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'''Surprise!''' was a Sesame Street song, written by Jeffrey Moss, that originally aired during Sesame Street episode 0218 <ref>[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_0218 muppet.wikia.com page on Sesame Street episode 0218.] Retrieved 27 Dec '16.</ref> (during the second season), on March 10, 1971.<ref>[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Surprise!_(song) muppet.wikia.com page on the Surprise! song.] Retrieved 27 Dec '16.</ref> It was originally sung by a band of Anything Muppet hippies that would evolve into Little Jerry and the Monotones. It talks about the good and bad parts of surprises, and how people respond to them. The song appeared in as late as Season 8 (1976), but so far, no one has come forward with a VHS recording of the clip, since VHS tapes were not for home use at the time and VHS recording devices were very expensive.
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'''"Surprise!"''' was a ''Sesame Street'' song, written by Jeffrey Moss, that originally aired during ''Sesame Street'' "Episode 218" (during the second season), on March 10th, 1971. It was originally sung by a band of Anything Muppet hippies that would evolve into Little Jerry and the Monotones. It talks about the good and bad parts of surprises and how people respond to them. The song appeared in as late as Season 8 (1976), but so far, no one has come forward with a VHS recording of the clip, since VHS tapes were not for home use at the time and VHS recording devices were very expensive.
  
Throughout the song, various characters appear during the sketch in cutaways demonstrating surprises, including Oscar surprising Susan with a snake in a can; Herbert Birdsfoot in a room surprised by Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Herry, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Grover; and Herry sneaking up on Bert. After the many clips of various surprises, the backup singers eventually give the lead singer their own surprise for him at the end of the song.
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==Song==
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Throughout the song, various characters appear during the sketch in cutaways demonstrating surprises, including Oscar surprising Susan with a snake in a can; Herbert Birdsfoot in a room surprised by Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Herry, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Grover; and Herry sneaking up on Bert. After the many clips of various surprises, the backup singers eventually give the lead singer their own surprise for him at the end of the song.
  
Back in 2006, the German dub of the full song, uncut, was uploaded, along with many other German-dubbed clips of the 1969-1971 seasons of Sesame Street taken from Sesamstraße (the German co-production of Sesame Street) that have once been posted on YouTube by a German user. But the user had been a victim of the February 2007 Viacom took down that targeted 400,000 YouTubers, and the German-dubbed clips, including "Surprise," have not resurfaced since.
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==History==
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Back in 2006, the German dub of the full song, uncut, was uploaded, along with many other German-dubbed clips of the 1969-1971 seasons of ''Sesame Street'' taken from ''Sesamstraße'' (the German co-production of ''Sesame Street'') that have once been posted on YouTube by a German user. But the user had been a victim of the February 2007 Viacom incident, which targeted and took down more than 400,000 YouTubers. The German-dubbed clips, including "Surprise!," have not resurfaced since.
  
Clausule uploaded the Dutch dub (which lacked Susan and Oscar's cutaway) in 2007, but his account was suspended in 2009. Clausule returned as MNAvdb and reuploaded some Sesame Street clips, but for some reason, he did not re-upload the "Surprise!" song in Dutch. The song then resurfaced in Hebrew in a Rechov Sumsum episode the same year in 2009, but that video also got taken down in 2011. Bahgwan uploaded the song with the source deriving from the Dutch dub but edited with audio taken from the Sesame Street "Surprise!" album and was not full, but that video also got taken down in 2014.
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A YouTube user named Clausule uploaded the Dutch dub (which lacked Susan and Oscar's cutaway) in 2007, but his account was suspended in 2009. Clausule returned as user MNAvdb and reuploaded some ''Sesame Street'' clips, but for some reason, he did not re-upload the "Surprise!" song in Dutch. The song then resurfaced in Hebrew in a ''Rechov Sumsum'' episode the same year in 2009, but that video got taken down in 2011. YouTube user Bahgwan uploaded the song with the source deriving from the Dutch dub but edited with audio taken from the ''Sesame Street'' "Surprise!" album and was not full, but that video got taken down in 2014.  
  
All these videos of the song have been taken down, so now the only version of the song that remain on YouTube are BOF178's ''Plaza Sesamo'' edit of the song, with the Dutch video source being dubbed with the Spanish ''Plaza Sesamo'' audio but cut down to only Herbert's cutway and the Hippie dance scenes, and not matched right. This video also has a yellow "BOF178" watermark on the lower-right corner of the screen. A 2-hour video "lange sesamstraße nacht" was uploaded to YouTube around February 2017, and another YouTuber named PumpkinJFriend ripped [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QETVqSRYYk8 a clip of Surprise (w/bits of Susan and Oscar's cutaway and Herry and Bert's cutaway)] that was on there and spliced it into the middle of BOF178's video (dubbed with the audio from the "Surprise!" album) to make [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jtet8OQfgg a longer version of the video.]
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YouTube user [https://www.youtube.com/user/BOFI78 BOF178] used video sources from Bhagwan's edit of the song to dub with incomplete low-quality audio in Mexican-Spanish from ''Plaza Sésamo'', but the video and audio were not matched right, plus the video had a BOF178-labeled watermark slapped onto the screen that persists through the whole video. The ''Plaza Sésamo'' dub, uploaded by BOF178, was the only video of the song to have still lasted on YouTube today, as all the other uploads of the song were deleted off of YouTube.  
  
