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Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Drtooth, Apr 8, 2011.

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  1. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I dislike the block format too. It's like they combined those lousy sketch intros from season 30-32 and the season 33 format, and it doesn't work that well. Matt Vogel's twitter mentioned them spending a couple of weeks filming new Murray stuff (Word on the Street) and also mention Ovejita, so hopefully we'll get some new "tune-ins" and Murray Has a Little Lamb segments.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I still disagree, I feel the block format can work, if perhaps they tweak it a little bit; it all goes back to predictability, which is what kids like, after a while, the original magazine format wouldn't work anymore anyway, kids would start losing interesting because the story keeps being interrupted.
  3. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Though I'm all for just going back to the way things were, IF they were to tweak the block format, I would alternate hosts. I like Murray & everything, but there's just too much of him, it's Murray Overload. Between him, Elmo and Abby, it's like SW is forcing them down viewers throats. But as far as alternating, pick a different character to host each show (Grover Day, Ernie & Bert Day, Telly Day, Oscar Day, Big Bird Day, etc.) and have them out interacting in the real world too. That way there could also be a chance for us to see other characters on screen for once, instead of just Murray taking up most of the time like he's been doing for the past two seasons.

    And it really sucks, when they first used these block format ratings went UP. I'm not against the ratings going up, just the fact they went up after this format was put into place. I guess there's no sign of it going away.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The problem I have is with the quality AND quantity of the hosting segments. I like him hosting number/letter of the day and word on the street cold open... but the "It's time for" and Murray guessing game bits just are stale, and take time out of the show, stopping the flow dead.

    Somehow, any character hosting the show doesn't seem to work or flow. If Murray were to host the show WITH Ovejita (which he SHOULD) it would be a whole lot better. Maybe Ernie and Bert could work. They need characters to PLAY off each other. That's the same reason Elmo's World doesn't work.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Does that not prove that the block format does, indeed, work? Older fans may not like it since it's not what they grew up with, but we have to remember, the show's not for us, it's for the kids, and if it works with the kids, then that's all there is to it.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The block format works... just... it could be better. I still don't like the idea that Abby's Fairy School was an every Day segment, and it only had 13 segments spread out to fill (get ready for this) 70 episodes in 2 seasons! Without reruns, that's 5 or 6 times seeing the SAME episode! With a 10 minute segment, that's basically saying "PLEASE change the channel to our competitors!" Even though the ratings were up, surprisingly enough. But on the other hand, we've only seen half the Ernie and Bert claymation segments in 3 seasons. And those were in the can at least a year in advance.

    OOPS! Forgot to add this little gem of a behind the scenes preview with Tyler.
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    We're probably only going to see the widescreen ones, and if they're going be showing ones that haven't aired, there's only 7 left. I don't see why if EW can be in 4:3 every show, they can't have Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures (we only saw about 10 of the original ones).

    And that video, that episode had better put the Veggie Monster rumor in its grave.
  8. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed Lever Lover, I'm looking foward to seeing how it is integrated into an episode. Exile me if you will, but I am a big, BIG fan of Murray and Joey's puppetry. That isn't to say that Murray should be jammed into every episode, but as someone all for the whole "Street Puppetry" sort of thing, puppets interacting with real people outside of a studio environment score real brownie points with me.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've been saying it for the past 3 seasons now, but ... really... the widescreen stuff is bogus. They don't air it in WS in some areas, half the stuff they constantly reuse
    is full frame anyway. Why deny us a couple lousy Ernie and Berts (that they SHOULD have shown years ago) because they don't look like the rest of the show, when the rest of the show doesn't look like the rest of the show?

    Seriously, I'm putting it in bold now Between the Lions manages to hide the inconsistency between new wideframe segments and older full frame segments with CGI curtains on the sides of the screen. Why Sesame can't manage to use the same trickery is beyond me.
  10. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

  11. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    Ironic that a not for profit gets sponsored from a bank and then goes to promote capitalist sentiment...
    I do think that this is a good idea, as I study economics at school and I can't help but think how this would have aided a couple of people in my class in understanding some stuff at the start of the year. However I'm also of the opinion that whilst possibly a good idea, the level of understanding that children have around these sorts of concepts is likely quite varied, and the importance of teaching such concept at the age of the (current) target audience can be debated.
  12. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    They're getting taught the basics of money, such as saving, spending and sharing. They're not going to teach things like loans or mortgages.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And they're not teaching them the dangers of random bank fees that the stockholders make them impose to get more short term gains that hurt everyone BUT themselves. Yeah, it's just a small focus that's frankly a season later than it should have been.

    How come no one complained that the first year they had the "Good Egg Project" as a sponsor, they had a "Where Eggs supposedly come from" segment?
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Sneak Peak at SpiderMonster, the Musical!


    Am I the only one who kinda enjoys parodies involving the regular characters more than AMs? I mean, Grover in a parody is great enough, but adding Mr. Johnson in the mix is extra fun.
    beakerboy12, TSSD and BobThePizzaBoy like this.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to see the whole thing! Though I wonder if Mr. Johnson recognises Grover as Spider Monster.
  16. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Absolutely brilliant. I haven't laughed so hard at a Sesame Street clip in a long time. And also note Frank Oz is Grover. Pure gold.
  17. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    Check it out - Three Muppeteers on a Couch

  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I can't even comment on that. It's too perfect anything I said would be repeating the obvious and taking away for that joke.

    Lemme just say, that is one epic backhand of a parody! I haven't seen them do something that delightfully snarky since the opening line in C Drives me Crazy: "Live from the Mojave Desert, with their greatest and ONLY hit ever, the Fine Young Camels!"
  19. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    So that's Frank as Grover? Good to see his still performing his characters on occasion. I look forward to seeing the rest of that. Those Grover/Mr. Johnson skits are always the best.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    For a while, he was only performing Bert for new Ernie and Bert bits, but once they ressurected the old Grover/Mr. Johnson routine, he started doing Grover again for those bits only.

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