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Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983)

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »


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As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as Big Bird and Snuffy team up to help a ghost of a small Egyptian boy solve a mysterious riddle. The rest of Sesame Street's residents search for Big Bird. Written by CourageBagge <courage1999@bellsouth.net>, swt2104@columbia.edu

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Release Date:

16 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ne edd meg a képeket! See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Big Bird wore the same tie in China. See more »


[Cookie Monster sees a painting of fruit]
Cookie Monster: Me eat picture!
Bob: No, no, no, Cookie Monster. You can't touch the picture.
Cookie Monster: No, me don't want to touch, me want to eat.
Bob: No, you can't, nooooo!
Cookie Monster: Let me eat frame.
Bob: The sign, Cookie Monster, look at the sign.
[sees a sign that forbids eating pictures]
Cookie Monster: Please don't eat the pictures. Aw, this going to be long night.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is credited as a special guest star. See more »


Spun-off from Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Don't Eat the Pictures
Music by Chris Cerf
Lyrics by Tony Geiss
Performed by Frank Oz and Chorus
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This was actually taped in 1983...
25 November 2002 | by mindmenagerieSee all my reviews

I remember it so well- I became fascinated with Egyptian culture after watching it. I was eight years old at the time and just watched it for the first time since 1983 last night with my daughter (borrowed it from the public library). I was shocked to find I even remembered the melody and some of the words to "You're gonna be a star", after only seeing it two times back in 1983 (they aired it twice back then, once in the daytime and once in prime time)! That's how much I loved this movie.

Anyway, I was surprised to see it in so many listings as being made in 1987. That may well have been the year the *video* was put out there, but the original tape was aired on PBS in '83. I know that well because I remember clearly that I was in the third grade and we all talked about it in history class. Also, there is a timeline that corroborates this observation of mine.

Great movie! My three-year-old loved it too, even though this was pre-Elmo, Zoe, and all that. The other funny thing was that it was before everyone knew Snuffy was real. I had forgotten that for a long time, no one believed Snuffalupagus existed and thought he was Big Bird's imaginary friend.

Great memories...

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