Sesame Street
Mr. Hooper's birthday
Air date April 11, 1979
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors D, L, 11
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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
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Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 1 Gordon and Susan draw outlines of the kids on the wall. Luis comes by and tries identifying whose outline belongs to who. He feigns ignorance in guessing whose outline is eight feet tall.
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #11
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0988)
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Film Two men, Big and Little, travel around playing the tuba and violin. Even though they’re different (Big has dark skin, and Little has light skin), together they make beautiful music.
(First: Episode 0016)
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Muppets Kermit is a casting director, holding auditions for a performance of "The Three Little Pigs". The pigs who initially try out get the part of the three little pigs, but three different wolves of different sizes try out for the part of the Big Bad Wolf.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird and Lisa come into Hooper's Store. They need sweaters and boots and Big Bird wants them to have the same kind. He calls out Mr. Hooper for giving them different ones, until he learns that because they're different sizes, they get different items. He's pleased that the apples come in just a big size.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie turns on the radio to hear his favorite exercise show, Get Moving. He engages the viewer to do all the exercises he does, such as touching toes and jumping. Bert joins in, and has so much fun jumping that he doesn't notice that his favorite program, Pigeons in the News, is coming on.
(First: Episode 1025)
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Film African children play in a village, and in a modern playground.
(First: Episode 0159)
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Animation Sand D/d
(First: Episode 0640)
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Cast Bob and Maria visit a letter "D" museum, and observe pictures of a dark "D", a dazzling "D", and a delightful "D". Big Bird notices a dusty "D" statue, but ends up destroying the delicate "D" despite Bob and Maria's warnings.
(First: Episode 0692)
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Cartoon A man weighs five pounds of bubble gum. He chews it all, blows a huge bubble, and flies away.
(First: Episode 0617)
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Film The Mad Painter #11
(First: Episode 0329)
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Cartoon A small man and his assistant, Dudley, attempt to demonstrate both the capital and lower-case letter D.
(First: Episode 0016)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper approaches a man and says, "Knock, knock!" The man asks, "Who's there?". Harvey says, "Dion." The man asks, "Dion who?" Then Harvey slaps a letter D on the man's chest and says, "D on you!"
(First: Episode 0292)
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Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
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SCENE 3 Gordon and Susan argue over a broken statue in their apartment. After fuming for a moment, they apologize and sing "Try a Little Harder."
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Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)
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Cartoon What if an anteater had the features of a giraffe?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0422)
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Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
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Muppets Little Bird plays an imagination game, closing his eyes and imagining he hears sounds. At the end of the game, he imagines that he hears a scary monster -- and when he opens his eyes, Herry Monster is there, growling at him.
(First: Episode 0148)
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SCENE 4 Luis shows how Barkley can understand "Walk" and "Don't Walk" with verbal communication and a sign showing the words. Linda can do it with sign language as well. Big Bird has his own way of making Barkley walk - setting his food dish somewhere.
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Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition (version two).
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0414)
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Muppets Cookie Monster sings a rock song about his cookie obsession.
(First: Episode 0506)
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Film A woman holds a painting of five chickens.
(First: Episode 0769)
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Cartoon A man jumps into a poster of Lake Lillian.
(First: Episode 0347)
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Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
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Cast David goes through a series of doors marked "OPEN" (each one smaller than the one before).
(First: Episode 0442)
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Cartoon A kid tries to push his toy house through the front door without the door closing.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0914)
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Muppets Kermit at Home: Grover comes to Kermit's house to fix his sink. Kermit fills him in on a demonstration of "big, bigger and biggest" when it comes to wrenches. Even so, the sink repair goes awry, and the house floods.
(First: Episode 0821)
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Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
(First: Episode 0406)
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SCENE 5 Everyone plans a surprise party for Mr. Hooper's birthday today. To keep it a secret, they all spread the word using sign language. Big Bird can't find anyone to invite and mistakenly tries showing the sign to Mr. Hooper, who thankfully doesn't comprehend it. Gordon muzzles Big Bird's beak when he almost clarifies it verbally.
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Film Counting the circus clowns
(First: Episode 0501)
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Celebrity Whitman Mayo's Animal Guessing Game #1 (Lions)
(First: Episode 0778)
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Film Slide puzzle - truck
(First: Episode 0403)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge (0:24)
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Cartoon A baby cries whenever he gets a beso.
(First: Episode 0433)
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SCENE 6 Everyone is gathered in Gordon and Susan's apartment for the party, where they practice signing "surprise" for Mr. Hooper's arrival. He appears at the door and doesn't understand the sign until everyone shouts, "Surprise!"


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