Sesame Street is more than a TV show. It’s one of those TV neighborhoods that people feel like they grew up on. They know the block with Mr. Hooper’s Store and the steps up to Gordon and Susan’s apartment. You probably know what lurks inside the garbage can isn’t recycling. For 50 years the series has taught kids the alphabet, numbers, the people in your neighborhood and even a song or two. The show has been about socializing. Now the show is celebrating it’s golden anniversary with a TV special Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration that after airing on HBO and PBS will be arriving on DVD on December 3. The show marks the return of Roosevelt Franklin! This is a fun gift to anyone this holiday season that can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. Here’s the press release from Shout Kids:
SESAME STREET: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
COMES TO DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DECEMBER 3, 2019
FROM SHOUT KIDS AND SESAME WORKSHOP
Los Angeles (November 5, 2019) – It’s Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary — time to celebrate the street where the air is sweet! On December 3, 2019, Shout Kids and Sesame Workshop proudly present a star-studded birthday bash with the home entertainment release of Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration. The eagerly anticipated special comes to DVD and digital download following its broadcast presentation November 9 on HBO and November 17 on PBS.
Join host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the residents of Sesame Street —humans and monsters alike—to celebrate 50 years of learning, laughter, and love. Familiar felt faces like Roosevelt Franklin, Don Music, Sherlock Hemlock, and The Amazing Mumford join original Sesame Street cast members and celebrity guests like Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, Sterling K. Brown, Meghan Trainor, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello and more in this heartwarming special.
Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration reimagines classic segments and songs as the Sesame Street gang gets ready for a big party to celebrate the neighborhood’s 50th birthday. When the famous street sign goes missing before the party, it’s up to Elmo, Rosita, Grover, and Abby to track it down, while Big Bird and Snuffy plan a surprise of their own. The special will feature fresh performances of beloved songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “Bein’ Green,” plus retrospective flashbacks to fan-favorite moments. This music- and memory-filled event for the whole family celebrates how relevant and beloved this iconic show continues to be today, in the United States and all over the world.
Sesame Street’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebrates the timeless lesson that Sesame Street has always taught: everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity, and joy. Throughout 2019, families everywhere have joined all their furry and feathered friends in celebrating Sesame Street’s past, present, and future with a nationwide road trip, celebrity- and fan-fueled social media campaigns, and new social impact initiatives, and this star-studded primetime special that will kick off the show’s 50th season.
Fans are encouraged to share their favorite Sesame Street memories across social media this year using the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet.
Bonus Features (DVD Only):
Elmo’s World: Celebration
50 Years In 50 Seconds
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.
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