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Rewind Reviews: A Special Sesame Street Christmas

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by BobThePizzaBoy, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

  2. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    My that was lovely (your review I mean, not the special ><)! You are very animated and that made my day :D

    I'm almost speechless! I laughed, I was entertained and the stage left/right thing drove my bonkers! I have been doing theater since I was a kid and I was practically screaming at the computer during that scene! I had no idea MJ would show up! And well, there are rumors that he was supposed to have married Kermit and Piggy in MTM, but I'm not so sure of that.

    Christmas Eve On Sesame Street is a MUCH better special and that's an understatement! That special is amazing and well, the one you reviewed wasn't.

    Loved your review :)
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I only watched the beginning of this, but I must ask, are you still making videos as "The Nostalgia Teen"? At first I wondered if the Teen would be hosting this.

    Interestingly, I first heard of this special ten years ago, when Danny Horn wrote a review/summary at Tough Pigs. And although the whole special is on YouTube, I've only watched bits and pieces (usually when I think to search for it it's at times when I don't feel like spending an hour on YouTube).

    Also, do you plan on only including bad (at least to you) movies and specials or will you also be reviewing some things that you like (I noticed in the opening there are clips from a lot of well-liked movies as well as some well-disliked ones, though technically I don't know your opinions on the majority of them, save the ones you've reviewed as The Nostalgia Teen)?
  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Since I'm 20 now, I'm retiring the Nostalgia Teen personality to go for something more original. The Teen and the "Rewind Reviews" host are one and the same in personality, even despite the name change.

    Sometimes they'll be positive, but the majority will be negative. All the opening clips will be swapped out as I do more reviews. They are just placeholders for now, notice some of them are movies the Nostalgia Critic covered while some are what I've done and some are what I plan on reviewing or just wanted to throw in.
  5. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Cool- I like "A Special Sesame Street Christmas" - it's very much a classic variety show special of the late '70s that seemed to be all the rage then. It's a shame more of the show's characters weren't there, as far as Muppets anyway, but it was still a fun special for what it was. There's something about "2nd. rate variety shows" that I just seem to love.:)
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    When I first read about this at Tough Pigs, I thought that Caroll Spinney was the only Muppet performer in this (in addition to Toby Towson performing Barkley), but watching this it's clear there's an extra uncredited performer, performing Oscar's right hand when playing the guitar (I knew about the scene and should have known a right-hander would have been needed) as well as the fact that there's a shot with Big Bird, Oscar, and Barkley (I had no idea until I saw this review that the bird and the grouch appeared together on-screen in this). I wonder who the extra performer is (and I watched the credits on YouTube to see if anyone else was credited).

    Regarding the scene with Bob and David calling Barkley and Barkley entering from the opposite direction they were calling him from, couldn't it be possible that they thought Barkely was in the other direction?

    This was a very funny review. I liked the scene with various contributors saying what Christmas is (including the one who says that Christmas is a time to watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Street).
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  7. Scooterfan5

    Scooterfan5 Well-Known Member

    Very funny! Haha made me laugh :)
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Man, that guy sucked! He was the only one in that montage who wasn't funny, he should have done everyone a favor and just not contribute any input to this review in the first place. :p ;)
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  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'll probably see this later... but I have to admit, this is my LEAST favorite Sesame Street Christmas Special. I love Oscar and Big Bird, but it really needed more Muppets and less random guests NOT singing Christmas songs. There is stiff competition for first. Who doesn't love Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, and who doesn't love how Oscar's worried most of all that Big Bird's missing? That's an unbeatable special. I can't even tell if I like that or MFC better. Then a distant second would be Elmo Saves Christmas (or as I like to call it, Elmo makes a Lateral Move)... followed by Happy Holidays (it's an improvement over regular Elmo's World, and it's nice that Happy Holidays actually means OTHER holidays are included for a change)... then that loud eye sore Elmo's Christmas Countdown (though I do like Ben Stiller and all) and dead last, this one.

