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When You Wish Upon a Pickle - Trailer



The cast singing "Imagine Me," one of the special's original musical numbers.

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When You Wish Upon a Pickle is a Sesame Street prime time special that aired on HBO on November 10, 2018. The special helped kick off the 49th season, which began the following Saturday.

The special features celebrity appearances by Amanda Seyfried (as Natalie Neptune) and Blake Lively (as the delivery person).

A trailer for the special was released on October 27, 2018, done in the style of a 1980s infomercial. The special received an advanced screening at Kidville Union Square in New York City on November 10.[1]

The special won a 2019 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's Program." It was given a digital release on June 2, 2020 (with a DVD release not-yet announced). The special later premiered on PBS on July 13, 2020.

Press kit description

โ€œIn When You Wish Upon a Pickle, a mysterious wish machine appears on Sesame Street and the magical pickle inside starts granting wishes. Before long, the gang learns they need to be careful what they wish for โ€“ especially when they find out heโ€™ll only grant one wish per customer! When Elmo wishes to be a grown-up and run Hooper's Store, he switches bodies with Chris. When Ernie tries to help his friend achieve his dream of becoming a TV meteorologist, Bert ends up trapped in the television, dashing from show to show. Cookie Monsterโ€™s wish for more cookies results in more Cookieโ€ฆMonsters! Abby Cadabby teams up with her favorite storybook detective โ€“ brought to life by a wish, of course โ€“ to try and solve the mystery of whatโ€™s going on in the neighborhood. The adventure continues until an unlikely (and grouchy) hero intervenes!โ€



Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Mr. Johnson, Guy Smiley, Prairie Dawn, Herry Monster, Count von Count, Oscar the Grouch, Gale Warning, Shark, Wish Pickle, Todd Jameson
Background Muppets
Two-Headed Monster, Julia, Gladys the Cow, Chicken, Birds, Shoes, Sunflower, Jacket, Cat, Goose, Popsicle, Pig, Mel, AM Monsters, Anything Muppets, Honker, Little Bird (animated)


Special Guest Stars
Sesame Street Muppet Performers
Child Extras
  • Aidan Alberto, Nikki Ayoub, Swayam Bhatia, Taj Boyd-Blain, Annabelle Chow, Juliana Deluzio, Spohia Distefano, August Gallo, Leo Kennedy, Anais Lee, Mirabelle Lee, Zach Lee, Mehret Marsh, Madeleine Pace, Sofia Pellegrino, Jomil Robinson


The Jim Henson Company Creature Shop

Magnetic Dreams Animation Team

Elmo's World Animation Team