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Release Date June 11, 2002
Produced by Sony Wonder
Catalogue no. LVD 54180
Format DVD
Discs 1
Region 1

Bert and Ernie's Word Play is a 2002 Sesame Street direct-to-video special in which Ernie and Bert put on a variety show to teach about words.


Picture Segment Description

FRAME 1 Prairie Dawn calls all the performers to get ready for the show. Bert worries that he’ll forget the words to the show, but Ernie has all the words in his bag and tells Bert that all he needs to worry about now is forgetting his dance steps.


FRAME 1 cont'd After an announcer introduces the show, Ernie and Bert come on stage and present the first word – Fun. Ernie then mentions their pie-flying finale and introduce the pie-flying word – Go. He then explains that whenever the word is said, their guest Ho-Ho the Great Pie Guy will be hit with a pie from the pie-flying machine (which is powered by a egg-laying Chicken). Bert accidentally says the word and gets a pie to the face. Ernie then introduces some more words that start with G.
Film G for go, girls, guitar, goldfish etc.
(First: Episode 3269)
Cartoon The word "GO" races down the street. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 3311)
Muppets Kermit the Frog goes to a T-shirt shop, The Wonderful World of T-Shirts, to pick up another personalized "Kermit the Frog T-Shirt". However, all the shirts have the wrong name (Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Forg, and Kermit the Grof).
(First: Episode 1494)
New sound effects added


FRAME 2 Prairie asks her assistant Benny Rabbit if the props for the finale are ready. Benny asks the stagehands, Mo and Flo, who show him the balls, feathers and jam on the shelf. Just then, telegram delivery monster Grover arrives with a message from Ho-Ho, which he initially reads as β€œI CAN COME”, but then seems the message was stuck in the middle, covering the word β€œNOT”. Grover then leaves for his next gig (a singing act at a Bar Mitzvah), while Prairie accidentally slips on Flo’s banana peal and crashes into the props.
FRAME 2 cont'd Elmo and Zoe arrive on stage, wearing boards that make the word COOKIE and introduce Cookie Monster.
FRAME 2 cont'd Cookie is about to sing a song about cookies, when he is told he’s singing about letters. He improvises and performs β€œOne Little Letter”.
FRAME 2 cont'd Bert and Ernie come back on stage and Bert has prepared a card of β€œmaterial”, which gets huge laughs from the audience. Another word is brought on stage – GOAT. Ernie removes letters to make new words from it, including GO, which Bert once again says by accident and gets pied. The next acts the starts.
Muppets "I Am Chicken"
(First: Episode 2995)
On-screen words added
Cartoon A Zerkel named Jake demonstrates -ake words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3522)
Animation Shake / lake / bake / take / make
(First: Episode 2935)
Cartoon Soul A!
(First: Episode 3359)
FRAME 3 Mo and Flo hang a β€œSlippery” sign where they’re mopping. Benny brings Prairie the next audition for the final act – The Frosty Four, a penguin barbershop quartet. But, when they start to tap dance, they fail to notice the β€œSlippery” sign, slip all over the place and knock Prairie into the props again. They leave due to the slippery conditions.
FRAME 3 cont'd Elmo and Zoe come back on stage to blend another word – STICKY, leading into the next act...
FRAME 3 cont'd Zoe and Rosita sing "Sticky Tape."
FRAME 3 cont'd Ernie and Bert present the next word - Amigo. Bert clearly sees β€œGo” in the word, but Ernie doesn’t realize it until Bert arranges it for him, signaling the chicken to toss two pies. The duo ducks and the pies hit Prairie Dawn instead. They nervously present the next act.
Muppets "I'm a Bookworm, Baby!"
(First: Episode 2994)
Introduction and closing cut
Muppets "Fat Cat"
(First: Episode 0536)
On-screen words and sound effects added
Insert "Professor Television" (Bill Irwin) tries to demonstrate open and closed, but his efforts backfire.
(First: Episode 3637)
Introduction cut and announcer's dialogue muted


FRAME 4 cont'd A slew of animals are backstage, hoping to be the final act. However, they are all scared off by an off-key, opera-singing pig. Ernie, Bert and Elmo ask Prairie what the status is on the final act, as it’s time for it! Ernie shoves Bert on stage to keep the audience busy, but Bert struggles to tell one joke. The group overhears singing, which is coming from Mo and Flo, who used to have a singing act, until their third member (a high singer) moved. They all stare at Elmo...

FRAME 4 cont'd Bert continues trying to tell his joke, and Ernie tells him about the final act – Mo, Flo and Elmo singing β€œNeed to Read” After the song, everyone comes out for a bow.
FRAME 4 cont'd An announcer presents the show’s sponsors (all the words mentioned in the show). Benny comes on stage and finds Ernie left his bag of words there and picks it up, remarking that now he can go, causing the chicken to send a pie toward the screen.
Muppets Bert, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch sing about what they love: "Pigeons and Cookies and Trash."(new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 3915)
Played during credits, edited


International releases