Irra Verbitsky

Irra Verbitsky (left) with John Canemaker in 2009.

Irra Verbitsky (b. 1939) is an independent animator who contributed several films to Sesame Street. Verbitsky is also partner in a Polestar Studios with Don Duga and is currently a professor at the School Of Visual Arts in New York.

Sesame Street Filmography

Picture Theme / First Appearance Description
Fruta Manzana
Episode 1231
Fruta Manzana sings about being happy and healthy.
Lost Kitty
Episode 1231
A girl goes around the city to look for her lost kitty, and sees its image in a variety of signs and in nature.
Bus Stop
Episode 1231
A woman displays a BUS STOP sign to a crowd.
Andy's Bath
Episode 1289
Little Andy doesn't understand why everyone's noses turn pink when he greets them. He comes to realize that he didn't take a bath.
Episode 1473
Several rabbits try to pull a carrot out of the ground.
Real Life Sounds
Episode 1483
Various sounds are demonstrated, including an alarm clock, a baby crying, a telephone, a faucet dripping, a boy sneezing, traffic horns honking, a helicopter, police sirens, a motorcycle, and rain.
Fruta Manzana
Episode 1485
Fruta Manzana sings about keeping the place clean by throwing away fruit peels and apple cores.
Cousin Canny
Episode 1486
A trash can in the park dictates a letter about the scenery that surrounds her.
Baby Bird
Episode 1510
A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Curious Cat
Episode 1518
A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Episode 1631
Howard Cosell finds out about exercise.
Dr. Frankenstein
Episode 1637
Igor listens as Dr. Frankenstein names body parts in creating another Igor.
Episode 1676
The story of Twelvia.
The Lion and the Mouse
Episode 1868
A retelling of the Aesop fable.
Missing Bird
Episode 1869
A boy looks for his missing bird, following its footprints.
Episode 1875
A tour of a TV studio, with set direction, camera adjustment, etc., setting up for a taping with an R2-D2 like robot.
Memorizing Dog
Episode 1888
A dog uses his memory to remember where his bone is buried.
Ocean Sounds
Episode 2053
A boy listens to his surroundings by the ocean, until his mom calls him for lunch.
Magician's Bad Day
Episode 2053
A magician writes in his diary about the many mishaps during his performance.
Roses Are Red
Episode 2058
A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom the girl eventually runs off with.
Exercising Beaver
Episode 2067
A beaver does his exercises, while his friends make fun of him. He then uses his strength to save his friends when the dam breaks.
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