Sesame Street
Telly Monster, Stamp Putter-Onner
Air date January 30, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Mo Willems
Sponsors M, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly, Maria and Gabi welcome the viewer to Sesame Street. Gabi is writing postcards to her grandparents in New Mexico, and her abuela in Puerto Rico. The postcards already have the addresses on them, but need postage stamps. Telly observes how Gabi wets one side of the stamp with a sponge, and sticks it on the corner of her postcard. Gabi asks Telly if he would like to try, and though he nervously declines at first, with help from Maria, he successfully places a stamp on one of Gabi's postcards. Telly becomes eager to put stamps on everything and declares himself, "Telly Monster, Stamp Putter-Onner!"
Cartoon A boy learns to put his mom's letter in the mailbox all by himself (with a little help).
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Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Guadalupe, Arizona, and conducts a child mariachi band, who sing "Viva Mexico."
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Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan.
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Muppets The Sublime Miss M performs "The Sublime Ms. M."
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Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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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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Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
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SCENE 2 In the arbor, Telly perfects his technique of wetting and putting on postage stamps, with the idea that everyone on Sesame Street will come to him so he can put postage stamps on their mail. Telly then imagines putting stamps on letters and packages from Bob, Gordon, Gina and other people formed in a line. Maria doubts that Telly's plan is going to work the way he expects it to, but Telly realizes that he doesn't have a sign and rushes off.
Song "I Know How to Swing"
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Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
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Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover opens a menu and shows Mr. Johnson a large picture of the special sandwich, which comes with potato chips on the side, a pickle on the top, and olive stuck in with a toothpick. When the sandwich arrives, Mr. Johnson complains that it doesn't match the picture on the menu -- it doesn't have potato chips, a pickle or an olive.
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Cartoon Hortense counts 3 peas.
Artist: Michael Sporn
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Film Three Wegman dogs are arranged in different ways.
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Cartoon The Ringmaster presents 3 high-flying felines (cats to us) who fall into a barrel of water. (new sound effects added)
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
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Film / Animation A class makes up a story about going to the zoo, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
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Celebrity Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing the African Alphabet Song.
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Geometry of Circles 2 - Seven Circles with Designs
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Film A girl writes to her grandmother about going to summer camp.
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SCENE 3 Telly now has a sign that reads "Postage Stamps, Put On Here," and envisions putting stamps on mail from people all over the world. Maria is still skeptical that his idea will work, but then, a Green Anything Muppet woman comes by and reads Telly's sign. However, she states that she doesn't need help putting postage stamps on, but was most interested in reading his sign. Telly begins to mope, but luckily, Gabi has an idea...
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Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3270)

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Song "Let's Go Tubbin' Today"
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Cartoon The secret drawing is a mailman.
(new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0220)
SCENE 4 Gabi comes back with a bunch of postage stamps and blank postcards. Gabi and Maria suggest that Telly can write them and put postage stamps on every one he writes. Telly decides to give it a try, first writing to his mom. He becomes enthralled, and proceeds to write postcards to his Uncle Norman and Aunt Gladys.
Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
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Song "Something Old Into Something New"
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Animation Pencil box M / m
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Animation Letter Garden: M
(First: Episode 3079)
Animation A clay man hikes up a letter M.
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Cartoon "You Don't Have to Be a Grizzly" explains that kids and animals can like the same foods.
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SCENE 5 Telly continues writing postcards to his grandparents, and putting the postage stamps on, as Maria announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Slimey and the Polka Worms perform the "Sesame Street Theme Song."

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