The Sesame Street News Flash is a recurring Sesame Street segment that features Kermit the Frog as a roving reporter for “Sesame Street News.” Reporter Kermit, wearing a trench coat and hat and holding a microphone, interviews characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other popular stories, even appearing at key moments in history. As with most such parodies, the stories often diverge from tradition.
The first News Flash sketch, where Kermit covers the unfolding story of Rapunzel, premiered in Episode 0409, during Season 4 of Sesame Street. A variation of the segment, entitled “Sesame Street Sports,” had Kermit in a flashy sports coat reporting on the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. The skits were no longer produced after 1989, but continued to re-air on the show until 2001. Many of the sketches were featured on Sesamestreet.org, and some appear on the videos Big Bird’s Story Time, Silly Storytime, and Fairytale Fun, which include four News Flash segments each.
Some sketches are included here that may not have used the opening Sesame Street News Flash theme music and logo, but can be considered to be a part of the same series as evidenced by the presence of Kermit in his reporter garb, and the manner in which he goes about his duties. In addition to the sketch interruptions to “regularly scheduled programming,” Kermit has occasionally served as a Sesame Street News reporter in certain episodes (including Episode 3740, Episode 3785 and Episode 3976) and in specials such as Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, Elmo Saves Christmas, and Elmopalooza, among others.
The News Flash often returned to the same story for multiple reports. For example, there were several visits with Cinderella, and a series of interviews with Don Music, etc. The list is alphabetized to order them by theme. Click the arrow to sort by First Appearance.
|Episode 1765|| Alice in Wonderland
Kermit interviews Alice, from the Lewis Carroll tales. For this adventure, she drinks a beverage that makes her grow. Alice keeps drinking until she grows so big she breaks her roof! Alice (now with a big, booming voice) thanks Kermit for the interview and walks off. Then Kermit eats a cupcake that causes him to shrink.
This segment was taped on December 27, 1982.
|Episode 2302 (eka)|| Alphabet Mine
Kermit the Frog reports from an alphabet mine where they dig Js. The miners tell him various words that begin with J and Richard presents him with his own J.
Later reruns of this sketch had banjo music added in the background.
|Episode 0927|| Arabian Nights: Aladdin and His Lamp
Aladdin is distressed that his lamp won’t work until Kermit informs hims that he needs to add a light bulb, plug in the cord and turn the switch. All the while, the Genie wisecracks about his job and trying to get some sleep inside a lamp.
|Episode 1179|| Arabian Nights: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Kermit interviews Ali Baba, who can’t seem to figure out the magic word starting with the letter S to open the door to the cave. When Kermit says goodbye to the viewers, he accidentally blurts out “open Sesame (Street News),” to which the rock opens and forty thieves come out, stealing Kermit’s watch and all his clothes.
|Episode 1387|| Ballet: Ballerina’s Body
Kermit points out different parts of ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell‘s body, and watches her use them to drink a glass of milk.
|Episode 1390|| Ballet: Jumping
Kermit watches as Suzanne Farrell does some jumping. He joins in until he collapses.
|Episode 1416|| Ballet: Counting Grand Battements
Kermit and Grover watch Suzanne do twenty grand battements.
|Episode 0516|| Cinderella at the Ball
Kermit interviews Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, at midnight, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to use it to find Cinderella…so he can have the other slipper as well. He then accidentally breaks the one he found. “Well, easy come, easy go,” he says.
|Episode 1233|| Cinderella: Prince Charming
Kermit interviews Prince Charming, who is looking for Cinderella. The prince tries to see whose foot matches the glass slipper. However, the shoe fits someone unexpected. (Kermit: “Boy, these fairy tales are starting to get me down.”)
|Episode 2442|| Cinderella: Fairy Godmother
Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother tries to make a beautiful ball dress appear on Cinderella without success: the gown ends up on Kermit instead.
