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25th Anniversary Follow That Bird Edition!

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by AAO, Dec 5, 2008.

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  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Or better yet, an Oscar the Grouch commentary...

    "Yeah, this scene took 5 hours to shoot, and we kept doing take after take after take. The whole thing lasts 2 minutes just for that, and everyone was screaming their heads off by the end of it. I REALLY wish they made more movies. That sort of stuff is what Grouches LIVE for! Heh heh heh."
  2. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Member

    Wow. That cover only reminds me of why I hate DVD covers and movie posters of today. It looks like bad Photoshop. At least with the old DVD, we had very nice cover art.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see this re-released! I'm curious about the special features.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    This cover is simple and moderately attractive, but has no depth, artistry or interest beyond the initial grab of attention that something Sesame is about. I get it - crisp clean big portraits of the characters pops more than the beautiful hand drawn poster. Still, I think we've conditioned people (especially young people) to expect this look rather than something of quality. This current image is rather disposable while the other is a work of art. I think there's a market for companies to advertise alternative classic covers to a mature market of cinemaphiles. Comic books do it, why not DVDs? Also a send away coupon for a promotional reprint of the poster would also be a nice addition. Just a thought. In this current economy there's more than one way to turn a buck. This sort of thing used to be fundamental with records and comics when I was a kid. It would work here too. :wisdom:
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oddly enough, considering it's an anniversary edition, you WOULD tend to think that they would have made it the cover art, instead of the same old same old stock photos. But then again, when was the last time someone even saw a painted illustration for a movie poster, rather than some photo shoot. I think it's depressing that horrid films like "Mommas Boys" (or Grannies boys or whatever that was) only use illustrated poster art to bring back memories of Animal House (like those films compare)... I think the Indiana Jones 4 one was illustrated, or at least a photo manipulated to look like it.

    But as far as something for collectors, I restate my quandary... it's totally yellow feathery tail backwards, if you think about it.
  5. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    That's why years ago when DVDs were young and dinosaurs ruled the earth my little OCD mind (or is it called something else now? Oh well, it is a mix of loving details and hating change:coy:) started my hobby of printing out DVD sized movie posters (glossy paper :3!) and putting them on my DVD covers to have the VHS memories and my DVDs to. I figure it is not doing anything wrong since I bought the movie at full price, sometimes three times:excited:!
  6. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    All right, but when is is coming out, is it just in time for the 40th anniversary ?
  7. It seems to me that we're in a bit of a catch 22...

    Follow That Bird will more than likely be geared toward more of a 'Old School' generation of viewers. But unless there's a typewriter telling us that this edition isn't intended for today's pre-schoolers, it will probably be a bit kid-proof; hence an Elmo on the cover.

    We probably won't be seeing any kind of interviews with puppeteers or filmamkers, as much as that pains me. The featurette will probably be along the lines of the 2 minute one from Elmo in Grouchland: character interviews and an explination of the plot. Hopefully, being that this is the 25th Anniversary (in the 40th Anniversary year) there will be a bit more depth... character commentaries would be incredible; in the eyes and ears of a preschooler anything more would just be "Who is that and why is he talking when Big Bird is; who taught him those manners, Gorgs? Wait, Gorgs?" I digress...

    What might be neat is a "Big Bird's Photo Album" where you see pictures from on the set where Big Bird 'visited' as he traveled back to Sesame Street... This could be seen two ways "look at all those cool people Big Bird met" for the kids and "look at all those cool prople who got to meet Big Bird" for the adult fans.

    Just a few thoughts... Can't wait to see all of this progress!
  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I really REALLY hope they don't do that again. :coy:
  9. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    But there is not really anything that makes the movie that way, I mean the story is very timeless and preschoolers are still preschoolers that like a good sony and silly songs :)
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah kids don't change that much, they still appreciate quality. ;)

    Plus the film isn't about education so much; it's more about a touching story. :)

    Not that I think the Old School sets should have had that disclaimer for education either! ;)
  11. Don't get me wrong... I think any kid of any age could watch Follow That Bird and not be physically or emotionally harmed and/or scarred. Unfortunately, most Sesame viewers aren't interested if their interested if their furry red friend doesn't rupture their ear drums with his high squeal...

    When i say this movie is for the 'Old School'ers i simply mean 20 somes or older are more apt to watch this movie than today's preschoolers. It's a sad commentary, but it's a post-Henson world and Elmo rules...
  12. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I mean I won't be in denial, Elmo is very popular. But I know there are also kids who like classic SS. It was true when I was a kid and it's true now, that kids who don't follow the trend are rarely heard from. But they're still out there. ;)
  13. I totally agree! It's too bad that the show has gone this route. Not to get off the topic of the New DVD, but this whole Elmo's World thing is dissapointing. Supposedly, the show has been reformatted to keep up with other children's television shows. What's ironic about that is that the shows Sesame Street's competing against were made to fashion Sesame Street.

    Any whoo...

    Any more thoughts as to more features?
  14. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member



    How true, and if you asked them, they'd say they couldn't have existed without Sesame Street in the first place. :insatiable: :wisdom:

    The idea of a photo gallery is nice. As a producer from Fraggle Rock once pointed out, it's hard to find video footage from the '80s because home movies was still a growing art. That doesn't mean nothing exists of course, just have to wait and see. :)
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hey, All I want is that they have this in wide screen. No pan and scan jive. And of course, a new digital transfer....

    But I've seen a lot of random movies have super special editions that have a full second disk of random stuff (Monster Squad for example).

    So whatever it is, I just don't wanna see a video tape ported over to a DVD with a flashy new cover.....
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    If they had a choice, I'd be fine with that. :)
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I know a lot of people still have old televisions, mainly because I am one... but I fail to see why they produce movie DVD's in full frame still. Usually that's the only one they put on sale, and the only one you can find. They should have BOTH versions on a DVD at least.

    I wouldn't usually have cared, but once again... bad experiance with Ghostbusters. Very bad, nightmarish experiance with Ghostbusters...

    And Elmo in Grouchland isn't all that hot either (wow, full frame ruined that opening number in Grouchland something fierce).
  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah and even movies that didn't do well often have the option. So why can't it just be a requirement or something?
  19. Quite frankly, any kind of special features will be welcomed (even a booklet, a kin to Old School)! I've never heard of any type of behind the scene things; the most was a picture from www.streetgangbook.com 's gallery. Old footage would be better than new footage, but again, anything would be great :wisdom: !
  20. AAO

    AAO Member

    I agree. I don't think "new" footage with the characters would be cool. Like, I would be worried that they would interview Elmo on what he thought or something!

    I would love to see as much for this movie. It was an amazing movie! Anytime I mention it people go crazy because they loved it! I don't look at the film as a "kids film"... It's a original idea. I also noticed they break the "fourth wall" (the audience) a few times. And usually it was Big Bird.

    In all other Muppet films, Kermit and the others made a point to explain or make fun of they were making a movie... Which is great! But you knew that they were "actors" whereas everything that happened to Big Bird was real in a sense...


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