Sesame Street
Baby Bear can't play
Air date December 26, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Mo Willems
Sponsors K, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly and Gabi play catch and ask Baby Bear to join. However, he's too busy drawing, which he believes has made him feel the happiest he's ever felt in his life. They try to figure out how he can do both and settle on waiting until he's finished with his drawing...which seems to take longer than expected.
Cartoon The parts of a man's face move around as they are drawn.
(First: Episode 3410)
Film Wegman's dogs form all the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3266)
Muppets Rosita and Elmo sing "I Feel So Happy."
(First: Episode 3460)
Film A Japanese boy plays taiko drums in the park.
(First: Episode 3153)
Cartoon A car drives by the water.
(First: Episode 3378)
SCENE 2 Baby Bear has finished his drawing of a car, when he realizes he's not in the mood for catch; he'd much rather draw. He finds he loves drawing so much, he resolves to keep drawing for the rest of his life, which will make him eternally happy.
Cartoon "Cooperation" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together. (re-recorded version)
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2139)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy: Two boys are fighting over a swing, so Teeny Little Superguy shows them how to share.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1967)
2096e.jpg Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Len Glasser
(First: Episode 1491)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Film Looking for circles in the city (Maria voice-over)
(First: Episode 2711)
Geometry of Circles 1 - Circle with Flower.png
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #1 "Circle with Flower"
(First: Episode 1393)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo runs into Ellen DeGeneres listening to "Put Down the Duckie" with headphones and singing along to it. They try taking turns, but Elmo soon decides it would be better if they used the headphones at the same time - that way they can dance together.
(First: Episode 3448)
Film A big K emerges, "Jaws"-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3326)
Animation Sand K/k
(First: Episode 0645)
Film Kids in a park do karate kicks.
(First: Episode 3430)
Muppets The Squirrelles sing "Don't Be a Tough Nut to Crack."
(First: Episode 3213)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
(First: Episode 2750)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Muppets Mr. Johnson is at home when he calls for pizza delivery. Naturally, the delivery comes by way of Grover who keeps messing up the order because he's not listening to the order. He brings a carpenter's saw and a potted flower attached to his head as a result of cutting Mr. Johnson off mid-sentence.
(First: Episode 2971)
Animation A pizza is made, and the slices form the word PIZZA.
(First: Episode 3393)
SCENE 3 Telly and Gabi have concocted a plan to stop Baby Bear from drawing: they will distract him with some porridge, which will hopefully make him forget about drawing. Baby Bear finds the smell appealing, but doesn't want to eat it; he wants to draw it!
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend, Dai Xi.
(First: Episode 2791)
Muppets Two flowers, a baby sparrow, and two bunnies sing "That's How I Got Here."
(First: Episode 2983)
Film Girls dance and chant about K.
(First: Episode 3012)
Cartoon Pencil box K / k
(First: Episode 2876)
Film The letter K dances at the beach.
Cartoon A boy leads his sister up and down a staircase.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0526)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards: Big Bird visits the Green Market in Union Square. He thinks the food comes out of packaging, but his friends show him how food is grown on their farm.
(First: Episode 3435)
Cartoon "Next To Song"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2851)

SCENE 4 The duo have a new plan: they dress 8 kids as sheep for Baby Bear to count, which will put him to sleep and make him forget about drawing once he awakens. The plan backfires, as Telly is the one who falls asleep, providing Baby Bear inspiration for his next piece.
Cartoon "Captain Spacey" counts 8 planets until the 25-cent rocket machine runs out of juice.
Film Milo Counting: 8
Cartoon The Bellhop has to bring 8 steamer trunks down 8 flights of stairs.
(First: Episode 2511)
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(First: Episode 2687)
Cartoon A monster named Doug has trouble getting to sleep at night, until the teeth in his dream remind him to brush his own.
(First: Episode 3145)
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(First: Episode 2486)
SCENE 5 Telly wakes up and decides to give up, saying goodbye to his friend forever. Baby Bear doesn't want to lose his friends and concludes he can balance his life of drawing and playing with friends. They announce the sponsors and head off to play catch.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: A herd of cows destroys Telly's block tower.

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