An animated typewriter with eyes and arms, and mobile wheels appeared on Sesame Street beginning in Season 6. The Typewriter would demonstrate letters by typing out the letter, and a word beginning with it, on himself. He often fumbled, which frustrated him. The Typewriter's most notable dialogue, apart from announcing the letter and the word, was his trademark "Noo-nee-noo-nee-noo" sounds. Twenty-six shorts were produced, one for each letter of the alphabet, and continued to appear on Sesame Street as late as Season 35.

The typewriter segments were animated by Jeff Hale for Imagination Inc.[1]

In 2007, new Typewriter shorts were produced for the Old School: Volume 2 DVD set. Joey Mazzarino provided the character's voice for these segments. They were produced by Wachtenheim/Marianetti Animation, who also provided the animation for many of Saturday Night Live's "TV Funhouse" sketches.


Picture Letter / EKA Description
A - Airplane
Episode 0849
The Typewriter's experiment in flight.
B - Ball
Episode 0900
An encounter with a giant ball.
C - Cat
Episode 1272
The Typewriter encounters a large cat, which he reduces in size by typing "little cat," and scaring it off with a "WOOF-WOOF!"
D - Daisy
Episode 1068
A giant daisy grows beneath the Typewriter.
E - Ear
Episode 1198
The Typewriter and a giant Ear.
F - Fly
Episode 0812
Not the insect, but rather, the Typewriter again soars into the air.
G - Glue
Episode 0852
The Typewriter gets stuck on a spot of glue.
H - Hand
Episode 0836
The Typewriter encounters a giant hand.
I - Ink
Episode 1261
The Typewriter runs out of fluid.
J - Jump
Episode 1957
The Typewriter types J for Jump, then jumps after a frog.
K - Key
Episode 0913
The Typewriter unlocks a passage.
L - Lion
Episode 1201
The Typewriter encounters another "large" feline.
M - Magic
Episode 0856
The Typewriter performs a few tricks.
N - Nose
Episode 1092
More fun with body parts.
O - Owl
Episode 1199
The Typewriter is always a hoot.
Typewriter P
P - Pencil
Episode 0796
The Typewriter tries another writing implement.
Q - Quiet
Episode 0871
The Typewriter seeks silence.
R - Rope
Episode 0901
The Typewriter plays jumprope.
S - Spring
Episode 0886
The Typewriter has a loose spring.
T - Train
Episode 1046
The Typewriter and an electric train.
U - Umbrella
Episode 0891
The Typewriter traps himself in an umbrella.
V - Vacuum
Episode 0952
The Typewriter deals with a cleaning implement.
W - Wall
Episode 0790
The Typewriter hits a barrier.
X - X-Ray
Episode 0893
The Typewriter gets a check-up.
Y - Yo-yo
Episode 1858
The Typewriter knocks himself for a loop.
Z - Zoo
Episode 0915
The Typewriter and wildlife.

Old School: Volume 2


The typewriter later appeared in special openings and closings that appear in Old School: Volume 2 (now voiced by Joey Mazzarino). These new segments were made by Wachtenheim/Marianetti, who also produced several TV Funhouse cartoons for Saturday Night Live.

Introduction: The typewriter sees a computer which says that the episodes included are meant for adults and may not meet today's educational needs. He unplugs the computer, and types "Old School."
Closing: The typewriter plays Pong on his computer.
Introduction: The typewriter types "hair" and grows hair all over his body.
Closing: The typewriter changes the word to "haircut."
Introduction: The typewriter types "s—suit" and gets a big suit.
Closing: The typewriter now types "suitcase."
Introduction: The typewriter types "macho," and a muscular man appears.
Closing: The typewriter changes "macho" to "nacho."
Introduction: The typewriter types "disco."
Closing: The typewriter now types "disco ball."


  1. Old School: Volume 2 booklet credits

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