|PERFORMER||Fran Brill 1993-2015|
|Jennifer Barnhart 2016-present|
|DESIGN||Ed Christie designer|
|Rollie Krewson builder|
Zoe was created to help balance what was then a predominately male cast of Muppets on the series. The color orange was chosen for her design to complement Elmo, who was gaining popularity at the time of her introduction.
Apart from some light jewelry, Zoe was originally unclothed. Beginning in season 33, she started wearing a tutu, as — like many girls of her age — she is obsessed with ballet. Her love of dance is featured in several episodes, as well as the home video release Zoe's Dance Moves. While she mostly returns to being unclothed in season 49, she still wears her tutu on occasion, and more consistently in illustrations and merchandise.
She occasionally rides a soapbox-style car around Sesame Street, called the Zoemobile, and can sometimes be seen with one of two recurring transitional objects: a pet rock named Rocco and a doll named Mimi. She attended the Day Care Center from season 25 to season 29, and generally celebrates her birthday on September 30 (although this date has been inconsistent). Zoe's favorite letter is Z because it starts her name. She has expressed the preference in The Alphabet Jungle Game, in a sketch with Telly (First: Episode 3420), and elsewhere.
Her Aunt Chloe has been seen on the show, and her daddy has appeared in a few storybooks. Her Aunt Giselle, who lives in Swan Lake, sent her a tutu in season 34. In Episode 4228, Zoe mentions a brother named Joey.
From the book Sesame Street Unpaved: "From several possible designs of the character, 'I picked the one that had a face like Carol Channing,' says Fran Brill. 'I wanted her to be obviously female with jewelry and barrettes in her hair. Someone suggested we call her Frannie, since that's my nickname. But I didn't want a Muppet with my name, so I thought of the J.D. Salinger book Franny and Zooey, and suggested Zoe, which seemed to be just right."
To prepare for the character, Brill went to Manhattan preschools and watched 3-year-old girls play. One of the girls said to Brill the phrase which became a catchphrase for Zoe, "Don't joke me." When the first Zoe puppet was built, Krewson's daughter suggested they put sparkles in her hair.
Beginning with the 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, more hair was added to Zoe, including pink and glittery hairs. In season 40 (2009), a smaller puppet was used, based on the one created specifically for her role as Mousey the Hatter Helper in Abby in Wonderland. This version was only used for one season, and was replaced by the normal-sized Zoe puppet the following season.
At William Paterson University, Martin P. Robinson explained that Telly hadn't appeared in any scenes with the rebuilt Zoe, and Robinson expected that the moment they would meet, Telly would freak out. Fran Brill proceeded to take out the Zoe puppet, and sure enough, Telly freaked out.
- Before Zoe was regularly seen in her tutu, she wore it in street scenes for Episode 3851 and Episode 3916.
- Zoe's nose was originally made from a plastic grape covered in colored fleece.
- "7th Inning Stretch Song"
- "A New Way to Walk" (remake)
- "The Alphabet Song"
- "Be Doodle Dee Dum"
- "Because We're Friends"
- "Different Street"
- "Everybody Say Hola"
- "Everybody's Song" (remakes)
- "Follow the Dots"
- "Fur" (remake)
- "Girl of the World"
- "Goodbye Fly"
- "Grover Work Song"
- "Guess the Seasons Song"
- "Happy Birthday, Stinky"
- "Here Comes Santa Claus"
- "How Do You Get from Here to There"
- "I Soaks Up The Sun"
- "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
- "It All Adds Up"
- "It's Mine"
- "Little Miss Count Along"
- "M is for Monster"
- "The Music That We Play"
- "My Name"
- "My Name Is Zoe"
- "Picture a World"
- "Read Me a Story" (remake)
- "Really, Really, Really Glad I'm Me"
- "Rubber Duckie"
- "Sesame Street Theme"
- "Share" (remake)
- "That's the Way I Read"
