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Baby Bear and his Humpty Dumpty puzzle.

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Humpty Dumpty banged and bruised in episode 3076 of Sesame Street.

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Humpty Dumpty in an advertisement for "The Humpty Dumpty Safety Helmet" - a product designed to protect any egg from cracking after falling off a wall, as featured in a 2007 episode of Sesame Street.

Humpty Dumpty is one of the best known nursery rhymes. First published in 1803, it is thought that the original poem could have originated from the term "humpty dumpty," which was both a drink of brandy boiled with ale, or a short clumsy person. Typically portrayed as an egg, the character is not specifically referred to as such in the original text.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.

One of the most famous depictions of the poem appears in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, where the egg discusses semantics with Alice. L. Frank Baum included the egg in his 1901 book Mother Goose in Prose, and the motif of "All the King's Horses" has been used in popular music, including songs by both The Monkees and Aretha Franklin.

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References

  • In episode 319 of The Hoobs, Tula wants to sit Humpty Dumpty on the wall, but first the floppy fellow needs stuffing.

Connections

  • Zach Galifianakis voiced Humpty in the Shrek spin-off film, Puss in Boots.
  • Howie Mandel played Humpty in Mother Goose Rock n' Rhymeland.
  • Denzel Washington voiced Humpty in the Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child episode, "Mother Goose."
  • Jonathan Winters played Humpty in the 1985 TV version of Alice in Wonderland.


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