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Sesame Street
Maria's childhood story
Air date December 1, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Lou Berger
Production September 12, 1994
Sponsors F, I, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria sees how Elmo, Tarah and Big Bird all use the arbor space to do different things. "We love playing by ourselves, together," Big Bird notes.
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
Cartoon Pencil box I/i
(First: Episode 2890)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: The King and I
(First: Episode 2727)
Cartoon I-Ink (angry bird)
(First: Episode 0462)

Animation Beads arrange themselves into different groups and finally become a girl’s necklace.
(First: Episode 3108)
Cartoon A map of Puerto Rico forms into the shape of animals and other things that are found there.
(First: Episode 3030)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and "Super Teddy Bear" see Maria opening a package from her mother in Puerto Rico. Aside from a letter, it includes a special surprise - a book Maria wrote when she was seven years old, "The Princess and the Monster." Big Bird calls the others over so she can read it to them.
Song "Write Your Name"
Cartoon A movie director calls for 12 pilots, 12 airplanes, 12 parachutes, 12 clowns and 12 pies.
(First: Episode 3210)
Film Ornate 12s sail through the air.
Cartoon The Bellhop has to make 12 wake-up calls.
(First: Episode 2529)
Muppets Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror" assisted by several celebrities including The Simpsons, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.
(First: Episode 2835)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)

SCENE 3 Maria starts here story, where the Princess Maria and her pet chicken dance far from the castle walls. By nightfall, they try to return home, but a monster with a big hat blocks their path and won't let them pass, forcing them to compliment his hat for eternity. Just as she reaches the conclusion, she finds the last page is missing. The missing page isn't in the envelope and she can't remember how it ended. Tarah proposes she call her mother in Puerto Rico, thinking it may still be there.
Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Kerry.
(First: Episode 2776)
Cartoon "Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3006)
Film Wegman's dogs get next to each other in pictures.
(First: Episode 3011)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
Animation I / i candles
(First: Episode 3107)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give everyone directions to Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house. No one listens to Kermit. In the end, Red joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
(First: Episode 1955)
Film A TELEPHONE rings at a phone booth in the city, and someone answers it.
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
SCENE 4 Maria phones her mother, who claims she can't find it anywhere. The young ones all decide to come up with their own endings and let Maria pick her favorite.
Animation Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm) (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 3045)
Muppets The Count's Storybook Theatre
The Count reads the story of "Snoring Beauty" played by The Countess, who is put under a spell to sleep. The Count comes by and counts her snores despite that Countess never woke up from the Count's counting or from the thunder and lighting when the Count reaches 10 snores. Next time on The Count's Storybook Theatre: The Count will read 5 stories for us.
(First: Episode 3207)
Cartoon A self-proclaimed "handsome" fly (voiced by Casey Kasem) is indignant about appearing in a segment about the letter F with a "fat and ugly" frog. The frog solves the problem by eating the fly.
(First: Episode 0034)
Muppets Cheers: F Cheer #1 (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0387)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie hates the letter F, until all F things disappear, including the furniture, the floor and the firefighter.
Artist: Mo Willems
SCENE 5 They all return with their endings. Big Bird recites his first...
SCENE 5 cont'd Princess Maria (played by Gabi) and her chicken (Joey Mazzarino) are trapped by the monster (David Rudman). Suddenly, Super Teddy Bear (aided by Big Bird) flies in and blows the monster's hat away with his super breath.
SCENE 5 cont'd In Elmo's ending, the monster is told to move out of the way for a passing train (Elmo).
SCENE 5 cont'd Finally, Princess Tarah spins her wheelchair around so fast, that the monster gets dizzy and faints.
SCENE 5 cont'd Maria likes all the endings, when suddenly the phone rings. Maria's mother is calling to report she found the missing page, and she'll be sending it via fax.
Funny Book.jpg
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(First: Episode 2341)
Animation Dot Bridge #1: 30 dots (perfect)
(First: Episode 0001)
Film Cheri goes fishing with her abuelo.
(First: Episode 2784)
Cartoon "Hammer Time with Hammer"
(First: Episode 3179)
Film Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.
(First: Episode 2499)

SCENE 6 The final page comes through the fax machine. In the ending, the monster is so entranced by Princess Maria's dancing that he joins them. While he's distracted, Maria and the chicken head home. Everyone likes the ending, but they each prefer their own versions. Gabi comes home and wants to hear the story. Elmo tells her once they finish, she can hear their versions as well. The monster announces the sponsors.


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