Some of the dates are a little hard to read when the clapboard is shown, but I am surprised, it looks like most of these were shot in 1986. I would have thought the celebrity verses would have started being taped in 1987. I am especially surprised that the shot of the Sesame Street cast singing a verse (which appears in the end credits of Sesame Street, Special) was shot in 1986, I would have thought that would be during production on the special (or was the special taped much earlier than I would have thought?). The clapboard does refer to that part as "cast insert", so maybe it was originally intended to be part of the celebrity version of the song when shown on the show.
These best friend band videos are a great way to introduce a new generation to classic Sesame songs. My favorite part of this is Elmo, Abby, Ernie, and Cookie's disco outfits. I would have gone with something else instead of Who Stole the Cookie for the second song though.
I found this animated song segment on YT just now, and I recall seeing it sometime during my final years of watching the show. The clip has the Noggin logo on the bottom right corner, implying that it was likely a later episode in the Unpaved package, or part of the Season 25 package on the 123 series. Since this segment is not listed on the Opposite segments page on Muppet Wiki, I would like to know, what is the earliest episode number this segment had aired?
Now how did this slip past my radar, especially since I'm subscribed to this guy? (He's just my age and we're both on the spectrum!)
The English song heard here does seem less creepy than what was heard in the Arabic dub, sounding more like a hoedown number here. The hen's animation is a tad unsettling, but I will admit I thought the little reptilian creatures dancing after hatching from the eggs was pretty cute. (Maybe they're Bolivian Tree Lizards?)
And, just like I suspected, it works in the lesson how you shouldn't count your eggs until they hatch.