This segment was taped in December 1987.
|Episode 2166|| Cooperation Report
Kermit is sent to the park for a report on co-operation, except that there’s nobody around to interview. At that moment, monster reporter Telly turns up to conduct the same interview. They end up cooperating by interviewing each other.
|Episode 0698|| Don Music: “Mary Had a Bicycle”
Don Music tries to write “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but he can’t come up with a word that rhymes with “snow”. Kermit suggests that Don try another angle, which leads to Don writing the hit song “Mary Had a Bicycle”. Don sings the song, with back-up vocals from the Monotones.
|Episode 0876|| Don Music: “Yankee Doodle”
Kermit helps Don Music finish the “Yankee Doodle” song, then because Don finds the idea of calling feathers macaroni ridiculous, they rewrite it to be a song in which Yankee Doodle stays at home cooking for his pony, puts “fat spaghetti” in a pot and calls it macaroni. Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats then come in and perform the song with Don.
|Episode 0897|| Don Music: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
With Kermit’s help, Don Music manages to rewrite the tune as “Drive, Drive, Drive Your Car”.
|Episode 0923|| Don Music: “Old McDonald”
Don Music successfully writes “Old McDonald” with a little help from Kermit and some barnyard animals.
|Episode 1210|| Don Music: “Whistle, Whistle, Little Bird”
Don Music tries to write “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star“. He succeeds and is joined by a country-western band.
|Episode 1227|| Don Music: “The Alphabet Song”
Don Music successfully “writes” the Alphabet Song, with help from his surroundings.
|Episode 1310|| Don Music: “Can You Tell Me How to Get…”
Don Music tries to write the “Sesame Street Theme” on a stormy night. He succeeds with the help of Kermit and is joined by Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats as he turns the song into “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Yellowstone Park“.
|Episode 1465|| Dr. Nobel Price: Slushabouts
Dr. Noble Price reveals Slushabouts, which are actually just galoshes.
|Episode 1475|| Dr. Nobel Price: Talky Stick
Warren Wolf, who is substituting for Kermit, is the first newsperson to witness Dr. Nobel Price‘s latest invention, a stick that makes your voice sound louder. It bears a striking resemblance to Warren’s microphone…
|Episode 1477|| Dr. Nobel Price: The Tinkly Table
Dr. Nobel Price wants to show off his latest invention, a piano, but it’s already been invented. Kermit even knows how to play it.
|Episode 1521|| Dr. Nobel Price: The Great Poonga-Poonga
Dr. Nobel Price reveals his latest captured creature, which turns out to be a live rabbit.
|Episode 1965|| Dr. Nobel Price: Herman the Hoppity-Hop
It’s green, wears a trenchcoat, does news reports… and it even talks. Dr. Nobel Price has invented an exact mechanical replica of Kermit.
|Episode 0519|| Fairy Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Pied Piper has trouble luring mice with his music — but Kermit lures them by whistling.
|Episode 0417|| Fairy Tale: The Princess and the Cookie
Kermit interviews a servant who tells him that the queen wants to test the maiden by placing a cookie under the mattresses to see if she can feel it. The princess (Cookie Monster) lies down, feels it, and devours the mattresses.
|Episode 2527|| Fairy Tale: The Princess and the C
Instead of a pea, this princess sleeps on things beginning with C.
|Episode 0685|| Fairy Tale: Mirror, Mirror
The Wicked Witch from the Snow White story plans to fool the mirror into saying that she is the fairest — but she hasn’t counted on Kermit hiding behind a curtain. When she sees him, she realizes that he really is pretty good-looking.
|Episode 0409|| Fairy Tale: Rapunzel
Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by the wicked witch. Prince Charming comes to rescue her by asking to let down her hair, and she literally does…by having her hair fall off her head.
Later re-airings and releases of this segment edit the ending to omit Prince Charming telling Rapunzel to shut up.
|Episode 0453|| Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty
Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Beauty, expecting to wake her up. To his astonishment, she turns into a frog and hops off with Kermit.
|Episode 0513|| Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty’s Kiss
The prince kisses Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.
|Episode 0724|| Fairy Tale: Rumpelstiltskin
The miller’s daughter is in danger of losing her baby if she cannot guess the first name of Rumpelstiltskin. Kermit puts up a hotline, Sesame-Street-555, for people to call in and help her. The name ends up being Bruce Rumpelstiltskin, but unfortunately for Kermit, he picked the wrong place to hide: an empty baby carriage.
