Sesame Street
What sound does a turtle make?
Air date March 27, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors N, 6


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At "Wynton Marsalis' Monster Music Class," Wynton shows Elmo, Telly, Zoe and some Honkers how to tune up before playing a Dixieland tune.
Cartoon Musicians in a painting learn to cooperate to play music.
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Muppets Live at the Nestropolitan: Madame Alma Cluck sings "Il Alphabetto".
(First: Episode 3390)
Film What sound does a horse make?
(First: Episode 3277)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and some kids sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," when a turtle protests: he doesn't like the song because there are no turtles on Old MacDonald's farm. What's more, no one knows what sound a turtle makes. The turtle wishes he had his own sound, and Big Bird offers to help him find one.
Film Jerry Nelson sings "The Turtle Song" over footage of turtles.
(First: Episode 3677)
Film The floating kids form a letter N.
(First: Episode 3109)
Film A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N" and dances around it.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3377)
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Film Ducks swim and fly. (piano music)
(First: Episode 2510)
Animation "Step right up and find my voice!" A girl plays a carnival game in which she pushes buttons to identify which sound each animal makes.
(First: Episode 3736)
SCENE 3 The turtle gets an idea for an animal sound: "quack quack," which he soon learns is the sound that a duck makes. He also learns his second idea, "cluck" is the sound that a chicken makes, which Big Bird points out to the turtle as the next segment plays.
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Cluck Around the Clock."
(First: Episode 2817)
Animation The Queen of Six explores her garden.
(EKA: Episode 0223)
Film Six children dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3122)
Film A dance class does some stretching exercises, then dance in their own ways, ending with the tango (instrumental: "Naughty Door Opera").
(First: Episode 3022)
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2794)
SCENE 4 Humphrey and Ingrid read an animal sound book to Baby Natasha, and become stumped when they reach the turtle page, because they don't know what sound a turtle makes. Big Bird and the turtle show up, and the turtle bursts into tears when Humphrey asks him the question. They break it to Natasha that turtles don't have a sound, and she blows a raspberry, which is the sound the turtle suddenly wants to call his own. Big Bird isn't so sure about this idea ...
Cartoon A man in a bowler hat examines what's behind each door. (new sting added)
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Film A girl writes to her grandmother about going to summer camp.
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Cartoon Little Red Riding Hood uses a map to get to Grandma's house.
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Muppets "Forty Blocks From My Home"
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Film Wegman's dogs are really sound sleepers - neither an alarm, nor a jackhammer nor an elephant will wake them up.
(First: Episode 3010)
Cartoon "Young MacDonald Went to Town" (re-recorded soundtrack)
Original version -- (First: Episode 0787)
SCENE 5 The turtle continues to blow raspberries, when the real Old MacDonald shows up looking for a turtle for his farm! The turtle demonstrates the sound he makes, which disgusts MacDonald and makes him change his mind - his farm is noisy enough.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Elmo and Telly sing "Baby Say It Loud", a silly song about a silly cow and a silly duck.
(First: Episode 3611)
Cartoon N / n paper fold
(First: Episode 3114)
Film Alphaboy: Nibbling Noodles with Neighbor Nora
(First: Episode 3465)
Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0793)
Film A girl narrates a segment about a Korean festival she attended with her two friends.
(First: Episode 3162)
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
(First: Episode 3587)

SCENE 6 Big Bird, the kids and the turtle beg Old MacDonald to let the turtle live on the farm, but only if the turtle promises to be quiet. He demonstrates how quiet he can be as they sing the "Old MacDonald" song, and MacDonald accepts. Big Bird announces the sponsors (and reports the status on Slimey's spaceship), as some of MacDonald's other animals show up, giving MacDonald a headache.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Rosita and Elmo tell Oscar they won't be bothering him anymore.

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