History Heartwarming / SesameStreet

18th Jul '16 11:30:52 AM DynamiteXI
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* One that's also somewhat of a tearjerker: During a live event at a college campus, the Big Bird puppet was left in the care of some ROTC students while the Sesame Street crew went to lunch. When Carroll Spinney, puppeteer and voice of Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, noticed these same students running around outside with yellow feathers in their hats, he ran inside where Big Bird was being stored as fast as he could. To his horror, the students had destroyed the puppet; his hind quarters were bare and an eye was hanging down. According to others present, he burst into tears and was inconsolable for quite some time. When Spinney describes the incident, he refers to Big Bird as though he were alive, and likened it to finding his own child injured. Carroll and Big Bird are truly one.

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* One that's also somewhat of a tearjerker: During a live event at a college campus, the Big Bird puppet was left in the care of some ROTC students while the Sesame Street crew went to lunch. When Carroll Spinney, puppeteer and voice of Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, noticed these same students running around outside with yellow feathers in their hats, he ran inside where Big Bird was being stored as fast as he could. To his horror, the students had destroyed the puppet; his hind quarters were bare and an eye was hanging down. According to others present, he burst into tears and was inconsolable for quite some time. When Spinney describes the incident, he refers to Big Bird as though he were alive, and likened it to finding his own child injured. Carroll and Big Bird are truly one.one.
* Shortly after announcing her retirement, Sonia Manzano (Maria) [[http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/442915060/sonia-manzano-these-are-the-muppets-in-your-neighborhood?showDate=2015-09-24 appeared on]] Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Ask Me Another'' and talked fondly about her time on ''Sesame Street'' and her interactions with fans of all ages. Later in the show, she played a quiz game against Emilio Delgado (Luis), and they concluded their appearance by singing "Hola," a song they'd sung together on ''Sesame Street''. You can't really tell by listening to AMA, but the live audience there that night gave them a standing ovation.
20th Jun '16 3:36:55 PM NateTheGreat
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* During ''Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'' Ernie stumbles upon one of Bert's lost paperclips. He identifies it immediately as a "1957 ACME." Now that's friendship. Ernie doesn't really care about paperclips, but Bert means so much to him that he has actually ''paid attention'' and learned enough about paperclips to make that identification.
** Later in the same special, Mr. Hooper has just returned the paperclips and Rubber Duckie (which they had just given up as part of the GiftOfTheMagiPlot). Bert and Ernie are upset that they don't have anything to give Mr. Hooper in return, but he just smiles. He got to see how much the two cared about each other, and that was a gift to him.
** Also in ''Chrismas Eve on Sesame Street'': after Big Bird nearly freezes waiting on the roof to see [[HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys how Santa gets down the chimney]], he comes down into Gordon's apartment to find that the presents are already under the tree- Christmas still came, even though Big Bird didn't see how Santa did it.
** "And if that isn't a true blue miracle, I don't know what one is..."
12th Oct '15 7:22:39 AM twilicorn
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* Though not directly in the show, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZyMptC2eQ&feature=related when Big Bird sings at Jim Henson's memorial service.]]
** Jim's memorial service ''period'' - or at least the parts that weren't {{Tear Jerker}}s.



** Brian Jay Jones' biography of Jim Henson begins with a dramatization of filming this scene, making it even better as we get inside Henson's head as he improvises along with the girl right up to "I love you too."

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** Brian Jay Jones' [[Literature/JimHensonTheBiography biography of Jim Henson Henson]] begins with a dramatization of filming this scene, making it even better as we get inside Henson's head as he improvises along with the girl right up to "I love you too."



* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs "What I Am"]] (with [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am]]) and the re-recorded version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWFT3VzOhw "What We Are"]], gives off a strong vibe of pride and self-esteem.

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* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs "What I Am"]] (with [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am]]) and the re-recorded version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWFT3VzOhw "What We Are"]], gives both give off a strong vibe of pride and self-esteem.



