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Sesame Street Bloopers/Technical Difficulties

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by ssetta, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    This is a thread about some of the bloopers that have happened on Sesame Street over the years. Here are some of them.

    "'J' Friends" Song: During the last verse, when they all sing, "'J', Jane, let's jump with Jane", on the word "jump" when they all jump up, you can see the top of one of the puppeteers heads. I think it's Frank Oz.

    "Bert & Ernie's Rhyming Game": I wonder if this line was planned:
    Bert: I don't wanna do it (Ernie interrupts) anymore.
    Ernie: What, what? Hmm?
    Bert: What, what, hmm? I don't wanna do it anymore.

    "Grover the Elevator Operator Teaches In and Out": In the skit where he keeps asking everyone to get in and out of the elevator. There is a point where he bumps one of the AMs, and he says, "Oh, I did not mean to hit you."

    I don't know if some of these were planned or not, but it looks like they were bloopers. Now, some of the technical difficulties:

    If you have seen show #406, the harmonica opening intro plays for longer than usual. If you noticed, they kept looping it in the wrong place. Did any of you notice that?

    "Honk Around A Clock": If you remember this musical number with the Honkers, they had a big clock with numbers that lit up, and hands that moved. You can clearly tell that the hands were not motorized, because they weren't always moving at the same speed. Also, I think they may have been supposed to be motorized, but the motor failed for some reason. Also, one bulb in the "11" on the clock was burned out.

    "Big Bird Remembers the 'ABC-Def-Ghi' Song": While he's showing his old sign to his kids, the Z actually falls off the sign! Or was that a blooper?

    "Boogie Woogie Piggies": A similar thing to what happened on "Honk Around A Clock". This was a musical number from the Oinker Sisters in the early 90s. They sing the alphabet, and there's a long alphabet sign with letters that light up as they sing them, but during the instrumental break, the "K" on the lighted sign goes out for some reason.

    Has anyone else ever caught any bloopers or technical errors on Sesame Street?
  2. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    Caroll Spinney doesn't control both of Big Bird's arms - he controls the left arm, which is connected to the right arm by a thin, almost invisible wire (threaded through the neck, I would think). This explains how both the Bird's arms can move. There's a scene in #198 when, as a frightened Big Bird runs out of Hooper's store, his right arm is totally limp, meaning that the wire has accidentally snapped.

    In #871, the scene with the "One Of These Things" game, Jerry Nelson performs a deliveryman AM standing behind a table. This scene has a shot when the viewer can plainly see a black carpet draped over something or someone under the table ... that could only be Jerry.

    In the song "X Marks The Spot", on the words "that's looking", the viewer can briefly see the puppeteer's hand holding the rod.

    There are also a few 1969 E&B skits in which the sleeve that connects to Ernie's arm is clearly visible - for example, when he says "Come on Bert, lunch time!"
  3. Smy Guiley

    Smy Guiley Well-Known Member

    There's a hilarious one from the first couple of seasons where Susan, Bob, and Grover are playing "One of These Things." The "things" are four circles, with one of them being smaller. (tough one) Grover can't solve the problem, since he says that the solution is that one of them is a circle. Bob tries to help by saying, "Well, they're all circles, Different! Wait, you're name is not "Different" it's "Grover"!" I've had a good laugh over that one. Just think of the insanity of actually naming one of the monsters "Different". The poor little outcast!

  4. drmusic_99

    drmusic_99 Active Member

    This probably showed up normally on people's television sets. But if you use a computer to watch a video file of the Bert and Ernie "Cookies in Bed" sketch, when Ernie is walking around to get into Bert's bed, you can quite clearly see the back of Jim's head and his back.
  5. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    In the "A, You're Adorable" sketch, you can see Frank's head behind an unnamed Cookie Monster.
  6. prickle747

    prickle747 Well-Known Member

    add lib works

    I guess it helps when a small glitch occurs during a skit ,the muppeteers have a TV screen to look at so they see what we see when we watch it on TV.They would be able to "add lib" to a point and would not really be noticed.

    For examples: E & B Sketch - Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich

    Bert drops some his sandwich on the floor,Bert says: "opps dropped some on the floor" However adding lib makes like it was suppose to happen.

    another sketch Chocolate Cake sketch, E & B and B.D. monster the sketch starts off Ernie saying got some chocolate on the napkin.But wait that was set up possibly for beautiful day's appearence in the sketch ??

    Chocolate on the napkin already,oh well just a thought.
  7. somethingofafan

    somethingofafan Well-Known Member

    That also happened in at least one of this season's Journey to Ernie segments.
  8. rjschex

    rjschex Well-Known Member

    I remember *two* bloopers from the same film series:

    The classic films, accompanied by kazoo and banjo music, in which neon letters are being raised to the roof of a building. (The three installations of this series are "H", "O", and "R".)

