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The Sesame Street News Flash is a recurring Sesame Street segment that features Kermit the Frog as a roving reporter for "Sesame Street News." Reporter Kermit, wearing a trench-coat and hat and holding a microphone, interviews characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other popular stories, even appearing at key moments in history. As with most such parodies, the stories often diverge from tradition.

A prototype version of the series (entitled "Sesame Street Sports") first appeared in 1971, and a few regular News Flash skits debuted that year. The skits were no longer produced after the 1980s, but appeared in reruns regularly on the show up until c.1998. In the 2000s, the sketches became increasingly rare on Sesame Street, but remain regular features on certain international co-productions. Recently, many of the skits have appeared online on Sesamestreet.org.

Some sketches are included here that may not have used the opening Sesame Street News Flash theme music and logo, but can be considered to be a part of the same series as evidenced by the presence of Kermit in his reporter garb, and the manner in which he goes about his duties. In addition to the sketch interruptions to "regularly scheduled programming," Kermit has occasionally served as a Sesame Street News reporter in street scenes and in specials such as Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, Elmo Saves Christmas, and Elmopalooza, among others.

Sketches

The News Flash often returned to the same story for multiple reports. For example, there were several visits with Cinderella, and a series of interviews with Don Music, etc. The list is alphabetized to order them by theme. Click the arrow to sort by Earliest Known Appearance.

Picture Summary Earliest Known Appearance Description
Alice in Wonderland Episode 2313 Kermit interviews Alice, from the Lewis Carroll tales. For this adventure, she drinks a beverage that makes her grow. Then Kermit eats a cupcake that causes him to shrink.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Alphabet Mine Episode 2612 Kermit the Frog reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J and Richard presents him with his own J. (Later reruns of this sketch had banjo music added in the background.)
Arabian Nights:
Aladdin and His Lamp
Episode 0927 Aladdin is distressed that his lamp won't work until Kermit informs hims that he needs to add a light bulb, plug in the cord and turn the switch. All the while, the Genie wisecracks about his job and trying to get some sleep inside a lamp.
Arabian Nights:
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  Kermit interviews Ali Baba, who can't seem to figure out the magic word starting with the letter S to open the door to the cave. When Kermit says goodbye to the viewers, he accidentally blurts out "open Sesame (Street News)," to which the rock opens and forty thieves come out, stealing Kermit's watch and all his clothes.
Ballet:
Ballerina's Body
  Kermit points out different parts of ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell's body, and watches her use them to drink a glass of milk.
Ballet:
Counting Battements
Episode 2291 Kermit and Grover watch Suzanne do twenty grand battements.
Cinderella:
At the Ball
Episode 0516 Kermit interviews Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, at midnight, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to use it to find Cinderella...so he can have the other slipper as well. He then accidentally breaks the one he found. "Well, easy come, easy go," he says.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Cinderella:
Prince Charming
Episode 0684 Kermit interviews Prince Charming, who is looking for Cinderella. The prince tries to see whose foot matches the glass slipper. However, the shoe fits someone unexpected. (Kermit: "Boy, these fairy tales are starting to get me down.")
(YouTube)
Cinderella:
Fairy Godmother
Episode 2491 Cinderella's Fairy Godmother tries to make a beautiful ball dress appear on Cinderella without success: the gown ends up on Kermit instead.
Cooperation   Kermit is sent to the park for a report on co-operation, except that there's nobody around to interview. At that moment, monster reporter Telly turns up to conduct the same interview. They end up cooperating by interviewing each other.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Don Music:
Mary Had a Bicycle
Episode 0698 Don Music tries to write "Mary Had a Little Lamb", but he can't come up with a word that rhymes with "snow". Kermit suggests that Don try another angle, which leads to Don writing the hit song "Mary Had a Bicycle". Don sings the song, with back-up vocals from the Monotones.


