Sesame Street
Baby Bear wants to change his name
Air date February 7, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors E, 18
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gina takes attendance at day care, but Baby Bear doesn't respond when his name is called. He explains he will no longer answer to that name, believing it doesn't suit him anymore (he's not a baby anymore, he's a full-grown bear). He plans to go through life nameless, but the others convince him of the issues that'll bring up. He begins brainstorming for a new name.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
Animation A big paper clip and a small paper clip can hold papers together, and so can a small staple, with the help of its "mommy."
(First: Episode 2930)
Cast Elmo, Big Bird and Gordon star in a commercial for the Alphabet (as if it were a bank).
(First: Episode 2972)
Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)

SCENE 2 Everyone thinks Baby Bear should keep his name as he rattles off more ideas for a new one. He finally realizes the perfect name - "Not a Baby Bear." This causes an issue when a delivery woman arrives with a package of Instant Porridge for Baby Bear (from his grandmother) and he's forced to decline, lest his reputation be scorn. He becomes upset losing the porridge, but knows a solution - calling up his grandmother and having the porridge sent back to his new name.
Animation Cecille sings "I Want to Be Me."
(First: Episode 2791)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Animation Computer E / e
(First: Episode 3071)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Song This is the way we count and sing (from 1 to 10).
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 3 Gina, Lexine, Telly and Rose sing "My Name" to Not a Baby Bear to convince him how important his original name is. The song gives him pride for his new name instead.
Cartoon A rooster finds a purpose in his life when he's given the job to wake everyone on a farm.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1347)
Film A girl learns how to jump rope.
(First: Episode 3397)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Guys and Dolls"
Herry Monster sings about how he likes to play with dolls, and Ruby sings about how she likes to play with trucks.
(First: Episode 2591)
Esmae's doll
Cartoon Esme's wooden clown breaks, and she is about to throw it away, when it suggests she use glue to fix it.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2843)
SCENE 4 Gina reads everyone the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," inserting Not a Baby Bear's new name into the story. Everyone thinks it sounds awkward, but Not a Baby Bear insists it'll take some getting used to.
Film Wegman's dogs re-enact "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
(First: Episode 3269)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
Film Coverage of a spring kite-flying festival, where both kids and grownups can participate.
(First: Episode 3276)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings about "Air."
(First: Episode 2568)
Animation Abstract #18
(First: Episode 2859)
Muppets Big Bird requests to see that number one more time.
(First: Episode 3247)
Film Growing Numbers #18
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon The Bellhop is told that somebody at table 18 has a phone call, and after he struggles to get to the table, he is told to take a message.
(First: Episode 2549)
SCENE 5 Not a Baby Bear finally agrees that the story doesn't sound good with his new name, but still won't revert his name back. They help him see that just because his first name is "Baby," it doesn't mean anything. Not a Baby Bear decides to talk it over with an adult with lifetime experience...Papa Bear.
Animation Kids talk about families, often mentioning having rhinoceroses as pets.
(First: Episode 2759)
Muppets "Daddy Helps with the Dishes" - three families sing about how they help each other doing chores, cooking and homework.
(First: Episode 2223)
Animation Planet E / e
(First: Episode 2840)
Animation Planting Letters: E
(First: Episode 3009)
Animation E / e Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3300)
SCENE 6 Papa Bear comes to pick up Not a Baby Bear, who explains his problem. Papa Bear tells his son he too used to be called Baby Bear before he became a father and went through the same situation as his son, ultimately realizing he liked his name the way it was. Baby Bear agrees and decides to keep his name the way it was.
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Muppets / Celebrity Susan Sarandon visits the street to see Cookie Monster and to learn to eat cookies like him. She provides a large cookie for him to demonstrate on, but advises him to break it in half so they both can have it. After her lesson, Cookie eats the plate.
(First: Episode 3428)
Cartoon A girl dances with a tiger.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon In Chardin's classic painting, a boy blows a bubble. It pops, and some kids yell "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 3311)
SCENE 7 Baby Bear tells everyone he's keeping his name and they cheer. Papa Bear announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Stinky, Zoe and Gabi sing about things they've grown out of.

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