Dot Bridge 01 straight

"Dot Bridge" refers to a series of animated shorts produced by Clark Gesner for the first season of Sesame Street, six of which were first seen in the premiere episode.[1]

In each short, a series of 30 dots appear on-screen, often with various complications impeding the process. The series was meant to teach children "pre-reading skills by training the eye to take in information from left to right, or as one reads on a page."[2]

The shorts were used as transitions between segments and continued to be shown irregularly on the show through the early 1990s. In many of its later airings, the colors were altered or changed depending on the episode.

The score for the segments was written by Joe Raposo and was among the first pieces of music recorded by the house band for the series in June 1969.[3]

The series was referenced orally in Episode 4199, where Raposo's theme for the segments was used in the score as Abby Cadabby's freckles magically come off her face.


Picture Segment Description
Dot Bridge 01 straight
(First: Episode 0001)
All thirty dots appear uniformly.
Dot Bridge 02 late
(First: Episode 0001)
The last dot is late and travels through the others.
Dot Bridge 03 early
(First: Episode 0001)
The last dot shows up early.
Dot Bridge 04 third red
(First: Episode 0001)
The third dot wants to be red.
Dot Bridge 05 all red
(First: Episode 0001)
All the dots are red, but the last appears yellow. After a few seconds, it changes back to red.
Dot Bridge 06 raspberry
(First: Episode 0001)
The third dot blows a raspberry.
Dot Bridge 11 gather tight
(EKA: Episode 0296)
A lone square appears, but doesn't allow any dots to appear, so the dots all gather in a tight group to form a square. However, the lone square doesn't fall for this trick.
(EKA: Episode 0296)
The square remains in the corner, forcing the dots to gather closely again. The third dot then changes color, but is put into place by its peers.
Dot Bridge 13 lone square
(EKA: Episode 0394)
A square crosses into the path of the dots causing them to huddle around it.
Dot Bridge 14 squares dominate
(EKA: Episode 0326)
The dots line up at the same time as some squares who ultimately dominate the board.
Dot Bridge 15 rotating pattern
(EKA: Episode 0290)
The dots and the squares meet in the middle and converse with one another resulting in the squares turning red. The dots remain yellow and join the squares in making a new rotating pattern.
Dot Bridge 16 crumpled
(EKA: Episode 0306)
The dots kick aside a crumpled object.


  • Some scripts (such as Episode 0001 and Episode 0040) where Dot Bridge #1 is repeated, count the second occurrence of #1 as #2, shifting the numbering of each subsequent segment up, labeling the "raspberry" segment as #7, when in fact it's the sixth.

See also

  • A segment with forty dots that are counted, each one rising on a musical scale as their colors shift from red to orange.


  1. First Season Show Content document from CTW Archives
  2. Episode Guide from 2009 (archive site link)
  3. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 218

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