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Desc:One of the most poignant moments in kids'-show history. Featuring Big Bird and the grownups.
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Tags:Muppets, Sesame Street, big bird, CTW, Mr. Hooper
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oh shit.
I remember this...
Spit Spingola
Absolutely incredible.
Corman's Inferno
Don't cry... don't cry...
I remember seeing this when it was first on TV. It still makes me cry.
"Everything WAS just fine. Why does it have to be THIS way?" Still don't know, Bird.
Hearing Big Bird sound that sad hit me deep.
Mayberry Pancakes
Give me one good reason...I don't know.
This remains one of the bravest and most successful moments in the history of television.
Anyone who doesn't tear up a little at this is a stone-hearted asshole.
They didn't go into euphemisms like "passed on" or "in a better place." They didn't go on into flowery explanations like "he passed over the rainbow bridge" (though that's mostly for small animals.) They actually used the word "dead," and for that, I think they've made all of us just a little bit stronger.

I just fear how this generation is going to be viewing death.
It's great how they don't try to explain things philosophically or religiously, just "He's dead, and that's that, and yeah it sucks, but like it or not, that's the way it is." It acknowledges that grownups don't always have all the answers about everything. "We can remember him as much we want to!" Apparently, the guy in the suit, Carroll Spinney, really did draw those pictures himself.

Check out this thourough critique of the storybook version with bittersweet memories from all who remembered it:
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