|Episode 0910|| Fairy Tale: Pinocchio
Kermit reports from Geppetto’s workshop, the home of the world-famous wooden toy Pinocchio. Pinocchio demonstrates how he can make his nose grow longer by telling lies. He tells so many crazy stories that his nose pushes Kermit through the wall.
|Episode 0843|| Fairy Tale: Princess Chooses a Prince
A princess says that the one she has chosen to be her prince has bulgy eyes, small ears, and a funny voice, is wearing a hat and coat…and is a frog. Several male Muppets who were courting the princess then all leave as they are not her type. Kermit is the only one who fits that description, so she kisses him, thinking he’ll become a prince. In a puff of smoke, she turns into a frog. Kermit invites her to “the hop” and she accepts.
|Episode 1249|| Fairy Tale: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Kermit interviews the elves, who give The Shoemaker various gifts that are not shoes, but rather things that rhyme with “shoe.”
|Episode 2415 (eka)|| Fairy Tale: Seven Emotional Dwarves
Kermit meets the Seven Dwarves, seemingly from the Snow White story. However, in this version each is named after (and represents) an emotion. (Kermit ad-lib: “Hey Dulcy, we got the wrong dwarves again!”) They are named Cheerful, Sad, Lovey, Angry, Proud, Surprised and Fearful.
|Episode 1162|| Fairy Tale: Jack and the Beanstalk
Kermit climbs the famous beanstalk and passes Jack on the way who warns him not to go up. He breaches the clouds and meets a giant (played by Jerry Nelson in a cameo).
|Episode 2389 (eka)|| Favorite Animals
At a zoo, Kermit asks the patrons what their favorite animals are. He happens to be standing by a cage with three attention-craving pigs, who desperately assume the mannerisms of each animal mentioned. One pig finally calls the attention of a little boy who apparently loves every animal. As it turns out, the pigs’ favorite animal is the frog.
This segment was taped November 25, 1987 and directed by Jon Stone.
|Episode 0536|| Frog on the Street
Kermit interviews Julia, a little girl, about the sounds animals make. When he asks her what sound a frog makes, she replies “Wiggit! Wiggit!” which doesn’t amuse Kermit.
|Episode 0914|| Frog on the Street
Kermit interviews John-John, asking him to make dog and cat sounds, and making them louder.
|Episode 0546|| Frog on the Street
Kermit asks a man on the street if he can help demonstrate the difference between loud and soft.
|Episode 0578|| History: Christopher Columbus
Kermit interviews Christopher Columbus before he begins his voyage to discover America. Kermit tries to tell him that the third ship is tied to the dock, but it’s too late — the dock breaks free, and takes Kermit along with it.
|Episode 0916|| History: George Washington’s Father’s Cherry Tree
Kermit interviews the father of George Washington, who is annoyed that George keeps chopping down his cherry trees and then telling the truth about it.
|Episode 1953|| History: The First Day of School in History
Kermit goes back in time to witness the very first day of school, taught by a caveman teacher (Mr. Moses) with caveman students (such as Oog, Argh, and Runk). Today the students learn about the letter N. The teacher presents a stone carved N to Kermit…which accidentally lands on his flipper.
|Episode 2348 (eka)|| History: The Boston Tea Party
Kermit interviews some colonial American citizens who are participating in the Boston Tea Party. Rather than tea, they drop things that begin with the letter “T” in the water instead.
|Episode 0711|| Holiday: Holiday Mix-Up
Kermit interviews Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and a witch — they are all confused about who they are and what holidays they belong in.
|Episode 2592|| Holiday: A Clean Sweep
Kermit witnesses how Santa Claus comes down the chimney, but not before a chimney sweep enters the chimney first. When Santa finally comes down, he grabs the chimney sweep and Kermit, sits them firmly on his lap and asks them what they want for Christmas.
