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Old School Sesame coming to DVD October 2006

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by FuzzyBlue71, May 11, 2006.


What would you rather see on the Nostalgia Sesame Street box set?

Poll closed Aug 27, 2006.
  1. Complete, uncut episodes

    59 vote(s)
  2. Compilations of the best skits

    28 vote(s)
  3. A combination of a few complete episodes and bonus skits

    41 vote(s)
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  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For another "just in case", that song is included on two different DVDs: Sing Along and We All Sing Together. Of course, on Sing Along it is obviously edited (the cast sings it in the linking footage before transitioning into the song), but that DVD is worht watching anyway, as it features Biff and Sully in a big role, and all of the skits are from the 1970s (including Rubber Duckie, Sing, Sing Aftter Me, and Doin' the Pigeon). I haven't seen the other DVD, but somehow I have a feeling that it's mediocre. I haven't seen many reviews or comments for it, and I know what songs are included, but am not familiar with most of them. I have a feeling that most of the skits are boring film segments.
  2. Ringlet

    Ringlet New Member

    This is gonna be so cool. And my birthday is in October so there's a bonus for me. :)

    I would like to see a compilation of the *best* skits but since my *best* may be different, my vote goes to uncut episodes.

    Besides, I may have missed or forgotten some since I was a kid and I would want the joy of rediscovering them.
  3. Zet

    Zet New Member

    Well this announcement is good news however you look at it:).

    As far as complete episodes vs. "compilations" - for me I'd have to go with the compilations.
    Complete is usually the norm when I want to collect a favorite series, no question. I understand that "uncut episodes" are a must whenever the option is there, and original opening/closings are a must.
    But S.S. is a special case. The reason for the S.S. exception is a good one: there's too much stuff I want, from about 10 years of shows.

    If the goal here is admittedly nostalgia, the thing about complete episodes is they devote so much time to the street scenes. To me, the street scenes are like a day at school for kids vs. a field trip. Both educational, but the field trips are more likely to be memorable overall due to their nature. Everyone involved with the street scenes was filling a broad canvas for every single episode, so it's completely unrealistic to expect memorable moments on a daily basis. Oh and did I mention the fact that the street scenes weren't repeated, vs. other segments being repeated *on purpose*? Way greater chance for being remembered (nostalgia).
    Like BWSmith said: 7 minutes of Buffy washing a baby? How many people are nostalgic for that particular scene, vs. 7 different Bert and Ernie clips (or 7 different live/animated films, Muppets etc...) filling that time, that people are much more likely to remember? So that's what I'm trying to say about time...the complete episodes seem to benefit mainly the people that want most of the time devoted to street scenes. Yes, I do enjoy seeing my beloved 70's street actors, Big Bird, Oscar, Snuffy etc... but I'd rather pick some of their finer moments.

    Since I have no idea how many discs we'll see, space is a factor and I'd rather take my chances on compilations. Using animation as an example, that's maybe two hours of material (give or take), with each film being a minute or less. Taking into account material that I don't personally consider "classic" or "vintage" (or simply don't care for), I'll probably get lots of famous goodies (even though I've seen them on Noggin), and possibly some I want that were never shown on Noggin.

    Another thing is that if compilations are released and they are really successful as "samplers", then S.S. can always be released as complete episodes to meet the demand for as many years as it takes, that would suit me fine;)

    Since others are offering suggestions for the set, this is one possible scenario:

    Disc 1: Muppets (non-street)
    Disc 2: Animation
    Disc 3: Films and Songs (non-street)
    Disc 4: Street Scenes (at least one for all regular actors & muppets that appeared...also maybe special guests i.e. Stevie)
    Disc 5: Selected Episodes (complete...i.e. Mr. Hooper dies, Stevie, etc...)

    * re: disc 3 - this disc could combine classic live films and series (i.e. Appalachian mailman, Vivaldi flower, Frank Oz wire track, Baker series, Painter series, etc...) with classic songs (mostly set to films anyway, i.e. Raposo, nature films).

    One disc of complete episodes would be nice, but not at the expense of the compilations IMO. Also representing alternate opening/closings on these might be something to consider.
    Supplementary material of course could take up a LOT of space quickly, if that was considered (and commentary from some of the artists involved would be fantastic....wait, can we do 6 discs? No 7...just 7...).:D

    Of course all this could be fleshed out much more, very easily, but without knowing how many discs in set it's a reasonable guess.
    Ok I'll shut up now!
  4. doctort13

    doctort13 Member

    I'll buy this DVD no matter what they include. I hope that the very first episode is included, uncut of course. :grouchy:
  5. chpoof

    chpoof New Member

    Me too!!!:D
  6. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    Okay here's my idea...

    Disc 1- Bert & Ernie (1969-1973) 25 skits from those years.
    Bonus Episode: Episode #1
    Bonus Feature: Introduction by Joan Ganz Cooney
    Disc 2- Animation & Live Action Songs and Skits
    Bonus Feature: Sesame Street Pitch Tape
    Disc 3- Cookie Monster, Grover and The Monsters: This includes 25 skits from 1969-1979.
    Bonus Feature: Grover (performed by Eric Jacobson) interviews Frank Oz
    Bonus Episode: Mr. Hooper's Death
    Disc 4- This disc will include guest appearances and muppet skits featuring Roosevelt Franklin, The Monsters, Songs and more.
    Bonus Feature: Cast Interviews (Their favorite moments and memories)

    So the set could have up to 100 skits all together. I don't think Sesame specials should be bonus features
  7. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    This is great news indeed.

