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Peek-a-Boo

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by minor muppetz, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Lately I've been a bit curious about the Play-Along Video entitled "Peek-a-Boo". I rented it once a long time ago and hadn't remembered too much about it. I remembered it having only a small amount of Muppets and not being too good. And, not counting Fraggle Rock (or certain Sesame Street episodes, specials, and videos), it was the first Muppet production I remember seeing that didn't include Kermit. Though I didn't remember it being too good, I had been a bit curious about it recently. Muppet Wiki doesn't have much info about the video on it's page.

    But then I found it on YouTube, in three parts (though the person who uploaded it didn't include the credits, and the same can be said for the other Play-Along Videos found on YouTube). Here are the three parts:



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    I don't know how to say this, but it is both more interesting than I had remembered it AND more boring than I remembered. I don't know how that's possible. Some things seemed a little bit cool, including some of the visuals... But it doesn't really have a plot or much dialogue. Seeing video footage of live babies and kids playing can have limited interest. I did think it was cool when they show a kid in a swing, where the kid appears partially transparent.

    For a long time I had only remembered this having a bunny and a bear. Does anybody know whether that bear was used in any other Henson productions? But I didn't remember it having Penguins. Another somewhat cool sequence showed a kid pulling a rope, which had a number of toys from The Christmas Toy attached (includign Ding-a-Ling, Cruiser, and that duck on a boat). I saw this special a few months before I first saw TCT. It seems like Kevin Clash either really liked rabbits or was typecast as rabbits; He performed the bunny in this, and also performed Professor D. Rabbit, Benny, and Billy Bunny. In fact, I bet that if this video was made a few years later it would have had Bean or Bily instead of a generic white rabbit.

    This video doesn't really have a plot or much dialogue. Most of the dialogue is just the bunny saying "peek" at times. The video box said it was intended for ages 3 and under, so I guess there wasn't much thought in interesting adults as well as kids like other Muppet productions. But it has two songs that sound like adult contemporaries, at the beginning and end. And those songs are really great. I wonder who sung them (it sounds to me like Camille Bonora might have been the female vocalist).

    While for really young kids, I somehow couldn't see much from this being used on Sesame Street.
  2. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, it looks like the person who posted the video got his account suspended.
  3. beaker Well-Known Member

    Was this part of those Muppet videos from 1988, like "You're As Funny As Fozzie Bear"? Man I used to have all those, good stuff
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I was VERY disappointed in You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear. I swear, I don't get how Muppet Babies gets all the fan scorn as something that cursed the Muppets to be preschool stuff, and these videos never get a mention. They aren't bad by any means, but you can tell Jim was trying to get the characters to reach younger audiences at this point.

    but you cannot call yourself a Muppet fan if you miss "HEY! You're a Cartoonist." Not only is Carol Spinney taking part in a Non-Sesame Street Muppet production, he plays his OWN characters AND draws through one of them. He had to look through a slot inbetween Pop's head and torso to do so. I asked him about it at the book signing.
  5. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Most of the Play-Along videos had been uploaded (and recently removed). Only a few scenes from Wow, You're a Cartoonist! had been uploaded, and I doubt the linking footage for Moother Goose Stories have.

    I thought most of these were good. Well, the ones with the main Muppet characters. Though watching Sing/Dance/Do-Along recently I realise that one's not the best Muppet production (despite being hosted by Rowlf). And I wonder if anybody took the title "Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear" as an insult. After all, Fozzie's often seen as a bad comedian.

    A few weeks ago I dreamt that I learned of there being an unreleased second batch of videos, with packaging even being printed. It was just a dream, though.
  6. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I took it as an insult because he was BEARLY in it! AAAahhhh! Wocka Wocka!
  7. beaker Well-Known Member

    I remember in the late 90's i found most these at a record store for a buck each. Wish I still had them, Im just a fan of late 80's Muppet stuff(like the footage from the odd 1988 Muppet video game thing where you edit Muppet footage or something) Aw, these had been uploaded to youtube? I'd love to someday see these again.

    Yeah it's cool Spinney performed modern versions of his old Picklepuss and pop characrer from the old Bozo show in that 1988 video. (He actually has a new new version of the Picklepuss character, who I wish theyd use on Sesame Street)
  8. BornToWemble Member

    I don't remember seeing Peek-a-boo I don't think, but I had Hey You're as Funny as Fozzie bear and Wow! You're a Cartoonist!

