Sesame Street
Plot Walt Dizzy makes "The Chicken King"
Air date December 27, 1995
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors R, 14
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly tells a joke to Elmo and Susan, who tries welcoming the viewer. She's interrupted by famed movie director, Walt Dizzy (though none of them have heard of him). He's on Sesame Street to find someone to play the titular role in his new "heartwarming, exciting and money making" film, The Chicken King. Elmo recommends Telly and has him demonstrate his chicken acting skills. Walt is not pleased; he needs someone who also looks like a chicken. He continues his search and Elmo asks a passing chicken for their feathers, who is not thrilled.
3164r
Cartoon Kids try to guess what a bunch of shapes will form; eventually they form a chicken.
(EKA: Episode 2838)
FamilySong
Song "Family Song" - a rewritten version of "Brothers Song"
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Cartoon A baby demonstrates 'happy,' 'surprised' and 'sad.'
(First: Episode 3396)
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Muppets The Counting Crows (actual crows) sing "Count it 1-2-3."
(First: Episode 3368)
Talkingbowl!!

Glazintime
Film / animation A talking bowl tells a kid how he became a bowl.
(First: Episode 3396)
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Cartoon The Bellhop is asked to carry a guest's two small (but heavy) bags to Room 14.
(EKA: Episode 2571)
GrowingNumbers14
Cartoon Growing Numbers #14
(First: Episode 2930)
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Muppets Big Bird asks to see that number one more time.
(First: Episode 3247)
14desert
Cartoon "Fourteen Desert"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(EKA: Episode 3267)
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SCENE 2 Telly is now in a full chicken outfit (custom made by the other chicken's tailor). Walt Dizzy comes back and sees Telly's acting again, but rejects him once more - he doesn't move like a chicken. Elmo runs off to find the real chicken again.
AfricanAnimalAlphabet
Song "The African Animal Alphabet"
(First: Episode 3396)
BBAmazing
Muppets Big Bird exclaims "Amazing!"
(First: Episode 3191)
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Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
R.spacepaint
Animation R / r (space paint)
(First: Episode 3227)
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Film Jaws spoof with the letter R.
(First: Episode 3351)
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Animation R for robot, rabbit, run, read, rock, rocket.
(First: Episode 3088)
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Song "In the Library"
TrainExit
Cartoon A white furball catches a train going through a door marked EXIT.
(EKA: Episode 0827)
KeithHaring.EXIT
Animation A Keith Haring mural comes to life after some kids EXIT.
(First: Episode 3006)
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SCENE 3 The chicken teaches Telly how to move, but he has a hard time getting the hang of it. Elmo helps by also imitating the chicken, attracting the attention of Walt. He immediately picks Elmo to play the chicken, making Telly furious.
Whydidthechicken...
Cartoon Why did the chicken cross the road?
(EKA: Episode 2365)
4087 joey karate
Film Rory, the green-belt aged 6, goes to karate class and learns under his sensei, where he does toe touches, kicking, stretches, jumping jacks, and an unnamed move consisting of tumbling, then posing. Not only do they practice inside, but they also practice outside in the park.
Redhouse.memory
Cartoon A man uses his memory to tell a woman how to get to a red house.
(EKA: Episode 2274)
Fay.add4balls
Video Fay demonstrates addition by placing 4 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
(EKA: Episode 2763)
4musicians.ahahah
Celebrity The Count counts the musicians in the Tokyo String Quartet.
(First: Episode 3266)
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Animation Jerry Nelson sings "Two Pretty Flowers."
(First: Episode 3151)
MrJohnson-framing
Muppets Mr. Johnson enters a framing shop to have a painting framed, only to find that Grover works there too. Grover assumes the painting is of his great-great-grandmonther, but Mr. Johnson exclaims that it’s his wife. After coming out from the back room with a circle and triangle frame, Grover finally frames it with a square, but destroys the original painting by splitting it over the bald man’s head.
(First: Episode 3396)
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Animation Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(EKA: Episode 2864)
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SCENE 4 Telly continues yelling at Elmo, when Susan arrives to break it up. She and Walt tell him it's nothing personal; he had to go for the best person and it's not Elmo's fault. Telly forgives him, but still feels he's a nobody. Walt assures him he is a somebody and can play another role in the film. They all run off to produce the film.
Film.Eggs
Film EGGS ... and chickens.
(First: Episode 3267)
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Muppets All types of wild animals that lay eggs sing "Let's Lay an Egg."
(First: Episode 3060)
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Cartoon Gordon voiceover R/r
(EKA: Episode 2405)
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Film Ornate Rs fly through the sky to a song.
(First: Episode 2932)
R-Rhinobox-2
Cartoon R for rhinoceros, raquet, robot
(EKA: Episode 2443)
Flagparty94

Flagparty-Marina
Film Footage of the 1994 Labor Day Flag Party in Brooklyn features people marching while waving (and wearing) flags. Marina narrates about being one of the participants.
(First: Episode 3403)
Toon.Pencil.Dance
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert: At the movies, Ernie sits behind a woman wearing a tall hat.
(EKA: Episode 0677)
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Cartoon Jim Thurman sings "Calcutta Joe."
Animation by Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(EKA: Episode 2492)
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SCENE 5 Elmo, Telly and Walt call Susan over to show them the finished project. "I'm quick and I'm cheap. Hollywood loves me," Walt says just before they roll film.
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SCENE 5 cont'd In the film, a squire rabbit addresses a kingdom of animals. The time has come to choose a king from among the population, but it must be someone who can turn an ear of corn into an egg. A cocksure lion gives it a try, but fails. Elmo Chicken passes through, wishing to also try. He eats up the ear of corn, giving him the energy to lay an egg. They declare him king and wish for more eggs to eat. Telly appears at the end, nervously playing a farmer who provides the kingdom with more corn.
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SCENE 5 cont'd Susan enjoyed the film and the two monsters' performances. Walt heads off to make his next big flick - The Dog Prince. Elmo and Telly follow, hoping to also be in it, while Susan announces the sponsors.

Notes

  • Dr. Valeria Lovelace, of the show's research department, attempted to halt production of this episode's storyline, claiming only a chicken should play the role of a chicken. She was told by Norman Stiles to air the show as written and jokingly await any letters to the organization from angry chicken fans.[1]
  • Despite the number of the day being 14, both Susan and the graphics (as shown above), say it's 19.

Sources

  1. Street Gang, page 322-323


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