'Sesame Street' gets through a storm

'Sesame Street' gets through a storm

Denver : CO : USA | Nov 09, 2012 at 9:06 AM PST
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Big Bird has had the last laugh on Gov. Romney.

“Sesame Street” has updated a series of shows it did in 2001 and a special show from 2005 for a new episode entitled “Sesame Street Gets Through a Storm.”

The show could be a primer for the defeated presidential candidate. Its characters recover from a hurricane by helping each other. Romney is believed to have lost support after it was disclosed he had proposed shutting down FEMA and leaving disaster relief to the states. He also had said he would stop public funding for PBS, leading to opposition cries that Romney wanted to shut down Big Bird.

The new show emphasizes people must actively participate in rebuilding.

While humans on the show are building new doors and awnings, Big Bird is sad because the nest he was hatched in was blown away. He asks Mr. Fix It, Luis, for help, and is told he is a bird and must know how to build a nest.

Big Bird brings in the three pigs’ architectural firm, which builds three nests that are actually houses: one of straw, one of wood and one of brick. One of the pigs sneezes and two of the homes blow away.

And Big Bird isn’t happy with houses, not even a brick one, and wants a real nest.

He calls Granny Bird, who says she has built many nests and will fly over and build him a new one. But it will take her three weeks to get there “as the crow flies.”

Big Bird says he cannot wait that long, and she tells him to gather twigs. Then what? "Build it and they will come."

Sure enough, friends help him gather the twigs and the nest gets built.

The show had spent a lot of time on storm preparations, which had to be cut for the new show.

“The original spent a lot of time on storm preparation and we were afraid that if we didn’t change that, children would worry that another storm was coming,” Nadine Zylstra, supervising producer for “Sesame Street,” told the New Orleans Times Picayune.

The newspaper further reported: “What is unique to ‘Sesame Street’ in relation to other children's programming is that we have a community," said Rosemarie Truglio, vice president of research for the show. "We have a real environment. This is a street. This is a community.

“There have been a lot of natural disasters going on, for whatever reason that may be, and children are affected greatly by these events. Given those two bits of information, we thought we should do a show where something happens to the community, and ‘Sesame Street’ is in New York City, so we don't get hit by tornados and, luckily, earthquakes. But we do deal with hurricanes."

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Sesame Street Gets Through A Storm
Sesame Street has updated shows it had done previously to cover Hurricane Sandy.
Robert Weller is based in Denver, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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