- "Two Princes"
- "You and You and Me"
- "You Tickle Me"
- "We Hate the Rain"
- See also: Zoe books
- Around the Corner on Sesame Street (1994)
- No More Diapers! (1995)
- Ready, Set, Go! A Counting Book (1995)
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late (1995)
- Sesame Street Storybook Fun (1995)
- Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas (1996)
- Rise and Shine! (1996)
- Which Witch Is Which? (1996)
- Zip! Pop! Hop! (1996)
- The Bunny Hop (1997)
- Elmo's Christmas Colors (1997)
- Elmo's Valentine (1997)
- The Poky Little Puppy Comes to Sesame Street (1997)
- Pumpkin Patch Party (1997)
- Sesame Street Talent Show (1997)
- Baby Play (1998)
- Giddy-Up! (1998)
- Let's Eat! (1998)
- The Sesame Street Word Book (1998)
- Brought to You by the Number 2 (1999)
- Shall We Dance? (1999)
- Brought to You by the Letter C (2000)
- Elmo Likes... (2000)
- Elmo's ABC Book (2000)
- The Count's Castle (2001)
- Elmo and the Monsters (2001)
- Elmo Plays Piano (2001)
- The Monsters on the Bus (2001)
- Sesame Street House of Beauty (2001)
- Sesame Street School (2001)
- Spooky Sleep-out (2001)
- Spring Fever (2001)
- Elmo's Birthday Party (2002)
- Friends All Day (2002)
- Pat-a-Cake and Other First Baby Games (2002)
- Elmo's Big Surprise (2003)
- Elmo's Noisy Day (2003)
- Get Up and Go Songs (2003)
- Hokey Pokey Elmo (2003)
- A Perfect Picnic (2003)
- Cookie's Color Caper (2004)
- Count with Me (2004)
- First Sesame Street Library ("Zoe's Gift") (2004)
- The City Sings a Song! (2005)
- Elmo's Day (2005)
- Fun with Friends (2005)
- Monsters Munch Lunch! (2005)
- What's That Sound? (2005)
- Come Play with Elmo (2006)
- Get Ready for Fun! (2006)
- Let's Play Elmo Says (2006)
- 3-Minute Stories (2007)
- Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time (2007)
- Big Bigger Biggest (2007)
- C is for Cooking: Recipes from the Street (2007)
- Elmo & Friends Picture Stories (2007)
- Elmo Goes to the Zoo (2007)
- Elmo's World Super Sticker Book (2007)
- Field Trip! (2007)
- Friendly, Frosty Monsters (2007)
- A Great Day to Play! (2007)
- Guess Who, Abby! (2007)
- Guess Who, Elmo! (2007)
- I'm a Helper (2007)
- Let's Match (2007)
- Music Player Storybook (2007)
- Rosita's Easter on Sesame Street (2007)
- Sesame Street Musical Pop-Up Treasury (2007)
- Sesame Street Super Sticker Book (2007)
- We're All Superheroes! (2007)
- When I Grow Up (2007)
- Abby in Wonderland (2008)
- Elmo Loves Red! (2008)
- Grover's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (2008)
- Let's Go! with Elmo and Friends (2008)
- Lovies (2008)
- Mind Your Manners (2008)
- Ready, Set, Brush! (2008)
- Waiting for Cookie (2008)
- What Did Elmo Say? (2008)
- What Makes Elmo Happy? (2008)
- Yucchy! Yucchy! (2008)
- Bert and Ernie's Christmas Snowman (2009)
- In Elmo's Easter Parade (2009)
- Love, Elmo (2009)
- My Big Book of Firsts (2009)
- A Sweet-Smelling Garden (2009)
- A Walk Down Sesame Street (2009)
- What Shape Is a Grape? (2009)
- Be Careful, Abby! (2010)
- Healthy Monster Triathlon (2010)
- Murray's First Book of Words (2010)
- Popping Up on Sesame Street (2010)
- Potty Time with Abby (2010)
- Abby's Pink Party (2011)
- Elmo's Alphabet Soup (2011)
- Imagine with Elmo (2011)
- Circle of Friends (2012)
- Elmo's Rockin' Rhyme Time! (2012)
- Frosty Fun (2012)
- Grouchy Hugs (2012)
- Is My Face Red! (2012)
- Elmo's Colors (2016)
- Who's Afraid of Monsters? (2016)
- Grover's Eight Nights of Light (2017)
- K Is for Kindness (2018)
- The Runaway Egg (2018)
- Season 47 Press Kit Profile
- Davis, Michael, Street Gang, p. 322
- Sesame Family Newsletter, July 10, 2008
- Borgenicht, David, Sesame Street Unpaved, p. 86
- Press Kit Bios: Season 41, Season 42
- "On the Set With: Zoe; This Monster is a Girl", The New York Times, Erik Eckholm. August 19, 1993.
- Interview with Rollie Krewson on InFANity
- Sesame Street at 40: A Night of Celebration with the Legendary Cast, info written at Tough Pigs
- Sesame Street Unpaved, page 169.