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Sesame Street Season 41 Press Kit

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by theprawncracker, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Reread the press release about the episodes.

    I can't believe we missed this.

    Baby Natasha's gonna be in an episode! How cool is that?
  2. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's good. Barkley's in two episodes this year! But it confuses me why Gina is feeding her. What happened to Marco?
  3. The Count Moderator

    More to the point, what happened to Humphrey and Ingrid? Maybe Gina's babysitting. Maybe the vet practice's going through a lull and she needs some extra cash. :p
  4. beau New Member

    Season 41 looks like it'll be pretty good.

    New Super Grover segment? Awesome. I love Super Grover, and wish he was used more. Looks like wish granted! :super:

    As for Elmo and Abby? Elmo is actually my second-favorite character. Yeah, he's better in the older, pre-Tickle Me Elmo episodes, but I love the little guy. He's cute and I'm honestly amazed Kevin Clash is able to do that voice as easily as he does.

    I didn't think I'd like Abby but you can count me as another who actually enjoys Abby's Flying Fairy School. It's really clever and chock full of references preschoolers won't get. But yeah, either make newer segments or rotate them with something else. Every episode is overkill. And I want a Gonnigan toy.

    As for Murray... I'll go with Drtooth and say keep him but get rid of the block format.
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think the main problem with Elmo IS a matter of quantity over quality. He does have a personality, and he is capable of some funny or at least likable sketches... but when most episodes feature him, then sketches involving him and a celebrity, then Elmo's World... that's a little too much, and a lot of it is basically him personality devoid hosting. I think Kevin does a great job, sure... he is one of my favorite puppeteers. But this kind of over-exposure ruins character. Look at what happened with Pooh. He became more a source of revenue than the lovable character that we remember.

    I want to see Elmo EMOTE! I loved him in the Ricky Gervais sketch, he's great whenever Zoe brings up Rocko... but most of the time, he's pretty flat. And it's not the puppeteer's fault... it's the stuff they have him doing. That's why we really should get SW to try abandoning EW one last time, but replacing it with one of the other Elmo based segments. SW had a Elmo's Backyard segment up on their site for a while, and I thought it was quite good. That's the direction they SHOULD take the character... have him interact with others. That's why EW doesn't work for me. He doesn't interact with anything that isn't a CGI or a separately tapes insert.
  6. Mupp Member

    Yes, I enjoy Abby's Flying Fairy School as well. It does have clever writing. I really like the new characters.

    Its true, that was a problem with last season, the recycled the segments way too much.
  7. Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Exactly! The overexposure is what grates on parents' nerves (and the nerves of us old school fans).

    Elmo can be more than a one-note tickle machine, but SW doesn't seem to want that. There have been some moments where Elmo gets angry, scared or frustrated just like a kid would. The Rocko stuff is a great example. So is the "grease fire at Hooper's" segment (see the 40th Anniversary DVD for that). Also, there's the 100% wish-I-taped-that-because-it-was-classic "Happy Caps" episode! Let's face it, Muppets are funny when they freak out. Kermit did it, Grover did it, Fat blue did it, Bert did it and for that golden episode, Elmo did it too.

    Kids deal with problems and go through all kinds of emotions all the time. Why not have Elmo do the same? Big Bird has been doing that since what...season 2?

    As for EW...I wondered that if SW wanted to do away with it, then just shave off a minute here or there this season, another minute the next season and so on until it's gone. Taking it away all at once, kids will notice. But what about a gradual process?

    In EW, Elmo only interacts with Mr. Noodle, who is pretty much a mute Buddy or Jim. Segments like that were done so much better by Luis, Maria, Bob, etc. by using the "sped up camera" technique. Plus, kids learned how to spell a word or learned a shape. What exactly do they learn from Mr. Noodle? How to put on a hat? I understand the whole "kids feel empowered by knowing how to do something that Mr. Noodle doesn't" concept. I got that. But when you watch "Henson's Place", you'll see that Big Bird already served that purpose.

    Also..."Let's ask a baby." Why? I can understand it being "cute" or whatever maybe once. But every day for over 12 years?

    Don't get me wrong, Kevin is a great performer. I really enjoyed his early work as Hoots. You could just tell within seconds of seeing and hearing him that Hoots was an old jazz owl. you knew Hoots had been playing at clubs for 35 years and just landed on Sesame Street one day. You get the same vibe from Zoot or Floyd.

    One thing I wonder is what will happen set-wise. For the longest time, the set had the gritty look that Jon Stone wanted. Then later, Big Bird's doors looked like they were made by Fisher Price, then the gritty look (at least of the doors) came back. What will they do this year?

