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Any big Murray fans?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by beaker, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I have to say, Murray Monster to me has to be the coolest Sesame Street character I've seen since I first saw Telly back in the 80's.
    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Murray_Monster

    I absolutely love this guy, none of the least is the fact he's an Egyptian muppet fused with the voice and personality of Joe the Armadillo. Joey Mazzarino has done such an amazing job with him,
    and I would have to say Murray is one of the best new Muppet characters period since Pepe was introduced.

    I LOVE the "word of the day", "Murray had a little lamb"(him and ovejita are so cute!) and Sesame Podcast episodes.

    One reason, is I've ALWAYS loved seeing Muppet puppets out in the real world, away from sets and interacting with people just being themselves on the street. I love Uncle Matt from Fraggle Rock, or the similar skits seen on the From The Balcony webisode series.

    I know Abby Cadabby, and more over the ever ubiquitous Elmo get all the marketing attention...but I'd LOVE to some day see a plush or *something* of this guy

    Any other huge Murray Monster fans?
  2. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I know i just can't get enough of him and hope he gets more storylines other then just his Murray Has A Little Lamb and his Word of the day. I've always loved any of the Sesame Street Monsters all the way till Zoe.

    Rosita was the first one who at the first was spoused to be a Bat Monster of some kind and then they changed her and i would love to see her wings come back but i still enjoy her as much as the other Monster characters.

    I too would love to have a plush of Murray and Ovejita. But anyone who loves any of the Monsters should like Murray.
  3. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    yes! murray rocks. he's single-handedly bringing back everything that the most recent sesame street has been starting to leave out: a prominent character who is older than 3, muppet/human interaction, slapstick & improv comedy, and the less polished more real feel that goes along with all of that. and it works and it's fresh and new. not to mention he's really funny, and his personality/look/voice are quite lovable. i hope murray gets integrated into the street scenes so his character continues to grow--i really can't wait to see what joey (and murray) does next!
  4. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Yes YES YES!
    I Love Murray. I swear, since they started WTWOTS he has become one of my favourite Muppets. I too also really like Abby, but Murray is a definate favourite of mine. The sort of humour employed with Murray and the outdoor setting I find works in glorious harmony. I think the defining aspect of the character, is the personality. Murray has this big, happy, look-at-me sort of appeal to him, yet Joey does such a great job writing for and performing him. I remember the first time I saw Murray I instantly thought that it could only be Mazzarino, and boy do I love him.

    Murray is probably my favourite new character of late, and the demeanour of the character is only all good. :wisdom:
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I like Murray also, and it's great that Joey finally has a strong, stable, prominent character to play, but I feel they shoved him into the spotlight to quickly. I mean, he started hosting the cold openings, but now he has his own 6-minute segment in every episode. I think they're rushing him in.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The idea in and of itself of putting Muppet characters out there in the real world interacting with real people was always a thrill. I think Murray had a Little Lamb was one of the best things that happened to SS in some time. Too bad they only made half as many segments as there are episodes. Even Joey referred to him as a Traveling Matt like character.

    But as fior the character itself, he's one of my favorite new characters, and I adore his character design. Not like anything we've seen on SS before, and it reminds me of the late 70's into the 80's when they had all these different oddly designed stock monsters you only see every so often. A lot of monsters look like Herry, Elmo, or Telly... but I ain't never seen something that looked like Murray since the Egyptian series premiered. I think he's one of my favorite Sesame Street puppet designs. I really hope to see a PVC or plush toy in the future...
  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    You just articulated much better than I could all the top reasons I love Murray Monster. Someone should start a fansite, or letter writing to Sesame Workshop to demand more Murray!

    I know Elmo is their never ending cashcow, but Im telling you guys...Murray Monster has the shutzpuh! The moxy! The pizaz I tells ya!
  8. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Murray merchandise would be amazing. Sadly I dont know if SW has any actual plans with him.

    Though maybe he will be like Pepe...a breakaway star, who unlike Elmo, naturally and organically rises up on his own and from fans.

    I think the writers must *know* how much better the Murray segments are than Elmo's World or a lot of the other stuff. I'd love to see a new kind of revitalization "on the street"...nothing too radical, but something new.

    One thing I miss, is the Sesame gang going on adventures to the outside world.

    Like the movie Dont Eat The Pictures, Follow That Bird, etc

    And yeah, youre right. A lot of the monsters for awhile had the standard 1970's/80's set template look for awhile(tho I will always be a huge Telly and Honker fan)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look and style of a lot of the international Sesame Street characters and its great to see them make a new Sesame Street USA character in that style(Just wish more Americans could see clips of the foreign shows)
  9. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I would have to disagree with you, There have been characters that have been pushed and forced out there, Zoe being one of them, but Fran saved that character from ending up into obscurity. But I think even Fran mentioned that Elmo was one of those characters who's popularity naturally grew with the audience of the over time. And I can't even blame the success of the first doll. It was the riding It and running with that success that made Elmo to come off as quite annoying. It was actually post toy, and even them it was a slow creep up.


