Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Featured Movie of the Week -- Sesame Street Pinball

If you're old enough, you will fondly remember this little clip from what I consider the "vintage" days of Sesame Street in the 1970's.

I watched Sesame Street a few years ago, as my kids were coming through their fours and fives, and I have to say I was very disappointed. There were very few good cartoon or claymation clips, and the stories that ran throughout the episode weren't very interesting. There were also less puppets than before. You could actually get through an entire episode and never see Grover, Kermit, the Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, or Oscar the Grouch, not to mention the Count, Mr. Snuffaluffagus, etc.

What was most disappointing is that for the last third of the show, they switched over to Elmo's World, which is really a whole different show-within-a-show. And I hate it.

So, now I sound like one of those old codgers... "Yeah, back in my day, Mr. Hooper was the best! And Maria? Hubba! Hubba!"

Anyhow, here's vintage Sesame Street, that my kids should enjoy:


JamesF said...

I don't know what you were watching, but the Count is in every episode doing his number of the day (which is a bit lame, I admit, but he's there everyday). Likewise Cookie Monster is there everyday for the Letter of the day. And Ernie is there with Bird Bird for "Journey to Ernie". And there would usually be a Bert and Ernie skit after "Journey to Ernie." I agree though that overall the stories are watered down and that the whole Elmo World has taken on a life of it's own as far as marketing goes.

As far as the animation goes, they occaisionally throw in one of the old school animations. As for the rest, it's entirely possible that when you were younger, the show was just as bad as it is now, but that remember it as being better due to nostalgia. I mean really, I remember loving A-Team, Knight Rider, Incredible Hulk, BJ and the Bear, Airwolf and Dukes of Hazzard. But watch those shows now, and they seem pretty not only antiquated, but just down right bad at times. It makes you wonder what you saw in them (although Daisy being in Dukes salvages it a bit). Hmm, I went on about this more than I intended.

Scott said...

Probably some truth in what you say in the second paragraph. I remember loving Three's Company, and when I watch it now, it seems pretty goofy.

Anonymous said...

How could you not love Elmo??? He is so precious. Kids absolutely LOVE Elmo!!

Last week I saw the person who "is Elmo". He finally revealed himself on one of the daytime shows. He is a black man about 50 years old. Needless to say, being Elmo has made him a very rich man!!!

Scott said...

Nope. I guess I'm just old school. Don't care for Elmo. I liked it better when it was an interplay of more puppet characters rather than a focus on just one or two puppets (like Elmo and Telly). I understand that the original puppeteers (Henson, Oz) are either dead or retired, and I'm sure that has an effect, but still I prefer the old days.

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