    I never saw Sesame Street Presents a Clipshow Carol, though... If it aired on PBS, like EW Happy Holidays did, I'd watch. I wouldn't buy a Clip show.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I had no idea Happy Holidays aired on PBS.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It did, at least in my market. Once. Saturday Morning during a pledge drive, back when they still had kid's pledge drives (seems the PBS broadcast of the Theatrically released Curious George movie, and its DTV sequel could very well be the start of doing that again... but I doubt it).

    I distinctly remember missing Jackie Chan Adventures and something else for it. it was that long ago.
  12. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Very nice review. ASSSC is definitely the lowest of the SS X-mas specials, with its stronger focus on celebrities who have apparently been living on the street for a long time, as well as its clichéd Christmas Carol plot. Though it was pretty entertaining seeing Oscar jamming to "Yakety Yak" on an old guitar and generally being his usual grouchy self. Seems like Carroll Spinney was the only actor who wasn't phoning his performance in.

    Also, I'm surprised you didn't freak out over Barkley being five freaking feet tall! If Bob Banner was trying to save money producing this mess, why didn't he use the existing Muppet rather than blow even more cash to make a whole new one? :confused:
  13. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    'A Special Sesame Street Christmas' was definitely the worst of the Sesame Street specials I've seen. 'Christmas Eve On Sesame Street' was the best one mainly because of more of the Sesame Street actors and muppets in it.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's a very unfair comparison for one reason.

    ASSC is basically a 1970's variety show TV special, while CEOS is so timeless, you don't even notice the fact that Hooper and David died decades ago. ASSC has to rely on random guests singing NOT Christmas Music (except for Michael Jackson... the ONE person you want to sing), while CEOS basically does an episode without letter and number cutaways (kid interview cutaways, but nothing educational), making an organic Sesame Street special that flows beautifully.

    If anything I'd compare ASSC to Elmo's Christmas Countdown... and ECC wins for 2 reasons... you get most of the recurring Sesame Street Characters AND they sing music that actually has something to do with Christmas. Kind of an eye sore, though... but still, at least somewhat more entertaining.
  15. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    This is a great review!
  16. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen Elmo's Christmas Countdown (looked for it on YouTube). Elmo Saves Christmas was cute though (saw it on YouTube and they sang 'Keep Christmas With You'). I was just comparing the Christmas specials from 1978 since they were produced around the same time (the year before I was born). ASSSC didn't have a lot of Christmas songs in it - CEOSS had a more Christmas feel (loved 'True Blue Miracle' and 'I Hate Christmas').
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Elmo's Christmas Countdown, IMO, isn't all that spectacular... it's funny seeing an elf/Muppet caricature of Ben Stiller as a victim of circumstance in the special, but the special as a whole feels more like a Christmas version of Elmopalooza: like music video showcases and such. Kevin James as a hipster Santa was pretty funny as well.
  18. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I know I'm bias (not being the biggest Elmo fan), but I'd still watch A Sesame Street Christmas Special above Elmo's Christmas Countdown. It's not about how many characters you have, it's the quality of the writing and performances and both Big Bird and Oscar come across very well (though obviously better in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, lol). Plus it has some moments that are very true to life like the annoying snow plow. Elmo's Sesame Street stuff just never feel all that true to life. More like a Barney fantasy.
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't think there was that much quality in either, though Special at least has some decent Oscar moments. But I have something against a bare Sesame Street devoid of most of the main characters... or worse... devoid of more than 2 Muppets! Even in the show, I'm constantly depressed when there's like 3 people there and no one's running around in the back or poking out of a window. With Elmo's Countdown, you get more of the characters that Sesame Street is famous for. I agree with the Toughpigs article. If they didn't need to focus on as many celebrities and as many song rights to Broadway musical numbers, we could have had Ernie and Bert or something. I know Oscar and Big Bird are amazing treasures that are synonymous with Sesame Street, but Ernie and Bert predate both of them. Could have at least had them wave in a window. Plus, I think for what you get, a celebrity filled song fest, Elmo's Countdown manages to do a slightly better job, at the very least, for managing to put actual Christmas songs in it.

    Still, I find them both crap to the far superior Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and even Elmo saves Christmas (perhaps one of the last times Kermit was on Sesame Street. so there's no excuse for anyone to hate that one).
  20. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Oh? ;)

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