Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie - An All-Star Musical Special

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Ernie wants to learn to play the saxophone, but will he ever learn? He does when he puts down the rubber ducky and gets help from the celebrities who come to Sesame Street to help him. The video also chronicles some other magical, musical moments from Sesame Street's history. By the end, Ernie is on his way to playing a mean saxophone.
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Ernie wants to learn to play the saxophone, but will he ever learn? He does when he puts down the rubber ducky and gets help from the celebrities who come to Sesame Street to help him. The video also chronicles some other magical, musical moments from Sesame Street's history. By the end, Ernie is on his way to playing a mean saxophone.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Gladys Knight's pip of a rendition of the Sesame Street theme song gets this star-studded collection of the show's most memorable musical numbers off on a happy note. The highlight, though, is "Put Down the Duckie," a joyous sing-and-squeak-along that features cameos by, among others, John Candy, Celia Cruz, Danny DeVito, Pee Wee Herman, Jeremy Irons, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Wynton Marsalis, Itzhak Perlman, Pete Seeger, and Paul Simon. Other celebrity visitors to Sesame Street include Martina Navratilova, Ralph Nader, and Phil Donahue. More savory selections: Barbara Walters is charmingly off-key on "People in Your Neighborhood"; her old 20/20 co-host Hugh Downs investigates "cookiegate"; Patti LaBelle spells out a sultry "I Miss My X"; James Taylor and a chorus of kids sing the sweetly silly "Jelly Man Kelly"; and Seiji Ozawa conducts an all-animal orchestra. As Donahue points out, Sesame Streethas long been a place "where people, animals, birds, and monsters all live in perfect harmony." And that's what makes revisiting these sunny, pre-Elmo era chestnuts such a pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • UPC: 074645131894
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sesame Street
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,676

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jonathan Stone Director
Lisa Simon Producer
Dulcy Singer Executive Producer
Norman Stiles Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sunny Day [2:00]
2. Let the Duckie Squeak! [5:31]
3. Monsterpiece Theater [3:48]
4. People in Your Neighborhood [5:34]
5. Put Down the Duckie [5:13]
6. Oh, How I Miss My X [3:02]
7. Grover, the Singing & Dancing Waiter [5:49]
8. Sing Your Synonyms [2:43]
9. The Missing Cookie [3:39]
10. Jellyman Kelly [1:57]
11. The All Animal Orchestra [3:07]
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Side #1 --
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Sesame Street -- 50 stars (at least)

    This is certainly Sesame Street at its best. For all of you who are sick of Elmo's reign of terror on the show, buy this DVD or the video. Yes, Elmo is on it, but he's only in one segment for only a minute, if that long. I remember watching some of the segments on the show. I've always loved the ''Put Down the Duckie'' segment, and I was thrilled when I saw that the ''Italian Street Song'' was on the video. I had always loved those two songs. I just wish whole episodes would be released on DVD the way that other television shows are. Oh, well. I don't know who would like this more: kids or 20-somethings and adults. That was one thing I loved, looking back, about the show when Jim Henson was still alive (R.I.P.) He made the show enjoyable not only for kids, but also for adults.

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