|PERFORMER||MARTIN P. ROBINSON (puppetry)|
|Dick Maitland (voice)|
SLIMEY is OSCAR THE GROUCH’s pet WORM on SESAME STREET. SLIMEY was a silent character originally, who communicated w/ squeaks & gestures. In recent years, he developed a voice, provided by Dick Maitland (which is digitally manipulated in post-production to achieve a higher pitch). SLIMEY shows skill at playing the tuba & clarinet, & has the distinction of being the 1st WORM on the Moon.
SLIMEY was first introduced in EPISODE 0202, where OSCAR tells his SESAME STREET neighbors about finding him in the MUD & he feeds him several strawberry sodas from Hooper’s Store. The story was later retold in EPISODE 2912 when OSCAR reminisces on the event of SLIMEY’s first day of school.
SLIMEY’s earliest known appearance is in a season 2 episode in which OSCAR enters SLIMEY in a SESAME STREET Pet Show. A study done in 1971 by Children’s Television Workshop’s research department reviewed children’s responses to this episode, & specifically noted that the children "were attentive, responsive, & loved SLIMEY, the WORM."[sic]
In another early episode, OSCAR accidentally locked himself outta his own TRASH CAN. Tom suggests he just saw the lock off, but then the new lock that would be ruined. Luis then offers to pry the lid off w/ his crowbar, but then would dent the lid would be dent. OSCAR is eventually saved when his pet WORM SLIMEY slithers the key out through the crack between the TRASH CAN & lid.
SLIMEY’s family consists of his sister SLOPPY, as well as their parents DUSTY & EARTHA, & their cousins SQUIRMY & RACHEL. SLOPPY is referred to as "STELLA" in episode 2123. In EPISODE 4175, SLIMEY got a pet bug named Dirty.
The very 1st time SLIMEY & OSCAR met was when OSCAR went to the park on a rainy day to see the MUD puddles & found a MUD puddle w/ a lot of WORMS playing in it. He then saw a baby WORM play all by himself, who then saw OSCAR & crawled up his shoulder, upon which he then fell asleep. OSCAR took the WORM back to his TRASH CAN & named him SLIMEY. This segment can be viewed on SESAMESTREET.org.
- Early (1970s - present)
- SESAME STREET Stays Up Late (1993)
- SESAME STREET All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars & STREET Forever! (1994)
- Elmopalooza (1999)
- How to Be a GROUCH (1976)
- OSCAR-THE-GROUCH’s Alphabet of TRASH (1977)
- The SESAME STREET Dictionary (1980)
- A Day in the Life of OSCAR THE GROUCH (1981)
- Which One Doesn’t Belong? (1981)
- The City WORM & the Country WORM (1983)
- BIG BIRD Can Share (1985)
- I Can Count to Ten & Back Again (1985)
- A BIRD’s Best Friend (1986)
- BIG BIRD Goes to the Doctor (1986)
- Through the Years (1986)
- NO Cookies 'Til Dinner (1987)
- What’s in OSCAR’s TRASH CAN? & Other Good-Night Stories (1991)
- Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World (1992)
- Around the Corner on SESAME STREET (1994)
- OSCAR’s GROUCH Jamboree (1994)
- B is for Books (1996)
- Elmo’s Lift-&-Peek Around the Corner Book (1996)
- SLIMEY’s Sister SLOPPY (1996)
- Zip! Pop! Hop! (1996)
- It’s NOT Easy Being BIG! (1998)
- SLIMEY in Space (1998)
- Where Is Elmo’s Blanket? (1999)
- Elmo’s ABC Book (2000)
- Clap Your Hands! (2002)
- What’s in OSCAR’s TRASH CAN? (2002)
- Friends All Day (2002)
- Animal Alphabet (2005)
- OSCAR’s TRASHCAN Tour (2007)
- Abby Cadabby’s Rhyme Time (2007)
- Elmo’s Piano (2007)
- Guess Who, Elmo! (2007)
- Rosita’s Easter on SESAME STREET (2007)
- What Makes You Giggle? (2007)
- Boo! SCRAM! Happy Halloween! (2008)
- Elmo Animal Mix & Match (2008)
- Everybody Dance! (2008)
- YUCCHY! YUCCHY! (2008)
- Busy Friends (2010)
- GROUCHES Are GREEN (2011)
- ↑ Episode 0262. May 11th, 1971.
- ↑ "The Responses of Children in Six Small Viewing Groups to SESAME STREET Shows 261–274". Internal CTW research document, Barbara Frengel Reeves. July 20th, 1971. Available to the public at the CTW archives, Box 240.
- ↑ Episode 0335. January 28th, 1972.
- ↑ B is for Books!, by Annie Cobb. Random House, 1996.
- WORM Gallery
- GROUCH Animals
- GROUCH Pets
- OSCAR’s PETS
- DUSTY & EARTHA
- RACHEL THE WORM
- Prince SLIMEY
- SLIMEY’s Alternate Identities
- SLIMEY on the Muppet Wiki
- SLIMEY on the Puppet Wiki
- SLIMEY on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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