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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikebennidict, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    It was always interesting when the SS muppets would start imagining they were someplace else or in some situation and they imagined hard enough where they were physically there. Some examples.

    Cookie Monster imagines he was so called magic touch and turned things into cookies.

    There was another one were he imagined he was somewhere surrounded by mounds of cookies and the adults kept calling him and had to imagine himself back on SS.

    If you wanna ad more of those that's fine but I also would like to know if anyone here tried to imagine being somewhere and thinking they could actually end up there just like on SS?

    I'm sure over the years there must have been plenty of kids who tried to do that and were disappointed when they didn't.
  2. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    I know this is 2 years old but I thought I'd revive this for those who didn't see this originally.
  3. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Member

    I'm not sure how to reply to this, considering I probably haven't seen as much Sesame Street as I'd like to admit.

    Though speaking from another perspective entirely, I remember watching Muppet Babies as a kid, and the way it was set up, I understood that they were just pretending.

    I guess it could be confusing for a kid to see a "real" character appear in a different place just because they imagine it, but imagination is a powerful thing. No, you can't magically teleport from one place to another, but you can pretend. I don't think that's something that need to be explained to kids on a large level.
  4. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    I was, bit, a long time ago... that was why I started to read and write more in place of acting out things (where everything didn't magically become real like on tv :p). Because in my head, stories did have/do have that effect. I guess I always have been more of an inner imagine..r :3
  5. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Well you know I still do pretend sometimes, like imagine I'm in a different place or a character in a story I enjoyed. The only difference is I don't do it with dolls anymore, hehe.
  6. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    one of my favorite moments of sesame street imagination is when big bird imagines the end of luis's book and imagines luis as captain swashbuckle..."and then, the phone rings..."

    i do too :D
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    There was another simmilar CM momment where he and Big Bird were watching the King Minus cartoon and Cookie thought how great it was to have this so called magic touch and he imagines he turns everything into cookies.

    First the the garbage basket that's in front of the play area, then the tree just to the left of Hooper's store.

    Then Bob and Susan comes by and CM tells them about his magic touch saying everything he touches turns into cookies, accidently touchs them and they are now these big pile of cookies.

    David come by and CM keeps telling him to keep away and then BB finally pulls him back to reality.
  8. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    I missed the start of it and thought he really was turning them into cookies :confused:
  9. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    You know, no matter how hard I use my imagination, I'd never ever get to the level of actually "being" in the place I imagined :? I'm not a Muppet Baby!
  10. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    *lol* Even when I was little I could never get into 'being' quite like that (outside my head I mean). The nearest I could get was imagining that the things I was thinking of were invisible :excited:
  11. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    ^ LOL. Yeah, I could never really get completely into it, I knew I was just making it all up as I went along and it wasn't real, it was more like it was all invisible around me. I don't think a person could walk into the room and I'd actually think they were an evil monster or something XD "It's Medusa! Oh no, she's trying to... mom?"
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Uh can we stay on topic people?

    I reserected this thread so we can talk about anything SS related only!
  13. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    We are on topic, you asked us
    and we are answering :).
  14. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Lol, yes the Muppet Babies did do that very well, with excellent musical and visual transitions into the fantasy.

    To me, it was always kinda funny to see Sesame Street characters imagining things because, hello, their real world is already a little weird! Hehe :insatiable:
  15. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Member

    I think that part of the appeal that SS has lost, or at least gotten out of balance, in the past few years is the mixture of realism with the fantasy. The Muppets, while we don't dispute how genuinely real they are, are in and of themselves fantasy-based and they exist on a real street with real people who interact with them. The street itself used to seem more real and gritty than it is now. In contrast, now there is a brighter, less real seeming street and there seem to be more elements of fantasy.

    I feel that what probably used to be pretend and imaginary has become an everyday real thing. This isn't to say fantasy-based characters did not exist on the street before, but I feel the show used to do a better job of balancing everything.

    But honestly, I am not one to talk. I am more familiar with the format of the show today than the classic Sesame Street. This is more of a vague observation. I'm not even sure if this post makes sense!
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    No I think you're right, it's like when Barney says, "Hey kids, let's imagine we're in China!" Um...we're already imagining a giant, purple, annoying animal that ought to be extinct is in our classroom, isn't that enough? !
  17. Sesame Archives

    Sesame Archives New Member

    Actually, it was the newstand at Hooper's that was the first object he touched. As he passed that pile after turning the tree into cookies he said, "Ah! Me remember that! That newstand!"

    Shortly after Big Bird pulled him back to reality, Susan came out down the steps with a plate load of cookies. After she presented CM the plate, he thought he turned BB into a cookie pile and moaned, "Oh, Big Bird! Me so sorry!". Then he saw BB's face who said, "See? I'm still a bird." After he learned the reality, he quietly thanked Susan and BB, then, "COOKIES!", and the rest is Sesame history! :insatiable::wisdom:
  18. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

  19. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    You're right that Sesame Street used to stay (mostly) realistic until a lesson or plot required some fantasy. Nowadays it's the other way round; fantasy rules the street until a lesson about "real vs. imaginary" comes up. (One example I dimly recall: Elmo was pretending to be Jack, from the beanstalk story; he was very disappointed that the bird he'd brought with him couldn't really lay golden eggs.)
  20. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I actually saw that street scene when I was a girl; like a lot of kids in those days, I was pretty impressed to see that Muppets could imagine anything into existence. (At least, I reasoned that it must work for monsters even if people couldn't do it!) And it scared the heck out of me to see Cookie Monster's friends transformed...an overactive imagination is a real curse in a world like his!

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