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Sesame Street films

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikebennidict, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    No that's the ending of the classic "b is for bubble" skit, Mike. :)
    This one was a different sketch and I don't think had any singing. This little girl at the end put piece after piece of gum in her mouth. Then the line about if she puts any more gum in her moth she could blow up!
  2. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    oh I see now. yes I remember that 1. yes they said exactly how you remember it.
  3. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    girl chewing gum

    Hey Ziffel. The film you're mentioning was about how gum is made. They show chicle ( a gum base), syrup, and sugar getting mixed together, pressed in a big mold, rolled out into sheets, cut into strips, then wrapped up.

    There was some musical accompaniment that sounds like a harpsichord, with kids narrating as the action is going on.

    The end does show the girl unwrapping a whole pack of gum (Juicyfruit, maybe?) and stuffing it in her mouth, prompting the kid to comment
    "If she puts any more gum in her mouth, she'll blow up!"

    Granted, kids, she won't. She might get a big enough wad and her jaws might hurt, but she will not blow up.
  4. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Thanks fuzzygobo. I was real fuzzy on the details of this one besides the ending. That really is a hilarious line that kid said (Although SS maybe wouldn't want to air the clip in today's times due to the Oklahoma City bombing, 911, etc. I don't think there should be any problem, but some people are sensitive about wordings and things like that).
  5. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    don't think somebody saying blow up is going to cause any trouble.
  6. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Oh I agree with you. Just was speculating if SS were still airing old clips today if they would not show that one for that reason. But if I was making the decision I would have no problem airing it at all.
    By the way, up until SS stopped showing any older clips just a few years ago that other bubblegum sketch, "B is for bubble" sure got aired a lot didn't it. Seems like whenever I would happen to tune in to SS after my childhood years I would see this a lot. It is indeed a very fun skit with the catchy and funny song and all of those big bubbles being blown and popped!
  7. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    B is for Bubble

    One of the great things about Sesame Street, especially in the old days, was how they could make something out of practically nothing.

    Take some clips of kids blowing bubbles, have some kids singing a round to the tune of Three Blind Mice, and you got an instant classic! And this one has been in heavy rotation up until the mid 90's or so.

    If you watch closely, towards the end, when they jump-cut very quickly to shots of the kids' bubbles popping, there's one shot of somebody's eye.
    It's only for a few frames, but it's in there.

    Ain't it groovy?:D
  8. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    And also the other day at work I told this guy who is about 21 about this song and sang a little of it for him. He later told me, "Now you got that song going through my head!" I asked, "But you never saw the skit or heard the song before have you?" He said no. Thought it was pretty cool that I got a song stuck in someone's head who never heard the song before! Guess I did a pretty good impression of the singer of that song. "How can somethin' so fat and burly come from somethin' so smooth and pearly, oh which come first, the chicken or the egg." :D
  9. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    2 ice skating films.

    1 is where Maria's counting 20 skaters, the other was a speed skating contest and the music in that 1 was very neat.
  10. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    That's right. The film began with a factory worker entering a storage room containing several huge slabs/blocks of something which I suspect was the chicle. One of the narrators (2 or 3 offscreen kids' voices) said that he is going to make some gum.

    I don't remember most of the manufacturing details, but I do distinctly remember this one scene in which a huge wad of gum-to-be is in this slow rotating mixer. The man throws in a bucket of a thick dark liquid and all the kids say at once "Coloring!". (artificial color?). We get a close up the process as a kid says "It's mixing it up."

    The scene immediately after that shows the gum inside some elaborate kneading machine, constantly ripping and mixing the stuff together. The narrators comments are along the lines of:
    Kid 1: "Wannnnnna chew it?"
    Kid 2: "If you ate all that, flavoring and stuff, you're gonna get sick!"

    After the gum is flattened into sheets, one scene shows a sheet a caliper-like measuring device used for quality control. "Checking it out." Still another scene shows a man ripping the sheets into sections by hand. The stick-sized pieces were cut by machine, of course, and as for wrapping, I thought it was actually an older Beech-Nut logo, not the Fruit-Stripe one.

    Here a boy and girl were sitting on a lawn or in a playground stuffing themselves with some of the gum from that same package
  11. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    More factory films

    No one I have ever talked to seems to recall the following 3 manufacturing films from the earliest years; do you?

    Each of these films follows the usual format of having 2 or more kids do the voiceover.

    1. Automobiles. We see the inside of an auto assembly plant. Upon seeing a close-up of the assembly-line chain in motion (on the return side?) one of the kids says its there "so the men don't have to move/carry it". At the end we see the finished product being test driven out of the building, as the kids make various "rrrrrmmm" sounds. The film ends with a freight train at the other end of the factory lot rolling off; with its auto racks, the cars are destined for "New York, Virginia, all OVER the place."
    (Was this the first time New York was mentioned on the show, for as many references as there are to the place?)

    2. Peanut Butter. The film begins with a farmer hand-pulling a lone peanut plant out of the ground. The kids say the peanuts have to be roasted first or they taste yucky. (Note: in my experience, raw peanuts are not that bad. I think the local Asian grocer sells them in shell) The film then shows the inside of a factory showing the process of making PB. My favorite line is where one kid says "The jars are on a merry-go-round!" We then saw an extended sequence of circular jar-filler machinery, with that 3/4-time carnival music (calliope?) playing as we watched the jars fill up with peanut butter.

    This is probably not the same film as the "It takes a lot of nuts..."; could they have used some of the same footage?

    3. Ice Cream. This one showed a facility that manufactured ice cream -- soft-serve probably. Among the narrators' lines:
    Upon seeing some white stuff attached to the wall/ceiling of one room.
    "That looks like snow."
    "It is... it is snow!"
    Upon seeing some appetizing looking mixtures...
    "...and it's YUMM-MEEE"
    Upon watching an assembly-line process of delivering a topping:
    "Squirt... squirt... squirt..."