Video: Sing Yourself Silly, Old School: Volume 2
Online: Sesamestreet.org

Don Music:
Can You Tell Me How To Get To Yellowstone Park
Episode 1845 Don Music tries to rewrite the "Sesame Street Theme" on a stormy night. He succeeds with the help of Kermit and is joined by Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Don Music:
Whistle, Whistle, Little Bird
Episode 2164 Don Music tries to rewrite "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". He succeeds and is joined by a country-western band.
Don Music:
The Alphabet Song
Episode 2475 Don Music successfully "writes" the Alphabet Song, with help from his surroundings.
(YouTube)
Don Music:
Old McDonald
Episode 1076 Don Music successfully writes "Old McDonald" with a little help from Kermit and some barnyard animals.
Don Music:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Episode 1063 With Kermit's help, Don Music manages to rewrite the tune to "Drive, drive, drive your car."


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Don Music:
Yankee Doodle
Episode 1152 Kermit helps Don Music finish the "Yankee Doodle" song, then because Don finds the idea of calling feathers macaroni ridiculous, they rewrite it to be a song in which Yankee Doodle stays at home cooking for his pony, puts "fat spaghetti" in a pot and calls it macaroni. Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats then come in and perform the song with Don.


Video: Old School: Volume 2
Online: Sesamestreet.org

Dr. Nobel Price:
The Great Poonga-Poonga
Episode 2258 Dr. Nobel Price reveals his latest captured creature, which turns out to be a live rabbit.
Dr. Nobel Price:
Herman the Hoppity-Hop
  It's green, wears a trenchcoat, does news reports... and it even talks. Dr. Nobel Price has invented an exact mechanical replica of Kermit.
Dr. Nobel Price:
Taking Stick
  Warren Wolf, who is substituting for Kermit, is the first newsperson to witness Dr. Nobel Price's latest invention, a stick that makes your voice sound louder. It bears a striking resemblance to Warren's microphone...
Dr. Nobel Price:
The Tinkle Table
  Dr. Nobel Price wants to show off his latest invention, a piano, but it's already been invented. Kermit even knows how to play it.
Dr. Nobel Price:
Foot Snuggies
  Dr. Noble Price reveals to the world his invention of Foot Snuggies, which turn out to be socks.


Video: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days

Dr. Nobel Price:
Slushabouts
  Dr. Noble Price reveals Slushabouts, which are actually just galoshes.
Fairy Tale:
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Episode 0519 The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music -- but Kermit lures them by whistling.
(YouTube)
Fairy Tale:
The Princess and the Cookie
Episode 0671 Kermit interviews a servant who tells him that the queen wants to test the maiden by placing a cookie under the mattresses to see if she can feel it. The princess (Cookie Monster) lies down, feels it and devours the mattresses.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Fairy Tale:
The Princess and the C
Episode 2882 Instead of a pea, this princess sleeps on things beginning with C. (YouTube)
Fairy Tale:
Mirror, Mirror
Episode 0685 The Wicked Witch from the Snow White story plans to fool the mirror into saying that she is the fairest -- but she hasn't counted on Kermit hiding behind a curtain. When she sees him, she realizes that he really is pretty good-looking.


Video: Big Bird's Story Time

Fairy Tale:
Rapunzel
Episode 0692 Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by the wicked witch. Prince Charming comes to rescue her by asking to let down her hair, and she literally does...by having her hair fall off her head.


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This sketch was edited in post-1990s reruns, with a cira-1986 "NEWS FLASH" title card and cutting short the ending to omit Prince Charming telling Rapunzel to shut up. This version of the sketch can be viewed at sesamestreet.org.

Fairy Tale:
Sleeping Beauty
Episode 0453 Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Beauty, expecting to wake her up. To his astonishment, she turns into a frog and hops off with Kermit.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Fairy Tale:
Sleeping Beauty's Kiss
  The prince kisses Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.


