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Classic Sesame Clips on Youtube

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Al Hempker, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I just looked at that "Subway" video this morning and it is one of the best ones thta I've seen on that website. Can't wait to see what else they'll add.:excited:
  2. BillKal

    BillKal Well-Known Member

    Anyone else check out that hilarious sketch with the hippie guy and the "straight" lecuturer talking about shapes??? Absolutely priceless!! Look out big that nose is on the lecturer.
  3. anythingmuppet

    anythingmuppet Well-Known Member

    Clips I'd love to see on Youtube:

    I dont want to live on the moon
    Monster in The Mirror ( any)
    More Monsterpiece Theater, specifically "39 Stairs" and "One Flew Over Coocoo's Nest"
    More E&B :p :( (what I'm thinkin of are "The Cake","Drums", etc)
    More Grover the Waiter ( The Count and Hot Dogs, etc)
    More Super Grover/Grover/Marshall Grover
    and more..

  4. dinoboy

    dinoboy Well-Known Member

    The one thing I really loved from the show was the closing credits song Magic Carpet Ride played as a nighttime theme. It sounded very soothing and almost like a song to help people fall asleep.
  5. dinoboy

    dinoboy Well-Known Member

    Classic SS Clips posted onto youtube.com

    Now how was it possible to obtain those skits, if the home VCR's recording feature wasn't introduced untill the early to mid 1980's? Surely they didn't air 1970's Sesame Street episodes during the 1980's much, since obviously they wanted to move on with newer episodes.
  6. DetGoran

    DetGoran Member

    BillKal said: "Cool...today they have the "Subway" song on there!!! Haven't seen that in years."

    Is that an 80s skit, Billkal? I'm just wondering.
  7. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I watched the "Subway" skit just now. I'm trying to think whether or not I saw it when I was little. I don't recall seeing Betty Lou on the show too often. Her voice sounded different than I'd expected. I also don't recall seeing Bert and Kermit together, so I wonder about that. The song sounds real familar. Maybe I just heard it on MC Radio.
  8. anythingmuppet

    anythingmuppet Well-Known Member

    Also, to add to this list:

    Do De Rubber Duck
    Oscar, the Bus, and Kermit
    Monsterpiece Theater: King & I
    and The Count's "Song of the Count"
  9. Clean Glutch

    Clean Glutch Active Member

    They play it on MC Radio but the record version and the TV version are slightly different. The record version's music is a little different and uses some of the same samples as "Bus Stop", whereas the TV Version is a little more upbeat and kind of goes with the fast ride of a subway. And different characters sing different parts on both versions. And Kermit isnt on the record version, its Jim doing his standard gruff/nasaly voice like he does for Guy Smiley or alot of early Sesame AM's
  10. Clean Glutch

    Clean Glutch Active Member

    It appears that Grover and the Inflating G, A 2 Headed Monster Skit, Steve's first performance as Ernie, and The 1812 Overture clip from Muppets: A Celebration of 30 years
  11. Al Hempker

    Al Hempker Well-Known Member

    I noticed that the Grover and the Inflating G video is cut short. The G getting really big used to scare me when I was little.
  12. fatblue

    fatblue Well-Known Member


    They also have the Grover skit where he goes to bed at night and gets scared.

    If you notice, his mommy is played by proto (green) Grover! The first time both have been in the same skit, old meets new I guess LOL!!

    I saw the G skit too. I got scared by that as a kid also.
  13. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. That's interesting, because I saw Grover's mom in pictures and she didn't look green. I guess the artists who drew those haven't seen that skit. I just watched the one where Ernie was talking to Cookie Monster about hope. That one must be pretty old since he said 'I' instead of 'me.'

    Now, let's see what would I like to see. I guess I'm not to concerned with the E&B skits since most of them are still played on the show today and we'll probably see more of them next season, but it would be nice to see...

    A. More Kermit News Flashes
    B. Appearances by the other two Gordons
    C. Anything with Brian Meehl's Telly (I know I remember a few of them, but I can't remember the voice sounding different, so I'd like to see those again)
    D. Skits with old forgotten characters. They did a good job with Harvey Kneeslapper, but I would like to see more Roosevelt Franklin, Forgetful Jones, Don Music, etc.
    E. Earlier opening/closing credits from the 70s.

    It would also be good if they could include an entire episode. Though that would probably take a long time to load on my computer.
  14. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

  15. anythingmuppet

    anythingmuppet Well-Known Member

    Hmm, there haven't been any new updates for a couple days....I guess the uploaders are busy on weekdays...which is fine..
  16. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    That one's on there. Wow, I read the transcript at toughpigs.com. It would be good to be able to see it and hear the voices, especially considering the hippie's voiced by the late Northern Calloway.
  17. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    If only someone could convert those Flash bits to .wmv format; I'd love to see the Sesame Street I remembered as a girl.

