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My Theory On Elmo

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by That Announcer, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Exactly ... have some go to school/college ... have some get new jobs. Kids also have to learn that life changes. New people come ... other people go.
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Mmm... well, you see the problem lies within the fact that Elmo originally was a little more monstery, and speaking in third person is a reflection on his brand of Monster speak. In fact, if you check out the video "monster Hits!" you'll notice that Elmo is more like a monster child than a child that just so happens to be a monster. I feel that it is easy to over look that, but don't forget...Cookie Monster has a very stitled speach pattern. Clearly they were going for the same effect, but a different extent.

    As the character became more child like, and the monstery mannerisms started to fade, he kept the third person way of talking. Of course, he just doesn't say his own name because of the ego (like that guy on Seinfeld, I forget the name of, and George started copying him... "George is Gettin' Upset!"), just out of his monster roots. I like how he also says everyone else's name in third person as well.

    But trust me, I find quite a few characters more annoying than Elmo. Well, at least Elizabeth and Murray Sparkles. not so much the cat, but the fact that there's a girl who's overly proud of her, displaying none of the charm of overzealous parents that praise Natasha for being a baby (there's so much truth in that, if you know the right people).
  3. Greedo

    Greedo Active Member

    I don't have anything against Mr. Kevin Clash per se, he seems like a great fellow. SO I wonder what he thinks about all the Elmoization happening, and who's exactly responsible for the spread of the red tide, so to speak.:concern:
  4. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    LOL ... "cha-CHING baby!"
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Who's responsible? Why, the kids of course. Why on Earth would they try to force something on kids if they don't like it? They'd change the channel in a micro second, they would. It's like, why is Survivor still on the air? Because people watched it, and they are still watching it.

    It takes 2 people to make something a fad... the creator and the audience.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't find Elmo a nuecence as a character, but an overexposed one. He's on literally everything! On toys, shirts, DVD covers (even the ones he doesn't star in) and a whole bunch of other things. He's got his own 15 minute segment on the show, that's enough. On the old show, did we get Grover or Kermit in every Muppet segment? They show is full of variety. Having Elmo all the time is the complete opposite.
  7. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

  8. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    Please don't misunderstand, we don't dislike him (or at least, like me, he isn't a favorite) because we didn't grow up with him IMHO, at least I don't think that is true mostly. He was around when I was little to, in fact our generation might be called the first one to have 'Elmo' as really himself :). But he was a background character then, and much more understated and not so...'on' all the time. I think our Elmo, the 80's Elmo I remember from age two onward, was a bit more..realistic..than he is now. If that makes any sense.

    So, no, I don't hate Elmo for being himself..I just miss the character he was, back when SST had a little more balance and Big Bird :3
  9. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Oh, I see.
  10. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I'm with you. I don't have a problum with Elmo's voice at all.

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