Video: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days Online: Sesamestreet.org

Fairy Tale:
Rumpelstiltskin
Episode 0724 The miller's daughter is in danger of losing her baby if she cannot guess the first name of Rumpelstiltskin. Kermit puts up a hotline, Sesame-Street-555, for people to call in and help her. The name ends up being Bruce Rumpelstiltskin, but unfortunately for Kermit, he picked the wrong place to hide: an empty baby carriage.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Fairy Tale:
Pinocchio
Episode 0878 Kermit reports from Geppetto's workshop, the home of the world-famous wooden toy Pinocchio. Pinocchio demonstrates how he can make his nose grow longer by telling lies. He tells so many crazy stories that his nose pushes Kermit through the wall.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Fairy Tale:
Princess Chooses a Prince
Episode 0952 A princess says that the one she has chosen to be her prince has bulgy eyes, small ears, and a funny voice, is wearing a hat and coat...and is a frog. Kermit is the only one who fits that description, so she kisses him, thinking he'll become a prince. In a puff of smoke, she turns into a frog. Kermit invites her to "the hop" and she accepts.
Fairy Tale:
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Episode 1316 Kermit interviews the elves, who give the shoemaker various gifts that are not shoes, but rather things that rhyme with "shoe."
Fairy Tale:
Seven Emotional Dwarves
Episode 2787 Kermit meets the Seven Dwarves, seemingly from the Snow White story. However, in this version each is named after (and represents) an emotion. (Kermit ad-lib: "Hey Dulcy, we got the wrong dwarves again!") They are named Cheerful, Sad, Lovey, Angry, Proud, Surprised and Fearful.
Fairy Tale:
Jack and the Beanstalk
Episode 2617 Kermit climbs the famous beanstalk and passes Jack on the way who warns him not to go up. He breaches the clouds and meets a giant (played by Jerry Nelson in a cameo).


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Favorite Animals   At a zoo, Kermit asks the patrons what their favorite animals are. He happens to be standing by a cage with three attention-craving pigs, who desperately assume the mannerisms of each animal mentioned. One pig finally calls the attention of a little boy who apparently loves every animal. As it turns out, the pigs' favorite animal is the frog.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Frog on the Street Episode 0536 Kermit interviews a little girl about the sounds animals make. When he asks her what sound a frog makes, she replies "Wiggit! Wiggit!" which doesn't amuse Kermit.
History:
Christopher Columbus
Episode 0700 Kermit interviews Christopher Columbus before he begins his voyage to discover America. Kermit tries to tell him that the third ship is tied to the dock, but it's too late -- the dock breaks free, and takes Kermit along with it.
(YouTube)
History:
The Boston Tea Party
Episode 2574 Kermit interviews some colonial American citizens who are participating in the Boston Tea Party. Rather than tea, they drop things that begin with the letter "T" in the water instead.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

History:
The First Day of School in History
Episode 3114 Kermit goes back in time to witness the very first day of school, taught by a caveman teacher (Mr. Moses) with caveman students (such as Oog, Argh, and Runk). Today the students learn about the letter N. The teacher presents a stone carved N to Kermit...which accidentally lands on his flipper.
History:
George Washington's Father's Cherry Tree
Episode 1060 Kermit interviews the father of George Washington, who is annoyed that George keeps chopping down his cherry trees and then telling the truth about it.
(YouTube)
Holiday:
Holiday Mix-Up
Episode 0777 Kermit interviews Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and a witch -- they are all confused about who they are and what holidays they belong in.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Holiday:
Santa Claus
  Kermit witnesses how Santa Claus comes down the chimney, but not before a chimney sweep enters the chimney first.
Ideas for Games Episode 2228 Kermit is on a quest to interview people who have invented their own games. Elmo plays "the reporter game", where he pretends to be a news reporter, and then fights with Kermit over his microphone.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Little Red Cookie Hood Episode 2487 Cookie Monster portrays Little Red Riding Hood. He brings cookies for his sick grandmother, but Kermit tells him that sick people should have healthy foods.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Little Red Riding Hood:
The Woodsman
Episode 0691 Kermit witnesses how the mailman, the salesman and the woodsman knock at the door while the Big Bad Wolf chases Little Red Riding Hood around the bed. Eventually, the Woodsman shows up, and Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf chase him for cutting down a maple tree which was their favorite tree.


