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Modern Classics

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by dwmckim, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Okay, we all know that most people feel that modern Sesame doesn't even compare to classic SST. And while that may be true to an extent overall, sometimes modern SST does get a bad rap with some really great moments being overlooked as everyone just sees The Elmo Show, heavily repeated segments, and the "magazine" format.

    So this thread is to pay tribute to those particular bits that stand out among the others. If you wanted to show someone who's totally given up on SST saying "the magic is gone" that there are still segments that hold up next to any of the classic bits, what would you pick? What bits still represent SST at its best - where the performances, writing, and direction all work together to create something special? Segments that leave you thinking "why can't the rest of the show be like this?" Those moments that feel just as classic as anything from the first 20 years?

    My personal picks would be "Dancing With Triangles" and (even though it's Elmo), "Celebrity Lullabies".
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Some of this past decades best segments include:
    • 1234 with Feist
    • A Cookie is a Sometimes Food
    • The First Time Me Eat Cookie
    • What I Am with Will.I.Am
    • Super K Cereal
    • Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition
    • I Wonder
    • Don't Know Y with Nora Jones
    • I Like My Hair
  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    When the show nowadays is allowed to be creative (without meddling from executives and parental groups), it really goes all out. Here's some of my favorites:

    - Pre-School Musical
    - Law and Order: Special Letters Unit
    - "Kids With Wings" (one of the late Tony Geiss' swan songs)
    - "I Like My Hair"
    - Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition (classic Frank and Jerry here)
    - "Set Your Piggies Free"
    - "Mad Men" (loses a bit of points for using "happy" instead of "glad", though)
    - The "Cookie World" episode from Season 37 (definitely a whole lot more educational than Elmo's World, that's for sure!)
    - Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs cleaning out Oscar's can (lots of funny dialogue between the two here)
    - "The Tortellini Song"
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That 2002 episode where Oscar and Telly go for a Road Trip that never starts because Telly has to keep picking stuff up for Oscar every 2 feet. It had a distinct 1980's street story feel to it, and nothing is more priceless than Telly losing it.

    I also speak highly of the episode where Telly tries way too hard to protect Baby Bear's Birthday Cake from Curly Bear. Curly's wild eyes whenever someone accidentally said cake, and Telly freaking out trying to hold her back? Another great madcap episode.
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    From the past couple of seasons, I'd say:
    • Guess the Seasons (It has such a different sound than SS songs we usually hear)
    • Celebrity Lullabies (See, Elmo CAN be funny outside EW)
    • I Wonder (The best song from Season 41, I consider it a modern "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon")
    • I Love My Hair (it's done in such a classic, simple way. I don't know why they don't make more of these kinds of bits.
  6. Would anyone else say that the Matt Lauer/Cookie Monster bit from season 37 could be one?
  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I'd say it would be right near the top of the list!
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I think the stuff on the 40 Years DVD covers a lot of the best bits from recent years. "Can't Say the Alphabet Enough" is the kind of bit we should see more of. I'd also add "Telly Tut" to the list, because it's a pretty obscure parody and a well done one at that.
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    "Seconding" Feist's 1234, What I Am, Preschool Musical and I Love My Hair. All these have that classic feel and shows SST at its best.

    Some new choices no one's mentioned yet:
    -Chris O'Donnell: Activate - seems pulled right out of the good ol' days
    -Meal Or No Meal - writing, direction, and performances all at the top of their game
    -American I - fully takes advantage of each character's strong characterization from Prairie being the lone voice of reason and getting frantic as a result to Rosita's "love everybody" attitude and Oscar's delightful contrariness.
    -Rhyme Scene Investigation - just classic all around.
    - Grover performs magic for Chris - hilarious Grover bit and the first time i really noticed how wonderfully Chris works with the Muppets.

    and some non-specific sketches/general overall moments:
    -any Elmo vs Rocco moment
    - Layla/Muppet scenes. MVP newcomer. Nitya totally gets everything about her role displaying a great screen presence, incredible speaking and singing voice and always seems to be treating the Muppet cast with respect, listening and taking in their concerns and desires and then allowing them to make their own choices instead of coming out with the answer.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Personally, I feel that segment is overrated, though I guess it is important in informing the uninformed that the veggie monster rumors are just rumors. I don't think we needed to have it on two DVDs. I feel it could have been left off the 40th anniversary DVD and just included on C is for Cookie Monster.
  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The "Activate" bit I think is the best one out of all of them. It actually has gags and ends on an actual punchline. The Grover/Chris sketch is also a lovely sketch.

