"Farewell, Mr. Hooper." While indeed a major Tear Jerker 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.
In something of a follow-up skit, Big Bird, Maria and David fondly remember him, which puts both the drawing and old footage on display.
During Mr. Hooper's tenure, there was a Running Gag of Big Bird mispronouncing his name - leading to a comically frustrated correction. Caroll Spinney once related a quote from the late Will Lee about why Big Bird was always being corrected:
"He once said to me, 'I will always correct Big Bird because I am proud of being Mr. Hooper.'"
Jim's memorial service period - or at least the parts that weren't Tear Jerkers.
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 "Gift of the Magi" Plot). 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 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..."
There is a sketch where Cookie Monster asks his cousin to find something wonderful that starts with the letter "C." Cousin Monster keeps coming back with vegetables (corn, cauliflower, carrot). Then Cookie Monster gives Cousin another hint: it's "first class sensational!" - and Cousin Monster thinks about it and says "Ohhhhh, Cousin!" and gives Cookie a hug. It's not what Cookie Monster had in mind, but it's still a very cute ending nonetheless.
The song where Cookie Monster defines a friend as someone you give your last cookie for. Here it is.
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."
It's made even more adorable by how sad she gets when Kermit walks out; she sadly cries out, "I love you!" Kermit immediately pops back to reassure her that he loves her too, and she kisses him.
I Love My Hair. A Sesame Street writer adopted a daughter from Ethiopia, and after she told him that she wanted long straight hair like her white Barbie dolls, he wrote the song as a way to show her that she's beautiful just the way she is.
Now has a Spanish version, with Mando! The actor wrote it as part of his audition.
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 ("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.
In "The Ballad of Casey Macphee", Cookie Monster is tempted by the chance to eat a bunch of cookies (which were to be delivered to a birthday party) without immediate consequences, but then decides to eat the avalanche that swamped his train instead and save the day! Also an Awesome Moment.
The entire series. Period. Because it truly is made with care and devotion to the youngest, and seeks to elevate us all. One of modern humanity's greatest treasures.
A DVD was released geared especially towards children with parents serving in the military to help them handle the stress of having a parent deployed to dangerous places around the world.
And taking lead from the Mr. Hooper episode above, a special was also made about dealing with the death of a loved one, this one about the death of Elmo's uncle.
The outpouring of grief from Muppet fans worldwide after Jerry Nelson passed away in 2012, when it isn't being a Tear Jerker, really shows how much the people below the Muppets, and not just the Muppets themselves, made a positive impact on the fandom's lives.
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, YouTube videos and song lyricsnote 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 an independent album in 2009 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 deathnote he even made it to #2 in Cracked's annual list of the most overlooked deaths of the year, behind actor Lance LeGault, the fact that the Muppet fandom - a fairly small fan community when compared to Whovians, Bronies and 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? It bears Jerry's likeness, in an especially sweet behind-the-scenes Easter Egg. Kudos to the Sesame team for working that in.
This beautiful song sung by Dave Matthews and Grover.
"If Moon Was Cookie" is a very sweet song where Cookie Monster sings about how he likes to look at the moon, mostly because it looks like a giant cookie to him. He then has an Imagine Spot involving himself riding on a rocket to the moon and then eating it - at which point he realizes that if he ate the moon there would be no moonlight. He then states that he's glad the moon isn't a cookie or he'd be sad that there would be no moon for him to look at if he ate it.
In a similar spirit, the song "My Outer Space Friend" from The Nineties, where Telly sings about having a Martian as his friend and doing all sorts of friendly things with him, set to a similarly lilting arrangement.
Let's just say that any Sesame song about the moon or space will be this.
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. Here's a clip.
Anyone else have a soft spot for "I Think That It Is Wonderful"?
Everyone supporting Big Bird after his nest was blown away during the hurricane arc.
David Beukema's tribute to the then-recently desceased 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.