Sesame Street
Big Bird follows an ant
Air date February 11, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors A, 6
Syndication 123 Sesame Street


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer, when he comes across Prairie Dawn. She's been watching an ant crawl about Sesame Street, curious as to what it's doing. They both observe it moving fast and slow before Prairie has to head off to rehearsal. She asks Big Bird to keep track of the ant while she's gone and he immediately loses sight of it.
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Cartoon Young Chris Columbus explores the world of ants - and they, in turn, explore his house.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2816)
Film Kids observe different kinds of bugs and flowers.
(First: Episode 3696)
SCENE 2 The Count demonstrates that no matter how he counts his six blocks, they always remain the same amount.
SCENE 2 cont'd After his lecture, the ant scurries by on the table, followed by Big Bird. The Count naturally counts them.
Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces the number of the day.
Film Six kids dance on a playground to the same beat.
Muppets Kermit the Frog counts six happy little Twiddlebugs, and when he is finished, the Twiddlebugs have a party.
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon "I'm six years old today!"
(First: Episode 0357)

Muppets / Celebrity "A New Way to Walk"
Celebrity version
(First: Episode 3233)

SCENE 3 Big Bird follows the ant into Hooper's Store and tells Alan what he's up to. Big Bird's starting to get hungry, so Alan fetches some birdseed snacks from the shelf, only he can't keep up with Big Bird to serve them. Big Bird holds out his wing as he passes through the store again and Alan places the box in his hands.
Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces the letter of the day.
Cartoon An ape takes a bite out of a yellow A.
(First: Episode 2813)
Muppets Elmo finds a large apple and wonders what letter "apple" starts with. Slimey pops out from the apple, holding a flag with the letter A on it.
(First: Episode 3359)
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase A.
(First: Episode 3209)
SCENE 4 Rosita looks for A words at the Fix-It Shop and Maria helps her identify some, including the passing ant. Big Bird is following behind and wishes he could take a break to eat. Rosita says she'll follow in his place and goes off with the ant, while Maria and Big Bird chow down.
Muppets Zoe drives by in her Zoemobile, introducing the word of the day.
Film AGUA: kids play in water.
(First: Episode 3367)
Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(First: Episode 2835)
SCENE 5 Gordon reads Miles and the kids some facts about ants from his insects book. Rosita passes through, still following the ant.
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
(First: Episode 1478)
SCENE 6 Telly addresses the triangle lovers in the audience and presents the shape, when he notices the ant crawling around on it. Rosita catches up and fills Telly in on what's going on. Telly initially wants it gone, but notices it crawling perfectly along the three sides, assuming it's a triangle lover too! Telly wants to follow the ant now and follows it down the block.
Film Looking for triangles in the city (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2696)
Animation Pencil box A/a
(First: Episode 3082)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster asks Jawhara what letter they're holding.
(First: Episode 3234)
Cartoon Soul A!
(First: Episode 3359)
SCENE 7 Telly follows the ant as it crawls into Oscar's trash can. Oscar tells Telly to remain outside for safety, as Fluffy causes a large commotion when she sees the ant (she's very afraid of them). The two are unable to see the ant in the rubble and don't notice is scurry out of the can.
Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets Zoe, in her Zoemobile, introduces an alphabet segment.
Cartoon Kids and animals alternate in passing letters over themselves, in an alphabet song.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3740)
Cartoon "I'm Curious"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 3066)

SCENE 8 Prairie finally returns from her play and when the whole group gets together, Telly reveals he's lost track of the ant. Suddenly, Prairie notices it on the wall, carrying away a crumb of Big Bird's birdseed snacks. They follow it to the garden, where the ant brings the snack into its anthill. They finally realize what it was up to all along.
Muppets Elmo's World: Food
(First: Episode 3816)
SCENE 9 Miles reads the insects book and Gordon announces the sponsors. The ant then exits the anthill on another journey.

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