Sesame Street
Singbad the Sailor visits
Air date March 27, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production September 23 & 26, 1991
Sponsors A, X, 17


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Oscar introduces Lillian to Singbad the Sailor, who sails the seas and serenades (off-key) Grouches all over the world. He's arrived on Sesame Street to open the "Singbad the Sailor School of Singing." Telly becomes his first student and impresses Singbad with his unnatural talent.
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Cast Gordon hosts "The Crossing Zone," in which a boy named Jonathan has to find a way to cross the street. Susan helps him across.
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Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
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SCENE 2 Singbad is surprised to learn from Lillian that around Sesame Street, people prefer pleasant, on-key singing. She helps him get in tune with a song about the scales, drastically improving his singing quality.
Film A conductor yells "STOP" to his off-key violinist trying to play Vittorio Monti's "Czardas".
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Cartoon A race announcer doubles as the man who holds up the START and STOP sign.
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Animation Growing Numbers #17
Muppets Ernie is tossing and turning in bed. He sings to the viewers how he feels "When Bert's Not Here."
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Film Kids draw a map of their neighborhood, and then learn how maps are really made.
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Animation Where do the a's fit?
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Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
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SCENE 3 Oscar has brought Grundgetta over to hear Singbad's awful singing, but he instead starts to sing "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" in perfect voice. He isn't able to replicate how he used to sound, until he gets some help from his prized pupil Telly. Oscar suggests Singbad leave Sesame Street for good, lest someone else try to improve his singing again. Singbad sings one last ditty for the lot.
Cartoon A man pulls a rabbit out of his hat, but the rabbit turns out to be a cow. "Surprise!"
Artist: John Schnall
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
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Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
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SCENE 4 Snuffy practices being a spider for an upcoming Snufflegarten production of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," but has trouble differentiating up and down. Gordon and the kids all pretend to be spiders and help Snuffy understand the difference. Savion happens by and asks, "What's up?" Snuffy then tells him the difference between up and down.
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Muppets Baby Rocky performs "Cry" from his crib.
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Cartoon Stamped and painted X animation.
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Song Children of all kinds sing "We All Sing with the Same Voice".
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SCENE 5 Elmo and Rosita do something exciting that they've never done before - jump 40 times. Once they finish, they realize the thrill of doing it will never be the same, so they start jumping 41 times.
Animation Rubber Stamp #17
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
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Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat
Voice: Daws Butler
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Song "(Sittin' On) A Boat on a Lake"
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Muppets Biff and Sully are about to start work, when Biff realizes he forgot his portable radio. He tells Sully not to start work until he comes back with it, but every time he's about to leave, he hears Sully doing a different kind of construction work. Sully's noisy building results in a piano, which Sully plays as Biff works.
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Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
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SCENE 6 Telly and Oscar observe as Slimey and his friend Wilbur Worm make the letter X with their bodies. Savion announces the sponsors, and the Barkley credit sequence follows.

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