It’s finally the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street!

As you’ll know from our previous posts Google has been counting down the the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street on it’s home page all week with a different character every day. Today’s ensemble picture (right) is the final doodle in the series as today is the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of Sesame Street. The series of images were intended to help the Sesame Workshop and support it’s goal of educating children.

Google has released a high resolution gallery of all the images suitable for use as desktop wallpapers, etc. including a behind the scenes look at how today’s image was created (right).

Here’s a quick run-down of the images they’ve used so far:
Today – Ensemble
Monday 9th- Count Von Count
Sunday 8th – Elmo
Saturday 7th – Oscar the Grouch
Friday 6th – Bert & Ernie
Thursday 5th – Cookie Monster
Wednesday 4th – Wallace & Gromit on Google UK, selected Sesame Street characters on various international sites.

Of course there are some people unhappy at the repeated use of Sesame Street characters and some people unhappy at the use of Elmo on Rememberance Sunday or the Count on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall (although did have a special logo (right).

Personally I think Google can do what they like whith their homepages and helping educate children is a good way to prevent things like the Berlin Wall and global conflicts happening again.

Ask Jeeves have also put in a little dig via their Twitter account: “I hate to be bitchy but is anyone else bored of Google’s Sesame Street logo- I’m all for cookie monster but us Brits are more about Rainbow”. Seems you really can’t please all of the people all of the time.

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