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Release Date March 6, 2004
Produced by Sony Wonder
Catalogue no. LVD 55725
Format DVD
Discs 1
Region 1

What's the Name of That Song? is a 2004 Sesame Street direct-to-video special in which Super Grover must find one song that the whole world can sing together. This video celebrates Sesame Street’s 35th anniversary. The new segments were filmed on location in a New York City park.

The original DVD cover could open as a cardboard booklet, featuring lyrics to select songs from the video.


Picture Segment Description

FRAME 1 Super Grover flies through the skies of New York City and observes that the streets of the city are abuzz with "a rich cornucopia of music." He observes some jumping songs, rapping songs and even eensy-weensy spider songs. He realizes everyone is singing different songs and only a furry super-monster such as himself can fix this.

FRAME 1 cont'd Super Grover crash lands by Big Bird and Elmo, then explains his mission to them - he wants to find one song the whole world can sing, which would bring peace and "monsterly love" to all ("Plus, we'd all know the words for karaoke," he adds). They decide to go around and ask people for suggestions. Elmo and Big Bird grab hold of Super Grover's cape as he takes off, though Big Bird's size prevents him from moving (and ends up ripping some of the cape off). He decides to venture out on his own and thinks everybody might enjoy singing "Sing"...
Song "Sing"
Celebrity montage #2
The opening vamp is cut. Some celebrity clips are edited out and replaced with alternates.
FRAME 2 Super Grover and Elmo crash near the Two-Headed Monster, who gives conflicting directions to a confused tourist. They probe the monster for their favorite song, but they can't agree on one. Grover tries to get between them for a moment, reminding them of their favorite song...
Song Wayne Brady sings "Between." (introduction cut)
(First: Episode 4031)
FRAME 3 A penguin shows Big Bird his favorite song, "The Party Penguin Polka." Oscar appears, having a plan to drive Big Bird crazy. He plays a familiar tune on his radio, but Big Bird can't remember the name of the song and now, it's stuck in his head!
Song Diane "Deedles" Schuur and Elmo sing "From Your Head." (introduction cut)
(First: Episode 3553)
FRAME 3 The song is shown to be coming from Elmo's imagination, until Grover snaps him out of it and reminds him of their mission. An animated letter A (voiced by Fran Brill) peels from the wall and believes what the world needs is a letter song...
Song Patti LaBelle sings "Gospel Alphabet." (introduction edited and animated letters added)
(First: Episode 3825)
FRAME 3 cont'd Elmo enjoyed the song, when the number 8 (Jerry Nelson) interjects, asserting that a number song is what the world needs...
8 balls of fur.JPG
Song Little Chrissy sings "Eight Balls of Fur." (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 2669)
FRAME 3 cont'd The A and 8 argue over which song is better, but Grover tells them they all must settle on one song. The A gathers her alphabetical compadres and sings about how great letters are. Elmo begins to fall on the letters' side of the argument and the letter O agrees...
Song Queen Latifah sings "That's the Letter O." (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 3066)
FRAME 3 cont'd Grover is startling to realize the difficulty of his mission, while the 8 asserts number songs are much better. He and his fellow digits sing their own song about how great numbers are, even when they're on vacation...
Count vacation.JPG
Song The Count sings about his "Counting Vacation." (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 3367)
FRAME 3 cont'd The letters and numbers have a musical showdown to prove who's better. Grover decides to continue his search somewhere much more cooperative.
FRAME 3 cont'd Big Bird sings some of the tune and asks the kids, "What's the name of that song?" The kids respond accordingly and head off. Oscar shows Big Bird someone who knows the name - his goat Lassie, though Big Bird can't understand him. An elephant happens by. He doesn't know the name of the song, but has an idea for a song the world can sing - a get along song.
Song Kermit sings "Get Along" with some Anything Muppet greasers, the Martians, the Twiddlebugs, and a cow. (introduction cut)
(First: Episode 2600)
FRAME 4 Grover disguises himself and hides behind a tree, hoping to avoid the letters and numbers. Elmo dances and follows the letters and numbers through the park. Grover is relieved his mission can continue uninterrupted, but must first wash off his tickley false mustache.
Song "Do De Rubber Duck"
(First: Episode 2304)
FRAME 5 Grover comes across Ernie and Bert, hanging out with their respective favorite birds. Bert asserts the world will unite with a pigeon song.
Song "Doin' the Pigeon"
The introduction and opening verses are removed. New video and sound effects are added. Parts of Bert's intro are re-cut into the instrumental break.
(First: Episode 0536)
FRAME 6 Elmo finds a baby and asks them for a song. The baby "tells" Elmo that the world needs an operatic lullaby...
Song Denyce Graves tucks Elmo into bed and sings him an Operatic Lullaby. (introduction cut)
(First: Episode 3697)
FRAME 7 Big Bird still can't get a straight answer as to what's the name of that song, to his dismay (and Oscar's delight).
FRAME 7 cont'd Meanwhile, Grover has posed the question to Cookie Monster, who sets out some foods and quizzes Grover on which item he'd like a song about. Grover loses patience, knowing full well which food Cookie Monster is referring to.
Cookie love.JPG
Song Cookie Monster sings "You Made Me Love You." (introduction and closing cut)
(First: Episode 3456)
FRAME 8 Miles and Gabi sing a little of "Everybody's Song" for the kids and a chicken. Grover decides to give up his quest, when Gabi and Miles point out that everyone has their own unique song, which makes the world much more interesting. The A and 8 are surprised to find they can sing songs about each other. Gabi and Miles sing some more of the song, prompting Elmo to imagine his own version...
Song Diana Krall sings "Everybody's Song." (introduction and ending cut)
(First: Episode 3961)
Sesame group.JPG
FRAME 9 Grover reveals his favorite song - "What's the Name of That Song?" Big Bird finally realizes that is the name of the song, to Oscar's disappointment. Everyone starts to sing it, chiming in with their own favorite songs as well.


International releases

Some international releases, such as the Japanese edition, replace Diana Krall's version of "Everybody's Song" with "Elmo's Song."

DVD bonus features