* The outpouring of grief from Muppet fans worldwide after Jerry Nelson passed away in 2012, when it isn't being a TearJerker, really shows how much the people below the Muppets, and not just the Muppets themselves, made a positive impact on the fandom's lives.
** [[http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/remembering-jerry-nelson-july-10-1934-august-23-2012.52393/ This thread]] from Muppet Central is especially poignant - it starts off with a bit of denial as the news had just broke, then escalates to nearly everyone on the forums posting eulogies, pictures, Website/YouTube videos [[UpToEleven and song lyrics]][[note]]Jerry was regarded for singing in nearly every single one of his works and was even a composer and guitarist in his own right, having released [[http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nelsonjerry an independent album]] in 2009[[/note]] to keep Jerry's spirit alive. The site's Live365 radio distribution even ran nearly all of Jerry's songs non-stop for the week after he died (they continue to do this today on the anniversary of his death). While Jerry's death never warranted splashy coverage in the vein as Jim's death[[note]]he even made it to #2 in Website/{{Cracked}}'s annual list of the most overlooked deaths of the year, behind actor Lance [=LeGault=][[/note]], the fact that the Muppet fandom - a fairly small fan community when compared to [[Series/DoctorWho Whovians]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Bronies]] and [[Music/OneDirection Directioners]] - cared so much about the loss of one of their idols is entirely heartwarming.
** Halloween 2013's tribute episode to Jerry, in which the Count runs late for a ceremony to give him the Noble Prize for Counting. The rest of the cast try to stall the award committee by impersonating the Count, but ultimately fail, but the Count is fine with it--what's really important is he had so many friends willing to help him out. Then the Count literally swoops into the scene, aided by his bats, and proceeds to count all his friends - using prerecorded audio from Jerry. Fade out on thunderous applause, both onscreen and off.
*** Oh, and the Noble Prize for Counting itself? [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131029045331/muppet/images/7/73/4411-Prize.png It bears Jerry's likeness]], in an especially sweet behind-the-scenes EasterEgg. Kudos to the Sesame team for working that in.

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* The outpouring of grief from Muppet fans worldwide after Jerry Nelson passed away in 2012, when it isn't being a TearJerker, really shows how much the people below the Muppets, and not just the Muppets themselves, made a positive impact on the fandom's lives.
** [[http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/remembering-jerry-nelson-july-10-1934-august-23-2012.52393/ This thread]] from Muppet Central is especially poignant - it starts off with a bit of denial as the news had just broke, then escalates to nearly everyone on the forums posting eulogies, pictures, Website/YouTube videos [[UpToEleven and song lyrics]][[note]]Jerry was regarded for singing in nearly every single one of his works and was even a composer and guitarist in his own right, having released [[http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nelsonjerry an independent album]] in 2009[[/note]] to keep Jerry's spirit alive. The site's Live365 radio distribution even ran nearly all of Jerry's songs non-stop for the week after he died (they continue to do this today on the anniversary of his death). While Jerry's death never warranted splashy coverage in the vein as Jim's death[[note]]he even made it to #2 in Website/{{Cracked}}'s annual list of the most overlooked deaths of the year, behind actor Lance [=LeGault=][[/note]], the fact that the Muppet fandom - a fairly small fan community when compared to [[Series/DoctorWho Whovians]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Bronies]] and [[Music/OneDirection Directioners]] - cared so much about the loss of one of their idols is entirely heartwarming.
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* Halloween 2013's tribute episode to Jerry, Jerry Nelson (see the Meta tab), in which the Count runs late for a ceremony to give him the Noble Prize for Counting. The rest of the cast try to stall the award committee by impersonating the Count, but ultimately fail, but the Count is fine with it--what's really important is he had so many friends willing to help him out. Then the Count literally swoops into the scene, aided by his bats, and proceeds to count all his friends - using prerecorded audio from Jerry. Fade out on thunderous applause, both onscreen and off.
*** ** Oh, and the Noble Prize for Counting itself? [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131029045331/muppet/images/7/73/4411-Prize.png It bears Jerry's likeness]], in an especially sweet behind-the-scenes EasterEgg. Kudos to the Sesame team for working that in.



* The independent documentary ''I Am Big Bird'' is absolutely filled with these. No specific details yet (since the movie's still rounding the film festival circuit as of this writing), but the relationship between Carroll Spinney and his wife Deb is ADORABLE. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKVMKe8J3dc Here's a clip.]]



* David Beukema's [[http://www.toughpigs.com/remembering-alaina-reed/ tribute]] to the then-recently deceased Alaina Reed (Olivia) is filled with gushing praise for Reed and her surprisingly gorgeous voice.
-->Alaina Reed as Olivia was a bright, shining light in an already magical world. Her performances never rang false, and immeasurable joy exuded from her at all times. For a little kid to have that kind of friend, one you can always depend on, one who was so fun and so sweet, was priceless.
* [[http://www.toughpigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fran-retire.jpg "Thanks for everything, Fran!"]]



* A meta example (and somewhat of a tearjerker.) During a live event at a college campus, the Big Bird puppet was left in the care of some ROTC students while the Sesame Street crew went to lunch. When Carol Spinney, puppeteer and voice of Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, noticed these same students running around outside with yellow feathers in their hats, he ran inside where Big Bird was being stored as fast as he could. To his horror, the students had destroyed the puppet; his hind quarters were bare and an eye was hanging down. According to others present, he burst into tears and was inconsolable for quite some time. When Spinney describes the incident, he refers to Big Bird as though he were alive, and likened it to finding his own child injured. Carol Spinney and Big Bird are truly one.

