Oscar the Grouch Day is celebrated on June 1, which is also the birthday of Oscar the Grouch. He is a fictional character who lives in a trash can on “Sesame Street” with a green body and no visible nose. Oscar does not know what it means to have a happy birthday and believes that the best thing about birthdays is that you don’t have to celebrate them again for a whole year once they are gone. It was “Sesame Street” episode 3,866 that revealed that Oscar’s birthday is on June 1.
History of Oscar the Grouch Day
The Oscar the Grouch puppet was made by Muppets Inc for the children’s television series “Sesame Street,” which began to air in 1969. With 51 seasons to its name, the show has become one of the most iconic television shows.
What inspired Jim Henson, one of the creators of “Sesame Street,” to come up with Oscar the Grouch was a rude waiter at a restaurant called Oscar’s Salt of the Sea. In his original sketch, Oscar was a grumpy-looking spiky monster in magenta. However, the technological limitations of the time made him redesign Oscar with orange fur before his premiere in 1969. Oscar got his green color during the second season. In the show, he said that he turned green after spending his vacation at Swamp Mushy Muddy where it was very damp, which made him all moldy and slimy.
According to author Robert W. Morrow in his book “‘Sesame Street’ and the Reform of Children’s Television,” Oscar the Grouch was created to showcase ethnic and racial diversity. His tastes and manners were different from the other characters of the show. These differences were used by the creators as a metaphor for racial differences to address social issues.
In its early years, young enthusiastic viewers of “Sesame Street” mailed gifts of trash to Oscar the Grouch via the Children’s Television Workshop. These included a box of old sneakers, an old bathing cap, and stale poppy seeds.
“Don’t bang on my can! Go away,” which was Oscar’s first line in episode 1 of “Sesame Street” remains the epitome of his personality more than 50 years later.
Oscar the Grouch Day timeline
On November 10, Sesame Street airs, and television audiences are introduced to Oscar the Grouch as one of the original residents of Sesame Street.
Caroll Spinney, the man behind Oscar’s movements and voice, stops puppeteering after being diagnosed with dystonia but continues to provide his voice.
On October 17, Caroll Spinney announces his official retirement from doing the voice of Oscar the Grouch.
Oscar the Grouch visit’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where they perform a duet and discuss the politics of the world.
Oscar the Grouch Day FAQs
Is Oscar the Grouch homeless?
No. In the film “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland,” Oscar’s trash can was revealed to be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It also has some luxurious amenities.
Why was Oscar the Grouch removed from “Sesame Street”?
Oscar was not removed but had to leave “Sesame Street” in 2018 because Caroll Spinney, then 84, who did Oscar’s voice, finally decided to retire. Caroll Spiny passed away on December 8, 2019.
Why did they change the color of Oscar the Grouch?
The decision was made by Jim Henson, creator of the original “Sesame Street” characters. In the show, Oscar says that he went on vacation to Swamp Mushy Muddy and came back green.
How To Celebrate Oscar the Grouch Day
Name your grouch
To cope with the grumpy part of you, give it a name and validate it. It will help you distance yourself from the feeling. Negative thoughts are an essential part of our thought process but they don’t have to define us.
Schedule grumpy time
Dedicate some time to your inner grouch. Take five minutes and let it out. Allow yourself to complain and feel miserable, and you will feel better afterwards.
Do something kind
The best way to get the better of your inner grouch is by carrying out random acts of kindness. They don’t have to be huge. Taking a flower to a neighbor, or paying the ticket for the car behind you, and doing other similar little good deeds help a lot.
5 Facts About Oscar The Grouch That You Didn’t Know
Not all green
In the first season of “Sesame Street,” Oscar the Grouch was orange and it was only during the second season that he got his trademark color, green.
The song ‘I Love Trash,’ which Oscar sings was written and composed by Jeff Moss exclusively for him.
A voice that is a grouch
The voice of Oscar the Grouch was inspired by a Bronx taxi driver in whose taxi Carol Spinney was going to work one day.
A grouch that is a waltz
Oscar's signature song ‘I Love Trash’ is a waltz and is rated the third best song in the history of “Sesame Street” by Billboard magazine.
A dream of Oscar
According to “Sesame Street” head writer Jeff Moss, he dreamed up Oscar the Grouch after educators suggested that there should be a character that was not happy at all times.
Why We Love Oscar the Grouch Day
Oscar is a real friend
Oscar is not desperate to make a friend and neither does he suffer a fool. He is a friend for life and not for social media likes. Therefore the day also celebrates true friends like Oscar.
Oscar’s inquisitive nature
Oscar is very inquisitive about things. If he truly loves something, he understands it inside out, the stuffing and the substance. The day acknowledges the importance of being inquisitive.
Living life your way
Live life the way you want to. This is what Oscar the Grouch stands for. Just like Oscar accepts the way he is by singing ‘I Love Trash,’ you should sing your song too. The tune doesn’t matter, but your passion to sing does.
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