50 Years Without A Map

As SESAME STREET celebrates its golden anniversary, take a look back at the various “Sunny Day” openings used over the decades. Whether you remember the classic 70s version or the more CG-filled millennial theme, chances are you know all the words and can sing it in your sleep.

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Wednesday Trivia Question

What is the name of Bert’s twin brother on SESAME STREET?

Yes, Bert from SESAME STREET has a twin brother. Many of the SESAME STREET characters have extended family members that have been referenced or seen in show segments or even books and related properties. Bert’s brother, however, made an actual appearance on the show (perhaps only one – it’s hard to say) as a boisterous salesman who completely throws Ernie for a loop. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Another snap from our Kids & Ed department where the Rootle brand lives big. The fish pictured are Splash and Bubbles, stars of their very own PBS Kids series.

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SPLASH AND BUBBLES premiered in 2016 and is produced by the Jim Henson Company. According to the PBS Kids website, Splash is a yellowback fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown and Bubbles is a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid coloring matches her personality.

Wednesday Trivia Question

What MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD character name is a reference to a famous 17th century literary work?

Over the decades MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD was produced, dozens of characters made appearances, especially in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Some became pretty well known – Daniel Tiger, Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl immediately spring to mind – while others were known only to viewers and many quickly faded into obscurity (I dare you to remember Mr. Allmine, a guy who stole Daniel’s clock in the mid-70s).

Well, one of the puppet characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe has a pretty fun name. The character (voiced by Fred Rogers) eventually moved to Someplace Else with Harriet Elizabeth Cow where he operates a Washer Dryer Sorter Dumper there. He originally got on King Friday’s bad side when he arrived in the Neighborhood to build a windmill near the castle. The character’s name is a direct reference to a famous work of fiction. Continue reading

Wednesday Trivia Question

What is the name of the dachshund that belongs to the Doorman on CURIOUS GEORGE?

Everybody loves Curious George! And why not? The inquisitive simian has been around in storybook form for 80 years and he’s appeared on TV and film in various titles over the decades. The PBS Kids staple CURIOUS GEORGE premiered in 2006 and still airs in repeats on UNC-TV.

The cast of characters on CURIOUS GEORGE include The Man in the Yellow Hat and an assorted line-up of humans and animals. There are dogs and cats and bunnies and pigeons and squirrels (oh my!). One of the regulars is an orange male dachshund who keeps watch on the lobby when the Doorman is away. This little doggie is very proper and gentlemanly and often has no love for George’s shenanigans (although he does enjoy George’s company). Continue reading