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[[File:Visual Thinking|thumb|300px|right|The original "Visual Thinking" routine from ''Sam and Friends'', featuring Kermit and Harry.]]
 
[[File:Visual Thinking|thumb|300px|right|The original "Visual Thinking" routine from ''Sam and Friends'', featuring Kermit and Harry.]]
[[Image:Visualthinkingnotes.jpg|300px|thumb|Jim Henson’s outline of the original sketch as displayed in the [[Jim Henson's Fantastic World]] exhibit at [[Museum of the Moving Image]] in 2011.]]
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[[Image:Visualthinkingnotes.jpg|300px|thumb|Jim Henson's outline of the original sketch as displayed in the [[Jim Henson's Fantastic World]] exhibit at [[Museum of the Moving Image]] in 2011.]]
   
 
'''Visual Thinking''' is a Muppet sketch that originated on ''[[Sam and Friends]]'' and went on to feature in a number of appearances over the years. The concept consists of characters visualizing their thoughts with the aid of on-screen animation.
 
'''Visual Thinking''' is a Muppet sketch that originated on ''[[Sam and Friends]]'' and went on to feature in a number of appearances over the years. The concept consists of characters visualizing their thoughts with the aid of on-screen animation.
   
 
==''Sam and Friends''==
 
==''Sam and Friends''==
In this classic mix of puppetry and animation, [[Harry the Hipster]] demonstrates the art of Visual Thinking to [[Kermit the Frog]]; and what it does to you once it gets out of control.
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In this classic mix of puppetry and animation, [[Harry the Hipster]] demonstrates the art of Visual Thinking to [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]]; and what it does to you once it gets out of control.
   
 
This is one of the most well known ''Sam and Friends'' scenes that shows up in most documentaries. A clip was shown on ''[[The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years]]'', revealing it to have been from 1959. The entire sketch was uploaded on [[The Jim Henson Company|The Jim Henson Company's]] [[YouTube#The Jim Henson Company|YouTube Channel]]. It's one of the few videos on their channel to feature Kermit, since his rights are owned by [[The Walt Disney Company]].
 
This is one of the most well known ''Sam and Friends'' scenes that shows up in most documentaries. A clip was shown on ''[[The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years]]'', revealing it to have been from 1959. The entire sketch was uploaded on [[The Jim Henson Company|The Jim Henson Company's]] [[YouTube#The Jim Henson Company|YouTube Channel]]. It's one of the few videos on their channel to feature Kermit, since his rights are owned by [[The Walt Disney Company]].
   
Kermit and Harry would re-enact the skit as a part of the unsold 1962 pilot for ''[[Mad Mad World]]''.
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Kermit and Harry would re-enact the skit as a part of the unsold 1962 pilot for ''[[Mad Mad World]]'' and for a 1966 appearance on ''[[The Mike Douglas Show]]''.
   
 
==Variations==
 
==Variations==
The skit was remade for an ''[[The Ed Sullivan Show|Ed Sullivan Show]]'' appearance on October 2, 1966, with Kermit as the hipster and [[Grump]] as the straight man. The sketch was performed on ''Ed Sullivan'' again on June 4, 1967,<ref>"[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/06/04/641967/ Jim Henson's Red Book]" entry, 6/4/1967 – Sullivan “Visual Thinking”</ref> and on ''[[The Dick Cavett Show]]'' (with an updated Kermit the Frog) in 1971.
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The skit was remade for an ''[[The Ed Sullivan Show|Ed Sullivan Show]]'' appearance on October 2, 1966, with Kermit as the hipster and [[Grump]] as the straight man. The sketch was performed on ''Ed Sullivan'' again on June 4, 1967.<ref>"[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/06/04/641967/ Jim Henson's Red Book]" entry, 6/4/1967 – Sullivan “Visual Thinking”</ref> It was also performed, with an updated Kermit the Frog, on ''[[The Dick Cavett Show]]'' in 1971 and ''[[The Tonight Show]]'' in 1974.
   
A ''[[Sesame Street]]'' sketch from the same year featured an [[Anything Muppets|Anything Muppet]] [[The Hipster|hipster]] and [[The Square|his square foil]], demonstrating a similar lesson about shapes. {{eka|0448}} According to the book ''[[Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street]]'', "Visual Thinking" was also the inspiration for ''Sesame Street''’s "[[Speech Balloon]]" letter segments.
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A ''[[Sesame Street]]'' sketch from [[Season 3 (1971-1972)|season 3]] featured an [[Anything Muppets|Anything Muppet]] [[The Hipster|hipster]] and [[The Square|his square foil]], demonstrating a similar lesson about shapes. {{first|0361}} According to the book ''[[Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street]]'', "Visual Thinking" was also the inspiration for ''Sesame Street'''s "[[Speech Balloon]]" letter segments.
   
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Image:Visualthinking(saf).jpg|''[[Sam and Friends]]'', 1959
 
Image:Visualthinking(saf).jpg|''[[Sam and Friends]]'', 1959
 
Visual thinking mike douglas 1966.jpg|''[[The Mike Douglas Show]]'', 1966
 
Visual thinking mike douglas 1966.jpg|''[[The Mike Douglas Show]]'', 1966
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.toughpigs.com/hipsters-1/ Tough Pigs Anthology] -- Hipsters and Squares (Sesame Street "Visual Thinking" transcript)
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*[http://www.toughpigs.com/hipsters-1/ Tough Pigs Anthology] -- Hipsters and Squares (Sesame Street "Visual Thinking" transcript)
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[[Category:Sam and Friends Segments]]
 
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[[Category:Sesame Street One-Shot Sketches]]

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Visual Thinking

Visual Thinking

The original "Visual Thinking" routine from Sam and Friends, featuring Kermit and Harry.

Visualthinkingnotes

Jim Henson's outline of the original sketch as displayed in the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image in 2011.

Visual Thinking is a Muppet sketch that originated on Sam and Friends and went on to feature in a number of appearances over the years. The concept consists of characters visualizing their thoughts with the aid of on-screen animation.

Sam and FriendsEdit

In this classic mix of puppetry and animation, Harry the Hipster demonstrates the art of Visual Thinking to Kermit; and what it does to you once it gets out of control.

This is one of the most well known Sam and Friends scenes that shows up in most documentaries. A clip was shown on The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, revealing it to have been from 1959. The entire sketch was uploaded on The Jim Henson Company's YouTube Channel. It's one of the few videos on their channel to feature Kermit, since his rights are owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Kermit and Harry would re-enact the skit as a part of the unsold 1962 pilot for Mad Mad World and for a 1966 appearance on The Mike Douglas Show.

VariationsEdit

The skit was remade for an Ed Sullivan Show appearance on October 2, 1966, with Kermit as the hipster and Grump as the straight man. The sketch was performed on Ed Sullivan again on June 4, 1967.[1] It was also performed, with an updated Kermit the Frog, on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971 and The Tonight Show in 1974.

A Sesame Street sketch from season 3 featured an Anything Muppet hipster and his square foil, demonstrating a similar lesson about shapes. (First: Episode 0361) According to the book Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street, "Visual Thinking" was also the inspiration for Sesame Street's "Speech Balloon" letter segments.

SourcesEdit

  1. "Jim Henson's Red Book" entry, 6/4/1967 – Sullivan “Visual Thinking”

External linksEdit

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