Book: Grover's Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood:
Directions
Episode 2503 Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give Little Red Riding Hood directions to her grandmother's house. But she seems preoccupied with brushing lint from her red cloak. In the end, she joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
London Fog Episode 2404 In London, Kermit tries to talk about the London Fog, but is interrupted by the London Frog, a Grenadier Guardsman carrying "The Famous London Log," and a London Hog. By the time he's ready to talk, the Fog has evaporated, and the others gather around to dance the London Clog.
Man in Snowstorm Episode 0750 Part 1: Kermit has received a phone call which tells him that there is someone who has been standing out in a terrible snow storm for a long time. Kermit asks everyone who passes by, "Are you that person?" But everyone he asks has been out in the snow for only a short time. Kermit refuses to give up, however, and tells us to stay tuned.

Part 2: Kermit, now shivering a little, is still looking for the person who's been standing out in the snow for a long time. He even asks Farley, too. Still no success yet.

Part 3: Kermit is now buried up to his neck in snow, colder than ever. He calls the attention of passerby Harvey Kneeslapper, who tells Kermit that he is the one who made the call, which was a prank call. As it turns out, Kermit was the one standing out in the storm. (YouTube)

Miami Mice Episode 2640 Kermit appeared in his reporter persona in a Miami Mice sketch (which used the regular Miami Mice intro instead of the News Flash logo). Kermit tries to interview the mice about adventure (probably for another news program other than Sesame Street News), but finds it difficult to do so when he's interrupted by a jet plane, an animal stampede, and a giant monster all making their way through the office.
(YouTube)
Monsters at School:
The First Day of School
Episode 2682 Kermit reassures kindergarten student Cookie Monster that there's no need to be afraid on the first day of school. As he's about to leave, the teacher mistakes him for a student and tells him to sit down.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Monsters at School:
That is How We Look
  Kermit is at the first day of school for monsters, where the monster teacher and his monster students sing a song about how different they look. At the end of the song, the monster teacher let his students play and Kermit joins them in a game of tag.
Monsters at School:
What Monsters Want to Be When They Grow Up
Episode 2613 Kermit, doing a "slow-breaking human interest story," asks monsters at a daycare center what they want to be when they grow up, and every time they tell him, he rewards them with a cookie. Cookie Monster, posing as a baby ("Cry cry cry, sniffle sniffle sniffle"), claims he wants to be an orthodontist. However, Kermit gets wise to Cookie's scheme, and instead rewards him with a wind-up toy bridge of false teeth.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Mumford's Big and Small Trick Episode 3168 The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
Nursery Rhyme:
Jack and Jill
Episode 1071 Jack needs someone to go up the hill with him. First he chooses Mervin, then Francine and Gladys the Cow. Finally Jack chooses Jill, who refuses go up the hill with him again, so he asks Kermit to fill in.
(YouTube)
Nursery Rhyme:
Little Miss Muffet
Episode 0677 Kermit meets Little Miss Muffet, who sits on her water bed, eats crunchy granola, and is not afraid of the spider, who ends up frightening Kermit away.
(YouTube)
Nursery Rhyme:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Episode 0694 In a take on the "Hey Diddle Diddle" nursery rhyme, Kermit interviews Natalie the cow and her cat manager as she prepares to jump over the moon. Natalie plans to break the usual cow stereotype by doing this jump. After the cat plays a fanfare on his fiddle, she makes the jump and crash lands back to Earth, where she is praised and congratulated for her jump.
Nursery Rhyme:
Old Mother Hubbard
Episode 0696 Instead of a bone, Mother Hubbard brings her dog various objects which rhyme with "bone", including a stone, a throne, and finally a phone (which the dog uses to order take-out from a Chinese restaurant).


