Sesame Street Blog

Sesame Family Robinson – From making Muppets to Raising Moppets

Entries with tag tagnnie .

Puppetry of the Baby


Curriculum of the day:  Parts of the body

We puppeteer our babies. How can we not, with Marty as their father? When they are stretched out on our knees with arms and legs flailing in the air, you just have to snatch them and start manipulating. Funny voices are also a must. I can’t imagine it’s doing any damage. When the girls see some of our baby puppet videos in the future, I’m sure we’ll get an earful, but it’s just too irresistible now. And aren’t we giving them love and attention, physical activity, warmth and all that important human contact experts say are a must? We also, I admit, have put our fingers below their little lips to do some lip-sync. I swear we’re getting some smiles, or at least they’re reacting to getting tickled.

I’m partial to puppeteering show tunes with the girls. Ripley does a smashing version of “Hey, Look Me Over.” I’ve done “Climb Every Mountain” with Lyra as well as moments from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Marty does karate moves, with them usually giving him a knockout punch. According to the books, they still aren’t even aware of where their arms and legs actually are in space. I’d like to believe we’re helping them along in the journey of discovering their little fists. Especially when they’re giving Dad a good right cross!


Don’t you want to just grab those arms and start moving them around?

Season 41 of Sesame Street

Twin's Day on Sesame
Number of the Day: 41!


It’s hard to believe. Sesame Street has been on the air for 41 seasons. Back in 1969, I’m sure none of the creators of the show thought it would still be here today, educating and entertaining children all over the world.

Marty has been part of the show for almost 30 years! Incredible. He started as Mr. Snuffleupagus in 1980. He took over Telly Monster several years later, and then did Slimey the Worm, the Martians, Buster the Horse, and others as time went on.

I have been on the show since 1994. I trained for an entire year with our head writer at that time, Norman Stiles. I remember when I got the call that they wanted me to join the show. I fell on the floor and screamed.

This 41st season has 26 wonderful new shows, plus the new Super Grover 2.0 format (see last week’s post.) My favorite show that I wrote this year was “The Twin Show.” It was our girls’ first appearance on the set. (See our earlier post about that day.) Director Joey Mazzarino said, “They were very professional.”

Mr. Hooper's Store

Twins Mica and Aria Linz on Twin Day at Hooper’s Store.


Ripley still had time for a little goofing around that day in Oscar’s can.

Lyra in a garbage can.

– Ripley the Grouch.

Tune in today and see all the new additions to Sesame Street! 41 years and counting!
Showing 2 results.

Mail Box

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

Read the Reply ›

How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

Read the Reply ›

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

Read the Reply ›

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

Read the Reply ›

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

Read the Reply ›
Question 1/4