    Anyway, Murray has very quickly grown on my as a character and I agree that StreetScenes is spot on about him being so muhc of what his be mis or a lack there of on the show for many years.
  10. Nick22

    Nick22 Active Member

    i havent seen too much of murray. i dont love him but i dont hate him. i saw him in one episode, and i seemed a little annoying. but i think he is pretty awesome. i'd rather see A LOT more of him than of elmo. i love elmo, but he seems to be the only character we ever see.
  11. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    i don't know? He reminds me a lot of Big Bird. Very inquisitive. He's Just like a Sesame Street Muppet should be. Reminds me a lot of the older days of the show.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Yeah. That over-Elmofication happened post doll (and somehow I blame Rosie O Donnel for it).

    I really hope bigger things happen for Murray. For some stupid reason, they're going to rerun the segments that had this last next season. Really disappointing. I really wish that all these character based segments would all rotate... Elmo's world one day, Murray had a Little Lamb the next, Ernie and Bert Claymation after that... and it repeats the cycle.

    I really hope Murray's great segment doesn't go the way of Journey to Ernie or Monster Time... (though, frankly, JTE was far inferior. even when they perfected it). And I like how Joey wants to keep the character out in the real world, and not in the studio segments... he didn't like how Murray was thrown into the first episode of last season.
  13. peachybabe01

    peachybabe01 New Member

    would you happen to know if they have made a murrary doll, my daughter loves them and i would like to get her one.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Not yet. He appears in ONE book, and that's all the Murray Merchandise I've seen so far.
  15. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    I have to say I do agree with you Oscarfan. I mean while Murray is starting to bring back what originally Made SS so great, it does seem like he's becoming a bit too popular all of the sudden.

    I mean it's not like it's a bad thing, I would have thought they try to take it a bit slow. :super:
  16. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I just got done watching a bunch of Murray/Ovejita segments with my family that I compiled on dvdr. These guys are pure magic, and some of THE best Muppety characters/chemistry I've seen. It's unfortunate a lot of Muppet fans won't get to check em out due to it being Sesame...but I mean these guys are amazing.

    I mean the intro alone...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcoWtcg_zz0

    And the interaction Murray and Ovejita has at this NYC art school for children...priceless...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaWohX-9Ej4

    These two are absolutely amazing, and it would be a real shame if Fisher Price didnt make plushes and toys of these two...and just continue making the same garbage Elmo stuff they've been pimping out since the latter 90's.

    I wish! In a perfect world Sesame would dump(or dramatically cut back Elmo) and have Murray and Ovejita take over.
  17. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I say saturate baby saturate...after Elmo's 13 years and going reign of dookie, I say it's time to turn up the volume on characters who are genuine and real and have true heart.

    Joey Mazzarino is an absolute genius. He said he wanted to base Murray Monster on Fraggle Rock's traveling Matt, as in a character who goes into the real world and interacts and explores culture around. I LOVE that he's given Murray a bit of
    Joe The Armadillo's voice and personality, and there's an honest sincerity to him.

    There's something just amazingly fresh and exciting with Murray and Ovejita, and Im hoping parents are taking notice as well as Sesame Workshop.
  18. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I agree with what mbmfrog said about taking Murray a little bit slower then throwing him out there. I don't mind Murray and fell in love with his character when i first saw him but now he's like i don't know kinda getting on my nerves now. I still like him but i can't stand to see him taking over to much time on Sesame Street.

    If they would just go back to season 39 and just have him intro the show and have his little segment that would be ok with me. I don't mind seeing him all over the show but why have him just there.

    Why not give him like a couple of skits with Cookie Monster, Elmo, Telly, Baby Bear, Rostia, Zoe, Big Bird and other characters. Have him come in and intrup Ernie and Berts fun time. Like how Cookie Monster or Herry used to do from time to time. Have him in a couple of the street scenes. I really enjoyed that he was in the first episode of Season 39. That was great. Have more that i say.

    But i do hope to see a Murray and Ovejita plush someday. I'll be buying them for me and and not my kids (if i ever have any). But come on Sesame Workshop. WE WANT TOYS OF THESE CHARACTERS!
  19. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I think Murray and Ovejita are great! They're a nice, funny new addition to the Sesame Street cast. I don't want Elmo or Abby or anyone to be gone, but it would be nice to see all the cast members get better representation. (Of course, as long as characters get their own segment, the show's going to feel dominated that way. I wish they still did the original format with the street story stretching all through the show.)
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, I've started thinking that maybe Murray should host a Sesame Street DVD, maybe focusing on letters, numbers, or music, and could act like a music video vee-jay.

    I wonder what characters WOULD be good for Murray to interract with. I feel like he and Grover might be too similar (though Murray doesn't seem to mix things up like Grover does). Maybe he could annoy Oscar or Bert.

    Considering that Murray usually seems seperate from the rest of the show, I find it a bit odd that, in "The Word on the Street", he says "Hi, I'm Murray from Sesame Street". Technically that is true, but it still feels odd.

    Also, considering how much he's been used in the last three years, I'm surprised that he has yet to host any of the days at sesamestreet.org.


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