Abby Cadabby is a 3-year-old magical Muppet who lives on the happiest street in the world. The "Sesame Street" fairy-in-training is a pink, singing ball of fun and energy. Her tagline is "That's so magical," and her recent shining moments included the enthusiastic song "Hurray-hurrah for broccoli."
With her blue dress and hair in pom poms, Abby (v oiced by puppeteer Leslie Carrara) could be Tinker Bell's baby sister. She even has her own CGI-animated segment, "Abby's Flying Fairy School."
Well, it seems that our sweet little puppet may be having a difficult time. Our pretend friend is dealing with the childhood issue of divorcing parents. The Muppet who first appeared on the show in 2006 is giving a voice and emotions to this very painful subject.
That's right, kids. "D" is for divorce. The puppet, who must now split her time between the residences of both parents, will help to facilitate conversations on the topic.
The children's educational show did attempt to tackle divorce in the past. Back in 1992, Mr. Snuffleupagus confessed to his BFF Big Bird that his parents were splitting up. The segment didn't test well and was pulled. In today's world, it's time to reintroduce the topic that is part of the majority of Americans' lives in one way or another.
The Abby Cadabby school of divorce is already faring better than Snuffy's attempt. Lynn Chwatsky of the Sesame Workshop said, "These kids love and adore Abby. So to know that she's going through something similar to them, something challenging, it's like, wow. It makes it OK to have a whole range of feelings."
In fact, the name of the segment featuring the usually bubbly puppet is "Big Feelings." The long-time Sesame Street resident Gordon Robinson (Roscoe Orman) helps Abby process her emotions with a song. There is also an animated video where Abby explains the situation with her magic crayons.
"Sesame Street" faced a bit of turmoil with the Kevin Clash (voice of Elmo) scandal. The new Abby Cadabby segment already seems like it might be as successful as 2010's "I Love My Hair," which celebrated beauty, diversity, and natural African-American hair. As Barbara Walters pointed out on "The View," the Sesame world has addressed such sensitive topics as race, adoption, love, pregnancy, incarceration, and even death."
See that? You'll be OK, Abby Cadabby. Well done, "Sesame Street"!
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