    At the very end of the tour, we saw some kids receiving and beginning to consume some of the finished product, on cone, I think. Although they were not in phase with the voiceover, their excitement suggested these kids were oour narrators actually appearing on film! At this point they kept repeating "Double dip triple dip!!!"

    4. (Bonus) A supermarket. Don't remember this one other than it had a bunch of kids running through a large grocery while some brass-intensive music played in the background -- one source elsewhere suggests that the musical score was actually the 1812 Overture. I think the first voiceover was (kid's voice) "A supermarket can hold a lot of people."
    If I remember correctly, the first appearance of this film followed a street scene with Bob and some children going over transportation models. They said that a train, a bus, and a (commercial) plane can each carry a lot of people, but one kid says that he knows something that can hold "much much more people", then they cut to the supermarket film.
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    I recall most of those. i didn't know the car film was that old don't recall seeing it till the late 70s. while I never saw the Supermarket film I read about it. if you go to this site, wich has been mentioned, besides pictures, it has a transcript from an old publication about the show's backgrond that the film's mentioned though I can't recall what chapter. http://members.tripod.com/~hooperfan/index-2.html
  13. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    I remember the peanut butter one the best out of those. Most likely it was shown into the early 70's whereas the others may have ceased recurring sooner. I recall that carnival music as the peanut butter jars were twirling around filling up with peanut butter. I think at the end of the film the boys made sounds like, "dupe do do do dee do, dupe a dupey do dee do". Pretty wild description but the best I can convey how I recall the sound of it!
  14. superfan

    superfan Active Member

    And the ice cream one...
    The one I remember (probably posted this before...) is the one where the kids are sitting outside and a woman is making ice cream in a pot of sorts and churning the cream by hand. "Ice cream, Ice cream, that's how they made Ice Cream a long long time ago.." and then it cuts to the factory where the kids do a walking tour of the place. At the end they all have their ice cream cones "fresh from the factory." sitting outside.

    Or Perogies! Just hundreds of perogies being made in the ...perogie factory.
  15. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Peanut Butter

    I remember the peanut butter one also. We see a farmer pulling a few out of the ground, while there's harpsichord music in the background. A kid's voiceover does mention "The raw peanuts are horrible, my grandpa bought some". Then they go to the factory see the peanuts being pulled out of the shells (Kid voiceover: And now they'll get all ground up!)

    Then some faster music plays, as the peanuts get shaken along a conveyor belt to remove any impurities, then they are heated and ground up.

    Then we see a shot of the peanut butter in a vat being mixed, and reaching a creamy consistency. (Kid voiceover: PEANUT BUTTER!!!)

    Next we see the peanut butter getting pumped into jars, lids screwed on and labels attached, and you're right. Here's where the calliope music in waltz time is played.

    In the end, we see the finished jars, waiting to be sent out to a store near you, and you can hear the kids "doo, bee doo, bee doo bee doo". Frank Sinatra would've been proud!
  16. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Ah ok yeah I think your "doo bee doo bee doo" description of the finale is a better descrition than my "dupey do dee do" one! And boy what awesome and amazing memories you guys have, fuzzygobo and Sesame Mike. Plus you give such thorough, intelligent, and impressive synopses of the sketches and films. I could only dream about having such brain power!
  17. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    In case you havn't seen this on the other thread......

    "What do you do with a fruit?" written and sung by Joe Raposo
    music 3/4 beat, * - means sentance is spoken instead of sung

    "What do you do with a fruit?
    There jucy, and healthy, and cute.
    But to eat 'em, its true....
    Theres a few things to do.....
    If you want to get through to the fruit!"

    *First theres the "peeling problem" - very tricky!*

    "Now bananas are nice, with a soft easy skin.
    Try peeling a melon, what trouble your in!
    A grape is a pleasure! There's nothing to do.
    While a pineapple's MURDER! Let em fix it for you!"

    *Give it to Mom. She'll cut up some nice, easy pieces for ya'.*

    "Now an orange is tasty. The peel's rather thick.
    And grapefruits are sour sometimes. No one knows why.
    And I wouldn't quite trust 'em! They'll squirt in your eye!
    But a nectarine! Now theres a fruit! A nectarine!
    Where do such things come from? Half a peach, half a plum?
    And very clean! You wash 'em so their very clean!
    And be sure when you do there's no bugs in there, too!"

    "So what do you do with a fruit?
    Their squishy and run down your suit!
    But you really can't beat 'em! So bite in and eat 'em!

    *MMMMmmm(slurp!)* "They really deserve a salute!"

    "Every apple and cherrie has me feeling merry!
    I guess I'll just holler and hoot!
    'Cause thats what I dooooooooooo With a fruit!"

    *Were quite a pair (pare)!*:p :)

    They have a really cute film of kids eating fruit that goes with this, but, IMO,
    it's the way Joe sings it that really makes this memorable!:)
  18. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    don't think this was mentioned. a Ginny Pig and her young babies and the Raposo song called New Life Comming.
  19. Rebel 'L'

    Rebel 'L' New Member

    was it in the Electric Company when they would have the twins or some guy go and beat people up for their sandwiches and the sandwhich was always something odd and they would say "peanut butter and banana our favorite!"...?...anyone?
  20. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    Actually, that was one of the "Spider Man" segments

    What your thinking of is the Spider Man segment where he was going after the 2 characters called "Konk" and "Bonk", who were famous for going after kids and stealing their lunches by giving them "The Old 1-2", where one guy would smack the kid on the head, and the other would punch him in the gut! (and this was a kids show!) Spidey eventually caught the villians by dressing up as a school kid with a lunch and getting them to try to steal it from him! :p

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