This segment was taped December 20, 1988 and directed by Jon Stone.
|Episode 2185|| Ideas for Games
Kermit is on a quest to interview people who have invented their own games. Elmo plays “the reporter game”, where he pretends to be a news reporter, and then fights with Kermit over his microphone.
|Episode 1676|| Little Red Cookie Hood
Cookie Monster portrays Little Red Riding Hood. He brings cookies for his sick grandmother, but Kermit tells him that sick people should have healthy foods.
|Episode 0621|| Little Red Riding Hood: The Woodsman
Kermit witnesses how the mailman, the salesman and the woodsman knock at the door while the Big Bad Wolf chases Little Red Riding Hood around the bed. Eventually, the Woodsman shows up, and Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf chase him for cutting down a maple tree which was their favorite tree.
|Episode 1994 (eka)|| Little Red Riding Hood: Directions
Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give Little Red Riding Hood directions to her grandmother’s house. But she seems preoccupied with brushing lint from her red cloak. In the end, she joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
|Episode 2360 (eka)|| London Fog
In London, Kermit tries to talk about the London Fog, but is interrupted by the London Frog, a Grenadier Guardsman carrying “The Famous London Log,” and a London Hog. By the time he’s ready to talk, the Fog has evaporated, and the others gather around to dance the London Clog.
||Episode 0750|| Man in Snowstorm
Part 1: Kermit has received a phone call which tells him that there is someone who has been standing out in a terrible snow storm for a long time. Kermit asks everyone who passes by, “Are you that person?” But everyone he asks has been out in the snow for only a short time. Kermit refuses to give up, however, and tells us to stay tuned.
Part 2: Kermit, now shivering a little, is still looking for the person who’s been standing out in the snow for a long time. He even asks Farley, too. Still no success yet.
Part 3: Kermit is now buried up to his neck in snow, colder than ever. He calls the attention of passerby Harvey Kneeslapper, who tells Kermit that he is the one who made the call, which was a prank call. As it turns out, Kermit was the one standing out in the storm.
|Episode 2200 (eka)|| Miami Mice
Kermit appeared in his reporter persona in a Miami Mice sketch (which used the regular Miami Mice intro instead of the News Flash logo). Kermit tries to interview the mice about adventure (probably for another news program other than Sesame Street News), but finds it difficult to do so when he’s interrupted by a jet plane, an animal stampede, and a giant monster all making their way through the office.
|Episode 1628|| Monsters at School: The First Day of School
Kermit reassures kindergarten student Cookie Monster that there’s no need to be afraid on the first day of school. As he’s about to leave, the teacher mistakes him for a student and tells him to sit down.
|Episode 2568|| Monsters at School: This is How I’m Made
Kermit is at the first day of school for monsters, where the monster teacher and his monster students sing a song about how different they look. At the end of the song, the monster teacher let his students play and Kermit joins them in a game of tag.
|Episode 1322|| Monsters at School: What Monsters Want to Be When They Grow Up
Kermit, doing a “slow-breaking human interest story,” asks monsters at a daycare center what they want to be when they grow up, and every time they tell him, he rewards them with a cookie. Cookie Monster, posing as a baby (“Cry cry cry, sniffle sniffle sniffle”), claims he wants to be an orthodontist. However, Kermit gets wise to Cookie’s scheme, and instead rewards him with a wind-up toy bridge of false teeth.
|Episode 2696|| Mumford’s Big and Small Trick
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn’t make the wolf smaller — instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
|Episode 1071|| Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Jack needs someone to go up the hill with him. First he chooses Mervin, then Francine and Gladys the Cow. Finally Jack chooses Jill, who refuses go up the hill with him again, so he asks Kermit to fill in.
|Episode 0601|| Nursery Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet
Kermit meets Little Miss Muffet, who sits on her water bed, eats crunchy granola, and is not afraid of the spider, who ends up frightening Kermit away.
|Episode 0657|| Nursery Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king’s horses. Gladys the Cow is also with them, pretending to be a horse. Humpty is put together again, but when Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, he falls off the wall again. Then the king’s horses and men begin blaming Kermit for the trouble he caused.
|Episode 0634|| Nursery Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle
In a take on the “Hey Diddle Diddle” nursery rhyme, Kermit interviews Natalie the cow and her cat manager as she prepares to jump over the moon. Natalie plans to break the usual cow stereotype by doing this jump. After the cat plays a fanfare on his fiddle, she makes the jump and crash lands back to Earth, where she is praised and congratulated for her jump.
