Sesame Street
Elmo's annoying song
Air date January 31, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Sponsors E, V, 4


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Finders Keepers, Elmo shows Ruthie his violin. He plays "The Alphabet Song" for her and since she likes it so much, he plays it again, and again...
Cartoon All the instruments in Sousaville love Mr. Tuba's music, but when he plays with them, he doesn't play the same music they're playing.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2829)
Song "Frog Kick"
(EKA: Episode 2155)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1157)
Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
(First: Episode 3280)
Animation Sand V / v
(First: Episode 0637)

Muppets While Ernie is away visiting the Count, Bert has the place all to himself... or so he thinks! A group of sheep burst into the room and proceed to sing him a song ("Bert's Blanket") about how his blanket was made (with a flashback scene where Ernie is portrayed as a farmer). Bert then corrects them on the actual production phase.
(First: Episode 2391)
Cartoon A boy chases a butterfly, and watches the clouds form into different objects.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1736)
SCENE 2 Elmo finishes another performance of his song. Ruthie explains that hearing the same song over and over can be annoying. Elmo doesn't understand, so Ruthie sings her own song: an operatic count to 8. She sings it over and over, but finds Elmo actually wants to hear it multiple times. When Ruthie gives up, Elmo goes back to playing his song.
Cartoon A lizard, a girl and a dog dance.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Video Four break-dancers dance.
(First: Episode 2607)
Cartoon Hortense counts four ants.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2501)
Film Ornate 4s fly through the air.
Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels.
(First: Episode 0541)
Cartoon A fat man and a small man demonstrate top and bottom. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0525)
SCENE 3 Ruthie makes it clear to Elmo she doesn't want to hear the same song over and over. Elmo gets the hint and writes a new song. He puts it to the tune of "The Alphabet Song," with even more repetitive lyrics. Ruthie gives it approval, so Elmo begins singing it again...and again..
Cartoon Jim Thurman sings "Calcutta Joe."
Animation by Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(First: Episode 2492)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater
Cyranose de Bergerac, a poet with a two-foot-long nose, tries to help the queen of France finish her poem. Unfortunately, the word used to finish it is the word he's the most sensitive to: "nose". One mention of that word and he'll go medieval on you!
(First: Episode 3000)
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
Film Wegman's dogs form a letter E.
(First: Episode 3267)
Cartoon Three mayonnaise jars follow three different paths after they leave the factory.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2762)
Song Drink of Water
(First: Episode 2545)
Cartoon The word AGUA fills up with water.
(EKA: Episode 0523)
SCENE 4 After Elmo finishes another round of his song, Ruthie points out it's not too different from his other song: they have the same tune. She explains what a tune is to him and he confesses he only knows how to play the one, then demonstrates.
Cartoon A vaudeville act of two SAME people ends when one of them falls off the stage. (new sound effects and sting added)
(First: Episode 0778)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
In Arizona, Big Bird sees how kids help charros put on a rodeo, and rides a horse.
(First: Episode 3049)
Cartoon A horse falls apart into a jigsaw puzzle.
(First: Episode 0784)
Film Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.
(First: Episode 2499)
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Seijiozawa Muppets /
"Pretty Great Performances" features Placido Flamingo singing "Italian Street Song" with the All-Animal Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa
(EKA: Episode 2485)
Cartoon A family of snakes makes shapes, and rolls away.
(First: Episode 1506)
SCENE 5 Ruthie thinks they should find something else to do know, like reading a book. She shows him one that showcases various different instruments. She then takes his violin and bow and gives him the book to read instead. Finally rid of Elmo's music, Ruthie decides to put on the radio, happening to tune into a concert performance of Elmo's song.
Film A saxophone is made in a factory. The film is underscored by a solo saxophone.
(First: Episode 1446)
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
Cartoon The Typewriter: V for Vacuum
(First: Episode 0774)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Muppets Big Bird is between what we just saw and what we're about to see ...
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
(First: Episode 2750)
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)
Cartoon The detective sees a hippo bouncing on a trampoline, and wonders how the hippo can bounce, since hippos are heavy, but the hippo thinks that he is light.
(First: Episode 2537)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings about "Air."
(First: Episode 2568)
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball looks at air.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2592)
SCENE 6 Elmo reads his book, while Ruthie dusts and announces the sponsors.

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