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The Complete History of Mahna Mahna and his alter ego Bip Bipadotta

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by scarecroe, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. Frodis

    Frodis Member

    It was from the mid 70's. It features the same muppet (Mahna-Mahna/Bip Bipodotta) from the "Fat Cat Scat" bit. Same background as "Fat Cat" as well. This one has him running around in the foreground and background singing "Some of us are here" as he and a few familiar Muppets run across the screen, and singing "None of us are here" as no Muppets appear on the screen". Eventually he does a freak out bit where ALL the Muppets show up and he sings some rapid fire lyrics about the types of Muppets that are present on screen. Eventually, no more Muppets appear with him and he is alone (with some echo added to his voice for effect) running around singing "None?" and looking for the other Muppets. At the very end of the sketch, he is far into the background, but he starts zig-zagging towards the camera until he finally gets close enough to block out the picture. End of sketch.

    I saw that someone or other (with a very extensive trade list) had this available a couple years ago, as well as another tape trader that I seem to have lost contact with. I'm hoping that it will turn up around here at some point.

  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey! Yeah, I remember that now!! Funky man!! :sing:
  3. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    I have a whole bunch of old shows from seasons 24-26. They've got some good old clips never on Unpaved.
  4. Frodis

    Frodis Member


    Some of us ARE HERE! :)

  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    You rock, man! Now I remember that one!!
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Tricky business, this...

    Recently I saw Plaza Sesamo air the Spanish dub of "Everybody's song" and I must say, the Bip Bopadotta used in that one is MUCH different from the others...

    He had the hair an glasses, but he appeared as a pink/purplish AM with a long streak of orange hair (kinda like a mullet, but strait and long to the back) and instead of a big fuzzy beard (that connects with his hair) he just has a small goatee...

    I'd give you a picture, but amoung other things, my spanish channels don't come in too well...
  7. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    I think he changed, or evolved over time. This was one of the later things with him. I believe it was done in 1984. Other later ones were Air, and The Opposite Song.
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    There's a photo of it already in the thread, and an explanation from the JHC (via email) why he looked so different from time to time.
  9. cookiemark

    cookiemark New Member

    mahna mahna

    I just remember the earliest one with the scary guy, I remember I named my teddy bear Phenomena, cause thats what I thought it was, that was over 30 years ago and I still have the bear today.l I would really like to purchase some old tapes if anyone has them to sell I got Noggin like a day after unpaved ended and I was mad as ****.
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm supposed to be doing a rewrite on my original article discussed in this thread for MC. Just got to get time...time...
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    BUMP! (Just for those interested in Mahna-Mahna).
  12. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    I am!

    I wrote a tribute to Bip/Mahnu Mahnu just this morning. When I wrote it, this thread either wasn't being displayed, or somehow I missed it, or I simply would have added it to this one. If you watch the tail end of the 35th anniversary SS show, they show the "Mahnu Mahnu" segment (that I remember seeing as a kid) while they display the credits. Even though there were words going in front of it, Just seeing part of this clip that I hadn't seen in over 30 years was well worth it. This is the clip I am refering to in that tribute. Its the only one I have ever had the privilage of seeing and I would do anything to see it again! at the age of 3 it was my all-time favorite! :)
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I saw your thread and I hit the "search" option at the top of the boards and typed in "Mahna" and that got me back to this old thread--a very important thread at that--and posted a hoarde of links in there, including a link to this thread.
  14. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    Not sure if it was mentioned, but he first sang it way back in episode 14 of SS. This would mean the original broadcast date is November 27, 1969--three days before it would be on the "Ed Sullivan Show".
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    That's very interesting! Didn't realize that!!
  16. greg

    greg New Member

    Does anyone know where I could find a video of the original appearance on SS?
  17. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    The SS version can be spotted in shows #198, 355, and 573.
  18. bullgates

    bullgates New Member

    Would it be possible for someone to update the pictures from the original post? We have been trying to figure out Bip and MahnaMahna and it's driving us crazy.
  19. bullgates

    bullgates New Member

    Check out the end of this clip.

    Youtube dot com

    Search sesame street.

    Page 3 Video 6

    Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Ending

    Also try Page 2

    Fat cat sat on hat

    Video # 31

    Sorry I can't post links right now.
  20. greg

    greg New Member

    I love that clip. Its what got me into puppets in the first place.

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