flashback of the very first version of "Rubber Duckie."

    After the song fades out, Ellen is seen on the stoop with Joan Ganz Cooney. Elmo and the kids run past, as they are playing tag. Ellen asks Ms. Cooney about how it feels being part of this legendary show, and how it's changed the lives of many others. Ellen asks(referring to the Rubber Duckie clip) if (jokingly) it had ever even crossed her mind that the Rubber Duckie song would have crossed into the charts! They then talk about Jim Henson and what a brilliant man he was, and how Ms. Cooney predicts Sesame will be on for another 40 years. The scene then fades out.

    We go back to the main street scene, where Prarrie Dawn is seen preparing another pageant with Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, and Herry. "Just like old times," Herry jokes. A rehersal is called upon by the director, as they reherse for the pageant which about Sesame Street and all it's wonderful people. Everything goes smoothly, until Cookie Monster gets hungry and begins eating the set! Prarrie puts her head down on her piano in emberassment.

    Meanwhile, Ellen is walking down the street into Big Bird's nest, where he, Elmo, and the birdketeers are seen getting ready for a meeting. Ellen asks if she could play with them, and Big Bird glady says yes. During the end of the meeting, Elmo and the other birdketeers present Big Bird with a photo they drew of him, saying how much they appreciate him for all he's done. Big Bird accepts the picture, and thanks his friends in a song(which features a montage of clips of Big Bird). This leads to a commercial break.

    Returning from commercial break, we look at clips of many celebs saying Happy Birthday to Sesame Street, such as Will Smith, Mike Myers, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kelly Ripa.

    Ellen is seen leaving the nest area and wonders by Oscar's trash can. She knocks to see if anyone is home, and soon finds courage enough to open Oscar's lid. Just as she opens at, Fluffy sprays her down with water! Oscar(who is out of his can) then walks by and laughs"heh-heh-heh, that'll teach you to go near my can!"

    In Hooper's store, Alan, Zoe, Telly, and Rosita are having a snack. Zoe then has the bright idea of them to play a game of "One of These Things," using the food. Just as they are getting ready to play, a celebrity guest(any ideas who it should be?) joins them. "What fun that was!" remarks Rosita.

    As that scene fades out, we hear gameshow music, and that means that it's time for "Beat the Time!" with America's favorite Gameshow host Guy Smiley. The contestant today is(celebrity name). (Name) must find 3 things that start with the letter S, before the time runs out. Among the things(name)finds, one of them turns out to be Slimey, Oscar's pet worm. "Thank you for joining us on another edition of Beat the Time!" cheers Guy Smiley.

    As Ellen is finishing drying off, she hears a piano playing in the arbor area. She then comes across Elmo and Big Bird, who are getting ready to sing a song. Ellen asks if she could join them, and they gradually say yes. They(of course) sing "Elmo's Song." This leads to another commercial break.

    Back again, Ellen is seen with the kids on the tire swing. She says that making Sesame Street wasn't just "peaches and cream." It took alot of people, time, and hard work to make the show your watching. A clip is shown from one of the original pitch reels(the one where the one muppet says"...well why don't we call the show"Hey Stupid!"). Ellen then shows us a tape of how a scene is filmed and all the other behind the scenes facts(of course appropreiate enough for kids to see and not too much to ruin their imagination of the muppets being real or not.)

    We go back to the main street story, where Prarrie is seen trying to get things in order. They start back up rehearsal by Cookie, Grover, and Herry singing Fuzzy and Blue(which leads to the original clip). As they finish, Prarrie remarkably says that "Something is missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it." This leads to a short musical number about what is missing(called Something's Missing). Ernie thinks it's more costumes, Bert thinks it more props, Cookie thinks it's more Cookies, and Grover thinks it more "cute adorable monsters." Herry then suggests they need more people. Prarrie says "That's It! More people, that is excatly what we need!" Prarrie then gives Herry a kiss on the cheek.

    A skit follows in which Larry King is seen reporting. He says "In other news, Sesame Street is in need for more members for it's pageant honoring 40 years of feathears,...fur,...and fun." Prarrie is also seen pleading that someone comes fourth. Not long after, a whole line of people are seen trying to audition for the pageant.

    Meanwhile, our friend Ellen is seen inisde Gordon and Susan's home, where she interviews real life actors Roscoe Orman and Loretta Long. They talk about their experiences on the show and how it has affected their lives.

    As this scene fades out, Big Bird appears onscreen saying, "Come on Everybody! Let's Sing!" This leads to a celebrity version of Sing, with muppet appearences by some of the Sesame Street characters.

