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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. Maria gets ready to read a story to Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus before their nap, but since the library is closed, she reads 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
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SCENE 1 Big Bird, Snuffy and Maria have gathered at Big Bird's nest, ready for story time before their naps. While they have mostly everything ready (from their blankets to their snacks), they forget the storybook, which prompts Big Bird and Snuffy to head over to the library to get one.

Muppets / Cast "At Your Library" (First: Episode 1908)
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SCENE 2 Back at the nest, Big Bird and Snuffy are unable to find another book due to the library being closed. However, they got a newspaper instead from Hooper's Store for Maria to read to them, specifically the "Fairy Tales" section where they read the article about Princess Rapunzel...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by the wicked witch. Prince Charming comes to rescue her by asking to let down her hair, and she literally does..
(Edited, with opening logo omitted)
(First: Episode 0409)
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SCENE 3 In another article, Maria reads to Big Bird and Snuffy about Humpty Dumpty...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Gladys the Cow is also with them, pretending to be a horse. Humpty is put together again, but when Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, he falls off the wall again.
(edited, with opening logo omitted)
(First: Episode 0657)
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SCENE 4 In the next article, Maria reads to Big Bird and Snuffy about a wicked witch and the magic mirror...
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Wicked Witch from the Snow White story plans to fool the mirror into saying that she is the fairest -- but she hasn't counted on Kermit hiding behind a curtain. When she sees him, she realizes that he really is pretty good-looking.
(edited, with opening logo omitted)
(First: Episode 0685)
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SCENE 5 Following the articles read, Big Bird thinks it's silly that Sesame Street News has only one reporter on its entire staff, and wakes up Snuffy (who has dozed off) to tell him how much fun it is to imagine all those fairy tale characters.
Muppets "Imagine That" with Ernie
(First: Episode 2142)
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SCENE 6 Snuffy tries suggesting Maria to tell him a story involving three animals, but forgets what kind they are. After several guesses by Big Bird, Snuffy thinks that it might be about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which Maria tells him the story of.
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SCENE 6 (CON'T) During Maria's story, Snuffy and Big Bird imagine how the story goes on, with themselves filling in the role of Goldilocks. Soon enough, Big Bird begins to doze off halfway through and Snuffy begins to do the same.
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SCENE 6 (CON'T) As Maria tries to leave, Snuffy wakes up, remembering that the story was not what he had in mind. Instead of bears, it was pigs. Immediately, Maria grabs the newspaper again and finds an article regarding them, reading it to him and Big Bird (who has just woken up).
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit interviews one of The Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.
(Edited, with opening logo omitted)
(First: Episode 0551)
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SCENE 7 Maria finally sends Big Bird and Snuffy to their naps, wishing them and the viewer to have a good rest. Kermit joins in, resting next to Snuffy's snuffle, having been exhausted from his reporter job.


International releases


  • 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