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Big Bird draws pictures of his friends and wants to give them to him. When he gets to Mr. Hooper's picture, they remind him that Mr. Hooper died, and they must explain what death is.

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Northern Calloway Northern Calloway ... David Robinson
Emilio Delgado ... Luis Rodriguez / Chaplin
Loretta Long Loretta Long ... Susan Robinson
Sonia Manzano ... Maria Figueroa / Chaplin
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ... Bob
Roscoe Orman ... Gordon Robinson
Alaina Reed-Hall ... Olivia Robinson (as Alaina Reed)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Micki Barnett Micki Barnett ... Micki
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Prairie Dawn (voice)
Clem Cheung Clem Cheung
John Henderson John Henderson ... Mr. Williams
Jim Henson ... Ernie / Kermit the Frog (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Forgetful Jones (voice)
Madeline Kahn ... Herself
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Storyline

Big Bird draws pictures of his friends and wants to give them to him. When he gets to Mr. Hooper's picture, they remind him that Mr. Hooper died, and they must explain what death is.

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Will Lee died, producers considered avoiding the issue of death and telling the child viewers that Mr. Hooper had moved away or possibly replacing him with another actor. After much discussion, they decided to tell the audience that Mr. Hooper had died and the writers created a segment in which Big Bird learns about death. In the scene, the cast members are in tears as they are still grieving over the loss of Will Lee. The segment was adapted into a children's book titled "I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper". See more »

Quotes

Big Bird: [has drawn caricatures of Luis, Susan, Gordon, Bob, Maria, David, Olivia, and Mr. Hooper. After handing out seven of them, he sees that Mr. Hooper is missing] Say, where is he?
Maria: Big Bird, don't you remember we told you? Mr. Hooper died. He's dead.
Big Bird: Oh, yeah, I remember. Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back.
Susan: Big Bird, Mr. Hooper's not coming back.
Big Bird: Well, why not?
Susan: Big Bird, when people die, they don't come back.
Big Bird: Ever?
Susan: [shakes her head] No, never.
Big Bird: Well, why not?
Luis: Well, Big Bird, They're *dead*. ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Big Bird's Big Break (2018) See more »

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