|Episode 0642|| Nursery Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard
Instead of a bone, Old Mother Hubbard brings her dog various objects which rhyme with “bone”, including a stone, a throne, and finally a phone (which the dog uses to order take-out from a Chinese restaurant).
|Episode 0710|| Nursery Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock
Kermit stands by a grandfather clock waiting for a mouse to run up it, acting out “Hickory Dickory Dock”. Gladys the Cow and a duck show up instead. Finally, a horse comes in and explains that the mouse can’t make it. The horse runs through the clock, breaking it in the process.
|Episode 0723|| Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble
Jack can’t figure out how to jump over the candlestick.
|Episode 1050|| Nursery Rhyme: The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe
Kermit looks for the Old Woman who Lives in a Shoe. At first he ends up visiting the Young Man who Lives in a Glove, and the Young Woman who Lives in a Hat. When he reaches the shoe, it turns out the old woman needs a babysitter for her kids, and what better candidate than Kermit?
|Episode 1342|| Nursery Rhyme: Peter Piper’s Family
Kermit goes to Peter Piper’s Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter. At the end, Peter Piper’s cousin states that Peter Piper is in Portland pressing pants.
|Episode 1943|| Nursery Rhyme: Mary and Her Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit the Frog.
|Episode 0922|| Nursery Rhyme: Old King Cole
Kermit witnesses as Old King Cole calls for his pipe and bowl (both of which he rejects), followed by his fiddlers three (along with a drummer, a saxophone player, and a bass player).
|Episode 1047|| Nursery Rhyme: Little Bo Peep
Part 1: Kermit encounters a distressed Little Bo Peep, whose sheep is missing. They both observe every sheep that walks by – the first sheep has its tail in front (on its face); the second one has its tail in the middle (on its back), and the third one has no tail. The fourth one does have a tail where it should be: behind. However, this indignant sheep claims to be Mary’s little lamb. Kermit tells us to stay tuned for updates on the search for the lost sheep.
Part 2: Bo Peep has had no luck in finding her sheep; instead she encounters Gladys the Cow pretending to be a sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse pretending to be a dog. Kermit decides to give up on the search, and returns us to our regularly scheduled program.
|Episode 2021|| Old MacDonald: Spaceship
Old MacDonald says a spaceship has landed on his farm. A dog emerges with a frisbee in its mouth, and MacDonald mistakes the frisbee for the spaceship. But before long, a real spaceship lands on the farm, and out of it come the Martians. The scene ends in chaos.
|Episode 2688|| Old MacDonald: Health Farm
Old MacDonald opens a health resort for his animals.
This segment was taped October 25, 1989 and directed by Emily Squires.
|Episode 1822|| Oogle Family
Although this sketch does not begin with the News Flash logo, Kermit is reporting from a theatre auditorium wearing a tux with his reporter’s uniform slung over the seat next to him. In what is described as the musical event of the century, music lovers from around the world have gathered in tribute to the Oogle Family — that is, words that rhyme with “oogle,” such as bugle and googol. The featured piece of music was written by Sir Chrissy Von Koogle and played by Old McDougal on the bugle, one of the world’s foremost concert buglers, who is accompanied by Mr. Cookie Monster, one of the world’s finest googlers. Together, they perform “Old McDoogle had a Bugle“, sung to the tune of “Old McDonald had a Farm”.
|Episode 1681|| Rainy Day
Kermit asks Telly and Mona how they spend a rainy day. Telly enjoys practicing his bassoon, while Mona loves to play pretend. Against his will, Kermit gets to play the part of the White Rabbit.
|Episode 2695|| The Bird Family
Kermit interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they don’t live together anymore (though it is not directly stated whether her parents are divorced or separated).
