Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years

Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years is the home video version of Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration, a special aired on PBS during their pledge drive on March 6, 1994, that commemorates Sesame Street’s 25th anniversary in 1994. This program was originally released on October 29, 1993, under the title Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration! 25 Wonderful Years focused on celebrity segments, many coming from segments filmed for the show's upcoming 25th season, of artists such as En Vogue and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years
Based onSesame Street
by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett
Kermit the Frog
by Jim Henson
Written byLuis Santeiro
Sara Compton
Judy Freudberg
Jeff Moss
Norman Stiles
Directed byMustapha Khan
Jon Stone
StarringCaroll Spinney
Music byRobby Merkin (musical director)
Dave Conner (associate music director)
Danny Epstein (music coordinator)
Michael Rubin (additional music)
Nick Balaban (additional music)
Christopher Cerf (songs)
Sara Compton (songs)
Stephen Lawrence (songs)
Jeff Moss (songs)
Joe Raposo (songs)
Norman Stiles (songs)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDiana Birkenfield
ProducerArlene Sherman
CinematographyDonald Peterman (director of photography) (uncredited)
EditorsRobert J. Emerick (editing sypervisor)
Evamarie Keller (videotape editor)
Linda M. Long (videotape editor)
John R. Tierney (videotape editor)
Running time56:24 minutes
Production companyChildren's Television Workshop
Original release
ReleaseOctober 29, 1993 (1993-10-29)



While noticing the many talents that people have throughout Central Park, Telly, Prairie Dawn, and Big Bird get the idea to put on a big show. They audition dancers and "la-la"-ers (singers). However, when the Amazing Mumford attempts to audition, he makes everyone sound like different animals. In between, classic Sesame Street songs are shown, such as "Count It Higher", "I Love Trash", "Rubber Duckie", "C is for Cookie", "Adventure", and "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon". All hope begins to be lost for the show as the auditions fail, as Big Bird sings "Sing" all by himself. Then, Ladysmith Black Mambazo comes in by singing the "la la la la" part. Soon enough, everyone starts singing with him, making the show successful after all.

Live-action cast


The Muppets of Sesame Street and voice cast


Additional Muppets performed and voiced by Noel MacNeal, Bryant Young, Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Alice Dinnean.

Song List

  1. "Sesame Street Theme" (Calypso) - The Kids
  2. "Adventure" - En Vogue
  3. Do-Wop Hop
  4. "The Batty Bat" - The Count, Ftatateeta and his bats
  5. "The Alligator King" - Bud Luckey
  6. "I Love Trash" (remade version) (introduction omitted/new sound effect added at the end) - Oscar the Grouch
  7. "Count it Higher" - Little Chrissy and the Alphabets
  8. Montage of Ernie songs:
    • "Rubber Duckie"
    • "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree"
    • "Put Down the Duckie"
    • "Do De Rubber Duck"
  9. "C Is For Cookie" - Cookie Monster
  10. "Monster in the Mirror" - Grover
  11. "I'm an Aardvark" (re-filmed version) - Joe Raposo
  12. "Fuzzy and Blue and Orange" (cuts off before Frazzle appears/new sound effects added) - Grover, Herry, and Cookie Monster
  13. "Skin" - Kevin Clash
  14. "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" - Kermit the Frog
  15. "Happy Tappin' with Elmo" (introduction and closing omitted) - Elmo
  16. "Doin' the Pigeon" (introduction edited) - Bert
  17. "Dance Myself to Sleep" - Bert & Ernie
  18. "Feel the Beat" (Part 1 only)
  19. "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" (introduction omitted) - Ernie
  20. "We Are All Earthlings" - The Sesame Street Animals: Elmo and Jonathan Lighthouse
  21. "Sing" - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

See also



  1. ^ Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie 1993) - IMDb, retrieved 2023-04-18