Elmo's World
Written by Judy Freudberg
Book Balls!
Video Elmo in Grouchland: Sing and Play
First Appearance
Episode 3786

Elmo's World: Balls is the first episode of Elmo's World. The first installment in the series is a simple examination of balls, with slightly rougher versions of certain regular features. In an unusual variation, the performance of "The Ball Song" features a "follow-the-bouncing-ball," referencing the classic Fleischer cartoon shorts and other media to use the technique.

Picture Segment Description
Guess what Elmo's thinking about today? A cascade of balls topple over Elmo.
Dorothy's Question Dorothy has a miniature ball in her bowl. She wants to know how people catch a ball.
The Noodle Family Mr. Noodle, against a plainer background than usual, struggles to catch a ball.
Kids and Baby Kids show how they catch a ball. In his first series encounter with a baby, Elmo tosses a ball to an infant, who is unable to catch it, and lets it drop and bounce away.
Elmo's Question Elmo asks the viewer to help him count how many times a CGI ball will bounce all over the screen. It bounces 28 times.
Quiz Elmo tells the audience which things can & cannot bounce. Eggs can't. Babies can when they are in bouncing seats. Phone books can't. Birthday cakes can't. Telly can't unless he's on a pogo stick.
TV Cartoon The Ball Channel features "If Balls Didn't Bounce," narrated by Andrea Martin. The ending line is, "That's ball, folks!", a play on the Looney Tunes closing, "That's all folks!"
Interview Elmo opens the door to a beachball and football, who discuss the ways balls move, are shaped, and the games to be played with them.

Tickle Me Land Dorothy imagines Elmo as a football player, twin ping-pong competitors, and a golfer.
Home Video Elmo shows a video he made of Herry Monster squishing the air out of a beachball.
Film Elmo's friend Michelle and her dad play catch at the beach.
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