List of animated Sesame Street characters

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This is a partial list of the more well known animated characters appearing on Sesame Street. Some are animated versions of Muppet characters, others appear only in animated segments.

Character Voice Actor Description
Abby Cadabby Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2009–present) Computer-generated version appearing in the stand-alone animation "Abby's Flying Fairy School".[1]
Adeline N/A (1970) Bumble Ardy's "put-upon mom" in the series of short animations created by Maurice Sendak. Writer Louise A. Gikow further describes her as "sweet but addled".[2]
Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes Joan Gerber (1969–1973) Called by Sesame Street's early producers "an arrogant, sanctimonious know-it-all", she frequently opened her segments by announcing, "This is Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes, the smartest girl in the whole world!"[3]
Alligator King Bud Lucky (1971) The King of the Alligators who challenged his seven sons to cheer him up. He was created by Bud Lucky.[4]
Batman Olan Soule (1970) An animated version of the DC Comics character who appeared in Sesame Street's first season.[5]
Beetle Bailey (1970s) An animated segment featuring Beetle Bailey and his company was seen during the 1970s and 1980s on Sesame Street, demonstrating to young viewers the concept of "first" and "last".
Bellhop (Late 1980s)
Bert Eric Jacobson (2008–present) Clay animation version appearing in "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures".[6]
Blögg Joey Mazzarino (2009–Present) A troll/fairy creature who is one of Abby's classmates in the CGI-animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School", which was created by the animation studio SpeakeasyFX.[7]
Bob (2006) Bob is an animated man designed by Cliff Roberts. He introduced each episode of Sesame Street that appears on Old School Volume 1. In his introductions, he starts to talk about the show, and slowly starts talking about himself before an off-camera voice tells him to start the show. Bob originally based on one of Poverty Pictures segments from 1969 in the Letters X lecture.
Bumble Ardy Maddie Page (1972) A curious boy who appeared in an animated short created by children's author Maurice Sendak.[2]
Cecille Michele Marianna (1990) A Claymation orange ball who turns into different shapes and sizes created by Teresa Drilling and Barry Bruce.
Computer Jim Martin From the "Elmo's World" segment. Crayon-animated, Computer replaced the "Elmocam" home video portion of the segment.[8]
Cookie Monster Frank Oz,
David Rudman
Cookie Monster appeared in some animated segments includes in Number Elimination as a cameo who eats the number 17.
Donny Budd Bud Luckey A cartoon fiddler. Sung, written and animated by Pixar's Bud Luckey.
Ernie Steve Whitmire Clay animation version appearing in "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures" which was created by Misseri Studio in Italy.[6]
Francis Fairy (1972) Francis the fairy changes the letter f into things that begin with f.
Fruta Manzana Damaris Carbaugh[9] (1979) A animated Carmen Miranda spoof, she sang and danced, wore an oversized fruit hat, and also had a singing mirror created by Irra Verbitsky and Don Duga.[10][11]
Gonnigan Jeremy Redleaf (2009—present) One of Abby's classmates in the animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School". Whenever Gonnigan disappears and Mrs. Sparklenose asks where Gonnigan is, Abby Cadabby and Blögg would quote "He's gone again."[12]
Jake the Snake Jim Thurman (1988) A green snake which demonstrates body parts.
Jasper and Julius Jasper: Jessica Stone
Julius: Jim Thurman
(1972) Animated comedy duo that formerly appeared in a comic strip by Cliff Roberts. Julius is short, squat, and wears a hat; Jasper is tall and thin.[13]
Joker Jim Thurman (1970) An animated version of the DC Comics character who appeared in Sesame Street's first season.[5]
Jughead (1970s) A comic strip character from the Archie Comics who demonstrates the story with the words begins with the letter J.
King Minus (1974) A parody of King Midas, who demonstrates subtraction when he touches dragons and anything and makes it disappear just like magic subtraction.
King of Eight Jim Henson (1970) A king in a stop-motion animated short created by Jim Henson that thought "8 is great".[14][15]
The Lecture Lady Andrea Martin (1998–2009) A woman in Elmo's World who originally looked and sounded like Edith Prickley from SCTV. In later episodes, she sounded more like Mrs. Falbo. She appeared on every channel on Elmo's TV during the "Elmo's World" segments which made Elmo learn more about the subject.
Luxo Jr. John Lasseter (1991) An animated moving lamp created by John Lasseter from Pixar Animation Studios.
Martian Beauty (1971) Martian Beauty is a martian with nine hairs on her head, nine eyes, nostrils, arms and toes and she wears red ribbons on each hair.
Marvelous Martha [who?] (1969) A girl who knows words that begin with "M".
Mrs. Sparklenose Jessica Stone (2009—present) A fairy who is Abby Cadabby, Blögg, and Gonnigan's teacher in the animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School".[16]
Nancy the Nanny Goat Tee Collins (1969)
Niblet Tyler Bunch A Gerbilcorn (a gerbil that has a unicorn horn) who is the class pet in the animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School."