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* A meta example (and Though not directly in the show, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZyMptC2eQ&feature=related when Big Bird sings at Jim Henson's memorial service.]]
** Jim's memorial service ''period'' - or at least the parts that weren't {{Tear Jerker}}s.
* The outpouring of grief from Muppet fans worldwide after Jerry Nelson passed away in 2012, when it isn't being a TearJerker, really shows how much the people below the Muppets, and not just the Muppets themselves, made a positive impact on the fandom's lives.
** [[http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/remembering-jerry-nelson-july-10-1934-august-23-2012.52393/ This thread]] from Muppet Central is especially poignant - it starts off with a bit of denial as the news had just broke, then escalates to nearly everyone on the forums posting eulogies, pictures, Website/YouTube videos [[UpToEleven and song lyrics]][[note]]Jerry was regarded for singing in nearly every single one of his works and was even a composer and guitarist in his own right, having released [[http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nelsonjerry an independent album]] in 2009[[/note]] to keep Jerry's spirit alive. The site's Live365 radio distribution even ran nearly all of Jerry's songs non-stop for the week after he died (they continue to do this today on the anniversary of his death). While Jerry's death never warranted splashy coverage in the vein as Jim's death[[note]]he even made it to #2 in Website/{{Cracked}}'s annual list of the most overlooked deaths of the year, behind actor Lance [=LeGault=][[/note]], the fact that the Muppet fandom - a fairly small fan community when compared to [[Series/DoctorWho Whovians]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Bronies]] and [[Music/OneDirection Directioners]] - cared so much about the loss of one of their idols is entirely heartwarming.
* The independent documentary ''I Am Big Bird'' is absolutely filled with these. No specific details yet (since the movie's still rounding the film festival circuit as of this writing), but the relationship between Carroll Spinney and his wife Deb is ADORABLE. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKVMKe8J3dc Here's a clip.]]
* David Beukema's [[http://www.toughpigs.com/remembering-alaina-reed/ tribute]] to the then-recently deceased Alaina Reed (Olivia) is filled with gushing praise for Reed and her surprisingly gorgeous voice.
-->Alaina Reed as Olivia was a bright, shining light in an already magical world. Her performances never rang false, and immeasurable joy exuded from her at all times. For a little kid to have that kind of friend, one you can always depend on, one who was so fun and so sweet, was priceless.
* [[http://www.toughpigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fran-retire.jpg "Thanks for everything, Fran!"]]
* One that's also
somewhat of a tearjerker.) tearjerker: During a live event at a college campus, the Big Bird puppet was left in the care of some ROTC students while the Sesame Street crew went to lunch. When Carol Carroll Spinney, puppeteer and voice of Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, noticed these same students running around outside with yellow feathers in their hats, he ran inside where Big Bird was being stored as fast as he could. To his horror, the students had destroyed the puppet; his hind quarters were bare and an eye was hanging down. According to others present, he burst into tears and was inconsolable for quite some time. When Spinney describes the incident, he refers to Big Bird as though he were alive, and likened it to finding his own child injured. Carol Spinney Carroll and Big Bird are truly one.
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3rd Oct '15 11:16:52 PM glickmam
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* "Farewell, Mr. Hooper." While indeed a major TearJerker due to the real-life death of Will Lee, let it never be said there weren't heartwarming moments. Big Bird, Maria and Gordon hugging is one such moment. Another is Big Bird's drawing of Mr. Hooper. Unable to give it to his friend like he wanted, Big Bird kept it. It would ultimately be hung over his nest, where it ''still remains to this day''. As said on the main page, the loss is handled with honesty, dignity and respect - showing how much both Lee and his character were loved.

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* "Farewell, Mr. Hooper." While indeed a major TearJerker due to the real-life death of Will Lee, let it never be said there weren't heartwarming moments. Big Bird, Maria Bird and Gordon his human friends hugging is one such moment. Another is Big Bird's drawing of Mr. Hooper. Unable to give it to his friend like he wanted, Big Bird kept it. It would ultimately be hung over his nest, where it ''still remains to this day''. As said on the main page, the loss is handled with honesty, dignity and respect - showing how much both Lee and his character were loved.



* During the '70s, Big Bird's friendship with folk-singer (and recurring guest star) Buffy St. Marie Wolfchild, was genuinely touching. During a period when the other adult cast members insisted that Big Bird's friend Mr. Snuffalupagus was imaginary, Buffy gave Big Bird the benefit of the doubt, because she trusted Big Bird and knew him to be inherently honest.
* Following on from that, Mr. Snuffalupagus finally being revealed. Snuffy gets acquainted with the rest of the cast at last, and the adults apologize for not believing Big Bird ("[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I think you should get that in writing]]"). The reveal was made primarily to teach children not to be afraid about telling adults serious issues.

