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Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street is a 30-minute direct-to-video compilation originally released on VHS in 1988, as part of the My Sesame Street Home Video series. The title was reissued in the 1990s under the same title, and on DVD in 2005 simply as Count It Higher.

In the video, Count von Count hosts The Count's Countdown Show, a music video countdown show on the fictional SMV (Sesame Music Video) television network. He counts down the top Sesame Street music videos. Each song is presented with fake music video-style credits added (though "Wet Paint" originally had music video credits outside of the video).

Segments

Picture Segment Description

FRAME 1
The announcer introduces "Count It Higher," with host Count Von Count. The Count kicks off the countdown with the #7 video of the week (following a film leader countdown, which he mentions is his favorite part since he gets to count backwards).
Muppets
Song #7:
"The Ten Commandments of Health"
Dr. Thad and the Medications
from the album Advice You Can Count On
Medical Records
(EKA: Episode 1163)
FRAME 2
The Count introduces the next video, featuring "the world's hottest frog proudly hopping to the surging rhythms of..."
Muppets
Song #6:
"Doo Wop Hop"
Kermit the Frog
from the album I'm Green and I'm Proud
Polywog Records
(EKA: Episode 2484)
FRAME 3
After the song, the Count mentions the number of jumps Kermit and the animals made.
FRAME 3 cont'd
Big Bird makes a celebrity guest appearance and requests a rock and roll song for the next video. The Count then introduces...
Muppets
Song #5:
"ZZ Blues"
Over the Top
from the album On A Clear Day I Can Z Forever
US Snooze Records
(Ending edited)
(EKA: Episode 2356)
FRAME 4
The Count introduces a bonus video...‎
Muppets
"Honk Around the Clock"
The Honkers
from the album Play Through The Nose
Oogah Records
(EKA: Episode 2492)
FRAME 5
After the video, the Count is seen counting the bricks, but leaves off on his 453rd brick to resume his hosting duties. He introduces another celebrity promo...
FRAME 5 cont'd
...with Oscar the Grouch, who wishes viewers a rotten day and requests for the Count to play a moldy oldie.
Muppets
Song #4:
"Letter B"
The Beetles
from the album Sesame Road
Lemon Records
(Beginning cut)
(EKA: Episode 1845)
FRAME 6
The Count introduces the next video, starring a group who "milked" their talent for all it's worth: How Now Brown and the Moo Wave.
Muppets
Song #3:
"Wet Paint"
How Now Brown Cow
from the album Signs of the Times
Mootown Records
(Beginning and ending edited)
(EKA: Episode 2847)
FRAME 7
The Count introduces the next song, which splashed it's way up to the #2 spot.
Muppets
Song #2:
"Do De Rubber Duck"
Ernie and Friends
from the motion picture
The Harder They Scrub.
(EKA: Episode 2483)
FRAME 8
After the video, the Count points out his own appearance in the song, and how many bubbles he counted in it.

Finally, the Count introduces the #1 video (which is an inevitable choice since it's his favorite song).
Muppets
Song #1:
"Count It Higher"
Chris and the Alphabeats
from the album Letters of Love
Broken Records
(EKA: Episode 0670)
FRAME 9
The Count says his goodbyes and tells viewers to tune in to another episode of "Count It Higher.‎"

Releases

Notes

  • The picture on top of the Count's television is of Joe Raposo.
  • The fictional channel "Sesame Music Video"'s title was previously used for an MTV-parody intro to the longer version of "Wet Paint".
  • The original 1988 VHS release came with a songbook of lyrics for all the songs in the video.
  • David Rudman assisted in the puppeteering of the Count in the framing scenes. [1]

Cast

Muppet Performers

Uncredited Vocals

Credits

Sources

  1. Email communication from David Rudman to G. Kieran. July 16, 2013
  2. Email communication from David Rudman to G. Kieran. 2013.

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