Nobody A (almost creepy) character using Rubber band animation who teaches how to count.
Number Guy Jerry Nelson, Matt Vogel (1991) A mouse riding an armadillo singing "Thirteen Is My Lucky Number" created by Loring Doyle.
Operatic Orange (1970s) An stop motion animated orange who sings "Habanera" from Carmen. Created by Jim Henson.
Peck Tyler Bunch A fairy chicken who appears in minor roles in the animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School."
Pink Panther (1970s) An animated segment featuring the Pink Panther demonstrating karate making the Letter K out of huge block of stone.
Pronunciation Guy (or Sign Man) John Candy (1970?) An animated guy, looking a lot like Mr. Boffo, who is always coming across a sign with a word that is either jumbled up or separated, and he goes about making it right and trying to pronounce it. Occasionally his sign has two words on it spelled correctly and he just goes about trying to pronounce it. Once he pronounces it right in triumph, something funny happens afterwards relating to the word or words.
Robin Casey Kasem (1970) An animated version of the DC Comics character who appeared in Sesame Street's first season.[5]
Solomon Grundy Jim Thurman (1969) Washes one part of himself each day, but only washes half of himself by the end of the week. Appeared in the premiere episode of Sesame Street.[17]
Spot Leslie Carrara-Rudolph A spot who is the class pet in the animated segment "Abby's Flying Fairy School." Whenever the students have a problem, they call on Spot for an answer. They tell him "Fetch, Spot. Fetch!" The answer is shown inside him as a series of brief videos. He has dog-like behaviors such as barking and licking the students uncontrollably.
Superman Bud Collyer (Test Show #1)
Lennie Weinrib (Episode 184)
(1970) An animated version of the DC Comics character who appeared in two animated inserts.[18]
Suzie Kabloozie Ruth Buzzi (1996–2002) A young girl who appeared in many Sesame Street inserts by Mo Willems.
Teeny Little Super Guy Jim Thurman (1982) A typical problem solver created by Paul Fierlinger, this character was cel animated and shifted in increments to create stop-motion action, but painted on a clear plastic cup.[19]
The Typewriter Guy Jeff Hale (late 1970s–1990s) An anthropomorphic typewriter who demonstrates letters of the Alphabet by typing out the letter and a word beginning with it on himself. He also appears each episode features a special introduction by the Typewriter for the Sesame Street: Old School, Volume 2.
Velvet Leslie Carrara-Rudolph A computer-animated front curtain that appears in the "Elmo: The Musical" segments.
Wanda the Witch Tee Collins (1969) A witch who demonstrated several uses of the letter "W". Appeared in the first episode of Sesame Street. Comedian Carol Burnett would often appear after Wanda's animation and state, "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird!"[17]
The Yakity Yak! (1971) A talkative yak repeatedly lecturing about the words "yak," "you" and "yes" all beginning with "Y." After he is called a "yakity yakity yak," the yak goes nuts and charges toward the camera with frenzied eyes, smashing the screen! (Later reruns of this segment in the late 1990s modified the ending so the glass would shatter to reveal the next segment instead of a black screen.)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gikow, p. 234
  2. ^ a b Gikow, p. 156
  3. ^ Lesser, p. 125
  4. ^ Alligator King & His 7 Sons (video clip). Sesame Street.org. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ a b c "Batman Crosses the Street", in Old School, Volume 1 (Disc 1) [DVD] (2006), Children's Television Workshop
  6. ^ a b Moody, Annemarie (2008-07-28). "Original Bert and Ernie Claymation Series Debuts on Sesame Street Season 39". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  7. ^ Gikow, pp. 234-235
  8. ^ Whitlock, Natalie Walker. "How Elmo Works: Behind the Scenes of Elmo's World". Discovery.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  9. ^ Williamson, Dana (March 2003). "Carbaugh finds 'fame' in serving God". Connection Magazine. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  10. ^ "ASIFA-East presents an evening of animation by Irra Verbitsky and Don Duga of Polestar Films!". ASIFA-East. 2011-01-25. 
  11. ^ Laffey, Kelly (2012-02-11). "Who's Here: "Frosty the Snowman" artist Don Duga". Dan's Papers. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  12. ^ Gikow, p. 235
  13. ^ Episode 0406 (1972-11-27), in Old School, Volume 1 (Disc 3) [DVD] (2006), Children's Television Workshop
  14. ^ King of Eight (video clip). Sesame Street.org. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  15. ^ Borgenicht, p. 45
  16. ^ "Sesame Street: First Animated Muppets Made with Autodesk Softimage". Computer Graphics World. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  17. ^ a b Episode 0001 (1969-11-10), in Old School, Volume 1 (Disc 1) [DVD] (2006), Children's Television Workshop
  18. ^ "S - Superman", in Old School, Volume 1 (Disc 2) [DVD] (2006), Children's Television Workshop
  19. ^ Gikow, pp. 242—243