    P.S. For other people who think the show has gone downhill since Henson died, I wrote this song parody:

    TV [Bleep]* (A Sesame Street Fan's Lament)
    (sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells")

    How I loved that show
    from my early childhood days--
    till fourteen years ago**,
    when Henson passed away.
    The genius he could bring
    made my spirits bright,
    but "Elmo's World" botched ev'rything
    that he had gotten right.


    TV [bleep]:
    can't they tell
    Sesame's a bomb,
    not the show I used to watch
    curled up with my mom?
    Actors dead,
    so instead
    Muppets steal the scene;
    Wish I had a brick to throw
    at my color TV screen!

    Rumors I first heard
    in a newsgroup on the Net,
    old-time viewers' words
    sounded quite upset.
    Workshop writers said,
    "Kids think Elmo's hot;
    Let's give the red and fuzzy guy
    a fifteen-minute spot!"


    As the seasons passed,
    more Muppet spots came on:
    stories didn't last,
    plots were almost gone.
    Once the cast seemed real,
    with histories and lives--
    now all they seem to care about
    is how kids count to five.

    *The bleeped expletive is a pretty mild one, obvious from context; still, I didn't want to risk triggering a swearword filter!

    ** Yes, that line is outdated now; but it was accurate when I first wrote these lyrics.

  18. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I'm guessing you meant to say '$ucks' there. Good song though. I'd really like to hear an audio file of that.
  19. DetGoran

    DetGoran Member

    Sesame Street

    I haven't sat down and watched Sesame Street since about 1988, but I've heard that it's not as good as it used to be.

    I have seen parts of "Elmo's World". It's OK, but not as high in quality as the stuff I grew up watching.
    Detective Goran
  20. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Good guess, but the bleeped word is supposed to rhyme with 'tell'... If I had enough musical talent and a mike on this computer, I'd love to record that song.

    Here's another one to sing when the new shows bore you to tears:

    "Jingle Bells,
    This show smells--
    Elmo is a freak.
    What a drag it is to watch
    Reruns ev'ry week!"

    On a more positive note, I agree with you that the EW segments have improved since they were first introduced. Still, they're a bit too predictable even for a children's program. First, the writers seem obsessed with birthday cakes (which usually get mentioned first in the 'What Else?' part). Second, the "topic ladies" on all those specialized channels look and sound exactly alike; wouldn't most children eventually think that was suspicious? Finally, the topic song at the end needs variation: if Elmo could sing to "Old McDonald" for the farm segment, why couldn't he choose another familiar tune when the topic called for it? (He could have done the "birthday" repetitions to "Happy Birthday", for instance.)

    Since this is the "Classic Sesame" section, though, I should list the biggest reasons that I miss the show's older format:

    1. The old episodes taught me the same kind of lessons (letters, numbers, social and safety rules) without feeling like a video preschool course. (Or worse yet, a video preschool course with no recess--with the "filler" clips dropped from current episodes, they come across as all work and no fun.)
    2. The old episodes didn't tamper with their music. Every time I hear lyrics to a classic Sesame song rewritten, or hear new background tunes to old animations, something feels very wrong. (And when stations cut the theme song shorter to make room for more baby-food and diaper commercials... I wonder how many kids will ever learn the whole Sesame theme, the way Joe Raposo intended.)
    3. The old episodes didn't reduce Muppet characters to their likes and dislikes, or even assume that every Muppet had to have a gimmick. Before Henson died and character rights got lost, even a minor Anything Muppet could feel as human as the flesh-and-blood actors. Nowadays, even the core Muppets feel two-dimensional; if they aren't teaching a topic-of-the-day, they're usually harping on their trademark gimmicks. Assigning Cookie Monster to the letter segments combines the two... Just once, I'd love to see him grumble, "Me no care what letter of day is! Who you think me am, Alphabet Monster?!?" Then he'd throw the letter-cookie at the camera: "Tell prop guy to fire baker--this taste terrible!" The sketch would end with Cookie literally chewing up the scenery, as in the "Hooper's store gets eaten" episode...
    4. The old episodes had enough plot for kids to remember; problems didn't need to be solvable in fifteen minutes, and sometimes got the whole cast involved. (I especially loved the trip episodes, when the former CTW could afford them.)
    5. The old episodes usually based their lesson material on the plot, not vice versa. Muppetizing letters and numbers is OK in a sketch or two. But when the central story focuses on an X wanting to quit the alphabet, or a 3 coming to meet its fan club... then even the human old-timers seem to have no life outside teaching the topic-of-the-day. (Besides, those sponsor-characters can give a kid nightmares; I'm 37 and still dream about being harrassed by giant foam-rubber consonants!)
    6. The old episodes let the "street" live up to its name; it felt like a real inner-city neighborhood, even though some of the residents weren't even human. Take the entrance to Big Bird's nest, for instance: it was a grubby, unmarked door like the ones in a housing project. Or take the wall behind the basketball hoop: even the painted letters and numbers looked faded, like the ones on older buildings that get reused. Nowadays, with its bright-colored shapes and its letters painted in random places...the Workshop might as well call the setting "Sesame Day Care" or "Sesame Preschool".

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