    Convincing John
  8. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more. Really. That's why I liked Elmo in Grouchland oddly enough. He actually grew as a character through the movie, and he has shown a deep "more than a friend as they get older" caring for Zoe. Abby's a very emotionally driven character, and she is even in her own segment (though, I really wish she'd be the one that screwed up for a change). She either shakes off a magical glitch as an "oh well, I think I need to work on that" or even gets a little depressed with a "why am I doing this wrong?" Even when she first appeared, she had a "do I really belong here? I feel a little too different" vibe.

    The problem is what Elmo's world is. basically him talking to himself (assuming this IS all his imagination) and mute characters and mute objects with personalities. He works well with others, but we don't really see that except for celebrity moments or street stories. Elmo's Backyard has him talking to trees and animals that respond and interact with him, and Goodnight Elmo has some sort of sweet playfulness with his dad.

    But when he's doing EW, that's when the character's there for marketing purposes. It's such a klunky segment overloaded with unneeded junk...I like the cartoon, the E-mails, the part where he talks to the subject matter (we should have had MORE like the mouth segment and had him talk to an actual person)... but there's no need to count superimposed ducks or talking to babies or anything like that. And the kid films are TOOOOOOO long.
  9. Muppet Frog Member

    I don't like EW too much but I like Kermit's cameo in Elmo's World: Frogs and Zoe giving Rocco a check-up in Elmo's World: Doctors.
  10. vettech28 Active Member

    On that note with Marco, what happened to Curly Bear? I haven't seen her in any of the latest episodes. I like Baby Bear, especially in the episode where Abby's freckles fly off and he says, "Why is everyone so obsessed with my underpants?" emphasis on the pants! How he said that cracked me up.
    I don't really care for Elmo's World either. I watch most of the episode, then I watch something else when it comes on. I did like the cameo of Kermit in the Frogs show. :)
  11. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    She appears in the Hibernation episode and will be in the A-Team episode in the new season.
  12. GonzoLeaper Active Member

    Wow- an A-Team episode? Awesome!
    (I wonder if Sesame Street did a takeoff on the classic '80s show back in 1983 when it first aired? lol)
    I'll have to look at the press kit when I can. Sesame Street Season 41 sounds great so far!:wisdom:
  13. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Remember, these could be parodies in name ONLY. I was very disappointed by the Breakfast Club "takeoff" a few years ago.

    Come to think of it, I don't remember someone with tornado powers or speed powers in Fantastic Four either....
  14. Mupp Member

    Say, didn't Sesame Street already do an A-Team parody in the past? I can't remember.

    I mean, it seems like such an obvious choice for them that I can't imagine them not doing it before.
  15. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Though, to finish up my original thought... their Iron Man parody seems pretty dead on.

    Even used to movie music (or trailer music... I forget)

    Sigh... it took us until 2 movies to realize who Iron Man was, didn't we? :rolleyes:
  16. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Outside of the press release, with only a week to go, Sesame Street posted preview clips up on Youtube.

    Here are a couple I really enjoy:

    parody of Aerosmith's Walk this Way (seems to also incorporate the Run DMC/Aerosmith version)

    Even manage to make fun of Tom Cruise.

    And the rest are on their page, Katy Perry's song, several word of the Days.... they should pop up on the side when you watch these two.
  17. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I like the Katy Perry performance, though many people on YouTube are either complaining about how she's dressed or are making innapropriate comments about it. I hope the comments don't cause Sesame Workshop to pull the song before it's broadcast (though I saw that some youtubers have been able to copy and upload it on YouTube, so if Sesame Workshop pulls the clip at least it'll be online).
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oh, people are freaking prudes. Kids that young don't know what that stuff is, or care what it's for. Heck, if she were fully naked it would still be cleaner than half the stuff kids are exposed to in school and in real life. :sympathy:

    Love of Mike, people... they gave Richard Pryor a shot on the series... even gave Kobe a chance after all that what happened and what he may or may not have done. Kids that little don't care about skin. Half of them are just wearing diapers anyway.
  19. Mupp Member

    Its important to note that in that Sesame Street appearance, Katy Perry is wearing a flesh-colored body suit on her chest.

    EDIT: some rude people on youtube are claiming that it is see-through..I'm not sure.
  20. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know I thought there was somethign odd about her chest... Thought it looked a bit "powdery". I guess that's one of the reasons for the necklace and cape straps around the shoulders (to cover the holes in the suit).

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