Sesame Street
The Tree Who Wanted to Leave the Park
Air date November 29, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors O, X, 9


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN An announcer (Martin P. Robinson) introduces today's production of The Tree Who Wanted to Leave the Park. He recites the cast list and tells the viewer to stay tuned after the theme song.

SCENE 1 Narrator Maria begins the story, where a king (Gordon) and his son (Telly) hear sobbing over by the subway. They find it's a tree (Bob), who intends to leave the park, board the subway and never return. He explains that nobody cares about him in the springtime, thus has no need to be around.
SCENE 1 cont'd Just then, a "little bird" (Big Bird) comes by looking for the tree, since that's where his nest is. The tree sees that the birds love him, but still wants to leave. He requests a drink from the royals and will reveal why he can't stay afterward. The announcer throws to a brief break...
Film A park ranger speaks to a group of kids about trees and the fruits that come from them. Then all the kids hug a tree.
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Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
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Cartoon Clown Honking #9
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Film Wegman's dogs form numbers from 1 to 9.
Cartoon "Dinner for Nine"
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1658)
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)

SCENE 2 Narrator Maria continues the story, as the king and prince provide the tree with a drink. The nobles don't understand why he's still sobbing; they've given him a reason to stay in the park. The tree adds summer, claiming nobody needs him amongst the fun of swimming and playing ball. Just then, a farmer (Maria, as well) and her daughter (Tarah) wish to cool off and find the tree's shade perfect for having a picnic under. The tree sees he has more value than he thought, but still feels like crying and requests another drink. The announcer declares the story will resume shortly...
Song "Hot in the City"
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Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
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Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Muppets Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Aklahoma!", "Eeklahoma!", and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
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Animation Planting Letters: O
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SCENE 3 As the story continues, the tree finishes another bucket of water and gives another reason for leaving: the autumn. All his leaves fall off and nobody wants to be around a bare tree. The Count and some of his friends arrive and start counting the many leaves on the ground. The tree realizes his usefulness in the fall and is ready to reveal the ultimate reason for his departure. The prince wants to wait until after lunch, however.

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(EKA: Episode 2459)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz and the Anything Muppets sing "Numero Comparsa."
(EKA: Episode 2345)
Animation Lillian is proud because she climbed a mountain all by herself.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
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Aardvark edited
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
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Cartoon The letter X appears on-screen.
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Muppets Sherlock Hemlock sings "X Marks the Spot!"
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Cartoon The letter X
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Song Kevin Clash sings "The Pasta Song."
(First: Episode 3137)
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Elwood Smith
(First: Episode 1491)
Insert Snuffy teaches the kids how to "Do the Spaghetti."
(First: Episode 3216)
Cartoon Millie and Molly take a walk, and have different perspectives of their surroundings.
(First: Episode 1309)

Muppets "A New Way to Walk," performed by The Oinker Sisters as introduced by Old MacDonald
(EKA: Episode 2303)
Film The sign flashes WALK and DON'T WALK as kids read the indications out loud, and people wait and cross the street in fast-motion.
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
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Muppets The Rhymies go camping, but a bear disrupts their campsite.
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GrocerySt re
Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
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Cartoon O for open, off, owl, ocean
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Isadora's sneakers
Animation Isadora's sneakers describe all the fun they've had this past year, as the seasons change.
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SCENE 4 As the story resumes for the final chapter, the king and prince witness as the tree sheds into his winter attire. The little bird, farmer's daughter and the Count all see nothing worth doing with the tree, which is what makes the tree so sad. Suddenly, a snowflake (Alice) falls from the sky and "hugs" him, followed by others. Everyone recognizes how beautiful he looks covered in show and the tree decides to stay in the park forever!
SCENE 4 cont'd Everyone celebrates their happy ending and the announcer recites the sponsors.

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