Sesame Street is one of the most popular kid shows in the 90s and kids that we are always thought them to be real – until the grownups broke it to us that Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster were actually just puppets.
Years later, we move on from the crushing reality check and forget about Sesame Street. But have you ever wondered how they made the puppets move, talk, and sing? How do they move their eyes, their mouths, pick up objects and walk around Sesame Street?
You’d be surprised it is actually harder than it looks on TV. Like many clueless children, we didn’t know puppeteering required a ton of work. In this behind the scenes snippet of Sesame Street, we are shown just how complex it is to make every single character come to life. Coordinating a set of hand and body movements to make the puppet appear realistic and relatable takes a lot of talent, study, and practice. Not to mention making sure the puppet is interacting well with its co-stars and portraying emotions and gestures that translate well on television.
Who are the great people behind Sesame Street and how did they do it?
Watch the full video here to see some of the puppeteers behind the iconic Sesame Street characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Snuffleupagus, and Abby Cadabby explain how they brought our beloved furry friends to life.