    I love them, but they both contributed to a horrific phobia of Animal I had which eventually led to Muppets in general. HYFAFB had that dark night club feel to it which didn't help and WYAC had a surprise Animal at the end screaming at me to rewind and have horrific nightmares for the majority of my life.

    I recently rewatched some of HYAFAFB on youtube.... it doesn't have the same appeal as when I was younger. Plus it still creeps me a bit.

    I also had the one with Rowlf and Mother Goose stories. I loved both and I don't see why MGS gets so much hate.
  9. Sandpiper New Member

    I'm so bummed that Peek-a-boo is off youTube. My son was in it. Most of the children were children or grands of folks who worked for Henson in NYC and not professionals. It was my first and only experience as a stage mom. I still have publicity copies of most of the play-a-longs, but no VCR haha
  10. Sandpiper New Member

    Bummer.
  11. Sandpiper New Member

    I bit of trivia about Peek-a-boo. Kevin Clash's niece is in the video. I watched their taping segment with the rabbit and it was amazing how the minute he put the puppet on, she almost completely forgot he was there. But if you look closely, you can see her glance downward several times at her uncle during the segment.
  12. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

  13. Sandpiper New Member

    I believe so! Can't check (no VCR), bit I remember Kermit in the beginning. good find!
  14. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Do you happen to know what the "publicity copies" were for? When I found that online I wondered what it was recorded for (it sort of looks like an informercial for the video... Was it a pitch to get retailers to buy them?).
  15. The only "Wow! You're a Cartoonist" part on YouTube is when Kermit draws different animals. I really wanna see the parts with Tatyana Ali.
  16. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Long ago I saw the song Pop sang on YouTube (I think it's called "It's Your Cartoon So Anything Goes"). Not sure if it's still there.

    One thing I'd like to see again is the sequence teaching stick figures. I think I've read that a Muppet character taught that, but I don't remember any Muppets showing PJ and Kai-Lee how to draw stick figures. I recall the artist being played by a real person (err... yeah, the Muppet performers are real people, but I sort of mean a live actor... but also don't know if he was an actor).
    I'd like to see all these reissued. I'm guessing Disney owns the rights to the ones with main Muppet characters (I wonder if Disney owns "Neat Stuff", which doesn't have any familiar Muppet Show characters, but is hosted by PJ and Kai-Lee, who are in all the ones with main characters). Some time ago I posted a request on the Jim Henson Company facebook page for the Henson Company YouTube channel to post a clip from Peek-a-Boo, and was told that the clip wasn't formatted for uploading but they'd keep it in mind for the future. I guess that means Henson still owns that one. I wonder if Lionsgate has the video rights (though I wonder what the chances of THAT one getting a DVD release is). I also haven't ever seen the linking footage from the Mother Goose Stories video on YouTube, and will be surprised if clips get posted by anyone other than Henson anytime soon. Though I have seen that some full episodes were uploaded by fans after Lionsgate got the Henson license.
  17. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I just found that Peek-a-Boo is currently on YouTube again, but you have to pay to watch it. I wonder if it's on Netflix, iTunes, or anything else like that.
  18. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I also just found that Peek-A-Boo is available on iTunes.

    The years since The Jim Henson Company sold the Muppets to Disney have been interesting regarding video releases. When Hit! had the license they released a few productions Henson hadn't given much attention to and might not have at the time (Henson hadn't given Fraggle Rock much attention in the last few years of owning the Muppets, and since 2004 they've actively been selling merchandise and making new productions with the characters). When when Lionsgate got the license they released some of the last things Jim Henson did (many of which featured Muppet characters, and uncut at that), and now this current company (I think it's called Vivindi) has been making some of the company's past direct-to-video releases available for online viewing and streaming (I wonder if they'll get physical releases). We've gotten Fraggle Songs (which was a bonus feature on the first Fraggle Rock DVD) and Doozer Music, which hadn't been on the Fraggle Rock season sets, and now Peek-a-Boo is available. I wonder if the Mother Goose Stories Play-Along or Billy Bunny's Animal Songs are far behind (or maybe they are available and I just don't know it yet).
  19. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Like I said before... Jim didn't want to be pigeon holed as a kiddy performer...

    and yet, he did Peek-a-Boo. :rolleyes:
  20. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm pretty sure he didn't actually perform in it, though I'm sure he did have some behind-the-scenes role (probably executive producer). The Red Book once showed his drawings of ideas for "baby activities" for the video.

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