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Sesame Street censorship

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Boober_Gorg, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Funny how easy it is to deal with another language if it's the preschool version! My son is in a Spanish-Immersion school, and I'm really picking stuff up from him...
  2. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Daffyfan & others...thanks for reminding me about Muppets fainting on Sesame Street. I was thinking about it last night & thinking that it's a bad influence on little kids.I mean....what if a little kid "pretends" to faint,but winds up hitting his/her head on something hard? That would cause the kid to get hurt .
  3. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    How about in that song, AB-C-DEF..., where Big Bird sings that line? "But somewhere in the middle, it gets awfully QR to me!" I wonder if they'll censor that song too?
  4. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    They sort of did when Big Bird performed it on the Flip Wilson show: "but somewhere in the middle, it gets QR, Q-R, to me!" (with a big Q R on the screen)
  5. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    They did that song for season 34 and it was still left in.
  6. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I hadn't really thought of that before. It is sort of strange to hear a Muppet say that something is 'queer.'
  7. SesameMike

    SesameMike Well-Known Member

    I can think of two sketches that had their endings changed since their debut. Was it censorship? Not sure.

    1. The rolling ball that weaves down a maze of ramps, flags, rollers, etc., occasionally counting 1-2-3. Originally, at the end, the ball rolled off the track and bounced into a metal box with a hand crank. A boy came by and turned the crank while counting to 3, and wound up with an orangy powder in his other hand. By its color, we assumed the ball was ground into this powder. But in later years, the ending was redone to have the same ball land in a machine that dropped cherries on top of ice cream sundaes as part of an assembly line. Was this changed because they thought it was too sad (I'm not going to say traumatic) for the kids to see the ball reduced to sand? Or was it to give the whole thing a sense of context: a cherry dispenser makes more sense than some powder grinder.

    2. The number 12 sketch featuring multicolored balls that roll around in the sand. You know how at the end, when the twelve balls roll off to the right (to keep from getting trampled by the crowd) and form themselves into a number 12 shape while counting off? After that they turn into real digits to the sound of an organ chord. Then the numerals fade away to an eerie sound reminiscent of wind blowing. I was told that the sketch now ends before the number disappears. Was it considered too traumatic to see the number, apparently composed of sentient beings, just vanish into thin air?
  8. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    well i'm not sure about that. i think both ending were done at the same time because i can always remember it sometimes ending with the ball in pieces being cranked out of the whatever that thing was called and others times it being turned into cherries landing on the ice cream sundaes. > also those were rocks in the 12 film and i think the idea of the 12 fading away being tramatic for kids is utterly rediculous. i only saw the film ending before the 12 fading away once. i've seen clips being cut off others times and doubt there any special reason for it.
  9. Stupendous Man

    Stupendous Man Active Member

    Someone mentioned before that some other Jazzy Spies animations besides #2 and #5 were discontinued later (I think it was #7 and #9). Does anyone know the reasons why?
  10. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I know that Jazz #s 6 and 10 were used as late as 1991, when they finally retired the entire series.
  11. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    they've always retired older stuff after a period of time.
  12. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    Yes, but sometimes they bring them back on the show for newer fans (such as the "Baker #10" clip).
  13. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I remember in some old episodes, the characters used the word, kill. When Cookie Monster was watching the store, David told him not to touch those cookies or he'd kill him. And when Big Bird spilt some milk and birdseed, he was afraid David would kill him. And when Ernie was playing his drums really loud, Olivia said, "Ernie, I will kill you. Now don't start before I kill you!"

    I guess they don't use that K word anymore because it's not appropriate for little kids to hear.
  14. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    i wonder why they didn't think twice before using that word?
  15. Dantecat

    Dantecat Well-Known Member


    (1)What year was those 2 episodes:(a)Big Bird split milk and birdseed and(b)Ernie plays drums really loud???

    (2)What really really really happened in those 2 episodes???

    Because they seem really really really interesting!!!!!! :cool:
  16. dustinrn

    dustinrn Active Member

    Grover Skit

    Does anyone remember an old skit about Grover working as a (lumberjack?)? When he comes into the cabin for lunch and tries to take off his boots, the other muppets come in one by one, each time crushing Grover behind the door. Meanwhile, he is still trying to take off his boots while the rest of the crew is eating, and when they finish, they all leave, once again crushing Grover agaisnt the wall with the door. When Grover finally get his boots off and sits down to eat, the cook tells him that there is no more food left. While I assume this skit was meant to be funny, I always found it rather violent. Not to mention the 2 skits about Grover being a door-to-door salesman and trying to sell Kermit a toothbrush/earmuffs. Kermit would tell Grover frogs don't have teeth/ears and consequently, Grover forced a set of teeth and a pair of ears onto Kermit. I guess all of the muppets had their share of violence back in the day. These 3 skits always disturbed me....I'm glad they don't show them anymore, even though they're nothing compared to today's violence on TV. :)
  17. Dantecat

    Dantecat Well-Known Member

    I remember that skit as grover as a lumberjack!
  18. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Are you serious? I don't recall anybody ever saying 'kill' on Sesame Street, especially David, the kindly shopkeeper.
  19. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Here’s how those sketches went.

    The first skit happened in the late 70s. Olivia saw that Big Bird was running away. Big Bird explained why. David had to leave and said that Big Bird could fix his own breakfast. But Big Bird accidentally spilled the milk and birdseed on the table and broke a glass. He was worried that David would kill him. But Olivia suggested they go back inside and clean up the mess before David gets back. And that’s what they did. David came back and was now going to fix Big Bird’s breakfast. But David ended up spilling some milk and birdseed and laughed about it. Big Bird calmly said, “Oh David. Everyone makes mistakes. But that’s no reason to run away.” David had no idea what Big Bird meant.

    The second skit was around the late 70s too. Bert was in the park singing a marching song with Simon Soundman, Muppet Willy, and Farley marching behind him. But then Bert was interrupted by Ernie’s drumming. Ernie and Bert started arguing while Ernie continued banging. Then Olivia came in and tried to get them to cooperate. She told Bert to start, and told Ernie, “Don’t start before I kill you!” for Ernie was getting wild on those drums. And Ernie and Bert ended up singing a marching and drumming song. And Olivia left in satisfaction.
  20. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    oh comeon they're not violent!

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