    On one of them, a bus appears to be doing 80 or 90 miles an hour. (Time lapse.)

    On another, a truck appears out of nowhere. (The background doesn't move or change; in the next frame, there appears this truck.)
  9. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    Another "J Friends" blooper which may not be as obvious. When Jim's Fat Blue AM is singing his verse "J-Jane", it looks like his right eye is about to fall off. Then when Fran's Lavendar AM faces the camera to sing her verse, Jim's AM conveniently steps away from the camera, just long enough for someone to press his eye back on.

    Keep an eye out for that. (Sorry). :)
  10. Mark The Shark

    Mark The Shark Well-Known Member

    In one of the Season 2 Unpaved shows (#131?) there is a Muppet segment featuring Ernie and Grover. Ernie is trying to count balloons, but he keeps losing the place where he started so he doesn't know how many balloons he has. Grover stops by and offers to help. Grover begins to count: "One!" (POP!) "Two!" (POP!) and with each number he bursts a balloon with a pin. I'm not certain which number, but one of the balloons doesn't pop easily. Grover keeps going for it and he says something like "Four! Four! Four...four is hard," before finally he succeeds in popping it.
  11. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Oh, and I remember another!

    "MPT: The Sun Also Rises": When Grover, playing the Farmer is saying, "We will be RUINED!!", the farmer's daughter says her line before Grover is finished, and he whispers, "Hold on, I'm not finished with my acting."
  12. Don_Music_2004

    Don_Music_2004 Well-Known Member

    In the season premire from the 1980-1981 season Big Bird visits a school and he notices the Alphabet hanging up above the blackboard. And he starts singing ABCDEFGHI, but they used the soudtrack from 1970, and he sounds nothing like he did at the time, then after the song is over he goes back to talking in his modern squeaky voice.
  13. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    His modern voice isn't squeaky, but his voice back in 1970 was.
  14. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    This one I'm not sure about.

    But I'm going to guess that in Grover Waiter's "Alphabet Soup", Fat Blue (Jerry) fumbled his line but then recovered. He tells Grover that the 'Y' is missing, and Grover plays along. Then he realizes, "No, I'm wrong. I have the 'Y' there.... It's the 'Z'." Grover responds: "'Z'? You can't always be right."
  15. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

  16. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    Here's another. In one of my favorite "News Flash" segments, Kermit is interviewing one of the Three Little Pigs, and then the Big Bad Wolf, who blows everything away except the straw house.

    The three plants are among the first to be blown away, one by one. When they get to the third on the left side of the camera, look for a human hand to take it away. :)
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, I recall a skit back in 2000 or so in which the Count did an improv skit with kids as he counted a painting of clouds.

    the Count (Jerry) kept slipping in and out of accent, and he finishes with...

    "And You are a couple of wery...interresting..guys..." totally screwing up something he was going to say.

    This one you can only get if you watch closely...

    In the 2003 JTE skit in which they are on Old MacDonald's farm, near the end when Ernie and Big Bird are singing the "We found Ernie" song, there are cartoon chickens walking buy. near the end of the song, you can clearly see one chicken overlap another chicken which is supposed to be IN FRONT of it... in other words, it looks like a smaller chicken running in mid air!
  18. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    There are many times in JTE when Ernie forgets to match up with the song. He misses "yoohoo" a few times and sometimes forgets to squeak the ducky. Why do't they do another take when this happens?
  19. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    I believe there is a technical blooper in the vintage skit where Grover is in front of a phone booth. He is explaining about a telephone and a bunch of monsters run over him to answer when it rings. The movement in some parts of this skit seemed to be jerky and uneven, as if there was a problem in making the film or tape run smoothly. This is especially noticeable when Grover waves his arm around in the beginning. Does anyone else remember this skit or that glitch?
  20. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I noticed that when it was on Noggin, but remember, that might simply be from Noggin's copy. I also noticed that on the "Between" song from the late 70s with a green AM between 2 monsters.

    By the way, I just thought of another one:

    "Mask #18" animation: Many of you who watched SS in the early 90s may remember the mask number series by Sally Cruitshnak, or whatever her last name is. It had marimba music, and numbers that looked like masks. On the #18 version, from 14 on, the audio and the video did not go together. What happened was, 14 was shorter than it was in all the others, and as soon as 15 appeared, we would hear the voices say 14. It was like that all the way up until 18. But when this entire series was sweetened, they fixed that glitch.

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