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* During the '70s, Big Bird's friendship with folk-singer (and recurring guest star) Buffy St. Marie Wolfchild, was genuinely touching. During a period when the other adult cast members insisted that Big Bird's friend Mr. Snuffalupagus Snuffleupagus was imaginary, Buffy gave Big Bird the benefit of the doubt, because she trusted Big Bird and knew him to be inherently honest.
* Following on from that, Big Bird's other friendship with Bob's Uncle Wally (Bill McCutcheon) was also genuinely touching. During the same period when the other adult cast members insisted that Big Bird's friend Mr. Snuffleupagus was imaginary, Uncle Wally also gave Big Bird the benefit of the doubt, and, in fact, claimed to have encountered other Snuffleupaguses over the course of his travels.
* Finally, in a closing of the RunningGag,
Mr. Snuffalupagus finally being revealed. Snuffy gets acquainted with the rest of the cast at last, and the adults apologize for not believing Big Bird ("[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I think you should get that in writing]]"). The reveal was made primarily to teach children not to be afraid about telling adults serious issues.
21st Sep '15 4:14:45 PM sjh4889
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\n* A meta example (and somewhat of a tearjerker.) During a live event at a college campus, the Big Bird puppet was left in the care of some ROTC students while the Sesame Street crew went to lunch. When Carol Spinney, puppeteer and voice of Big Bird since the beginning of Sesame Street, noticed these same students running around outside with yellow feathers in their hats, he ran inside where Big Bird was being stored as fast as he could. To his horror, the students had destroyed the puppet; his hind quarters were bare and an eye was hanging down. According to others present, he burst into tears and was inconsolable for quite some time. When Spinney describes the incident, he refers to Big Bird as though he were alive, and likened it to finding his own child injured. Carol Spinney and Big Bird are truly one.
13th Sep '15 3:25:22 AM erracht
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* David Beukema's [[http://www.toughpigs.com/remembering-alaina-reed/ tribute]] to the then-recently desceased Alaina Reed (Olivia) is filled with gushing praise for Reed and her surprisingly gorgeous voice.

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* David Beukema's [[http://www.toughpigs.com/remembering-alaina-reed/ tribute]] to the then-recently desceased deceased Alaina Reed (Olivia) is filled with gushing praise for Reed and her surprisingly gorgeous voice.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Buffy teaching Big Bird about breastfeeding]] in a ''kids show'' no less. And how Big Bird is so quick to see it as normal is something truely both awesome and heartwarming. (this was also in ''1977'')

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Buffy teaching Big Bird about breastfeeding]] in a ''kids show'' no less. And how Big Bird is so quick to see it as normal is something truely truly both awesome and heartwarming. (this was also in ''1977'')''1977'')
* The cartoon short "Bumble Ardy #9" about a boy who invites a group of swine to celebrate his birthday while his mother, "Sweet Adeline", is out. The pigs make a horrid mess and Bumble's mother sternly orders them out when she comes home. But when she realizes that Bumble has also left, and is meekly asking if he can come in, she takes him on her lap and kisses him nine times without a word of reproach.

26th Aug '15 1:38:42 AM Adept
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* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs "What I Am"]] (with [[TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am]]) and the re-recorded version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWFT3VzOhw "What We Are"]], gives off a strong vibe of pride and self-esteem.

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* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs "What I Am"]] (with [[TheBlackEyedPeas [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am]]) and the re-recorded version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWFT3VzOhw "What We Are"]], gives off a strong vibe of pride and self-esteem.
17th Jun '15 12:25:34 AM QuanticCandy
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Buffy teaching Big Bird about breastfeeding]] in a ''kids show'' no less. And how Big Bird is so quick to see it as normal is something truely both awesome and heartwarming.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Buffy teaching Big Bird about breastfeeding]] in a ''kids show'' no less. And how Big Bird is so quick to see it as normal is something truely both awesome and heartwarming. (this was also in ''1977'')
17th Jun '15 12:23:55 AM QuanticCandy
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* [[http://www.toughpigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fran-retire.jpg "Thanks for everything, Fran!"]]

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* [[http://www.toughpigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fran-retire.jpg "Thanks for everything, Fran!"]]Fran!"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Buffy teaching Big Bird about breastfeeding]] in a ''kids show'' no less. And how Big Bird is so quick to see it as normal is something truely both awesome and heartwarming.
28th Apr '15 2:30:52 PM twilicorn
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*** Oh, and the Noble Prize for Counting itself? It bears Jerry's likeness, in an especially sweet behind-the-scenes EasterEgg. Kudos to the Sesame team for working that in.

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*** Oh, and the Noble Prize for Counting itself? [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131029045331/muppet/images/7/73/4411-Prize.png It bears Jerry's likeness, likeness]], in an especially sweet behind-the-scenes EasterEgg. Kudos to the Sesame team for working that in.
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