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Nursery Rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty
Episode 0705 Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Gladys the Cow is also with them, pretending to be a horse. Humpty is put together again, but when Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, he falls off the wall again. Then the king's horses and men begin blaming Kermit for the trouble he caused.


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Nursery Rhyme:
Hickory Dickory Dock
Episode 0710 Kermit stands by a grandfather clock waiting for a mouse to run up it, acting out "Hickory Dickory Dock". Gladys the Cow and a duck show up instead. Finally, a horse comes in and explains that the mouse can't make it. The horse runs through the clock, breaking it in the process.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Nursery Rhyme:
Jack Be Nimble
Episode 0723 Jack can't figure out how to jump over the candlestick.


Video: Old School: Volume 2

Nursery Rhyme:
The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe
Episode 1050 Kermit looks for the Old Woman who Lives in a Shoe. At first he ends up visiting The Young Man who Lives in a Glove, and the Young Woman who Lives in a Hat. When he reaches the shoe, it turns out the old woman needs a babysitter for her kids, and what better candidate than Kermit?

(Inside joke: The kids were named after Jim Henson's children (Heather, John, Brian, Lisa, Cheryl) and Jon Stone's children (Polly and Kate).)
Nursery Rhyme:
Peter Piper's Family
Episode 1563 Kermit goes to Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter.
Nursery Rhyme:
Mary and Her Little Lamb
Episode 2059 After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit the Frog.
Nursery Rhyme:
Old King Cole
Episode 1129 Kermit witnesses as Old King Cole calls for his pipe and bowl (both of which he rejects), followed by his fiddlers three (along with a drummer, a saxophone player, and a bass player).
(YouTube)
Nursery Rhyme:
Little Bo Peep
Episode 1084 Part 1: Kermit encounters a distressed Little Bo Peep, whose sheep is missing. They both observe every sheep that walks by - the first sheep has its tail in front (on its face); the second one has its tail in the middle (on its back), and the third one has no tail. The fourth one does have a tail where it should be: behind. However, this indignant sheep claims to be Mary's little lamb. Kermit tells us to stay tuned for updates on the search for the lost sheep.

Part 2: Bo Peep has had no luck in finding her sheep; instead she encounters Gladys the Cow pretending to be a sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse pretending to be a dog. Kermit decides to give up on the search, and returns us to our regularly scheduled program.
(YouTube)

Old McDonald:
Spaceship
Episode 2448 Old MacDonald says a spaceship has landed on his farm. A dog emerges with a frisbee in its mouth, and MacDonald mistakes the frisbee for the spaceship. But before long, a real spaceship lands on the farm, and out of it come the Yip Yip Martians. The scene ends in chaos.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Old McDonald:
Health Farm
Episode 3094 Old MacDonald opens a health resort for his animals.
Oogle Family   Although this sketch does not begin with the News Flash logo, Kermit is reporting from a theatre auditorium wearing a tux with his reporter's uniform slung over the seat next to him. In what is described as the musical event of the century, music lovers from around the world have gathered in tribute to the Oogle Family -- that is, words that rhyme with "oogle," such as bugle and googol. The featured piece of music was written by Sir Chrissy Von Koogle and played by Old McDoogle on the bugle, one of the world's foremost concert buglers, who is accompanied by Mr. Cookie Monster, one of the world's finest googlers. Together, they perform "Old McDoogle had a Bugle", sung to the tune of "Old McDonald had a Farm".


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Rainy Day   Kermit asks Telly and Mona how they spend a rainy day. Telly enjoys practicing his bassoon, while Juliet loves to play pretend. Against his will, Kermit gets to play the part of the White Rabbit.
The Bird Family Episode 2837 Kermit interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they don't live together anymore (though it is not directly stated whether her parents are divorced or separated).
This was the final Sesame Street News Flash segment recorded where Jim Henson performed Kermit.[1]
The Invisible Man Episode 1107 Kermit interviews the Invisible Man, who tap dances for him, and later introduces his family which crowds Kermit. All that is seen of the Invisible Man and his kin are their hats.
(YouTube)
The Six Dollar Man Episode 1115 Kermit explores the lab of Professor Nucleus Von Fission, who has just built a robot called the Six Dollar Man, out of parts which cost him six dollars total. The robot destroys the lab, while Von Fission laughs. Kermit is horrified, but Von Fission explains, "What do you expect for six dollars?"


