Monster Jam

In celebration of Halloween, here’s a SESAME STREET parody of the Bobby “Boris” Pickett hit song Monster Mash. Come for Cookie Monster dressed up as Frankenstein’s monster yet stay for the pumpkin cookies with mustaches ….

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Spinney Master

SESAME STREET released a video celebrating Caroll Spinney after the Big Bird portrayer announced his retirement from the long-running children’s television show. Grab a few hankies and honor this master of puppets…

Spinney Tapped

The news from Sesame Workshop today is that Caroll Spinney is retiring from nearly 50 years with the beloved children’s show SESAME STREET. Spinney has been with SESAME STREET since 1969 and he’s been the voice and lead puppeteer of both Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird since the series’ premiere.

According to a press release from Sesame Workshop, the 84-year-old puppeteer said, “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul. And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.”

Certainly, retirement after a long and successful career is to be expected but Spinney leaves some very big feet shoes to be filled. Here’s wishing him the best!

Street View

Surely everyone knows that SESAME STREET is an important and useful broadcast educational tool. But did you know the Sesame Workshop is working behind the scenes to assist migrant families separated at the border?

The Atlantic has an amazing article on the subject. Click HERE to read.

Not So Sunny Day

The news is true and it’s a little sad – Maria is leaving Sesame Street.

You may have seen the headlines and there’s probably not much I can add. However, for anyone who grew up with Sesame Street or has any emotional investment in this exceptional education program, this is a bittersweet moment, at best.

The Sesame Workshop posted the following statement on the Sesame Street Facebook page on Thursday, July 2:

Sonia Manzano has announced her retirement from Sesame Street, but she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic “Maria,” and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations. Sonia’s talents on Sesame Street extend beyond her groundbreaking role on camera; she also earned 15 Emmy awards as a member of Sesame Street’s writing team. We’ll always be grateful for her many years on Sesame Street as a champion of diversity and helping millions of kids grow up smarter, stronger and kinder.

Again, nothing much to add. Maria will be missed but we can only savor the fond memories and wish Sonia well. And remember: as long as we still have Sesame Street, everything will be A-OK.