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Sesame Street is a children's educational television program on PBS, in production since 1969. It has made several mentions of Hanna-Barbera characters and shows.

Mentions of Hanna-Barbera Characters

  • In a Season 16 episode of Sesame Street, one of the kids has two goldfish named Tom and Jerry. When Olivia learns of their names, she says, "Well, I won't go into that."
  • At the end of a Letter of the Day sketch for the letter Z, Prairie Dawn exclaims, "Zoinks!", one of Shaggy's catchphrases in Scooby-Doo.
  • In Episode 3908, Telly compliments Baby Bear's clever idea, to which the latter replies that he's "smarter than the average bear," in reference to Yogi Bear.
  • In Episode 4055, Papa Bear reads from a book of bear names when trying to come up with a name for their new baby. He suggested Yogi Bear and Boo Boo (The former may be due to the letter Y being the episode's featured letter).
  • In the Sesame Place stage show The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-o-ween Radio Show!, Grover (dressed as a pumpkin) must leave the scene after the Count's "Five Little Pumpkins" poem. Before he leaves, Grover says, "Exit Grover, stage left!" referencing the catchphrase of Snagglepuss.
  • While the T. rex performs "Do the Dino Groove" in the Sesame Street Live show Elmo's Coloring Book, Baby Bear comments that the T. rex is a regular "Fred Astaire Flintstone" as he dances.
  • Elmo is one of its most famous characters today. Elmo was also the name of the dog in The Funky Phantom.

Mentions in Hanna-Barbera Shows

Cast Connections

The following Hanna-Barbera voice actors performed on Sesame Street, either as on-camera actors or in voice roles for animated inserts:

  • Bob Arbogast voiced animated characters and narrated some animated inserts.
  • Daws Butler voiced animated characters, such as the man who hated frogs.
  • Ruth Buzzi played Ruthie, the owner of the Finders Keepers thrift shop, and was the voice of Suzie Kabloozie.
  • Nancy Cartwright and her co-stars from The Simpsons joined Grover in the celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror".
  • Kathy Gori recorded the songs "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning" and "If You've Lost Your 'L', Look Around".
  • Casey Kasem voiced Robin in three animated inserts, and narrated several others, including voicing the blue man in the "Q for Quarter" segment, who sounds almost like Shaggy from the Scooby-Doo franchise.
  • Howard Morris voiced Jughead Jones (from Filmation's The Archie Show), telling a story about himself with the letter J.
  • Gary Owens narrated the "Today's Secret Drawing" inserts, among others. He also played "The Man from Alphabet" in the week of test episodes.
  • Olan Soule voiced Batman in three animated inserts.
  • Arnold Stang voiced a mad scientist who assembled a large capital H.
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