Sesame Street
Plot Preston's "Illustration Activation" machine
Air date December 25, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors F, N, 11
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Preston Rabbit brings a present to the Sesame Street Library - an "Illustration Activation Machine," which brings to life images in books. Gina and Elmo put in a copy of "Little Red Riding Hood" and Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf are transported into the library.
Fleas!
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2398)
2356-24
Cast Big Bird, Susan and Bob sing "Can Read" while at a newsstand.
(EKA: Episode 2326)
Phonebooth
Cartoon A hand draws a telephone booth.
(First: Episode 0791)
GuyAudience
Muppets Guy Smiley takes his 39-member studio audience to a restaurant, but there is no place for him to sit.
2860.FatCat
Cartoon AT words: A fat cat with a hat sat on a mat. A bat scared the fat cat.
(First: Episode 1101)
Waterpump
Film A Navajo boy who lives in the dessert talks about how his family has to pump water from the ground.
1800-27
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
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SCENE 2 Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf learn from Gina about their new surroundings. Elmo puts another book into the machine and out pops Mary and her little lamb. Elmo goes to get more books as the Big Bad Wolf chases after Mary's lamb.
Itsagiraffe
Animation It's a giraffe
Artist: Ishu Patel
(EKA: Episode 2238)
WaterWaterWater
Film Water, Water Everywhere.
(First: Episode 0135)
2head.Telephone
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a TELEPHONE, and reads the word.
(First: Episode 1569)
Irra.Camera
Cartoon A tour of a TV studio, with set decoration, camera adjustment, etc., setting up for a taping with an R2-D2-like robot.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 2410)
Lacharreada
Muppets / Celebrity Linda Ronstadt sings "La Charreada" with Elmo and Parker Monster.
(First: Episode 2540)
2356-25
Cartoon Snacks on Parade: Peanut Butter
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1428)
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SCENE 3 While Gina explains what's happening to Linda, Elmo puts another book into the machine - The Three Little Pigs. Soon, the Big Bad Wolf is chasing after the lamb and pigs and Preston's not around to put them back in their books. Linda gets an idea to write a book about Preston.
BusTelephone
Animation Draw a circle around the bus. Cross out the telephone.
(EKA: Episode 2208)
Youngcount
Muppets The Count sings about his first day of school.
(EKA: Episode 1736)
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Cartoon Frances Fairy displays several F words.
(First: Episode 0335)
GroverErik.surprise
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Erik surprise each other.
(EKA: Episode 2555)
Womaninburningbuilding.HELP!
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent film of a woman in a burning building, who needs HELP.
(EKA: Episode 0720)
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SCENE 4 The gang finishes writing "The Story of Preston Rabbit" and throw it into the machine. Preston appears and when the Wolf gets hungry for rabbit, he runs off to find the crank to turn it off.
Lastleaf
Animation First leaf, last leaf
(EKA: Episode 1033)
LearningLogo
Film Some kids learn how to use Logo, a computer programming language, to draw shapes on computers.
(EKA: Episode 2003)
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Cartoon Gordon voiceover N/n
(EKA: Episode 2283)
Bae9
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, Ernie sits behind a woman wearing a tall hat.
(EKA: Episode 0677)
Derbyman
Cartoon A derby-hatted man identifies animal sounds, ending with a tractor.
(EKA: Episode 1128)
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3141k
Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
(EKA: Episode 2176)
Australiamap
Cartoon A map of Australia morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
Artist: Fred Garbers
2963-B5
Film Two apples balance on a block seesaw.
(EKA: Episode 2176)
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SCENE 5 The crank is put into the machine and the characters are subtracted as the crank is turned. Preston decides to thank them by getting another present.
RumbaPencils
Cartoon Rumba pencils (first, last, Crazy Melvin)
(EKA: Episode 0666)
Khome.ears
Muppets Grover the Salesman: Grover wants to sell Kermit some earmuffs, but Kermit doesn't have ears, so Grover gives Kermit some big human ears.
(EKA: Episode 0800)
Song.11Morning
Cartoon "It's A Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 0514)
Wordfromchicken
Cast "A word from your local chicken" - A nerdy Gordon interprets a chicken's words.
LitterRap
Song "Litter Rap"
1800-17
Cartoon Cloud blows things FFFFFFFF
(EKA: Episode 1008)
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SCENE 6 Preston's gift is two movers (Tyrone and Gus), who are taking the machine away. Tyrone and Gina read the sponsors (the fine print on their delivery form) and the movers end up busting the machine on their way out.

Notes

  • This episode was taped on October 6, 1989.


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