Release Date 1988
Produced by Random House Home Video
Catalogue no. 89885
Format VHS

The Alphabet Game is a 1988 Sesame Street compilation video released by Random House Home Video under the "My Sesame Street Home Video" label.

Sonny Friendly is the host of "Alphabet Treasure Hunt", a game show where contestants bring in items that start with certain letters of the alphabet. His contestants are Gary Grouch, Dimples the Dog and Big Bird. A video board picks a letter of the alphabet at random, and the contestants must find an item that begins with that letter. When they succeed, a piece of a cookie will light up, and when all three pieces light up, the contestant wins. At random times the board will also pick a number of letters, which then present Sesame Street segments involving those letters.


Image Segment Description

FRAME 1 An off-screen announcer introduces everybody's favorite game show, Alphabet Treasure Hunt, starring Sonny Friendly. He chats with today's contestants: Gary Grouch, Dimples the Dog, and Big Bird, who gives shout-outs to some of his friends. Friendly then explains the rules of the game, which features an electronic letter board that randomly chooses letters. Before the game starts, though, he points out his friend, Kermit the Frog, and leads us to his swamp.
Song "ABC's of the Swamp" with Kermit the Frog
(First: Episode 1960)
FRAME 2 The first letter is B. Dimples bites onto Big Bird, not letting him leave the building to find a B item. However, Sonny sees that Dimples brought in Big Bird, which begins with B. Gary (who wants to lose) brings in a trash can, which he plans on using to decorate the place. Gary points out that trash can does not begin with B -- but Sonny sees that the can is filled with bugs, which do begin with B.
Song "Dee, Dee, Dee" with Ernie and Cookie Monster
(First: Episode 0319)
FRAME 3 The next letter is F -- and once again, Dimples bites onto Big Bird, preventing him from finding anything. Time runs out, and Big Bird points out that Big Bird doesn't start with F. However, Dimples pulls off some of Big Bird's feathers, and feathers begins with F. Gary brings in his lunch, and points out that lunch doesn't start with F. Sonny sees that his lunch is a rotten fish, and fish begins with F.
Cartoon A mad scientist invents the capital letter H.
(First: Episode 0284)
Cartoon "J Folk Jamboree"
(First: Episode 0365)

FRAME 4 The final letter is R. Big Bird manages to leave this time, and brings in a rabbit -- but Sonny considers it to be a bunny, which does not begin with R. Dimples rests, and since rest begins with R, he gets another point. Gary is so angry at getting points by accident that he drills a hole into the ceiling -- but rain falls into the studio, and Gary gets another point.
Song "The Question Song" with Grover and a little girl.
(First: Episode 0378)
Song "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon Wanda the Witch
(First: Episode 0001)
FRAME 5 Before today's winner gets announced, Friendly wants to remind everyone of all 26 letters of the alphabet. The video segues directly into the last segment...
Cartoon Jazz Alphabet: male vocalists shout each letter.
(First: Episode 0619)
FRAME 6 Since Gary and Dimples are tied, Sonny asks them a tie-breaker question: Name a word that begins with R. Gary refuses to answer, and Dimples barks, which Sonny hears as "roof", and Dimples wins. His prize includes a number of dog items, as well as a cruise to Mexico with the person of his choice. Dimples chooses Big Bird to accompany him.



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