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Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years is the home video version of Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration commemorating Sesame Street’s 25th anniversary. The home video was originally released on October 29, 1993 under the title Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration!.

The broadcast and home video versions have the same linking footage but different clips. Sesame Street Jam focused on celebrity segments, many coming from segments filmed for the 25th season; A Musical Celebration replaced most of these segments with classic Sesame Street songs. However, they both end with the cast and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing "Sing".

There was at least one difference between the broadcast and video versions (besides title and segments): When Savion points out to Telly Monster and Prairie Dawn that there are dancers everywhere, on the broadcast version, Telly says "and pigs, too", leading to "A New Way to Walk", but on the video release, after Savion says that there are dancers everywhere, Elmo appears and says "And cute, little, red, furry monsters too!", leading to "Happy Tapping with Elmo".


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TITLE CARD The title of the home video is introduced in voice-over as "Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration."
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FRAME 1 Everyone enjoys a day in the park as the calypso version of the Sesame Street Theme plays.
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FRAME 1 cont'd Big Bird, Prairie Dawn and Telly watch as everyone expresses themselves with music, dance and other talents. Big Bird is reminded of a quote his Granny Bird told him, "The whole world is a stage." Prairie gets the idea to put on a show. Prairie assures them that their search will be an adventure!
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Song En Vogue sings "Adventure."
(First: Episode 2951)
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FRAME 2 They split up their duties - Telly and Prairie will look for dancers and musicians, while Big Bird looks for "la-la"-ers.
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FRAME 2 cont'd Telly and Prairie come across Jamal, Angela, Celina, Carlo, the kids and other Muppets singing an a capella version of "Do-Op Hop" at a hot dog cart. They've found their singers for the show!
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FRAME 2 cont'd Big Bird has formed a "LA LA LINE" to audition la-la-ers. After a failed audition by Humphrey and Natasha, The Count steps up, not wanting to la-la, but to count those in line. Big Bird thinks his day will drive him batty, cuing the next song...
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Muppets The Count sings "The Batty Bat".
(First: Episode 2096)
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FRAME 3 The Count swoops in, counting "One wonderful song."
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Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
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FRAME 3 cont'd The Count counts "Two wonderful songs."
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Muppets Oscar sings "I Love Trash."
(First: Episode 2785)
Introduction cut/new sound effect added at the end
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FRAME 3 cont'd The Count counts "Three wonderful songs!"
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Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
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FRAME 4 Big Bird's next audition is with a duck. The duck happens to belong to The Amazing Mumford, who knows a spell that will make everyone la-la. Although, when he tries it, the spell instead makes them quack.
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Muppets A montage of songs about Rubber Duckie, including "Rubber Duckie", "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree", "Put Down the Duckie" and "Do De Rubber Duck."
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FRAME 5 Mumford tries his trick again, but makes people "baa-baa" like sheep.
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FRAME 5 cont'd Telly and Prairie now find a jam session going on and think they're the musicians they need. Elmo, playing the drum, comments that playing it is almost as easy as "A-B-C."
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(First: Episode 0372)
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Muppets Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror"
(First: Episode 2689)
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FRAME 6 Telly and Prairie ask Big Bird if he'd like to help them find dancers, but he's busy with his line. The next auditions don't do well, and Big Bird remarks he'll go bananas. Joey and Davey Monkey pop up at the mention of "bananas." Big Bird gripes "What's next here? Aardvarks?"
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Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2520)
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FRAME 7 Herry appears to say that he's not an aardvark and proud to be a fuzzy, blue monster.
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Muppets Grover, Herry, and Cookie Monster sing "Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)."
(First: Episode 1644)
Cuts off before Frazzle appears/new sound effects added
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Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin".
(First: Episode 2749)
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(First: Episode 0087)
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FRAME 8 Prairie and Telly run into Jason and Savion while looking for dancers. Savion tells them that there are dancers everywhere in the park. Prairie comments at all the people dancing.
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FRAME 8 cont'd Elmo pops up to add "And cute, little, red, furry monsters too!"
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Muppets "Happy Tappin' with Elmo"
Introduction and closing cut
(First: Episode 2832)
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Transition Footage of Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk slides across the screen.
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Muppets Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon." (intro verses removed)
(First: Episode 0536)
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Transition Footage of Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk slides across the screen.
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Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk - "Feel the Beat"
(First: Episode 2943)
Part 1 only
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FRAME 9 Big Bird shows Telly and Prairie Dawn the la-la-ers he's chosen - The Martians. He tells them they're going to become stars, causing the Martians to vanish for the stars in space.
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Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
Introduction cut
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FRAME 10 The next la-la-ers in Big Bird's line is a man who plays accordion, while a chicken clucks. Big Bird begins to lose hope.
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Muppets "We Are All Earthlings"
(First: Episode 2835)
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FRAME 11 Big Bird's line is now empty. Mumford tries his trick again, but no one's around to be entranced by it.
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FRAME 11 cont'd Big Bird slinks over to a bench and begins singing "Sing" to himself. Ladysmith Black Mambazo immediately answers with a chorus of la-las, exactly what Big Bird's been searching for. Mumford tries his trick again, summoning all of Big Bird's friends to sing with him.

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Notes

  • The special was taped in June of 1993.[1] Although some of the human characters introduced in Season 25 are featured, none of the Muppet characters created for the season appear in the special.

Cast

Muppets:

Big Bird, Telly Monster, Prairie Dawn, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Herry Monster, The Amazing Mumford, Davey Monkey, Joey Monkey, Count von Count, Merry Monster, Humphrey Monster, Baby Natasha, the Martians

Background Muppets:

Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Forgetful Jones, Buster the Horse, Roxie Marie, Kingston Livingston III, The Oinker Sisters, Hoots the Owl, Madame Chairbird, Two-Headed Monster, Polly Darton, Mr. Honker, Dinger, Henrietta Honker, Kathleen the Cow, Leo Birdelli, Rosita, Rocky, Barkley, Penguins, Chickens, Ducks

Human Cast:

Savion, Jamal, Angela, Gina, Maria, Celina, Carlo, Bob

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Martin P. Robinson, Fran Brill, Jerry Nelson, Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Joe Mazzarino, Pam Arciero, James Kroupa, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Bryant Young, Frank Oz (Uncredited: Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Alice Dinnean)

Actors:

Carlo Alban (uncredited), Alison Bartlett, Annette Calud, Savion Glover, Angel Jemmot, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Jou Jou Papailler

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