    A commercial break follows.

    NEW!We come back once again, where Ellen is sitting on the stairs eating an ice cream cone. Big Bird then comes by, bringing a postcard he got from his cousin Aberlardo, who lives in Mexico. He asks Ellen to read the letter, which she does. It basically states that he wants to wish Sesame Street a happy birthday and all. Big Bird tells Ellen thanks as he goes off to show the postcard to Alan.

    Ellen tells the viewer that Sesame Street is not only seen in the U.S., but all over the world. She names some of the many countries who have Sesame Streets, such as Sesamstrasse in Germany, Takalani Sesame in South Africa, and Ulitza Sezam in Russia. This leads to characthers from all the other countries singing "Celebration", ending with them wishing Sesame Street A Happy Wonderful 40 Years on tv.

    Meanwhile, auditions are being held in the garage, and they have it arranged in sort of an "American Idol" type of form. There are 4 judges, and the Amazing Mumford is the first up to audition. He gets a positive review from Grover, an okay from Prarrie, a "Cowabunga!" from Cookie, and a "dreadful" from....Simon Cowell himself! We then hear a crowd(Oscar, Grungetta, and the grouches to be exact) boo Simon away and throw paper, a rotten apple, and a rotten bannana at him!

    Next comes their longtime friend Savion, of whom none of the Sesame cast has seen in awhile. Prarrie, Grover, and Cookie greet him with a BIG hug. He then performs a tap dancing bit. Soon after, Savion is cast to be in the pageant! The Count appears onscreen soon afterward, saying he cannot tap dance, but sure can Count! In another classic clip, the Count performs "Batty Bat."

    Ellen is by Hoopers with Elmo and Zoe, when she hears loud rumbling, and at first thinks it's an earthquake! But it turns out to just be Snuffy and Alice. Big Bird explains that Snuffy and Alice are preparing for the audition by performing their "Hawiiain Hula." Ellen, Elmo, and Zoe also get into the spirit of the Hawiiain tradition of wearing grass skirts as they join Snuffy, Alice, and Big Bird for a (funny and humurous) Hawiiain dance. As the song winds down, Ellen complains that she's gotten a cramp!

    Meanwhile, back in auditions, the Yip-Yip Martains perform their "Yip-Yip" opera. The give a weird but totally awsome performance. Prarrie says they're gonna blow-up! Well, I won't tell the rest since you already know how that's gonna end.:D Anyway, this leads to Ernie's song I Don't Wanna Live on the Moon.Then follows another commercial break.

    Coming back, Ellen is seen in the garden, saying she needed to get away from all the "wackyness". The primise of this scene is basically Ellen explaining the popularity Sesame has had in the past four decades, from the many tv specials, movies, emmys, and stage shows, Sesame has done it all. Out of nowhere, Abby Caddaby poofs in, saying she wanted to give Ellen a hug, which they do.

    Okay, now it is time for the big pageant. Everyone is in attendance on Sesame Street, and the street is all decorated for the event. Just as Prarrie is about to play her piano...she realizes she doesn't have any songs! Everyone seems shocked. Soon Ellen walks up, asking whats wrong. Elmo and Big Bird explain the whole situation. Ellen says why not just make up a song together, a song everyone can agree on. One by one, the Sesame Street cast sing a verse of the song calledThe Street We Love(working title), as they talk about all the wonderful things that has happened on the street.

    We then get a "still" type credit call, seeing the performer and the characther they perform. In a high glance of the set, we see the whole cast saying"Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!"

    Oscar is by his trash can, and says"We'll, you've seen the 40th Birthday Special, now scram,hehe.":grouchy:

    So ends the 40th Birthday Special of Sesame Street.

    THE END.:wisdom:
  20. fleecenotfelt

    fleecenotfelt Member

    in a perfect world, i would love to see a 40th anniversary special have some more behind the scenes stuff! i mean, when was the last time there was a "secrets of the muppets" special-- the 90's right? it's about time for more!

    i think there should be:

    1. changes in the set throughout the years
    2. old retired bits w/ characters that were phased out (FORGETFUL JONES!)
    3. CAST/CREW INTERVIEWS!

    i personally would kill to see kevin clash, jerry nelson, frank oz and caroll spinney talk about working w/ jim, and talking about characters. even review bits and discusss like a director's cut on DVDs. OOH! and writers like tony geiss or directors like emily squires!

    if you could have anyone interviewed for a big 40th anniversary special. who would it be?


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