Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Review
Joan Ganz Cooney
The film takes you behind the scenes of Sesame Street. The children’s show first premiered on PBS in 1969. You get the opportunity to hear from the creators, artists, writers, and educators who were involved in the television show.
You will also get to learn how the show was first developed, the special guest (for instance James Earl Jones and Jesse Jackson) and the characters who played front and center on the show including Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Sonia Manzano (Maria), and Bob McGrath (Bob).
They also touched upon the segment where the characters deal with Mr. Hooper’s (played by Will Lee) death.
Of course, we can’t forget Jim Henson’s involvement in Sesame Street with our favourite muppets Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Count von Count and more.
There were also some fun interviews with songwriter Christopher Cerf and Caroll Spinney. Cerf is known for his musical contributions to Sesame Street. Spinney played both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
As a viewer of the series growing up, I really enjoyed this movie. This is a must-see.
April 30 – Tonight’s the night of Hot Docs’ first LIVE Big Ideas conversation! Join host Elamin Abdelmahmoud to discuss Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street with original Sesame Street cast member Sonia Manzano (Maria), director Marilyn Agrelo, and producers Ellen Scherer Crafts and Trevor Crafts. Tune in at 7PM EST.
The film is available for streaming on Apple, Google Play and VOD on May 7.