Online: Sesamestreet.org

The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
The Pig's Straw House
Episode 0702 Kermit interviews one of the Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.


Video: Big Bird's Story Time

The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
Five Little Pigs
Episode 0737 Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he's encountered the wrong group of Pigs -- one of these Pigs went to market, and one stayed home. Just as he's got things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up, and huffs and puffs Kermit away.
The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
The Count Counts the Three Little Pigs
Episode 0758 Kermit's interview with the Three Little Pigs is interrupted by the Count, who wants to count them. When he counts the pigs, thunder and lightning crash, and the pigs, thinking it's going to rain, go inside and refuse to be interviewed. When the Count's counting puts an end to the interview, Kermit goes to interview the residents of the next house... the Seven Dwarves


Online: Sesamestreet.org

The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
How the Three Little Pigs Feel
Episode 2096 The Big Bad Wolf has blown down the houses of the Three Little Pigs, so Kermit interviews them to know how they feel. The pig who made his house out of straw is angry, the pig who made a stick house is sad, but the one who made his house out of bricks is proud, because his house is still standing.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
The Big Bad Wolf's School for Huffing and Puffing
Episode 2609 The wolf teaches Kermit how to huff and puff like him. The wolf tests Kermit's blowing skills by having him move three ping pong balls by taking a deep breath and then blow them away with his mouth. Next, the wolf wants Kermit to blow down a straw house, but Kermit can't do it. On the third try, the wolf secretly helps him by blowing on the house and they both blow the straw off of it. The wolf congratulates Kermit on his great job at blowing, but now Kermit has to deal with the monster couple who live in it, who are not very pleased with what just happened.
The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf:
The New Three Little Pigs Story
Episode 3080 The Big Bad Wolf plays a game of "Three of These Things" with Kermit and the pigs. Since Kermit doesn't belong with the pigs, the wolf blows him out of the picture.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

The Tortoise and the Hare Episode 0676 Kermit covers the race between the tortoise and the hare for Sesame Street Sports. Everything goes smoothly, until the race begins. The hare dawdles, since the tortoise is so slow that the hare will have time to win. Kermit rushes to the finish line so that he can see the results...and is crowned the winner.


Online: The Sesame Street Podcast: Run, Sesamestreet.org

The Tortoise and the Hare's Rematch Episode 3056 The hare challenges The Tortoise to a rematch: this time, the Tortoise comes equipped with a jet-pack.
Waiting in Line Episode 3093 Kermit talks to people waiting in line for a football game being held at the SuperGame Stadium.
Weather Report Episode 0693 News anchorman Kermit concludes his news program with a weather report by their new news anchor, Simon Soundman, whom does a weather report using sounds for different kinds of weather (wind blowing, a foghorn for fog, rain and thunder for a rainstorm,). Kermit fires him and calls for another weatherman, who has a more "visual" approach to reporting the weather.
What Makes People Angry? Episode 0869 Kermit tries to find out what makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately causes him to lose his temper and yell at the camera. Two of the people he asks are Grover, and a Mr. Johnsonesque Muppet, and Farley, Roosevelt Franklin, Guy Smiley can be seen passing by in the background.

This segment did not start with the News Flash title card, but featured its theme music at the beginning and end of the sketch, and had an announcer referring to Kermit as a reporter on the street.


