‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Theme Gets ‘Sesame Street’ Makeover
Not much, to be honest, but the Muppet duo have used the theme song to Smith’s old television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as the basis for telling their own origin tale, in a recent Sesame Street video.
You can watch the video below.
Fans of the original will notice a number of spoofed elements in the new video, from the spinning thrones to the graffiti-covered wall (though Bert is cleaning graffiti off the wall, instead of adding to it, as Smith’s character did in the original video).
Bert’s mother even makes an appearance — who knew Bert had a mother? — wearing hair curlers, like Smith’s character’s mother did in the old Fresh Prince clip.
The Sesame Street spoof is not the first time The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme has been appropriated for comic intent. Jimmy Fallon filmed a parody when he took The Tonight Show to Los Angeles in 2015 (three years after he covered the song while imitating classic rocker Neil Young for a YouTube Presents clip).
There’s no word yet on whether Smith has seen Sesame Street’s video. Earlier this year there was word of a potential animated Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series in the works, as well as a possible reboot with a female protagonist in the role of “Fresh Princess.”