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Disney Sing Along Songs: If I Knew You Were Coming (AKA: Grover's Birthday) is a video from the Sing Along Songs series. In this video, Kermit the Frog throws a birthday party for his friend Grover, he still has to gather for a few things first, like a guest list, a cake, birthday decorations, and birthday card. But with the help of Robin the Frog and Big Bird, he can get things done faster, while he does these things, he, Robin, Big Bird, and sometimes Ludwig Von Drake will introduce songs to pass the time. Released in 1989.

Songs

  • If I Knew You Were Coming (Id've Baked a Cake) (Sesame Street)
  • I'm Five (The Muppet Show)
  • Happy Birthday to Me (Fraggle Rock)
  • The Vigil (Snoopy!!! The Musical)
  • Herry's Family Song (Sesame Street)
  • Go With the Flow (Fraggle Rock)
  • I Whistle a Happy Tune (Sesame Street, originally from The King and I)
  • Be a Frog (The Muppet Show)
  • Welcome (Sesame Street)
  • Zig Zag Dance (Sesame Street)
  • All By Myself (Sesame Street)
  • High, Middle, Low (Sesame Street)
  • J Friends (Sesame Street)
  • Happy Birthday to You

Characters

Linking Footage

Kermit the Frog, Robin the Frog, Ludwig von Drake, Big Bird, Gordon, Bob, Luis, Susan, Mike, Party Decorations salesman, Green Cashier, Oscar the Grouch, Gonzo, and Partygoers

Inserts

Ernie, Cookie Monster, Robin the Frog, Red Fraggle, Cotterpin Doozer, Mavis, Linus van Pelt, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Sally Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Herry Monster, David, Herry's Father, Herry's Mother, Herry's Granny, Marjory the Trash Heap, Philo and Gunge, Mokey Fraggle, Boober Fraggle, Grover, Frogs, Cow, Horse, Miss Piggy, Pigs, Kermit the Frog, Bob, Luis, Susan, Prairie Dawn, Elmo, Maurice Monster, Bruce Monster, and Anything Muppets

Previews

  • Red FBI Warnings
  • Walt Disney Home Video Logo
  • Children's Television Workshop 1983 Logo
  • Jim Henson Productions Ident
  • Title Card and Intro

Notes

  • The guests who appeared in the video include Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Herry Monster, Count von Count, Gonzo, Red, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Placido Flamingo, and Anything Muppets. Many of these characters appeared in the song segments
  • Robin the Frog's second appearance in a Sing Along Songs video.
  • Christopher Cerf (who wrote this) voices the Party Decoration salesman.

Credits

  • Written by: Christopher Cerf
  • Segment Writers: Hal Hackady, Emily Perl Kingsley, Dennis Lee, Jeff Moss, Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, Milton Schafar
  • Directed by: Jon Stone
  • Segment Directors: George Bloomfield, Peter Harris, Jim Henson, Sam Jaimes, Wayne Moss, Robert Myhrum, Neil Smith
  • Producer: Arlene Sherman
  • Executive Producer: Jim Henson
  • With the Talents of: Frank Oz as Grover, Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, and Bert and Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, with Corey Burton, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Martin P. Robinson, Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Christopher Cerf, Pam Arciero, Camille Bonora, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Noel MacNeal, Jeremy Miller, Ami Foster, Kristi Baker, Cam Clarke, Bill Melendez, Tiffany Billings, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Rick Lyon, Jim Martin, Ivy Austin, Cheryl Hardwick, Fran Brill, Brian Muehl, Cheryl Blaylock, Ed Christie, Joe Raposo, Jeff Moss, Caroly Wilcox, Jim Kroupa, Bryant Young, Sandra Shamas, and Jim Henson
  • Cast: Roscoe Orman as Gordon, Emilio Delgado as Luis, Loretta Long as Susan, Bob McGrath as Bob, Ward Saxton as Mike, Northern Calloway as David
  • Songs - "If I Knew You Were Coming (Id've Baked a Cake)" Music and Lyrics by: Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, Albert J. Trace, Arrangement: Joe Raposo
  • "I'm Five" Music by: Derek Scott, Lyrics by: Milton Schafar
  • "Happy Birthday to Me" Music by: Philip Balsam, Lyrics by: Dennis Lee
  • "The Vigil" Music by: Larry Grossman, Lyrics by: Hal Hackady
  • "Herry's Family Song" Music by: Joe Raposo, Lyrics by: Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
  • "Go With the Flow" Music by: Philip Balsam, Lyrics by: Dennis Lee
  • "I Whistle a Happy Tune" Music and Lyrics by: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • "Be a Frog" Music and Lyrics by: Cole Porter, Arrangements: Derek Scott and Ray Charles
  • "Welcome" Music and Lyrics by: Joe Raposo
  • "Zig Zag Dance" Music by: Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by: James Timmons
  • "All By Myself" Music and Lyrics by: Jeff Moss
  • "High, Middle, Low" Music by: Jeff Moss, Lyrics by: Emily Perl Kingsley
  • "J Friends" Music and Lyrics by: Jeff Moss
  • Production Designer: Victor DiNapoli
  • Costume Designer: Bill Kellard
  • Muppets, Costumes, Props: Caroly Wilcox with Kermit Love, Paul Hartis, Barry Link, Stephen Rotondaro, Peter MacKennan, Connie Peterson, Mark Zeszotek, Richard Termine
  • Birthday Set Decorator: Nat Mongioi
  • "Peanuts" characters appear courtesy of United Feature Syndicate
  • Special Thanks to: Sharon Lerner, Al Hyslop, Jocelyn Stevenson, Frieda Lipp

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