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Big Bird wants to fly
Air date December 11, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors P, U, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird is upset about being unable to fly. Poco Loco suggests he could flap his wings, but that doesn't work. They look up in the sky at an airplane, and Big Bird suddenly gets inspired and runs off.
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Flying."
(First: Episode 0394)
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0808)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert decide to use both Bert's canvas and Ernie's paints to paint a picture of something. Bert wants to paint a bowl of oatmeal, but Ernie wants to paint a purple monster. Finally, they decide to paint a purple monster eating a bowl of oatmeal.
(First: Episode 1446)
Animation In stop-motion, blocks stack and arrange themselves to form zoo cages, arches, and a whole city.
Artist: Al Jarnow
Film Counting 1-20 (planes taking off)
(First: Episode 0798)
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Cartoon A baby looks at a DANGER sign and imagines what it means.
(First: Episode 0933)
SCENE 2 Big Bird has dressed himself up like an airplane, thinking it will help him fly. Poco yells "Contact!" and Big Bird takes off … but not really. Big Bird loses hope of getting off the ground.
Animation Four airplanes take off one by one.
(First: Episode 1242)
Muppets Grover uses his airplane to demonstrate "above" and "below."
(First: Episode 0149)
Cartoon Boy and the UP balloons
(First: Episode 0364)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Kermit and Marlina demonstrate what the number 12 looks like. Grover is supposed to send up a balloon with the number 12 on it; however, he sends up balloons with the number 3, 9, a letter "A", and Cookie Monster before he finally gets it right. To celebrate that he sends up another balloon with a drawing of himself, but he doesn't let go of the string, so he floats away with the balloon.
(First: Episode 1177)
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
Insert Bob, Linda and Timi show some kids how to say "butterfly" in sign language. They sing a song about it.
(First: Episode 1064)
Cartoon A large bird munches on rectangle edges, forming the word "BIRD."
(First: Episode 1173)
Muppets Anything Muppet cheerleaders sound out the word "rocket," then witness a rocket blasting off.
(First: Episode 0567)
Cartoon A story of a man who hates frogs (voiced by Daws Butler), until his swamp becomes infested with flies.
(First: Episode 0387)
Film An osprey flies around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0293)
Cartoon Richard Bird (from the Sesame comic strip) subtracts two balloons from a group of three.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0530)
Film Swimming and flying pelicans.
(First: Episode 0322)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Film Exploring on the ocean rocks
(First: Episode 1414)
SCENE 3 Some kids hold a dove as Luis sings "La Paloma." At first, Big Bird thinks that pigeons will help lift him off the ground, but one of the kids lets go of her balloon, and Big Bird realizes that maybe a balloon can help him fly. He runs off to prepare for his "big takeoff".
Animation Three rocks use different methods to get across a lake.
Artist: Al Jarnow
Film As a boy plays with a tugboat in the bathtub, we watch footage of a real tugboat.
(First: Episode 0801)
Song Luis sings "Three of These Things" with three kids with umbrellas and one unlucky kid without one.
(First: Episode 0449)
Cartoon Pat the Pilot skywrites a letter P with her plane.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0478)
Muppets Lefty the Salesman sells Ernie some air, but when Ernie waves to Bert, wanting to show it to him, he drops it. According to Bert (who didn't know what Ernie had), "It couldn't have vanished into thin air." But Ernie sobs, "Yes, it could, Bert! It could!"
(First: Episode 0118)
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(First: Episode 0452)

SCENE 4 Big Bird and Maria call everyone over to let them know that they're about to take off in a hot-air balloon. After dropping 3 sandbags, they are airborne. Big Bird sings "I'm Flying."
Film A bald eagle flies over houses, a beach, and other locations.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
Cartoon Travis Travel demonstrates different methods of transportation.
Film While walking and reading the newspaper, a man barely avoids DANGER on three occasions, but then gets hit by a revolving door.
(First: Episode 0656)
Cartoon Clouds that look like things.
(First: Episode 0211)
Film Kids count 18 backflips.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Ernie has two bags of cookies, one of which has several cookies, and one that only has one cookie. Ernie asks Cookie Monster which he'd rather have, and Cookie Monster naturally chooses the bag with many cookies. However, Cookie is disappointed that his cookies are very small, while Ernie's one cookie is very big, so Ernie breaks his cookie into several small pieces.
(First: Episode 1359)
Cartoon What if a turtle and rabbit switched appearances?
(First: Episode 0451)
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Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP. (repeat)
SCENE 5 The balloon lands, and Big Bird is happy that he flew. Poco announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Olivia holds up the Sesame Street sign, while David holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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