    I agree with you on Leela, letting the characters come up with the answers on their own by talking to them at their own level, acting as invested in the situation as they are (see the Firefly and "Woosh and Vanish" episodes).

    I wouldn't call it overrated if they put it on two DVDs. It fits on the 40 Years DVD to offset the possible confusion of the "Sometimes Food" song that is also in the DVD.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The fact that it's on two DVDs isn't the only reason I see it as overrated. A Cookie is a Sometimes Food is also on both DVDs, yet I don't see that one as being overrated. I have mentioned it a few times in various posts, but it seems like ever since the 40th anniversary DVD came out there's hardly been any new DVDs that don't contain something from the 40th anniversary DVD. Almost as if Sesame Workshop (or possibly Warner Home Video) wants to make content from the anniversary release available on DVDs with smaller price points, even if it's just a 10-15 dollar difference, the segments can be viewed online for free, and certain segments had already been released. I don't think the original C is for Cookie is overrated, and I think that (along with Doin' the Pigeon) has been on more DVDs than any other segment (if you count it's inclusion as part of the C is for Cookie Mash-Up" in C is for Cookie Monster).

    I can't quite explain why I think it's overrated... Maybe I just don't care for the segment too much, while others really like it (after all, I feel Harry Belafonte's "Turn the World Around" number is overrated).

    I would also like to say that the two most recent Mr. Johnson segments (Lette G Games and V Salesman) are modern classics. And maybe also the CGI Twiddlebugs segments.
  13. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Grover/Mr Johnson is always made of win regardless of the decade.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Bumping this thread up, 'cause I've been listening to this for the past 10 minutes and I think it deserves as much recognition as any other Sesame spoof:

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  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You mean it isn't already a classic?
  16. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    If it's not, then it outta be.
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Er, whatcha talking about? Me no get the linkies.
  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It's "Furry Happy Monsters".

    And more recently, I think "Me Am What Me Am" ranks up as one of Cookie's finest songs

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  19. vettech28

    vettech28 Active Member

    Any Ernie and Bert skit within the 2000s and 2010s years is good, then again any Ernie and Bert skit is great, Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is okay, but not as good as the live action skits. I love Dirty Jobs and Mike Rowe's appearance is classic Mike, I wonder if his crew was there just like in the actual show.

    Since the "Veggie Monster" rumors occured during this time, definitely the Veggie Monster episode with Mario Lopez as a reporter blowing the rumors out of proportion like in real life and the Matt Lauer skit with a similar story is just as good.

    Other skits/stories include:
    Sutton Foster's "Lever Lover"
    Spider Monster (better than SpiderMan in my opinion)
    Pre-School Musical
    Glee parody-"G"
    Ricky Gervais with Elmo
    Andrea Bocelli singing a lullaby to Elmo
    Elmo the Musical-I think everyone agrees that this is way better than Elmo's world any day
    Elmo and Brandeis the dog learning about service dogs
    Any interaction between Telly and Baby Bear is classic, I love those two!
  20. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Active Member

    I've seen gameplay of Sesame Street TV for XBOX 360 to get an idea of what Sesame Street was like nowadays. The story segments are pretty fun to watch. As vettech stated, the episodes with Telly and/or Baby Bear are always a good laugh (Goodbye Pacifier, Siblings, etc.) A great wealth of the parody skits released in previous years are also classics, one of my favorites being Birdwalk Empire ("Let's go to the beak-easy!") Frank Oz as a chicken makes it all the better.


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