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Ben Vereen sings Pure Imagination on The Muppet Show (1977)

Watch actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen try to cheer up Droop with some Pure Imagination, a song from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). They're also joined by some unusual creatures. The performance is fr...

Yolanda Baker, last of the disco ball makers

Yolanda Baker's fingers move with electric efficiency as she works her way around a mirror ball early on a Tuesday morning in a small Highlands factory. The core of the mirror ball is dull spun aluminum but with every...

What is Jazz? Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Tormé explain

From the 1976 Grammys, scat singing music legends Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Tormé answer the question: What is Jazz? Watch more of Fitzgerald's brilliance

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

Cubits (1978) by Al Jarnow

From animator, artist, sculptor, and filmmaker Al Jarnow, enjoy this 1978 experimental animation classic filled with patterns, geometry, logic, and other ideas beyond animation: Cubits. From AV Club: Many of Jarnow’...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

Schoolhouse Rock: A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing

A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing, a 1973 Grammar Rock episode from Schoolhouse Rock. Related watching: Verb: That’s What’s Happening, Unpack Your Adjectives, and more Schoolhouse Rock.

Sesame Street: The 30 Dots Collection

Classic patterns and surprises! Sesame Street's 1970s era series about 30 dots has been collected into 13 segments by YouTube user Monsterpiece Theatre. Debuting as an animation set by You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown...

Dizzy Gillespie live on stage: Salt Peanuts

American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer Dizzy Gillespie peforms Salt Peanuts live on stage, likely at the Ontario Place Forum in Toronto, circa 1971. We love the fun audience warm up in the...

Renegades of Bike Culture or How Mountain Biking Was Invented

Renegades of Bike Culture, or How Mountain Biking Was Invented, from the University of California's Fig.1 series. In the 1970's, counter-culture types in the mountains north of San Francisco took to careening down ...

Sesame Street: Signing Alphabet (1977)

From the early Sesame Street days, composer Joan La Barbara's Signing Alphabet (1977).

Sign Songs – Electric Company

In the 1970s, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown composer Clark Gesner made a series of found signage-based videos for PBS’ The Electric Company. The song above is our favorite becaus...

Sesame Street’s Mad Painter paints the number 7

Sesame Street’s Mad Painter paints the number 7, starring Paul Benedict and featuring Stockard Channing and Jerome Raphel. We especially love the jaunty silent film-style music. After th...

Kermit the Frog – The Rainbow Connection

Kermit the Frog sings The Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie. It was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Academy Awards. There are more rainbows in the archives, as well as these two video gems: Jim Henson maki...

Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show (1976)

Above, a skit from experimental Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show in 1976. More videos: communication, emotions, and muppets.

Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home – Sesame Street

Classic Sesame Street: Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home.

Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s Proud Mary

Clear the floor for dancing because it’s not containable at 1m55s… Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary on live Italian TV in 1971.

Them Not-So-Dry Bones – Schoolhouse Rock

Ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons all need our skeletons. And so do we! It’s Schoolhouse Rock's Them Not-So-Dry Bones, animated in 1979.

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