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Favorite Characters Then and Now

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by dvakman, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. dvakman

    dvakman Member

    Has anyone noticed that different characters have appeal when watching the show in adulthood versus childhood? For example, Big Bird is much less appealing to me now; he was mainly for the kids. However, characters like Bert, Oscar, and Grover are much more interesting now as I notice all the nuances of character and little jokes that would have gone over my head back then.
     
  2. BWSmith

    BWSmith New Member

    Bert, Ernie, Kermit, and Grover have always been far more interesting to me than anyone else on the street.

    Cookie is funny, but he's a one-trick pony. Big Bird is whiny. Oscar only serves to balance out the cheese potential of the human actors. Herry was underdeveloped.
     
  3. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Bert has been my constant favorite throughout the years.
     
  4. Jessica

    Jessica Member

    I used to like that one African Muppet. I think his name was Alexander? Hasn't been on there for awhile though.

    I think my overall favourite would be Bert and Ernie as well. They've become less and less into the script though.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike New Member

    Well that's a shame, because Bert and Ernie were my favorite part of the show as a kid.

    I think the more I grew up the more I liked Oscar. When I was like 2 I thought he was scary, but over the years he grew to be one of my favorites.

    I also always loved it when Kermit showed up. It's a shame they don't do that anymore.
     
  6. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    My mom told me that this is how it goes in Japan:

    *Little (3-5) kids like Elmo and Big Bird

    *When they get older, they like either Cookie or Bert

    *Average ones like characters like Oscar (and the same goes for other characters)
     
  7. LincolnHeights

    LincolnHeights New Member

    Big Bird was once my favorite charachter. Now he just seems okay. But not my favorite. But I remember as a kid watching the show, the show just didn't seem complete if Big Bird wasn't in it at least once, even if it was just an insert. Especially if Snuffy was in the episode and Big Bird wasn't. Surprizingly, Elmo never appealed much to me. I was about 4 years old when he first made his debut on the show, although at that time he was played by Richard Hunt and the charachter was kind of dull. When Kevin Clash started performing him in November 1985, I was close to turing 5 years old, so my taste had probably changed. Cookie Monster used to be one of my favorites and now he's not. Amazing Mumford was always one of my favorites. I always loved it when he was in a main storyline because some of his tricks were hillarous. Especially the time he turned Maria into a duck and a duck into Maria, and the time he turned Gordon into a Grouch and Oscar into a nice, friendly person. Biff and Sully never interested me before, but now I think those 2 are awsome.
     
  8. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    Cookie Monster was and always has been my very favorite character.. but I also liked the Count (and still do), but I've found that I like The Amazing Mumford more and more as I get older
     
  9. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid, Ernie was by and far my favorite. He was so funny and mischevious. But now when I watch Bert and Ernie, Ernie seems frustratingly inconsiderate. I always end up feeling sorry for Bert. Guess that means I'm getting old! lol :( :p

    Plus, I was never that into Big Bird, but now I really enjoy his voice and childlike attitude.
     
  10. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member


    yeah.. if Ernie was my roomy, I'd change the locks :p
     
  11. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I think the older I get, the more I like the Count, The Amazing Munford, Cookie Monster, Biff and Sully,Guy Smiley, Don Music, Forgetful Jones, Erine and Bert, Grover, big Bid! and some other who I forget. I used to think that were just so silly when I was younger. But I am finding myself loving them all more the older I get. I've always loved Kermit and Snuffy, though.:smirk:
     
  12. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    I just want to say how brilliant whoever came up with the idea for the Count is (according to Muppet wiki, Norman Stiles).. I mean, he's a Count and he counts.. that's just genius
     
  13. Crazy31088

    Crazy31088 Member

    Then: Cookie Monster, the Two-Headed Monster, and Big Bird.

    Now: Ernie, Grover, and Placido Flamingo.
     
  14. FuzzMonkey

    FuzzMonkey New Member

    My favorites have pretty much remained the same over the years. That would be Bert, Ernie and Grover.
     
  15. superboober

    superboober Member

    Oscar has always been my favorite and almost certainly will hold this honor (not for him, of course) till the day I die. Grover and Cookie held second and third, and Grover's risen higher these days given that he's still the Grover everyone knows, while Cookie finds himself increasingly shackled. Others I look back highly on now are Sherlock Hemlock, Forgetful Jones, and Don Music.
     
  16. paulyw

    paulyw New Member

    Cookie Monster, Ernie, and Snuffy.
     
  17. Nyperold

    Nyperold Member

    Man... you know, I don't remember who my favorite was back then...

    I'm not a big fan; it's really more nostalgia for the show and remembering elements of it... Rosita, maybe? She's got the Español thing going for her, I guess.
     
  18. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    I've always been a big fan of Cookie Monster, personally.:insatiable:
     
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've been on a Cookie kick for quite a while now, so I'm really glad that he's been getting his own segments lately, like Crumby Pictures, and Smart Cookies, they've both been very enjoyable.

    When I was little, Big Bird was my favorite, so it always feels like he was the first best friend I ever had. As a teen, I went through an Elmo phase: I enjoyed Elmo's World in the beginning, and Kevin just did a phenomenal job in bringing so much life to the character . . . but once the "Elmo takeover" starting setting in, the character lost a little of its appeal. Later in my teens, I went through a really big Grover phase, I nearly wore out my DVD of "A Celebration of Me, Grover," and I was stoked when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel one night (and even got into a little tiff with Tim Daily).

    I've also gone through brief little Snuffy and Count kicks in the past. But that's one of the things that's so great about SST, there's so many wonderful Muppet characters and they all serve their own little purposes and add something different to the show.
     
  20. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    I loved Elmo when I was a kid, but now Cookie Monster is my favorite.
     
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.


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