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Learn a New Dance Day

Word of the Day: Boogie
 
I love that young children are non-judgmental. Lyra is more reticent to participate in yoga class or greet strangers than Ripley, but that’s not about judgment. It’s just her instincts. I know I started being very judgmental of myself in junior high school, but I’m sure I was doing it much earlier. One of our goals for Lyra and Ripley is to keep self-censorship at bay as long as possible. Right now, they’re willing to dance and sing and make funny sounds without worrying about how they look or sound. I bought them tutus and they immediately put them on, demanded music, and started spinning around the living room. They even know the word “ballet,” which I think they must have learned from a Zoe dancing book. Like Zoe, we did all forms of dance from classical to boogie-woogie with abandon. May they continue this spirited self-expression for the rest of their lives.

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Cookie and Dave

David Rudman performs Cookie Monster.  He took over the role from Frank Oz a number of years ago and is just terrific. Dave also does Baby Bear, Telly's best buddy on Sesame. Partly through Telly's love of Baby Bear, I have become very fond of Dave.

We had a few minutes between takes recently, and I pointed my camera at him and asked him how Cookie Monster works. This is his reply, in just one take.


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Pam - Grundgetta: Sesame is Fake!

Pam Arciero is one of my best friends. She has been my right hand in Telly since I took over him in 1984. Grundgetta Grouch is one of her characters. Now, you don't see Grundgy a whole lot these days, but there was a time when she and Oscar almost got married. Pam and I thought it would be fun to have Grundgetta show you around the side of Sesame Street that is near and dear to her grouchy heart.

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Parks – A Parent's Best Friend

 Word of the Day: Fan



To say I’m a fan of parks is an understatement. I adore them, and I never went to parks as a kid. I was the last child in my family. We lived in the suburbs, so my parents just sent me outside in the morning with my bike and told me to be back by dinner. It’s a different world now; there are different ways of parenting, and we go to parks all the time and everywhere. What I love is watching the girls develop before my eyes. Where one week they couldn’t climb up to the slide, the next they’re doing it with ease. They are even learning to share and wait their turn on the swings.  



Being helpful in our local park


Beyond the amusement section of the park, they’re seeing the flowers, unique plants, and animals that are cultivated and cohabitate depending on the kind of park you’re in. Recently the girls spent a great deal of time in Central Park and learned the joy of sprinklers.



A hot NYC day



Ripley developing her upper arm strength


I hope I find more time in the future to support our local parks since I’m getting so much out of them now. But for the moment it’s “Where are we going?” “Park!”

Sesame in the 90's

Thumbnail of Benny Rabbit for Parents Blog


Dear Marty,

I love watching Sesame Street. I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others. Thank you. I love reading your blog!

Glenda



Dear Glenda,
 
It's true. Without going into contracts and finances, the show of twenty years ago did not have the stresses of today. In Season 25, we opened up the whole "Around the Corner" set filled with new humans and dozens of new puppets. Remember the Furry Arms Hotel? It was a great cast and the plot lines were hilarious, but research discovered that kids couldn't keep track of all these people and puppets, making the shows visually exciting and entertaining for adults, but confusing for kids. After that, we made each script driven by one of seven main characters and dropped the “Around the Corner” set. 
 
Only those performers involved in any given script are called for that day's shooting. Some of the call times are even staggered depending on when your scenes are scheduled in the running order. The Anything Muppets are cast by our puppet captain, Kevin Clash, according to the various puppeteer's talents, schedules, and contracts. It's our job to change up our voices on different characters so you can't always identify who's who!
 
Marty
 
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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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