Play with Me Sesame
Sesame Street: Play with Me Sesame is an American children's television series, and a spin off of Sesame Street. It featured Sesame Street Muppets, including Bert and Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn. From April 1, 2002 until September 2, 2007, the show was aired on Noggin, which was rebranded as Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009. The show aired reruns on Sprout until 2016. The series was produced by Sesame Workshop and Nick Digital, both based in New York City.
|Play with Me Sesame|
|Genre||Children's television series|
|Opening theme||"Play with Me Sesame"|
|Ending theme||"Play with Me Sesame (instrumental)"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Production location(s)||Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York|
|Camera setup||Videotape, Multi-camera|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sesame Workshop|
Noggin Original Productions
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||April 1, 2002 –|
September 2, 2007
Play with Me Sesame features many different segments, such as:
At the ShowEdit
- Ernie Says: A game similar to "Simon Says".
- Ernie's Interactive Games: Beginning in Season 3, Ernie can play games with Bert and the kids.
- Prairie Dawn's Art Class: A segment where Prairie Dawn showcases drawings made by kids. When airing on Noggin, Prairie Dawn shows artwork that was sent in for the show. When airing on Sprout, the segment would cut to The Sunny Side Up Show, where the artwork sent into Sprout would be shown instead.
- Prairie Dawn's Music Class: Beginning in Season 3, Prairie Dawn would trade her art segment for one oriented around music.
- Sesame Computer: The gang plays games on the computer from their website at Noggin.com, such as "Oatmeal Art," "Pigeon Patterns," "Perfect Pair," and "Ducks in a Row".
Classic segments of the Muppet were put into the show as well.
- Move and Groove with Grover: The child dances along to a video. Grover often interrupts to point out some things and to tell the child more. Other times, he sings basic songs such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" or "A Very Simple Dance".
- Grover's Musical Segment: Beginning in Season 3, Grover invites the children to sing, dance and play along with your favorite Sesame Street Muppets.
- End Segment: A short and final game of Ernie Says is played. The first statement is usually "Ernie says, say goodbye..." The special circumstance in which the characters say goodbye ties into the theme. For example, Ernie says to say goodbye while wiping windshield wipers in the car themed episode.
- Fran Brill as Prairie Dawn and Zoe (Season 2)
- Steve Whitmire as Ernie (Seasons 1 and 3)
- John Tartaglia as Ernie (Season 2)
- Eric Jacobson as Bert and Grover
- David Rudman as Cookie Monster, Chicago the Lion and Ernestine (Season 2)
- Martin P. Robinson as Slimey the Worm (Season 2)
- Pam Arciero
- Lisa Buckley as Betty Lou (Classic Muppet segments)
- Tyler Bunch (Season 3)
- Tim Lagasse (Season 3)
- Jim Martin
- Carmen Osbahr as Rosita (Classic Muppet segments)
- Matt Vogel as Fred the Wonder Horse
- Jim Henson as Ernie, Kermit the Frog, Maurice Monster, Harvey Monster, Bip Bippadotta and Guy Smiley (Classic Muppet segments)
- Jerry Nelson as Count von Count, Biff, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Two Headed Monster (Left Head), Simon Soundman, Fred the Wonder Horse, Frazzle, Farley and Martian (Classic Muppet segments)
- Frank Oz as Bert, Cookie Monster, Clancy and Grover (Classic Muppet segments)
- Kevin Clash as Elmo, Benny Rabbit, Kingston Livingston III, Baby Fats Domino, Baby Natasha, Wolfgang the Seal and Hoots the Owl (Classic Muppet segments)
- Brian Muehl as Dr. Nobel Price (Classic Muppet segments)
- Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (Classic Muppet segments)
- Richard Hunt as Forgetful Jones, Sonny Friendly, Kermit the Forg, Two Headed Monster (Right Head), Gladys the Cow and Placido Flamingo (Classic Muppet segments)
- Joey Mazzarino as Ingrid, Joey Monkey, Merry Monster, Horatio the Elephant and Martian (Classic Muppet segments)
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Play with Me Sesame UKEdit
In the United Kingdom, Play with Me Sesame aired on Playhouse Disney UK. It showcased old and new Muppet (and sometimes film) clips from Sesame Street, with new linked segments, that featured Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn. The show also included cameos by Zoe, Cookie Monster, and Ernie's cousin Ernestine. Play with Me Sesame commenced airing in the United Kingdom in November 2004.
The show also featured two British Muppets, Kit and Domby, who live in a castle on top of a hill. They spent most of their time in the castle kitchen, bedroom and living room, which were very similar to Bert and Ernie sketches. Kit had an English accent, whilst Domby had a Scottish accent. They sometimes visited schools and playgroups, to sing or talk with the children.
In Ireland, the show aired on TG4, dubbed in Irish, as Tar ag Spraoi Sesame during the Cúla 4 children's programming block. Sesame Workshop worked with production company Telegael to adapt the American footage. In the development phase, the title was initially announced in July 2007 as Sraid Sesame (literally "Sesame Street").
The series' voice director, Padraic O Neachtain, said they "had to find voices that were as close as possible to the originals and the most likely candidates.... would be sent for approval to the Children’s Workshop in the United States where a final decision would be made." The series' adaptation coincided with the pre-production of Sesame Tree, a Sesame Street co-production for Northern Ireland.
- Cole, Charlotte F. (March 22, 2016). The Sesame Effect: The Global Impact of the Longest Street in the World. Routledge. p. 48. ISBN 1138806919.
- Donegal News "Donegal actor tipped to become 'Elmo' in Sesame Street" 7/20/07
- O'Connor, John. "An Sraid Sesame." Munster Express. July 20, 2007