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Sesame Street
The art contest
Air date January 19, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors E, O, V, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon encounters Jennie drawing a picture of Sesame Street. One by one, Susan, Bob, and Mr. Hooper join and all give their commentary on it as she progresses. They wonder aloud about what kind of tree is living on Sesame Street and the price of Mr. Hooper's papers, while Jennie includes details such as the petunia on Susan's windowsill and the mural on the side of Hooper's Store.
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1: Dots appear uniformly
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper, Gordon, Susan and Bob all say they've had drawing experience, so Jennie decides to have an art contest, with herself as the judge. Jennie begins to draw something, which appears to be a farmer saying something...
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
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Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 3 Jennie points out that "easel" is another E word. Big Bird gives examples of E insults toward himself, as he's upset that he can't draw anything worth putting in the art contest. Jennie offers to teach him how to draw. Big Bird attempts to draw the sun, but it looks more like a window (which the sun is shining into). He then attempts to draw a house, but it's just a group of trees (the house is hidden by the forest). Jennie reassures him that he's still capable of learning.
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Celebrity Listen My Brother sings "You Gotta Learn."
(First: Episode 0002)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #1 (repeat)
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)"
(First: Episode 0021)
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SCENE 4 Gordon notices a washboard and tub and a clothesline hanging outside Oscar's trash can. Oscar explains that his washer-dryer-folder-putter-awayer broke down. Gordon invites him to join the art contest, and Oscar digs up some cartoons he drew for the Daily Grouch and has Gordon guess what happened here. Scenarios include a boy with a broken wagon and kids stuck in the rain. Gordon doesn't think the cartoons are very funny, but then again, he's not a grouch. Oscar's socks are dry, so Oscar decides to hang up his newly-washed floor to dry by handing Gordon several pieces of it to hang up.
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (repeat)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #2: Last dot is late and travels through the others
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 Jennie draws a picture of a Muppet father and has Chet and another kid guess who he is.
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Muppets The Anything Muppets sing about what a father does. (intro shortened)
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 5
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Jennie now draws a mother Muppet.
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Muppets The Anything Muppets perform a song all about the things a mother does. (intro shortened)
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 5
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Finally, Jennie draws the Muppet children.
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Muppets Sibling Anything Muppets sing about the roles they play in the family.
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 6 In the kitchen, Susan sings "Draw Me a Circle" as Maurice does so. The circle looks like the letter O.
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Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #3: Last dot shows up early
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 7 Gordon notices some odd things hanging on Oscar's clothesline, including paper plates (family heirlooms), a flower, and a fish. Oscar takes the fish in to press (with an iron) to eat. Gordon's heard of cleaning just about anything, but this is too much!
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Film You can clean almost anything.
Music: Bach's "Gavotte" performed by the Swingle Singers.
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #4: Third dot wants to be red
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 8 Jennie has several drawings tacked to the construction fence, and uses them to play a few rounds "One of These Things." Round one is with kitchenware, and round two is with construction vehicles.
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Film A steam shovel picks up debris.
(First: Episode 0034)
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (repeat)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #5: All the dots turn red
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 9 Jennie visits Mr. Hooper (dressed in an artist's smock and ascot), who isn't having much luck trying to draw the letter V. Jennie shows him how to make a V with his fingers, and points out the many items he has in his store that begin with V. Mr. Hooper still isn't inspired until Jennie pulls out a giant letter V, and he considers the appropriate medium to use.
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Cartoon "Imagination V" -- A surreal segment involving the Venus de Milo statue, a violin, a vampire, and vigilantes.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0050)
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Cast Buddy and Jim struggle with buttons.
(First: Episode 0015)
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Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
(First: Episode 0018)
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Animation Clay animation: "E" for eat, ear, echo, egg, eagle, eel, elephant and end.
(First: Episode 0003)
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Cartoon E for elephant, eat, eagle, everything, empty, and egg.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0002)
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SCENE 10 The art contest is underway. Mr. Hooper has many drawings of V displayed, while Bob has several of his animal drawings, Susan has her portraits, and Gordon has his landscapes. Big Bird displays some drawings he did and the others point out what's wrong in them. Big Bird thinks he's no good at drawing, but they compliment him on his efforts. Big Bird offers to draw the shape of a vase from one of his pictures, and he draws more and more shapes from his pictures which soon combine to turn into a drawing of Big Bird himself. When the picture is finished, everybody gathers for a conference and Big Bird is given first prize in the art contest!
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #6: Dot blows raspberry
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 11 The others continue to congratulate Big Bird and observe the other pictures, while Jennie signs off and announces the sponsors.
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CLOSING SIGNS Gordon and Susan hold the Sesame Street sign and Bob and Mr. Hooper hold the Children's Television Workshop sign.

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