According to a user on the MuppetCentral forums,<ref>[http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/sesame-street-surprise-song.53243/ muppetcentral.com forum thread on the short.] Retrieved 27 Dec '16.</ref> the cut-up Hebrew dub of the clip that featured Herry Monster and Bert's cutaway is "long gone" from YouTube, and the only version that still stays up is the fan cut that tried to sync the album version to that footage and that's about it.
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A 2-hour video "lange sesamstraße nacht" was uploaded to YouTube around February 2017, and another YouTuber named [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCBXBm2_pLB-i6RolrZ4Nxw PumpkinJFriend] ripped a clip of Surprise (w/bits of Susan and Oscar's cutaway and Herry and Bert's cutaway)] that was on the video and spliced it into the middle of BOF178's video (dubbed with the audio from the ''Surprise!'' album) to make a longer version of the video.
  
As of August 2017, nobody has come forward with backups of the German, Hebrew or Dutch dubs of the clip, and it is unlikely that the full version of the clip will see the light of day unless you contact Sesame Workshop for a copy.
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According to a user on the MuppetCentral forums,<ref>[http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/sesame-street-surprise-song.53243/ A MuppetCentral forum thread on the short.] Retrieved 27 Dec '16</ref> the cut-up Hebrew dub of the clip that featured Herry Monster and Bert's cutaway is "long gone" from YouTube, and the only version that still stays up is the fan cut that tried to sync the album version to that footage. The Hebrew-dubbed clip remained lost until YouTube user [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpW1n3aHYTQn-t3BUzbPa1A Rohail Hashmi] has re-uploaded a copy of the extended version in Hebrew (despite it having been downloaded in awful quality). It does not include Susan and Oscar's cutaway and has been audio-synced from the Dutch video source.
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On December 25th, 2017, YouTube user [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NlWETElebOndTnFQaJ--A Star Dragon Dust] updated his recreation of the song, this time as an almost-complete clip, with a few English audio pieces taken from the album version and video sources taken from the Hebrew dub as well as the German clips.
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On February 8th, 2018, YouTube user [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCBXBm2_pLB-i6RolrZ4Nxw JFriendsFan96] uploaded another more complete recreation of the song. It combines English audio from the album release, with the splicing of the German and Hebrew dubbed clips and some pieces of Bhagwam's video.
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In February 2019, it was announced that over 4,500 episodes of ''Sesame Street'' over its 49 seasons would be archived in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It's likely that the full version of "Surprise!" will be included among the episodes being archived, but this has not been confirmed directly.<ref>[https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-19-019/?loclr=twloc&fbclid=IwAR30aFhut7n1NMhbJNHEZpUNuhYbc5g8ZAbi_Sc5e_RPBgCBds_EiyO94Fs The announcement of the archiving of the 4,500 ''Sesame Street'' episodes.] Retrieved 15 Feb '19</ref>
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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<gallery mode=packed heights=175px>
 
Surprisegoof.jpg
 
Surprisegoof.jpg
 
SSSurpriseSong.jpg
 
SSSurpriseSong.jpg
 
Surprise hippies dance.jpg
 
Surprise hippies dance.jpg
OscarSURPRISE!.png|Oscar surprises Susan with a snake in the can
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OscarSURPRISE!.png|Oscar surprises Susan with a snake in the can.
 
hippies dance 2.png
 
hippies dance 2.png
Surprise living room.jpg|Empty living room
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Surprise living room.jpg|Empty living room.
 
Herbertsurprise.jpg|Now Herbert gets surprised by other Muppets in the living room.
 
Herbertsurprise.jpg|Now Herbert gets surprised by other Muppets in the living room.
 
GreenMonotone.jpg
 
GreenMonotone.jpg
 
Protojeffysolosurprise.png
 
Protojeffysolosurprise.png
Herry about to jump up on Bert.jpg|Herry about to jump up behind Bert
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Herry about to jump up on Bert.jpg|Herry about to jump up behind Bert.
Herrysurprise.jpg|Herry surprises Bert
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Herrysurprise.jpg|Herry surprises Bert.
Herry_2.jpg|Close-up to Herry Monster, after Bert leaves the room and says "Don't creep up on me like that, I hate surprises."
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Herry_2.jpg|Close-up to Herry Monster, after Bert, leaves the room and says, "Don't creep up on me like that, I hate surprises."
 
