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Sesame Street
Elmo and friends play Wubbaball
Air date April 3, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Norman Stiles
Directed by Jon Stone
Production December 20, 1990
Sponsors C, P, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird and Jelani welcome the viewer, when Elmo comes rushing in. He tells them about what just happened to him involving some blue monsters and a Wubbaball. Big Bird tries to get him to clarify what a "Wubbaball" is, but Elmo cuts him off as he starts his story...

SCENE 1 cont'd In the park, Elmo comes across four blue monsters playing with a Wubbaball. Elmo asks if he can join, but one monster, Greta, tells him he can't - his fur is a different color than theirs. Elmo sulks off and another monster, Lila, speaks up in defense of letting Elmo play. Greta asserts her position, so Lila takes her Wubbaball back and brings it to Elmo. The two male monsters follow and they all play together, while Greta leaves the park, dejected.
SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo now introduces his friends to Lila. Big Bird tries to ask about the Wubbaball again, but there's more to Elmo's story. After playing in the park, Elmo and Lila saw two very different robins...
Muppets / Celebrity Robin Williams and a robin observe how similar they are. Afterwards, the robin sings "Lullaby of Birdland."
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird still wants to know more about the Wubbaball, but Lila first wants to see how everyone else is different and the same. Big Bird gets frustrated when Elmo starts telling another story...
SCENE 1 cont'd After seeing the two Robins, Elmo and Lila continued to play Wubbaball, now on Sesame Street. Gordon, Susan and Miles happen by and learn what the Wubbaball is - a monster toy that says "Wubba" when you squeeze; how hard you squeeze determines how many "wubbas" it says. Lila gives it a good, hard squeeze and they count the 40 wubbas it makes. Miles takes a turn and makes the ball say "wubba" four times.
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird doesn't quite believe the ball's ability and then witnesses it first hand. Lila gives it a toss in the air and it ends up landing in Big Bird's slack-jawed beak.
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  • The park scene would later be used as a stand-alone Muppet segment on several international co-productions, including Sesamstrasse.

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