For those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, PBS’s classic televison program Sesame Street was—and still is—counted as an early-childhood TV favorite. Many recall watching Big Bird recite his ABC’s, Count von Count…um…count, and Bert and Ernie’s comedy antics. But something else made Sesame Street a hit with kids: its cartoons and short films.
Many of Sesame Street cartoons and short films were repeated on-air for years after they first ran on the program. While most have not been seen on the air for many years, these Sesame Street cartoons and short films remain popular and loved among the many fans who today are in their 20s and 30s. Thanks to YouTube and the people who upload videos to the wildly popular site, Sesame Street cartoons and short films of yesteryear live on.
You must watch some of the memorable Sesame Street cartoons and short films that helped make the show a hit during the 1970s and 1980s:
Big Bird’s “Abcdefghijklmnopqurstuvwxyz”
Who can forget this classic segment—Big Bird sings the alphabet…as one long word! Sound it out now! Ab-ka-def-ghee….A piece that many who grew up on the show years ago simply cannot forget. Don’t forget to watch the 1984 remake!
Fat Cat Sat Hat
Tap your feet and get ready to rhyme away to this jazzy 1970s Muppet number.
Do The Pigeon
Bert loves his pigeons. Here is his memorable 1973 ode to the bird.
Teeny Little Super Guy
“Can’t judge a hero by his size” The guy on the glass cup who brought us on some interesting adventures during the 1980s.
A classic cartoon from the 1970s about a young girl and her cat.
The Flea Circus
Freddy, Fannie, and their fellow flea friends’ flea circus follies.
1-2-3 Ball Roller Coaster
Watching the ball wind its way along this steel roller coaster track is as easy as “1-2-3”!
Mah Na Mah Na
Getting this classic Muppet tune out of your head will be hard!
The Parts of Your Body
A classic cartoon in which a boy illustrates the parts of his body.
Reparing a Car and Learning your “Rrr’s”
This short mid-1970s cartoon shows a woman fix her car…and teaches us how to sound out the letter “R.”
Recycling Glass Bottles
From the day when we used to buy glass bottles….and then recycle them.
The iconic Sesame Street song from 1970 sung by Ernie…and his rubber duckie.
Follow The Arrows
….They tell you where to go in this classic song.
I Wanna Know “Y”!
Hilarious 1978 piece featuring Sinister Sam in an old Wild West saloon. All he wants is a box of crayons because he wants to know “Y”….
Building a House
Watch this neat Sesame Street short film of a house being built—right before your eyes!
Making a Crayon
Take a trip through the Crayola crayon company and watch an orange crayon go from hot melted wax to the stuff that helps a child’s imagination run free on paper.
Yo Yo Man and the Kid Who is Lost
A classic, psychedelic Sesame Street cartoon about the kid who gets lost while riding his bicycle.
To read more about PBS’s classic television programming, be sure to check out this 3-part article series about the memorable, hit PBS shows which aired during the 1960s, 1970s,1980s, and 1990s.