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Sesame Street
Taking a trip to Africa
Air date April 25, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors C, F, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus imagine themselves on an island in the middle of the ocean. They enjoy the idea of visiting someplace new, so they decide to take a real trip.
Cartoon Spike's Scribble Theatre Presents: "Island"
(First: Episode 2673)

Muppets Game Show: Happiness Begins at 40
Guy Smiley gets the Sad Family out of their rut by having them count to 40.
(First: Episode 2467)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: WALK TALL
(First: Episode 1161)
Film Fay Ray gets on and off a rug.
(First: Episode 2635)
1095o.jpg Cartoon C is for Cowboy
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones climb the "Mountain of Love."
Animation Two balls play on a seesaw, when a third ball wants to join them (ending up in the middle).
(First: Episode 2054)
SCENE 2 Gina comes by to see if Big Bird can help at Hooper's Store later and learns of his trip plans, though he feels he's forgotten something. They see everything he intends to bring with him, but Gina is left confused as to why Big Bird has packed items suited for hot weather and items suited for cold weather. This helps Big Bird realize that he hasn't planned on where he and Snuffy are going!
Cartoon "Alphabet Jungle"
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie comes from finishing his bath, and tells Bert that there's something that he forgot. Bert asks if he's washed behind his ears, his neck, and his elbows. Finally, Ernie remembers that he forgot to turn off the water in the tub -- as the water level rises.
(First: Episode 0347)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Film Megan goes to the doctor and gets a cast on her arm so it can heal.
(First: Episode 1205)
Cast / Celebrity Wanda the Word Fairy introduces the viewer to her parents.
(First: Episode 2678)
Cartoon A man tries to push a huge balloon elephant through a narrow doorway, and a girl helps him by deflating it.
(First: Episode 1824)
SCENE 3 As Gina comes out of Big Bird's nest, Ruby stops her, and has her watch as she asks Big Bird if she can join him and Snuffy on their trip.
Cartoon The Typewriter: C-cat
(First: Episode 0779)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster blows bubbles.
(First: Episode 1738)
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
Gnomes flower vase.jpg
Cartoon Three little men climb up the three flower stems.
(First: Episode 0634)
Sesame Street 2 Near and Far.jpg
Muppets Grover demonstrates near and far.
(First: Episode 0787)
Cartoon F for fire, fountain, face, farmer, etc.
(First: Episode 1614)
SCENE 4 Ruby informs Gordon and Linda that she, Big Bird and Snuffy will be taking a trip to Africa. Ruby shows off her exploring hat, as well as the stuff she has in her pocketbook (which she stores in her backpack). However, Big Bird breaks some bad news - they can't take the trip because Snuffy's mommy won't allow them to cross the street without a grown-up friend. Linda offers to take them to Africa with a plan.
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets Cookie Monster is about to eat a cookie, when a sad-looking girl approaches and stares at him. He tries to eat the cookie, but can't do it. He breaks the cookie in half and shares the cookie with the girl. He eats his half of the cookie. When the girl eats her, she eats it just like Cookie Monster.
(First: Episode 0623)
Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
Doo Wop Hop.jpg
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
Film As a boy plays with a tugboat in the bathtub, we watch footage of a real tugboat.
(First: Episode 0801)
Cartoon "Do The Continental" - two kids jump into Africa.
Artist: Peter Wallach Enterprises
SCENE 5 Instead of actually visiting Africa, Linda provides the youngsters with a book mapping out Africa. With some help from Gordon, they "visit" different parts of the continent by reading different parts of the book.
C- Cap.JPG
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C - Cap
(First: Episode 0154)
Muppets In the park, Bert overhears the sound of a tuba - his favorite instrument. It's actually Simon Soundman, who's "just practicing." Bert begs Simon to teach him how to make that sound by himself, but Bert ends up attracting Gladys the Cow, who thinks she heard the romantic call of a bull.
(First: Episode 2386)
Cartoon Willie Wimple went a-boatin' and polluted the river.
(First: Episode 0561)
Film College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children's Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, opossums, and chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
Henson Scanimate 10.jpg
Insert Scanimate Films #10
(First: Episode 0120)
SCENE 6 Ruby tells Gina she's going to take a trip to the moon...using a book about it, that is. The two do a make-believe blast off, and then read the book together as Gordon announces the sponsors.

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