sesame-street-minneapolis-hero

Chosen One of the Day: Jeff Goldblum as Sesame Street's Minneapolis Johnson

Contributed by
Oct 19, 2018

Sesame Street is usually a pretty sedate place; the focus, after all, is on education (and pop culture riffs). Usually the most exciting thing is a visit from one of the Gold Team Muppets.

But in 1990, adventure came to the street in the form of Minneapolis Johnson, local resident Bob’s (presumably estranged? Idk, man, I feel like this would have come up earlier!) brother, archaeologist, and loving knock-off of Indiana Jones. While crashing with his brother, he runs into Snuffleupagus, which is a lucky break in his quest for the Golden Cabbage of Snufertiti. Apparently, the Snufs descend from an alternative ancient Eygpt, where the very passive-aggressive Snufertiti ruled over humans. I think we need to start examining those mammoth mummies way more carefully.

Long before Jurassic Park, Sesame Street realized Goldblum’s charisma and appeal would dovetail perfectly with a Spielbergian sense of action, as well as look amazing in the get-up (with the addition of a ponytail because 1990, Goldblum can pull it off). Minneapolis reads maps, solves puzzles, and swings with ropes with admirable aplomb.

sesame-street-minneapolis-swing

The moral of the story, besides that Sesame Street can really stretch a production budget, is that Bob and Minneapolis may be very different from one another—they speak-sing a whole song about it!—but they still love and respect one another. And I think that’s a really beautiful lesson: We may all fail to be Jeff Goldblum spending a few days cosplaying Indiana Jones, but he loves us anyway.

Make Your Inbox Important

Get our newsletter and you’ll be delivered the most interesting stories, videos and interviews weekly.

Sign-up breaker