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Written by Jeff Moss
Date 1969
Publisher Festival Attractions, Inc.
First Episode 0060

Season 1 version


Sesame Street Up and Down

Cookie Monster and Herry Monster sing "Up and Down."

1996 remake.

"Up and Down" is a Sesame Street song that demonstrates the concepts of up and down, illustrating the different things one can see when looking in either direction. The song was originally featured in a Season 1 segment performed by a pair of Muppet monsters (Proto-Grover and Billy), who sing it as part of "Silly Song Time." The segment is intercut with a sequence featuring Buddy looking up for something he dropped (a balloon), and another of Ernie pouring a glass of milk while hanging upside down, despite Bert's warning.

The song was then recorded for The Sesame Street Book & Record, credited to "Two Monsters" performed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. In this audio sketch, one monster (voiced by Oz) is looking for a cookie he dropped, but is looking upward. The other monster (Henson) takes this as a misunderstanding of up and down, and the monsters launch into the song which reinforces the difference between the two. Afterwards, the first monster explains that a bird took his cookie when he dropped it. The monsters are not named in dialogue (though Henson's monster calls the other "fuzzy face"), and the album's illustrations and pictures do not explicitly make clear who the two monsters are. The album credits, however, note Oz with performing "Cookie Monster." On later album releases, the song is credited to "Cookie Monster and another Monster."

In 1970 (for Season 2), the song was videotaped with Cookie Monster and an early Herry Monster (First: Episode 0154). The soundtrack from The Sesame Street Book & Record was used for this version, so Jim Henson's voice is heard instead of Herry's regular performer, Jerry Nelson. This version has the bird dropping the cookie into Herry's hand, who eats it.

In 1996, a remake of this song was taped with Herry and Cookie Monster in a park. (First: Episode 3532) This version of the song marked the debut of a revised version of Herry, with a thinner eyebrow. Some lyrics were altered slightly to reflect the fact that they were singing outdoors (looking at the sun/grass instead of ceiling/floor, respectively) and that Herry doesn't wear shoes.



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