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The Yip Yips (also known as the Martians or Aliens) are characters on the American educational children's television show Sesame Street. They are puppets depicting alien visitors from Mars.[1] with notable physical features such as squid-like tentacles, large eyes, and antennae. Built by Caroly Wilcox, they are "Yip Yipped" by multiple muppeteers including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, and Kevin Clash. The puppets have a very simple design, controlled entirely by two rods (one for the body and eyes, the other for the front of the mouth). This allows their entire bodies to be seen on camera, appearing to float in the air.

The Yip Yips appear by materialising into a room, always saying "Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh" upon arrival. As they come across common objects they are foreign to them, the Yip Yips consult a book they call "Earth book". When they fail to 'correctly' interact with an object of Earth even after consulting their book, they are known to say "nope nope nope". Another common trait of the Yip Yips is that when frightened, they cover their face with the lower part of their jaw while making a "goom" noise.



Around the time of Sesame Street 's 35th anniversary, licensors finally started to notice and recall the characters. In mid-to-late 2003, Hot Topic led the way with the first-known official Yip Yip merchandising, a "vintage"-look T-shirt with two Martians.[5] This was followed in the fall of 2004 with Gund bean-bag toys.[6] Light switch plates, action figures (by Palisades Toys), and stuffed toys followed. The 2006 Sesame Street calendar features the Yip Yips for November, and they make an appearance on the front cover. Costumes of the characters may be purchased, but these may not be authorized by Sesame Street.

The only real acknowledgement of the characters previous to 2003 was their mention in the 30th anniversary book Sesame Street Unpaved.


  1. ^ "The Yip Yips (Martians)". Sesame Street. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ The Martians Discover a Telephone. Sesame Street – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Ernie And Bert Meet The Martians. Sesame Street – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Martians Radio. Sesame Street – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2005-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Martian by Gund". Table & Home.