LavenderLittleJerry.jpg
 
LavenderLittleJerry.jpg
SURPRISE!.jpg|Hippies jump up and scream out "SURPRISE!"
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SURPRISE!.jpg|Hippies jump up and scream out "SURPRISE!".
 
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</gallery>
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==See Also==
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*[[Sesame Street (partially lost children's educational TV series; 1969-present)]]
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==External Links==
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*[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_0218 A Muppet Wiki article on ''Sesame Street'' "Episode 218".] Retrieved 27 Dec '16
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*[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Surprise!_(song) A Muppet Wiki article on the "Surprise!" song.] Retrieved 27 Dec '16
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:29, 7 March 2021

SSSurpriseSong.jpg

Screenshot from Sesamstraße.

Status: Partially Lost

"Surprise!" was a Sesame Street song, written by Jeffrey Moss, that originally aired during Sesame Street "Episode 218" (during the second season), on March 10th, 1971. It was originally sung by a band of Anything Muppet hippies that would evolve into Little Jerry and the Monotones. It talks about the good and bad parts of surprises and how people respond to them. The song appeared in as late as Season 8 (1976), but so far, no one has come forward with a VHS recording of the clip, since VHS tapes were not for home use at the time and VHS recording devices were very expensive.

Song[edit | edit source]

Throughout the song, various characters appear during the sketch in cutaways demonstrating surprises, including Oscar surprising Susan with a snake in a can; Herbert Birdsfoot in a room surprised by Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Herry, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Grover; and Herry sneaking up on Bert. After the many clips of various surprises, the backup singers eventually give the lead singer their own surprise for him at the end of the song.

History[edit | edit source]

Back in 2006, the German dub of the full song, uncut, was uploaded, along with many other German-dubbed clips of the 1969-1971 seasons of Sesame Street taken from Sesamstraße (the German co-production of Sesame Street) that have once been posted on YouTube by a German user. But the user had been a victim of the February 2007 Viacom incident, which targeted and took down more than 400,000 YouTubers. The German-dubbed clips, including "Surprise!," have not resurfaced since.

A YouTube user named Clausule uploaded the Dutch dub (which lacked Susan and Oscar's cutaway) in 2007, but his account was suspended in 2009. Clausule returned as user MNAvdb and reuploaded some Sesame Street clips, but for some reason, he did not re-upload the "Surprise!" song in Dutch. The song then resurfaced in Hebrew in a Rechov Sumsum episode the same year in 2009, but that video got taken down in 2011. YouTube user Bahgwan uploaded the song with the source deriving from the Dutch dub but edited with audio taken from the Sesame Street "Surprise!" album and was not full, but that video got taken down in 2014.

YouTube user BOF178 used video sources from Bhagwan's edit of the song to dub with incomplete low-quality audio in Mexican-Spanish from Plaza Sésamo, but the video and audio were not matched right, plus the video had a BOF178-labeled watermark slapped onto the screen that persists through the whole video. The Plaza Sésamo dub, uploaded by BOF178, was the only video of the song to have still lasted on YouTube today, as all the other uploads of the song were deleted off of YouTube.

A 2-hour video "lange sesamstraße nacht" was uploaded to YouTube around February 2017, and another YouTuber named PumpkinJFriend ripped a clip of Surprise (w/bits of Susan and Oscar's cutaway and Herry and Bert's cutaway)] that was on the video and spliced it into the middle of BOF178's video (dubbed with the audio from the Surprise! album) to make a longer version of the video.

According to a user on the MuppetCentral forums,[1] the cut-up Hebrew dub of the clip that featured Herry Monster and Bert's cutaway is "long gone" from YouTube, and the only version that still stays up is the fan cut that tried to sync the album version to that footage. The Hebrew-dubbed clip remained lost until YouTube user Rohail Hashmi has re-uploaded a copy of the extended version in Hebrew (despite it having been downloaded in awful quality). It does not include Susan and Oscar's cutaway and has been audio-synced from the Dutch video source.

On December 25th, 2017, YouTube user Star Dragon Dust updated his recreation of the song, this time as an almost-complete clip, with a few English audio pieces taken from the album version and video sources taken from the Hebrew dub as well as the German clips.

On February 8th, 2018, YouTube user JFriendsFan96 uploaded another more complete recreation of the song. It combines English audio from the album release, with the splicing of the German and Hebrew dubbed clips and some pieces of Bhagwam's video.

In February 2019, it was announced that over 4,500 episodes of Sesame Street over its 49 seasons would be archived in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It's likely that the full version of "Surprise!" will be included among the episodes being archived, but this has not been confirmed directly.[2]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Most of "Surprise" in Hebrew.
An almost complete version of the "Surprise" song.

See Also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]