Recorded on November 21, 1989, this was the last News Flash segment taped featuring Jim Henson as Kermit.
|Episode 1009|| The Invisible Man
Kermit interviews the Invisible Man, who tap dances for him, and later introduces his family which crowds Kermit. All that is seen of the Invisible Man and his kin are their hats.
|Episode 0933|| The Six Dollar Man
Kermit explores the lab of Professor Nucleus Von Fission, who has just built a robot called the Six Dollar Man, out of parts which cost him six dollars total. The robot destroys the lab, while Von Fission laughs. Kermit is horrified, but Von Fission explains, “What do you expect for six dollars?”
|Episode 0551|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: The Pig’s Straw House
Kermit interviews one of The Three Little Pigs, the one who built a straw house. The Big Bad Wolf comes to blow it down, but the house is actually strong.
|Episode 0569|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: The Count Counts the Three Little Pigs
Kermit’s interview with the Three Little Pigs is interrupted by the Count, who wants to count them. When he counts the pigs, thunder and lightning crash, and the pigs, thinking it’s going to rain, go inside and refuse to be interviewed. When the Count’s counting puts an end to the interview, Kermit goes to interview the residents of the next house… the Seven Dwarves.
|Episode 0737|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: Five Little Pigs
Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he’s encountered the wrong group of Pigs — one of these Pigs went to market, and one stayed home. Just as he’s got things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up and, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs and puffs Kermit away.
|Episode 2013 (eka)|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: How the Three Little Pigs Feel
The Big Bad Wolf has blown down the houses of The Three Little Pigs, so Kermit interviews them to know how they feel. The pig who made his house out of straw is angry, the pig who made a stick house is sad, but the one who made his house out of bricks is proud, because his house is still standing.
|Episode 2329 (eka)|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: The New Three Little Pigs Story
The Big Bad Wolf plays a game of “Three of These Things” with Kermit and the pigs. Since Kermit doesn’t belong with the pigs, the wolf blows him out of the picture.
This segment was filmed on December 17, 1986 and directed by Jon Stone.
|Episode 2578|| The Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf: The Big Bad Wolf’s School for Huffing and Puffing
The wolf teaches Kermit how to huff and puff like him. The wolf tests Kermit’s blowing skills by having him move three ping pong balls by taking a deep breath and then blow them away with his mouth. Next, the wolf wants Kermit to blow down a straw house, but Kermit can’t do it. On the third try, the wolf secretly helps him by blowing on the house and they both blow the straw off of it. The wolf congratulates Kermit on his great job at blowing, but now Kermit has to deal with the monster couple who live in it, who are not very pleased with what just happened.
|Episode 0477|| The Tortoise and the Hare
Kermit covers the race between the tortoise and the hare for Sesame Street Sports. Everything goes smoothly, until the race begins. The hare dawdles, since the tortoise is so slow that the hare will have time to win. Kermit rushes to the finish line so that he can see the results…and is crowned the winner.
|Episode 2690|| The Tortoise and the Hare’s Rematch
The hare challenges The Tortoise to a rematch: this time, the Tortoise comes equipped with a jet-pack.
|Episode 1327|| Waiting in Line
Kermit talks to people waiting in line for a game being held at the SuperGame Stadium, on being “first” and “last” in said line.
|Episode 0631|| Weather Report
News anchorman Kermit concludes his news program with a weather report by their newest employee, Simon Soundman. Simon presents his forecast using sounds for different kinds of weather (wind blowing, a foghorn for fog, rain and thunder for a rainstorm). Kermit fires him and calls for another weatherman (Richard Hunt), a rather dignified looking chap who has a more literal, “visual” approach to his report.
|Episode 0537|| What Makes People Angry?
Kermit tries to find out what makes people angry, but everyone he encounters is too busy to speak to him, which ultimately causes him to lose his temper and yell at the camera. Three of the people he asks are Grover, a Busby Twinesque Muppet and a Mr. Johnsonesque Muppet. Farley, Roosevelt Franklin, Guy Smiley and Betty Lou can be seen passing by in the background.
This segment did not start with the News Flash title card, but featured its theme music at the beginning and end of the sketch, and had an announcer referring to Kermit as a reporter on the street.
A brief clip from this sketch was also used during the opening for the Swedish co-production.
Kermit’s News Flash report from Elmo Saves Christmas.
