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Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake is a Sesame Street special which aired during the show's usual time slot on March 15, 1991, in most markets and in prime time during the week of March 9. The special was produced for the PBS pledge drive season, and stars Big Bird and Snuffy, as they go to the roller skating rink for Big Bird's birthday. Meanwhile, Cookie Monster is tempted to eat Big Bird's cake, but staves off his desire by eating everything else on the street. Celebrity guests included Bo Jackson, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.

When the episode aired on March 15, it was presented as a regular episode, featuring an episode number (2835) and added more inserts to make it a complete sixty-minute episode.

Picture Segment Description
2835a
SCENE 1
Snuffy wanders into Big Bird's nest area in the morning to make sure he's the first to wish Big Bird "Happy Birthday". The two head out down the street (as the opening credits roll), where all of Big Bird's friends wish him a "Happy Birthday" as well.
2835b
SCENE 1 cont'd
In the arbor, everyone sings about "Big Bird's Beautiful Birthday Bash".
Groverandi
Muppets
Monsterpiece Theater: The King and I
(EKA: Episode 2695)
Istars
Cartoon
Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(EKA: Episode 2291)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
StrawberryHorse
Film
A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(EKA: Episode 2687)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Jakethesnake
Cartoon
Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(EKA: Episode 2486)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
2835c
SCENE 2
Big Bird and his friends are ready to go to Central Park for his skating party, with Maria and Susan staying behind to decorate. However, Snuffy wants to stay behind as well because he doesn’t know how to roller skate. Big Bird says he can teach Snuffy how to skate as they make their way to the city.
RWilliams.Elmo.stick
Muppets / Celebrity
Robin Williams shows Elmo the many fun things one can do with a stick.
Aboveitall
Cartoon
A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All" as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 2572)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
2835d
SCENE 3
At the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, everyone enjoys skating.
2835e

2835f
SCENE 3 cont'd
Snuffy isn’t sure he wants to learn how to skate because of his fear of falling. Big Bird points out that Alice is falling, but Snuffy counters, claiming she’s closer to the ground. Big Bird finally coaxes him into learning and is about to help Snuffy onto the rink to teach him, when they witness someone fall right in front of them, making Snuffy’s fear come back.
Song.earthlings
Muppets
"We Are All Earthlings"
4genies
Animation
Four genies carry the number 4 into a castle.
Artist: Ishu Patel
(EKA: Episode 2244)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
LifestylesBigLittle

LifestylesBigLittle2
Muppets
Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
(EKA: Episode 2580)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
LitterRap
Song
"Litter Rap"
(EKA: Episode 2734)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
LillianBigSister
Cartoon
Lillian discusses the adjustments she had to make when her parents had a new baby. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(EKA: Episode 2746)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
2835g

2835h

2835i
SCENE 4
Back at the street, Maria and Susan lay out the cake, but find that they need more chairs and go to their apartments to fetch some. Cookie Monster wanders by and smells the cake. He is about to pounce on it, but he reads the cake and discovers it’s Big Bird’s birthday cake. He realizes he can’t eat it and tries finding something else to tide him over. He eats one of the chairs then heads for the table.
Monsterinthemirror
Muppets / Celebrity
Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror" assisted by several celebrities, including The Simpsons, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ray Charles.
2485l
Cartoon
A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
(EKA: Episode 2424)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
Fay.add4balls
Video
Fay demonstrates addition by placing 4 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
2835j
Pledge Break
Telly Monster, Monster on the Spot reporter, asks whether The Count is going to support his local public television station. The Count then recites a long list of reasons, followed by a local PBS station pledge break.
This scene was cut from the "episode" version.
2835k
SCENE 5
Snuffy tries getting back out of the rink, still afraid of falling.
2835l
SCENE 5 cont'd
Telly latches onto Luis and asks where Oscar the Grouch is. Much to Bob's and Luis’ shock, Oscar is at the party with Bruno, not to celebrate, but to skate, since Oscar loves the falling-down portion. Bruno begins gracefully skating around the rink without falling (much to Oscar’s dismay). However, Oscar senses it’s not a total loss, since the skating made him dizzy.
Whoopi and hoots
Muppets
Whoopi Goldberg talks with Hoots the Owl about how proud they are of their body parts.
Skin
Song
Kevin Clash sings "Skin".
(EKA: Episode 2749)
This segment did not appear in the pledge-drive version.
2835m
SCENE 6
Back on the street, Cookie Monster has devoured most of the tables and chairs for the party and finishes off the lamppost and street sign. He then begins eating the mailbox.
2835n

2835o
SCENE 6 cont'd
Big Bird shows off a cool rollerskating routine to Snuffy. He is impressed, but can’t skate like Big Bird. Big Bird and his friends sing “Put One Foot in Front of the Other” to get Snuffy to begin skating. The song works and Snuffy is able to skate around the rink.
2835p
SCENE 6 cont'd
A pan down the street shows that Cookie Monster has devoured everything around him, from Big Bird’s doors to the stoop steps to the tire swing. Susan and Maria come back, shocked to see what he has done. They take the cake away to keep it safe.
3154s
Muppets
The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk."
(EKA: Episode 2455)
"MacTV" intro cut
2835q

2835r
SCENE 7
Everyone comes back to the street and finds that nearly everything has been eaten. Big Bird's friends bring out his cake (still intact), sing "Happy Birthday To You" and watch as Big Bird blows out all the candles (which was his birthday wish). As they cut the cake, the credits begin to roll, but pause when Maria wonders where Cookie Monster went. He appears and eats his slice of cake, then for dessert, the sponsors Gina hands him.

Cast

Muppets

Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Forgetful Jones, Buster the Horse, Elmo, Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Alice Snuffleupagus, Barkley, Prairie Dawn, Ruby, Count von Count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Herry Monster, Hoots the Owl, Athena, Wolfgang the Seal, Two-Headed Monster, Bruno the Trashman

Background Characters

AM Monsters, Honkers, Dinger, Duck

Human cast

Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Lisa Boggs, Eugene Byrd, Alexis Cruz, Ward Saxton, David L. Smyrl, Lillias White

Muppet Performers

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Richard Hunt, Kevin Clash, Judy Sladky, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, David Rudman, Jim Martin, Pam Arciero, Rick Lyon, Bryant Young, Joey Mazzarino, Carmen Osbahr

Credits


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