Music by Bill Gibson, Sean Hopper and Huey Lewis
Lyrics by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow and Norman Stiles
Date 1988
First Episode 2615
Sesame Street It's Hip to Be a Square

Sesame Street It's Hip to Be a Square

"It's Hip to Be a Square" is an animated song sketch first seen on Sesame Street in 1989, spoofing "Hip to Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News. The short features a band of colored squares with stick-figure limbs against black-and-white, photographed backgrounds. Cut-outs and direct cel-drawings were utilized. The lead singer (voiced by Paul Jacobs) sings about his differences from other shapes, but they still get along.


  • Lyricist Cathi Rosenberg-Turow detailed the conception of the piece at a 1992 event at The Paley Center for Media. Turow was inspired to spoof Lewis' "Hip to be Square" after listening to a tape of his and planned on re-titling it "I'm Hip 'Cause I Share." With head-writer Norman Stiles, the two re-worked the piece to be about shapes and later, racial acceptance. Initially conceived as a Muppet piece, the producers decided it should be animated instead. Huey Lewis and his team were contacted to use the original music as opposed to creating a sound-alike melody. The segment was animated by Candy Kugel and Vincent Cafferelli at Buzzco Associates, Inc..