Behind the scenes of the Waiting in Line skit.
Buster acting as correspondent for Sesame Street News.
For instances in which Kermit played a reporter not associated with Sesame Street News, see Reporter Kermit.
In Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, three new Sesame Street News segments were created, featuring Kermit on location to ask the question of the day, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”
Fourteen, approximately twenty-second audio reports with Kermit were produced for the computer games Letters and Numbers. These are heard on the radios found in each section of the games. Although Kermit appears in all the pieces, one piece from Numbers features an interview with Professor Alphonse.
One segment featured a substitute reporter, a brown wolf named Warren Wolf. Nonetheless, it was featured as part of the series and included the Sesame Street News theme music at the beginning. A variation of the series, as Sesame Street News, was used in Episode 2668 and Episode 2669, as anchored by Buster the Horse.
In the 1996 special Elmo Saves Christmas, Steve Whitmire played Kermit in a brand-new Sesame Street News Flash with the frog reporting on the sudden Christmas shopping craze since it will be Christmas again, eventually leading to an Anything Muppet man trying to purchase his microphone.
Most of the sketches began with a logo of the words “NEWS FLASH” on a cloud with stars and a lightning bolt against a black background. A news theme written by Joe Raposo (registered with BMI as “Kermit News Theme”) consisting of Morse code-like sounds and an urgent-sounding version of the Sesame Street theme was accompanied by an announcer (voiced by Jerry Nelson in most cases) usually saying “We take you now to Kermit the Frog with another fast-breaking news story!” or some variation. The colors on the logo occasionally varied (one version had it in black and white, another in sepiatone), and it would sometimes be superimposed over footage with Reporter Kermit talking with someone off-camera, though it usually had a basic color scheme, as pictured above. In the 1983-1986 News skits, the “NEWS FLASH” text would usually flash on and off.
A few of the sketches originally did not begin with a logo or announcer, including all of the Don Music sketches, though some reruns had said sketches had the opening plastered onto the beginning of the segment. One known early sketch had an alternate logo, too; it featured a title card reading “news bulletin” in big white lowercase letters on top of a blue screen.
The sketches involving Kermit the Frog interviewing Dr. Nobel Price had a variation of the opening where it started with the standard News Flash logo and music, but the announcer would say “Sesame Street News takes you once more to the far-off island laboratory of Dr. Nobel Price, the great inventor, for news of his latest discovery.” Halfway through the intro it would fade to an establishing shot of Dr. Nobel Price’s island laboratory, after which the sketch would begin from inside the lab. The segment with Warren Wolf did not feature the News Flash logo, just the island establishing shot; the theme music however remained intact, and Michael Earl provided the announcer voice instead of Jerry Nelson.
On the News Flash segments used on Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, the standard News Flash logo was used, but with different theme music (which sounded more closer to the Sesame Street theme) and no announcer.
On Elmo Saves Christmas, a new News Flash logo was used, without the cloud and lightning, featuring the text on a red “splotch” symbol on a map of the world. The theme music remained the same, and had Jerry Nelson reprising the role of the announcer.
The earliest incarnation of the most commonly seen title card, which was first used on the “Rapunzel” skit. (1972-1973)
An early variant of the logo, where a superimposed version appears over the action of Reporter Kermit. (1972)
Another early variation (sepiatone).
A rare alternate title card, seen in the “Little Miss Muffet” sketch.
Yet another early variant of the logo, where a superimposed version goes over the action of Reporter Kermit, but also flashes on and off.
The 1983-1986 version of the title card where the text flashes.
A later variation of the logo, often used to replace older versions. (1986-2001)
The NEWS FLASH logo from Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
The Sesame Street News logo used during the 1998 news coverage of Slimey’s moon mission (1998.)
NEWS FLASH logo used for news tune-ins with Murray (2014)
When aired on the international co-productions, many different edits occur. Some cut the title card all together, some leave the original English one in (with the announcer dubbed in the program’s native language), and some created their own “NEWS FLASH” intro.
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- ↑ Sesame Street: A Celebration of Forty Years of Life on the Street
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- Tough Pigs Anthology — Sesame Street News Flash transcripts
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