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Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years is the home video version of Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration commemorating Sesame Street’s 25th anniversary. The home video was originally released on October 29, 1993 under the title Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration!.

The broadcast and home video versions have the same linking footage but different clips. Sesame Street Jam focused on celebrity segments, many coming from segments filmed for the 25th season; A Musical Celebration replaced most of these segments with classic Sesame Street songs. However, they both end with the cast and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing "Sing".

There was at least one difference between the broadcast and video versions (besides title and segments): When Savion points out to Telly Monster and Prairie Dawn that there are dancers everywhere, on the broadcast version, Telly says "and pigs, too", leading to "A New Way to Walk", but on the video release, after Savion says that there are dancers everywhere, Elmo appears and says, "And cute, little, red, furry monsters too!", leading to "Happy Tapping with Elmo".


Picture Segment Description
Title.musicalcelebration
TITLE CARD
The title of the home video is introduced in voice-over as "Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration."
SS25-scene1a
FRAME 1
Everyone enjoys a day in the park as the calypso version of the Sesame Street Theme plays.
SS25-scene1b
FRAME 1 cont'd
Big Bird, Prairie Dawn and Telly watch as everyone expresses themselves with music, dance and other talents. Big Bird is reminded of a quote his Granny Bird told him, "The whole world is a stage." Prairie gets the idea to put on a show. Prairie assures them that their search will be an adventure!
EnVogue.Adventure
Song
En Vogue sings "Adventure."
(First: Episode 2951)
SS25-scene2a
FRAME 2
They split up their duties - Telly and Prairie will look for dancers and musicians, while Big Bird looks for "la-la"-ers.
SS25-scene2b

SS25-scene2c
FRAME 2 cont'd
Telly and Prairie come across Jamal, Angela, Celina, Carlo, the kids and other Muppets singing an a capella version of "Do-Op Hop." They've found their singers for the show!
SS25-scene2d

SS25-scene2e
FRAME 2 cont'd
Big Bird has formed a "LA LA LINE" to audition la-la-ers. After a failed audition by Humphrey and Natasha, the Count steps up, not wanting to la-la, but to count those in line. Big Bird thinks his day will drive him batty, cuing the next song...
Character.bats
Muppets
The Count sings "The Batty Bat".
(First: Episode 2096)
SS25-scene3a
FRAME 3
The Count swoops in, counting "One wonderful song."
Alligatorking2
Cartoon
The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 0812)
SS25-scene3b
FRAME 3 cont'd
The Count counts "Two wonderful songs."
Ilovetrash
Muppets
Oscar sings "I Love Trash."
(EKA: Episode 2980)
Introduction cut
SS25-scene3c
FRAME 3 cont'd
The Count counts "Three wonderful songs!"
Song.countithigher
Muppets
Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(EKA: Episode 0670)
SS25-scene4a

SS25-scene4b
FRAME 4
Big Bird's next audition is with a duck. The duck happens to belong to The Amazing Mumford, who knows a spell that will make everyone la-la. Although, when he tries it, the spell instead makes them quack.
Rubberduckie1970

PutDowntheDuckie
Muppets
A montage of songs about Rubber Duckie, including "Rubber Duckie", "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree", "Put Down the Duckie" and "Do De Rubber Duck."
SS25-scene5a
FRAME 5
Mumford tries his trick again, but makes people "baa-baa" like sheep.
SS25-scene5b

SS25-scene5c
FRAME 5 cont'd
Telly and Prairie now find a jam session going on and think they're the musicians they need. Elmo, playing the drum, comments that playing it is almost as easy as "A-B-C".
Cisforcookie
Muppets
Cookie Monster sings "C is for Cookie"
(EKA: Episode 0377)
Monsterinthemirror
Muppets
Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror"
(EKA: Episode 2681)
SS25-scene6a

SS25-scene6b
FRAME 6
Telly and Prairie ask Big Bird if he'd like to help them find dancers, but he's busy with his line. The next auditions don't do well, and Big Bird remarks he'll go bananas. Joey and Davey Monkey pop up at the mention of "bananas." "What's next? Aardvarks?!"
Aardvark edited
Song
Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
Re-filmed version
(EKA: Episode 2125)
SS25-scene7
FRAME 7
Herry appears to say that he's not an aardvark and proud to be a fuzzy, blue monster.
Song.fuzzyblueorange
Muppets
Grover, Herry, and Cookie Monster sing "Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)."
(EKA: Episode 1839)
Cuts off before Frazzle appears
Skin
Song
Kevin Clash sings "Skin".
(EKA: Episode 2749)
BeinGreen-1970
Muppets
Kermit sings "Bein' Green."
(First: Episode 0087)
SS25-scene8a
FRAME 8
Prairie and Telly run into Jason and Savion while looking for dancers. Savion tells them that there are dancers everywhere in the park. Prairie comments at all the people dancing.
SS25-scene8b
FRAME 8 cont'd
Elmo pops and and exclaims "And cute, little, red, furry monsters too!"
Happytapping
Muppets
"Happy Tappin' with Elmo"
Introduction and closing cut
SS25-transition1
Transition
Footage of Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk slides across the screen.
Song.pigeon
Muppets
Bert sings "Doin' the Pigeon." (intro verses removed)
(First: Episode 0536)
SS25-transition2
Transition
Footage of Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk slides across the screen.
2096w
Muppets
Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(EKA: Episode 1707)
Feelthebeat1
Muppets
Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk - "Feel the Beat"
(EKA: Episode 3007)
Part 1 only
SS25-scene9a

SS25-scene9b
FRAME 9
Big Bird shows Telly and Prairie Dawn the la-la-ers he's chosen - The Martians. He tells them they're going to become stars, causing the Martians to vanish for the stars in space.
Ernieonthemoon
Muppets
At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(EKA: Episode 2396)
Introduction cut
SS25-scene10
FRAME 10
The next la-la-ers in Big Bird's line is a man who plays accordion, while a chicken clucks. Big Bird begins to lose hope.
Song.earthlings
Muppets
"We Are All Earthlings"
(EKA: Episode 2835)
SS25-scene11a

SS25-scene11b
FRAME 11
Big Bird's line is now empty. Mumford tries his trick again, but no one's around to be entranced by it.
SS25-scene11c

SS25-scene11d

Sesamestreetjam
FRAME 11 cont'd
Big Bird slinks over to a bench and begins singing "Sing" to himself. Ladysmith Black Mambazo immediately answers with a chorus of la-las, exactly what Big Bird's been searching for. Mumford tries his trick again, summoning all of Big Bird's friends to sing with him.

Releases

Cast

Muppets:

Big Bird, Telly Monster, Prairie Dawn, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Herry Monster, The Amazing Mumford, Davey Monkey, Joey Monkey, Count von Count, Merry Monster, Humphrey Monster, Baby Natasha, the Martians

Background Muppets:

Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Forgetful Jones, Buster the Horse, Roxy Marie, Kingston Livingston III, The Oinker Sisters, Hoots the Owl, Madame Chairbird, Two-Headed Monster, Polly Darton, Homer Honker, Dinger, Henrietta Honker, Kathleen the Cow, Leo Birdelli, Rosita, Barkley, Penguins, Chickens, Ducks

Human Cast:

Savion, Jamal, Angela, Gina, Maria, Celina, Carlo, Bob

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, James Kroupa, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, and Bryant Young

Actors:

Carlo Alban (uncredited), Alison Bartlett, Annette Calud, Savion Glover, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Angel Jemmott, Jou Jou Papailler

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