The Alligator King

1971, Bud Luckey

Posted by John Martz, September 27, 2020

If I had to choose just one classic Sesame Street segment to have with me on a desert island (it could happen!) I think I might have to choose William "Bud" Luckey's Alligator King. More than simply a fun animation about the number seven, the short has a dramatic story, a hilarious escalation of slapstick mishaps, a sweet ending without being too saccharine, and a great Turk Murphy soundtrack thrown in for good measure. Luckey and Murphy also collaborated on Number 9 Martian Beauty.