Online: The Sesame Street Podcast: Angry, Sesamestreet.org

Logo

Most of the sketches began with a logo of the words "NEWS FLASH" on a cloud with stars and a lightning bolt against a black background. A news theme written by Joe Raposo (registered with BMI as "Kermit News Theme") consisting of Morse code-like sounds and an urgent-sounding version of the Sesame Street theme was accompanied by an announcer (voiced by Jerry Nelson) usually saying "We take you now to Kermit the Frog with another fast-breaking news story!" The colors on the logo occasionally varied (one version had it in black and white), and it would sometimes be superimposed over footage with Reporter Kermit talking with someone off-camera, though it usually had a basic color scheme, as pictured here. In the mid-80s News skits, the "NEWS FLASH" text would flash on and off.

A few of the sketches originally did not begin with a logo or announcer, and it did not appear on the Don Music sketches, though some reruns had those sketches had the opening plastered onto the beginning of the segment. One known early sketch had an alternate logo, too; they had a title card reading "news bulletin" in big white lowercase letters on top of a blue screen.

The sketches involving Kermit the Frog interviewing Dr. Nobel Price had a variation of the opening where it started with the standard News Flash logo and music, but the announcer would say "Sesame Street News takes you once more to the far-off island laboratory of Dr. Nobel Price, the great inventor, for news of his latest discovery." Halfway through the intro it would fade to an establishing shot of Dr. Nobel Price's island laboratory, after which the sketch would begin from inside the lab.

On Elmo Saves Christmas, a new News Flash logo was used, without the cloud and lightning, featuring the text on a red "splotch" symbol on a map of the world. The theme music remained the same, and had Jerry Nelson reprising the role of the announcer.

Other variations

Behind the scenes of the Waiting in Line skit.

Kermit gave a news report about Big Bird planning on returning to Sesame Street in Follow That Bird, though he was probably reporting for a news program other than "Sesame Street News."

In Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, three new Sesame Street News segments were created, featuring Kermit on location to ask the question of the day, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"

One segment featured a subsitute reporter, a brown wolf named Warren Wolf. Nonetheless, it was featured as part of the series and included the "News Flash" logo at the beginning.

In the 1996 special Elmo Saves Christmas, Steve Whitmire played Kermit in a brand-new Sesame Street News Flash with the frog reporting on the sudden Christmas shopping craze since it will be Christmas again, eventually leading to an Anything Muppet man trying to purchase his microphone.

Kermit also appeared as a reporter at the Royal Ball in CinderElmo.

In 1998, Slimey the Worm traveled on a space mission for WASA, and Kermit reported on the worm's moon landing (with assistance from Robert MacNeil) and return to Earth.

Kermit's last news report on Sesame Street was in 2001, when Kermit teamed up with Al Roker to report on a hurricane that came to Sesame Street in a five-part episode.

Video releases

Four sketches were included on the video Big Bird's Story Time, although Kermit's pre-on camera comments were cut out, as well as the News Flash logos and references to it being a news broadcast. The "Rapunzel" sketch was included, uncut, on Old School: Volume 1, a brief clip of this sketch was seen in the 1994 documentary film, The World of Jim Henson, and a few clips from this sketch were seen in the 2001 documentary A&E Biography: Sesame Street . The "Jack Be Nimble" sketch was included on Old School: Volume 2, as well as the "Humpty Dumpty" sketch as part of Episode 0796. A clip montage of various News Flash segments was included in The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street video and a brief clip of the Old MacDonald's health resort sketch was seen in the film montage when Elmo was thinking of Sesame Street in Elmo's World: The Street We Live On. The sketch where Don Music writes "Mary Had a Bicycle" was included in Sing Yourself Silly and Old School: Volume 2. The sketch where Don Music rewrites "Yankee Doodle" was also included in Old School: Volume 2. The "Sleeping Beauty" sketch where Prince Charming falls asleep after kissing Sleeping Beauty was included in Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days, and also included Dr. Nobel Price's invention of "Foot Snuggies" sketch.

Sources

  1. Sesame Street: A Celebration of Forty Years of Life on the Street

External links

  • Sesamestreet.org -- "News Flash" video playlist
  • Tough Pigs Anthology -- Sesame Street News Flash transcripts

See also

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This article uses material from the "Sesame Street News Flash" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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