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Big Bird's Story Time titlecard
Release Date 1987
Produced by Random House Home Video
Catalogue no. 88934
Format VHS

Big Bird's Story Time is a 1987 Sesame Street direct-to-video special in the "My Sesame Street Home Video" series. Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus listen to some stories before their nap, with Maria reading from the fairy tale section of the newspaper. The news articles appear as modified Sesame Street News Flash sketches, removing the logo, Kermit's introductory comments, and other broadcast references.


Image Segment Description
BB Storytime 1
FRAME 1 Big Bird, Snuffy, and Maria are gathered in the nest area, ready for a story before naptime. Big Bird has Radar, Snuffy has Mr. Anteloper, and they've each brought their own blankets and snacks. However, they realize that they don't have a storybook, so they quickly run down to the library to get one.

Insert While Oscar looks for some Grouch literature at the library, Gilbert and Sullivan and the cast sing about what else he can find "At Your Library."
(First: Episode 1908)
BB Storytime 2

BB Storytime 3
FRAME 2 Big Bird and Snuffy return, explaining that the library was closed, so they bought a newspaper from Hooper's Store to read instead. Maria thumbs through some pages and finds the fairy tale section, which has a story on Rapunzel...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Rapunzel β€” Prince Charming attempts to rescue Rapunzel from the tower.
(First: Episode 0409)
BB Storytime 4
FRAME 3 Maria reads another article reporting on Humpty Dumpty's accident...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty β€” Kermit doesn't help Humpty Dumpty's situation.
(First: Episode 0657)
BB Storytime 5
FRAME 4 Maria stumbles on a weird story about a witch who talks to a mirror...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mirror, Mirror β€” Kermit is declared the fairest of them all.
(First: Episode 0685)
BB Storytime 6
FRAME 5 Big Bird points out that all the stories they've read have the same reporter. Snuffy has dozed off, but Big Bird wakes him up to tell him that it's fun to imagine while listening to stories.
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
BB Storytime 6.5

BB Storytime 9

BB Storytime 10
FRAME 6 Snuffy wants to hear a story about the three animals, unable to remember what ones. Big Bird guesses that he could mean kittens or billy goats gruff. Maria thinks it might be "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and tells the story, with Big Bird and Snuffy imagining themselves in the role of Goldilocks (via illustrated thought balloons). Eventually, Big Bird and Snuffy fall asleep before Maria finishes the story. She tries to leave quietly, but once she closes the door, Snuffy wakes up. He remembers that the animals he was thinking of were the Three Little Pigs. Maria checks the newspaper again, and finds a story about the pigs.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Pig's Straw House β€” Kermit interviews the pig who built the straw house.
(First: Episode 0551)
Kermit in Big Bird's Story Time
FRAME 7 Finally, it's time for Big Bird and Snuffy's nap, and Maria wishes them (and the viewer) a good rest. An exhausted Reporter Kermit appears, commenting on the busy day he's had, and he rests on Snuffy's snuffle.


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  • Linking Footage:
Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Maria, Kermit the Frog
  • Inserts:
Oscar the Grouch, Gilbert and Sullivan, Luis, Telly Monster, Olivia, Maria, Susan, Bob, Gordon, David, Kermit the Frog, Rapunzel, Prince Charming, Humpty Dumpty, Cow, Horse, the Wicked Witch, the Magic Mirror, Ernie, King, Captain, one of The Three Little Pigs, and the Big Bad Wolf