Big Bird Pez can tell you how to get to
Sesame Street, and can also tell you where to get some Pez.
Monthly: Big Bird Pez, you are part of the
new Sesame Street Pez dispenser set that is available here
in the United States. However, you've been around for a
little while over in Europe as well. What are your thoughts
on suddenly becoming part of a worldwide phenomenon?
Bird Pez: That's awfully kind of you, but
I would hesitate to call it a 'worldwide phenomenon.' We're
just enjoying being a part of the Pez family. True, we've
been entertaining kids of all ages for 35 years now, but
now that we are Pez dispensers, the fun can really begin.
That is true indeed. Plus, coming to America
has also expanded the Sesame Street Pez set, adding Elmo
Pez and Zoe Pez. How are these two additions fitting in
with the rest of the crew?
Oh, it's been great to have them join us
in stores everywhere. At first, the four of us (myself,
Cookie Monster Pez, Bert Pez, and Ernie Pez) were a pretty
tight-knit group, and adding two more seemed almost unnatural.
But this is the way it was on the show, as well- Cookie,
Bert, Ernie, and I were the "old guard" and then
Elmo and Zoe came in and shook things up. And if history
is any indication, things will only get better.
That's a good point, Big Bird Pez. Elmo Pez, who
we initially tried to reach for this interview, declined, as he
was too busy being tickled, doing the hokey-pokey, doing the Limbo,
and just generally being a multimedia sensation. Does his star
power sometimes get to be too much for everyone else, who are
content just being Pez dispensers?
No, you kind of get used to it. Every group has
that individual who just sort of stands out. "Seinfeld"
had Kramer, "Family Matters" had Urkel, and the Beatles
had Ringo. It's pretty standard, and Elmo can be a regular Pez
dispenser like any one of us. That being said, if there were to
someday be an Oscar the Grouch Pez or a Snuffleupagus Pez that
would put Elmo Pez in his place, you wouldn't hear a peep from
Very interesting, Big Bird Pez. Speaking of huge
stars, you tower over your co-stars on "Sesame Street,"
yet as a Pez dispenser you are just about the same height as every
other Pez dispenser. Has this change taken some time to get used
Ah yes, Pez- the great equalizer. You could be
a tall drink of water like myself or Chewbacca, or you could be
a little guy like Tweety or R2D2, but when you take it to the
Pez dispenser level, we're all more or less 4-inch pieces of plastic
with one common purpose: to dispense fruity goodness to kids of
all ages. Plus, as a Pez dispenser I am much less prone to accidentally
stepping on people when I get too excited.
That is great to hear, and thanks again for sitting
down with Pezhead Monthly for the Five Questions, Big Bird
Pez. I now open the floor to you for closing thoughts. Anything
you'd like to share?
Yes indeed. This Five Questions was brought to
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