Sesame Street
The Ding-Along
Air date February 18, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors D, 18
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird, Telly and Zoe struggle to read a bulletin posted by two Dingers. Gina reads it for them; it advertises a "Ding Along" held by the Dingers today. It encourages participants to bring something they can ding with, so everyone runs to get something.
Cartoon Some animals want a boy to share his birthday cake with them, but he keeps changing his "No ______ allowed" sign, until they all offer him a glass of milk.
Artist: Gene Barretta
(First: Episode 3558)
Film Two girls sing "Dipsy Doodle D" while clapping each others hands.
(First: Episode 3305)
Cartoon D for Dance: Ladies on stage dance a can-can to the tune of "The Infernal Gallop" from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, the lyrics of which are all the letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
Animation D Candles
(First: Episode 3085)
Muppets Elmo dances to "What's Your Number?" by Count Basie.
(First: Episode 3526)
Insert The floating kids form a triangle.
(First: Episode 3122)
SCENE 2 Telly shows Big Bird his dinging item - a triangle! Big Bird still wonders what he'll bring.
Cartoon A lizard, a girl and a dog dance.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2795)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell: Zachary shows Ernie his baton, which he uses to conduct Ernie in singing the "Sesame Street Theme."
Cartoon A penguin repeats the rhythms of the sounds it hears, which include a drum, a door knock, a saw and a typewriter.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0239)
SCENE 3 Telly noisily plays his triangle, so Bob suggests he play it quieter. Telly enjoys the different ways he can play it.
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie introduce Suzie Kabloozie, especially because they enjoy saying her name.
(First: Episode 3786)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings "Sing."
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3794)
Film A mother helps her child play the drums.
(First: Episode 3156)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSamantha sings The Alphabet Song while Grover dances.
(First: Episode 3579)
Animation A quartet of horns arranges themselves in the proper order to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
(First: Episode 3769)
SCENE 4 Telly practices repeating rhythms made by Bob. Soon, he's able to play a simple waltz as Bob sings.
Fountain Order
Film A girl teaches a boy to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3475)
Insert The Tokyo String Quartet and some kids show how important it is to practice, as Big Bird provides voiceover.
(First: Episode 3290)
Muppets Ernie recites a poem which introduces the next Wegman dogs segment ...
(First: Episode 3813)
Film Wegman's dogs are really sound sleepers - neither an alarm, nor a jackhammer nor an elephant will wake them up.
(First: Episode 3010)
SCENE 5 While Big Bird searches for a dinging item in his nest, Gina plays "Three of These Dings" using her own Dinger hat, Rosita's hand bell, Zoe's Zoemobile bell and a toy xylophone.
Film A rhythm is made of breaking eggs, door slams, cans dropping, ice, and feet stepping.
(First: Episode 3682)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at a star and sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
(First: Episode 2737)
Film A child performs a poem called "Night" in sign language.
(First: Episode 3807)
Muppets Ernie and Rubber Duckie introduce the number of the day.
(First: Episode 3786)
Animation The number 18 in space.
(First: Episode 3696)
Film Kid mural painting #18.
(First: Episode 3582)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the number 18.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3778)
SCENE 6 Big Bird can't find anything in his nest, just as a Dinger alerts him the Ding Along is starting. He also reports there's no more Dinger hats. Big Bird considers staying home, when the Dinger claims his own head can be Big Bird's bell.
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an otherwordly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(First: Episode 1181)
Muppets Ernie recites a poem which introduces a Cookie Monster segment ...
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Grover is sitting on a hill, which moves to the sound of music.
(First: Episode 1829)
(re-filmed Alistair Cookie wraparounds)
Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
D is for Duckie
Muppets Ernie: "D is for duckie! That's good enough for me."
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Ds are found on a city street
(First: Episode 3361)
SCENE 7 Everyone gathers in the arbor for the Ding Along. After considering playing "My Favorite Dings" and "How Are Dings in Glocca Morra?," they settle on "Sing" (or rather, "Ding.").
Muppets Elmo's World: Music
SCENE 8 Big Bird announces the sponsors, assisted by the Dinger.


  • Eric Jacobson makes one of his earliest appearances as Grover, who is present at the Ding-a-Long.

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