    My only regret is that I think we can probably assume we won't see any skits with Kermit included in this compilation, due to the legal rights involved when releasing something on DVD. Yes, I know that Noggin aired classic eps with Kermit in them. But the rights for broadcast are different from those regarding DVD releases.

    But I certainly won't mind if I'm proven wrong. :)
  8. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    As for myself, I'd like to see a combination of uncut episodes and compilations -- plus a good amount of bonus footage like "behind the scenes" or interviews with cast, creators and other prominent players in the show. I think certain episodes should be shown uncut, like the debut episode from 1969 as well as others that represent certain milestones in the show's history like the death of Mr. Hooper, both introductions of the Snuffleupagus, 1971 and 1985 etc.

    One things for certain though, even with one set they can't possibly satisfy all the fans completely. BUT...if this one sells successfully, then it's not beyond the realm of possibility that SW might produce more than one of these compilations. But that depends on how well it does on the market. For that reason, I'd encourage everyone to go out and buy their own permanent copy, rather than just renting it at your local video store. Millions of people buying it will send an unmistakeable message to SW loud and clear.

    But for some reason I feel like I'm preaching to the choir here! ;)
  9. Grover

    Grover New Member

    I think they should have two discs featuring complete uncut episodes. I would have the remaining discs feauring skits without linking footage with The SS Muppets. That way we could have two discs featuring new material and no repeated skits. They should have a "Tribute to Jim Henson" without him and Joan Canz Cooney SS would never have happened.

    They could have Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Jane Henson,Brian Henson, Kevin Clash, Martian Robinson, Steve Whitmire and tons of others mentioing how it was working with him also Jim's infulence in puppeteering and they could use certain clips of Guy Smiley, Kermit, Ernie, Bip Bippadotta.
  10. doctort13

    doctort13 Member

    I would like to see as much behind-the-scenes footage as possible. Perhaps I am a little too interested in "Sesame", and "peaking behind the curtain" would prove to be boring to the average viewer.

    We shall see...
  11. BooberFanMe

    BooberFanMe New Member

    Nostalgic Sesame Street DVD

    Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I am very psyched about the new Sesame Street DVD. :) It will be great to see Mr. Hooper and David again. I sincerely hope that my favorite Sesame Street muppet will be represented. I miss Roosevelt Franklin! I loved his skit as a very young child - Sesame Street and I are the same age, and have grown up together. A couple of years ago, I bid on ebay for a Roosevelt Franklin puppet, but was outbid while I was at work. :sympathy: As an English teacher, I don't want October to show up too soon. But, if I can only buy then, then I'll have to be patient. Take care, everyone.
  12. doctort13

    doctort13 Member


    I meant "peeking"

  13. trevrook

    trevrook New Member

    A while back they were playing "Sesame Street" unpaved on Noggin. I wonder if the DVD will consist of the handful of episodes they played there or will they offer more? I heard the Electric Co. is coming out with a Volume 2 set. I hope this trend carries over to the old Sesame Streets.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I feel like I both agree and disagree.

    There were quite a few Sesame Street specials produced in the 1970s, but out of those specials, only Christmas Eve on Sesame Street has been officially released on video and DVD (and as far as I know, it's the only one that's been rebroadcast). I am not sure if there is any reason for the others not being released. I have read that a lot of fans don't like A Special Sesame Street Christmas (though I've heard that it was actually nominated for an emmy), and I'm not sure if any of the specials would be considered dated or not. A Special Sesame Street Christmas and Julie on Sesame Street both featured a lot of copyrighted songs, so I am not sure if there are any copyright problems with those. Of course, it seems like a lot of recent Sesame Street DVDs used celebrities as a selling point, and both of those specials feature celebrities.

    There was a special called Out to Lunch, which was a crossover between Sesame Street and The Electric Company. That special would make a good feature for either the nostalgia box set or The Best of The Electric Company Vol. 2.

    Out of the Sesame Street specials from the 1970s, I feel like Julie on Sesame Street would have the best chances of being released on it's own DVD. But I could be wrong.
  15. The Whatevers

    The Whatevers New Member

    Is this the greatest news EVER or what?
  16. superboober

    superboober Member

    What I would really like are interviews with anyone connected with the show's early years who's still alive to give descriptions on how certain characters and sketches evolved they way they did (e.g., while there seems to be several strong theories on how Don Music was retired, I'd be interested in knowing how he came about in the first place). If they still have the original unaired pilots, the ones with a real street that cut away to the muppets that test audiences fell asleep watching, I'd love to see them. Perhaps we could get some commentary on how Kermit came to be on the show in the first place and his subsequent brief disappearance and reappearance (since I'm told Sesame Workshop has the rights to show vintage Kermit footage, this shouldn't be too much of a problem with copyrights). They could also run faturettes on those deceased key personnel; I'd enjoy seeing retrospectives on Joe Raposo and Jon Stone, among others. And if they have any behind the scenes footage of tapes in those days that are still holding together, that would be a plus as well. There's probably more I'll think of down the line. :p
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    If any existing specials get included as features, I think that the following specials would be best to include as a feature:

    Julie on Sesame Street
    Out to Lunch
    The Grover Monster/ Jean Marsh Cartoon Special
    Sesame Street at Night?
    A Special Sesame Street Christmas
    A Walking Tour of Sesame Street
    Sing: The Songs of Joe Raposo
    Sesame Street Unpaved
  18. CommanderD

    CommanderD New Member

    **** yes! I've been waiting for an announcement like this! :D
  19. JoeyMuppet

    JoeyMuppet New Member

    That film is one of my older sister's favorites too.
  20. superboober

    superboober Member

    My mother would always go nuts and sing along with that song, which would drive me crazy.

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